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Sunday, September 23, 2007

News Flash - I Love Techno (and Decibel)

posted by on September 23 at 18:02 PM

There’s one more night to go, but it’s safe to say my ass has been officially kicked by this year’s Decibel. Every time I change venues I’m being assaulted by more and more quality music. It’s wonderfully exhausting.

Robert Babicz @ Neumos
Robert Babicz @ Neumos

I skipped the ambient showcase at Town Hall but heard good things. Taal Mala at The Baltic Room kept things dubby, dark and moody, but there was pressure as the night went along for everything to get cleared out for the Bollywood night. I heard I missed a great Jerry Abstract set, but I was excited to hear Lowfish’s electro, so there was little I could do there.

Once I made it to Neumos, Drumcell was kicking the evening off in fine form down in the VIP Room. The crowd was just trickling in, but he luckily had enough time to play to close out with the dancing crowd he deserved. I only caught the beginning of Robert Babicz, opting to take a nap (meaning I missed what I heard was a great 3 Channels set). Oh well.

Jeff Samuel @ VIP Room
Jeff Samuel @ VIP Room, Decibel Festival, 9/22/2007

I got back just as Jeff Samuel took the stage for his ultimately triumphant return to Seattle. Speedy J had things going upstairs, but Jeff Samuel had the crowd from the start, and there’s no place I’d rather be than the VIP Room when the party’s poppin’. It’s dark, hot, and the room sweats on you as you sweat on the floor. Jeff’s spent the last year off in Europe, and he certainly brought the dirty European vibe to his set. People clapped, cheered, and danced for the entirety of his set, easily the best of the entire festival thus far (“Now that’s what I’d been waiting for!” said a friend of mine). As a side note, I’m glad Jeff didn’t meet the challenge I posed to him - I told him if he played Efdemin’s “Just a Track” I’d rip my shirt off and rock the fuck out. As it was, the only foolishness I suffered was telling damn near everyone I saw at the afterhours that I loved techno, loudly and repeatedly. Guess I was high on the music.

It’s true though - I love techno. And I love Decibel. If for some reason you still haven’t made it down, tonight’s your last night. I’ll see you in the basement for the Mothership showcase.

Again, more pics available in the Decibel Flickr Pool.

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Jeff Samuel fucking killed.

Posted by Eric Grandy | September 23, 2007 7:53 PM

i played efdemin for you at the henry but you were not in earshot

Posted by j-justice | September 24, 2007 2:14 AM

Weird about the "ripping off the shirt thing." Throughout his set I could hardly contain the impulse to tear off all my clothes. Hmm.

Posted by Erika | September 24, 2007 11:30 AM

Samuel was amazing. he even played a song i know! (cassy's somelightuntothenight). Just a great night.

Posted by jergins | September 24, 2007 1:36 PM

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