A few cool things coming up:
A group of people from all horizons and many countries, brought together by a common love of blogging, tech gizmos and
cheap somewhat reasonably priced beer.
Newcomers always warmly welcomed.
Reels of silent early-century B&W movies, with live instrumentation by worldwide famous, veteran techno DJ and producer: Laurent Garnier.
Sounds very experimental, but the man is insanely talented, should be interesting.
Update (also playing on 08/06):
An indy surf-movie about a bunch of crazy Japanese and their adventures in Ozland…
Miss Tracey blogged about it a few weeks ago. Turned out last week-end that my friend, the awesome Stacia, is going steady with the lead actor… It’s a small, tiny, star-studded, world, after all.
About Laurent Garnier:
Laurent Garnier was one of my first real encounter with that music commonly called “Techno” by appreciators and “noise” by everybody else, back when my virgin ears still listened to the Beach Boys and Miles Davis to rock themselves to sleep.
As a senior high-school student in Paris, his Thursday night residency at one of the only club that actually cared to play proper music, was responsible for many a difficult Friday mornings. Most other “nightclubs” in the city were happy playing endless strings of cheesy 60’s and 70’s disco hits to an appropriately motionless handful of suit-wearing parisianites carefully selected at the door for the thickness of their wallet. The Rex club, on the other hand, carried some of the crazy Madchester vibe Laurent Garnier brought along with him (he started as a resident at the legendary Haçienda as DJ Pedro). Those mornings where I would show up in class straight from the dancefloor after a quick shower, were definitely not my most productive…
Ironically, my tastes and his interests have evolved at a similar pace in the past 10 years. Originally playing insanely hard (for the time) house and techno beats, Laurent has progressively turned his attention to more instrumental production: still unmistakably his, but more versatile and more organic.
Among his old tracks, the perfunctory proto-Trance anthem, Wake Up, on the A bout de Souffle EP and Coloured City on the eponymous EP, are probably my personal faves. Coloured City also has one of the best music video ever made (in fact, his videos have always been pretty amazing. miles above that MTV crap they call a clip nowadays).
Unreasonable Behaviour did a complete musical U-turn, yet managed to be one of the best album of the past decade: I saw him in a small club in SF, right around this time, and the slight disappointment at learning he would only be playing his productions live, with no DJing at all, quickly faded for one of the most memorable electronic music performance I have ever heard. On the other hand, I am no real fan of his über-experimental jazzish new album, The Cloud Making Machine, but I may just need to give it another chance and a longer listen.
All in all, ought to be worth the 2,000 yens to hear what he’s up to on Thursday.