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Sunday, November 05, 2006

LISTENING TODAY:

WU TANG- 'THE W'
ROLL DEEP SEPTEMBER RINSE FM SET AFTER HEADS-UP FROM GUM DROPS.
DIPLOMATS- 'DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY 2'
CHAMILLIONAIRE- 'THE SOUND OF REVENGE'
DOZENS OF BASTARD FIREWORKS LET OFF BY PEOPLE WHO CLEARLY DON'T OWN CATS.
AND, ER, MOZART- 'REQUEIM'
AND ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ELSE (WHAT DO YOU THINK I AM, SOME SORT OF PRICK?)

ok, lets gets started. (i'm anticipating that this post will be a steller example of why you should never 'blog' when yr drunk, by the way. so be warned and be told...)

funny thing about me is i never sleep, cuz sleep is the cousin of death. this means i find fabric birthdays a remarkably easy thing to deal with. walk in the park, dear. it was fabric's 7th birthday the other week, and i went for the saturday with rave-ally #1 jack savidge of friendly fires fame.
it was a long shift. 10 pm start, and we left at 8.30 a.m sunday morning cuz i needed to close my eyes for a long while (that thing about not needing sleep was a lie, although i believe that something along those lines is true of Mr Kelis...)
deeply scary thing about it was that it was going on for 6 MORE HOURS when we left. i think if you were brave enough to hang around till chucking out time (2 in the afternoon), i'm guessing you would have seen a little collapse of western civilisation. if there's cctv in there, pity the poor bastard who has to see it every week. he's probably a serial killer or something by now. so, actually, don't pity him. sick fuck.

when me and jack were hanging round outside in the morning, shielding our eyes from the blinding sunlight and the minicab hustlers, a totally fucked guy stumbled out, his eyes just massive dark rings, his shirt clinging to his body, drenched in sweat. he dropped a huge bag of crack on the floor. classy. (then he picked it up, by the way, luckily. or is, 'luckily' appropriate there?)

anyway, all these craaaazy 'rock n roll' anecdotes have a point, of sorts. which is that i was at fabric for so long that i pretty much haven't listening to music since, until the last few days at least. i was sated, y'see.
best bits? the fact that fabric, for some reason, wasn't full to the brim, and had a lower than usual quota of shirt-off lads on the piss and the pull. the fact that the atmosphere in there was really celebratory (everyone loves a birthday, eh?). the fact that andrew weatherall played Hot Chip and the crowd went mental. that i heard audion's 'mouth to mouth' for the first time (i know, i know, i've been slow on the uptake on this one...what an amazing track. when those buzz-lines start to rise to the ceiling it's shock and awe on the dancefloor. complete sensory overload). oh, and lindstrom melting space-disco into goo and stringing our happy, swaying bodies along for the ride.

but, really, the night belonged to ricky v, this time with SPARKLY minimal scarf. he's such a fitty. honestly, on my mum's teeth, this was the best DJ set i've ever seen. i've seen villalobos twice before and never really been close to being blown away, but this was next level. didn't know any of the tracks he played, of course, but for the time i was there anyway, it was very, very intricate minimal techno, eschewing melody for detail upon detail, warp upon weft (!), of shivery clicks and burrs. totally absorbing, and the most beautifully paced, lovingly crafted set, the fabric soundsytem picking out ever little sound with icey clarity. he pulleda bit of special stuff out for the birthday, i think.

it reached this wonderful place where, despite (or because?) it was the some of the most physical, hard, uncompromising techno this side of Surgeon, it was also weirdly relaxing, an almost ambient bath of rippling sound. gorgeous. before, i'd always preferred villalobos sets when they moved in a more housey, maximal direction, but now i'm won over to his hypnotic ultra-minimal excursions. he really is the best out there, as far i can see...
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'the elvis for kids who don't give a shit about elvis': my younger brother on johnny thunders. read his blog here. (it's well better than this one)

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