Biscuits, Triscuits…

it’s 2010 and I already got the flu
January 17, 2010, 5:48 pm
Filed under: music and musings

Sorry folks, but it’s been impossible to update due to fevers and the inability to live normally for the past seven days. But here is an abbreviated update of New Years Eve.

The end of 2009 involved breaking the law, trudging through the snow and providing dry knee highs and spare female shoes for males with soaked feet. The beginning of 2010 involved a broken record player, vomit in a pot, hall parties, and dancing on a stage in a random living room.

Around 3am, I attended The History of the World. An Event held by SleepWhenDead and The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt. I came in for the end of The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt’s set and it was honestly the most rejuvenating, exciting thing to enter into at 3am on the first day of 2010.  The whole theme to the event was that it was representing the history of the world with art installations and music. The set I entered represented The Roman Empire, which later explained why people wore togas. Dancing to upbeat keys and really jovial vocals, people were crowded around a stage and jumping ecstatically. It felt like house shows in high school. It was just really happy music, with real feeling, perhaps silly and a little overdone, but really fun and high energy.

Next up were the So So Glos, who I didn’t know were performing and it was pretty exciting because it had been months since I’d seen them live and their set was tight as ever. Everyone was going nuts, crowd surfing, falling, dancing, screaming to the new tunes that they played which were really exciting and upbeat. Wearing suits and uniforms, So So Glos looked classy as ever, bringing in the roaring 20’s. At the end of the Roaring 20’s were Blastoids with very heavy drum beats and lots of electronic whirs. The drums were bassy and booming, really energetic and bursting at times. The lyrics swayed and lulled, as they played in the middle of the floor in strange costumes. By this time it was 5am.

Never heard of Zeppelin brought in the future by singing to spastic electronic music. It was one man who would dance crazily and then fall down on the floor as really strange happy music played in a sortof interlude. He removed several articles of clothing, starting with his shirt and was wrapped in tin foil.  I think the rest really needs to be experienced first hand. His lyrics were pretty great and the show he put on was fun as hell for 6am, it’s hard to have energy by that point and he kept it high.

at 7am we were led to the rooftop of Shea Stadium (not the baseball stadium, the DIY venue in Bushwick) and there was a wooden spaceship with a man set up to play some noise music, representing the alien invasion. This was the music of Blissed out, in this case one man, turning knobs and pushing buttons. It was amazingly surreal to watch this man under a spaceship at 7am in this new day, in this new year. The sun had just come up and it wasn’t blisteringly bright, it was perfectly gray, but not ugly or rainy, just exactly what it needed to be for people who hadn’t slept in over 15 hours mostly. The music was ambient and distorted, lots of white noise and crackles of sounds and samples. The name Blissed out was a pretty perfect explanation of the sound.

The set was followed by pancakes back inside the venue and a dance party. It was a pretty perfect end to 2009 and beginning to 2010 and I was really pleased to ring in the new year with such great music and people.


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