The Phoenix Landing, Thursday night Drum n Bass, and Wine
by Twin Plates (formerly, The Subtle Doctor, formerly ZeroAltitude)
and pavel (formerly DJ 2crowd, formerly ChaoticRhythm)
a quality can wait production
7/29/2005 07:38:00 AM:
Word. It was a good show for sure; I missed the MC who graced the past two events at Bill's Bar. His personality contributed greatly to those nights. The stereo seemed to be louder than ever before; it even seemed like the under-the-stage subs were on. Unfortunately we missed the fashion show that occured exactly when we took our waiting-for-the-place-to-fill-up walk. On that note, here are some photos from the event, as well as a short video clip (QuickTime).

7/27/2005 10:53:00 PM:
26 July 2005: Dillinja & Lemon D @ Bill's Bar

Ever had one of those days that just seemed to keep kicking you in the ass? You wake up too early after having gotten to sleep way, way too late. Pounding head through the day, drifting through work trying to keep your eyes open, the heat of the Summer afternoon literally searing your skin every time you dare to leave the cold, dark, clausterphobic confines of your rickety office cubicle. Trying to get actual oxygen from the watery, thick air with every laboring breath. Welcome to my day.

And then a ray of hope: what? Dillinja is playing at Bill's tonight? Let's roll! Pavel and I show up early, avoiding any chance of waiting in line or even worse, being told the show is sold out. Head in, get some (non-sucky) Guinness, relax to some of the chill Static vibe, and then go for a walk to see some of the crazies running around this part of Boston.

When we get back, Static is handing over the reins to Benny B, and I gulp down some more Guinness and a Red Bull for pure caffeine goodness (see above for details as to how I'm likely to fall over any minute, asleep). After a few tracks that failed to establish a strong danceable rhythm (silver lining: great drinking music), Benny B did something that I don't think I've seen him do before: he got into a groove with a set of solid tracks, and I couldn't resist dancing. I still say Benny has to work on establishing that crowd connection earlier in his set, but kudos for bringing some energy to the dance floor before the main event.

I've never seen Dillinja and Lemon D perform, and I'm sometimes skeptical about big producers and the kind of vibe they bring to their DJing, but I must confess that even in my alcohol-induced fog, D & LD delivered on all levels. Gone was the hazy memory of my day, gone were the clumsy limbs that were previously attached to my awkward torso. This was a set to dance to, and that's precisely what I did. Not with as much abandon as I do in my element at Elements, but with considerable enthusiasm nonetheless. The pace was right, driving me for nice, long stretches and pulling back when necessary to allow me a breath or two. Notably, these DJs also responded well to the crowd, and were responsive with rewinds. My hat is off to these guys -- they bring it relentlessly, buffetting you about the head and torso with beats and bass, and giving you what you came for.

The people were also in a friendly mood -- I talked to the promoter-whose-name-I-forget and signed up for an email list, and of course edisoncos, Anna (!), a tall woman named Jana who thinks Pavel and I are gay, and several others -- oh, including this guy with a weird domain name who does experimental stuff in Worcester, no less: Check it. ~eddie

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