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
11/25/2005 12:12:00 PM:
Residents @ Elements [17 November 2005] (Part II)

I can' t share Eddie's enthusiasm for the social aspects of the night as I was jet-lagged from my Europe trip and fighting sleep, unable to think clearly enough to be chatting it up. However, I deeply enjoyed both the Bass and the Drums that were promintently featured by the various DJs throughout the evening. And what a DJ-fest it was. The event started out as a resident night, something I always look forward to since the Elements stars are among the best out there. The three of them tag-teamed, throwing down a great selection of tunes -- old and new, faves and obscures -- which helped me overcome the jet lag and get onto the dancefloor. It was a little slow in the very beginning, as the trio was patiently warming up the crowd, but then Bill (DJ Crook) put a little extra variety into his mix at the right time for me and really pushed the party into overdrive. Lenore and MDOC masterfully picked it up and ran with it, creating a jam-packed set that conbined darkness, fury, happiness, bubbliness, and everything in-between.

It was great fun until something outright crazy happened. A mini coup, you might say. A fourth DJ took over the decks, and an MC patched his mike into the console and started "doing his thing." As far as I could tell, the DJ was a guy from Bad Company, or EBITDA Positive, as we call them because we have no idea how to pronounce that other Bad Company's moniker. Anywayz, it was unexpected, crazy, awesome, sick, ill, nuts, f'd up, and so on.

The night was downright dope. The only let down was the wine for the night, which I believe was a Yellowtail Shiraz. To me it tasted like rotten grapes. Technically, wine is rotten grapes, but I don't think it's supposed to come across quite like that. Not only was this wine sweet beyond sense, it went down hard and left an acrid aftertaste that could only be remedied by a healthy dose of Guinness.

Mad props to Lenore, the Elements crew, and all the peeps who came out to enjoy this aweome night.

-pavel (out)

P.S. I don't usually brag about fave tracks since I am not a DJ and don't attempt to keep up with the huge assortment of releases and corresponding producer/DJ/track names. However, one track made its way deep into my soul, and I must praise it while I have the chance. The track is Fasten Your Seatbelt by Pendulum/The Freestylers. It's a flip to Tarantula. This track is OFF DA HOOK! It packs a ridiculous punch at a ridiculously low BPM. Hope to hear it more at Elements.

11/21/2005 09:38:00 PM:
Residents @ Elements [17 November 2005]

Just a quick note or two from your friendly neighborhood spider-man. I was definitely geared up for some fun romping with the Residents, and as usual, they did not disappoint. The highlight of my evening, however, was nothing more or less than: Erin showed up! I was sad to learn that it was knee surgery that had kept her far from her admiring fans for so long. On the other hand, she seems to have been wise in keeping off that injury for as long as she did -- her return was a dancy one, and it looks like with more time and TLC, she'll have put that ongoing impediment to rest for good (as 'for good' as knee injuries can be put to rest, that is). So, fond hopes for the return of a missed friend. Cheers!

Spider Man

p.s. Almost forgot: the wine for the evening was an Australian Shiraz called the Little Penguin. I cannot recommend this wine -- are all Shirazes so cloying and sweet?

11/09/2005 01:51:00 AM:
Calyx @ Elements (Moving Shadow, UK) [3 November 2005]

This time, I thought I was going alone. Pavel and I chatted mid-day, and he was leaving for Europe at around 3 or 4pm, and staying for a couple of weeks. I admit, I was going to have a challenge ahead of me -- I don't like going to Elements alone. Back in the day, I had a bunch of friends out there to hang with if Pavel was not there. Landspeed, Edisoncos, Joe, Erin, Ian, and so on and so on. Nowadays no one knows me, and I know no one. Well that's an exaggeration, but this much is true: no one is left with whom I have a standing habit of talking "for reals." Lots of people I say 'hi' to, but no one who would even remember my kids' names -- you know?

But Calyx -- that's not something I could miss in good conscience. You must go see the guy who produced a track you put on your first mix CD for Lenore -- that's just a given. You don't miss that. Even if it's snowing, and you're all alone, and... and there's a big giant lightning bolt hanging over your head, and the Devil himself says, "Dude, don't do it! I'm warning you." Screw you, Devil, I'm going to see Calyx.

So, I'm driving home, pulling up to the house -- it's already so dark at 6pm now, depressing -- and my phone rings. It's Pavel. His plane has been held back, and he's leaving Friday. What does this mean? It means, party at Elements!

Which is precisely what we did. One advantage of not knowing anyone at Els anymore is that you can do whatever the hell you want, and make a fool of yourself, and no one cares. Which is, to ring a common theme repeatedly, precisely what I did.

The show: I came early and Lenore was running her set to a surprisingly empty room. Considering how much I like her sets in general (see past reviews), it should be noted that this set was even more inspring than usual. She was mixing it up between some heavy dark stuff, and some lighter stuff with nice female vocals. I like that kind of mix, one that gets the energy level up without pounding the listener into the walls, so I was grooving. Enter Pavel. The place is slowly but surely picking up, though nowhere near as crowded as I had anticipated. Perhaps the Devil was giving people a hard time that night.

Calyx took the reigns and the darkness poured forth from his set. For a brief moment between about the 3rd and 6th tracks, I momentarily worried that I was going to get bored with the straight shots of darkness -- but happily, we hit a few familiar tracks, and though the tone remained intense throughout, his track velocity was very good, and I came to really dig the set as a whole. Not to mention the fact that I was jumping around like a veritable maniac. So I had a great time, and I thought Calyx was top-notch, both techincally and in terms of his set. He also had a nice level of enthusiasm, which made it easy for the crowd to get into the set.

In a self-conscious attempt to express myself in a different way, I would describe the night as a "fevered, sweaty, pulse-poundingly ill mix with some predictably loud-ass bass and some wickedly danceable drums." Word.

[pavel here] Word. Word. Word. My plane was overbooked and I was one of the unfortunate ones to get bumped off; biiiches. At least they gave me some ca$h and a night at the Logan hilton as compensation. Like Eddie said; I was in town; Elements was near-by, and he was going; there was no stopping me. The night was absolutoliciously off the hook. Mr. Calyx exceeded my wildest expectations, setting the floor ablaze with unstoppable fury. I hadn't danced like that since; umm... well... some time ago; anywayz; it was good; really good. I am glad I didn't make it onto the plane; it's that simple. [pavel out]

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