Friday, March 31, 2017

a stray zoolu

The change to a publication format was well received, and we only stepped back the number of events photographed slightly during February 2004. The 12 events photographed during the month were huge affairs though.  Everyone seemed to be celebrating something, and it was the final month of carnival.

It all got started with a great little celebration at The Cup & Saucer.  Wednesday Perk had hit the 2-year mark, hosting a fantastic lineup of local talent, along with a great show of support from the community.

The Empire Room also hosted a little blow-out celebrating their recent remodeling, with an equal level of excitement.  Local DJ Bill Pile kept the dance floor packed most of night.

He and Steve Thorell had that effect on things though.  Fridays at The Point were rarely disappointing, their weekly party in the basement.

Although not quite on the same level, I played a little set down at Evolution, which was quite a lot of fun.  It was definitely not of the same caliber as events that came before it, and paled in comparison with that coming for the remainder of the month.

Out in Lawrence, the hugely anticipated "Phuk Luv" went off fantastically.  Joe covered the opening sets, which gave me a chance to have a chat with Ming & FS, for publication in the March 2004 issue.  It was a great opportunity to talk with them about their work, as well as getting a few of their thoughts on the music industry.

Almost immediately after that, we left for New Orleans and Mardi Gras. Not just for that controlled chaos though. Another anniversary was happening. Zoolu, the annual rave at the State Palace was celebrating their 10th with the usual massive line-up over two nights. Packed on both occasions, it was an intense spectacle full of some of the best EDM from around the country, and the icing on the Mardi Gras cake.

The day after returning from that otherworldly dimension, Kansas City stepped up to offer the first of many wild nights at the Stray Cat. A funky little old theater from decades gone that used to sit where the Spring Center is now, Audacity turned the place inside out and upside down, with a full house packed and dancing hard all night long.

Meanwhile in Memphis, Kourtney was covering a peformance by Lawrence local DJ Bobby Duracel. He had picked up an opening slot for the D:Fuse show there, "How Memphis Got Its Groove Back," which looked to be quite a lot fun.

We were getting ready to turn things up a notch in March too. Flying down to Miami with DJ Solaris, we arranged to get into as much trouble as we were capable of, the first part of March. St Patrick's Day arrived in Kansas City too, and Frisky moved to Fridays, among various other events of interest, soon to be restored.

Monday, March 06, 2017

re:store re:define

{Offtrack playing re:phocas ~ jan.2004 ~ photo by Mage}
The number of events covered in January 2004 exploded.  A good part of that was a need to get out and “flyer” for our forthcoming show at the end of the month, though there was never much of that.

The event photos throughout the month did all the work, with the flyer plastered to the front of the site throughout the entire month.

I stopped in on The Cup and several club nights around town, including XO, the Empire, The Point, and of course, Kabal.  Frisky always had a good Thursday too.

It all started off in the grime of the dirty little place on Guinotte though, just after the beginning of the new year.

RJ Bass held a little soiree down at XO for his birthday, having reach the ripe old age of 30, and Solaris got a good spanking for his birthday.

There were a couple of random little stops too, such as Hannah’s Bistro, where Steve Thorell was doing a different sort of gig, with live percussion accompaniment.  I also found myself invited to an afterhours cocktail hour at what I think might have been the last night of the Italian Gardens.

A trip to Chicago in the frozen depths of this winter month provided the lead story for the upcoming shift in the site format to a publication.  Bradshaw endured that little road trip with me, and was a huge help in getting us both home.

We had a good time, meeting up with Offtrack, booked to play the event launching the publication at the end of the month.  We dropped in on Justin Long at SmartBar, and visited with the guys at Gramaphone Records.

We agreed to leave Stardust 4 after he got what he needed for the story, which was sometime around 1 am.  The long journey to Kansas City ensued, and an important lesson in stamina accompanied with caffeine.

After that little adventure, all attention focused on the upcoming launch party.  I stopped in a few different places, and made it over to the monthly Submission.

Otherwise I was dropping in ta the regular club spots, and putting the final touches on the site redesign and new publication. Incorporating stories, interviews and reviews related to electronic dance music, and moving forward as publication under, held a good amount of support from a lot of folks.  Several jumped onboard immediately to help with the effort, as well helping with the event.

There was near disaster on the day of, with a venue change. The show passed all expectations though. You could say Kabal got raved in the process.   It was at capacity most of the night.  We took over the basement and had one wild party.

{@re:phocas ~ photo by Mage}
Having to move the venue on the day of the event seemed to only add to the odd excitement surrounding the whole affair too. Word traveled swiftly that morning, across the internet and mobile communication. Messages were flying everywhere with the news of the venue change.

Coupled with the atmosphere of the partially completely basement at Kabal, it gave it the right sort of rave feel. It kind of looked that way too on several occasions, and after the fact.  It was fun.

Trip back in time through those photos and all the others restored from January 2004, then look back through that first issue of the publication.  A few of the stories are associated with the photos, as were more as the publication progressed.

Next in the lineup, a return to Mardi Gras, Kourtney parties in Memphis, and things kick off at The Stray Cat.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017



Recently introduced to Pogo, an individual producing some unique and interesting tracks using popular movies bytes, we found this pretty amazing.  This isn't just one sample over and over, but rather a multiplicity of sounds from all over a particular movie.  He has covered multiple Disney movies quite well and only recently sampled Star Trek: The Next Generation too.  Drop in on his YouTube channel, You will definitely find something to amuse you.


Break dancer Raphael Xavier, awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship for choreography in 2016, is still breaking it down after 30 years.  Sitting down with Christopher Minor of the Hartford Courant, he talks a little about life and dance, his recovery from a spinal injury, and what it all means.


february night sky - by todd
Cornell University wrote in the Science Daily that finding habitable exoplanets now may be easier. Apparently, "astronomers report that hydrogen pouring from volcanic sources on planets throughout the universe could improve the chances of locating life in the cosmos."  The only problem we have though, is getting there. Technology still lags behind in transport to those regions.


"The Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth and the perfect place to show off " is seeking anyone and everyone, on any creative or inventive level, interested in promoting their art through science, craft, homesteading or engineering.  Planned for June 24 & 25 in Kansas City, the event will also include music, food, workshops, and various performances.


National Geographic shows us "a fresh picture of the ambitions and cultural impact" of the most daring seafarers and explorers to rage across the continent.  The Vikings conquests stretch from the coldest regions of Europe to North America and deep into Russia, and are still celebrated today through reenactments like that shown in an accompanying 360 video.

"breakdown" is a monthly column presenting five random topics of interest associated with the underlying themes of this site ... music . dance . life . art . culture.

This month's header image was taken during Mardi Gras 2002, at the intersection of Rue de Decatur and Frenchman Street, a popular place for local musicians to gather during that particular night for a bit of live improvisational music for a rave-like crowd, dancing well into the night.

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