Thursday, June 08, 2006
sweet talk



If you made it down to the Plaza to catch Spank Rock last night, you know exactly what I mean, when I say that "some white boys surely imitate that" would've been the title of this entry, had I not already used it awhile back... but, more on that later.

Pase Rock, who also joined Spank Rock on stage later in the evening, opened the evenings festivities. He was pretty slick behind the decks, and had I not been so tired from going out on Tuesday, I'm sure I would've been into it more.

Low Budget hit the stage after Pase Rock. And, while I skipped out for 20 minutes to get pizza at Numero Uno, what I was there for was better than when he spun at the Columbia a couple of weeks ago.

Let's talk about some DJ trends, as a brief aside. Don't get me wrong, because I'm still amped that I can hear any of my favourite party tracks, regardless of genre, when I go out to my favourite club nights nowadays. And, while I don't think I'll ever get sick of "B.O.B.," "Deceptacon," "What You Know," or "Stay Fly," things are getting kind of predictable. It's some weird irony that in a DJ subculture that fluorished because they weren't afraid to play anything, everyone is starting to play the same thing. Not just big dancefloor stompers like the afermentioned tracks, either, as I've heard Yelle's "Short Dick Cuizi" the last three times I've gone out, and that's certainly not very big. That being said, at this point in time, it's still awesome to hear "Short Dick Cuizi" when I go out.

But, back on track...

I have to admit, I don't go out of my way to go to a lot of hip-hop shows anymore, especially those of the DJ/MC-only variety. I still listen to a lot of rap, I just find, that for whatever reason, I often come away from live hip-hop shows a little disappointed. In fact, I skipped Spank Rock the first time they dropped in on Vancouver, for precisely that reason, only deciding to check this out because Graham insisted that it would be off the hook (and, I mean, he was wrong about the Bicycles, so there's no way he'd go 0-for-2). Naeem Juwan, the voice of Spank Rock, was quoted in a Fader article where he said the following: "I get excited when James Brown drops to his knees and brings the cape out... so why can't I give that same feeling and passion in my shows?" Those are some big words, but he did a pretty good job of living up to them.

Spank Rock hit the stage right after Low B, with MC Naeem flanked by DJ's Rockswell and Ronnie Darko (beatmaster, Alex "Armani" XXXChange wasn't there), with Pase Rock taking "hype man" duties. And, from the opening beats to when Naeem jumped off the stage, leaving Rockswell, Darko, and Pase Rock to spin the evening to a close, it wasn't just a show; it was a party. Rockswell and Darko were extremely tight on the ones-and-twos(-and-threes-and-fours), and Rock's Spank and Pase were brimming with energy. They also broke down the wall between stage and floor, with Juwan coming into the audience, the audience coming up on stage, and one guy jumping up to rap the first verse of "Put Tha Pussy On Me."



This wasn't some kind of half-assed, drunken, fan boy mumbling either, dude knew his lines, and spat them well. The crowd went nuts, the whole Spank Rock crew looked impressed, and the security guard who was on the right side of the stage went from looking ready to bust some heads to thoroughly amused and smiling very quickly. "Some white boys surely imitate that," indeed.

If you missed last night, you can at least catch some of the guys from Spank Rock when they do a DJ set at the Kids (at the Columbia) on July 19th.

In upcoming show news...

Peaches is at the Commodore on August 10th with Eagles of Death Metal and Stinkmitt.

Vashti Bunyan is at Richard's on September 1st... which would be awesome, were it not the same day as Of Montreal. I'm torn.

The Indie Music Video Festival hits Vancouver on July 4th. The Havana Theatre will host both the fest and a screening of the movie, What Is Indie? A Look Into the World of Independent Musicians.

download: What Is Indie? - Trailer

now playing: Vetiver - Been So Long

2 Comments:

Spank Rock did an instore at BeatStreet on Wed afternoon. He was just hanging around, I didn't stick around to see if he'd play. Nice guy though.

By Blogger pinder, at 8:45 PM  

EODM and Stinkmitt 1 day before my birthday?

Gina

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:31 PM  

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