STS9 the STL

February 8, 2008

STS9

This is a seriously delayed post. The concert was last Saturday, and it was amazing. Truly amazing.

One of my greatest memories was being able to watch world-renowned jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves perform at the Cayman Jazz Festival. Not just because of how stunningly marvelous her voice is, or how wonderful the chemistry is between her and her band, but because I got to go with my grandfather. To see his reaction to the music blew me away. From the beginning of the show through the end, he had tears welling up in his eyes. It was truly a beautiful spectacle to behold, how deeply he was effected by the music. This was truly one of the best moments of my life. And now, I have had a brief glimpse of how he felt.

Although the  tears were not through the entire concert, they came from the second STS9 started to play, and lasted through the first couple of songs. And I assure you, it had nothing to do with the copious amounts of smoke that filled the building.

I have to say that my biggest disappointment with  St. Louis is the music scene. Not that its bad, but it doesn’t even begin to compare with that of DC. There is always a great show to see in DC. But there is one thing about this that is great: it seems that the energy required to go see numerous shows all saves itself up and by the time there is something great to see, St. Louis unleashes all their energy at once. I have never seen so many people dance so passionately for such an extended period of time. A sold-out show where everyone is dancing the entire 5 hours is truly a spectacle.

And of course, I haven’t even gotten to the music. The opening act, Lotus, was phenomenal. I had never heard their music before, but I will no longer be sleeping on them. Fast-paced, sophisticated disco that employs the use of a vocoder at all the right moments. The tempo changes and breakdowns were amazing, and gave the music a very dynamic feel. Honestly they were amazing.

And then, come the heroes of the night. Sound Tribe Sector 9. Amazing. For those not familiar with the group, it is a 5 member electronica/jam-band known for their live performances and one-take recording process. For those of you who have heard their records go see a show, it will blow you away. And for those who have seen a show, you already know what I’m talking about. I can’t even think of words to describe it. You just have to see them. They are without a doubt THE BEST LIVE ACT I HAVE EVER SEEN. EVER.

I will be downloading the recording of the St. Louis show, and when I do, I will post a few tracks online for people to listen to. Keep your eyes open for that.  In the mean-time:

STS9.com 

-the judge

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Vinyl Meltdown Gets Down and Dirty in DC

January 7, 2008

Vinyl Meltdown at 930

Last night, in[di]visible and I (plus one Korean import) were lucky enough to be able to go see DJ Tittsworth and pals throw down at the 930 club. Let me just say that energy was high, music was excellent, and the party was off the chain.

The event was a part of DJ Will Eastman‘s Blisspop series, a monthly dance party that showcases some of DCs rising talents, as well as talents from across the country and across the world. It was sponsored by Scion and brightestyoungthings.com.

Unfortunately (or fortunately as I gathered) we only made it into the building in time for the openers Metropolitan’s final song. Personally, I was not impressed. But that went quickly enough, and without missing a beat we were into Eastman’s DJ set. The set was very good, and eclectic blend of different styles of music that all mish-mashed together and flowed smoothly. Not enough club DJs can even do this any more. But Eastman did, and kept the energy and high.

Next to the stage were the only non-locals of the night, Electro-Funk band Codebreaker, straight from Milwaukee. The group was phenomenal. Their energy was high, their music was sophisticated, funky, and had great rhythms. It definitely kept the party going live, and impressed the audience. I would definitely recommend seeing them live if given the opportunity.

Us and Titts

Finally, the big man himself, DJ Tittsworth came out, with his B-more influenced blend of both random no-name tracks, and ultra-popular hits (not restricted by genre, we heard a range from Bon-Jovi, to SouljaBoy, to Eric Prydz, to The Offspring). It is truly awe-inspiring to see how much he can get a crowd moving. This was hands down THE BEST dance party I have seen. Tittsworth is a phenomenal DJ. He truly knows how to please the crowd (when I was right up in his face, I could notice him gaging the reaction to each song, and adjusting his set accordingly). His set lasted a good 2 and a half hours before we had to leave, but it was still going strong, and people were still dancing.

Overall, fantastic concert experience, and I look forward to attending more Blisspop events, and hearing from each of these artists in the future.

the judge

**Note**

Still uploading some videos, will come back and edit this post after I’m done with that.