Factory Floor

Factory Floor was so GOTH! So great. I felt like I was in Manchester in the 80’s. The best part was the way the drummer interacted with the synth loops. (three members – synths, drums, bass) I didn’t realize that’s how they normally record and play their tracks – with a real-life rock drummer (HOT btw). First all the analog synth lines are kicked off, all really industrial sounds and different rhythms layered one after the other. Then the drummer starts off super minimalist, just one kick or a cowbell or hi-hat every eighth count, building suspense, then he adds more beats little by little, very mathematically, until he’s in full industrial disco rockout mode. The bassist comes in last and pushes everything over the edge into a sonic blast. That’s their formula for each track, just like an assembly line as their name suggests. Everything is super precise and really loud. Just amazing.

Factory Floor

There were a few young pups in there who were clearly on something, what I don’t know – really hyper-spaz dancing as if in a mosh pit, but just with each other, grabbing each other a lot, jumping up and down, wildly shaking heads and just generally freaking out. It was fun to watch. I can gather how, while on crank or whatever they were up to, the music would make them freak out that way. But any old sober waver in big boots at Lovecraft would put them to shame, interpreting a Factory Floor song into a solid groove.

Sound Diskothek

Vice magazine recently interviewed the Legendary Christiane F. of Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo fame. I hadn’t thought about the movie in years but I was happy to know that Christiane F. is still alive and had some wise things to say about addiction and fame and Berlin in the 70’s and 80’s. I was also reminded of how much I loved the fashions and discotheques in the movie! Christiane borrows her mother’s high heels and takes them with her on the subway to Sound. She puts her sneakers in a locker when she arrives since she can’t be seen carrying around a plastic bag with shoes in it. Yes, please for lockers at the night club!

sound night club christiane f

Sound Diskotheck in Berlin

Sound club Christiane F

The entrance to Sound

There are some variations of Christiane’s main look in the film, but the basics are, jeans, socks with high heels, a disco varsity jacket, and a button down with a black vest. Fierce! Her best chum Kessie is seen several times in an asymmetrical striped shirt with pumps and jeans as well.

outfits from Christiane F

Waiting for the train post discotheque. This is also right after Christiane aids and abets in her first crime!

Sound also has a cinema where old black and white films are shown! The soundtrack was written and performed by David Bowie, so you can’t really tell what type of music they are dancing to on the main floor. I’m sure it was a lot of Bowie and T-Rex and the like. Another feature of the club is the ‘H’ room:

sound night club

“Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.”

All in all, I would love to go to Sound discotheque if I could go back in time to a night club in Berlin. And speaking of Berlin and T-Rex, Jessie Evans will be performing at the East End Sunday 12/15/13, tomorrow night! Ms. Evans is an American rocker, saxophone playing glitter doll, who currently lives in Berlin and we are lucky to have her here in Portland this weekend.

Jessie Evans

The new album from Jessie Evans!

I’m not very familiar with her new album yet, but this is one of my faves from Is It Fire?

Let Me On

And finally,I will let Jessie Evans speak for herself when describing a dream:

“In the dream I stepped out of this futuristic car as an old woman who was my chauffeur opened the door coming out the ceiling. In that moment it dawned on me that I wasn’t going to prom for the people but to celebrate T-rex’s album “The Slider”. It was like I was married to that album, and my dress, my desire to go, everything about it was simply to worship and celebrate the music.”

weekend planning

“I can’t find anywhere online the price for tickets for Jessie Evans. I’m guessing that means it’s free. I’m going to ask Tim if I can borrow his car for that event. Let me know if you are able to escape or if you have to stay home and repent in a horsehair shirt. Rafael is DJing Friday night at Holocene and then Saturday night is Cock Block also at Holocene. Saturday night is also Bubblin’, not sure where that is. Probably at the Rose Bar. One of the DJs at Cock Block from Seattle specializes in electro swing. To be honest, I don’t really love that kind of music but I think I should, if you know what I mean. I think I would prefer Friday night at Holocene if I’m going to choose a night to go out. Let me know your thoughts on that. As soon as I get paid I’m going to buy a ticket for New Year’s Eve. Excited about Le1f!” -Katzendame

UPDATE: According the Portland Mercury, the Jessie Evans show on Sunday night is a mere $7!

SECOND UPDATE: This video is the reason for thinking that I should like electro swing. I love this dancer and he is calling his style “criming.”