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.

90 Days of Vogue

The Legendary Lady Sasa has committed to share her 90 days of voguing on Youtube! I will be going back to the beginning and watching them all, but I suggest you start with yesterday’s video:

What a beautiful dancer! Lady Sasa says that when she gets on the floor she starts out soft and cunt and then gets all dramatic. Ever since I first wrote about voguing, I’ve been wanting a better understanding of the different categories and vogue-cabulary. Thanks Lady Sasa for showing us these styles with your own particular interpretation!

I love when Lady Sasa is doing floor work and you hear “back in the day when we had a beef we took it out on the dance floor.” Can all battles take place on the dance floor, please? Spectre and I went to the two person elimination dance battle, Deep, at ADX a couple of weeks ago and we were too absolutely gobsmacked by the dancers to even write about it. If all kids were taught to dance it out from a young age we earthlings would be on our way to a peaceful future.

My favorite battlers were the dancers who had very unique styles. You could tell they knew how to pop and break dance etc., but that was layered with their own individual moves and it was captivating. We also saw some some young gals confront each other on the dance floor, not so much with technique but with their strong gestures and the power of their movements. This is where dance innovation comes from. When you see someone like Chocolate Milk dance, a local Portland street dancer who is also classically trained and just back from NYC, you will just about weep! Chocolate Milk was stunning and the only competitor at Deep who added vogue elements.

Back to Lady Sasa. Bring it, sister! I can’t wait for her offerings of fierceness to bring light into my life for 78 more days!

The World Needs Giorgio Moroder

I saw the trailer for the new Daft Punk song “Get Lucky” shown at Coachella this past weekend and I know we are going to be dancing to the whole album all summer long. Here’s a link to the teaser:

Daft Punk teaser with Pharrell Williams!

Needing a bit of a cheering up today, I looked into it further and found this interview with The Legendary Giorgio Moroder, who is also a collaborator on the album! Mr. Moroder says this:

“What the world needs now is not only good songs, which I think are out… the world needs something new.”

Giorgio Moroder

Giorgio Moroder photo by Wofgang Moroder

I couldn’t agree more that the world needs good songs and something new! What is new about the upcoming Daft Punk album seems to me, to be a combination of all the latest technological advancements in recording, combined with good old fashioned actual musicians playing actual instruments. Fuck yeah!!! The best of both worlds, bring it on! We are ready to dance.

Here in Portland we are lucky enough to be able to see bands like Ancient Heat, a huge extravaganza of singers and musicians playing all live disco music. More of this, world! By the way, when we went to see Ancient Heat at Holocene, we met Giorgio Moroder’s #1 fan, featuring a Moroder t-shirt, a 1970’s mustache in the style of Mr. Moroder, and non-stop lectures on the importance of his disco legacy. Groove on, disco brother!

We saw Strength, another Portland disco band, open up for Hercules and Love Affair a couple of years ago, and how we danced. Don’t get me started on my deep love for Hercules and Love Affair; it is much too exciting and lengthy of a topic for me to handle right now. I will quote Spectre here and say “One of my great goals in life is to become less of a spaz.” Quick note; without Hercules and Love Affair would we now have Kim Ann Foxman?

Back to the Importance of Giorgio Moroder. His groundbreaking work with Donna Summer is recognized by all and still steams up many a dance floor. For all the details of his extraordinary career, might I suggest his wikipedia entry? In other current Moroder news, he recently uploaded unreleased edits and assorted rarities on soundcloud. Truly making the world a better place with his sublime music and proletarian sharing of fabulous grooves. Giorgio Moroder forever!

Donna Summer

We love you, Mr. Moroder.

Finally, on the topic of what the world needs, I have to quote another beloved Legend, Burt Bacharach, and say “What the world needs now is love, sweet love.”