1. Javier Ninja, new father of the House of Ninja

    March 26, 2014 by Spectre of the Rose

    Outrageous fierceness alert!

    The hand performance is unbelievably thrilling, along with the gloves and the stage presence. Does it not give you the chills, and the satisfaction of being mortal at this precise moment just to witness it? We love the influence of waacking on this routine. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of mutation creeping in; to me it contradicts the elegance of the vogue – but there are plenty of other videos of Javier where this came from, and I’m sure his repertoire is as diverse as it is stunning.

    Since Legendary Benny Ninja was shellshocked as a survivor in a terrible Metro-North train derailment, word has it that this Child may temporarily take over as the Father of the House of Ninja.

    Javier Ninja, Legendary House of Ninja

    The New School of Vogue

  2. L-Vis 1990, in PDX tonite!

    February 14, 2014 by Spectre of the Rose
    L-Vis 1990

    What’s up, Versace 1990? I want that shirt.

    Wicked psyched to finally see UK (& now NYC) dj L-Vis 1990 tonight at the Rose Bar here in downtown Portland, OR. Valentine’s Day, fundraiser, full moon in Leo, the Bubblin’ dudes, and this edgy (read: hard) yet dancey London DJ doin’ his outrageous thing?! Anyone not going to this is a punter. I don’t have to go to work tomorrow, but I do have dance class with 16 hooting and tap-dancing sexagenarians at 9AM. It’s not easy to dance all night and get up for that class afterwards. BUT ONE MUST.

    I have no idea what to expect, really, because, to me, L-Vis has two totally different sounds – the hard, abstract & broken-glassy Night Slugs’ sound as L-Vis 1990, then this housey old Detroit sound as his alias, Dance System (I mean…DANCE SYSTEM? Yes he did.)

    BUT, here’s a premoniton, from an interview with a lass from Opening Ceremony, from three days ago: “This year’s theme is Belgium, so I’ve been kinda emerging myself in New Beat, an amazing form of club music from Belgium in the late 80s. It’s like slowed-down acid house with an industrial EBM edge. I’m obsessed! The music for [the Opening Ceremony New York Fashion Week] show is heavily influenced by that era.” Indeed! Please hit us with that velvet glove, James.

    Very Helpful links of Enlightenment:

    His collaborative Night Slugs label, avec beaucoup des tracks and all manner of overwhelming hysteria; you won’t be able to keep up with all the mixes and radio shows and world tours.

    The Dance Workout by L-Vis, an utter panic. I think this is designed a bit more for men, so work it, guys! time. to get busy. can we get some bass, please? thank you.

    Our favorite dudes! Bubblin’ Valentine’s Day Edition! Ben Tactic & Lincolnup. And of course no Portlander is a stranger to the old-school bounce curation of working girl DJ Beyondadout.

    Fashion side note: I might be way behind on this one, but ever since M.I.A. came out with her ridiculously hot Versace Versus graphic print collection (still has not gone on sale; UGH!), I’ve been obsessed with looking at 90’s Versace, Hermes and Gucci ripoff scarf print shirts on Etsy. And then today I just noticed the threads on L-Vis in this smoky photo shoot (above). Gimme a break! I can only take so much.

    Happy Valentine’s Day, freaks!


  3. riffin’ on Myths and Mariah & stuff

    February 12, 2014 by Spectre of the Rose

    I just re-discovered this great Grimes interview. This time, I noticed her mention of The Mutators, who morphed into Myths, whom I saw at Doug Fir last year (with my friend Cris, bless her), and who are fascinating, disturbing and inspiring metal-banshees.

    And of course I love Grimes’ excitement over the Mariah Carey record, proclaiming that Mariah is her favorite artist with no irony whatsoever.

         Nardwuar vs. Grimes, 2012, Austin, TX

    I also love that she loved The Dream show, at which there were only 100 people-?!

    To my surprise, Grimes is still touring. I thought she had bailed on performing due to tinnitus, but I guess she’s still able to perform. Bonus! Does Grimes remind anyone else a lot of Kitaro? With the breathy flute synths. Kitaro, Tangerine Dream & all those New Age homies.