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.

Egyptian Lover NYE 2013

Wondering what to do this New Year’s Eve? Look no further than this gorgeous dance party extravaganza at YU in SE Portland. Check out the details and buy tickets here:

Totally bitchin’ event page for Egyptian Lover

Spectre of The Rose and I both have an enduring interest in ancient Egypt, so you know we were absolutely thrilled to learn of this event. Plus, we like to dance and we love all Egyptian Lovers and Tutters and their ilk.

Most importantly, this event features the one and onlyp Legendary Egyptian Loverp himself!!!

Learn it.

Egyptian costume

Spectre of The Rose or Cleopatra?

In fact, Katzendame happened to be watching The Mystery of The Cocaine Mummy * about an Egyptian mummy that tested positive for cocaine and nicotine, when she heard about the event. Bitches were partying! We will not get into the historical ramifications and various theories up-ended by this startling discovery but suffice to say, we can look to the ancients on how to bring in a new year. We are not condoning the use of cocaine and nicotine, because they are bad. We do condone dancing, wearing a ton of makeup, Maryjane, Sazerac cocktails, wine, getting down and enjoying life.A

Egyptian Goddess Bastet

Bastet statue photo by Kotofeij K. Bajun

Are we hedonists? Perhaps a bit. We prefer to think of ourselves as Maenads, followers of Dioynisus. Katzendame also worships Bastet, the Egyptian cat god, but perhaps you guessed.

Back to wearing tons of makeup; Katzendame recently discovered when refreshing herself on the finer points of her chosen deity that the ancient Egyptians wore cosmetics as a sacred rite. Pharoahs, proletarians, men, and women alike, all wore cosmetics, especially eye makeup to emulate the eye of Horus. Black kohl was worn around their eyes in an almond shape and accompanied by green eyeshadow. To be beautiful was to be holy and their cosmetics held magical powers.w

Next up: Spectre of The Rose on the King Tut exhibit in Seattle and the fabulous dance style called Tutting.

And Steve Martin.  I hope that the Spectre writes about Steve Martin.