Thom Yorke & Nigel Godrich show how "EDM" (god I hate that name!:) can & should be done.
Wow, what an incredible gig! Very hard to describe but somewhere between DJ'ing, live remixing of their tracks & an old skool reggae dub studio session. The thing I loved most was that they fucked up. Not terribly but enough that one was able to tell it was really live. As they built the rhythms, one effected sound, like a decaying or delayed echo on a click would be it the wrong place. It was like when I'm mixing two records together & they are not quite synced, so I'd be creating a "wrong" patten & wouldn't know how to get out of it.
Visuals by TARIK were also effected live, making the experience really engaging.
Feeling super blessed for both having a friend (Ned) who hooked me with a ticket & being one of the few people who got to see, sweat & dance to ESG's final show at the tiny Bowery Electric venue last night.For those who don't know (shame), ESG are a band based around 3 sisters from the Bronx, who in 1981 broke out on the seminal 99 Records . Even though I was in London for most of the 80's, their tracks Moody & UFO had an incredible impact & influence on me as a DJ learning about grooves & tempo.
They've been sampled by such diverse acts as TLC, the Wu-Tang Clan, Beastie Boys, Big Daddy Kane, Gang Starr, Junior Mafia, Tricky, Jay-Dee, Unrest and Liars & in 1992 released their album "Sample Credits Don't Pay Our Bills".
They were a favorites of the 80's downtown NY club scene & regulars at legendary venues such as Danceteria & Mudd Club.
Sadly by the time I'd moved to NY they had pretty much stopped playing gigs here, so last nights show was something very special for me, & the others present.
However, they have played their "Final Show" before, so maybe you'll also get a chance to catch them : ) To know more, here's their Wiki & Discogs
I dont have the vocabulary to describe the experience of watching a little of The Clock! I know this is old news for many but this morning I sat at the MoMA from 10.47am till 12.07pm but sincerely wished I could watch the full 24 hours. Words like genius & unbelievable are so over used, that they dont have the impact that I wish they had for me right now, this work of art is ex·traor·di·nar·y. Its playing at the MoMA till Jan 21 & I think they are running it sometimes for 24 hours too. DONT SLEEP!