Majical Cloudz got you down last week? Get out of your coffin and enter the reality of DJ Rashad, a world in which one may not be able to dance quickly enough to satisfy his needs — the BPM is typically high in the classical “juke,” “footwork,” “ghettotech,” etc. tradition. Read: DJ Rashad’s 90 minute set may rightfully exhaust you.
Guy Fridge has left Wesleyan for NYU, but I suppose we can accept him for the night. Not only are his sets musically exhilarating, but the energy emitted from Mr. Fridge’s body will make it difficult for you to self-consciously stand around. So don’t do that.
The show starts immediately at 10.
DJ Rashad can be found on soundcloud here and here. Plus check out this website to watch and download a live set.
Guy Fridge can be found here.
Date: Thursday, September 19th
Neo-tribalgaze band Prince Rama, which consists of two glittery sisters who grew up on a Hare Krishna commune (and that guy in the background who follows their exploits with his bass and gets curiously little media attention), played to a packed, sweaty house at Eclectic Friday night. Their act has a strong element of performance art; their opening ritual included keyboardist Taraka Larson throwing a long, sheer veil over herself and creeping through the crowd at the speed of molasses while the rest of the band played a droney track (it might have been “Summer of Love”).
She also climbed up on the speakers and blindly caressed the heads of the freshman boys in the front row, who made beatific expressions as if they had been touched by an angel. They invited people to get up front and dance with them, but the audience was sadly shy. No worries if you missed it and still want to shake your booty; according to their Facebook page, they’re holding a YouTube dance contest and the deadline is October first.
Opening was Dema Paxton Fofang ’13’s solo project Bamenda, which we posted about a few weeks ago.
Bummed you waited in that absurdly long line in Usdan today and still didn’t get a ticket to Danny Brown? Don’t worry. That’s not the only show happening at Eclectic this weekend (and this one’s free). The long-awaited Aural Wes redesign is finally going live this weekend; to celebrate, Prince Rama and a plethora of Wes artists are performing. Here’s the write-up on Aural Wes:
Prince Rama is a Brookyln-based psychedelic rock band made up of sisters Taraka and Nimai Larson. Later this fall, they will be opening for Animal Collective in London, and they are on the label started by Animal Collective, Paw Tracks. Their music reflects the sisters’ experience being raised in a Hare Krishna-heavy community in Florida (they use sanskirt chants and tribal drums!). Check out their latest single here.
Opening for the show will be Wesleyan’s very own Guy Fridge, who was featured on Wesleying last year and whose music can be found here.
DJ CROOK$HANKS, whose mix tapes have spammed all over this blog, will also be playing a set after Prince Rama.
Date: Friday, September 21
Time: 10pm – 2am
Guy Fridge ’15 writes in to let the Wes world know about his recent music adventures. Fridge is part of a mini-label called 6BIT, which had a notable showcase at SWSW this spring and were recently asked by Portals Music to do a guest post on their website, which can be found here. BIT’s most recent complication, which is available both on their website and Bandcamp, can be found here.
Mr. Fridge‘s compilation also includes a remix of a Brandy track,”I Wanna Be Down.” Physical copies will be sold at Amoeba Records and PooBah Records in Los Angeles. Fridge’s forthcoming EP will be released on the label as well, which should be out sometime in the summer.
[If you’re interested, there are some other really cool guys
on this label that have been getting a lot of hype recently. A net label called Absent Fever and a physical label called JAXART recently recruited several artists on the label to be a part of a compilation called “Generation Y Not,” which was printed as 1,000 physical CDs and went up for digital download. The link to that compilation can be found here