LINDSTRØM at Mod Club (722 College), Friday (October 7), 10 pm. $15. PDR, RT, SS, TW. See listing.
Norwegian space disco kingpin Lindstrøm's hardcore fans have been waiting forever to hear his esoteric and eclectic sounds in person. But you have to wonder if the rest of the weekend crowd at Mod Club for his first T.O. gig on Friday will be ready for his slowed-down smoked-out beats and quirky sensibility.
"I'm used to that," he says, chuckling. "Sometimes I get the feeling that the promoters don't really know what they're doing when they book me. They may be happy to have me there, but the audience may not always agree with them."
Not the usual bravado of a globe-trotting DJ/producer, but Lindstrøm isn't your average beatsmith. Since 2003, he's helped put Norway's electronic scene on the map, and his collaborations with people like Prins Thomas and vocalist Christabelle have pushed the boundaries of what can work on the dance floor. Who else would have thought to put out a 43-minute ambient electronic version of Little Drummer Boy?
His idiosyncratic sound blends everything from disco to prog rock to techno, giving the impression that he's an diehard record collector who's been DJing since the 70s. The truth is closer to the opposite: he actually spent his younger years singing in a symphony choir, playing washboard in a country band and fronting an Elvis Presley gospel cover act. It wasn't until the late 90s that he started to pay attention to dance music at all.
"I didn't really understand anything about house music until I bought a sampler and figured out how to use it. I thought I should listen to some music made with that kind of equipment, so I spent a while trying to copy the stuff I heard on an old Ninja Tune compilation."