Over the past couple of years, a different kind of dance party has been popping up all over. Indie rock kids are playing their records out and DJing wildly eclectic mixes that include punk funk, Kraut rock, mash-up and electro. Currently, a handful of semi-regular nights are happening. Each of them has its own flavour, but they're definitely related to the same scene.
Checked out Expensive Shit Saturday night at Club 56 . Although the place wasn't exactly packed, it was nevertheless a decent little party.
The mash-up craze of bootleg medleys can be hit-and-miss when downloading anonymous re-edits, so having DJs who are willing to sift through it all to find the gems is useful. Hearing distorted guitars rocking a dance floor is also refreshing and exciting, although this is starting to happen outside of the underground as well, with the White Stripes ' Seven Nation Army somehow becoming a big club anthem.
Stumbled over a weird little guerrilla event in Kensington Park Friday evening, featuring video projections, slides, ambient laptop performances and processed guitar powered off a generator. Stream Interface was the antithesis of corporate-sponsored club events - free, DIY, experimental and community-oriented. Caught some drone and noise improvisations by Crushkill that paired well with the projections. At least half a dozen performers presented work over the evening.
Toronto needs more people who take this approach with other forms of music.
Can't rain on his parade
Arrived at the Blockorama stage on Sunday just as the sky opened up and soaked Pride . It had been a hot day, so although those standing on the sidelines ran for cover, those on the dance floor cheered every time the downpour went up a notch in intensity. Of course, the cheering was even louder when the sun reappeared, but that's beside the point. Spirits were high all over Church Street, but the feeling at Blockorama is somehow always more of an emotional energy.
Earlier on, further south on Church, Amtrak , who spun some chunky house mix, got a good laugh out of the public nudity she inspired.