Read this, memorize this, print this out. Also, if you want the shit scared out of you, read The New Jim Crow (not about arresting ravers, but gives you a petrifying view of how police can operate when they are targetting a group). What To Do if The Police Stop You at a Music Festival – Showbams.
Oh god. Where to start. Let’s start on a positive note shall we? I had a fucking awesome week up till burn night. I have a few stand-out musical highlights from this year that totally made everything worth it. Three people get the record for “making Rosie dance her face off for their entire set even though she was fucking exhausted.” That goes to Drew Drop at the Wednesday White Party, Bassmechanic’s Friday […]
Also highly recommended. An Emotional Survival Guide to Burning Man | Fest300 – World’s Best Festivals.
It’s pretty obvious to a Burner when the media makes uneducated references to Burning Man. What’s worse is that it is so often portrayed simply as a drug fueled bacchanalian free for all, without the context of the culture of Burning Man. (hence problems described in There and Back Again). This article, 10 years old, is still pretty much the best illustration of how shit goes down at Burning Man, as well as the journey […]
Happy New Year everyone. I’m back from my mostly annual pilgrimmage to that thing in the desert and ready to kick some major ass. I did drop off the radar there for a while – new job, a dance project, health problems, and the usual insanity of prepping for BM. I’ve also rethought the structure of this blog and am going to try and focus more on getting all the old school stuff up first, […]
Definitely agree with this list. And totally going anyway. I’ve learned to handle my shit (more or less). More specifically, how to not give a shit. Also mood stabilizers help immensely Playa virgins heed thy warnings though! I’ll have to repost Captain Hindsight’s Lessons from Burning Man (2011 and 2012). Burning Man Sucks! 10 Reasons to Stay Home | Burners.Me Burning Man commentary blog.
Ok I’m not even going to attempt a history of the rave flyer (if someone wants to do one, I would LOVE to post it). But, I would LOVE to see the flyer from your first rave (or electronic music event if it wasn’t a rave). Anticipating the return of Daft Punk, I went back and found the flyer from my first rave. They headlined (DJ set only) with Josh Wink in 1999. I believe […]
Thanks To Beatport (who probably actually did the original 10 best Detroit techno documentaries). I’m stoked to watch all of them. I’ve already seen Paris is Burning about half a dozen times because it is AWESOME. And I needed to perfect my duck walk. The 10 best house documentaries of all time – Beatport News.
I love my new west coast home, replete with desert dance parties, funky glitch hop, nasty electro-breaks, flame throwers, fun fur, and mobile glowing spaceship dj booths, I also love the new EDM concerts with crazy LED shows, super technical visuals and pyrotechnics, and dj booths worth 6 figures. But ultimately, I’m an east-coast party kid that grew up on minimal, hard techno, and jackin house. Give me Ben Sims in an abandoned detroit warehouse […]
Excellent point. I honestly don’t understand why a DJ is SO COMPELLING TO WATCH. Other than turntablists those with massive light shows, their performance is based entirely on the sounds the select and arrange (and sometimes compose). They don’t spend hours creating costumes or perfecting dance movements (some may work on their bass face in the mirror) or choreographing a mixing routine. You can’t even see what they’re doing on the mixer/decks/controller/cdjs/whatever!!! (This or this […]