It’s 2008 and I’m back to feeling frisky after enjoying a lovely holiday season, capped off by the inevitable shirtless dancing to Justice on New Year’s Eve. Every time I visit Vancouver I end up returning with a potato sack full of great new memories, as well as the odd one better left behind, and I thought in honour of this I’d throw down a post in homage to some of my favourite parts of the excellent Vancity scene.
1/2 Alive used to be a pretty skid weekly party operating out of shelled out warehouses and other such low-key venues, but soon enough it blew up enough to be held at one of the better downtown venues for music, Richard’s on Richards. The DJ’s My!Gay!Husband!, Tyler Fedchuk, and Tony X (and MC Curtis Santiago) are all really tight on their own, but more and more 1/2 Alive has been bringing in big names like Digitalism, Krames, Chromeo, and Shout Out Out Out Out. All in all a fun way to spend a Friday night in Vancouver, and here’s some edits and remixes you’ll be sure to enjoy.
Saturday nights are best spent at my favourite space in Vancouver, the Royal Unicorn Cabaret, in the heart of Chinatown. Saturdays it gets taken over by the Salbourg crew, featuring superstar DJ Paul Devro (who’s in with Diplo’s Mad Decent crew) as well as his brother Erik Devereux. Their parties are two blocks past Jump Street, so to speak, and sometimes they also feature touring DJs. I seem to recall we saw Radioclit there this past summer, but things to tend to blend in my mind.
A little less electro-rage-bangerific this week, but some lovely tunes nonetheless. Due to the combined effects of two conditions from which I suffer, being busy and being lazy, my new year’s resolution will be to simply keep this little weekly dabble going. Any suggestions for future directions?