SebastiAn Live in SF, CA (09/11/11)

French electro artist SebastiAn recently came to San Francisco for a “live” show (at the Mezzanine on 09/19/11) and although the music was really enjoyable at the time, the performance ended up ultimately being a bit disappointing after later finding out that he was playing a premixed set without any kind of midi controller. However, if that’s not something that bothers you, then I would say he’s still worth seeing.

Ed Banger’s SebastiAn aka Sebastian Akchoté spent the duration of his 1hr+ set smoking cigarettes, drinking, looking at his computer, and putting one fist or two fists up every now and then. He was backed by a couple “S” lights, some random political themed visuals behind him, and an occasional barrage of flashing lights. Now as I mentioned before, the music sounded good and I heard some songs I didn’t recognize which is always exciting.

All in all it was still a fun time; but when you pay $25 for a ticket to see an artist play “live” (as it was billed) only to later find out that the guy is just smoking cigarettes along to his premixed set, it is kind of disappointing. This fact was validated by a DJ friend of mine who opened for SebastiAn that night.

Regardless, the videos below are worth watching because the sounds and video are pretty good (my new droid bionic phones takes 1080p videos apparently woo), and after all it’s all free so you should check out the videos below (without paying and feeling cheated of a real performance). Enjoy!

Identity Festival 2011 (09/03/11)

The Identity Festival recently made its trip to the San Francisco bay area landing at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain view on Saturday September 3rd, 2011. Although there were some decent names of the bill overall, I went mainly to see Booka Shade (seen above), Kaskade, and Pretty Lights and they did not disappoint. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for my sh*tty camera.

As a result of the Shoreline controlling the amount of people in the front section of the main stage, I lucked out and got an amazing spot in front since I headed there early to catch Booka Shade (and then ended up staying there fore the rest of the event). The front sectioned off area consisted of an extremely small dance pit and first fifty or so rows of bleacher seats; I was about three rows from the front. It was a prettay sweet view that would’ve made for some good videos had it not been for the super distorted audio from my camera.

Anyways, long story short, Identity festival at Shoreline was a lot of fun and definitely exceeded my expectations! From what I saw/heard I can say that Booka Shade, Pretty Lights, and Kaskade are all awesome and worth seeing if you haven’t already (especially Pretty Lights if you’re a fan of visuals); however, Disco Biscuits are not worth your time.

Check out the videos below if you want a taste of what a Booka Shade or Pretty Lights show looks like (…Amazing! is a good descriptor). Apologies again for the audio quality though, because it is really pretty terrible.

The German Booka Shade are pretty entertaining live and def worth checking out if they hit your area. Hard to beat stand up live drumming and a table of synths and effects. Check them out playing their classic song “Night Falls” live below.

Pretty Lights fully lives up to his name with his new live show…and Yes, that was a terrible pun, deal with it. It’s deserving of how stupidly impressive his current live show is. It’s almost Amon Tobin Isam status.

Lastly, check out a short clip of one of the crazier visual patterns Pretty Lights has going on during his show


Porter Robinson and The M Machine Live in SF, CA (07/28/11)

A while back I took a stroll through bros-ville and saw Porter Robinson and The Machine at Ruby Skye in San Francisco. Not that either of those acts have anything to do with bros, but if you’ve been to Ruby Skye, you’ll know what I mean.

Anyways, I took some prettay mediocre videos and decided to post them anyways. Instead of filtering out media that isn’t of great quality, I’ve decided to just post whatever on the internets because it really doesn’t hurt, and if anyone enjoys it, it’s worthwhile to me.

So, check out the videos below of Porter Robinson DJ’ing it up (Porter plays a new song in one of the videos) and The M Machine (formerly Pance Party, recently thought to be named Metropolis) doing their thing with their sweet home made M light wall.

Yuck Live in SF (07/26/11)

A while back I got to see the young UK indie band Yuck thanks to my friend Canary who scored me some free tickets to their show at The Independent in San Francisco on July 26th, 2011.

I hadn’t heard much of them before but I thought their set was pretty decent and after later listening to their 2011 self titled debut album, I liked them a bit more. I also definitely see the comparison to 90’s noisy indie rock (as has been mentioned by critics) but I find it a bit refreshing given that music’s absence from the modern indie scene.

At the show I took a few videos (of songs “Get Away”, “Milkshake”, “Georgia”, and “Rubber”) from the balcony. Check them out below.