By Sir Cosmic Luv
If you haven't noticed it's 1994 and already so much has
happened here in the emerald city. However, instead of reliving the past in
such detail I'd rather just touch on a few of the high points. It seems so
redundant and a bit trivial to keep giving a blow by blow of every party I
However, one weekend in particular stands out and needs to
be mentioned. It was the visit from San Francisco's recording artists Dubtribe.
They came, they saw, they rocked our heads. They visited the Romper Room on
Thursday and brought life to the night. They kicked off the first night of
Choc-Lit factory with a bang. Finally, they showed up at Lemon Twist and showed
those people what's up! The Dubtribe Sound System has got it goin' on. Look for
their return on March 17th at Evolution.
From here on out, I, Sir Cosmic Luv, am going to predict the
future rather than reiterate the past. My eyes will peer forward instead of
backwards. I'm going to gaze deep into my ear and tell you, the reader, what is
going to happen here in the future. You see I look into my ear at this family
of potato bugs, or is that "potatoe" bugs. Anyway, I watch these creatures in
their day to day life and from this I know the future. Sounds crazy, but it has
worked so far. I knew all about that earthquake down south. I called the proper
authorities in L.A. warning them of the tragedy about to hit. Then I had to
explain about my ear dwelling friends and I quickly got dismissed as a lunatic.
I pray you won't feel the same or misfortune may follow you as well.
My first prediction is that soon an abundance of music will
be flowing out of Seattle. Yes, of course, there already is an abundance of
three chord guitar sporting, flannel wearing, beer swilling, stage diving, dope
shooting, punk rock crap. I'm talking about good dance music. Record labels are
peering their small uncorporate heads above ground. Or should I say
underground. Anyway, now is the time. Now is the time for all you basement DJs
and producers to come to the surface. Vinyl awaits you and your trax. Pick up
the Pace! If you have already begun pounding away on your keyboards let us give
it a listen. Send us your shit and we will direct you on where to go. And it
won't be to hell.
Next, I'd like to comment on this thing we so commonly call
acid jazz. Do any of us know what the fuck acid jazz is? It has become quite
popular and before it becomes any less popular it's only gonna get bigger. My
problem isn't with the style of music or the people who are coming out in
hordes to get down to it. My problem is the looseness of the term. We now have
places like the Lox, Stock and Bagel having an Acid Jazz night, which is not
much more than a night with bands. Since these bands may have a bit of jazz
flare they decided to dub the night "Acid Jazz." These people wouldn't know
what the fuck Acid Jazz is if it bit them. Finally, Acid Jazz as a label from
England. They put out several different types of music. The music we call Acid
Jazz which everyone seems to have their own interpretation of is dance floor
jazz, nothing more! We now have entered the marketing explosion and everyone is
jumping in to make a buck. This is a common occurrence with different genres of
music and the problem is that soon it becomes trendy and those who really enjoy
it lose the passion for it. It's not that hip anymore. So if you are a lover
for this sort of beat, don't call it Acid Jazz. Call it Jazz and perhaps people
won't think it's as hip.
Hey, here's a tangent for 'ya. Whatever happened to the big
circus, festival-type raves. I miss those things. There was a time when I felt
it was a bit childish and we had lost the focus. However, there was a good
feeling of fun and we shouldn't be so serious all the time. Another great thing
was sitting outside the Moonbounce and watching people running out puking up
the E. It's also nice to be able to see where your fifteen bucks is good,
besides the promoter's pocket.
This brings up a thought. For the most part the promoters
are taking home the big chunks of money. It may be argued that it should be
that way. Why not? The promoters do all the leg work and are also the ones
taking the risk. The problem is when corners start getting cut to trim their
budgets. "Oh hell, we don't need any bathrooms!" The problem has been solved.
The night we have come to know as The Choc-Lit factory has a nice method.
Everyone involved whether they're a promoter or a DJ becomes a partner.
Everyone gets an equal piece of the pie. The fact is that no one is making
money and the love of music is their motivation. I think the club goers can
feel this and feed off it as well.
Here's another tangent for you. There is a need for space in
certain nights and parties. I mean it's great to have a night so crowded you
have to turn people away. But wouldn't it be better if everyone could
experience it? To conserve on space I'm speaking out to all you backpack
wearing motherfuckers. Do like the rest of us and store all your shit somewhere
else. Live life the Buddha way. Less is more. You need to give up your
strangle-hold on your worldly possessions. Especially if they are so important
you need to wear them on your damn back all night. What the fuck do you people
put in there anyway? Didn't you guys see Markie Mark on the Grammy's sporting
his backpack? That right there would give you a hint how dumb that is. What the
fuck could Markie Mark have in that backpack that was so important he needed to
bring it out on stage with him? Nothin! He's a fucking poser. Remember, save
space. Leave your backpack at home.
Now it's time for me to get off, but I can't do it here. I
may wreck the computer. I hope no one was offended by my words. If you were,
then I ask a simple favor of you. Get a fucking sense of humor. I had more to
say, but I lost all my notes. I really should get something to hold them in.
Does anyone know where I could get a cheap backpack?