I’ve been trying to convince my work to switch over to a four-day workweek. It’s been shown to improve employee efficiency and effectiveness, as well as control costs. Actually, I don’t care about any of that. I just want to be able to wild out on Thursday without having to wake up early the next day. This is because Thursday has already become the precursor to the weekend and musicians in the city have been taking that prelude and running with it.
For instance, last week. DJ Vadim and Yarah Bravo were on hand at The Source store to give an insight into their creative process with a workshop and Q&A. It was actually an uncomfortable setting, but it turned into something better for us later on. Why was it uncomfortable? Well, some people decided to take it as a social occasion and insisted on chattering aimlessly during the whole thing. This was mixed with the problem of a less-than-booming PA system at The Source, which combined to make it pretty damn impossible to hear what the artists were saying. Then people started to get agitated at the talkers and admonish them on the microphone, but their admonitions were ignored, which made things doubly awkward. So it wasn’t the greatest thing to behold.
However, things got better when everyone left because Benoit from Free the Wax set up a private interview with the pair for Layabozi. We sat down to talk and it became obvious that Vadim and Yarah could not be any nicer or more expressive. The interview went down and then we proceeded to have another unrecorded conversation for an hour. I was asking him about everybody in hip hop I could think of and he was happy to tell me everything I wanted to know. He’s a really smart and well-traveled guy, but at the same time humble and funny. He even bestowed upon me my new MC name- Deadly Silence. We eventually got onto the subject of the fall of the United States empire and, inevitably, like all empires, the conversation ended.
We went to see Gary Wang and a soul set at The Shelter, which was made more enjoyable by the band there, which included Asaph on guitar, piano, and vocals, along with electric beats. I enjoyed the whole thing; awesome records were played after the live set and it was a cool night. Shelter really has good stuff going on most of the time. I still have yet to check out The Swap Meet, but I will do it, although I don’t have a turntable. I just want to see what’s on hand.
And that was just Thursday!
Friday night I had a good time at the Local King show going down at Mao. The atmosphere was great because it was a free show and totally packed out. There is something great about a packed out show at Mao, that’s why I hope it survives. When you are there with all those people you just feel a collective energy that amplifies the vibe of the bands. The bands (Pinkberry, whom I missed, Candy Shop, Sonnet, and Boys Climbing Ropes) were just OK, except for Boys Climbing Ropes, who seem to do well no matter what the stage, but it was really the vibe in the place that won me over.
Saturday night I went out to see St. Vincent, for which I was really excited. This little lady has a control of the guitar, as well as a tremendously beautiful voice. She brought along a violinist and they managed to do justice to many of the tracks off of her Actor album and also threw in a couple other numbers. Good show. More on that show from Emma later on.
It was a good weekend of music, thanks to Free the Wax for Vadim, Splitworks for St. Vincent and the ongoing JUE Fest, and Jagermeister (WTF?) for the Local King show. Good job, guys. Keep it coming.
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