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From The Digital Sweatshop
The Music, Art and Travels of Alan D. Oldham a.k.a. DJ T-1000.

Another Cool Weekend.

Monday, July 31, 2006

Went to Detroit for the weekend to spin. It was pretty cool. Small crowd (oops, I should say "intimate") but had a lot of fun nonetheless. I played for four hours. No big deal. Got to play a lot of different styles, though, you don't get to do that very often.

One of the fun parts of my set was when I was playing minimal. I like to break it down in the middle. It's only when you try and play a whole set of it does it get boring. Mostly everything I played was off the Richie Hawtin "DE9: CE" double-pack, the one with all the loops. You can play a whole set off just that one record. It's the first time I had a chance to play it out. People were going crazy.

I also went into an industrial/club part. Front 242, Moev, etc. Old-school club music from the Todd's days. People liked that too.

A few Detroit brothas came out to see me. Lou from Scan 7, BJ from Aux 88, and Buzz Goree. Buzz is skinny now! He was just in Berlin for a few months and lost weight like I did. The Berlin Diet. Get away from American food, man. It's full of steroids and additives and all kinds of shit.

Punisher came through also. Man, she really looks good. Better than ever, in fact. Gave her a big hug. Ooooh, she's so thin and sexy. Wow.

The DTM guys came through too. Always good to see T. Linder and crew.

The Ultradyne cats were there too. Alex does a solo live act called Vidrio. I liked the parts I heard. Alex and Dennis know a lot of good-looking women, a few of whom were at the show. Alex told me all three chicks he was messing with turned up at the same time. This other friend of his was flirting with me the whole set, making requests. I would have been annoyed if she wasn't so cute. She looked just like Hunter Tylo, the soap actress (click HERE).

The next day, went to see "Miami Vice." The Ultradyne guys were supposed to come but they couldn't wake up. It was pretty cool, better than I thought it would be. Shot on DV, not film, and mostly at night. It had a really raw, handheld look to it as opposed to the high gloss of the original series. In this new context, Farrell and Foxx were cool as Crockett and Tubbs (in fact, you could have changed the names of all the characters and had it not be "Miami Vice" at all, it had that much to do with the original).

Storyline was basically an expanded, updated, more violent version of "Smuggler's Blues" from the TV show. If you liked Mann's previous film, "Collateral," or the short-lived CBS TV series "Robbery Homicide Division" (which was basically "Heat: The Series"), you'll like this. If not, the original still lives on DVD.

Left the movies and basically came straight back to Chicago, non-stop. I was really tired and didn't feel like hanging around. Now it's a heat wave here and I'm hiding from it. Getting ready for my L.A. art show next month, doing some new pieces.

PS: There's a rumor that the Detroit set was recorded. I'll let you know if it came out and where it'll be posted online.

-AO :: 3:25 PM ::


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