Bangface Weekender 2018 + Iceland trip

April 9, 2018 at 1:41 am | Posted in Bangface, Photos | Leave a comment

I flew out to England for this year’s Bangface Weekender festival, because some of my friends were going and I kept seeing the lineups every year and saying I’d go someday. So I finally did, and it had its ups and downs. The music itself was mostly incredible, the soundsystems were top notch, the visuals were crazy, and there were people playing from early afternoon until late at night on most days. However, Dillinja and A Guy Called Gerald didn’t play, which was a bummer, and the location itself was kind of a hellhole. It takes place at some cheap family resort that I can’t imagine anyone would actually want to take their family to, and it was cold and wet because it was in the middle of March. British food is notoriously disgusting, and being a vegetarian, I basically had to live on chips (fries) and Pop Tarts and candy. But it was fun, it definitely felt like a once in a lifetime experience. I probably won’t go back to this festival but I do want to come back to England as soon as possible, and explore some of the cities this time. After England I flew to Reykjavik with some friends, which was truly wonderful. Very expensive, but everything I saw was gorgeous. The city itself isn’t that big but there still wasn’t enough time to explore everything. We did get to go on a guided tour and see some nature. Of course it was very cold but there were some beautiful sights to see.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

loading up on krónur (pictured here) and pounds for the trip


Moroccan breakfast at the London airport (by far the best meal I ate in England)


flying over England


Manchester train station


arriving at the chalet at Pontins Southport

Friday, March 16, 2018

Ainsdale train station


cycle cafe


Bar Mio


downtown Ainsdale


not actually a coffee shop but the artist entrance building


entrance to the main venue building


Gabba the Hutt


convenience store mostly filled with candy, toys, and unbelievably gross-looking food products


giant toy synth (partially functional)


Northern Hard Crew showcase at the Queen Vic room


Bang Shop


Acid in Wonderland


mini golf course at Pontins


outside the chalet


outside the swimming pool and TV studio


I took a step outside the madness and walked out to the beach which was right near the Pontins. This was easily one of the best parts of the trip, and if it wasn’t so cold I would’ve spent a lot more time out here. I walked pretty far in and didn’t seem to come close to the actual shore.

abandoned house near the beach


























Ok, back inside for the opening ceremony in the main room

inside the Chinstroke TV studio


main room just starting to fill up


dinos in the crowd



opening ceremony








Altern-8


yes, Napalm Death played at a rave, and it went over really well


sparkly raver and skeleton


the soundsystem in the Face Room


skeleton ravers


Current Value


Lenny Dee & ISR, and a giant beachball about to hit me


Industrial Strength Records flag



Lenny Dee & ISR


inflatable city during Hellfish’s 5AM set


Hellfish

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Aphex Bugs warning children about the unsteady ground


go-karts


afternoon hula raver


Calum Gunn @ Algorave


Chemical Adam @ Algorave


empty dancefloor of the just-opened main room


Slugabed


Spinscott (live jungle MPC choppage)


Ceephax Acid Crew


ravehammer


Helena Hauff


Helena Hauff



Champion


Ben Sims


shark and light suits during Friction’s set


palm tree lasers


End.user


Somatic Responses


Somatic Responses


The DJ Producer

Sunday, March 18, 2018

soundsystem in the main room


Posthuman


Posthuman


I’m not sure if 2 Bad Mice actually played but this mascot of sorts was there


Barrington (in the oldskool jungle soundclash room)


light hula raver


Liquid


someone on Bangface staff must be from Detroit because Breakcore Pancakes is totally a Detroit thing


Speedy J

Monday, March 19, 2018
This was a travel day. We checked out of the chalet, and myself and three friends flew to Iceland and checked into an Airbnb in Reykjavik.

cleaning up the chalet



checking out


waiting for the train


Southport train station


“Way out”


Westhoughton train station


comic mural in Reykjavik airport


giant puffin crashing through the baggage claim area


exchange rates


downtown Reykjavik


ice cream vikings


after-dinner group photo

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

view from our Airbnb


art at the cafe downstairs from our Airbnb


downtown Reykjavik


clothing store w/ a cat logo


communal nachos


incredibly good veggie burger (which was called the “meat lovers” burger)



Arcade & Toy Museum which we didn’t go into


desserts at a random coffee shop


the basement of 12 Tónar


12 Tónar


street art


street art


downtown Reykjavik


street art


Lucky Records


Lucky Records


Lucky Records


Lucky Records


Lucky Records


polar bears


downtown Reykjavik


Harpa concert hall


viking ship sculpture?


inside the Airbnb


inside the Airbnb

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
We went on a guided tour outside of the city and visited some nature trails, geysers, and waterfalls.


















directly following a geyser burst






nature does not care for your money










pizza with rocket (arugula) and potatoes


Mikkeller & Friends (where we had pizza)

Thursday, March 22, 2018
This was the day we flew back to the States. It also happened to be the only sunny day when we were in Reykjavik. We took one last drive through downtown and then went back to the airport.

view from the Airbnb


view from the Airbnb


flower planting in downtown Reykjavik


one last look at downtown Reykjavik


checking in and getting through security was not easy or fun


Omnom Chocolate


stained glass at airport


Reykjavik airport


Think twice, you’re sweet enough

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v/a: Punk House LP (MOCAD, 2017)

December 17, 2017 at 9:46 pm | Posted in Photos, Reviews | Leave a comment

v/a: Punk House LP

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit is currently showcasing an exhibit called Sonic Rebellion: Music As Resistance, which is inspired by the 1967 Detroit Rebellion and traces the city’s history of revolutionary music and activism since then, ranging from the MC5 and John Sinclair and the White Panthers to P-Funk and free jazz and blues to new wave and garage rock to Detroit techno to hip-hop and beyond. It’s easily one of my favorite MOCAD exhibits, but the cherry on top is the Punk House exhibit at the Mobile Homestead (a full replica of Mike Kelley’s childhood home which is located right next to the MOCAD). Celebrating all thinks punk, noise, free jazz, garage rock, and above all DIY related to the Detroit scene, the exhibit includes lots of show posters, album art, comic books, memorabilia, artwork by everyone from Jad and David Fair to Mike Dykehouse to Suzy Poling to Timmy Vulgar, plus a special installation room by Jimbo Easter. On top of all of this, the museum released a special compilation LP containing music by many of the artists who contributed to the exhibit. It starts out with a bracing live track from synth-punk heroes ADULT., then there’s a Timmy Vulgar track about a badass rocker girl who prefers the Stones to the Beatles. Jad and David appear twice (and several more times on the download-only bonus tracks) and also write a song about the Stones (“Mick Called Charlie”), and there’s Beefheartian weirdness from Jimbo, solo and as part of Druid Perfume. Of course Destroy All Monsters and other related projects provide prophecies of musical freedom. The Whales (with shrieks by Godzuki’s Erika Hoffmann) and Princess Dragonmom provide noise, while Dykehouse and Cotton Museum provide creepy, queasy synths. There’s also some straight up psych-pop from Outrageous Cherry, and the one and only Wolfman Band with their update of the Sonics’ “The Witch” (retitled “She’s My Wolf”). Pod Blotz’ pulsating death electronics certainly deserve a shout-out as well. The LP, as well as the entire exhibit, is an excellent artifact of the Detroit underground scene, past present and future. The exhibit runs until January 7, and there’s no telling if copies of the LP will still be for sale afterwards, so by all means get to the museum as soon as possible. Here’s some photos from Sonic Rebellion and Punk House:

vintage concert poster art



Abdul Haqq and Alan Oldham album art for UR and other Detroit techno artists


The keyboard Derrick May used to record “Strings of Life” and “Nude Photo”. I was seriously in shock when I approached this historical instrument


boombox collage



records @ Punk House


Howl!!!!!!



David Fair



Chris Pottinger



Forest Juziuk @ Tumbleweed Tavern


Jimbo Easter’s Tumbleweed Tavern


Jimbo Easter’s Tumbleweed Tavern


Jimbo Easter’s Tumbleweed Tavern


Jimbo Easter @ Tumbleweed Tavern


Suzy Poling + Nicola Kuperus @ Tumbleweed Tavern

Chicago trip June 22-24, 2017

July 1, 2017 at 9:04 pm | Posted in Photos | Leave a comment

inside the Embassy Suites we stayed at



















At the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago for the Takashi Murakami exhibit














Reckless Records (Milwaukee Ave branch)









Dusty Groove


making music with Justin and Zach


Kitchen 17, on the final day in their old location


pizza burger @ Kitchen 17


rainbow cake @ Kitchen 17


skyline from the navy pier



skyline from the navy pier


skyline from the navy pier

Trip Metal Fest 2017 & other Memorial Day Weekend happenings

May 29, 2017 at 2:44 pm | Posted in Photos, Trip Metal Fest | Leave a comment

Friday, May 26

Trip Metal Fest poster


mural @ El Club by ZelooperZ


mural @ El Club by ZelooperZ


DJ Blk_out (+ not sure other DJ’s name)


drum installation by Apetechnology


drum installation by Apetechnology


Apetechnology


Wolf Eyes


Wolf Eyes


DJ Blk_out (+ not sure other DJ’s name)


DJ Blk_out (+ not sure other DJ’s name)


Vullmoxx


Vullmoxx


Crime Victims


Crime Victims


Geraniums


Siobhan (or maybe Pure Rave?)


Quiltboy


Knox Mitchell


Knox Mitchell


Viands


Viands


Viands


Apetechnology drum installation in action


Apetechnology neon ghost robot in action


Container


Pharmakon


Pharmakon


Saturday, May 27

John K King Books


John K King Books


Submerge (Underground Resistance headquarters)


Ron Zakrin painting @ Submerge


Submerge (Underground Resistance headquarters)


Submerge (Underground Resistance headquarters)


burger cakes @ Royale With Cheese


John Olson & Andrew Kirschner


Twig Harper


Sliki (Viki & Stallone the Reducer)


Sliki (Viki & Stallone the Reducer)


Aaron Dilloway


Princess Dragonmom setting up


Princess Dragonmom


Princess Dragonmom


Princess Dragonmom distributing cardboard weaponry


Princess Dragonmom (Warren Defever)


(It wasn’t really possible to capture this in photos but a giant cardboard unicorn came out and everyone destroyed it with the cardboard weapons.)

Fluct


Shades


Body/Head


Body/Head


Elysia Crampton


Via App


Via App


DJ Earl


Suzi Analogue & DJ Earl


Suzi Analogue, DJ Earl, & DJ Taye


DJ Taye


Suzi Analogue, DJ Taye, & DJ Earl


Sunday, May 28
Not Trip Metal Fest, but Holodeck Records’ showcase, which was sparsely attended but everyone I saw was amazing. I left around 1AM because I was tired, but it went a lot longer, and then there was another event after that which went on until the next afternoon! I wanted to stay for all of it but I have a body and I need sleep.

Troller (DJ set)


Curved Light


Curved Light


Curved Light


Samantha Glass


Samantha Glass


Samantha Glass


Amber from Troller


Russell Butler


Russell Butler


Dylan Cameron


Dylan Cameron


Something Cold

Ultra Mega Awesome Extreme X @ Tangent Gallery, 5/13/17

May 29, 2017 at 1:11 pm | Posted in Photos | Leave a comment

Watabou


Watabou


Watabou


Watabou & Solitary Subversion


Nikola Whallon


Nikola Whallon


Solarbear


The Imaginatron & Jaws That Bite


The Imaginatron & Jaws That Bite


The Imaginatron & Jaws That Bite


Eugenius & Mavis Concave


Eugenius & Mavis Concave


Evolve


Evolve


Evolve & Decide Today


CCDM & Saskrotch


Saskrotch & CCDM


Yatagarasu & Bubblegum Octopus


Yatagarasu & Bubblegum Octopus


Yatagarasu & Bubblegum Octopus


Yatagarasu & Bubblegum Octopus


Yatagarasu & Bubblegum Octopus


Bubblegum Octopus

Wrekmeister Harmonies & Warren Defever @ PJ’s Lager House, 5/9/17

May 29, 2017 at 12:43 pm | Posted in Photos | Leave a comment

Warren Defever & Bubba Ayoub


Warren Defever & Bubba Ayoub


Warren Defever & Bubba Ayoub


Wrekmeister Harmonies


Wrekmeister Harmonies


Wrekmeister Harmonies


Wrekmeister Harmonies

Spiritual America @ El Club, 2/25/17

February 26, 2017 at 8:26 pm | Posted in Photos | Leave a comment

Shigeto (DJ set)

Shigeto (DJ set)


Telefon Tel Aviv

Telefon Tel Aviv


JTC (Tadd Mullinix)

JTC (Tadd Mullinix)


JTC (Tadd Mullinix)

JTC (Tadd Mullinix)


Hieroglyphic Being

Hieroglyphic Being


Hieroglyphic Being

Hieroglyphic Being


Hieroglyphic Being

Hieroglyphic Being


Hieroglyphic Being

Hieroglyphic Being


Shigeto (closing DJ set)

Shigeto (closing DJ set)


Davin Brainard's Cloud Bridge

Davin Brainard’s Cloud Bridge

Barely Human Fest @ El Club, 2/11-13/17

February 20, 2017 at 11:28 pm | Posted in Photos | Leave a comment

The first Barely Human Fest took place at El Club recently. I hope this becomes a regular event because it was astounding. ESG headlined the first night, and even though I had to leave after 5 songs to do my radio show, it was worth staying to the last minute I possibly could just to make sure I saw their set. Also John Bender played, I never imagined I would get to see him live either. Other highlights for me included HIDE, Casual Sweetheart, Staring Problem, Void Vision, ADULT., and of course Xeno & Oaklander.
Friday, February 11, 2017

wall art @ El Club

wall art @ El Club


wall art @ El Club

wall art @ El Club


Marital Vows

Marital Vows


Marital Vows

Marital Vows


HIDE

HIDE


HIDE

HIDE


HIDE

HIDE


Paint Thinner

Paint Thinner


Paint Thinner

Paint Thinner


Paint Thinner

Paint Thinner


breakdancer in the crowd

breakdancer in the crowd


Casual Sweetheart

Casual Sweetheart


Casual Sweetheart

Casual Sweetheart


Casual Sweetheart

Casual Sweetheart


Nate Young's Regression

Nate Young’s Regression


Nate Young's Regression

Nate Young’s Regression


Nate Young's Regression

Nate Young’s Regression


ESG

ESG


ESG

ESG


ESG

ESG


ESG

ESG


ESG

ESG


Saturday, February 12, 2017
Quiltboy

Quiltboy


Staring Problem

Staring Problem


Staring Problem

Staring Problem


Staring Problem

Staring Problem


Void Vision

Void Vision


Void Vision

Void Vision


Void Vision

Void Vision


Void Vision

Void Vision


Void Vision

Void Vision


Void Vision

Void Vision


Moon Pool & Dead Band

Moon Pool & Dead Band


Moon Pool & Dead Band

Moon Pool & Dead Band


Moon Pool & Dead Band

Moon Pool & Dead Band


Ritual Howls

Ritual Howls


Ritual Howls

Ritual Howls


Ritual Howls

Ritual Howls


ADULT.

ADULT.


ADULT.

ADULT.


ADULT.

ADULT.


Sunday, February 13, 2017
Real Ghosts

Real Ghosts


Real Ghosts

Real Ghosts


Real Ghosts

Real Ghosts


YOU.

YOU.


YOU.

YOU.


John Bender

John Bender


John Bender

John Bender


John Bender

John Bender


John Bender

John Bender


Xeno & Oaklander

Xeno & Oaklander


Xeno & Oaklander

Xeno & Oaklander


Xeno & Oaklander

Xeno & Oaklander


Xeno & Oaklander

Xeno & Oaklander


Xeno & Oaklander

Xeno & Oaklander


Xeno & Oaklander

Xeno & Oaklander


Xeno & Oaklander

Xeno & Oaklander


Xeno & Oaklander

Xeno & Oaklander


Black Marble

Black Marble


I didn’t stay for Pylon’s set because it was late and I had to work the next morning.

Jlin @ El Club, 2/4/17 (Threshold Detroit)

February 5, 2017 at 11:00 pm | Posted in Photos | Leave a comment

Viki Viktoria's gear

Viki Viktoria’s gear


Jock Club

Jock Club


Tarpit

Tarpit


Tarpit

Tarpit


Viki Viktoria

Viki Viktoria


Viki Viktoria

Viki Viktoria


Dismorphic

Dismorphic


Abby

Abby


Jlin

Jlin


Jlin

Jlin


Jlin

Jlin


Jlin

Jlin


Jlin

Jlin

Container @ El Club, Detroit, 1/28/17

February 5, 2017 at 10:43 pm | Posted in Photos | Leave a comment

mural near El Club

mural near El Club


Alstadt Echo

Alstadt Echo


Alstadt Echo

Alstadt Echo


Antenes

Antenes


Antenes

Antenes


Container

Container


Container

Container

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