September 11, 2007

Back...

by Chris Randall
 

Home again. Sorry for the hiatus, but vacation means vacation, if you know what I mean.


Underworld was t3h Awesome, as always. I've liked all their albums, from '86 on, and judging from the new material they played, I'll like the next one as well. Good performance, nice set, great sound, no complaints whatsoever.


However...


The opening "band" (and I use that term with the loosest possible reference, since it doesn't actually apply) was Paul Oakenfold. I have to say that I'm pondering starting a campaign to get this fucknut off the streets for good, and in to, say, an insurance adjuster's office, where he belongs. This is, I think, the sixth time I've been forced to sit through one of his "sets," over the course of several years now, and what's interesting is that he's actually showing negative progression. Whereas most people get better at whatever it is they choose to do the longer they do it, he's getting worse.


Never mind that what was coming out of his mixer was trance, and thus inherently bad, but it was distorted to all fuck and back, and... well, I could easily get off on a rant here, so let's just leave it at this: if _ANYONE_ else got up and tried to do that set, he'd get booed off the stage. Guess what, kids? The emperor has no clothes.

 
 
 

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Sep.11.2007 @ 11:05 AM
puffer
Welcome back. I think I actually forced myself to only visit here once, you know, just to see if there were new comments. (My life is so small.)

Never actually heard Oakenfold's music. What's he famous for again?

6 times. I assume most of those were as an opening act. If so, maybe you could adopt that old joke: "What's Oakenfold mean in English? Open act." Well, it would be better if he were Swedish.

 
 

 
Sep.11.2007 @ 11:20 AM
Chris Randall
Oakenshit is most definitely a headliner. In this context he was the opener, but every other time I've seen him (in all other cases, working in a production context) he's been the headliner.

-CR

 
 

 
Sep.11.2007 @ 11:28 AM
scientist
these guys have some stickers for you:
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Sep.11.2007 @ 12:04 PM
sascha
While sorting through some loops the other day I came to realize that essentially all the guitar parts of "Ready Steady Go" are Apple Loops that come with Logic. As much as I dislike Oakenfold, I say way to go on using Apple Loops to make a ton of money!

Side note: the main drum pattern that Timbaland made for Bjorks "Earth Intruders" is a Stylus RMX loop.

 
 

 
Sep.11.2007 @ 2:04 PM
puffer
I guess I should be thankful that I don't know much about trance superstars.

Back to using Yngwie Malmsteen for my stupid joke.

 
 

 
Sep.11.2007 @ 2:43 PM
boobs
okenfold blows. period. he and tiesto should be shot on a rocket into the sun w/all their hands in the air fans. they play horrible music and i just get annoyed w/the "super star DJ" thing. it's dumb. i like this though (scroll down for the carton strip but you've probably seen it already):

link [www.ishkur.com]">link [www.ishkur.com]

glad you liked the show though. underworld does have some jams.

oops. double post.

 
 

 
Sep.11.2007 @ 3:56 PM
RexRhino
The only thing worse than a Oakenfold song is a Tiesto remix of an Oakenfold song.
 
 

 
Sep.11.2007 @ 6:56 PM
giantm
Damn it, I should have thrown caution to the wind, and I should be at Red Rocks right now....

I've unfortunately seen Oakenfold a couple times also, however I heard him do a live set on one of the Sirius channels maybe 4 or 5 months ago and I was surprised it was him, I thought he might actually be coming around. It was an all right set of what I guess, if I had to use the terminology, wavered between minimal and progressive tech-house (sure, good enough from what I remembered). It also wasn't full of all the "Look at me, I'm the DJ, I can make the records do what I tell them" type tricks and gimmicks which were the nail in the coffin the time I saw him open for the Chemical Brothers.

As far as Tiesto goes, I left the last event I attended that he was at before he played, and right after the amazing sets by Telefon Tel Aviv, and the Juan McClean that I watched with at most 15 other people. Telefon Tel Aviv was way more awesome than anyone should have been with just an older G4 iBook, and a Nord Electro in 2006.

 
 

 
Sep.11.2007 @ 7:35 PM
SR
I agree with the comments re: Oakenfold and Timbaland, and they are two of the reason's I abandoned my efforts to 1) DJ; and 2) produce commercially. It's clear that talent and merit no longer carry much importance in the industry.

I wish everybody success in their endevors. However, the state of the industry actually harms talented and original artists, as well as listeners, enthusiasts, and "customers" by producing music with poor messages and contrived composition.

 
 

 
Sep.11.2007 @ 9:44 PM
inteliko
Oakenfold makes me wanna choakenfold!

But this cycle of crap music selling in the masses is nothing new. Eventually him and Tiesticle will be known as the Hendrix and Ozzy of trance.

 
 

 
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