Tuesday, February 10th 2009
This past Saturday, we threw a little Valentine’s Day party at Enjoy Human’s studio in East Los Angeles. Despite the distance, and the rare LA rain that usually shuts the whole city down, you came out and packed the place to capacity. And we love you for it, because we poured our heart and soul into the event. I’ve been told by many people that it was the best party thrown in this town in a long time, and we’re thrilled to be able to call it success.
Granted, we kinda fucked up the free food part. I’m sure a few of you were pissed about that- it was there apparently, but even I never saw it. And then there was that brief power outtage during Pop Levi’s set- no, that wasn’t planned- but he rolled with it and spun it into rock n’ roll magic, didn’t he? And how sexy was 8mm? We’re going to be putting some beautiful video footage of their performance up here soon.
Here’s how it all went down: Despite the stage still being in pieces, the lights being on the ground, and the soundboard being in my apartment as of Saturday morning, we hustled everything together and opened doors at 7PM sharp as DJs Cody & Ian spun some fun old school rock & hip-hop courtesy of Grn Appletree.
Pop Levi went on at 9PM- we pushed him back just a bit to make sure enough people made it in through the rain & traffic. The sound was great, and the already large crowd was digging his high-energy set. We were running around, making sure everyone was taken care of, when suddenly, as Pop’s band was heading into a breakdown, everything went black. The power had gone out in the entire place, with one miraculous exception- the one circuit that all the bands’ amps were plugged into. Total chaos erupted- as the band continued playing, Pop went berzerk. He was screaming like a madman with his shirt off and his guitar face down on the stage. I was a little busy shitting myself, trying to get the sound system back online, and the hard drives that we were recording everything to repaired. But the crowd was eating it up.
Afterwards I went back to apologize, and everyone looked at me like I was crazy. I got handshakes and pats on the back. Go figure.
Cody & Ian got back on the decks as COLLABO set up their projectors and the place continued to fill up. 8mm took the stage sometime in between 10:30 and 11- we decided to wait for a bus to arrive from Manhattan Beach with 50 more people. By that time we had also gotten the sound system back to full operation, and located a missing video camera, and so Juliette & company delivered a beautiful performance without incident or technical difficulty. They closed with two songs written by crazy bitches- PJ Harvey’s Long Snake Moan and Jackie O by Sinéad O’Connor.
After 8mm, COLLABO flipped the switch and brought their crazy live visual show to the venue walls as DJ Dirty Dave took over on the decks. I had to start packing up my sound rig at 2AM, but LA wanted to keep going. So someone found an extra PA speaker, plugged an iPod into it, and the party was still going strong when Antiquiet headed out of there at 3.
So as we’re all still recovering and picking up the pieces, we’d like to share these photos with you, and thank you all once again from the bottom of our hearts for coming out. Special thanks to Enjoy Human for hosting and filming. Happy birthday to Enjoy Human co-founder Jeremie Brilliant! Thanks to Martín and Seth and Bud and all of the locals that came out to help us build the stage and hang the lights. Big thanks to Alex for helping me with the live sound. Thanks to Preston Thalindroma for coming out and taking so many great photos. Many many many thanks to Juliette Beavan of 8mm for helping with everything from distributing flyers to bringing in the lighting designer from A Perfect Circle’s 2003 tour to help us set the mood. And thanks to Pop Levi for turning a potential disaster into the kind of moments us music addicts live for, and sticking around long enough to shoot an interview we’ll have up here sometime soon. Happy Valentine’s Day!