Sunday, 19 April 2009

Right Royal Rave Up

It’s not often you’re invited to rave in a cave, much less with one of London’s top DJ’s, and even more unlikely in a middle-Eastern restaurant on Dalston’s high street.

But this was never going to be a standard club night. As one of the 10 venues participating in new music festival Land Of Kings, the Rave In A Cave event was always going to be the crowd puller for the Friday night.

Essentially all the tables and chairs were ripped out of one of Dalston's best loved eateries to make way for a huge soundsystem and the mighty Erol Alkan and Rory Phillips, who were also supported by super-disco-blogger Todd Hart and Lou and Nova.

This is what happened. You REALLY needed to be there. It was seven levels of AMAZING.

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Encore Paris Encore

There's obviously some kind of electrolytes being pumped into the Seine. How else can you explain Daft Punk, Justice, Phoenix, Anaraak, Surkin, Yelle, Fred Falke, Alax Braxe, Busy P, Mehdi and all the other acts of Electro musical greatness from one place?

There's no sign of it stopping either with new band Housse De Racket who tore it up on Saturday night at the super cool Pop-Up Bar in Paris. Housed in a old cabaret theatre and with only a capacity of only 70 we were rammed in, rubbing shoulders with the Parisian elite (who unlike us, had no problems with the door guy).

Clearly massively talented, the guys stormed through a range of genres in their songs, from the poppy Oh Yeah to the banging Synthetiseur, which wouldn't have sounded out of place on Justice's stage.


Here's Oh Yeah, which their manager told us was about white tennis boys wanting to be black:

Oh La La Chapelle

Paris, as well to being home to some of the most amazing bands around (see up there ^^^) is also hosting one of the best modern photography exhibitions ever.

Our lucky French pals have been able to feast themselves on a retrospective of David La Chapelle since February. Best known for his work sexualising lil ol' Britney Spears, subverting Kanye West as Jesus and making a muse of tranny Amanda Le Pore, the exhibition looks back at some of his most controversial and creative work.

Housed in the very fitting Musee De La Monnaie (think guilded, grandiose rooms laden with crystal chandeliers) the show features massive pop-up shots, including his incredible biblical tales of epic disaster and man-made hell told through his celebrity pals.

Glossy, powerful images of fantasies from a not-too distant future, the pictures seem to highlight the problems of capitalism, fame and greed. Hmmm, sounds familiar. A Nostradamus of our times, but much prettier, perhaps.

The show's due to come to London in a couple of months. Book now before we all perish!