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September 10, 2006
Burning Man has become a
festering pit of some of
the worst music imaginable.
It's largely a populist event,
and combined with the common And there are apparently
kitsch esthetic, that leads to many people around ready
things like the camp "Where to engage in radical
pancakes are served when soft self-expression by
rock is heard." blasting "Sweet Home
Alabama" at high volume.
It is, admittedly, funny
hanging around with a
tent full of hipsters ("Goddamn it, KFOG
doing ironic sing-alongs is what I'm about!")
with Billy Joel
music... but a little of
this goes a long way.
Then there's the endless
which is complained about I have a higher tolerance
so often that they make for this music than many
an effort to create a people do -- I used to
ghetto over on the listen to it voluntarily
two-o'clock side of the back in the mid-90s when
horseshoe. it was new.
Then you get to
listen to it blasting Back then the styles
all night from the of techno-house were
roving party-mobiles constantly shifting.
(I mean, "art cars"). You wouldn't hear the
same track two weeks
We were hiding out But here we are ten years
on the 9 o'clock side later and nothing could be
this year, but we more generic...
were in the chaotic
outskirts where any Deeet deet-deet deet-deet
one could drive up. Deeet deet-deet deet-deet
Next door someone
set-up a bar, with
a sound system The sound system:
across the street an ipod pushing
and a small sign: the limits of something
"Camp Loud". barely better than a
What's better than
loud, bad music?
*Distorted* loud, bad
music, without any bass!
The techno is not
the worst of it... Funk music parties
by people who've
never heard of
Once again we didn't get to
do "Death Guild/Thunderdome",
and they were presumably And we were doing a quickie
doing their usual okay 4-5 day run. Arguably we
80s/gothic-industrial mix. should've been there longer,
and stayed away from the
There was a chill space party-party weekend scene
playing Chopin Nocturnes this surrounding the burn of the man.
year, which we went looking
for but had trouble finding.
I was considering trying to get into
Hookah Dome, which often plays some
good middle-eastern music -- but the
long lines, and the inevitable smoke
held us off.
I used the computer
system at Center Camp
to do searches on Quip from a friend:
"Morrocan": found a "It would be funny if
few hits, but didn't an underground scene
get to follow them up. developed at Burning
Places you can go
to get away from
It's a thought:
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And to close on a ||||
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pains me): ||||
We did hear some
good good live music:
o female/male vox (with throat singing) (Center Camp)
o kid with a tiny casio and lots of filters (Center Camp)
o guy on an acoustic guitar (Spirt Wind Cafe)
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