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Transmodern pigs, smoking cocks, and the brightest of the Bmore club scene

May 6, 2013
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7f05df1ab66911e2882c22000a9e06a8_7This week was all about Saturday Night. I think someone must have laced my Pabst with a hit of LSD at Transmodern fest ‘cuz after a KILLER night of performances by Dan Deacon, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, Snails, and OCDJ, I ended up talking to animals like a wasted shaman and dancing with the (Bmore) stars!
The after party started when I was emailed a photo of a hand with an address written on it. Pretty original. So after staggering out of the madness that was Transmodern, we made our way to the address, which led to the apartment of Charlie Herrick, graphic designer and City Paper pal. It was quite a gathering, and this is where things got weird! Guests included a hammered patent clerk, comedian Charlotte Benito, and Amanda Asmus of the Current Gallery. When I sat down in front of the large screen TV looping the film Sex Galaxy, I was offered a hit from a hooka by a man in a rooster mask. As he sat smoking and thinking barnyard thoughts, a lady in a pig mask proudly offered me a tan-lined boob mug from some zany tourist stop in the Outer Banks.  Wow. Talk about a “Mamma Told Me Not to Come” moment.
9ba6a414b53911e29d7a22000a1f9d9b_7A grinning Herrick tore open two cases of rum for the crowd with gusto, and in the corner a local architect bounced up and down on the in-house trampoline. Two Bohs in and I was ready to roll. I said goodbye to the ersatz Animal Farm with the exception of  the “rooster head” who ripped off the mask and became my companion for the rest of the night.
DJ Rooster, Bmore Club,  and “Parliamentary” ghosts.
I love a secret hideout. “Rooster” and I got word that there was a huge dance party happening in the purgatory between Hampden and Remington, which is becoming quite the hotbed of underground, invite only dance nights.
This hideout was lorded over by rapper GODDM and his crew. DDM watched the proceedings through a two-way mirror like a benevolent kingpin. On the other side of the glass, a huge hot room was filled with sweaty dancers. To say pretty much the entire Bmore hip hop/club scene was present is something of an understatement. Lets check off those boxes, shall we? Blaqstarr, check, TT The Artist, check. Murder Mark, check. Abdu Ali, check. DJ Gattus, check. Bounge, check. Jay Lawson of the Sneaks, check. The list goes on, but you get the picture.
9fee707ab66911e288ea22000a1f9318_7Down the hall and past the table where a few fashionable ladies were “powdering their noses” from exquisite blue vials, we found the real party. A small group of DJs and producers gathered in a back room which our host told me was once a recording space used by freaky Parliament front man, George Clinton.
“Yes, George recorded and lived here for a minute in the late ’70s,” said DDM. “That man was mad for crack.” In the cramped room painted with a Clinton-like map of the galaxy and a Starship Enterprise, Bounge, AKA Rebecca Drumm, wowed the intimate crowd with her new track Speed Boy, recorded in her grandmother’s closet.
It’s round about 3:30 a.m. and I’m done for the morning. But “Rooster,” my companion, held the back room party down till 9 a.m.with tracks from Afrika Bambaataa and some deep cut disco. You, “Rooster” get the Night Owl award of the weekend.
Nightlife App of the week
SomaFM
Platforms: iPhone and Android

Price: $4.99

If you need a soundtrack for your night around town, SomaFM will find it for you. Unlike other “radio” type apps, Soma is programed and updated regularly by actual DJs who specialize in pretty much everything from deep chill to secret agent lounge music. It’s a little pricey, but totally worth it. It pays itself back as you let it run during your favorite cocktail party, commercial free.

  • late night party wannabe…

    Dang!!! I gotta go out with you some night!!

  • Charlie

    Comedian mentioned in 2nd para is Charlotte “Benedetto” (like the former pope) not Benito (like the dictator)