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Vau de Vire Society and friends at the Electric Daisy Carnival in Los Angeles — photos

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

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Vau de Vire Society, Gooferman and Fou Fou Ha!, joined by our darling friends Cirque Berzerk and the Wandering Marionettes, were brought in to perform at the Electric Daisy Carnival in downtown Los Angeles. We had been warned: it was candy raver central, with music so loud it hurt. I thought that demographic had died a decade ago, but alas: a bastion of plush rainbowbright remains amongst the fifteen-year-olds in the arid southron lands of this fair state. Who knew?

For those who aren’t familiar with the term, please see Wikipedia’s candy raver entry. Know that we hid in performer areas as much as possible and no, I took no photos of them (potential legality issues aside (plus, if their mothers saw what they were wearing…)).

UPDATE: From Mike “Vau de Vire” —

Rumor has it that the Electric Daisy Carnival had 75K attendees which made it the largest attended non-sporting event in LA since 1930 and largest rave in LA history.  The producers said, as they always do, that VdV was the highlight of their event.

May’s Bohemian Carnival photos and upcoming events

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

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San Francisco’s much loved Carnival came out of hiatus last Friday for the latest installment of Bohemian Carnival, that raucous and sexy alternative to ZinZanni’s (since we won’t serve you dinner! (though the DNA Lounge will)).

Besides your hosts Vau de Vire Society and Gooferman, performances by Extra Action Marching Band, Blaze, Fou Fou Ha!, that silly German Torsten (an absolute riot), and the Cowboy Derby Girls rocked the night.

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Coming up…

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This Saturday, the Death Guild Thunderdome fundraiser;

next Wednesday,

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Jill Tracy‘s CD release party at the DNA Lounge;

and next Thursday,

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Basura Sagrada, the fundraiser for the Burning Man temple (also at the DNA Lounge).

Lightning in a Bottle, 2008 ~ by the Do Lab at Live Oak in Santa Barbara — photos and more

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Here are the photos.

Last weekend was Lightning in a Bottle, a five-day festival of art, performance, and music, hosted by the Do Lab at the Live Oak Campground a half-hour north of Santa Barbara. Pictured above is a member of Black and Blue Burlesque, a luxuriously decadent faction of the always spectacular Yard Dogs Roadshow, one of this year’s headliners. Other performers included Cirque Berzerk (with whom I camped), Kazum, March Fourth Marching Band, Stilt Circus, Lucent Dossier Vaudeville Cirque, Bassnectar, Random Rab, Nick.the.Neck, the ever dark Wandering Marionettes, The Glitch Mob, and many more.

As for what I did…

We arrived under cover of darkness late late Thursday night, having fortuitously refueled at exorbitant prices at the last possible moment. A scant fifteen minutes after our camp was assembled and we crashed out did the rain start, which persisted in one state or another for the next 24 hours. Things fortunately got better after that.Camping with clowns, one cannot help but fall into shenanigans. It was thusly that we did engage in the great Featherhead Safari of 2008! Inspired by Boenobo of Gooferman, masterminded by Eric of Cirque Berzerk, (and documented by the Blight), a dozen clowns set forth Sunday afternoon into the untamed wilderness to track the elusive Featherhead, a special demographic of hippie characterized by leather coats priced higher than my (San Francisco) rent, enlarged ears and big earrings, tribal tattoos, snooty attitudes, and — crucially — feathers in their Edwardian hats.

Actually, they’re not elusive at all. They’re everywhere.

They are the peacocks of Burning Man hippie fashion.

And so, clad in pith helmets and armed with butterfly nets, we engaged in catch-and-release, release occurring only after attaching a specimen tag designed by Eric. Some played along (or so we assumed…), taking flight upon spying us so we could give chase; others became flustered, unsure of what to do; and, best of all were those who, at the height of a condescending utter lack of amusement, stared haughtily down their noses at us — unaware of the tag now dangling from the back of their bleeding-edge couture clothing. (Victory!)It’s not that we don’t love the designs — many of the designers would call us their friends (maybe not after this) — nor is it that we aren’t envious of the clothes themselves (no, really…); it’s simply that they take themselves too seriously, and that’s a most dangerous thing to do around a pack of idle clowns. Really.

All in all, it was an excellent event. The art was good, the music great, the live music better, and the performances stellar. The Do Lab handled the vastly increased attendance well with but a few mishaps (such as this, when the roads were packed with stubborn RVs and they couldn’t get to our campsite in the back); it felt like there were twice as many people (at least) as last year, but everything seemed to go gracefully. (Though they only asked me to shoot (and politely offering me a free ticket to do so (thanks!)) just the day before the event… Sorry darlin’, but that’s way too late. I was already going (purchased a ticket, too!) and intended to shoot for myself and friends, since I had never heard back the first time. Perhaps they can license them instead (heee!). If not, oh well: I went to have a good time (and I did).)

And in less-exciting news, several of my photos are featured in the Santa Barbara Independent’s article on Lightning in a Bottle (photos are from 2007 as it was written before this year’s event). And I just found another on the Yard Dogs Roadshow website.

Gooferman Day!

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

Photos from Gooferman Day (celebrated at Annie’s Social Club) are up. Though taking place on a weeknight and barely promoted, attendance was good and composed almost entirely of friends and family — and thus much ridiculousness was had.  And hot on the heels of their Southwest tour, it was the best set I’ve heard Gooferman play yet.

Pictured above: Goofermerch! Coming soon to a website near you.

Vau de Vire at Anon Salon’s Sea of Dreams Metamorphoseas, New Years Eve 2008

Monday, January 7th, 2008

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See them here.