Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Experiment: Throw A Rock...

by Tom Bozzo

It's a measure of the distance from my former D.C.-area life that the only 9:30 Club I remember is the one that was actually located at 930 F St., NW. Still, it's amusing to see the blogiverse well-represented at Kraftwerk's Nightclub 8:15 show. Tyler Cowen of Marginal Revolution reports running into Crooked Timber's Henry Farrell — as they're both D.C.-area academics, not the world's lowest probability thing, though seeing any Maryland economics faculty at the old 9:30 would have been news. Plus Rob Horning of the NYC Marginal Utility attended and has an extended review here.

In the process of wondering whether any non-bloggers were present for that Kraftwerk appearance, I reminded myself that there were a few weeknight shows at the old 9:30 Club where it seemed like the entire audience consisted of college radio DJs.

What Horning describes is far on the non-performance end of the "live" pop music spectrum, and largely explains why I didn't see much live techno-pop. Though in fairness, live performances in some guitar indiepop genres (e.g., shoegazing) were always highly dependent on digital effects boxes.
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