STS9 | 01.26 - 01.27.09 | Colorado

Words & Images by: Tk Kayembe

Sound Tribe Sector 9/Big Gigantic/Lazer Sword :: 01.26.09 :: The Bluebird Theater :: Denver, CO

Sound Tribe Sector 9/Big Gigantic/Lazer Sword :: 01.27.09 ::: The Fox Theatre ::: Boulder, CO

STS9 by Tk Kayembe
For their 3-night Colorado Live PA run, Sound Tribe Sector 9 teamed up with SF crunksters Lazer Sword and local rowdy boys Big Gigantic to get the party started.

Big Gigantic surfaced a few short months ago with enough force to split the Colorado Flatirons right down the middle. Dominic Lalli, of Boulder-based afro-jazz/funk-tronic group The Motet, decided to branch out from his role as the ultimate super-jammer to create his own special blend of dance floor tunes equipped with bubbly synth chords, freshly sequenced drumbeats and rich horns. This special "get off your ass and dance" music is accented live as Dom plays live synth, live sax, and is accompanied by heavy live drums provided by a relentless beat machine known around these parts as Jeremy Salken.

The finely tuned instrument that is Big Gigantic proves that (band) size doesn't matter - they create a lavish soundscape as a duo one would expect from a large band. Dom writes songs thick as concrete; never simple jams or diminutive ideas looped and stretched to fit a certain time length. His arrangements are full, thought out and well planned, yet still allow him plenty of room to improvise on his already stellar ideas live. Dazzling first timers seems to be a skill Big Gigantic has mastered early on in their career, as I continually had people approach me, awestruck, asking who these guys were, what their story was, and where they could find their music.

Big Gigantic by Tk Kayembe
As Dom and Salken played, the crowd watched eagerly, like kiddies on Christmas morning, as the two unwrapped their sound track after track for the anxiously awaiting attendees. The dance floor surged with people caught in the maniacal hysteria of the "dust off your Kicks and dance" tune "Stand Up," and the thick synth bass of "Game Charger." The ground opened up once again into a slam dancing moshpit as Dom finished off their Tuesday night set with a dubstep track from producer Zero 9. After laying down their brilliant combination of jazzy hooks, beautiful melodies and muck-smeared bass, the boys waved goodnight and headed backstage as the roars from the pit continued long after they had disappeared.

If you hear gunshots ringing out during the show, there's no need for alarm. (Hopefully) it's just LL from Lazer Sword spraying sound from his MPD over the glitchy grooves being laid down by his musical counterpart, Lando Kal. I realized the following about the members of Lazer Sword: the two hate genre classification. Lando seems to always be adorned with gifts from an '80s time capsule - typically a fresh vintage sweater and toothbrush clean hi-tops; and LL always rocks a low slung cap and a focused eye on his shifting Ableton screen. Creepy basslines and high BPM drums lead off a typical LS track before ghetto-blasted hip-hop a capella sneaks in, perfectly dressing it up. Straight out of San Francisco, the duet have been peddling their dance floor diamonds all over clubs in the U.S. and in Europe, hopefully with plans to land their spBASSship back in Colorado soon.

It is my opinion that the purpose of a PA set from a collective like Sound Tribe Sector 9 is for an instrument-wielding band to create full-bodied pieces of music with limited materials. This gives the group time to focus on different aspects of their songs and allows tracks to be twirked and remixed on the fly. While I would not necessarily consider myself an STS9 fan, I must admit their PA sets were impressive. Since the emphasis wasn't on their instrumentation during the PA runs, I suppose it was easier for me to get into it. I feel many of Tribe's shows these days have become overpopulated by kids so spun out and dumbstruck by the overwhelming light show they've no time to realize they're being fed the same corny, repetitive riffs over and over again. Those judgments aside, I honestly did enjoy the performances. The final night in Boulder felt like the most special night of the run, as the band's energy matched that of the crowd as they pushed through old material and new, testing the audience's excitement levels, unselfishly satisfying their needs. Tribe also packed more of a complete setup in Boulder, choosing the Fox Theatre as the venue to unleash the additions of live guitar and bass for more on-the-spot jamming.

Lazer Sword by Tk Kayembe
Because they chose smaller venues for their PA sets, Tribe didn't bring their typical colossal light setup. Instead, they kept it smart and simple. Wide black netting encompassed the perimeter of the tables upon which their laptops were situated. Fastened to the net was a grid of tiny lights no larger than safety blinkers bikers attach to spokes on their wheels. These lights were synched up to others onstage and a similar apparatus was suspended behind the drummer like a phosphorescent rectangle hanging sideways.

Opening their shows at a funk friendly 90 BPM, Sound Tribe steadily built momentum as the sets progressed. Their transitions felt exciting and waveless, as if I was riding the back car in a gentle electro-lounge rollercoaster. While there would assuredly be plenty of text in the overlapping center space of a Venn diagram comparing songs played at the Bluebird Theater and at the Fox Theatre, the foursome still rocked the crowd as if they were performing the tracks for the first time. Issuing favorites from their new album PeaceBlaster, as well as popular pleasers including "One A Day," the hyphy hit "The Unquestionable Supremacy of Nature" and a live refix of "Aimlessly."

From the moment the first notes rang from Dom's sax to the final cymbal crash on Zach Velmer's drum kit, the STS9 PA sets were an overall concertgoer's dream. The different acts perfectly complimented each other and displayed an array of different electro-influenced musical stylings that everybody in the audience was able to groove to. The two nights blur together, linking as one beautiful memory. This run was one surely one for the history books, a perfectly planned show where Tribe pandered to their fans by giving them a taste of the familiar, while allowing them discover new favorites along the way.

Continue reading for a conversation with Big Gigantic...

Big Gigantic by Tk Kayembe
JamBase was recently blessed with the opportunity to sit down with Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken from Big Gigantic to ask them a few questions about their new project…

JamBase: How long have you been independently making electronic music and working on Big Gigantic?

Dominic Lalli: I started making electronic music a couple years ago and have really only been working with the Big Gigantic idea for about 7 or 8 months now.

JamBase: When did the two of you get together, and how?

DL: We have been friends for quite a while now and have played gigs together in other bands. When I started trying to make this Big Gigantic thing a reality, Jeremy was the perfect guy for the gig. I'm just glad I snatched him up before someone else did...

What is the typical process you go into when creating your songs?

Big Gigantic by Tk Kayembe
DL: I'm really just trying to keep it honest and let whatever I hear in my head come out. I definitely try to keep it rowdy and dirty, but I also love writing melodies, so I try to write melodies and songs that will resonate with people.

How much of the BG sound is generated with samples, and how much of it are you creating?

DL: I do some sampling but I mostly use different synths to make my tracks. I make all the beats and play all of the melodies, chords and basslines in the songs I write.

What other projects are you currently working on?

DL: I'm always doing stuff with The Motet and The Motet Trio and I'm also releasing my straight-ahead jazz record this month.

Jeremy Salken : I play around town with my funk/jazz group Dayum,which I started to try and push my playing to the next level. I feel it's important to surround yourself with people that push you to think and, in this case, play outside the box. It can be a little intimidating at first but is always very rewarding.

What's your response to how quickly BG has blown up?

DL: I just feel really lucky to have had the opportunities we've had so far. I'm just trying to keep working hard, keep making fresh music and keep developing different aspects of our live show.

JS: I feel extremely fortunate to be playing in the music scene we are in. We're just trying to come out and do our thing and it feels great to have people there experiencing all of that with us. After all, we're all in it together.

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JammyJammerson Tue 2/17/2009 12:41PM
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Where are the instruments?

tazewelljones star Tue 2/17/2009 01:06PM
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"I feel many of Tribe's shows these days have become overpopulated by kids so spun out and dumbstruck by the overwhelming light show they've no time to realize they're being fed the same corny, repetitive riffs over and over again."

To be completely honest, I'd expect a little more professionalism and respect from an individual being paid by jambase to offer an insightful critique of a show. Of course it's possible to find "spun out" wookies at a tribe show. I'm also pretty sure that the same can be said of any of the myriad bands cataloged and reviewed on this website, so I struggle to identify the relevance there to the actual music brought forth by the band. Secondly, even the most basic of examinations of sts9's live shows quickly reveals a demonstration of anything but the "same, cory repetitive riffs...". That, frankly, is not true. These guys throw down a different set every night, and even when repeating songs they tweak them in such a way as to distinguish them from one song from the next. Step it up, Jambase. You have the connections and insight to provide us with far more illustrative and analytical perspectives on shows like these. To deduct your level of analytical skill, and access to these shows, to unfounded and unjustified broad generalizations is disappointing to say the very least.

sbittman Tue 2/17/2009 01:09PM
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sbittman

Love me that Big Gigantic

Bradley. Tue 2/17/2009 01:14PM
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Some great shows in my opinion, I will take whatever STS9 gives us. It is all very important and revolutionary.

As for the person who wrote the review, come out to Red Rocks this summer and see for yourself the power of the tribe.

alienscape star Tue 2/17/2009 01:22PM
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This article was horrible. The author, Tk Kayembe, was way out of line when he said that "I feel many of Tribe's shows these days have become overpopulated by kids so spun out and dumbstruck by the overwhelming light show they've no time to realize they're being fed the same corny, repetitive riffs over and over again."

So what, you'll find kids that are spun out at any show. One look at the author's profile page shows that one of his tracked artists are none other than MARILYN MANSON.

What kind of crowd you gonna find at a Marlyn Manson show, TK?

granola star Tue 2/17/2009 01:46PM
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Damn TK you are a so dumb. Jambase why the hell would you put this guys review on your website?

Jeff Kash Tue 2/17/2009 01:50PM
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Jeff Kash

What a shitty review.

DISCOROCKSTAR starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/17/2009 01:51PM
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DISCOROCKSTAR

Although I don't concur with Tk's assessment of STS9's music of late (keep rocking it STS9!), I respect him for speaking his mind. It's not out of line for a reviewer, paid or otherwise, to share their OPINION... doesn't mean you have to AGREE with the author. Now, if a review featured personal attacks on an artist or musician that were outside the scope of the music or scene they create, that would be out of line.

Remember, music is ART, which is meant to convey the creator's artistic vision while evoking an emotional response in the listener/audience... doesn't mean the emotion elicited has to be 100% positive. Yes, in music there are mathematical absolutes absent in most art (i.e. being in tune, playing the correct note, chord progression, phrase, etc), however even music that is theoretically sound can be abhorred by the audience.

I appreciate Tk's reviews, both in words and pictures, even if I don't agree with his perspective, and look forward to hearing more from him on Jambase and elsewhere. It's also refreshing to see an article that focuses on the up-and-coming openers/support artists on a bill, and not simply waxing poetic about the headliner.

uncljohnsband5 Tue 2/17/2009 01:52PM
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Instruments can be fun but sound is everything

DISCOROCKSTAR Tue 2/17/2009 01:58PM
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DISCOROCKSTAR

P.S. Big Gigantic is the real deal! Dom is THE MAN, and I love the fact that members of The Motet are pursuing other projects as well, such as Big Gigantic, Juno What?!, dwele, etc. Each project expands their musical repertoire and only adds to the creative spark that makes The Motet one of the most underrated bands on the planet.

Justin Gillett Tue 2/17/2009 02:13PM
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Justin Gillett

Nice to see Zach behind the drum kit for these shows. I caught STS9's live pa show in SF with all four of 'em behind computers. It was kind of a let down. CAN'T WAIT FOR THE FILLMORE RUN!!!

shackman16 Tue 2/17/2009 02:31PM
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shackman16 Tue 2/17/2009 02:32PM
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Parsonsgoggles starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/17/2009 02:56PM
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Parsonsgoggles

Review nails it, spun out wookies looking for enlightenment using all the wrong means. Tweek, twang, bleep, bing, bong, ting, tang, kleep, kleep, all sounds the same now.

Check out some 2003 Tribe for the real deal!

sschaffner Tue 2/17/2009 05:00PM
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sschaffner

ha! oh man, i can't believe he said that... he's right on about the spun out kids, and don't take it personally... y'all know it's true. oh, and yes, you will definitely find spun out kids at any show... but a sound tribe show has got to be around 75% squirrely.

Ricky4207 starstarstar Tue 2/17/2009 05:14PM
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Ricky4207

Recently the opening acts for tribe have been AMAZING... In ATL I fell in love with Daedelus' music as well as mike relm, and already loved Diplo, Bonobo, Prefuse 73, Telepath. Last year they got me into the glitch mob and sub-ID which are pretty tight.. I need to check out Big Gigantic and Laser Swords or whatever. I get where he's coming from with the judgements, but every festival "jamband" show etc. seems to attract spun out wooks... I've seen 'em only 12 times, and only dosed at one show, and I honestly didn't enjoy tribe while spun (I can't get down and dance if high/spun!). Wish I could've seen a PA set soo bad... Anyone know where to get a recording of one? are they even allowed?

pacmanwiu star Tue 2/17/2009 07:10PM
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pacmanwiu

Wow completely distasteful opinions displayed in TK remarks, in my opinon that is. I feel like he didn't even think before he wrote...AT ANY SHOW you will find kids that are spunions? Like WTF The Dead had more than 75% squirlyness when I saw them back in 2005 at Alpine....or look at Phish?( I love both those bands dearly!!!) But I also love my tribe, I love how they venture into new territory! Just like The Dead did in their day, or Phish or Cheese in the 90's! Tribe doesnt just play the same repeated riffs on each track...they are highly improv! I mean for New Years in 06' they played a complete set improve without the computers (except for the synths on their computers) Who else does completely improvised sets anymore these days, especially on NYE? They know how to play fucking music.....write something you know about.......actually listen to their shows....hell....

hnkscrpio Tue 2/17/2009 07:46PM
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hnkscrpio

pacman put it perfectly. Why doesn't everyone just stop being so hypocritical. What like you guys go to every show perfectly sober. And if you seriously think that sts9 pa is just clicking buttons on your computer, then why don't you guys just do it yourselves and become famous. You guys sure seem like you spend enough time ripping on bands from behind a pc, why don't you do something positive and make some music instead?

smokey82832 Tue 2/17/2009 08:04PM
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I love it jambase trashing all the sts9 kids who come on jambase and talk a ton of BS and mess with the boards

This is classic..BTW I love me some tribe ...Hope pretty lights opens up for them in chi-town...!!!

Elemley starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/17/2009 08:49PM
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pretty lights opening in chi city would be amazing! ^

JaphyTaphy Tue 2/17/2009 09:20PM
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JaphyTaphy

While my initial reaction after completing this article was to also jump down TK's throat for posing such a heavily biased take on the tribe SCENE, which really doesn't pertain to the music directly and hence shouldn't be emphasized in the article, after reading some of the well-put comments, i realized it really wouldn't make much of a difference to bash. a great many people have their opinions cast in stone on a number of bands (as do i), and tribe happens to be one that attracts some of the most flack in that department, usually in saying something along the lines of "no one there even comes for the music, but the sensation of it when combined with chemicals and heady kids." it's pretty much impossible to convice people who think so otherwise (at least at a forum like this), and that's unfortunate because in actuality the tribe is much, much more than that. and those who've caught them on both ends of the spectrum will attest to that. if TK believes what he says, i have no beef with that whatsoever, and he has every right to make judgements like that on any band. the only problem i have is that he would go to that extent to offer how he feels about the band in a jambase review. the reason they don't edit stuff like that out is to keep it raw and get conversations like this going, which are always interesting in their developments and (producive) points made. i would only suggest maybe a bit less personal bias when reviewing a live show. not your take on a band. that's all.

and for any of you wondering, most reviewers on jambase are volunteers. if you're serious about writing something yourself, it really doesn't take much.

Dicky79 star Wed 2/18/2009 12:24AM
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it's one short paragraph that actually talks about the shows mentioning 3 of the 30+ diff songs played over the two nights. the rest is fluff for his friends in the other bands and sh*tty photos. whatever, opinions are fine, shouldn't even be titled an sts9 review though.

RothburyWithCheese starstarstarstarstar Wed 2/18/2009 02:58AM
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RothburyWithCheese

Big praise to Dominic from the Motet. Known him since his flagstaff, Arizona days. Keep on kicking ass Dominic!!

fnghhhh starstarstarstarstar Wed 2/18/2009 04:59AM
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adubvu Wed 2/18/2009 05:28AM
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adubvu

i agree with you fnghhhh. last time i was at a tribe show was in philly last year. the philly scene is probably the worst. a bunch of mindless fucks i cant stand it. I remember after the show this REAL spun out couple came up to me asking me where Delaware was. I knew he was referring to the street and not the state, but amused myself by telling him hes in the wrong state and that he better start walking that way. It was too much information to him so he resorted in shaking his head looking at the ground muttering if i want mushrooms... pathetic. this review sucks by the way.

‹^› ‹(•¿•)› ‹^› {¬¿¬} Wed 2/18/2009 05:37AM
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‹^› ‹(•¿•)› ‹^›      {¬¿¬}

I don't care about a PA set.

no instruments, no Me.

if you like it, cool, I hope u have fun.

nickrbk Wed 2/18/2009 06:33AM
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nickrbk

not everyone is spun out of their mind. that is a load of bs. I have been to something like 25 shows since august 07. sure i tripped at a few, most I had some beer, possibly a little burning. My girl is straight edge as it gets. However she loves to dance the night away SOBER. No beer no nothing, yet she may be having more fun than everyone else. Out of the 25 shows she has been to maybe she drank at 2. This author is exactly what needs to change with jambase. Have a little respect for some very dedicated musicians.

DrFunkinstein Wed 2/18/2009 07:07AM
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Badgerboy star Wed 2/18/2009 07:50AM
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Badgerboy

OH yeaaah an STS9 sucks or doesnt suck fight!!!!!

This is getting old If you like it you like it, if you dont you dont.

Also I have never dosed at a tribe show. I also Like to listen to them at work...and im not dosed at work.

anyways....keep arguing on here people it will solve a lot! Seeyou at Rothbury

BBFCFM515 Wed 2/18/2009 08:07AM
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BBFCFM515

the first time i saw STS9 i was one of those spun out wookies, saw them again without the extreme dose of molly and wasn't very impressed.

pacmanwiu star Wed 2/18/2009 08:39AM
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pacmanwiu

This is for DrFunkinstein,

about your quote, "dedicated musicians play instruments, not computer programs.

"

They do play instruments.....and they are damn good at it! And how can you possibly say that computer programs are not instruments, thats like saying spoons arent an instrument...yet people use them in bands? Or Washboards, i guess they arent an instrument even though people use them in bands as a morraca! Man look at the Blue Man Group they put a bunch of PVC pipes together and make some amazing music with it! Bottom line....anything is an instrument...as long as you can create rythm with it...think about what your saying before you say it!

DrFunkinstein Wed 2/18/2009 08:50AM
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DrFunkinstein

pacman,

Everything that you listed is an instrument, except computer programs. Do you think that guitar hero is an instrument? Or a CD player? If I play Flaming Lips "Zaireeka" on 4 diffrent CD players, does that make me a muscian? No. Play instruments if your are a musician, not computer programs

nickrbk Wed 2/18/2009 08:52AM
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nickrbk

^^^^

a dedicated musician is exactly what they our. go to a show and find out or stop reading and posting about them. there are plenty of other good bands out there. find one of them and stay away from here with negitive comments.

one love

DrFunkinstein Wed 2/18/2009 09:02AM
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DrFunkinstein

sorry guys, just not a fan of computer generated music. Kinda weak from a bunch of guys that can really play their instruments well

DubSaw starstarstar Wed 2/18/2009 09:17AM
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DubSaw

I wanted to attend the NYC PA show. went to the bowery to find no extras and some spun out wooks selling nitrus ballons literally right in front of the venue. if that doesnt say something then i dont know.

futhepharmer Wed 2/18/2009 09:36AM
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futhepharmer

Wow...look at the picture with 3 guys standing behind a desk with pretty lights in the background. That must be mad exciting to watch!

Matt.Recchia Wed 2/18/2009 10:16AM
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If it's their music they are mixing, whats the difference? They are still musicians, just not playing on their regular instruments. Aren't musicians supposed to stretch out and try new shit every now and again? Brah.

pottad Wed 2/18/2009 10:40AM
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Ricky4207 Wed 2/18/2009 10:42AM
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Ricky4207

I think that their PA sets are really a good way for them to experiment with where they can go with their songs... I hope after all these PA sets they will bring back some of the stuff that worked well and incorporate it into their already awesome shows. I gotta say before STS9 I had no appreciation for anything electronic, and now I love it! I honestly think that the perc. and keys are my fav. part of this band, which is a nice change from the typical super star guitarist wailing on and on... not that I don't like guitar, but I like variety, that's why festivals rock! see yall at All Good?

mattchu Wed 2/18/2009 10:43AM
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mattchu

Exciting to whatch? no, its meant for dancing.

Now id say spun out refers to molly E speed meth sht, not so much acid eh? no yea? Doesnt matter?

OBPhunkE starstarstar Wed 2/18/2009 10:59AM
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OBPhunkE

Yah, this whole STS9 debate is super old. Give it a rest. The article is about the electronic scene. Not an STS9 concert, of which this is not. As far as the scene goes, and myself being one who perpetuates pretty much every genre in the jam scene, I gonna go ahead and say that STS9 and tDB have by far the most spun out crowds. Don't get me wrong I love tribe and catch them everytime they come to town. Myself I wish tribe would start to sway back to space funk of 4-5 years ago and start jamming a little more. I've seen them 7-8 times in the last year and a half and have started to realize that rather than a band I can jump on board with and do a 4-5 show run it's really just a 1-2 shows tops, cause you're gettin the same thing 3 nights later. That said...i'm pretty sure no real tribe fans are doing much posting on this site. They have a site for devoted sts9 fans already, which means we're getting the flaky crust of fans giving their two cents on here. Oh and...agreed, reviewer keep your views of "spun out kids" to yourself. There's no reason for EVERYONE to read that.

mikemac9317 Wed 2/18/2009 11:04AM
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mikemac9317

To all of those who are giving the reviewer shit: He did say that he was impressed with their PA sets, he is not bashing the band, just the junkie fans. I'm not saying that all are spun out, he just pointed out that most of the fans these days are there to do drugs while getting down. There are too many spun out, junkie looking kids at all shows these days. It puts a bad name on the entire scene of music because if you mention to someone that doesn't like this type of music, they assume that you do drugs, and these spun out fucks are the reason for that.

mikemac9317 Wed 2/18/2009 11:05AM
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mikemac9317

Plus, anyone can submit a review of a show. This could be just one of us writing this review, and they usually aren't paid, they are just contributing to the site.

cody418 star Wed 2/18/2009 11:47AM
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poor review. little effort. blanket generalizations.

SpreadRed87 Wed 2/18/2009 12:37PM
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SpreadRed87

All this hating!!! it makes me sad so does no ROTHBURY LINEUP!!!

malkin99 Wed 2/18/2009 02:50PM
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i went to the bluebird show and was supposed to go to the fox show, and it was for sure a one time thing. i respect them trying new things and branching out but i wasn't that disappointed when it was over. i'll stick to my tribe with instruments, oh and no mention of the ambulance and 4 cop cars that were needed after the bluebird show talk about a party

moonsafari star Wed 2/18/2009 11:45PM
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moonsafari

Anyone know how to get a hold of one of these shows, i read that archive doesnt post their PA sets because of the sampling or something.

Deadphishbiscuits Thu 2/19/2009 06:11AM
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Deadphishbiscuits

sts9 with instruments=good show. never seen a pa set but from what i have heard probably not for me. do a pa set with tables and vinyl and not a laptop and i'd probably be more interested

PongmasterPhlash Thu 2/19/2009 09:40AM
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To the haters: I appreciate if a PA set is not your thing, but let me ask you this - when was the last time your favorite artist (which can sell out a venue as big as Red Rocks) gave you a 3 day run at intimate venues 1/10 the size while showcasing all of your favorite tunes in an entirely new and reworked fashion while progressing their style and exploring new directions through instrumentation that’s completely different from their general setup? I dig how STS9 treats their fans and continues to push their musical boundaries. If you don’t like computers, cool. But if you have the talent and ability (which is much more difficult than you think), why not use them to create new sounds that thousands of people can’t get enough of (spun out or not)? I went to the Aggie show not knowing what to expect from a PA set and danced my brains out, under the influence of only a couple beers. My girlfriend (whose favorite artists are Iron and Wine and Gillian Welch, to give you an idea), normally doesn’t like S9 shows but LOVED the PA set. It was more of a party, not as much of a “show.”

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/19/2009 11:01AM
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pornofunk

^pongmaster your missing the point, this is jambase where if you dont like the band that means they suck and never had talent from the beginnning. EVEN if other people obviously do like them cause there selling out venues.....BUT they suck cause i dont like them and your opinion doesnt matter, and the fact that you enjoy their PA sets bothers me b/c you opinion does not match mine.....

(i hope by this point you can see i have sarcasm fuckin pooring out my ass....and now i need a mop)

-peace

carsonD1 star Thu 2/19/2009 12:51PM
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carsonD1

This reviewer is a tool. Why the fuck would you see the show if you arent a fan? why the fuck would he even say that? stopped reading after that. irritating. TK YOU SUCK. now to go listen to some s9......

biscosector star Thu 2/19/2009 07:35PM
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What the hell is this reviewer talking about? "I feel many of Tribe's shows these days have become overpopulated by kids so spun out and dumbstruck by the overwhelming light show they've no time to realize they're being fed the same corny, repetitive riffs over and over again." Obviously TK has only listened to about 2 of Sound Tribes show. Each show is better than the last, and they are growing musically. Go listen to some more Death Cab you idiot!

MoveMyPeeps Fri 2/20/2009 08:01AM
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TK you should never write an article on jambase again. This article is terrible

Lenox Fri 2/20/2009 03:26PM
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Lenox

i generally keep my voice out of the opinion box on show reviews, but this review is a load of shit. Not because it bashes the band, but because it just plain sucked to read!

albiknow Sun 2/22/2009 03:07PM
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Tribe does some really intense and amazing things with sound. They have talent and creativity for sure. Many of their fans, however, are on another planet doing serious drugs, worshiping crystals and being assholes at shows.

lotusfuckinrocks starstarstarstarstar Sun 2/22/2009 06:54PM
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HEY GUYS NO FLAMER WARS! ok so one word for instrument: monome, the sickest sequencer/loop machine that u use to make sweet beats. one word for sweet show and great experience= good time: sound tribe sector nine. keep doin it right.

dtwisco star Wed 2/25/2009 12:43PM
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did someone take all the aggregate negative comments about STS9, cut, paste and turn them into this article? C'mon Jambase, if you get me into a show for free at least I'll write up an insightful piece!

jfk420 starstarstar Wed 3/4/2009 06:17PM
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i think if you read the article the author really didn't bash sts9 that bad. I love sts9 and anybody who doesn't think the jam scene is better off because of sts9 is missing the fact that its new and progressive. He misses the point the light shows and tripping kids are what i love about it. The music brings people together as one unit. Its what the pranksters were looking for in there acid tests. Sts needs to set up there own festival with three nights like bisco. Call it Sound Camp fill up the lineup with artists like disco biscuits, prefuse, lotus,thievery corp.,spongle ,bassnector. and maybe some phunkadelic or psychodelic jam in the morning. I would drive for that.

The_real_inferno star Wed 3/18/2009 08:13AM
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ah...ye olde "i'm not a very good writer but i luv jambands and hang out with a bunch of jam d00dz so they eventually let me on jambase to write articles, but all of my articles were poorly written and completely uninformative so i resorted to an insult gimmick" routine

stuarttt starstarstarstar Thu 4/2/2009 04:30PM
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wow. yall are being really defensive. it was a good article, and he's just stating his opinion. and did you not read on to see what he had to say about the pa?

and in my opinion it's true; tribe has been a little repetitive lately to say the least. i love them. or what they used to be. i think they're starting to love the fame or something though. they don't really jam anymore. it kinda hurts my head now.