Five Short Reviews of ‘Mad Decent Block Party’ in Pontiac, 9-6-2013
We know, we know. You’ve been dying to read our smarmy analysis of last Friday night’s ‘Mad Decent Block Party’ in downtown Pontiac. We’re so sorry to have kept you waiting. Please be reminded of your pills. And now without further ado…..
1. Keys N Krates – Of the event’s five acts we arrived early enough to witness in person, Keys N Krates displayed the highest degree of actual “live-ness”. We only caught a small portion of their performance, but lucky for us, the last few minutes of this Toronto trio’s set included two of their best songs, “Treat Me Right” and “Dum Dee Dum”. Click on the following links to compare and contrast the studio-recorded version of “Dum Dee Dum” with their excellent live rendition.
2. Baauer – Harry Bauer Rodrigues aka ‘Baauer’ has a gap in his front teeth so mammoth and distinctive that Madonna, Michael Strahan and Lauren Hutton are considering a class-action lawsuit for infringement of their intellectual property rights. We’re intimately acquainted with said gap because the dude LOVES to open his mouth extremely wide whilst mixing live. How was the music, you ask? Trappy with a minimal edge, perfectly tailored to and very well received by the crowd of, we’d guess, nearly 3,000 17-to-24-year-olds.
3. Danny Brown – Turns out Detroit’s Danny Brown is WAY more photogenic than we’d imagined he’d be, but “Live” Hip-Hop’s never really been our thing. If you, however, happen to enjoy the company of hyper, mouthy, ill-mannered children, as we here at I Love Detroit Michigan occasionally do, well, a live Danny Brown performance will make you feel as if you’re surrounded by an unruly and unsupervised bunch of them. When we describe his live sound as “Bootie Brown’s opening verse of The Pharcyde’s ‘Passin’ Me By’ repeated ad infinitum”, we mean it as a compliment.
4. Dillon Francis – The show stealer. We’ve been dying to see him again, ever since we first experienced his live DJ mixing at “Movement Electronic Music Festival” 2012 in downtown Detroit. Our second performance did not disappoint. “Neon”, in our opinion, is the most apt descriptor of the Dillon Francis sound. Have a look and see if you don’t agree.
5. Major Lazer – What to say about Major Lazer….is it live performance? Or is it pushing ‘play’ followed by a full hour of sustained, athletic ass-clownery interspersed with an unintelligible cocktail of shouting, whistle-blowing, siren-blaring and confetti? Sorry, Major Lazer fans, but we have to say the latter. Still, it’s NOT UN-entertaining. That, and the ultra-prolific studio output of Major Lazer’s ringleader, Diplo, force us to issue a free pass. Among his brilliant production work over the last decade: M.I.A.’s ‘Piracy Funds Terrorism’ mixtape, the most under-rated, under-appreciated and underplayed pop song and accompanying Eric Wareheim-directed music video in the history of pop music, “Keep It Goin’ Louder”, and much of the most recent album-length release by Snoop Lion formerly known as Snoop Dogg, ‘Reincarnated’. Major Lazer hype-man, Walshy Fire, most certainly keeps a crowd engaged, but let’s be real, people, he’s no Skerrit Bwoy. Who the hell is? ~I♥DM