Imagine being wasted on O'Doul's and angel trumpets while floating in a bog-pond of cubic zirconium marmalade and jamming some chopped & screwed Fraggle rock tunes on your headphones. That's kind of what ImagineIAM is like. I don't know what genre of music this is, but I'm going to dub it Gonk Rock. It deserves its own name. INSERT: PCP in the sky with diamonds mixed with a little Quetzalcoatl yaz-hop, squanto bat jazz, patchouli skiffle and mondo crunk.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Written by Dege Legg
Imagine being wasted on O'Doul's and angel trumpets while floating in a bog-pond of cubic zirconium marmalade and jamming some chopped & screwed Fraggle rock tunes on your headphones. That's kind of what ImagineIAM is like. I don't know what genre of music this is, but I'm going to dub it Gonk Rock. It deserves its own name. INSERT: PCP in the sky with diamonds mixed with a little Quetzalcoatl yaz-hop, squanto bat jazz, patchouli skiffle and mondo crunk. Teaming with a wide range of synthetic and organic instrumentation, the band is intriguing in a "we're not going to rock normal" sort of way. Throw in a penny whistle air raid siren with some schizo-rhyme saying and you're getting closer. Add in electroshock massage, specimen grunts, flowtard malapropisms, spazz lounge and then chase it with some frowners and you are getting closer to the thing that makes ImagineIAM unique. It's rad. ImagineIAM plays Blue Moon on Dec. 9 with The Other Planets. Not sure which.
Since the close of Sadie's in downtown Lafayette, DJ Judd Kennedy has been a busy dude. Now that he's free from the incessant drain of running a club every night, he can do what he wants, which is spin records. Throughout December, Kennedy will rock every Sunday night at Artmosphere, holding down an end of the weekend residency, spinning soul, Motown, funk, swing, jitterbug, upbeat old school country, punk, 80s & 90s alt- rock, indie rock, down tempo, eccentric dub step, trip hop, Bollywood and hip-hop. Judd K's first week at Artmosphere was a huge success with a packed dance floor of people screaming, dancing on bars, singing along and throwing their arms up to every song in a drunken debauchery of Bacchanalian proportions. Tie one off before the work week with DJ Judd K at Artmosphere 7-12 a.m. at Artmosphere every Sunday this month.
HIP HOP IN THE FLATS
Hip hop ain't dead yet. Just like punk rock, it goes through periods of sustained interest followed by abject flagellation, but it never dies. Wyzdom360 and Swell have been hosting an event for the past year, which is designed to give fledgling hip-hop artists an opportunity to showcase their talents. "We're trying to sustain what seems to be the dying hip-hop scene in Lafayette," says Wyzdom360. "Until we started hosting these events there was no form of unity between the burgeoning hip-hop artists. Most of our old crews have moved away to other big cities where the culture is still thriving." On Dec. 10, rappers convene at The Spot Skate Park (4305 Johnston, Lafayette) to throw down for Hip Hop in the Flats. It's an all ages event with appearances from Truth Universal (New Orleans), Lyrikill (New Orleans), Mr. F and Corey D (Lafayette), Gambit and Young Skrap the Chief (Lafayette), Caligula (New Orleans), Marcel P. Black (Baton Rouge/OKC), Lyriq's The Lyricist (New Orleans),Tony Skratchere and Dokda J, Kicks. Doors open at 9 p.m.
THE NATURE SCENE
Pack & Paddle hosts a special night with noted Louisiana photographer and author Greg Guirard, known for his books and photography focusing on the Atchafalaya Basin and the unique Cajun culture living within its wilderness. See the Basin through Greg's lens as he presents a slide show focusing on the natural beauty of the basin. Greg will speak on the past, present and future of the Atchafalaya and the dangers threaten this unique ecosystem. Be at Pack & Paddle in Lafayette on Dec. 14.
The original production of The Nutcracker was coolly received, but sometime around the mid-20th century its popularity as a holiday production grew. Now the two-act ballet based on E.T.A. Hoffmann's story "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" and scored by Tchaikovsky is a Christmas season institution. It can't be stopped. The Nutcracker will be performed by the Pacific Northwest Ballet on Dec. 11 & 12 at the Heymann Center.
Time for smackdown, I suppose. Professional wrestling is like a runaway train filled with juggalos, madmen and spandex. From the old school days of Mid-South Wrestling and the Junk Yard Dog to the spectacle of present day professional wrestling, it's the kind of entertainment that a lot of people like. WWE: Smackdown pulverizes the Cajudome on Dec. 14.
The Bridge Ministry of Acadiana is a Christian non-profit organization with a vision to empower lives through spiritual transformation, education and neighborhood revitalization. They are a neighborhood outreach ministry located in the Four Corners' area of Lafayette. They're hosting the Bridge Ministry's Gift of Music Festival and Gumbo Cookoff on Dec. 11. The festival runs 10-3 p.m. at the Bridge Ministry of Acadiana.
Celtic Christmas goes down on Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. at Cité des ArtsOn Dec. 11, Artmosphere hosts a Misfit Toy Drive featuring the music of The MisfitsThe marvelous Ken Marvel plays the Atchafalaya Club on Dec. 12Jason Savoy as Jerry Lee Lewis and The Cosimo Effect play Blue Moon on Dec. 10