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09.07.13 Electric Zoo 2013: Preemptive End 07.17.13 Camp Bisco 2013 - A 420 Aficionado's Gu

Electric Zoo 2013: Preemptive End

As was widely publicized, the festival came to an end a day early. Sadly, their tactics of fewer pat downs and a late enforcing 'all bags must be no larger than 12"W x 12"H x 16"L ' meant it was up to people themselves to keep their drug use in check. 2 dead and 4 in the icu after saturday sent waves through madeevents as they decided to cancel sunday. 3 designated "help points" in view at all time and filling stations dotted throughout the festival grounds were apparently not enough. The explosive new stage made the expensive pricetag worthwhile, and while we came for a 3 day festival not merely 2. Things got pretty explosive even if there was a bit of an early end.

despite showing up early-ish on friday just to see this 27 yo prodigy spin, i didn't havge the patience to wait out the set and was too out of sorts to comprehend the environment madeevents managed to make in the middle of the city and only hours after i was wearing a suit in a cubicle.
Analogue Players In A Digital World

* Was surprised I actually enjoyed the Janssen brothers' set early and on the original main stage. It wasn't as explosive as some I've seen there (A legendary Bloody Beetroots set comes to mind) but it delivered just the no nonesense edm I was craving. Exploring the setups in Riverside and Hilltop also helped me sink into the reality of being surrounded by some of the best djs in the world all day.
3Flux Pavilion
Lines in Wax

'let the bass cannon kick it' more like watch Martin and the new stage show up Steele.
4Martin Solveig

* I don't know anything this guy's done nor would I necessarily listen to him on my own. But he gave a perfect introduction to the new "Main Stage East". The new setup was carved out near the entrance and brought a whole nother dimension to the festival.
X Rated

** I almost didn't see Excision in favor of Four Tet, but the effects of that hash cookie was setting in and I was content not moving. But Abel delivered more here than he did at Bisco as Destroid. Things were getting filthy and with me and my work bag in the thick of things, I saw 2 different bags snatched up by security guards in the heavy central. Based on their reactions, these white boys were going to have to explain why their bags were filled with illegal pharmaceuticals. Amidst druggy surroundings, I was back at the zoo. New stage meant space for more druggies
6Above & Beyond
Tri State

* Chill main stage west. "And it feels like me .. On a good day"
7Dog Blood
Middle Finger

Despite the 3d setup and being 2 of the most powerful and well known djs in the world, Boys Noize and Skrillex seemed too focused on self promoting visuals and like with Skream, I once again lacked the patience to enjoy whatever aesthetic they were trying to establish

* 23 yo Tim Bergling is one of the biggest names on the industry these days. His brand of accessible and dependable house music is always solid

^^ ** Passing out at my friend's place after, passing out on the bus on the way home and then passing out at home til 4pm meant lotsa fuel for day 2. Sunday was supposed to be the day to tie it all together and without it things still feel like they're open ended. But then again, Saturday .. Delivered . Hurriedly taking a cab from Bushwick . Hoping my friends had the pre rolled doobies. Dirty but the molly pills were concealed. Even if they decided to pat me down, I would have taken them when I wanted to.
39 Song Pop Mashup

** Madeon greets me from the new stage as I walk up. I've seen this teenage prodigy at least a half dozen times from the webster main stage (opening for Porter Robinson), early at Coachella, Electric Zoo and another time at Webster. Each and every time I smile brightly when he's playing. Capturing my attention at being better and more engaging than everyone else who plays a style like his.
11Claude VonStroke
Beware of the Bird

* Dirtybird Records has done more for the music industry than you realize. Claude VonStroke plays better music than you listen to. What's unfortunate for him is that he will never be able to recreate the show he played at South Street Seaport in 2011. Still, always a pleasure to see
12Sander van Doorn

* Chill vibes from the main stage
Split The Atom

** One of my friend's favorites happens to also be one of Deviant.'s . Heavy but thoughtful. Just the right sized crowd at Hilltop
Vitamin D

* As plans were made to roll at Boys Noize. Ohyea that's Datsik
15Dada Life
Just Do The Dada

*** Thieves of the festival. Swedish electro house duo Olle Corneer and Stefan Engblom captured their audience like I've never seen them do. Wild cartoonish visuals to their left and right. Dominating the new stage in ways that have not and probably will not be replicated. The perfect surroundings appeared around me for 45 minutes. And then dispersed into the night. Ohyea, I didn't roll at Boys Noize
Mesmerizing The Ultra

** The perfect amount of filthy. Perfect time to smoke 2 more pre rolled doobies

** Maybe more people would have seen this super duo if they'd have known there wouldn't be music on Sunday. Gorgeously composed and extra professionals. I wish it was the closer to an awesome day but was unfortunately the closer to an awesome 2 day festival. Now where do we get refunds for Sunday??
18 Oh
And Also..
19 Darkside
New LP

*** Darkside (Nicolas Jaar + Dave Harrington) released a new album and played it to a 2 small groups of people in an old loading dock in the lower east side. And it was awesome
20 Upcoming

Flaming Lips + Tame Impala Tricky Massive Attack Franz Ferdinand Shpongle? #nyclife
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