October 24, 2012

Letter of Intent: Moogfest '12

What are you doing for halloween? For the last few years, Halloweentime has seemed more like Christmas morning to East Coast electronic music junkies, thanks to a event held deep in the mountains of NC called Moogfest. Moog (pronounced how you would "Vogue") is a multi-day electronic music festival, held every Halloween weekend since 2010 in the town of Asheville, North Carolina. The city is home to Moog Music HQ and has always kept it's grizzled mountain hands firmly on the arts, both classical and weird, which makes it a natural setting for an event like Moog. (And as Claire Boucher of Grimes once eloquently endorsed: "every restaurant is good in Asheville.") While the organizers this year have sliced the fest from three days to two for 2012, this matters surprisingly little, as the festival is still chock-filled with enough beats and blissful synthetic sounds to split apart an Akai MPC-2500 at the screws. In just a few days, our dapper photographer Giancarlo D'Alessandro and myself will be making the journey to the Asheville to report everything fun and synthy and sticky from this fest. (with BMSR and Primus on the bill what else would you expect?) Below is our scheduled itinerary and a smattering of photos I snapped from Moog last year, including M83, Baths, Grimes, Tobacco, and many others. Asheville, we're ready to party with you again.

[TV On The Radio @ Moogfest 2011]
[Grimes @ Moogfest 2011]
[Atlas Sound @ Moogfest 2011]

Thursday: We're driving down Thursday night to catch the smash French EDM duo Justice play a gig at the ExploreAsheville.com arena. The show is structurally not a part of Moogfest itself, but is still being billed as an "unofficial" launch event for the fest. They'll slay, of course. We don't even have to like Justice, because as you know if you've ever met someone really really into those dudes, the fans tend to guard their Franco gods from criticism with a near-religious zeal.

[Tobacco @ Moogfest 2011]
[St Vincent @ Moogfest 2011]
[Battles @ Moogfest 2011]
Friday: I'll be cutting my official Moogfest teeth with the affectionate pop of Bear in Heaven at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, then bounce over to see some new up-and-coming, no-name rapper called Nas at the arena. I'll bounce over afterwards to catch a little bit of the upbeat theatrics of Miike Snow and the Primus "3D" set (Going into this one blind, but Giac assures me Primus is rad live) then head over to the Orange Peel (a venue after my own heart, and a wonderful place to see any show) to see the experimental hip-hop of El-P. Then we'll be baptized by Black Moth Super Rainbow, heads fully dunked in the water of their gooey slosh of electronic pop. Plan on closing out the night with the beautiful crescendos of post-rock darlings Explosions in The Sky, nooch.

[M83 @ Moogfest 2011]
[Baths @ Moogfest 2011]
Saturday: I expect to wake up semi-hung over. But I'll have recovered by the night! And that night, I'm very excited to see a few different acts. I'mma head over to the arena to catch the indie-tinged rock-and-roll of  Divine Fits, after which I will bounce over to Thomas Wolfe to see the legendary Magnetic Fields. I'll probably end up catching some of Santigold's set, then go over to Orange Peel to wait for the noise rap act (and internet darlings) Death Grips to play. I was supposed to see them at Hopscotch Music festival in September before they canceled, so I'm very excited to get to actually see them this time. I hate that their set inteferes with the introspective, colorfully droning event that will be the Daniel Lopatin/Tim Hecker set though. Might try to see if I can catch a bit of both. Afterwards, gonna bounce over to the arena to catch the cyberpunk vibes (or Mortal Kombat vibes if you were a deprived kid) of Orbital. Gonna close out the night with a mix of Four Tet's reserved electronica at the auditorium and then Detroit techno pioneer Carl Craig's low end-heavy set at Orange Peel. Last year Gold Panda's warm festival-closing set there filled the venue to capacity, so I'm gonna be watching my time, for sure.

[Gold Panda @ Moogfest 2011]
Moog is once again going to be quite the party this year. Join us?

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