Bottom Forty

Bottom Forty is a mirror ball in New York, a basement in Chicago, a cruise in L.A. and a night in the desert.

Bert & Chewy, live at XenoConception 2011

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June 5, 2013

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‘Twas a gorgeous night on the playa in 2011, and our first year as Burning Man theme camp “Conception.” For those who don’t know already, Conception is a Seattle-based sound and arts camp, which I co-founded with some friends to bring our own northwest brand of love and psychedelia. I had asked Seattle techno visionary and Re-Bar co-owner Michael Manahan if he would play our big XenoConception (“conception with aliens”) party at Burning Man, but he was working on Bumbershoot and unable to make it to the playa that year. “However,” he said, “I have the perfect people to play.”

I hadn’t met Bert & Chewy (aka Rob Noble and Zacharia when they play drum & bass) before, but when Manahan says someone’s good, I listen. So, I booked them for the closing set with a bill of other techno-focused acts, including PG Tomasi and DJ Tatar from San Francisco camp Want It! read more …

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Otterotation: Lee Burridge at Robot Heart, Burning Man 2011

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April 10, 2013

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Robot Heart is my favorite deep techno roving art car on the playa at Burning Man, or pretty much anywhere. Hosting techno talent on the playa each year all week on their speaker-lined bus, their deep playa sunrise parties are the stuff of legend. In 2011, when my theme camp Conception took Flammable resident Karl Kamakahi to the playa for the first time, he returned Saturday morning around 10 am, dusty and wide eyed with wonder from an all night dance bender. When asked, he reported that Lee Burridge‘s sunrise set had just changed his life and was the most excited he’d been about music since he started DJing twenty years before. “One of the top memories of my life with the sound and the sun blending together as it rose over the ridge and on to the playa … Fucking AMAZING !!!” Burridge is a London DJ and playa superstar, and has recently released a remastered version of this 2011 set, which has become implanted in my phone as if it’s now in charge of the thing. read more …

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