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.

spaceotter’s playa report (Burning Man 2013)

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September 13, 2013

1173634_10200507764644653_120441661_nI’ve been on mute for a minute from Bottom Forty‚Ķfor little other reason than my hair has been on fire. For those who don’t already know, I’m a founding member of a mixed-gender and -orientation Burning Man theme camp by the name of Conception, which has grown to be one of the larger sound & arts camps from the Pacific Northwest on the playa. This year, I was the logistics lead/CEO (“Chief Executive Otter”), as well as music co-chair, treasurer, and communications lead (playfully dubbed “Lt. Uhora”) for a camp of 50 people from 8 states and 4 countries. Our extended tribe of over a hundred campers over the years remains connected, some of whom took the year off or have drifted off to form their own camps and projects. As such, August is the peak of my year, and I find myself working and planning and communicating most days and nights until I desperately need a drink but it’s already 4 hours after my bedtime and I just drop from exhaustion instead. read more …

Category: Music

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 …

Category: Downloads