With Michael Cusack
Friday sees the launch of another new night at New Guernica called Suite 909. Predictably with a name like that, it’s promising techno but with a guarantee to discover other influences that will spice up your experience. No word on DJs playing the launch yet.
Around at 24 Moons, Peter Van Hoesen is throwing down. Having just torn up Inner Varnika and had some chill out time, I reckon the Belgian techno veteran will be keen to give Melbourne one last hurrah. On support duties, local old mate Moopie – also fresh from Inner Varnika – is taking us on a three hour journey, and the Cool Room legends are taking over the side room. Solid tuna all round.
Saturday is Record Store Day, so get out and buy some records. My two picks for places to pick up some nice wax and enjoy some tunes is Skydiver on Johnston St and Wax Museum in Campbell Arcade under Flinders St. Skydiver are promising to be stocked up on second hand, new and reissue stock plus lots of local releases. Playing tunes throughout the day will be DJs Leo James, Sanpo Disco, Jennifer Loveless, Phillips Head, Ricci, Darcy Justice and Peppermint Darling. BYO beers. Wax Museum are opening up early at 10am and have a whole heap of DJs and live acts playing; Tigermoth, Skomes, Plutonic Lab (Beat Set), Cara Mia, Myles G, Silver Linings, Au Dré, Sedgwick, M5K and Wax Museum DJs plus a film screening of Crate Cartel. They will be dropping info on Record Store Day exclusive releases throughout the week so stay tuned to their social media.
Once you’ve done your shopping, head down to Soft-Pedal 7 at Joey Smalls featuring Moopie, Shedbug, Adrian Bell, Jess Sneddon and Stacey Holmes. Exploring the realms of music that’s not always suited for the club, expect the cruisey vibes perfect for a few beers and a burger.
Later that night, Machine brings the hugely influential Steve Bicknell to My Aeon. Bicknell’s history and notoriety is worth more than the word count I have here, but I think Resident Advisor sums up his 25 year career nicely: “There is a pure vision, a complete engagement and deep immersion in the fabric of the music that disregards shallow peripherals and vagaries such as celebrity, fashionability, and kowtowing to commercial interests.” Safe to say, it will be something special. On support duties is G3:D9 doing a new live set, David Mummery, Juan Tellez, Andrew Till and Simon Slieker.
Elsewhere, Cool Room have managed to snag one of the brightest sparks in dance music at the moment: Avalon Emerson. In her DJ sets and productions, she shows a passion for the sound design of new wave, the futurism of techno, the soul of American house and the exuberance of rave. With releases on Whities, Ghostly International, Shtum, Spring Theory, and Icee Hot, and her own incredible Cybernedits series, there is no slowing down for Emerson in 2017. Roza Terenzi and Hymns are backing her up in what should be an absolute banger of a night. Shame we have to choose between the two gigs really.