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Concert Thu Nov 01 2007

All Your Bass Are Belong To Us

After playing merry prankster on the breakcore scene for a brief stint, Drop The Lime (aka Luca Venezia) threw all and sundry a big curveball with his breakout album We Never Sleep in 2006. The LP marked an bewildering and ambitious follow-me-now branching out--one that embraced a more party- and listener-friendly sound that ranged from dancefloor bangers to cabaret crooning. Spun on a thread of stylistic twists and somersaults, it didn't exactly hurt that Venezia hammered the whole thing home with the ultimate above-the-sheets caress-fest soundtrack "Turn Out The Lights."

Nonetheless, it's his party-ripping DJ sets that Venezia's been hanging his hat on lately. He's become the accidental impresario behind the die-hard Trouble & Bass dance scene in New York within the past two years, spearheaded his own subgenre by specializing in what can only be described as a monsterous breed of "dirty-electro-bootybass-grimey house." It's the sort of stuff that moves like a panther: dark, growling, riding low and incredibly fast. It goes 0-140 BPMs in 20 seconds flat and renders the entire Ed Banger catalog sluggish and obsolete just as quickly. And somehow he's managed to carry over some of the silliness and wrecktitude that characterized his early breakcore output.

Drop The Lime is spinning with fellow Brooklynite XXXChange (of SpankRock affiliation) Friday evening at Sonotheque. Also on hand will be hometown fave Jordan Z and other New Indie residents. And even though Sonotheque's floorplan isn't exactly designed for optimal dancing, expect to get all frenzied and sweaty -- so much so that you might actually hurt the next day. But hey, you'll have an extra hour to recuperate this weekend, so go get with that. 1444 W. Chicago. Admission is $10, doors open at 9pm.

[mp3]: Drop The Lime - mix set + tracks (via Trash Menagerie)
[video]: Drop The Lime - "Hear Me"
[video]: Drop The Lime - "Butterscotch"

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

Transmission staffers share their most cherished memories and moments while writing for Gapers Block.

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  Chicago Music Media

Alarm Magazine
Big Rock Candy Mountain
Boxx Magazine
Brooklyn Vegan Chicago
Can You See The Sunset From The Southside
Chicago Reader Music
Chicagoist Arts & Events
Chicago Music Guide
Chicago Singles Club
Country Music Chicago
Cream Team
Dark Jive
The Deli Chicago
Jim DeRogatis
Fake Shore Drive
Gowhere Hip Hop
The Hood Internet
Jaded in Chicago
Largehearted Boy
Little White Earbuds
Live Fix Blog
Live Music Blog
Loud Loop Press
Oh My Rockness
Pop 'stache
Pop Matters
Resident Advisor
Sound Opinions
Sun-Times Music Blog
Theft Liable to Prosecution
Tribune Music
UR Chicago
Victim Of Time
WFMU's Beware of the Blog
Windy City Rock


Abbey Pub
Andy's Jazz Club
Aragon Ballroom
Auditorium Theatre
Beat Kitchen
Bottom Lounge
Buddy Guy's Legends
The Burlington
California Clipper
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Cubby Bear
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Elbo Room
Empty Bottle
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The Hideout
Honky Tonk BBQ
House of Blues
Kingston Mines
Lincoln Hall
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Mayne Stage
The Mutiny
Old Town School of Folk Music
Park West
The Promontory
Red Line Tap
Reggie's Rock Club & Music Joint
The Riviera
Thalia Hall
The Shrine
Symphony Center
Tonic Room
Uncommon Ground
The Vic
The Whistler

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Drag City
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Groove Distribution
He Who Corrupts
Jam Productions
Jazz Record Mart
Kranky Records
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Minty Fresh
Numero Group
mP Shows
Permanent Records
Reckless Records
Smog Veil Records
Southport & Northport Records
Thick Records
Thrill Jockey Records Touch & Go/Quarterstick Records
Victory Records

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