Hey, ya'll didn't think this blog would be all about rock 'n' roll and morning peacefolk, didja? Not that I don't enjoy a bowl of oatmeal while silently shedding a tear to the Kings of Convenience's Riot on an Empty Street, but I'm here to periodically up you on Seattle's techno/drum & bass/house/ghetto-tech/whatever scenes. Oh, and if you have a problem with my use of global slang, particularly where it applies to music, I have two words for you: oo-er!!!
Back to riots on empy streets, last night's Oscillate at the Baltic Room had about 20 people in attendance for visiting laptop dude EVAC and resident Greg Skidmore. Last time I went to this night, it was the same evening as the packed Hot Chip show at Neumo's, and there were still masses of people at the Baltic...because Jerry Abstract played. The slightly elusive producer can draw a crowd, but you have to wonder what the night's fate is when the lower-profile acts tend to bring such small numbers.
I do know one thing--more people in the scene need to pay the cover. Constantly comping? Shell out $3-$5 for a show every now and then. Bar sales are a big part of a night's staying power, but it might still help, and it's a nice compliment to put money toward the actual entertainment rather than just booze. I find these communities unusually warm and supportive, but promoters: people will still be your friends if they have to pay. If not, something is wrong.