Peanut Butter Wolf, Gaslamp Killer, Jason Bentley -- 11/11/11/ Party -- Eagle Rock Center for the Arts
Since 2006, Stones Throw label head Peanut Butter Wolf has specialized in numerically-aligned calendar day parties. Last night's party, which went from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., was an endurance test, but it was also the most impressive episode of PBW's ongoing numbers fetish. To wit:
On 6-6-6 Wolf spun a Satanic metal DJ set.
Lainna Fader Peanut Butter Wolf
On 7-7-7 he did a 7-day event and a gospel-themed podcast.
On 8-8-8 he kicked off an 8-day video party.
On 9-9-9 there were 9 shows in nine different southern California area codes.
On 10-10-10 there 10 DJs in 10 hours spinning 45s.
The 11-11-11 party, meanwhile, had 11 DJs and 1100 records. The cost was 11 dollars. PBW pulled 1100 of his own records and asked his DJ guests to spin from them exclusively. His vinyl literally weighs a ton; he had to rent a U-Haul for the occasion, which was parked in front of the Center.
This year's performers included Cole M. Greif-Neill (Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, The Samps, Nite Jewel), Diva (Bloody Mess), Jonti (Stones Throw Records), Vex Ruffin (Stones Throw Records), Scotty Coats (Rong Music, Stones Throw Records), Tom Chasteen (Dub Club), Rhettmatic (Beat Junkies), Cut Chemist (A Stable Sound), Dam Funk (Stones Throw Records), Jason Bentley (KCRW), The Gaslamp Killer (Low End Theory, Brainfeeder), and Hyasynth (Hey Stacey).
Most impressive were Cut Chemist and Gaslamp Killer. Though most of the selectors spent the hours before their slot digging through PBW's crates to carefully curate their sets, Cut Chemist walked through the front door and onto the stage and immediately threw some records down without a moment's hesitation. He blew all the other DJs out of the water with his all-rare all-45 set -- including a tribute to pioneer Heavy D, who passed away last Tuesday -- and masterful mixing.