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Infected Mushroom!! Holy Sh*t!!! (Karma 2 review)

Discussion in 'Event Reviews' started by Subsonic Chronic, Dec 23, 2000.

  1. Subsonic Chronic

    Subsonic Chronic TRIBE Member

    Wow.

    I don't even know how else to explain it except to say that Infected Mushroom played the greatest set of music that I've ever heard in my life.

    Pete
     
  2. dlerium88

    dlerium88 TRIBE Member


    I can explain it [​IMG]

    WOW. I never even considered myself a psy-trance lover at all, and that was amazing. The whole experience was awing and humbling at the same time. *grin*

    To anyone on the bus I forgot to say bye too, you rule. [​IMG]

    Ritika <-- cracked out and goin to bed.
     
  3. Stan

    Stan TRIBE Member

    2 words:

    F U C K ! ! !
     
  4. AT-AT

    AT-AT TRIBE Member

    I second that Stan - been to a goa party in Montreal before so I know more-less what I've missed...
     
  5. kodos

    kodos TRIBE Member

    no, you have noooooo idea... the +/-3 hours of mushroom heaven are indescribable. best musical experience of my life as well...
     
  6. Subsonic Chronic

    Subsonic Chronic TRIBE Member

    K, I'm gonna try and go into more detail...

    I've finally had some sleep since my first post, I thought maybe that my memories would not seem as clear, and that I would not remember Infected Mushroom being as amazing as they were, but that is not the case. [​IMG]

    From the start the whole trip was amazing. The bus trip up with all the Om'ers set the stage, with psy trance playing the whole way up and smoke breaks at every opportunity. We got a hotel room (thanks Norm), and a couple of the people that I was with crashed around 10pm. The hotel was a few minutes from the venue, and we woke up around 1:30 (kinda late but the nap rocked) and headed to the party. It was at the Taj Mahal (is that right?), a pretty cool venue. All around the main arena were hung incredible pieces of phychedelic art that have to be seen to be believed. I hope that someone who took pictures will be able to scan them and post them, they were the same ones that were up at the BLA party last weekend.
    I headed to the second room and caught some of S4. He had a pretty good set from what I heard, spinning hard, punishing techno as opposed to the hard trance that he's known for, and he was incorporating the 909 in his set too which was pretty impressive.
    Quivering Virgin was opening for Infected in the main room, and he played some good stuff, but a lot of it was too techno for me. It was more along the deep psy-tech sound than actual goa for what I'd been hoping for. Nonetheless, it still set the mood for Infected Mushroom.

    Now what can I say about Infected Mushroom... holy shit. The crowd of about 1500 in that room went off at the first note. For 2 hours, Infected worked through and around some of their most recognized tunes and a whole lot of other simply amazing music. It was fantastic. Having never had the opportunity to hear this music on a clear, loud system, I had no idea what I was missing. It can't be compared. Their music was brilliant, absolutely incredible, at times, I was nearly in tears all because the music was *that* good.
    And when their set finally ended with Bust a Move I was in shock, I had to go sit down, I couldn't stand up. One guy on the dancefloor fell right over, he couldn't even handle it (he was ok though). The crowd went nuts. I've never seen a crowd reaction in Toronto like the one that was given to Infected in Montreal. Straight cheering and screaming for at least a minute until the next dj finally began his track. Definitely the respect that was due to this group.

    After their live set I felt like my brain had been given a nice hard fucking, I stood in awe with some of the bus crew unable to say anything except "holy shit" "what the hell was that" or what other half-sentences we could scarcely formulate.

    But it wasn't over. Someone came to relieve Infected for a bit, I didn't even notice who because it didn't matter, we needed to rest. We came back about an hour later to hear them do their dj set. This was the chance for them to play the tracks that we didn't get to hear, and it was almost as good as their live set. I finally got to hear Nothing Comes Easy (which I'm listening to right now, oh my god) on a big system, and with a big crowd, and I was in heaven.

    By 6 or 6:30 their dj set came to a close, and we decided it would be best if we left at this point so as not to pollute in any way the entire experience of Infected Mushroom. We went and chilled at the hotel until the bus left around 11, and headed back to TO to the sounds of more psy trance.

    I got home, and proceed immediately to my turntables to play any Infected Mushroom vinyl that I could find in my bin and try to relive the moments from the night before.

    This was, bar none, the greatest musical performance that I have ever experienced.
    Their performance was on such a completely different level than house, trance, or any other kind of electronic music, it felt so much more "complete". I don't know how else to say it.

    To anyone who couldn't make it, I'm truly sorry, and to anyone, especially goa fans, who will ever have the opportunity to see Infected Mushroom perform live, see them at any cost. Trust me, it's worth it. You don't know what I'd give to be back in front of the speakers again.

    Pete
     
  7. R4V4G3D_SKU11S

    R4V4G3D_SKU11S TRIBE Member

    if only this had been on ANY other weekend!!!
     
  8. dlerium88

    dlerium88 TRIBE Member

    The venue was Taz Mahal. I believe.

    T-1000 played retro? I was confused...
     
  9. Stan

    Stan TRIBE Member

    Thanks Pete, I literally got chills up and down my back from reading that.

    *EXACTLY* That just about perfectly sums up what I feel about Goa.

    Was it both of them DJ'ing, or just Erez Aizen? Did he / they use CD's or DAT? Or was it straight vinyl? Was the set beatmixed or just ambient mixed?

    Dayamn... that's some serious shit, especially coming from Kodos (aka the Ultimate Goa Snob [​IMG])
     
  10. dlerium88

    dlerium88 TRIBE Member

    *Big sigh of relief...*

    SO I'm not the the only one who thinks Kodos is the biggest snob I know [​IMG]

    Infected Mushroom = good good music.
     
  11. Stan

    Stan TRIBE Member

    Nawww Kodos ain't a people snob, he's just really reclusive and mysterious. [​IMG] Now, if you wanna talk about him being a music snob, on the other hand...

    [​IMG]
     
  12. kodos

    kodos TRIBE Member

    no attempt was made by duvdev [who was the only guy i saw up there, using CDs] to beat-match -- it was pure ambient fades... not that i cared! if the music is excellent [and the tracks he played sure were] who really cares, right? but if i'm going to be afflicted with minimal techno, which doesn't give the ear a whole lot to hang off of, then i'd at least like to hear a worthwhile mix... i didn't really hear a great mix all night, but its hard to tell with the tech-style since it all sounds the damn same. [​IMG]

    as for the snobbery.. bah, i don't really play that role so well. speak with some tech-folk, they have that shit down cold. perhaps my musical pickiness could be related to sobriety... i can't just trip off any more. come on, its like that ridiculous story i heard in the hotel about the dog that ate a bag of E and then curled up around a throbbing speaker and refused to leave... bullshit or not, it still illustrates a point that when drugs are involved many kinds of repetative beats can be appealing. maybe. on second thought, this illustrates no point... haha [​IMG]

    funny montreal thoughts:

    "when you're on acid do you ever start doubting what you hear? maybe you catch a hint of a conversation and your pattern-recognition abilities are so mucked up that, when processed, the sounds churn out in alien or gibberish. awgh.. now imagine dropping acid at one of these parties full of french people! did those people just say something incomprehensible and totally fucked up or did you just hallucinate that? door #1 for sure!"

    imagine bad-ass toronto thugs pushing through a crowd and saying "escusez moi!" french sounds polite most of the time, although i heard a number of people viciously barking it that night...

    sitting in one spot on a bus for so long can really let the rotation of the earth take a weird toll on your mind... its as if our voyage up there was a physical one from toronto to montreal but also from day to night and from night into absolute madness. as it was pointed out, the 22nd was the second shortest day of the year, an event which has historically been celebrated in some fashion or another as being the time in which the earth is impregnated with life for the coming spring. there is a certain sort of weird air about the entire time, and its almost as if this adventure really drove me through some philisophical tunnel, specifically during the entire passage from day to night. for a while our bus was a social one but as light gave way to complete darkness [there being no lights on the bus], my mind began travelling on tangents. it was like mild sensory deprivation while anticipating a great experience [which it was]! i ended up looking ahead on our approach to mtl and seeing chaos patterns in the blinking of tail lights on the cars in front of us... and then noticing specifics and detailed minutae such as the position and shape of those tail lights, and how they're all attached to a plethora of automobiles, all carrying any number of occupants each with their own origins and stories. we started to hit an xmas crunch and lights would flicker ahead as cars slowed for varying periods of time, which in turn influenced vehicles behind them, et cetera. from the grade of the highway the light patterns appeared to be this pyramid of complexity stretching into the horizon, blinking patterns of sheer chaos... for a while i just zoned out and watched, bemused at the prospects of the coming evening, excited at the wealth of possible timelines that could break off into any number of outcomes. i suppose this summed up most of my headspace throughout the trip [the LITERAL trip]... it was one of weird observance, and a tickling sort of joy at the imagined or real sense of awareness that i got through this perspective. and i should note that this was a chemical-free weekend. no funky fungus either..

    ah montreal, city of my birth.. i felt estranged at how alien it all was. there i was partying my ass off in the place i grew up and yet i knew less than most of my fellow torontonians. this led to more pondering and philisophical tangents...

    but bah, its x-mas eve now and i've nearly tired myself to the point of slumber [which was the purpose of this random brain-fart], so i shall soon depart. twas a wonderful weekend, all in all, and i'm sure i'll have more to add to this thread soon enough.. i've only really been absorbing the experience leading up to the party for the most part... this is so much for one miniscule arrangement of neurons to handle at one time!

    this pseudo-snob has to get some sleeeeeeeep!
     
  13. dlerium88

    dlerium88 TRIBE Member

    *looks up*

    ok either that dude up there is REALLY REALLY smart..or hes done WAY too much acid in his life...

    Ritika <-- thinks Kodos is very mysterious n cool n the like [​IMG] (not to mention a HOTTY [​IMG])
     

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