RAINY DAWG BIRTHDAY FESTIVAL: ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER, USF, SECRET COLORS, DJAO
Rainy Dawg, the University of Washington's student-run radio station, hosts a show every year to celebrate its birth. This year, the wizards behind Rainy Dawg bring Oneohtrix Point Never, aka Daniel Lopatin, and his hypnagogic pop to UW's Ethnic Cultural Theatre—the most intimate venue for the birthday festival yet. The event continues the next two days with headlining sets from the Thermals on Wednesday, April 11, and Brother Ali on Thursday, April 12. This year it's a triple-show threat, already rivaling last year's hyperreal night with John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats, which I stumbled into late, when Meany Hall was so packed I had to ask someone in tears to move from my seat.
On Replica, his latest LP, Brooklyn-based Oneohtrix Point Never works entirely with TV commercial samples from the '80s, pairing apocalyptic drones with dance beats like the soundtrack to the slow decay of a cyborg romance. Drifting from his previous work, which is predominantly synthesizer-based, here Lopatin produces something that's purely cinematic. With sweeping arpeggiated-piano flourishes and looped human sighs, Replica gets as strangely interactive and melodramatic as a soap opera. Imagine, say, Blade Runner were a Lifetime movie (that you would actually want to watch). And though he recently had a remix rejected from a Philip Glass tribute album curated by Beck (after being asked to contribute, yow!), Lopatin takes lessons from the minimalist masters and the found-sound explorers (think Boards of Canada or the Books). Adding some island vibes to the night are local tropical IDM duo USF (double-decker-disclaimer sandwich: Jason Baxter, one half of USF, formerly wrote this column). Opening is ambient guitarist Secret Colors and Seattle genre-bender DJAO, who held a coveted spot at the Decibel Festival last year. I suggest getting your tickets ASAP and showing up early, dawg. Ethnic Cultural Theatre, 8 pm, $14.