LUSINE, JERRY ABSTRACT, OBELUS
With loads of producers jocking him for remixes, it's a wonder Lusine (Jeff McIlwain) finishes any of his own tracks. But he finds the time, and marquee DJs like Sven Vath place his handiwork on mix CDs for posterity--and posteriors. Lusine's got plenty of new music in the pipeline, including the Flat 12-inch with remixes by Dimbiman and Matthew Dear, an ambient 3-inch CD for Hymen Records' "Travel Sickness" project, and an album due in October on Ghostly International, Serial Hodgepodge, which flaunts his deft touch with many styles. It's also the CD release party for Obelus' Remixed LP that contains revamps from Abstract, Kris Moon, Logic Probe, and many more. The Lower Level at Capitol Hill Arts Center, 1621 12th Ave, 9 pm-2 am, 21+, $5.
MONDAY APRIL 26
New club the Mirabeau Room promises interesting activities, including this weekly Dreaming in Stereo event. Tonight DIS honcho Sean Horton (AKA Nordic Soul), Jerry Abstract, and two-time Laptop Battle champ Kris Moon tinker with the electro blueprint to live visuals by FOC:EYE. Tonight also marks Jerry Abstract's last gig in Seattle till the fall; he's off to summer in Germany. Seattle's foremost IDM/electro connoisseur will likely click on the most precious gems from his hard drive for this celebratory DJ set. Come out and wish this integral scenester a fond farewell. Future gigs will feature the city's laptop elite (including Bruno Pronsato and Aaron Bolton) mixing it up with live musicians from FCS North, Siamese, and Das Rut. Mirabeau, 529 Queen Anne Ave N, 217-0654, 9 pm-2 am, 21+, $3, free with a Kraftwerk ticket stub.
TUESDAY APRIL 27
New York's ballyhooed the Rapture are torn between being romantic, new wave balladeers and dirty, disco-punk marauders--often within the same song. My advice: Opt for the latter style and ditch the uncured Robert Smith impressions. If Luke Jenner shut up and let his Andy Gill-like guitar do the squawking and brought in more cowbell clanking, the Rapture would be a true force, up there with labelmates LCD Soundsystem. I'm not asking for a whole album of "House of Jealous Lovers," but that perfect hybrid of angsty guitar sparks, spiraling bass, and clattery house groove-ology contains five of the most exhilarating minutes of recorded sound this decade. The Rapture should heed its example. With Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Starlite Desperation. Showbox, 1426 First Ave, 628-3151, 7 pm, all ages, $16 adv/$18 DOS.