I walked into House of Vans yesterday evening and was immediately greeted with ~positive vibes, yo.~
Brooklyn-based DJ/producer Kim Ann Foxman was rocking the stage as the crowd mingled, picked up free t-shirts and beer, and explored the food trucks outside. There was also the skate rink of course, which was covered with incredible graffiti art, where guests were allowed to sit and hang out. The people running the event were overwhelmingly friendly and if you glanced around the crowd, you were blinded by pastel florals and Hawaiian prints. It was the perfect setting for a casual Neon Indian
Flash forward to 10:00 PM, right around the time Alan Palomo of Neon Indian was supposed to go on. Stage hands came out, bringing out with them a large DJ table, and putting it smack in the center of all the real instruments that were already set up. Then Palomo came out and broke the bad news, saying:
"There's no easy way to say this, so I'm just going to come right out and say it. Our drummer had a medical emergency and we can't throw a dance party without a drummer. It wouldn't feel right playing without him, so I'll be doing a DJ set tonight instead."
The crowd, including myself, were crestfallen. Couldn't have Palomo played at least one song off of Vega Intl. Night School
to make his fans happy? It would have been cool, but we don't know his technical set up and why he didn't do that. Even though there was an initial sense of disappointment in the air, we all responded with a loud cheer of approval, because hey, it wasn't Palomo's fault. You could tell he was more upset than us, and besides, we got over it fairly quickly when he started playing those sweet, sweet DJ sounds.
Let me start by saying this: I know nothing about DJ sets. I know the very basics, but not well enough to properly review one. So I'm not going to try and embarrass myself. However, what I will
say is that Palomo is a fucking killer DJ.
The music had so many different layers and textures and he never failed to make a beat so groovy that people couldn't dance. The entire set was consistent -- Palomo kept it dancey the whole way through, pumping out one banger after another. Between being a songwriter, filmmaker, and DJ (and actually being very good at all of these things), Palomo is a very special artist.
Neon Indian, we hope everything is okay with your drummer. However, you still managed to throw one hell of a dirty dance party.