Anyone who went to the strange listening party for Boards of Canada’s new album last week at Angel Orensanz witnessed the most improbable sight: a whole bunch of “cool” people losing their cool—rushing, grabbing, kicking, and fighting for a 12-inch record. (Yours truly was also guilty of this crime, but I thought they were giving away million-dollar checks or, maybe, beer.) Note to publicists: Do not hold alcohol-free listening parties! As such, I spent the hour listening to BOC’s new disc (which sounds, um, exactly like the last one) passing notes like a schoolgirl to fellow Voice critics the Tunics, a/k/a Nick Catucci and Nick Rutigliano. But IDM fanatics will be happy to know they can drink themselves into a stupor while listening to Germany’s Bolz Bolz this week at Static. Hopefully, there won’t be any scuffling. Wednesday @ 10, Open Air, 121 St. Marks Pl., 979-1459.
Don’t forget to check out the Vikter Duplaix show, which got bumped back to this week. The esteemed Philly producer has a new mix out on Studio K7, the latest in the critically acclaimed DJ Kicks series. He’ll be flexing his muscles on the wheels of steel Wednesday @ 11, Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette, 539-8776.
Update: The Foundation folks have pulled the plug on their Trü Skül parties at the Mint. The large number of guidos and otherwise scary people coming for the upstairs events proved to be an ill fit for the techno-heads. (Please, no letters about offensive “guido” comments—I am a guido myself!) In the meantime, catch Juan C., Kimyon, and Rich Bourque at their free weekly at the remodeled Groovejet every Saturday @ 10. Groovejet, 286 Spring, 929-4941. And it seems the Breakbeat Science posse was less than pleased with the treatment they received from the club and are also yanking their brand-new party Bass:Mint from the venue. More details to come.