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Saturday, January 22

Dubstep is still a relatively new style of music. The underground genre, a stuttering, bass-heavy fusion of techno and drum’n’bass, can only be traced back to the late 1990’s when it began in London. So it is pretty exciting when an artist like Eskmo, a pioneer of American dubstep, makes his way to our neck of the woods. Eskmo is Brendan Angelides, a San Francisco based electronic music producer who has been making dubstep music since the beginning, performing under the moniker since 1999. Like many electronic producers, Eskmo spends a lot of his time spinning DJ mixes that often include music by well known artists like Flying Lotus, Four Tet, Aphex Twin, and even orchestral post-rockers like Jaga Jazzist. But Angelides won’t be spinning discs when he comes to Soundlab on Saturday (Jan 22), he’ll be laying down his own giant beats. With the turn of a knob Eskmo can send a massive wobbling bassline through the ether before he flicks a switch and morphs that throbbing bass into a crackling and grinding rhythm, like on his track “Cloudlight,” from his latest self-titled album. “Become Matter Soon, For You,” another stand-out track from the self-titled 2010 Ninja Tune release, even approaches a pop structure, with thick and wavy electronic notes, strategically placed blips, and a chorus that repeats the song’s title in robotic, vocoded tones. The West Coast beat-maker will be joined on Saturday by DBGB staple, Stuntman, downtempo mixer, Mark Kloud, and Buffalo’s resident dubstep expert Big Basha. —cory perla

9:30pm. Soundlab, 110 Pearl St. (440-5907 / $15.

  • Jett_Rucker

    The government has no right, nor power, to punish any of us for what we choose to ingest or otherwise introduce into OUR OWN bodies, or provide to others who wish to do so.

  • Freedom_First

    Drug fighters and illegalizers are violent criminals because they use or authorize the use of violence against peaceful human beings who have not harmed anyone or violated anyone’s rights. They are traitors because they oppose the principle of individual rights and personal responsibility which is the principle upon which this country was founded. And, they are terrorists because they target civilians.
    — Rick [Freedom_First (at) verizon (dot) net]

  • Peter_A_Reese

    This opinion piece displays a stunning lack of clarity in definitions and concepts. Progressives like Nixon started the War on Drugs? The police state is a progressive program? The Democratic party is progressive? Who are these “Left” people referred to? I’d like to meet some of them.

    Wilson may have been progressive when it came to business monopolies and unions, but otherwise he espoused totalitarian views that would be right at home in the Trump White House.

    It appears that the late Mr. Davis was black. Saying his life mattered is therefore not illogical.

    • Jim Ostrowski

      I actually defined the way I was using the term “progressive” in the article so there is no lack of clarity at all. Drug prohibition grew out of the progressive Pure Food and Drug Act (1906) and was the next logical step. This was well before Nixon. My memory says he was born in 1914. Blaming Nixon for drug prohibition is fake news. That said, Nixon himself was arguably progressive in the sense of making government bigger in the vain hope to improve society.,_he_would_be_far_too_liberal_to_get_even_the_democratic_nomination

      • Jim Ostrowski

        This is a pretty good history of the drug war.

        Two interesting facts. Nixon spent more on treatment than enforcement. Two, his legislation was passed by a Democratic Congress.

        • Jim Ostrowski

          I love this quote from the evil uber-progressive FDR in 1935 when Nixon was 18.

          “When the present administration took office ten countries had ratified the Geneva Narcotic Limitation Convention. The United States was one of these ten…. It was my privilege, as President, to proclaim, on that day, that this treaty had become effective throughout the jurisdiction of the United States….On Jan. 1, 1933, only nine nations had registered their ratification of the limitation treaty. On Jan. 1, 1935, only nine States had adopted the uniform State statute. As 1933 witnessed ratification of the treaty by thirty-one additional nations, so may 1935 witness the adoption of the uniform drug act by at least thirty-one more states, thereby placing interstate accord abreast of international accord, to the honor of the legislative bodies of our States and for the promotion of the welfare of our people and the peoples of other lands.”
          — Franklin D. Roosevelt, March 1935 in a radio message read by United States Attorney General, Homer Stille Cummings, [32]

          Source: Retrieved March 9, 2011.

        • Jim Ostrowski

          The Federal Bureau of Narcotics comes in in 1930 when Nixon was 17.

        • Jim Ostrowski

          The federal war on marijuana comes in 1937 when the Dems held a huge majority in Congress. Nixon was 20.

  • Andrew Hess


    I always look forward to your articles because your views are steeped in libertarian politics, something rare in this community. Thanks for your reporting and keep it up.

    • Jim Ostrowski

      Thanks, true, this area is very hostile to libertarian ideas. That’s why it’s been in decline for fifty years.

  • Chris Stevenson

    Were Black protesters Wrongly Accused by this man?

    More overthinking by some white guy who thinks blacks need his permission to protest a questionable killing by members of the police. It generally starts with a shot at America’s most hated protest shout; “Black Lives Matter,” magnetically followed by false-parallels and implications that BLM (also a national organization started by 3 women) during the white-dry-drunk haze those 3 words inspire.

    My kingdom for just one White American who really feels hated-on when Black Live Matter is uttered. Your creative use of the word “progressive” through history tells me you’re on LSD. It is to laugh.

    • Jim Ostrowski

      Thanks for not addressing a single point I made.

      • Chris Stevenson

        When you make worthwhile points I’ll be happy to address them.

        • Jim Ostrowski

          You had your chance but instead made a point about my skin color. I don’t expect rational responses from progressives or leftists as both mindsets are based on emotion, not reason or fact.

  • Neill Franklin

    Interesting conversation. Nice to see folks learning a few things from each other. Now, how do we have these conversations among those not in the choir? And by the way, “Black Lives Matter” is a very important and relevant statement in today’s criminal justice environment. The problem lies with its delivery. Liberty for all my friends, liberty for all.