Saturday, September 3; 10 pm; 18+
THE JUAN MACLEAN, POLE @ Echo (1822 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, 90026)
The Juan Maclean's debut album Less Than Human may be the closest that DFA records will get to a mission statement without the unsightly clutter of words. All metallic clatter, moogy squeals and coke-nosed loops, it fuses disco decadence and record-collector erudition without taking sides: raw rhythms garlanded with machine noise.
Trivia Question: In a recent interview with the British press, Juan Maclean cites who as his biggest influence? Email your answer with your first and last name to email@example.com by noon on Friday, September 3. Enter “Juan Maclean giveaway #2” in the subject line. The eleventh person with the correct answer will win a pair of tickets to Friday’s show at the Echo. The twelfth person will win a copy of Juan Maclean’s latest single, “Tito’s Way.”
An active remixer, label owner, musician, DJ, mastering engineer, promoter, studio owner and producer, all of [Pole]'s outlets are governed by his urge to distill the substance of sounds and ideas, irrespective of any scenes. For Pole, it's the content which counts, rarely the environment it was generated in. This is mirrored by both the titles of his previous albums, which were kept deliberately simple (blue/1997, red/1999, yellow 2000) to avoid any distraction from their actual content, and his very personal selection of other projects.
Hear Juan Maclean and Pole here.