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Friday, February 26, 2010

RIP, Shake Em Down

Posted on Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 12:16 PM

Photos and text by Imelda Vergara

Wednesday was the last Shake Em Down Wednesday at Limelight with DJs Daecos (Daecos Tijerina), Gnarly Brown (Carlos Lopez), Sonora (Joseph Albert Muniz), Natter Smoak (Loy Somoak), and Spaceman (Christopher Muniz)

They all wore black. Gnarly Brown sported a suit, complete with a fedora. Daecos wore a black button-up and a red bow tie, and Spaceman wore a leather jacket. At bar, Brown said, “I figured I'd dress for a funeral, since it's the last day.”

Despite it being the last Shake Em Down, the crowd was enthusiastic, lively and drunk.

Daecos spinned indie sweet-tooth favorites like Passion Pit's “Smile Upon Me” and Gnarly Brown scratched over Totally Michael's obscene “Casual Satisfaction.' Their remixes are underrated. They're dance worthy, but there was minimal dancing that night.

There was a time when kids peered through the lime bars with anxious faces waiting to get in. What happened to the sweaty nights on the dance floor?

Over the course of their year and half at Limelight, Shake Em Down Wednesdays, much like Fuck Yeah! Thursdays, was responsible for a lot of matchmaking in those steamy spring and summer noches. Maybe everyone fell in love and fell out? Now they're home eating pizza, having sex, and watching TV?

The unique blend of indie electronic and pop, contemporary rap, and old school hip-hop will be missed on the Limelight stage but we'll be sure to catch them on the St. Mary's strip another day of the week. They've recently filled in slots at Lava Lounge and Saluté.

Rival Wife and Pussy Foot accompanied them on their farewell stage.

Rival Wife, an all-white rap duo, screamed lyrics into the crowd backed by toy-keyboard beats and got weird on stage. Their performance was theatrical, slapping the floor, kneeling, arm reaching, jumping, and dancing. They preached, shouted, and rapped about the government, culture, and why Austin sucks.

Pussyfoot, an all-female duo, who contrary to their myspace page don't really sing about silly stuff, they sing about real stuff in a silly way. “This song is about boys with STDs” said keyboardist and vocalist, Mandee with a tomato-red-lipped grin. They played their first on stage show last night and they had a huge crowd. Fast singing, high pitch squeals and simplistic distorted guitar rifts that remind me of Le Tigre and Sleater-Kinney. Even though their performance was lacking, I'm thankful that more girls are strapping on instruments and rocking out.

Wednesday nights now belong to DJs Le Doom and Johnny Walker for I Heart Wednesday.

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