Ian Anderson 5 p.m., Feb. 20
Makeout Weird puckers up for strange kiss goodbye
Whistle Stop monthly says so-long with Maniqui Lazer, Moonshake, Machino, and more.
Three years ago, a rare and mystical union of Weird was forged between two entities known as Monsterpussy and Freak Sauce.
Like a modern day Megazord, they fused together to form a formidable beast that was greater than the sum of its individual components.
Freakmonsterpussysauce is a post-alles prototype of DJ/instigator Heather Brosche, who previously co-curated the transborder dance party Club Purple, and hyper-dimensional musico Bobby Bray, a mad scientist with a heart of Zandarian gold better known for his work with bands such as Innerds, Holy Molar, and The Locust.
With Freakmonsterpussysauce at the helm, Makeout Weird – a monthly art and music installation at the Whistle Stop – embraced the odd fringes of borderland and beyond with shows from the likes of Mexicali swinewave noisepig Tron, four-eyed freakers Hot Nerds, cinematic art metal outfit Kata, and many more.
The night even spawned its own namesake beverage, The Weird Güero - a White Russian with a Mexican twist (yep, horchata).
"Right now, there are a lot of freaks moving in, and the ones that have been here are getting freakier," Bray told the Reader last April.
"We’re at a weird peak and, unintentionally, Makeout Weird was birthed at the right time."
It was a prolonged reach-around of unrivaled proportions, and for a minute there it felt like the sonic tryst could have lasted forever, but - for better or worse - the duo recently announced that Thursday, April 18 will be the final installment of Makeout Weird as both focus on other projects.
Headliners Maniqui Lazer put Mexicali’s then-bustling experimental punk/hardcore scene on the map with their April 2006 debut I Learn Everything on TV.
“We were the only ones that were making our own sound,” keyboardist Valentin Torres says about the band’s salad days playing alongside fellow Mexicali innovators Lipstick Terror, Deadly Squad of the Deadly Rhythm, X=R7, and Noise Beat Propaganda.
“Since we're a border city, our sound was like a hybrid of Mexico and USA. At least, that’s what I like to think.”
Maniqui Lazer went on an indefinite hiatus after their 2008 self-released LP The Amazing Kingdom of the Animals in the Zoo.
Drummer Jung Sing went on to play disfigured electro-pop with Justin Person (The Locust, Swing Kids, Retox, et al.) and Nathan Joyner (Some Girls, Hot Nerds) as All Leather
Meanwhile, Torres started net label Indian Gold Records and made ambient beats and soundscapes as Vampire Slayer.
Sing and bassist Rodo Ibarra also play in a band called Black Cells and both Torres and Ibarra appeared as guests with Mexicali post-rock outfit Letters From Readers.
Maniqui Lazer made a comeback last November at All My Friends music festival in Tijuana, and rumor has it that they have a new album in the works.
The Moonshake boys have kept the deep space tech-house and nu-disco pumping on both sides of la frontera following the close of their homebase at Kadan last August.
Complete dance freakout is cosmologically unavoidable with Moonshakers Lee Reynolds, Mark E. Quark, and Dazzla on the the decks.
Tijuana/San Diego minimal house and techno producer Machino (ex- Mae Machino, Loud Noises) spins the mystery waves.
Also, video by Ego War, art from Acamonchi and Invisible God, and jewelry by Serene Collection, Found Pieces, and RockBox.
Limited edition Makeout Weird t-shirts will be available.
As always, the event is free to everyone 21 and up.
Pucker up - won’t you? - for this strange kiss goodbye.