I caught the first of Matmos' two sets, but not before spending the early part of the evening munching on fried edamame as Wobbly DJed creepily enchanting choral selections and feeling giddy about the constant barrage of art-damaged performances we get to witness in this city. Unfortunately, though, I didn't stick around for a set by Rondo Brothers how often do you get to hear local producers specializing in "Hawaiian hip-hop" beats? Instead, I staggered home much later from a party of free dot-comÐcompany booze (yes, they've cranked up the giveaways once again) while those in on the poorly kept secret were crammed into the Stud for the MOMA afterparty. It was there that Barney and colleague Matt Ryle DJed to what observer Greg Bloch described as a "wall of gawkers" while a caped Björk hung out nearby. "The place was covered with people just standing totally still and staring," Bloch said the next day. "But by the end of the night it kind of went down a little so there were, like, two rows of gawkers in front of the stage instead of six." And what were the song selections offered up from the famous director? Speed metal, death metal, hardcore the kind of club crowd displeasers that created breathing room as they drove away the faint of eardrums. After a chaotic intermission from the Extra Action Marching Band , Björk also took to the DJ decks, using her iPod to play everything from Beyonce to Japanese Pop to Aphex Twin. At the end of the night, the progression from metal to Missy Elliott ended with the new The Best Mashups in the World Ever Are From San Francisco 2 playing on the stereo until it was really time for even the steadfast digicamarazzi to go home.
Air Guitar Update: Because you've been waiting with bated breath, I'm breaking the news that San Francisco's own Hot Lixx Hulahan beat the rest of this great nation in the U.S. Air Guitar nationals in New York last week. Dude is off to Finland this September to see how his imaginary instrument flies overseas.