We’ve had one hell of a year at Check Yo Ponytail. So many great shows with ridiculous memories and tons of friends both new and old. In January, we had Fool’s Gold takeover on my birthday, followed by Skrillex and friends the day after. In February, Com Truise headlined his first Check Yo Ponytail and Das Racist brought a rooster to the club. In March, we took on SXSW by throwing SUPER PARTY, our own radical festival with a bit of help from Mad Decent and Fool’s Gold. In April, James Ferraro brought a motorcycle on stage.
In June, we curated our own stage at Electric Forest in Michigan. In July, Big Freedia brought her Nola Bounce to LA for Independence Day; and later that month, the punk and rap crowds united for Trash Talk and Spaceghostpurrp.
August brought the Very Best and LA local, Tokimonsta to the Echoplex stage followed by some much needed rest in September. We got based in October with Riff Raff & Kitty Pryde, followed by our radical 2 Year Anniversary party in November with Andrew W.K., Icona Pop, and Diamond Rings, and a suprise from Skrillex.
Thanksgiving week brought the more vibed out side of Odd Future with The Internet; and as the holidays started to set in, we were graced by a candlelit performance from How to Dress Well. To top off the year on our final show, our good friends Trash Talk joined forces with Odd Future’s, Mellowhype, to give the punk and rap kids exactly what they wanted…one last chance to rage before the apocalypse.
Before we share some more of our favorite moments of 2012, all of us at CYP2 would like to thank each and every one of you that attended any one of our many shows throughout the year. You are the reason we are able to continue putting on shows that feature eccentric, inspiring, and sometimes legendary artists that we are fortunate enough to present. With that said, here are a few of our favorite moments from throughout the year.
Skrillex Takes over CYP2 w/ 12th Planet, Caspa, and Diplo
Das Racist rap with a rooster before it’s rescued by Pictureplane.
Pictureplane throws an inflatable shark into the crowd during 12th Planet’s set at Electric Forest
Bounce for America with Big Freedia and the Divas
Killer Mike gets real for a minute
Grimes throws a dance party
Demonbabies gets Major Lazer’d at Electric Forest
…and one more special one with Kid Sister and the CYP2 Audience singing Happy Birthday to me during the Fool’s Gold Takeover in January (complete with Tron cake)!
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Understanding James Ferraro could be seen as a daunting task at first considering that the experimental producer has released work under a number of monikers over the years. Each project was an experiment that created bizarre and fascinating worlds foraying into maximalism, R&B, and Psych. Silica Gel, his first release as Bodyguard, expands on his sonic architecture with a more futuristic vision, containing live experimentations with resonant melody and abstract sampling that are engaging enough to keep you connected to each unique aural environment. From glass bells and electric drills to ghostly textural drone, it can be understood that there is no limit to the worlds that he can create, nor is their a limit to what you can experience with every listen.
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