Possibly the only performer to list Conlon Nancarrow and Spider Man among his primary influences, Baltimore's Dan Deacon, like fellow electronicist Jason Forrest, aims to take techno-twiddling and Standing Behind a Myriad of Serious Looking Computerized Gadgets into the Party Zone. At the OCDJ Benefit with Matmos back in 2002, the Party Zone ably appeared though disguised amidst squelching tones, blasts of feedback, spastic, stuttering MC action and lots of sweat. It was a mutant Party Zone, but it was indeed unmistakably a Party Zone. After a pile of CDRs, Dan's got a debut release out on NYC's Psych-O-Path label and it's a blast, you know, it's literally the sound of Walt Disney throwing up I think. One track actually loops rhythmic chuckling from Beavis and Butthead, and words alone can't describe his version of "Splish Splash" so here's an MP3 for you. And to be honest, sound alone can't describe the Dan Deacon experience, so check out these You Tube links: here is amazing video of Dan's appearance on his local NBC-TV affiliate's morning show (I think they thought they were in for Beck or something), and some live outdoor crowd cajolling as well. Plus Dan's appeared on OCDJ's show as well (Real Audio). Look for him on tour and bring your dancin' shoes.