Friday was 8/8/8, a day I and many other slaves to the freakish rhythm had been waiting for for a year and a month - the sequel to Boredoms' 77BOADRUM, 88BOADRUM. 88 drummers performing in a spiral around a psychedelic center stage: this year, Boredoms held court at the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles while Brooklyn's Gang Gang Dance did their own version on the Williamsburg waterfront.
Nothing surprising to report, really: while the whole Brooklyn production was predictably spectacular, it would have been otherworldly mindblowing with an insane dreadlocked visionary from another planet leading the spiral by screaming in tongues and smacking a seven-necked guitar with a trident in front of a full-size diorama of baby mammoths sinking into lakes of oil in the middle of Los Angeles, instead of a regular ol' Williamsburg dude hitting electronic drum pads in front of the regular ol' East River.
The biggest story of the day, though, was that both versions of 88BOADRUM got they asses boadrummed hard on a very large scale by these mofos in Beijing. Turns out China can pour more money into production than Boadrum sponsor Nike Sportswear can.
Here's hoping Boredoms can get their hands on some galaxy-sized money for 9/9/9.
Seriously, if you didn't see the opening ceremonies, you owe it to yourself to check them out. I know you'll like it. To watch a highlight reel, go here and install Microsoft's annoying but gorgeous new video player, Silverlight. (All the Youtube clips have been pulled)
For photos and video of the Williamsburg version of 88BOADRUM, go here. For photos and video of the LAX version, go here (thanks Fogindex).