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The Vinyl Word

By Gareth Price  /  CONTRIBUTING REPORTER

UVA are knob-twiddlers with a difference.

PHOTO COURTESY OF ONEDOTZERO

Sabbatical bowed out with a bang last Friday, with a very busy Onyx Room at Luxy rounding off a very successful six-month experiment. Scotty Baller and Coffey's clickety-beep set threw down plenty of 2-step UK house that's always very welcome, while Soulutions dug out whatever records they had in their boxes and chucked them about, ensuring that the dance floor stayed packed until the wee hours. The people behind Sabbatical are taking a break and putting the finishing touches to the eagerly-anticipated CD of tracks produced by resident DJs. But, fear not: Sabbatical may be resurrected for the summer.

Over in Luxy's main room there was experimentation of a different kind, with visual entertainment proving a strong draw. As part of the onedotzero digital film festival, previewed in the Taipei Times last week and which finishes today, UK-based VJ crews United Visual Artists and Minivegas, who have designed video installations and projects for luminaries as big as U2, the Rolling Stones and Bloc Party, showed off some of their technical wizardry. The combination of some gritty off-kilter beats from Scandot and massive LCD screens showing sheep being twisted and morphed into brain-melting fractals was something quite different from the normal fare, and left the crowd very impressed, if not a little perplexed.

"We weren't quite sure what they're used to," said UVA's James Medcraft. "And they weren't quite sure what we were up to. But they seemed to get it in the end."

In fairness, the kind of bods who hang out in Luxy's main room on a Friday (and Wednesday, and Thursday, and, err, Saturday) are, after all, primarily there for watered-down hip-hop, fire dancing and half-naked Luxy babes.

Furor erupted this week as the infamous Taichung pub Seduce caused much hand-wringing and frothing at the mouth among government figures. The reason for the tizzy? More scantily-clad young ladies, this time on a certain Youtube.com video that features — gasp — local lasses in bikinis gyrating to J-Lo at Seduce (www.youtube.com/watch?v=-g9E4H57Oas), and which has been downloaded over 160,000 times. Lawmakers wept openly on television at the erosion of the nation's morals, and demanded these girls get out of their bikinis immediately. According to the tourism chief, the sight of a bunch of chicks dressed as if they are going to the beach is likely to project a negative image of Taiwan to the international community as an island of harlots, and, presumably, hinder its entry to the UN and cause China to nuke Taipei. As of press time, fears that the tourism industry was on the brink of imminent collapse proved unfounded, and in fact there had been a surge in visa applications at Taiwan's pseudo-embassies worldwide, though almost all of these were from 15-year-old boys.

Girl-on-girl action gathers apace, with tonight's launch of Luxy's House Biaaatch, the new weekly night with former Vinyl Word DJ Poll winner Nina and the less well-known but highly talented Cookie spinning some quality house. Yes — finally — the girls are on top for the next few months, though the inclusion on the DJ roster of a certain David S does raise some eyebrows. Either David got her name from a particularly sarcastic English teacher, or David is a bloke.

Over at MoS tonight, Cool-Funk, Jimmy Chen and Victor take over the main room while in the Lover's Lounge Stone and Tiger hold court, while SL returns to his Room 18 residency. Tomorrow, Vibe throws open its doors early, with Public Radio and Marcus Aurelius hosting the Whole Lotta Love Valentine's Party from midnight. Taipei's notorious den of inequity will be shedding its unsalubrious image for one night only, as it's back to normal next week, as Taipei's last refuge for the kind of behavior that should really worry those in power.

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