Raglani Benefit Party at White Flag Projects

Photo by Jamie Bayer

Photo by Jamie Bayer

Music. Theft. A near-death incident. No … it’s not another episode of Law and Order; it’s the unfortunate story of what recently happened to local experimental artist Raglani.

Some may recognize Joe Raglani as the RFT’s 2008 Best Experimental Artist, or from his days bartending and spinning records at the Upstairs Lounge.  His music is subtle but beautiful–and taking off on a national level.  Raglani is on the roster of highly-regarded experimental label Kranky Records, and has garnered recognition from the likes of Arthur Magazine.  Most recently, Raglani was invited to play at the presigious No Fun Fest in New York (other performers included Sonic Youth, Bardo Pond and Blank Dogs).  While performing there, Raglani’s van was broken into and his gear, valued at around $10,000, was stolen.  Tomorrow night, some of St. Louis’ best DJs, including KDHX’s own Ashley Vulture (Talkin’ Trash), will come together at White Flag Projects to try to raise funds to replace some of his equipment.  More details are below in a press release from Spooky Action Palace’s Michael Ferrer:

A MAJOR BUMMER : THE JOE RAGLANI BENEFIT PARTY
WHITE FLAG PROJECTS >> MAY 30th >> 9PM >> $10

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

For the first four months of this year, local electronic musician Joe Raglani (Kranky Records, 2008 RFT Experimental Musician of the Year) prepared for his first cross-country tour by selling off multiple pieces of equipment and much of his music library, relentlessly producing and recording new material, and scheduling and booking the tour by himself. With the funds, he bought three vintage synths and two new amplifiers, put together some tour-only CDs and tee-shirts, and rented a van, presuming the tour would pay for itself and give him enough money to get home.

In the early morning of Sunday, May 16th, one night after playing a set at the No Fun Fest in Brooklyn, Joe stepped away from the van to get some food, and a professional thief broke in and stole nearly $10K worth of equipment, much of it custom-tweaked, which took over a decade to assemble. This included the laptop onto which Joe had ripped much of the music he’d sold to buy the synths and amps, which were among the gear stolen. Caught in the act while loading the last piece of equipment into his car, the thief tried to run Joe over. When Joe told the cops that he wasn’t able to get a license plate number because of this, they laughed.

This Saturday, May 30th, we will attempt to redress this wrong as best we can, in the only appropriate way: by throwing a big party.

DJS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR SO FAR: GHOST ICE; ASHLEY VULTURE (ATOMIC COWBOY); D-GRETS (FOUND FUTURE, UPSTAIRS); RAGLANI (THE VICTIM); MATT LEACH (DIRTY MONEY, UPSTAIRS); ONE VISION; JOHN TAMM-BUCKLE…SPINNING EVERYTHING FROM GARAGE ROCK TO MINIMAL SYNTH, NEW WAVE TO NEW JACK SWING, ELECTRO AND DUB TO HAPPY HARDCORE AND IDM.

SCHLAFLY KEGS, CUP INCLUDED IN DOOR FEE; $1 CANS FROM STEVE POWERS’ POUR BOX. RAFFLE, DONATED ARTWORK AND MERCH.

MAY 30th, 9PM @ WHITE FLAG PROJECTS . $10-$15 STRONGLY SUGGESTED DONATION (IT’S A BENEFIT, Y’ALL).

spookyinfo@gmail.com FOR MORE INFO, OR TO VOLUNTEER SERVICES, ARTWORK, OR SUGGESTIONS.

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