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New moon rising

Props to Lunar for getting the word out

It stands to reason that the electronica generation would have a fair amount of Internet savvy. They like music made by computers. They like music run by computers. They like to download and order music off computers. They like to put on computer music in the dark and watch the psychedelic screensaver cycle and cycle through the pretty colors — ooh, that blob looks like a Hello, Kitty!
OK, maybe that's just me.
Anyway, American fans of electronic music have been using the Internet to stay in touch since the early '90s. Hyperreal.org, which serves as "a resource and a home on the Internet for information and activities surrounding the memes [a unit of cultural evolution] of music, dance, art, altered states of consciousness and experimental ways of expressing those memes over the wires," has been around in one form or another since 1991.
Hyperreal began as an offshoot of the San Francisco rave mailing list (SFraves), one of the first two of its kind in the U.S. By the mid-'90s, however, almost every region had a mailing list (for more information see Hyperreal). Southeast Raves (SERaves) quickly became the best source of event listings and information exchanging for Atlanta (and surrounding area's) residents.
Yes, SERaves was a great source of information, but you still had to wade through other states' events and tangential threads (i.e. a lot of "Blinky the Star contact Wiggle Backpack for Hugz!!! Thanx for the blow-pop!!!").
That's where Lunar Magazine (and the point of this column) comes in. Lunar Magazine (lunarmagazine.com) was started by Sabrina and Jason Weil in February 1999, and this past weekend celebrated its fourth revision. For almost two years Lunar has been providing events listings, reviews, a public forum (which still sees more than the occasional blow-pops props, but now the threads are nicely organized so your mailbox doesn't get clogged) and much more for the Atlanta scene specifically.
Lunar's celebration took place at Buckhead's Goldfinger martini bar, a beautifully adorned little house that bottlenecks much too easily. Gene Carbonell played down-tempo, almost dirge-like ambient music (a little too wake-like for a celebration, yo) for the private reception, which after 9 p.m. was opened to the public. At that point, the tempo upped considerably.
More important than Lunar's party itself, however, is what Lunar brings to Atlanta's party scene. They have introduced an air of positivity, including support for and participation in the Atlanta Alliance, and have paved the way for several other similar online ventures, such as Jive Magazine, Weekend Insider, NightHub and CL's own Nightshift club subsite.
So stop by Lunar, check out the new look when it launches sometime in the next couple weeks and congratulate Sabrina and Jason on their continued support of the local scene. And, of course, check back with CL for news-and-views stories of our own. :-) Hugz!
A quick aside. Recently I've been covering a lot of European artists, and along the way, I commented about how their continued bookings as the headliners of major events has been the momentum that has really helped fuel Atlanta's scene. Well, this week Liquid Groove can be applauded for presenting "Liquified Nation 2," an event featuring only national and local DJs. Featured are Christopher Lawrence, the first American trance DJ to grace the cover of a British magazine, Wax; Dieselboy, whose track "Invid" is the first American drum 'n' bass production to be played at Goldie's Metalheadz club in London; as well as Florida's Icey and Washington, D.C.'s Scott Henry, plus local favorites. It's refreshing to see artists who are showing Europe that, despite the numerous Oakenfold covers, America — the home of dance music — is still a vital force in the culture.