(March 12, 2012) Friday night I was whisked back to the 1980’s and 90’s at Jake Rudh’s Transmission Anniversary Party. While Jake has been at this for 11 years, I have only recently caught onto the trend. Jake’s weekly show on The Current is on my RSS feed for weekly listening and early this year I attended my first Transmission, with a dedication to David Bowie.
I question why it took me this long to catch on, but now that I have, I am definitely hooked! Friday night’s show combined Jake with a tribute to one of my favorite local bands; The Suburbs. Local Icon Chan Poling was the guest DJ and spun an excellent set including Roxy Music, Brian Eno, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, The Clash, Talking Heads and Pyschedelic Furs. You can see these influences in the Suburbs music.
It was a packed house with a great vibe, like my friend of mine said: “It’s like an old high school party, but without all the assholes!” I have to agree.
One of the things that seperates Jake from other DJs is his integration of videos into the show, which really brought back some memories of sitting in my friends basements watching early MTV (since I lived out in the country I never had cable TV). Also, I learned if you really want everyone on the dance floor play Depeche Mode!
Jake has his weekly show at Club Jager and plays monthly shows at Kings Wine Bar. With summer coming so quickly I am really excited to catch some more of his work. Catch him this coming weekend back at First Avenue opening for E.L.N.O., as well as an in-studio session and then spinning before Thomas Dolby show at the Cedar Cultural Center on April 6th. One more show reminder for Jake, he will be working the Howard Jones show June 26th at the Varsity.