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Saturday December 1st 2001
Optimo (Espacio) Hogmanay Party
At Glasgow School of Art Monday 31st December 2001 - Tuesday January 1st 2002, 10.30 'til 5 (possibly 6)
featuring... Twitch, Wilkes, Lady Miss Roland, Mac and Creme De Menthe upstairs.and Dj Mingo go, Disco X and Pro Forma downstairs.
CD tickets (it's a good 'un) £20. Available from Saturday December 8th.
AS this is on a Monday, we WON'T be doing Optimo the night before. Instead we will be presenting Optimo (Eglitchio) at MAS on Friday 28th December. We are taking this oppurtunity to do something different so instead of the unusual Optimo soundtrack, we will be playing some of the most futuristic dance music known to woman. Known as micro house or glitch house, this is a weird, fucked up form of house music for which a suitable drug has yet to be invented. Think clicks, pops, the sound of cds skipping, dubby, funky, sexy, intricate programming and progression.
Both Twitch and Wilkes have a deep love of this music but rarely get the chance to play it out as it really needs a whole night to develop.
Try it, you might like it.
Sunday December 23rd - Optimo (Efestivo) - The Optimo Christmas party featuring Detroit Grand Pubahs of Sandwiches and One Hump or Two fame live (tbc). Hailing from Detroit (you don't say), they are a p funk, booty bass wet dream with a totally OTT live show. Dj Mingo go will also be presenting her festive music selection in the bar. Bring yr mistletoe.
Sunday December 9th - Lapsus Linguae live. We'll get it to work this time, honest!
Oscarr 003 - Creme De Menthe's sizzling EP will be available from Fopp, Missing and Rub a Dub later this week.
We will try to have the cloakroom facilities improved asap.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at Optimo xxx
NEWS FOR NOVEMBER / DECEMBER
Thursday November 1st 2001
Wow! The Halloween Espookio was fantastic - big thanks to everyone who made an effort to dress up (we loved yr costumes) and hopefully the night wasn't too scary for you. You can see some of the costumes here - thanks Jack for the photos. (hit refresh if yr not seeing them).
It's a quiet month on the guest front in November as a couple of things fell through due to peoples' reluctance to fly in the current political climate. Hopefully though, OSCARR 003 - Creme de Menthe's EP should be with us sometime this month. This will be available from various Glasgow outlets (info to follow) and the club, though not from FOPP who have decided to stop stocking 12" vinyl - boo!!!!! This will be closely followed by OSCARR 004 - Bis - Fact 2002 EP, an EP of cover versions of classic songs from Factory Records featuring covers of Joy Division's 'Love Will Tear Us Apart', A Certain Ratio's 'Shack Up', Section 25's 'A View Fron A Hill'; and New Order's - 'Hurt'.
Twitch and Wilkes will be participating in an event organised by The Scottish Coalition Against The War In Afghanistan on Friday 16th November provisionally to be held at Caledonian Uni Asylum (more details as we get them). The night is a benefit to raise funds for the campaign so if you feel strongly about this please come along and show your support. If you feel strongly against it, you could always come and throw projectiles at the dj's!
The next Sunday night guests will be Lapsus Linguae on December 2nd who will be celebrating the release of their very fine mini album - 'You got me Fraiche' which I'm listening to as I type and thoroughly enjoying. If you saw them last time they played, you will know that they sound like nothing else and are likely to bleed for their art on stage!
So far that's all we have lined up for December although as we tend to be very last minute about our bookings, please check back for an update along with details for the third Optimo Hogmanay Party which will be posted imminently.
As ever, feedback is greatfully received, cogitated and sometimes even followed up. You can do this by posting on the bulletin boards on the website. A couple of new pages have been added - one for 'Optimo Classics' and one for 'Optimo Playlists'. Also, if you have anything at all no matter how irrelevant that you would like to contribute to the website, please do as we are aiming to make the Optimo website eventually become one of the most sprawling behemoths of a club website ever seen. Why you may ask? Who knows we reply, but why not?
Oh, and those Roland mp3s will be here soon, honest!
More to follow....
NEWS FOR OCTOBER
Monday October 1st 2001
Hi there everybody and welcome to the new Optimo News Update Page. This will make it far easier for us to bring you all the latest Optimo news much more quickly and accurately.
So, after a few teething problems we seem to have settled into our new temporary home at Mas and we greatly appreciate all the feedback and suggestions we have received. As always, they are greatly appreciated, so keep 'em coming.
Our next extra special night is the now near legendary annual Optimo (Espookio) Halloween Party on Sunday October 28th. This night will feature a 4am license, some very special production, DJ Mingo Go in the bar and of course, a grand prize for the best costume. We have decided to make this a predominantly tickets in advance affair (although we will hold back 100 for availability on the night). Tickets will be available as of Tuesday October 16th from FOPP on Byres Road and will be £7 plus a small booking fee.
For those of you with a fondness for MP3s, there are a plethora of these which have been contributed by various Optimoers and are available from the side links on the bulletin board page. If any of you have an MP3 page online and would like it to be added, post on the board and we will add it to the links. In addition, the long overdue Roland MP3s will be up very soon and Roland apologises for the delay which she says is due to a creative block total slackness on the part of Twitch.
The next OSCARR release should be with us in a couple of weeks and is a super 4 track EP by local electro pop hero Creme De Menthe. After that, expect a more or less monthly OSCARR release including EPs from BIS and PRO FORMA.
That's all for now. but as ever, stay tuned for more