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Dear Richard,

Did you make it to the LA Weekly Detour Festival that you won?
i hope you went and had a great time.
lemme know what went down,

Tony, LAist

Hey Tony,

I was totally on the list, totally went, totally had a good time!

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So, because I am sort of lame, my date and I got there sort of late (Missing Red Kross and Blackalicious (who we wanted to see, !!! might've been cool too)...)

But, Basement Jaxx were insane. In some ways the most entertaining thing I've seen in forever. We got there just in time to see their set start. Parking was nuts, so we parked on the hill street bridge.

Peeping Tom (wasn't fantomas...) but was still ok, and they had an insane female beatbox champion, Butterscotch, that basically blew my mind. She was better than Rahzel. Crazy bass.

Then Beck did this insane performance, where he was playing but there was an entire set (with lights) for a puppet version of his band. With instruments and everything. The puppets were then on live video on the scrim behind the band. It was awesome. Including a funny interlude short, where the puppets go around LA and a snakes on a plane (snakes on a tour bus) parody.

Plus they started with "Loser"... which was neat because as a 16 year old, I saw Beck at Lollapalooza 1995 and he wasn't about to play Loser. Super fun.

We sort of jetted during QOTSA, not that I'm a hater, it's just that ... after Beck it just seemed sort of like eating a peanut butter sandwich after a banana split.

Yeah, so that totally ruled. Thanks a ton.

If the LAist were a radio station I would record a shout out,

Richard

photo by marc via buzznet