I like to keep myself pretty invisible. You may think I'm somewhere, but I've already left," DJ Derrick Carter once said, and this is perhaps one reason he's treated as a celebrity in Europe but relatively unknown in his native United States. One of the linchpins of the second wave of Chicago house in the late '80s and early '90s, Carter is one of the those DJs seemingly born to spin; he discovered Chicago house in his midteens, and by the time he got his driver's license he was sneaking into the legendary house clubs, eventually getting gigs and blowing away the older competition. He teamed up with DJ Mark Farina to release the influential album Symbols & Instruments in 1988 and has been releasing music under the pseudonym Sound Patrol since the mid-'90s. The post-rockers among you know Carter best as the person responsible for the phenomenal remixes he worked for Tortoise.
Though this gig sneaked up on us -- it's tonight! -- kudos to That Girl Productions; this is the first in a series of Wednesday-night spins under the title Sushi. Every other week will feature a different out-of-towner: Mark Grant, Daeman and Halo, Kevin Yost, the Problem Kids (Rocky and Mark Wilkinson, along with Peace Division's Clive Henry and Justin Drake) and, rounding out the series on July 19, Thomas, Markie and Garth.