Anthony Bourdain in Vegas

The celebrity chef and travel-minded TV epicurean Antony Bourdain has never made any secret of his tastes, culinary and otherwise, and he featured musicians like Fucked Up and the Black Keys on his old show No Reservations. Bourdain now hosts the CNN show Parts Unknown, and a new episode dedicates itself to the fair city of Las Vegas. One segment of that show focuses on the way the old institution of the Vegas show is giving way to the new institution of the Vegas superclub. Vegas is home to the rich, craven epicenter of the recent EDM boom, and you’ll never guess how Bourdain feels about that. Just kidding. You’ll guess exactly how he feels about it. If you’ve watched enough Bourdain, you might be able to guess that his spiel on it includes the exact phrase “ye lords and princes of douchedom.” Check out the segment below.


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I wonder if Bourdain might find a different perspective on electronic dance music if he went out of his way to experience it on a visit to, say, Cologne. Or Rio De Janeiro.

Comments (13)
  1. the music is not my thing but i have no beef with it. that “scene” however? douchedom is accurate.

  2. If Bourdain has weighed in on it, the case is closed.

  3. It’s funny, the electro clubs here in Germany are the best place to find the most decent and not superficial people. But then they don’t call it EDM here and it’s not awful shit.

  4. In the spirit of this article, Bourdain needs to rest his case at this point. REST IT.

  5. Free idea: Bourdain starts his own Vegas show where he puns the line, “…if you smell what the rock is cookin’” before lighting a pan of the finest oil and grade A meats on fire to a wild audience as Arcade Fire blares into the speakers.

  6. There was a time when EDM music was good… many many years ago. Like most things, once it goes mainstream to this level, there’s barely anything left to salvage. The Douche scene is spot on… just add plastic surgery loving blondes to the mix, and there you have it. This is the college greek system played out after college, soundtracked by talentless, button-pushing morons.

    • There is still good EDM music, and some of the douche scene actually does enjoy some good EDM, but a lot of what is most popular in the EDM scene is pretty uninspired stuff that only sounds good if you’re on Molly.

    • as someone who doesn’t know anything about EDM beyond the name skrillex, could you recommend some good EDM artists?

  7. He doesn’t really flesh this out in this segment, but as we all know Tony is pretty reverential to old school (particularly French) techniques and style. Seems to me he probably views EDM performance as the musical equivalent of microwaving a poptart, and I’m not particularly surprised he feels this way about the whole Vegas shtick.

    And it sounds to me like “Club Culture” writ-large is an issue for him as well. To extend the comparison, these mega clubs remind me of the giant 300-seat celeb chef restaurants that are now commonplace in cities around the world. It’s the difference between a warehouse rave in 1999 and having table service at XS or TAO. It’s also the difference between eating at a James Beard restaurant in 1975 and some Guy Fieri disaster in 2014.

  8. 2:49 “Sometimes I close my eyes and I see the Strokes”

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