Saturday, March 31, 2007

Music TBD

-More Cali love, less East Coast snobbery. A new weekly starts in SF tonight and it has a great name, Wall Street, and two of my favorite DJs, White Girl Lust and Sleazemore, and I'm sure that I'd love the others. SF, break out the three piece suit, head to the Arrow Bar (6th and Market) and talk about money and bitches.

-Milwaukee, stand the fuck up! LA's Guns 'n' Bombs are the special guests for Spaced Out, a weekly at Moct (240 E. Pittsburgh Ave.) I mean, Milwaukee! Yeah! More midwest please!

-NYC, it's Saturday night. You know where to be, right? We've gone over this many times, Home Sweet Home (131 Chrysie St.), Project Matt and guests, best weekly (along with High Voltage!), the last refuge in the LES. Look at that flier, how can you not be there? I'll be there, you should too.

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-Cousin Cole

-Fixed is back in Brooklyn tonight at Studio B with a massive night. It's Dave P and JDH's mix CD release. I've had this for a few weeks and it hasn't left my rotation. You want more? How about Data Rock, Lo-Fi-Fnk and The Presets? Game over.

-My future home city, Paris, has a unmissable night, Institubes Paris Terror Club. It's at L'Ambassade, Tacteel is the headliner and Das Glow and Bobmo are spinning. Doesn't this just make you want to make love and dance and be young and look chic?

-Whitey on Neon Noise

Stickie: LCD Soundsystem Tickets

I don't normally do this, but I figure what the hell. If anyone reading this has an extra ticket for a reasonable price (i.e. not $50 per ticket) or a plus one for one of or both the LCD Soundsystem shows (Friday and Saturday), please help me out. Even better, if you can get me on the press list, I'd be eternally grateful. I've been a supporter and fan of James Murphy, DFA and LCD Soundsystem since Day 1. You can have my first born child (although as I'm sure my exes will tell you, good luck waiting for that). Music, beer, sexual favors, you name it. Thanks for any help, email me or myspace me.


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Friday, March 30, 2007

Debbie Deb - Lookout Weekend

Debbie Deb, "Lookout Weekend" (YSI link) 320 for DJs!!!!!!

I feel like I should probably up this track every Thursday or Friday for the rest of eternity. Has there ever been a greater song in the history of songs? The answer is no.

-To disprove any notion that Pound for Pound has an East Coast bias, we're going to lead off with a great party out in San Fran. VHS or Beta are spinning a DJ set tonight at RX (132 Eddy). Omar and Sleazemore are joining them, which means that there will be lots of electro, booty, acid heat all night long. This is gonna rage people, be there.

-LA, former home to JC (:( at former homes), has a banger tonight featuring Whitey from the UK! No flier, but you can grab advance tickets here, it's only $15, it goes down from 9 at the Echo. Dirty Dave and Crash Berlin have the decks, Bloodcat Love and Pink Moshi have opening sets.

-I mentioned this new Modular weekly in London last week and it looks like this is going to be a permanent Friday reference on this blog. Tonight Duke Dumont and Filthy Dukes join the Modular cats for a night of goodness. Get to 6 Feet Anda (42-44 Kingsland Rd.) early, as it was reportedly packed to the gills last week.

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-Philly, you know where to be tonight - Making Time! Tonight's edition has the amazing line-up of The Presets (who destroyed Hiro last night), Datarock and Lo-Fi-Fnk. I mean, do you see that line-up? That's not including Dave P in the main room and Adam Sparkles, JDH and Julian S. Process upstairs. Best of all, the Broadzilla crew is getting to spin an early set upstairs, a real nice choice. This is gonna be nuts, be at Pure (1221 St. James St.) as early possible so as to miss nothing.

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-Stop in at Upstairs at Sal's before the festivities at Pure (it's a few blocks away) and check out The Model playing live or stick around for the A&E 80s and 90s Electro Dance Rockit Jam-bo-Ree. Your choice.

-For my hip hop kids, there's a really cool Roots afterparty at Fluid tonight featuring the one and only Cosmo Baker. It's free with a ticket stub, 5 bucks on the guest list. This will be crazy packed, so get there early if you know what's good for you.

-The Mad Decent rolls into Brooklyn tonight, joining up with Eamon Harkin and The Banger's Friday night FUN jawn. Live set by Bonde Do Role, Diplo spinning, lots of others at one of the best venues in NYC, Studio B (259 Banker St.)


-For my classier readers, head to Project Matt's new jawn in Soho at The Anchor. You know you wanna grind with that chick from that movie that you saw. Celebs! Getting Wasted!

-Finally, Lauren Flax has White Lightning as usual at Home Sweet Home. It's one of the best weeklies in the city, bangers and bangs as far as the eye can see, i.e. heaven. Special guest DJ UFO! from the aforementioned city of SF.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Datarock - Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa

Datarock, "Fa-Fa-Fa" (YSI link) 320 for DJs

Datarock, "Fa-Fa-Fa (Princess Superstar's New York Dirty Disco Rabbit Pearl remix)"
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Datarock, "Fa-Fa-Fa (Shakes remix)" (YSI link)

Datarock, "Fa-Fa-Fa (Fa-Fa-Fast & Furious Discomix)" (YSI link)

I've been meaning to look at Datarock for months now, but it's actually a perfect time now as they are playing some US shows this week. Obviously, we'll put up the fliers for those gigs, including tonight's in San Fran. Datarock is a Norwegian duo, Frederik Saroea and Ket-Ill. They've actually been a band since 1997, playing gigs since 2000 and had a 10" that same year. However, it wasn't until their first album, Datarock Datarock, dropped that they began to get known outside of their home country. I'll take a look at the album in the near future, but their music is in tune with a lot of the stuff that we love here at Pound for Pound. It's dance-floor rock, like The Presets, The Rapture, the Modular bands.

Here's their most famous single so far, "Fa-Fa-Fa," a tune that will make you love music all over again. It's a perfect dancefloor classic, with the catchy chorus

-Philly narrowly wins tonight, as this is a monster of a party at Upstairs at Sal's. First, you're going to get live performances from Pound for Pound favs Plastic Little and Bonde Do Role. There's also going to be a DJ set from Diplo, which alone would have made this a top event. Best of all, this is all part of the weekly Broadzilla party (every Thursday at Sal's), a great chance to check out some of the best up and coming DJs in Philly at one of the best new parties.

-Don't cry for NYC tonight, as Ed Banger crew and The Presets are doing a massive show at Hiro Ballroom. Huge props to Cheeky Bastard for pulling this one off, bringing the French electro bols and the indie dancers together. Tickets are $20, which is a steal motherfuckers, but get there early (9 pm) if you want to guarantee getting in. Don't sleep NYC, this is gonna be a rave!

-There's a benefit tonight in Brooklyn for A.i.R., which provides resources for art groups around the world. Get more info at their myspace page. Tonight, there's an early party at Laila (113 N. 7th) with art and food, then later, Nick Catchdubs, Sujinho and Cassiano, DJ Morsy and others will spin at Glasslands (289 Kent Ave), one of the best venues in NYC. Williamsburg, do this.

-I'm going to do some politcal links later, so it's fitting that tonight there's a party called Apocalyptico going down in the East Village tonight. DJ Doriana spins post-punk, new-wave and rock, there will be a dirty raffle (no clue either), $5 Beam and PBR specials. Get to B-Side (Avenue B btwn 12th and 13th).

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-Finally, Datarock plays at Mezzaine (444 Jessie St. @ Mint) tonight in San Francisco. Codebreaker and Lemonade open and DJs Richie Panic and Jefrodisiac will be spinning. Simply amazing flier, if you did this, let us know.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

New York Noise Volume 1

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Dance, "Do Dada" (YSI link)

The Bloods, "Button Up" (YSI link)

Theoretical Girls, "You Got Me" (YSI link)

I thought we should follow up our post on Dylan and that city sound with more sounds from the streets of New York City. These were the downtown streets of the late 1970s and early 1980s, when downtown really meant something. These tracks above come from the amazing Soul Jazz compilation, New York Noise: Dance Music From The New York Underground 1978-1982. It's one of those amazing CDs that take you back to a forgotten time, chronicling an entire scene that came and went like a flash. The liner notes are especially informative, giving both the history and attempting to define this particular scene and its uniqueness.

What you basically get is the history of a neighborhood, as the music comes from no-wavers, underground dance acts, punk funkers, proto-rappers, all of the people who were playing and living in the Lower East Side at the turn of the decade. You could argue that this isn't an accurate portrayal of dance music at the time, but I think you'd be missing the point. It's a snapshot of a city that's open to all and a scene that took that ethos to heart.

-Pretty massive party tonight at Webster Hall in New York City, bringing that New York noise uptown. The Rub headlined the main room, my bol Dimitry and Nick Hook in some sort of Men's Club room, two open bars, Juiceboxxx and Dre Skull live. RSVP required. If it's too late, say my name at the door and one person can get in, as I'm not going to make it.

-Another amazing Check Yo Ponytail in LA, brought to you by Franki Chan, Iheartcomix and Viva La Rock Present. Datarock are headlining, look for a post on them in the very near future here. Franki and DJ Papparazi are spinning, Safari Sam's (5214 Sunset Blvd.), you know the deal.

-Steven Bloodbath has put together a weekly at Bar Noir for a minute now called Love Buzz, featuring rawk'n'roll, no gay disco or electro or whatever it is I listen to. Head to the underground spot on 18th Street (112 S. 18th St.)

-Inmypants is for the Philly kids looking for more bubblegum in the rock. It's at Upstairs at Sal's (200 S. 12th St.), every Tuesday, $1 PBR until 11.

-Speaking of Upstairs at Sal's, the Diplo/Bonde Do Role show that was scheduled for the Danger Danger house has been moved there. The good folks of Broadzilla have made this happen, this should be an amazing night no matter where it goes down.

Bob Dylan - Thin Wild Mercury Music

Bob Dylan, Thin Wild Mercury Music

Bob Dylan, "Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window (1)" (YSI link)

Bob Dylan, "Just A Glass Of Water (2)" (YSI link)

Man, those "Visions of Johanna" posts really knocked me out. I've been listening and thinking about that song so much lately, I haven't really been able to do anything else on Bob Dylan.

It seemed like a good follow-up to those posts to upload this CD, Thin Wild Mercury Music, which compiles the recording sessions of 1965. What a year that was for Dylan, evidenced by the legendary songs worked on in these sessions. "Visions of Johanna," "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue", "She Belongs To Me," "Love Minus Zero/No Limit" all came to being during this time. The seeds of three albums are here - Highway 61 Revisited, Bringing It All Back Home and Blonde On Blonde. It's a creative period unequaled in any medium, even more stunning considering that Dylan was only 24 and 25 years old.

The title of this bootleg comes from Dylan's description of the sound he and his band created during this period. I'm sure that you've all heard the quote from the 1978 Playboy interview, but it's deep connection to this blog can only be understood if you get the whole passage.

Dylan: The closest I ever got to the sound I hear in my mind was on individual bands in the Blonde on Blonde album. It's that thin, that wild mercury sound. It's metallic and bright gold, with whatever that conjures up. That's my particular sound."
Rosenbaum: Was that wild mercury sound in "I Want You"?
Dylan: Yeah, it was in "I Want You." It was in a lot of that stuff. It was in the album before that, too.
Rosenbaum: "Highway 61 Revisited"?
Dylan: Yeah. Also in "Bringing It All Back Home." That's the sound I've always heard...

Dylan: Those were exciting times [the time of Highway 61 Revisited]. We were doing it before anybody knew we would-or could. We didn't know what it was going to turn out to be. Nobody thought of it as folk-rock at the time. There were some people involved in it like The Byrds, and I remember Sonny and Cher and the Turtles and the early Rascals. It began coming out on the radio. I mean, I had a couple of hits in a row. That was the most I ever had in a row- two. The top ten was filled with that kind of sound-the Beatles, too-and it was exciting, those days were exciting. It was the sound of the streets. It still is. I symbolically hear that sound wherever I am.

Rosenbaum: You hear the sound of the street?
Dylan: That ethereal twilight light, you know. It's the sound of the street with the sunrays, the sun shining down at a particular time, on a particular type of building. A particular type of people walking on a particular type of street. It's an outdoor sound that drifts even into open windows that you can hear. The sound of bells and distant railroad trains and arguments in apartment buildings and the clinking of silverware and knives and forks and beating with leather straps. It's all--it's all there. Just lack of a jackhammer, you know.

This quote gets at what I've been trying to say all along about Dylan's music. To me, it's city music, energized, neurotic, tough, dark, cynical, it's the streets. It's probably why I have no interest in Dylan as some 60s icon, a hero to protestors. Dylan may have been born in Hibbing, but he became Dylan in New York City, in Greenwich Village. The Dylan I hear is as urban as they come, all sneer and attitude, yet lying awake at night in his loft unable to sleep thinking of the lover he lost. His songs have that sneer that can only come from time in the city, as far from the hippie/folk icon that so many want to pigeonhole him into. And yet, one could easily argue for an entirely different Dylan (the activist/folkie, the bluesman, the Rolling Thunder showman). In some ways, that's the most urban thing of all, that restlessness, that multplicity of meanings.

The music on this CD is simply amazing; I've been listening to its on repeat for the past few days, it gives you a chance to hear Dylan at work, putting his music together, gives you a few tunes that never made it on to record and a chance to hear a few masterpieces. Pay special attention to the various versions of "Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window," which I kept returning to more with each listen. Also, the solo piano version of "Just A Little Glass of Water," later renamed "She's Your Lover Now," gives you the final verse in its entirety.

Monday, March 26, 2007

DJ Never Forget - My Life With The Lo-Fi-Fnk

DJ Never Forget, My Life With The Lo-Fi-Fnk

I'm hoping to make this a regular feature here at Pound for Pound, a Sunday night mix from one of my favorite DJs or a soon-to-be favorite (or even one that looks exclusively at one of the older genres we love). Basically, I want to get the word out about all of the great people spinning and throwing parties in the US and the world, people who haven't gotten all the blog hype that others have gotten. These dudes and dudettes are the ones who are ahead of the curve on everything, who make going out fun and who do all the hard work to make that party a par-tay. In other words, I can give something back, and y'all can get some great mixes and new tunes, and the grinders can get some hype.

I can't think of a better person to start with than my bol DJ Never Forget, one of the masterminds behind the Finger On The Pulse parties in Brooklyn, indie dance maven and an all-around good dude. He's been on tour with one of Pound for Pound's favorite bands today, Sweden's Lo-Fi-Fnk, and he put together a little mix reflecting the tunes these guys have been listening to in the van and what he's been playing out. It sounds like it's been an amazing time and lots of good people have shown the band and DJs love. (We're building an indie dance network, people, holler if you want in.) You get so much goodness in this compact mix. Go check out Never Forget's myspace page for his latest happenings, older mixes, email him and thank him for this mix. Also, make sure to keep an eye on the Finger On The Pulse one, as that party should be kicking back into full gear in the Spring. For those people throwing parties around the world, I can't recommend DJ NF any more highly, so get him to your party to make the girls dance!

Finally, email me or get at me on myspace and send along any mixes you have or are working on. You know the music I post here, it's pretty diverse, I'm pretty open to just about anything. Make sure to let me know your party info to help get the word out. This ain't a blog, this is an army!

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Stickie - Lauren Flax Needs Your Help

Final Update: I'm going to take this one down as a stickie, but hope that you will take the time to send a few dollars Lauren's way or a note of encouragement if you haven't already. Pound for Pound will continue to let you know what she's up to, where she's spinning. Thanks to everyone who has contributed already, it means a lot to me.

Update: There's going to be a silent auction and benefit for Lauren at Home Sweet Home tonight, i.e. Friday night. It's $10 for an open bar from 10:30-11, there will be lots of cool ish to bid on from Mishka, Sweatshop Labor and more, live performances by Dreamburger, Lost Penguin and Kim Ann Foxman and most importantly it's a great chance to give something to Lauren. I want to thank her for checking in comments and all of my readers who have given money or sent a nice thought her way. Let's keep it up, Pound for Pounders. Go and contribute some money if you can, let's get Ms. Flax back on the grind.

I just checked the myspace and came across a bulletin by NYC DJ and party promoter Lauren Flax. Her apartment was robbed last night and the thieves took her computer and money and her peace of mind. She's in a tough spot, so I wanted to do what I could to help out. I'm going to repost her message below, but please go to her myspace page and donate a few dollars to help her get back on her feet. She's one of the best DJs around, a Pound for Pound favorite, she's put on some of the best gigs this city has seen and was the person most responsible for the Disco D benefit a few weeks ago at Studio B. As someone who was robbed as well and had his computer stolen, I know how horrible this situation is. Send a few dollars her way (if this paypal link doesn't work, just go to the donate button on the myspace page) and an email telling her that things will get better, as I know that she'd appreciate it. C'mon Pound for Pound massive, let's do this. Leave a comment and let us know that you gave and we'll get her a new computer. Yeah!

Lauren's bulletin:

My apartment was broken into and my computer along with other items and a lot of cash was stolen. If you can spare a little bit of money, please donate and help me raise some money for a new computer. What I had was a MacBook Pro 2.33 but now just want enough for a MacBook. My computer is my livelihood. Please help if you can, it would mean so much to me.

Thank you, sincerely!

It was suggested to me to set up a paypal donations so if any of you can spare even $1 I would GREATLY GREATLY appreciate it.

again thank you so much for the messages I've received. It means so much & am deeply appreciative.

The Return of Houston Part 1

Mike Jones, "Mr. Jones" (YSI link)

Paul Wall feat. Lil Keke, "Break 'Em Off" (YSI link)

Houston, Texas is starting to make its name known again, as the Swishahouse guys are starting to drop some singles and gear up for album releases. It's kinda funny how so many of these guys dropped albums at the same time, as Houston was the place for a minute. But, it's been kinda quiet for the last year as there wasn't any new music to drop.

As you'll see this week, it's all the heavyweights coming back - Slim Thug, Paul Wall and Mike Jones. Mike Jones hasn't done a Counting Crows cover here, just a kinda addictive, standard Mike Jones fare. Listen, you either love or hate dude, "Mr. Jones" ain't gonna change that, as he's still dropping lots of the sameish lines, still has the same flow. I like it, good to have Mike back. No clue who did the music, but it's some crazy shit. At times, you get this like hair band guitar sound coming in, there's a anthemic sound throughout, sappy pianos. Almost bizarre, to be honest, but it kinda grows on you.

The real heat is the Paul Wall jawn, "Break 'Em Off," as this has me wanting to fight someone, the first time I've had that feeling in a minute. Tell me that this one doesn't have you flashing your non-existent grill. It's got a great screwed refrain (mmm, need that sound back in my life). Really really like the instrumental, a nice, slow bass-heavy number, love the Casio sounds that drive the track. It's got some of Paul's best verses in awhile. Plus, you can never go wrong with having Keke drop some bars to give it that underground cred. Grab this one, kids, get excited for the new album. Cheah!

-It's rare that I feel jealousy at someone throwing a party. That some people can take an amazing idea and make it happen. I considered doing a Morrissey party last year, in spite of the fact that someone told me it was a bad idea. Huge props to Kyle M and Manny D for putting this night dedicated to Moz together, as it's the best thing I've ever heard. It goes down at Upstairs at Sal's and if you don't believe my raving about this, maybe you'll trust this writer for the Philadelphia Weekly and his preview.

-LA, one of the city's best parties, Le Disko, is moving to new digs next week. Get out to Safari Sam's (5214 Sunset Blvd.) tonight for the final edition of this weekly there. No guest DJs, just the residents tonight - Daniel, Paparazzi, Keith 2.0 and Mr. White. Shed some tears, dance, drink, check in here next week for news about the new venue.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Cupid Shuffle

Cupid feat. DJ Unk and Fabo, "Cupid Shuffle (remix)" (YSI link)

Omarion, "Ice Box" (YSI link)

A short and sweet one for Saturday, as there's so much party shit happening that I dont' want to take up too much space with my ramblings. I've heard this one is getting some love down South, this new song by Cupid called "Cupid Shuffle." When I saw snap-ers DJ Unk and Fabo on the remix, I knew I had to have it. But, this is a Cupid track, an r&b tune through and through, so don't expect a snap banger. It's an interesting instrumental that picks up during the refrain with some great horns.

I'm also throwing in a great r&b track from the past few months, Omarion's "Ice Box". It features typically sick Timbaland production. I was going to recommend this for making love to your lady or man, but can you make love to a Timbo beat? I'm not sure, but look forward to finding out.

-Late Update: The Misshapes are in Philly tonight. Totally missed any news about this until late, but they're doing a party tonight at Shampoo (417 N. 8th St.), the huge megaclub down by the Electric Factory. I don't have a whole lot of info, but it definitely seems like it's worth a look.

-The Philadelphyinz are back to do the damn thing at the Khyber, Skinny Friedman and Apt One are establishing this party as one of the best in the city. So, brave the hordes of Jersey's finest citizens, it's worth it.

-DJ Steven Bloodbath's Monster party moves to one of the best spots in Philly, the RUBA club tonight, the place where bearded guys go to get drunk and dance stupid late into the night. Opal Rock will handle the late-night, make sure to stop through at some point as this'll be good.

-It's 80s Night at Upstairs at Sal's and DJ Solobuns has brought in R5 Productions head and Philly legend Sean Agnew to spin some tunes. If that doesn't sell you, maybe the free Sparks from 9-10 will.

-Flier of the night comes from my bol DJ Tiny Pants for Hi-Tops and Hearts, Episode 3: Masters of the Boom Dance Party. Royal Oak (594 Union Ave.), Williamsburg, Brooklyn, essential stop for my real New Yorkers.

-Another huge night at Studio B (259 Banker St.) in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, as superstars Ellen Allien and Miss Kittin spin sets along with our girl Lauren Flax, back behind the decks. Cut continues to bring the best parties to NYC, really impressed with the variety and quality of events they put together.

-Spring break at Home Sweet Home tonight for Project Matt's Saturdazed weekly. That means wet t-shirt contests, beer bongs, tan lines and giant plastic yard beer steins emblazoned with your frat's initials. Or maybe just the best Dirty Dirty bangers, reggae heaters, cool people and cheap drinks.

-OMFG! at Beauty Bar (231 E. 14th St.), Dimitry is spinning a special set. No flier, not a good night for those.

-Really great event in Lawrence, Kansas called Get Crunk! Nomathematics will be there, so I know it'll be good. They'll bring that electro-punk shit that makes this blog go, and they'll be joined by host DJ Iggy Baby, Ssion and Rotten Milk. It goes down at the Jackpot Saloon (943 Mass St.), no flier, but it's 18+ and $5 and you know it's the best thing dropping in Kansas.

-What y'all know about them Paris boys? San Fran gets the chance to find out, as the Ed Banger keeps on truckin' (Grateful Dead reference for a SF party, 5 points for me!) with another party, this time at Mezzanine (444 Jessie St.) Omar, Sleazemore and Shaun Slaughter will hold it down with early sets. I'm gonna quote Sleazemore (I think) for this one: "Fellas, bust out your girlfriend's jeans and ladies, tuck those pants in those boots, baby because the french are coming fo' dat azz." L'homme parle la verite.

-I'm always on the lookout for new parties and new cities, been kind of shocked at the lack of info outta Chicago. Clearly, I was not looking hard enough, as I came across Life During Wartime, an amazing monthly that's got a serious show tonight. The Presets, Crystal Castles, afterparty with Digitalism, cheah! DJs Bald Eagle and Mother Hubbard have Chicago on lock, more to come on their shit.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Confused Disco

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Answering Machine, "Call Me Mr. Telephone (Lindstrom & Prins Thomas remix)"
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Confusional Quartet, "Guerra In Africa (Scuola Furano remix)"
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This seems like the perfect follow-up to our disco post, taking a look at the unique and wonderful take on disco music that happened in Italy in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

I wanted to take another look at the legendary Italian Records label, as you really need to get the retrospective 2 CD set ASAP. What I especially like about it is that they have many of today's artists who have been influenced by italodisco have a shot at remixing classics from the IR catalogue. Two of them are above,

-Not too hard to pick the event of the night, as the Fixed in Miami for Winter Music Conference is like Pound for Pound's Woodstock or something. Look at that line-up, make love to it: Justice, Digitalism, Boys Noize, Datarock, Medhi, Busy P, Dave P and JDH.

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-The UK came damn close with this massive party in Brighton featuring one of the best of the Ed Banger stable, Kavinsky, along with Nightmoves on the Kitsune label. It goes til 4 AM,

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-Or for my London people, get your dance party on with another of my favorite labels, as Modular starts up a new weekly in the city. Another stellar line-up, headlined by Phones (a.k.a. Paul Epworth). Get yourself to Anda de Bridge (42-44 Kingsland Rd.) and start the weekend off right.

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-I mentioned the special night at Home Sweet Home tonight for Lauren Flax (open bar, silent auction), but there's also a fundraiser for her in Brooklyn as Finger On The Pulse does their thing at Savalas in Williamsburg.

-Blog legend Brooklyn Vegan Presents goes down at Sin-e (150 Attorney St.) tonight, as BV has invited some of his favorite bands to play for you. But the real reason to get there is for Mr. David Bruno's DJing between sets all night. He's promised me two things : Keytars and "Hearts On Fire" on repeat. I'm sold.

-Melody Nelson and Eamon Harkin have another Calling All Kids at Luke and Leroy's (21 7th Ave South) with guest turns by my bol Dimitry and Adam Neu! & Elliot T. This is one of the most consistent parties in NYC, every other week, you can't go wrong.

-DJ Morsy's weekly The Good Foot has special guest Choimatic at Royale (506 5th Ave.), so take the 9 hour trip to Park Slope and have fun.

-Lights Down Low does its thing again, love this flier, love the party, wish I lived in SF when I consider this night. This one's extra special as Foriegn Islands continue to take over the US, playing a live set tonight at 222 Cloub (222 Hyde @ Turk).


-This one almost got top billing on name alone, as The Booty goes down in LA with The Cocaine Kids. I mean, those are two of the best names ever! You have to go to show love to that. They're joined by Luv-tek, DJ Shakee and Wendy City, it all happens at The Redwood Bar (316 W. 2nd St.)

-The ever-grinding guys of Seclusiasis have their monthly Khyber (56 S. 2nd St.) jawn, The Straight Dope. Dev79, Stumble and Generic Man will provide all of the heavy bass tunes to hold you over for a month.

-A new monthly starts up tonight in Philly at Upstairs at Sal's (12th and Walnut) called Mu Ha Ha Ha (I think that's the correct name) with Juan Dolla, Benny Brows, Peter T and Tony Playstation. It's gonna have a nice mix of music, rap, dance , pop, so give it a chance and see what you think.

-Finally, the best weekly in Philly happens again tonight, as Hands and Knees takes over The M Room (Frankford & Girard Aves.) Best of all, they've finally put up a flier! Yeah! Do it, Philly, maybe you'll get your photo on the next flier.