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.

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