Thursday, December 06, 2007

Hello Beautiful NYC, Degenerates NYC, Wurst Monthly NYC and more

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It seems like a given that we will start downtown tonight, after that Suicide post. That makes this new party a perfect timing kind of thing, as Hello Beautiful kicks off at China 1 (50 Avenue B) tonight. I know that a lot of people have given up on the LES, especially Thursday-Saturday. DJs Project Matt and Rev McFly and hosts Matt K and Nico G haven't, so neither should you! They are going to bring you rap music, dancehall, bangers, pop, a video premiere. Combine that with an open bar from 10-12 and no cover and you have yourself your new favorite party. Email ASAP to, as that's the only way to get in on the open bar.

-Head over one more avenue where one of the great spots in the city keeps doing its thing. Nublu (62 Ave. C) brings back fond memories, probably the first spot I frequented in NYC, shout out to Kudu on Tuesday nights. Tonight, the small bar in Loisada hosts live music by Satori and Ben Brewer, plus you get to hear Nick Hook spin between and after all of that. $5, say Buttercrunch at the door for a free beer. This should be a great night of all kinds of music at one of the best, most unique spots in this city.

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-In the heart of what is now referred to as the Lower East Side, the Art After Midnight party takes over The Gallery Bar (120 Orchard St.) We've mentioned this one before, a cool event where you can get some art and dancing done in the same spot. Tonight, the exhibiton is called A Field Guide to the North American Family, a multi-artist pin-up show by Humble Arts Foundation and Mark Batty Publisher. After you got your culture on, get your dancing on with resident DJs Chris Alker and Sushi Steve and special guest DJ Ryo. No cover, 21+, great stuff.

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-For those who think partying is an art form in and of itself, make sure to stop at Home Sweet Home (131 Chrystie St) tonight for the Common Folk party. Sweatshop Labor and Rage Mountain are bringing in Krames of Cobra Kai, which is the equivalent of turning it to 11. Expect party music and fun a few feet below ground level. Zygo open bar from 10-11, no cover, a necessary stop every Thursday.

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-Okay, okay, I know that there's a whole city above 14th Street. Head to 16th Street and see how the other half lives at Hiro Ballroom where Cheeky Bastard presents Moby's monthly Degenerates party. I'm going to say that this is my favorite line-up so far, mainly because of the presence of the DFA contigent - Holy Ghost!, Justin Miller and Jacques Renault. Those guys are responsible for so much of the best music I've heard this year, nice to see them on a big stage like this. Wow, Princess Superstar is also spinning, along with the bald one himself, should be an amazing night of dance music. $5 advance tickets are available here, it's $10 with an RSVP at the site as well. That cost is easily recovered with the Svedka vodka open bar from 12-1am or the 2 for 1 vodka drinks from 10-11 or 2-3. 21+

-Finally, there's no flier for this, but it's still one of my main picks for the night. The Wurst Edits label does its Wurst Monthly party at APT (419 W. 13th St.) and tonight's edition features residents My Cousin Roy, Lee Douglas and Runaway in the basement. This label and these DJs are some of my favorites in this city, this is an amazing chance to hear them all on a great system spinning disco, disco and more disco. No cover, 21+, trust me, do not sleep on this.

-In Philly, a new monthly (I think) called Kiss 'n' Fly starts up at The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave) and it features some of the young DJs who are taking over the city. Oh Murder Inc, DJ RMT and Scottytoodope have moved this to the city's newest, coolest spot, a wise choice. They promise a night of "Club Anthems and Fist Pumpers, Deep Beats and Dripping Sweat." Normally I don't like to steal other people's words, but since there was no info on the flier I feel less guilt. Actually, fliers based on old, embarrassing photos are a personal favorite, so I do feel guilt. Whatever, this is a great chance to check out that next generation of Philly people who will make you dance for the near future. No cover, 21+.

-In Center City, the bass rules, as it's Seclusiasis Thursdays at Sal's (200 S. 12th St) It'll be a night of rap, dubstep, grime, booty, anything that rattles the speakers. Resident DJ Ghost is joined by Darrell Asbury tonight, doors at 9pm, $1 PBRs and $3 mixed drinks until 11.

-Further down I-95, it's Fuck Yesss time in Atlanta. The city's dopest monthly party dedicated to electro and dance rock is back to destroy the Drunken Unicorn in the MJQ Concourse (736 Ponce De Leon Place) Residents Le Castle Vania and Treasure Fingers will bring you the best of the neon-colored music, will take your picture and hostess Crystal Leigh will take care of everything else. Doors at midnight, $5 for 18+, free for 21+ if you mention their myspace bulletin.

-It's been a little quiet in Chicago this week, but you can't keep a great city down for long. It's Thursday, which is better know in the Windy City as Debonair Thursdays with the Dark Wave Disco DJs, Trancid, Greg Corner and Mark Gertz. They do this one every week at Debonair (1575 N. Milwaukee Ave), bringing you the best of the darker side of dance music. No cover, $3 PBRs and Effen vodka cocktails, 21+.

-Canada, always good to have something from our neighbors to the north. This one's in Vancouver, Freshjive and Down By Law Thursday have imported Brooklyn's own Nick Catchdubs to DJ tonight. Nick's running the Fool's Gold label with A-Trak, feel like he's going to be getting bigger and bigger in the next year. He'll join Paul Devro, Rico Uno and C-Flo to rock The Modern (7 Alexander St), $10. This is definitely a party to keep an eye on, Scottie B comes through in a few weeks.

-Late addition, but what are the odds that we would get two Vancouver parties on the same night, when we never had one up before? Yeah Vancouver! Unfortunately, this one has some bad news behind it. Chicago's Hollywood Holt slipped and severed an artery last night, which required emergency surgery. Soo... tonight's party that he was supposed to have performed at has become a fundraiser for him, who like many of us doesn't have insurance. Blastramp, Color Magazine and Livestock present a special WeHeartHollywoodHolt edition of Blastramp Thursdays at The Bourbon (50 West Cordova St) DJs Million $ Mano from Chicago and IHeartComix joins with residents My!Gay!Husband! and Benjamin to bring some dancing and laughter to the mix. There will be a raffle featuring prizes from Livestock, Timebomb Trading, Supra Distribution, Lifetime Clothing, tickets to future 1/2 Alive shows, plus $3 hi balls, $4 doubles and $10.25 pitchers. Doors at 10, give what you can to the donation jar at the front. For those not in Vancouver, email for more info and to show support.

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-Finally, just under the wire, Mark Rodriguez presents the Heist party at The Airliner (2419 N. Broadway) This one's another weekly party that aims to do things big. 3 rooms, 2 bars, smoking patio, main room residents DJ Score and Hyphy Crunk spin the electro and indie dance bangers, DJ Erick Neutron and Disk Jo Slim play more hip-hop on the second floor, while Bul!m!atron! and Don't Believe The Hype do more of the electro rock stuff in The Lounge. RSVP on the list and you can get in before 11 for $5, $10 otherwise. There are over 700 people RSVP'd already, this one looks to be a hit. 18+, 21+ to drink, doors at

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