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Wonderful 6th Birthday Party for Trouble and Bass

Trouble & Bass is a loose confederation of bass junkies that have been running around NYC for six years now. Envisioned by a bass producer named Drop the Lime, he felt a need to create a group of mischievous bass djs & producers that could run around the darkness of Gotham blowing up parties and ensuring a good time was had by all. Along the way he collected other DJs such as Star Eyes & the Webster Hall favorite AC Slater, and before we knew it, a fully formed dance label and party crew called Trouble & Bass had emerged. They were celebrating their 6 year anniversary at a new space in one of the more industrial (or, authentic as the hipsters call it) parts of Brooklyn, so I headed … Read entire article »

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An Unlikely Duo on Friday Night

After bidding adieu to some friends in Queens, I found myself dashing up from Delancey to Houston Street. I’d picked the wrong 6 train stop to get off at, and free entry with RSVP for a delicious night of house music at National Underground was ending at 11 PM. My cell phone flashed 10:53 as I hurried toward Houston, arriving with enough time to watch a bored door girl chew gum loudly and fumble with the guest list. As she allowed me in without charging, I thanked her and headed to the dance floor. A few friends were spinning House and I didn’t want to miss any more than I already had.   DJ Mysti & DJ Becka are two jewels in the relatively tiny community of female talent in EDM here … Read entire article »

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That Noble Fury

  Terry Gotham: What genre would you define That Noble Fury As? I know it’s a dick question. How do you see the personal genre of the “That Noble Fury” evolving over time, if you could speculate? That Noble Fury: That’s how we start? I think we’re rock.  Well I think it’s, you kind of find the pool that you’re in and you rotate around things that are part of your life, and what will become part of your future life. So the things that I was exposed to when I was younger have made it what it is now and we move on from there. We don’t exist in a vacuum, that’s a Frank Oz quote. Yea, I mean, when I was in Kindergarten, seeing a dance show, this show of … Read entire article »

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The Philadelphia Experiment: Stunning Success

The lightning tore across the sky with wild ferocity while the starry-eyed attendees of the PEX Summer Festival looked on with a mixture of horror and awe. A significant storm had been predicted for the first night of the weekend and the rain was coming down in sheets. While this would’ve been a recipe for disaster for most events/level-headed individuals, this rag tag band of engineers, artists, dancers, performers, producers, luminaries, hippies, punks and all around ne’er-do-wells saw it as an opportunity to really cut loose.   My companion and I took shelter in the barn on the grounds, which was gorgeously decorated (by Neph, the absolute Mistress of Deco on the Eastern Seaboard these days) as the home of psychedelic trance for the weekend. While all of the electronics/music/stages were … Read entire article »

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Karnival: Confluence of Communism, Crazy Beats and Clowns

Carnival, originating as a festive season to allow Christians to pack in the partying before lent, has exploded to become one of the better parties celebrated globally. Christmas, Thanksgiving or other holidays that producers frequently shoehorn parties into, do so because of holiday three day weekends or the general gregarious nature of us all. Carnival, like New Years Eve has never needed an excuse to be turned into a heretical bacchanal. Even when Lent & even Orthodox Easter has come and gone, masquerades and general neo-circusy goodness is usually well received. Bangarang! A group of lovable misfits that throw down a sweet monthly and some other cool events, got together with ROC Philly to recreate a party that was considered one of the best in Philadelphia last year, their version … Read entire article »

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Sakura Sessions: Wandering Ronin of Sound

The woman waiting for the train in front of me smelled of camphor and yoga. She’d not gotten the memo about leggings not being pants, but others seemed not to mind as they complimented her leather jacket, hoodie and boots. She glanced at me, I met it and then checked for the train. Usually I’d not notice these gazes but my companion was busy, so I found myself returning to the House of Yes without escort or retinue, where I found my eye for detail and nuance would be rewarded.   Vitamin B was continuing its residency of bass-related deliciousness by celebrating the birthday of one Lee Mayjahs? Who would be joining the beat magicians Tektite, Barney Iller, N8tronick and Tim the Enchanter. The event repeatedly provides a respite from the … Read entire article »

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The Return (to Baltimore for Liquid Funk)

I’d taken the train down to meet up with a number of my associates for a show that probably won’t return to the East Coast of the USA for years. UK Liquid Drum & Bass is an entirely different beast than the massive camouflage-and-gas-mask wearing cousin us Americans have been exposed to over on this side of the Atlantic. Starting to pepper the landscape in the early oughts, liquid became an entirely different sound than the harder, more aggressive drum and bass sounds that originally demarcated the genre from Jungle. London Elektricity, D. Kay, Mistabishi and few others began to stand out showing that you didn’t need massive bass bins or obnoxious drops to keep people moving. The genre was eventually dubbed “Liquid Funk” for its use of melodic R&B … Read entire article »

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Tech House, Tech Glam and Technophiles

Sullivan Room has built a storied reputation overwhelming NYU students and village freaks with bass and libation over the years. Sweaty people drinking, dancing to house music and hanging out, smoking cigarettes disruptively outside while others wait to get in being the usual order of the day. My journey began standing in line for the mandatory coat check. This death knell of enjoyment for any evening is something I could do without, but I digress, the hoops we jump through for bass music.   After performing this minor fiscal sacrifice to the Gods of the Village, I made my way into the main room. The couches & bottle service areas to the left, the perennially busy bar to the right, and directly in front of you, maybe fifty feet away, stood … Read entire article »

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Dubfire, District 36 and a Dropped Fifty.

There is something about partying in the shadow of the Empire State Building that makes my exploits seem that much more cosmopolitan. When you grow up here, you rarely get to play in the halls of greatness (or even next to said halls) until you achieve quite a bit. That being said, as my companion and I were swept into District 36, a (relatively) new club on 36th, off 5th, you couldn’t help notice the stark difference between it and those Costco-size meat markets that came before it. One of the first things I noticed was the fact that there wasn’t a single residence or apartment building on the walk from the train to the space.   Midtown Manhattan at 11:30 PM is a very different beast than those same streets … Read entire article »

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Heartburn 6: A Ferris wheel and Expertly Controlled Chaos

As the snow flew by outside the speeding Amtrak train, I tried to make out the views of the ruined countryside I remembered seeing when I traveled this corridor years ago. I was on my way to Philadelphia to witness another evening borne out of Lee Mayjahs’ triumph, The Philadelphia Experiment. Not only is PEX (as it is called by the cool kids these days) a formidable energy in the underground within the city limits, the Summer Fest it threw last year, for the 3rd time, was generally agreed upon to be one of the best regional summer festivals of 2011. And by “generally agreed,” I mean that pretty much everyone that went thought it was fucking awesome, at points even confusingly so.   After meeting old friends and arriving at … Read entire article »

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