Word started spreading Saturday morning that the Milk/Richard Brooks co-presentation of NYC deep house heavyweight Kerri Chandler had run into last-minute issues with Sunnyside Pavilion . They were forced to move the party to the warehouse at 99 Sudbury without much time to put the word out. Happily, the wall of steam greeting you at the door signified that the message had been conveyed, so the party was as packed as you'd want it to be. Chandler is known for occasionally adding live flair to his DJ sets. In this case, he had a keyboard set up beside the turntables as well as a microphone, both of which he incorporated seamlessly into the mix. If you weren't able to see him, you probably wouldn't have noticed the live additions at all and would've assumed it was all just records. Musically, he covered the deep house spectrum, moving through a fair number of different moods and sounds -- from soulful vocals to chunkier techy numbers along with a bunch of classics -- within that template.
The party got shut down a bit earlier than they'd planned, but it was still a good deal later than they'd ever have been able to go at Sunnyside. And being inside meant they got away with more sound power, so the venue problems might actually have worked to their advantage.
Y'make me Shake
Stopped by Stones Place Saturday night to check out Shake A Tail , a 60s dance party that's gone from being a popular monthly at the Boat to an even more popular bi-weekly party at its current home. It's always a little odd to see a room of 20-somethings going nuts for music recorded 40 years ago, but the dance floor is full and the kids are coming out, so they must be doing something right. The sound is somewhat like some mod parties, but it's less Britcentric and more open musically. You can hear old R&B, psych rock, soul and pop throughout the evening, and there's a pretty good balance between "golden oldies" hits and dusty obscurities. The move to Stones Place suits Shake A Tail -- it's one of the few regular parties at this bar where the Rolling Stones memorabilia actually makes sense, and extra space makes it easier to satisfy both the dancing maniacs and those who want to sit and socialize.
Stopped by 751 Thursday night to see how the new weekly No Sportos party was doing. It was a pretty slow night, but resident DJ Dougie Boom was laying down a nice mix of electro, booty, techno, new wave and house that -- combined with a seriously addictive pinball game -- managed to keep me there 'til last call despite my best intentions to do the rounds checking out some of the other newer Thursday-night weeklies.