Thu, Sep 6
We were surprised to find the door situation at the Social relatively mellow for the Parisian party crew Institubes . Seems like people were scared off by past chaos for high-profile parties at this venue, which made for a full club, but not uncomfortably so for a change.
Para One fired up his laptop around 2 am (the club had the extended Film Festival liquor licence) and unleashed a full-on assault of noisy, aggressive techno. Despite fears that my ears would start bleeding, it was a very enjoyable battering of the senses. The only downside was a lack of variety in mood, since Para One skipped his more melodic tracks in favour of bangers.
Following him was a funkier and more lighthearted DJ set by Surkin , who threw in a bunch of re-edited and remixed rave and acid house classics toward the end of the night, to the delight of the smattering of veteran party people still in attendance.
Fri, Sep 7
Thunderheist are on a roll, building up more steam with each show (this one was at the Drake ), and their tracks are finding their way into more and more international DJ sets despite the lack of an actual release. (Princess Superstar reportedly dropped one of their songs last Saturday at V Fest.)
Much of their success is due to the pumping party beats provided by Grahmzilla , but it's Isis 's stage presence that really makes an impression when you see them live. For such a young performer, she looks at home onstage and effortlessly holds the audience's attention.
Just back from their first European tour, these guys are going to blow up huge this year.
Sat, Sep 8
Hell Yeah, Fuck Yeah
The crew at the Shared Loft decided to throw their own Film Fest party, bringing in the Glass and hiphop legend Stretch Armstrong .
Armstrong and the Glass's Dominique Keegan together run Plant Music, one of the better indie dance labels in NYC, which is the sound that Armstrong has moved toward after spending much of the 90s breaking new hiphop artists on the radio.
Past events here have suffered because crowds overwhelmed the door staff, but this time things went pretty smoothly, and the party was busy but not claustrophobic. This was partly due to better organization, but the extended serving hours also helped, eliminating that sudden rush of people trying to get in at the same time.
Perhaps the Plant music crew does what it does so well because both Keegan and Armstrong come from outside the indie rock scene, one from house and the other hiphop.
When you look around at the rest of the scene, it seems many are just discovering what Daft Punk did 10 years ago, and, while interpreting that music through rock ears brings in new ideas, doing so with some knowledge and understanding of what came before is even better.