Friends of Flux
In addition to the new self-released Young Flux EP, the Toronto electro upstarts playing the Room Party's second-anniversary soiree with DJs Hi Mom and Pammm at the Boat Friday (December 5) will also have a swank remix disc with their tunes tweaked by Opopo, Slim Twig and You Say Party! We Say Die! Beatmaster Roozbeh Showleh's part-time gig selling discs at Slinky evidently proved advantageous for connecting with music hounds who could deliver novel remixes without charging a fortune.
"When I started playing our music for musicians I knew," says Showleh, "they seemed really enthusiastic, so we thought, ‘Why not ask some of them if they'd like to try remixing our stuff?' Both Slim Twig and Stephen O'Shea from You Say Party! had a similar response. It was like, ‘Oh, no, I'm really an amateur at that kind of production - I wouldn't know where to start.'
"But I kept at them, and they both came up with pretty fantastic reinterpretations of our songs that turned out way better than we expected. Stephen's was really dark and brooding and focused on this tiny element of the song that I didn't think anyone would catch. They're all up on our MySpace page, myspace.com/youngflux."
Big Primpin' gets Stoned
It's surprising to hear that long-running hip-hop-for-homos party Big Primpin' is cancelling its December 6 event at Stones Place. The reason, according to the event's press release? "Being dicked around by Jerry Stone one last time." It was Big Primpin's appropriation of the oddball Rolling Stones tribute bar five years ago that made it into the busy club it is today and paved the way for many other promoters to book events there.
"It's a shame that after all we did for the club, we only deserved a week's notice that Stones Place gave our monthly night away," says Big Primpin's Jeremy Laing. Rather than have a last hurrah at their long-time home, they instead elected to cut their losses and work on finding a new venue for January.
They're not the first promoters to grumble about Stone's erratic business habits, but they are the first to go public and on the record with it. Considering the long lineups Big Primpin' draws, the loss could really hurt Stones Place, especially when the monthly's dedicated fans will follow them anywhere.