It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. And now I understand what they meant. Here are the things that brought a smile to my face in an often tumultuous 2016.
Earth Disciples “Peace, Love and Harmony” In February, I went to Jamaica. Most of the trip was spent in Port Antonio (Piggy’s forever), but one day, my friend Corey and I did a trip to Kingston to dig for records and check out the Trenchtown Culture Yard. As we walked through the yard, we saw a group of guys sitting in a window across the way. When we got close, our guide walked us into the room behind them, where there was a little studio, with a man named Ziggy at the controls. He played us a couple solo pieces from an album he’d done recently, and then he called in the guys from the window. Turns out that the three of them were Earth Disciples, the first band Marley recorded in Tuff Gong other than his own. (I did a little internet sleuthing and found this article about them pasted into a message board.) Over thirty years later, they’ve still got it. (If you wanna hear the original tune, this is it.)
It’s New Year’s Eve with the Mister. We’re doing it at a small loft we use off the L train. The floors are wood, and the room sounds great. No big flashy lights or open bars, just a cell phone-free dancefloor and a handful of good people getting lost in the tunes.
Tickets are here. You’ll notice that we’re keeping it mysterious on the ticketing page – that’s because we wanna keep it intimate. We figure that if you’re looking here on our homepage, you’re familiar with what we do. If not, just check our rules, and make sure they sound good to you, and if so, come ring in the year with us.
We’re doing something different for this New Year’s celebration. Instead of a big, nighttime blowout, we’ve reserved a small loft (a perhaps familiar second-floor space with wood floors, good sound, inexpensive drinks, and an outdoor balcony for a chat and fresh air), and we’re doing a New Year’s Day Mister Sunday.
New Year’s Eve parties can get crazy, and this year, more than ever, we want to ring it in with a dancefloor that’s really tuned in. We thought a daytime party on the 1st would be the best way to do that.
You can get tickets here. We’ll send the address out to ticket-holders with ample time to make plans, but don’t worry, if you’ve been to a Mister Sunday indoors, you’ll know the spot – it’s really easy to get to.
It’s the last party of our series at Silent Barn. To close it out, we’ve invited down Beautiful Swimmers to play with Eamon. The Swimmers are Max D and Ari Goldman, two guys that have had substantial influence on modern dancefloor tastes, not only through their own masterful DJ sets but also through their productions, through Max’s label Future Times, and through Ari’s presence at the hallowed Earcave record shop in DC.
The guys will be sharing the whole evening with Eamon, and we’ll all be sharing in a very, very good time. Tickets are here. See you there.