Every week of this outdoor Mister Sunday season, the party begins with the airing of an entire album. This week Justin Carter, who’s playing solo, selects. He’s chosen The History of Jazz Vol. 3: Then Came Swing. This is what he has to say about it.
I’ve chosen this week’s album for couple reasons. One is that I love old jazz and blues, and this set from 1945 is full of great names like Coleman Hawkins, T-Bone Walker, Benny Carter and Nat Cole. But the other is because of the format and a question that it answers. Before I collected 78s, I always used to wonder, “Why do we call LPs albums?” Well, as I was digging through old collections, I started to find bound books full of records – they looked a lot like photo albums, actually, but inside, the pages would be sleeves holding 78s. Until the vinyl LP was widely introduced in 1948, the dominant technology was a shellac record cut at 78rpm. While the LP could hold twenty minutes of audio on a side, the 78 could only hold five minutes (most just held three-and-a-half), so if you wanted to hear a collection of songs, you’d have to buy a book of records – literally an album. The term stuck, and even though LP (short for long player) was the official term for the format that replaced the book of 78s, “album” stuck.
Beyond the trivial reasons for bringing out The History of Jazz, there’s a special bonus: I’ll have my player, so I can bring down some gems from the rest of my 78 collection, which I’ll try to squeeze in through the rest of the day. I’m looking forward to playing them for you on the big system!
Every week of this outdoor Mister Sunday season, the party begins with the airing of an entire album. This week, our special guest, Duane Harriott, is the selector. He’s chosen Pure Phase by Spiritualized. This is what he has to say about it.
2015 marks the twenty-year anniversary of this landmark album’s release. The second album from the band helmed by Jason Pierce (formerly of Spacemen 3) was an incredible Psychedelic rock album that combined the minimalistic modern classical feel of Steve Reich and Phillip Glass with the sonic bombast of Pink Floyd and My Bloody Valentine… but there was also an undercurrent of blues and gospel sensibilities that pervaded throughout. Like the album title suggests, this is a seamless album that washes over you like waves. It was a massive influence on young bands at the time such as Radiohead and Coldplay. It’s one of my favorite rock albums of all time and this OG double LP is gonna sound glorious on that soundsytem.
This Sunday, while Eamon is back home, Justin Carter is joined by Duane Harriott, one of our favorite New York DJs. Duane’s one half of Devin Dare, one half of Bim Marx, 100% of Desiree West and 100% amazing. (He’s responsible for this Mister Sunday dancefloor staple.) He’ll be playing an OG vinyl copy of Pure Phase by Spiritualized to start the day. Then he’ll be blowing through all kinds of genres. Hearing him and Justin play together is a rare and wonderful treat. Get down early, and stay late.
Eamon and Justin are off to the west coast on Friday night to play their first ever gig together in Los Angeles. It’s a secret loft party called Digging Deeper. (We’ve heard good things!) If you’re in La La Land, or if you know someone there, this is where you can find the info.
After LA, Eamon jumps back to NYC to play Mister Sunday solo. We filled to capacity last weekend, and we’re actually letting in fewer people this Sunday, so as to preserve a little space on the dancefloor (apologies for the tightness on the floor last weekend – we’ll try not to let that happen again), so getting a ticket for that one is a good idea.
See you this weekend, we hope!
We’re getting down this Sunday as usual. The only two changes for this week are that Ends Meat will be subbing in for Nowadays in the food court, and we’ve created a smoking section so we can keep most of Mister Sunday smoke-free. If you wanna have a cigarette, just head back to the back half of the courtyard behind the main bar. (There are signs around the space that will lead the way.) Finally, we’re starting to get full again, so we do recommend advance tickets.
That’s it! Hope to see you this Sunday!!!