I played this song on Sunday, and it’s put me on a major Sylvester kick this week. Dude was exactly who and what he wanted to be: tall, strong and physically imposing, delicately beautiful, firey like a pentecostal preacher, flashy like a disco queen. There was and has been no one like him since he died from AIDS complications at the way-too-young age of forty-one in the late 80s.
His version of ‘Southern Man’ isn’t just the definitive version of Neil Young’s song because of how musically perfect it is; it’s because it was UNBELIEVABLY ballsy for a six-foot-something black man in women’s clothes to open his DEBUT record, in 1973 no less, by wailing out these lyrics in the strongest falsetto anyone’s ever heard: “Southern man better keep your head. Don’t forget what your good book said. Southern change gonna come at last. Now your crosses are burning fast. / I saw cotton, and I saw black. Tall white mansions and little shacks. Southern man, when will you pay them back?”
Sylvester is my hero.
Eamon and Justin are back together again this weekend.
First they’re DJing the closing spot at PS1′s Warm Up party on Saturday. The rest of the lineup is excellent as well. Our very own Archie Pelago plays live followed by the one and only Cibo Matto…
On Sunday the boys take it back down to Industry City for the first time in two weeks. We’re gonna have a funky good time.
A live recording from the second of two Mister parties held as part of the RBMA festival held in New York in May of this year. This first hour or so of the stream features Eamon & Justin before they’re joined towards the end by General Ludd for a 3 way b2b set.
Also check out Part 2 for a recording of Archie Pelago playing live from the same night. Stream links and other info here.
Eamon flies solo this week. He did this once last summer, and it was stellar. Tickets are up! Get ‘em while they’re hot.
Eamon and Justin are off this Sunday, but we’ve got our good buddy JD Twitch taking the reins for the entire day. He’s one of the best DJs in the world, and he spent about thirteen years honing his Sunday evening chops at the long running Optimo party in Glasgow. Don’t sleep on this one. Tickets are here.