After a year off, we’re bringing back the Mister’s New Year’s Eve celebration.
We’ll be ringing in 2016 with an easy going affair – lots of dancefloor space, no crazy lines – basically an antidote to a typical NYE out.
The bar will be stocked with bubbly, and, as usual, we’ll set up our soundsystem, abandon our cell phones and cameras for the evening, and let Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter loose on the turntables. We’ll start at 8pm and go until 2am (the perfect timing for a New Year’s Eve party if you ask us), and the location will be secret (but very convenient and very nice). We’ll send the location for the party to all ticket holders in advance.
**A note on pricing. We’re aware that $50 is steep compared to our normal entry fee. Asking you to spend more money is not something we do lightly; we always want our parties to feel relatively affordable. On New Year’s, though, prices go up for us, and for the particular venue we’re using this year, the costs are particularly high. We didn’t want to take another NYE off for lack of a good venue, and we wanted to make sure that if we did do a NYE party that it was a comfortable space. Anyway, all that is to say we’re not trying to milk you for money just because it’s a holiday.**
Nathan Melja is the same young Frenchman whose debut EP we released under the name Melja late last year. Since then, he moved to New York and worked at Mister HQ for a few months, manned the light booth at the Mister Saturday Night and Mister Sunday parties (DJs make the best light guys), and spent most of his time outside that making music. Leo Draws is the culmination of that music-making, two murky but beautiful tracks centered around vocal samples and one off-kilter number aimed at the dark corners of the dancefloor.
In between all the things Justin mentioned, I managed to read a lot of books (and, of course, buy a lot of records) in 2015. It was the year that the realities of racial injustice in America and the threat to our species from climate change became all the more stark. My list starts with those two topics and takes a less serious turn towards the work of some of the greatest artists of our times, a recent vacation and then and onto some of the best dancefloor jams of the year, the latter of which I’ve compiled into a playlist here. I hope you enjoy.
Ta-Nehisi Coates This man is a national treasure. No one else seems to articulate so succintly, accurately and honestly the truth about race relations in the USA today. His book, Between the World and Me, and his essays on mass incarceration and the case for reparations are essential reading. Nicholas Kristof wrote early in the year in the New York Times that White People just don’t get it, and he’s right. We don’t. We owe it to ourselves and our communities to make an effort to ‘get it’. Ta-Nehisi Coates can help us better than anyone else. Plus he loves the GZA. . . . Read on
Harvey Sutherland “Bermuda” I think I have played this at every party since it came out. Musical, dynamic, groovy, unpredictable. An instant classic of the Mister and I’m sure of many, many other parties. Don’t stop, Harvey! . . . Read on
Atlus is a young man with the world in his hands. He shoulders it from the mighty and misty tenements of Glasgow, Scotland, where he spends most of his time in the halls of Rubadub. In the three songs on this mystical EP, he lifts up party-melting disco house, clanging ambience and bubbling techno – and it all makes sense. The first of many, many records from him, we hope. This kid’s a titan.
You can grab this release (and pretty much all the other ones) on digital and vinyl on the Mister Store.