‘Never Grow Old’ from Floorplan’s Paradise LP on M-Plant
In many ways this track epitomizes the musical character I try to bring to our parties – at once deep, dark and soulful. This is Robert Hood at his best, sampling Aretha Franklin under a high energy techno pulse. In the hands of any other producer it would sound pastiche.
The Last Mister Sunday at Gowanus Grove
I wrote about the summer Mister Sunday season this time last year, so I didn’t really want to cover old ground; but when I look back on 2013, the final party we did at Gowanus Grove sticks out significantly. In fact it was so special, I have no doubt I’ll cherish the memory to my dying days.
Justin and I always pack records that we feel are worthy of the last moment of the party, but we never plan which one we’ll play or, for that matter, who will play it. I’d packed quite a few records I thought would work before I left for an out-of-town wedding the Friday before the party. Rok One, my old DJ partner at Studio B, was DJing the wedding, and at the end of the night he played ‘All My Friends’ by LCD Soundsystem. When I came home to Brooklyn the next morning, I grabbed the record before heading to the Grove. If you were there on the day, you know what happened. . . . Read on
As has become tradition, Eamon and I attempt to wrap a bow around the musical year that was with our Best Of lists. As usual, I had a hard time limiting my list to things that came out in 2013, or even limiting it to just music; that Turrell piece made me feel like I’d just heard a symphony, and Herbie Hancock’s use of the vocoder on Sunlight is still yet to be matched. (No matter how hard Daft Punk tried this year.)
Dirg Gerner’s Dirg Gerner EP on Eglo
I can’t say enough about this record. Beautiful melody after beautiful melody, warm production, amazing songs. I played it and played it, but it never got old.
James Turrell’s Aten Reign at the Guggenheim
Last year I waxed on about Philip Glass and Robert Wilson’s Einstein on the Beach. At the time Wilson said, “You don’t have to understand anything. It’s a work where you can go and get lost. That’s the idea.”
Aten Reign, James Turrell’s all-encompassing light installation inside the Guggenheim rotunda, was the visual art equivalent. There was no focal point, which is kind of like having an opera with no plot. It was beautiful and impossible to capture in photo, video or anything else – nothing but experience. A total inspiration in terms of what I want for our parties.
A little note: This show is over, but Turrell has a career retrospective at the LACMA until early April, and here’s a map of all of his installations around the world.
. . . Read on
Into 2014 we go… Not quite what Isaac Asimov predicted, but pretty darn close. (Google it!) Anyway, here’s how we’ll be celebrating the coming of the new year, Mister Saturday Night style:
There’s a set number of tickets so it’s relatively intimate (buy them here), and there’s enough room to dance with no crazy lines for drinks and such. We let the ball drop in an easy-going way, so it doesn’t feel too forced; we stock the bar with bubbly, and, as usual, we set up our soundsystem, abandon our cell phones and cameras for the evening, and let Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter loose on the turntables.
12-turn-13 will be decked out from top to bottom in black and white, and we’re asking you to deck yourself out in all black and white, too. You don’t have to wear a tux or anything (though you certainly can if you want), just whatever’s comfortable for you.
The festivities start at 9pm for folks with tickets, and if you’re celebrating the ball drop elsewhere, the doors will open for non-ticket holders at 2am.
No matter when you come, we’re looking forward to kicking the year off with you.
(Address details for 12-turn-13 here.)
Justin & Eamon all night long at 12-turn-13.
It’s time for another indoor Mister Sunday.
It’s the usual drill at 12-turn-13. There are plenty of windows to let the sunshine in, and there’s plenty of room on the rooftop to catch some crisp air in between dances.
We’ll have local food spot, Anderson’s 1949, serving up food, and we’ll have tables and chairs throughout the space at 3pm to hang and chat before we clear them out and crank the music up to get the dancefloor going.
The party goes to 9pm, and it costs $15; but we have a limited amount of $10 early bird tickets. You can get your tickets on our RA page. You can also RSVP at mistersaturdaynight.com/rsvp and get there before 5pm to get in for $10.
We’re looking forward to seeing you in the sunshine again.