‘Never Grow Old’ from Floorplan’s Paradise LPon 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. Continue reading “Looking Back On 2013: Eamon Harkin”
On Sunday July 29th we will celebrate our 100th Mister ever. It’s true. We counted.
Mister Saturday Night started in a Manhattan club in early 2009. A few parties in, we forged a new path, turning the Mister into a one-of-a-kind, grassroots experience. We rent a private party space, set up our own soundsystem and bring in our own friendly team to work the door and the bar – to make it feel like home. Last year we extended Mister Saturday Night into Mister Sunday, taking over the beloved, tree-specked space at 400 Carroll Street called Gowanus Grove.
On the 29th, we’re celebrating, dressing up the Grove with balloons, getting an extra special food vendor for the day, and letting residents Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter stretch out for a nice, long set. Surprises? Yes, there will be surprises. As a special thank you, we’re making it free for the first two hours of the party. Consider it your opportunity to bring friends who’ve never been before. Just RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org, and you’re in. After 5pm, it’ll only be $10.
Also, we’ll be selling a limited edition, hand-numbered set of screen-printed Mister 100 posters at the party, and we’ll be unveiling a slew of new, screen-printed Mister tee shirts in a ton of different colors, so you can take a little piece of the party home. There are only a hundred of those posters (how appropriate), so if you want one, get there early.
1. Caribou – Caribou stepped onto the dance floor in 2011, and his arrival was most welcome, for it brought us a refreshingly musical and superbly produced set of 12 inch singles. His remixes for Virgo 4 and Junior Boys raised the bar and were the staples of many a Mister Saturday Night set this year. But it’s this remix of a rare African jam produced under his Daphni guise and released on his own Jialong imprint which was the stand out for me. I first heard this when he played for us back in March. It’s been in my bag ever since.
2. Four Tet – In a similar vein, Four Tet has leaned into dance music culture extending himself as a DJ and continuing to push forward with his own vinyl only 12 inch label: Text Records (strangely missing from most year end polls on best labels). Again the result is a breath of fresh air. We were extremely happy to have Kieran play the opening Mister Sunday this year (he’s back playing with us in February at 12-turn-13). Continue reading “Looking Back On 2011: Eamon Harkin”
Mister Sunday is the cousin of Mister Saturday Night. He wears sunglasses and likes to hang out in the great outdoors. Preferably in the sunshine.
The seasonal party takes place at Gowanus Grove – a lush, unique slice of landscape situated next to the increasingly less infamous Gowanus Canal. We haul out our big blue soundsystem, get some amazing local food vendors, set up a bar (the sangria is perfect) and offer a truly positive and joyous experience on a Sunday afternoon.
Young folks, older folks, and animals of all shapes and sizes come together to enjoy the good company, and since we start at three and end promptly at nine, there’s plenty of time to enjoy the whole shindig and still have time to get some sleep. Or to put somebody else to sleep. Or to look for another place to dance.
Over the weekend, Gowanus Grove quietly hosted its last event of the season, the wedding of Ariana Souzis and Joel Hamburger. The couple said “I do” under the trees and then canoed away into the sunset… It’s been a great summer. We hope to be out there again next year. Until then, we’ll see you on Saturday nights.