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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Tonight's The Night

Now that the holidays are over with family QT and overdone meals, citizens of Basstown have been filing back to their home city to get back on the dance floor. After a wonderful Make It New with resident Alan Manzi on Thursday night, and Red Foxx DJing hip-hop last night at Middlesex Lounge, we're warmed up and ready for MICHELLE.

Aside from the big Patriot's game tonight (which will be viewable at Great Scott) where the New England team attempts to break an all-time record, many of our friends from Paper, Happy Endings, Hearthrob, and Todo Mundo will join us alongside residents Etan and DJ Die Young to present Brooklyn's Kingdom (DJ/producer) and Michelle, whose bio goes as...

God brought us together. It's true. Best friends met (mostly on the dance floor) got wild and Oh My God Michelle was born. The friends had a concept for a sound they felt was missing. Eventually we sweat one of Helen's favorite local DJ/Producers, Kingdom and GRRRLLLL BOOM, You Don't Know Michelle. Alisa aka Christmas: A tall glass of gay, consisitng of magic, mania, and miso. This Girl/boy wonder has been representin OG tripple OG M'chelly in upstate since '89. Chaydha aka lil' man: So little and sweet, she'll creep a freak. Raised in North Carolina, this country girl be keepin' it crunk. Helen: Is from the Midwest and is fixated with all things Southern; fashion, church, Grannies, and music. Melanie aka Cocoa Slim: Part purple layer cake part cyborg, all gay all the time. Solid gold son. Tami: Born in Georgetown, raised in Queens, NY. All I have to say is "black girls rule...especially queer ones...son". Everyone sings, rhymes and writes.

All we can tell you is that we CAN. NOT. WAIT.

Not only have we brought you one of the most exciting headliners in the last few months, but we'll be joined by our friends from all around the city's scenes.

RSVP Here: Going.com

MySpace: Kingdom
MySpace: Michelle
Audible: Michelle - "You Don't Know Michelle" (zShare)
Audible: Kingdom - "Dance It Off (feat. Melissa Burns + Telfar)" (zShare)
Audible: Kingdom - "Jump Up Step Back" (zShare)

Thursday, December 27, 2007

cities that begin with B

i love boston, i think everything in the music scene here is on the up and up, soon the kids will realize that too and became more a part of it (when they are given the chance...cough..f21+...cough). but another city i love is baltimore and i was lucky enough to make it back to my home state to catch a christmas eve's eve show at the talking head in downtown baltimore. the bill had gone through several lineup changes but ended up being fantastic with Devlin and Darko making everyone get down to the dance floor thenNinja Sonik tearing it up from Brooklyn on the Bmore Club tip, then the Death Set completely murdered the crowd with its Wham City influenced punk rock with two drum sets,
and to completely kill it came Spank Rock doing their thing as everyone knows by now.

i've never been to a show like that, the talking head is somewhere on the same size level as a frat house but a little more run down and there is a lot more Natty Bo and Jack. On the first level was the stage and no breathing room, just instant sweat and Mosh Lite, you know the kind where everyone just sways to the point of domino effect, only one or two fights but everyone was pretty much on the "have a good time its the holidays" pill, personally my preferred type of crowd dynamic. the second floor was like a lounge with the music still loud enough to dance but you could still meet people, almost everyone was completely approachable, and the third floor was the green room where there was an opening to a roof where chris devlin was kind enough to let my brother and i relieve ourselves off of.

the interesting part is the shows connections to boston, the current touring drummer of the death set, Joey Skullcowski (sp? haha) was once an asset to the boston scene when he lived here for a few years playing drums for several different songwriters and bands and probably fixed your bike if you ever swung by Cambridge Bikes. He still frequents boston to visit with friends and is one of the nicest people i've ever had the chance to meet. The other major connection is Chris Devlin of Spankrock fame who now lives in Jamaica Plain throwing down at the monthly Shake 'Em Down party at the Milky Way Lounge and sharing his talent with the rest of the city when he isnt playing all over the world with Ronnie Darko and the Spankrock Crew. Chris is also another uncommonly nice person, lets hope he sticks around for awhile.
<---here you find joey of death set being held up by adam levinsky of Passion Pit (another boston phenom)...metaphoric???
special thanks to Savvy for the pictures!!!

heres some (unreleased) stuff for you:
mp3: the death set - zombie (ninja tune records)
mp3: the death set - impossible (etan's optimistic outlook)SORRY STILL WORKIN ON IT
this ninja sonik track had everyone singing along in the club:

Friday, December 14, 2007

Bitch, You Don't Know Michelle

But you will soon. Oh yes, you will...

More to come. For now, be sure to come to Thunderdome tonight.
We celebrate its one year anniversary with special guest DJ Assault

Audible: DJ Die Young - "Bootydome Mix" (exclusively made for Thunderdome IX)
MySpace: Michelle

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Making The Noise with Monome 40h

New England-born Adam Ribaudo recently departed the Northeast for warmer territory, but will soon be relocating to Delaware. All the better, too, as this project manager for a software/consulting company by day spends his evenings programming the Monome 40h, which I've had the opportunity to play around with when he was still working on the coding through Jeskola Buzz. Being neither a DJ nor a programmer, it was a bit difficult for me to adjust, but I eventually go the hang of it and didn't want to stop.

By far one of the most interesting pieces in MiDi control technology development, these boards can go way beyond 64 buttons. Going under the moniker Making The Noise, Adam titled the track "YGBM" after what he describes as a geeky sci-fi reference:

Because of this some people believe that humanity will not survive the 21st century without intervention - absolute mind control technology called YGBM (You Gotta' Believe Me). The struggle of some (or one) to implement YGBM against those who would prefer the risk of freedom is the major conflict in this novel. [read more...]

Looking forward to what more Making The Noise - a devoted IDM fan with a wide variety of secular music tastes - has to come, the MP3 is available for download exclusively here on Basstown. Remix away!

Audible: Making The Noise - "YGBM"
MySpace: Making The Noise
Website: Monome 40h
Wiki: Jeskola Buzz

Monday, December 10, 2007

Thunderdome Turns 1 (How Much Is That In DJ Years?)

Ooof, last week was a rough one. With the holidays coming close (let's face it, they're here, so start your shopping), this translates to parties parties parties. Nothing put a dent, though, in Hearthrob, which turns the 125-capacity room at Middlesex Lounge into a New Year's Eve party every other Tuesday. You can check out the photos from December 4th, taken by David Day, by clicking on either the above picture, or here

There's quite a lot on the horizon for Basstown in the next 6 months. Our next event will be the one year anniversary of Thunderdome, this coming Friday. After 12 months of throwing one of the most epic parties in this city, Morgan Louis (Hearthrob), DJ Die Young (SOLID!), and Thunderdome founder Mistaker will be joined by the legendary DJ Assault.

For Facebook event, go H E R E
Please click the above photo and RSVP on Going.com
DJ Assault MySpace

This is going to be a blast! Our last Thunderdome was Halloween weekend and it was our first at the Greek American Political Club in Central Square. Now that everyone knows where it is (spitting distance from both the T and Falafel Palace, mmm!), we hope to see all of you there this Friday.


Link: The Field remixes on Crackers United

Monday, December 3, 2007

We're Future Sailors

We here at the Basstown Headquarters love The Mighty Boosh, a popular British series that's just begun it's 3rd season overseas. The legend of Old Gregg infiltrated viral online YouTube-ing, and quickly became an inside joke amongst all that know and love Greg a.k.a Sensitive Hand a.k.a. the CEO of Hearthrob.

One problem with all of the old 'Boosh eps are those horrid funk musical numbers. Cringe-worthy.

The NEW season, however, has techno up the whazoo.

A personal favorite is from episode 3 - The Crimp - where Vince and Tom are both being bitten off by some not-so-quites. While practicing for a rematch to regain their reputation, they're barged in on while wearing ponchos and and playing:

Also, well, if your humor (or should I say humour?) is not sick and twisted enough, this may disturb you to great lengths. Either way, give it a go...from the kick-off of season 3 of the Mighty Boosh:

Totally ridiculous.