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James Chance Flyer

RSVP by 6pm for James Chance/Homosexuals party tonight!

Tonight's Secret Santo will feature not one, but two legendary figures in the history of subcultural music - James Chance and the Homosexuals - sharing a bill for the first time ever! And, as every week, this new rock'n'roll dance party also features DJ Jonathan Toubin, Go Go Dancer Anna Copacabanna and a live projectionist, this week, the inimitable Spencer Bewley. Tell yr friends - and RSVP anytime before 6pm Monday at: mailinglist@newyorknighttrain.com [New York Night Train]

Flyer below...

James Chance Flyer

Monday, July 21: Secret Santos' Party w/James Chance, The Homosexuals, DJ Mr. Jonathan Toubin, dancer Anna Copacabana, and projectionist Spencer Bewley, Santos' Party House (100 Lafayette).

10pm - 4am, $10 ($5 with RSVP!):

Mr. James Chance! You heard me - THEE James Chance, the central figure in New York No Wave, also one of the most important forces in the establishment of the dance punk genre (he pre-dated Gang of Four and made them look like Air Supply), the leader of both the immortal Contortions and the timelessly dynamic James White and the Blacks, performs and spins records tonight. This massive skyscraper on the horizon of subcultural music history's sold-out European Contortions reunion tour proved that this sax maniac is still designed to kill and knows how to dish it out until all you bedroom athletes flip your faces. But he's not just gonna blow one of the most distinctive saxophones ever and show you kiddies how to dance, but he'll jump behind the DJ booth afterwards and throw down a fiery hot collection of get-down tunes from the 1950s to the present - super rare deep cut soul, funk, r&b, and other kinetic rough delights with Monday Santos' house DJ Mr. Jonathan Toubin. Each time the terrible two get behind the booth they refuse to abandon the decks until both the wounded and the dead are carried off the battlefield - leaving only a pile of damp smoldering ashes on the dancefloor.

Though James has been all over the public consciousness yet again with the publication of Thurston Moore and Byron Coley's highly acclaimed NO WAVE history a few weeks ago (with James both on the cover and the hero of the narrative), this is his first public appearance since the hubub bubbled up and over yet again.

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Comments (24)

You definitely won't get in.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2008 3:37 PM

don't even try it just walked by and there is a line to get in already

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2008 3:40 PM

aww man. why is this at santos! i'd love to go to this but jeez I am not in the mood to have my balls busted by dick head security and and bartenders.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2008 3:43 PM

How ridiculous that a DIY band like the homosexuals would play a place like Santo's. Kinda embarassing for ol'Bruno, if you ask me. Tsk, tsk.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2008 3:51 PM

santos is not even in the running with the market hotel show tonight. so yeah, you will get in.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2008 3:58 PM

^^^^ agreed. santos party house should move to the upper east side and die

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2008 4:02 PM

santos' is a nonstop celebrity dick suck ass cavern...if you care about having your photo taken, better get your pleb ass on line...i hope you enjoy your entertainment for the night: watching kirstin dunst stumble past you en route to the ladies room.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2008 4:07 PM

all the girls standing in the line fo the bathroom.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2008 4:24 PM

Stop being a bunch of pussys. Hiro Ballroom is crap. Santos is fine. Sometimes it can be a velvet rope situation. I highly doubt that will be the case tonight.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2008 4:25 PM

Santos and Hiro both lick the sweat off an elephant's balls.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2008 4:26 PM

"How ridiculous that a DIY band like the homosexuals would play a place like Santo's. Kinda embarassing for ol'Bruno, if you ask me. Tsk, tsk. "

What is not DIY about Santos? It is an independently owned club run by artists, musicians and other downtown characters. Would you rather they played in your living room? Are you offering it?

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2008 4:26 PM

the living room is lamer than santos

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2008 4:39 PM

jonathan from new york night train here. i'm mostly getting up here as a friend told me about the post speculating that people won't get in. that room holds 500 people and there's no line that anyone i know knows about. COME OUT!

also, for the rest of you, it takes a lot of courage to talk trash from an anonymous position. any of you who know me or what i do know that i've done, and continue to do, tons of shows at places like glasslands and cake shop - and often at no profit to myself to keep things going and help out friends' bands. the reason i'm working with santos on mondays:

1) the collection owners are great people - many of them musicians from the "diy" world who have taken matters into their own hands and tried to make the first decent disco in town since the 80s and do something completely different. they also hired an amazing staff with way more indie credentials than any of you anonymous pipsqueaks. pretty d.i.y. if you ask me. did any of you bother to open your own venue and make it the way you want it? or are you too busy writing anonymous internet comments? i gotta hand it to you for yr indie integrity...

2) it has absolutely the best p.a. and dj set-up in town. i could fit at least a dozen of you invisible brooklyn vegan commenting munchkins in just one of the subwoofers alone - along with me.

3) despite their extremely high overhead, they have $4 budweiser to make it totally inclusionary

4) they're up for trying all kinds of cool things (check out tonight's show! - they're totally open-minded and are into having the likes of awesome color, king khan and bbq, etc in coming weeks and were willing to let me do a $10 door ($5 with rsvp) policy...

5) its ideal for both bands and dancing

6) it mixes a bunch of different social groups and, any one of you with a sense of history beyond some matt and kim show or some one-dimensional max's kansas city or cbgb oral history must know that nyc dance clubs put on almost all of the bands whose reissues you bought at one point or another the last few years and they proved to be great cultural intersections where straight and gay, black and white, musician and banker, punk and new waver, etc would collide. go to the public library and look at the ads in the village voice in the late 1970s and early 1980s if you want a broader context for what you're talking about.

6) what better do you have to do on monday?

finally, bruno and james are as stoked to play tonight as i am to dj. they're both very aware of where they're playing and why their doing it and may have a little more experience in these matters than many of you authorities on the subject (who i'm certain have also performed around the world for 30+ years). but if any of you laptop thugs wanna talk about your concerns in person, instead of putting something up here anonymously, perhaps you should come find me and talk to me face to face and then point me towards an alternate space to do a diy show/dance party on a monday with a huge dance floor, immaculate sound and lighting system, climate control, and $5 cover that's run by really nice people who've been around the indie rock/d.i.y. scene a lot longer than you. that would be putting yr money where yr mouth is....

cheers kids....

Posted by Jonathan Toubin | July 21, 2008 5:36 PM

ok ok we get what your saying but take it easy even you have to admit the staff their is soo dick to people. address that shit or no one will come to this place

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2008 5:53 PM

Although I've yet to go to Santos, I couldn't agree more with Jonathan's sentiments. As someone who used to go to Danceteria, Mudd Club, and Hurrah's frequently, Santos sounds like the first halfway decent attempt to create that experience in eons. If the booking tonight is indicative of what they have in store, you don't know what you're missing by blowing this place off.

Posted by texastab | July 21, 2008 5:57 PM

Dammit, how am I supposed to get to my 9-to-5 job tomorrow if this ends at 4 AM!

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2008 6:51 PM

I've been to Santos three times and had a blast on each occasion. It's a great setup and, hey, cheap beer. I don't know what many of you are hoping for at the door, but it is a disco. Go there on the weekend looking like a schlub, and you might be asked to wait. Sorry.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2008 7:27 PM

Don't fuck with Mr. New York Night Train the man knows his shit. I love Jonathan Toubin and his parties are inventive, passionate and are always an unpretentious good time.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2008 9:25 PM

So how was it?

I like that they have banned photography.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 7:28 AM

disappointing as usual

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 9:57 AM

I definitely didn't get in.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 2:48 PM

They've banned photography, yet I dont see anyone enforcing this. Tons of cameras everywhere all the time

Posted by tasha | July 22, 2008 2:56 PM

So, did anyone go? How was it?

Posted by Marc | July 22, 2008 3:32 PM

Jonathan Toubin is a dirt bag!

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 3:51 PM

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