NYC indiepop dance party Mondo saying farewell this weekend after 11 years
by Bill Pearis
the Mondo crew
As mentioned, long-running NYC indie pop dance party Mondo will be saying goodbye this Saturday (9/19) at Cameo. Having spent many a Friday and/or Saturday dancing to The Smiths, New Order, northern soul, girl groups, and more over the last decade (I even got to guest DJ once in 2009), I am sad to see Mondo go, but 11 years is a long time for anything like this to continue and many props to Maz, Kevin and Miss Modular for their enthusiasm. Brooklyn Magazine just published a lengthy feature on Mondo and its history:
Everyone has their eureka moment with Mondo. Pains of Being Pure at Heart frontman Kip Berman has been a frequenter of the party over the years both on and off the stage. “I remember [first] going with Peggy [Wang] from Pains… They played stuff like early My Bloody Valentine, and sure they’d play the Smiths and New Order, but they played a lot of stuff like Crystal Stilts, who were happening at the time. The kind of people that went there… I don’t want to overstate the nerdiness, but it was people that were genuinely into music in a way that was sincere in a way that wasn’t an extension of fashion.” Venezuelan filmmaker and DJ Kaína Dominguez who is currently filming a documentary about Mondo, talks of her first visit. “For me, Mondo is very important, because for the first time in my life, I’m dancing to what I used to play [when I DJ]. It was my music.” Speaking from my own personal experience with the party, within minutes of walking into my first visit, I heard them play ‘Strange Powers’ by the Magnetic Fields. It wasn’t so much that they were playing it-anyone can host a party and play whatever they want-the astonishing thing about it was that people were dancing to it.”
There is also a documentary about Mondo being made, so keep an eye out for that. Mondo, you will be missed.