Matthew Herbert @ Studio B - February 7, 2009

Last week in dance wound up being a lot of fun. Friday night I went to see Little Boots at Studio B. I arrived sometime around midnight and was shocked at how packed the floor was by the time she went on around 1:15. Despite her set being good, especially her cover of Giorgio Moroder's "Love Kills", and including everything I expected after seeing her at CMJ, overall I wasn't as engaged by her performance this time around. It was just me though. Everyone in the place was bugging out and there really wasn't any good reason not to. As brief as her set was, the late start (she was originally scheduled to perform at 12) derailed the entire rest of the night and I ended up missing both One Man Party and Danger at Webster Hall. A friend there texted me highlights of One Man Party's set which read like a more intensely awesome mix of the Soulwax/2ManyDJ's remixes and current electro that he played at Webster last month. As great as it sounded, the regret really hit when I watched the following video of the beginning of Danger's set which started with "Ave Maria" and went into a great live version of "9h20":

I didn't end the weekend on a regretful note...Saturday night I could feel the urge to stay in pulling at me, so I left my apartment as soon as I could to see Matthew Herbert at Studio B. Essentially, removed from some very limited exposure to his solo work, all I had heard of Matthew Herbert, specifically his dj sets, was that they were weird and all over the place, but good. As vague as it seems, that description wound up being right on. His set started off for lack of a better word, weird, and very quickly got crunchy and danceable, ending hours later on a lovely, melodic, disco note.

Two of the best things about his set:

1. The only song I was able to recognize was "Percolator" by Green Velvet, and
2. He played records! It was a truly refreshing dancefloor experience that I was really glad I didn't miss.

Matthew Herbert @ Studio B - February 7, 2009
Matthew Herbert

Speaking of things you won't want to miss, the weekend approaching is looking awesome once again, including Friday the 13th, Valentine's day, and a bunch of events to send you straight into next week (3 day weekend anyone?!). Here's what's up starting with Friday:

If you want to get your evening started early, Brooklyn's own Streetlab will be doing a free in-store performance at the Soho Apple Store at 7pm.

From there you could head to Webster Hall for an early party happening in the Studio. Michna will be performing with his live band, Raw Paw, plus Woodhands (who you can learn more about, as well as snag some tunes from Bill's post), and Red Wire Black Wire:

Advanced tickets available here.

Also, beginning around the same time (9pm) the awesome monthly museum dance party, One Step Beyond is back at the American Museum of Natural History with another great line-up: Dave Nada (who threw down a great set when I saw him deejay as half of "Nadastrom" back in December) and Brooklyn's own dj trio, the Rub. We also have 2 pairs of tickets to give away!

(subject: OSB). Two winners will be chosen at random and contacted.

Advanced tickets available here.

A bit later on things start to get tricky as a lot more options start popping up.

Busy P and Xavier de Rosnay (Justice) are at Webster Hall. I've witnessed a ridiculous number of great dj sets from Busy P in the last year alone, and while I'm a little less excited about Xavier's set after experiencing a not so awesome one from him last April at Le Royale...his joint set with Gaspard back in October definitely has me hopeful.

$10 reduced admission before midnight with RSVP.

Advanced tickets available here.

Trouble & Bass are having their Valentine's Death Prom at Studio B. In addition to manning the decks themselves the T&B crew have brought in DJ Craze to guest deejay, plus there is a special surprise live act. I haven't received any official word on who it is, but a little bird told me it might include some members of a certain Brooklyn disco outfit among others...interesting enough that I am feeling some serious conflict about my initial decision to go to Webster Hall.

Advanced tickets available here.

A couple of other things going on Friday night:

- Joee Irwin is at Ruff Club at the Annex. Download Joee's set from when he deejayed at GBH Radio last Wednesday here


Saturday night (Valentine's day) there are a lot of dance possibilities whether you're flying solo or with a significant other.

Firstly, Chicago's in the house with DJ Sneak and Lil Louis.

DJ Sneak is celebrating the release of his installment of NRK's Back in the Box double mix cd series, out February 23. Party info and tracklisting below. Also check out a recent interview he did with Time Out.

Advanced tickets available here.

DJ Sneak - Back in the Box Tracklisting

Disc One
01. Blak 'n' Spanish - Call Da Vibe
02. Freeform Five ft. Carolyn Harding - One Day (Freeform Re - Form Dub)
03. BT - Remember (Mood II Swing Dub Mix)
04. Blue Boy - Sandman
05. Chris Simmonds - Rush n Soul
06. Mousse T - Ooh Song
07. Deepah Ones - In The Sky
08. Johnny Corporate - Sunday Shoutin (B Boys Shoutin Dub)
09. Global Communication - The Way
10. Studio 45 pres Le Pamp Playhouse - I Like The Sounds
11. Bob Sinclar - Visions Of Paradise
12. Cheek - Venus (Sunshine People Mix)
13. Cajmere feat. Dajae - Brighter Days (Underground Goodie)
14. The Brand New Heavies - Shelter (Danny D Mix)
15. Cricco Castelli - Life Is Changing
16. DJ D presents Hydraulic Dogs - Shake It For Me (Original Mix)

Disc Two
01. Markus Nikolai - Bushes (The Second Remix) (Version 2.1)
02. Johnny Fiasco - Conduction
03. Secret Ingredients - Chicago Chicago
04. The Chicago Connection - Dancin' (Mark Grant Mix)
05. DJ Sneak - You Can't Hide From Your Bud
06. Paul Johnson - Hit It Up
07. DJ Sneak - All Over My Face
08. Roach Motel pres. 2 Stupid Dogz - Trouble
09. Deaf n Dumb ft. S. Leger & Nicholas de Floraiant - Holiday On Night
10. I-Cube - Disco Cubism (Daft Punk Mix)
11. Happy Human - Horn Junk
12. C-Dock - Traffic Jam
13. Ian Pooley - Higgledy Piggledy
14. Bob Sinclar - The Ghetto (Original Cleared Version)
15. Fantom - Faithfull (Original Mix Par Fantom)

Lil Louis is at Santos, celebrating the release of his new book "A Man's Diary" which is about his past relationships, as well as a double album Two Sides to Every Story:

...written by Lil Louis from a woman's perspective, depicting their joy, love and heartache...the perfect answer to "A Man's Diary," giving you a full pictured, unbiased, hard view from both sides of a relationship.

If you're having an easy view of a relationship...Ghostly is hosting An Evening of Sensual Machine Music with Lusine, Grouper, Michael Brofman (performing music by Erik Satie), and the Sight Below (whose song "At First Touch" made Radiohead's office chart last month). Advanced tickets available here, along with info on the artists, and options for just seeing the show (standing room) or making a dinner reservation as well.

If you're not feeling particularly sensual this Valentine's day, tell it to #$@K OFF! at Meanred's Valentine's Day Riot:

Also on Saturday:
- Thomas Melchior is at Love.
- Cassy and Anthony Parasole will Save the Cannibals at Rebel.

Heading into the beginning of an awesome 3-day weekend (for some):

Sunday (2/15)
- Danny Krivit's 718 Sessions is happening at Santos.
- DJ Harvey is at Love.
- Wolf+Lamb are having a party at Bar 13

Monday (2/16)
- Deep Space with Francois K and is happening at Cielo with special guest poet Ursula Rucker.

Tuesday (2/17)
- Not super dancey, but still good - Fujiya & Miyagi (more tour dates here) and School of Seven Bells (more tour dates here) are at Le Poisson Rouge (School of Seven Bells was confirmed as the opener at LPR after those dates were originally posted).
- Scion is hosting another one of its excellent Tuesday parties at Plan B - this time with Rusko and Congorock! Congorock is on a mini-tour to promote his debut Fool's Gold single Runark which will be available on vinyl soon and digitally February 24th only through Turntable Lab to begin with, with others to follow.

Congorock - "Runark" Tracklisting:

A1 - Runark
A2 - Runark (Jokers Of The Scene Remix)
B1 - Exodus
B2 - Hybro
D1 - Runark (His Majesty Andre Growl Remix) - DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE

Wednesday (2/18)
- Louie Vega and Kevin Hedge (Blaze Imprints) are at Cielo.
- Sammy Bananas' Player's Club is happening at Pianos
- Jubilee is deejaying Broken Teeth at 87 Ludlow.
- Meanred is having a Dre Day celebration at Santos.
- Modular's new weekly, Downtown Downturn, continues at BEast (171 E. Broadway at Rutgers) with guest deejays My Cousin Roy and Marcos Cabral, and the Modular DJs.

People tend to have a variety of feelings regarding Valentine's Day. Whether you love it, hate it, or think it's a stupid "Hallmark" Holiday, I highly recommend heading over to Nicky Digital to check out One Man Party's Pre Party Jamz mix.

I typed in the word "love" into my iTunes and made a selection of stuff that seemed to go well together. Quite an eclectic mix. Enjoy!

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