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Dugas let his lesser-known significant other take the stage for a solo performance of "Snow Miser." (We marveled that Mr. Spooner actually has a good voice underneath all those studio effects.) There were a couple of moments when you wondered who was ripping off whom, as when Dugas insisted that they had to do a performance over again. (So very Fischerspoonery, mmmhmmm! Or maybe FS stole from Adam?) But Dugas stole the show and got jaded hipsters to stand up and clapI believe they call it a standing ovationwhen he finished with a rousing version of "Hallelujah," wearing a sparkling purplish-blue suit purchased on Delancey Street (no, really, it was). When we saw Spooner after the show, we told him how hunky and talented his BF was. "Oh yeah, honey," he cracked. "I married up."
A friend visiting from L.A. was excited to go record shopping in the city until he actually went record shopping in the city. "This city sucks!" Yes, dear. Indeed, the mass closing of 12-inch dance music specialty shops in NYC is alarming. In the last two years, Temple, Eightball, Downtown Records, Beyond Bass, Dubspot, and Throb have shut their doors, thanks to the post-9-11 economy, the downturn of the popularity of dance music cultureparticularly in New York's embattled club sceneand the pilfering of music from online music sites.
One store owner thinks he has the solution. Stefan Prescott, the owner of the 15-year-old East Village wax shop Dance Tracks, is starting up an iTunes-like online record store for dance music. Customers will be able to download a single track from the site, with new releases costing $1.69 a pop, back-catalog tunes at 99 cents, and CD mix compilations at $7. Prescott says he got the idea when he noticed "how much music was being stolen on Kazaa and realized that dance music labels are losing out. The public would probably buy them if they were actually available."
Prescott says they have signed on over 30 labels who will be on board for the projected mid-February launch, with music represented in all of the same genres Dance Tracks currently carries, including house, hip-hop, new jazz, techno, and trip-hop. Unlike the physical store, the website will be geared more toward the average person who likes dance music, rather than DJs with turntables. "A lot of people are intimidated walking into record stores and feel stupid," says Prescott. "Even I get treated like crap." Not anymore!
Another local-boy-done-good story to warm your hearts for the holidays: Dance music scribe David Princewith the help of a whole lotta friendsis starting up a satellite event to the annual Winter Music Conference in Miami. M3: Miami Music & Multimedia aims to be different from the WMC, which attracts a parade of pasty flesh to South Beach every March. Prince, best known to industry revelers as the man behind the Miami Master List, has shacked up with Flavorpill's Sascha Lewis and Mark Mangan, event producer Carolyn Clerkson, Willie Mack, and a slew of others. "We're really trying to do it for professionals, people who've been in the music industry for a while," says Prince. "[WMC] caters to beginners who want to learn Music Biz 101."
While the Nash Hotel will host the networking, the M3 music eventsbooked by Jonathan Rudnick, formerly of Giant Stepwill be at the Surfcomber Hotel. And like the revamped business outlook, the music is getting a face-lift. "This music and this scene are much broader than [just house music]," he says. "It's not been reflected down there. That's part of why we're trying to do somethingit's to expand the idea of what electronic music is." Damn, and I wasn't planning to go this year.