This week’s column is short—and if you look around you’ll quickly understand why. In addition to highlighting three dance events in the Short List, the paper’s dedicated this entire page to club listings of all kinds to aid you in your quest for summer fun.
You know the recession’s here when even superstar DJs have to put in long hours to get their (sometimes excessive) pay. Not that Brit jock and producer Ian Pooley doesn’t deserve a raise of some sort, especially since he’s working up a sweat on both floors this week at Plant. He’ll spin for a few hours with residents Marcus and Dominique on the main floor before running downstairs for a 3 a.m. “deep set” in the unfortunately named “Pinky” (do not, I implore you, say the “Pinky Room”). Pooley’s original recordings and remix work are usually more inspired than his DJ sets, which tend to flatline with no peaks or valleys, so here’s hoping he plays a healthy helping of his own tracks. Saturday @ 10, Centro-Fly, 45 W 21st, 627-7770.
BEATS IN SPACE
Plant Bar, 217 East 3rd Street, 375-9066, free
To look at him, Tim Sweeney is a mild-mannered kind of guy. But once he steps behind the Technics, this young, lanky DJ is transformed into a sweating, gesticulating turntablist machine as he cuts, scratches, and beat juggles à la Jeff Mills. Musically, it’s all about eclecticism as Sweeney drops old-school hip-hop, trip-hop, broken beat/nu-jazz, electronica, and whatever else takes his fancy, and the more esoteric the better. (Joseph)
Nativa, 5 East 19th Street, 615-6913, www.lovebazaar.freehomepage.com, $10
This mixed-race, mixed-gender, and particularly female-friendly environment boasts two floors of fun from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., with hip-hop, reggae, and r&b spun on the main floor by DJ Big Ben and deep-house classics spun by Carlos Alberto and special guests on the upper level. (Cooper)
Jet Lounge, 286 Spring Street, 625-9121, free
Dark, cold, and gritty, this highly stylized, mirrored little club wel-comes a youngish collection of poppers, lockers, breakers, and bass-head dancers to its free d’n’b weekly. The bartenders are hot, the dancing is entertaining, and the music is hard NY stuff that gets under your skin until you stomp it out. (Peretti)
Halcyon, 227 Smith Street, Brooklyn, 718-260-9299, free
Ever since the fall of Sleaze Factor, tech house has been slightly on the wane, but this weekly—with residents Mike Bryant, Alexi Delano, Casey Hogan, and Dylan Drazen—keeps the heady house fanatics happy. The superior sound system of Brooklyn hot-spot café Halcyon gives every tinkle the crisp precision it deserves. Usually a sit-down atmosphere prevails, but occasionally a special guest, like recent visitor Terry Lee Brown Jr., gets things rowdy. (Romano)
Guernica, 25 Avenue B, 674-0984, free
2step, with that saucy bass and those dancey, sexy vocals, is a little burgeoning scene here in the large Macintosh. If you’re curious about the sound, or love it already and are ISO a weekly jam, go hear Greg Poole spin. Lucinda opens, and MC Idris brings words, saying encouraging things like “Energy!” to keep you on your feet. (Peretti)
S.O.B.’s, 204 Varick Street, 243-4940, $12
Basement Bhangra’s been bopping the first Thursday of every month for years now, the in spot for young urban professional South Asians to get their Bollywood groove on. Of course, Rehka and Navdeep like to spice it up, mixing their bhangra big beat with hip-hop, r&b, and, for the rude bwoys, just a touch of dancehall. (Caramanica)
Rubber Monkey, 279 Church Street, 625-8220, $10
With the increasingly popular Hatch 2step parties on brief hiatus while the promoters secure a new spot, one of their alums, namely DJ Sean B, has joined forces with Riain from the Freeskool massive for a new party that touts 2step and breakbeat values. If the Hatch faithful are any indication of the type of club denizens who will show up for the BOOM shenani-gans, there’ll be nary a raver in sight, just good old party people eager to get their groove on. (Joseph)
BANG THE PARTY
Frank’s Lounge, 660 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, 726-1322, 866-D3NITES (bus info), $5
In the name of cultural enlightenment, Brooklyn’s favorite underground house night goes bi-borough in a special double party with sister night Baktun. A party bus shuttles Manhattanites house heads out to Brooklyn. Think of it as a sort of Deep House Express. (Germosén)
Vinyl, 6 Hubert Street, 343-1379, $20
At the moment, Danny Tenaglia’s the last superstar DJ standing in New York, and rightfully so: With no drunk idiots, dress codes, and pretenses, his party is always about the music. The night may flirt with early-’80s synth washes and his latest Depeche Mode remix, or it may hammer away incessantly until it virtually explodes at its peak, but either way, the eclecticism is pure Tenaglia—a mix of heavy percussion, long trancelike spells, and accessible vocals. (Spartos)
El Flamingo, 547 West 21st Street, 243-2121, $10
Aside from the KTU commercial house that’s plaguing all lesbian joints these days, this place has notable character, procured through years of business. After a slow start last summer, it’s done more than regain the strength it lost after being jostled from its former home at Mother. The bar brims with hip-hop and reggae, while house beats help the ladies pound the floor upstairs. Lovely dancers—a prerequisite of all NYC lesbian clubs and bars—are a coveted addition to the evening. (Franklin)
Centro-Fly, Pinky, 45 West 21st Street, 627-7770, $20
Giuliani can’t shut down every-thing, and N’ICE is proof of that. Somewhere in between bangin’ house and the mellow stuff, the N’ICE residents Holmar Filipsson, Graham, and Shauna Slevin extend their musical scope—including special guests like Ism Records’ Swingsett and vocalist Lisa Shaw (July 13), who are more on the downbeat, pretty tip. (Romano)
SOUTH STREET SEAPORT HOUSE CRUISES
Pier 16, 630-8888, $20
The people behind this summer’s cruises have an ambitious goal: to re-create the broad-spectrum sound and joyful excitement of the underground house-music scene that slowly spread from the U.S. to Europe and Asia in the 1980s. This month, world-traveling “roots” DJs like Kenny Carpenter and David DePino take you on two-hour boat trips around Manhattan, and will alternate with a new generation of peers dedicated to keeping the clubland legacy of Paradise Garage, Better Days, Tracks, and the Loft alive. Boats board at 6:30 and 9:30. (Cooper)
Shine, 285 West Broadway, 941-0900, $20
Touch “bros” Billy Shane and Sean Hall host this house weekly, which, ever since moving over to Shine a few months ago, has really picked up steam. They’ve strayed quite a bit from their music policy (recent guest Charles Feelgood is hardly tech-house), but they’ve been bringing a solid contingent of talent through the doors, including Terry Mullan and the Tigerbook crew (i.e., Deep C, Chris Udoh, Randall Jones, Hollis P. Monroe, and Hito). This week: old-school junglist A Guy Called Gerald. (Romano)
Filter 14, 432 West 14th Street, 366-5680, $10
In the bowels of the former Mother space, Nappy G spins funk classics and rare grooves. Formerly a Wednesday under-ground industry-oriented bash, Underground Collective in its new guise is decidedly more clubber-friendly, while managing to keep it on the real to appease the true heads. Future guests include Tony Humphries, Basement Boys’ Teddy Douglas, Harry “Choo Choo” Romero, and David Morales, who ripped it on the UC’s inaugural Friday party in mid June. (Joseph)
219 Flamingo, 219 Second Avenue, 533-2860, $10
Make no mistake, the inimitable Honey Dijon doesn’t play around when it comes to her art at the decks: She manages to look amazingly coiffed and painted while throwing together rousing, smoothly swilled house mixes, much to the respect of other jocks and heads. Here, with Steve Travolta and Will, things lean a little more toward the swooping, progressive side for the boys who miss the Fire Island weekenders. Drag legend Connie Girl stands astride at the door. (Germosén)
BACK 2 BASSIX
Filter 14, 432 West 14th Street, 366-5680, $10
The meatpacking’s Filter 14 is doing much justice to the sad departure of Mother with those amazing Fri-day nights from the Underground Collective. Now the hot West Side juke joint welcomes new tenant Melvin Moore. The name says everything: vocals and old-school garage, along with more trenchant techy/deep stuff. (Germosén)
Speeed, 20 West 39th Street, 479-0827, $12
Everyone bemoans the move of this decidedly left-of-center house party to a space shared with Speeed’s hip-hop party, but the music—a playful mix of everything from deep house and future jazz/ broken beat to old-school garage and new wave—removes all doubts that Hamsa can make for a tight party. A warm, introspective crowd sways to whatever Jenifa, Kamati, and Lee feel like putting on next, usually staying well past the five o’clock end time. (Germosén)
True, 28 East 23rd Street, 631-1102, $10
Upstairs, progressive house DJ Chip Chop spins some of his Latin, tribal, and softer house rhythms for a crowd of lesbian sistahs, mamis, and everything in between, while the bustling downstairs vibe is reminiscent of a ’70s basement party, with everyone closely dancing to old-school r&b. Hip-hop, dancehall favorites, and snatches of Craig David are also thrown into the mix. Topping off the evening is a seemingly endless array of highly talented go-gos—from the gamine to the femme fatale. (Franklin)
Vinyl, 6 Hubert Street, 343-1379, $17
DJ Timmy Regisford spins ballsy garage, mellifluous deep house, chunky Afro-beat, and even the odd tech-house cut to throw a sonic spanner in the works as he takes clubbers back to the Motherland. The sweatfest goes till super late, when the diehards take over the floor and the air is filled with dance wax (talcum powder)! (Joseph)
141 East 140th Street, Bronx, 718-992-5974, $15
This minimalist venue is not exclusively for, but teems with, black thuggish DL men. If you’re really in the cruising mood, check out all the rock-hard cornrowed brothas crammed together and lined up along the downstairs walls, where hip-hop rhythms are given up by varying DJs. (Franklin)
BODY & SOUL
Vinyl, 6 Hubert Street, 343-1379, $15
This aptly named house party seemed to be riding its own hype for a while there, with some lazy DJ’ing and an extreme population of shirtless sweaty men and club tourists, but recent revisits confirmed a better truth: It is hype. The dancers are back, the crowd is all over the place, the music is on point, and you dance so hard you hit Hubert Street feeling like you’ve emerged from a sweat lodge. (Peretti)
REMINISCE REGGAE SUNDAYS
Shine, 285 West Broadway, 941-0900, $5
Original Reggae Lounge vibes live again for a few hours each week—but conveniently early this time around—at this laid-back gathering located one door down from the Lounge’s last known address. The Black Hawk sound system is the key to the magic, selecting from reggae’s more rapturous lover’s rock and culture archives to ease the segue from Sunday’s relaxation to Monday’s blues. (Oumano)
Bar 13, 35 East 13th Street, 2nd floor, 979-6677, free
Hippie hedonism, disco dancing, and Ecstasy made rave—which obviously dominates NYC’s nightlife—possible. But since ’60s soul and mod were precursors to all that, it makes sense that people still find them groovy. This music’s scene and spirit have been in residency here since 1997. Don’t look for the perfect drug or transcendence through commu-nity, just booze and hot, haughty people. Also, dancing—which is transcendent in all its forms. Except when people clap and do splits and stuff. Then it’s just wack. (Catucci)
Drinkland, 339 East 10th Street, 228-2435, free
DJ Swingsett, the ubiquitous remixer-producer and Ism Records maven, has helmed a surprisingly good soirée that forgoes the standard four-to-the-floor beat-driven cuts in favor of something a little more left-field. For the past three and a half years, the party has offered musical fare geared to sonic trainspotters with tunes that run the gamut, from drum’n’bass/jungle to downtempo and broken beat/ jazz. Swingsett’s party has featured an array of local talent, including Carol C., Seen, and Dopeski, and even international DJs have been known to cut up the ones and twos. (Joseph)
THE MINT FRESH LIVING ROOM
The Apartment, 419 West 13th Street, 206-1590, free
It doesn’t get any more under-ground than this. No sign outside; just ring the buzzer on the back wall and the dancefloor and bar are downstairs. Survey the soundscapes as Bobbito, a/k/a Cucumber Slice, and guest DJs provide a musical kaleidoscope of ’60s salsa, rare funk, neo-soul, retro-MTV pop, ’80s house, and progressive hip-hop. Guest DJs start around 10:30. Come early or you might not fit through the door. (Dasun)
Bar d’O, 29 Bedford Street, 627-1580, $3
This dark, smallish venue is filled with sexy lady-loving ladies. They’re hovering at the bar, clumped up on couches, and working it individually and cooperatively to the music (often with seated gyration, as there’s no cabaret license). Foxy diva DJ-promoter Sharee kills the joint with hip-hop, reggae, dancehall, and r&b. Elie Ferrer sings live every two weeks, and there are sometimes belly dancers and contortionists. (Peretti)
Plant Bar, 217 East 3rd Street, 375-9066, free
“I please really hard-to-please dorky record collectors,” says DJ Dan Selzer, who from 9 to midnight spins trendy new wave and house, also attempting to “conceptually re-create the sound of NYC in the early ’80s when punk and disco co-existed at Danceteria and Hurrah’s” for the hipsters and industry folk who congregate at the hopefully titled Love at Night Social, hosted by Plant’s own bartender Luke Jenner. So how does Dan—who baldly calls himself “the best DJ in New York City”—win over these esoteric minions? He pays attention to the “classic underground and the funky post-punk it inspires.” (Chute)
Guernica, 25 Avenue B, 674-0984, free
Often, as is the case at Camouflage, a venue really shapes an evening. Guernica is pretty, which means more ladies and older folk in the normally young-male drum’n’bass arena. Plus, bar and lounge seating are excellent resources for those taking a break from or avoiding the busy dancefloor. As a result, it is one of the more eclectic d’n’b weeklies going on, with a crowd that runs the gamut from high-fashion Asian chicks in shades to short little raving gangstas. Always special guests. (Peretti)
Spa, 76 East 13th Street, 388-1062, $20
Tuesdays at trendy Spa have tended toward celebrity-drop-in hip-hop-themed party chaos. Joseph Saddler, a/k/a Grandmaster Flash, a/k/a king of the ’80s, a/k/a originator of breakbeat DJ’ing, shares the decks with mix maniac Max Glazer. Upcoming special guests: DJ Avee, DJ Camilo, Riz, and Prince Paul. (Peretti)
Wait a minute. There are many more club listings online. Go to www.villagevoice.com for the full score.
FAMILY TREE TOUR
Venue TBA, www.juliustalent.com
Featuring Slum Village, Phife Dawg and Jarobi, DJ Rasta Root, Phat Kat, Dwele, and Mystic.
Venue TBA, www.spitkicker.com
Featuring De La Soul, Pharoahe Monch, Talib Kweli, Biz Markie, and others.
Jones Beach Amphitheater, Wantagh, Long Island, 516-221-1000
PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, New Jersey, 732-335-8698, www.areaone.com
See the Short List. Featuring Moby, Outkast, Incubus, the Roots, Paul Oakenfold, Carl Cox, Rinocerose, the Innovators, the Orb (PNC only), and Nelly Furtado (Jones Beach only).
Randall’s Island, 307-7171, www.mekkatour.com
Featuring BT (live), Armand Van Helden, Roni Size, Dynamite MC, DJ Dan, Jimmy Van M, Junior Sanchez, Misstress Barbara, the New Deal (live), Christopher Lawrence, Dave Ralph, DJ Craze, Dieselboy, Sandra Collins, Terry Mullan, and hip-hop artists TBA.
Venue TBA, www.6thelement.com
DJs, bands, and attractions TBA.
CREAMFIELDS NEW YORK
Riverhead, Long Island, 307-7171, www.cream.co.uk or www.creamfields.com
Featuring Fatboy Slim, Crystal Method, Orbital, Stereo MC’s, Uberzone, Richie Hawtin, Pete Tong, Timo Maas, Darren Emerson, Josh Wink, Tall Paul, John Acquaviva, Max Graham, Photek, Dub Pistols, Scott Hardkiss, Scott Henry, Liquid Todd, Jason Bentley, DJ Feelgood, Christian Smith, DJ Dara, DB, Scanty, and more.
Venue TBA, www.smokeout.net
The all-day “mind-opening” music festival features Cypress Hill and other rock, rap, and DJ acts TBA.
Venue TBA, www.earthdance.org
Performers TBA at this “global dance party for planetary peace.”
RESFEST DIGITAL FILM FESTIVAL
Chelsea West Theater, 333 West 23rd Street, 989-0060, www.resfest.com
New School, Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street, 613-1600
The digital technology festival features shorts, features, music videos, panels, and parties.