No Way Back

05.20.11 | Permalink | 1 Comment

No Way Back

If I hear Adonis at this party, I will step outside. No, I probably won’t, but do you have any idea how much this song gets played in and around Detroit? Probably because it’s so dope.

I think I have a little crush on Sal P. I mean come on … Liquid Liquid …

ANYWAY … Here’s some info about the folks playing at the Bohemian National Home next Sunday:

“Launched in a leaking warehouse somewhere deep in Detroit in 2007, Interdimensional Transmissions’ No Way Back has become a famed underground institution of sorts. This years party will be IT’s 10th DEMF after party, and The Bunker’s second year in collaborating with No Way back. In 2008 we held No Way Back as a loft party in the dethloft tie lab, with a free form tag team preamble called Too Far Gone… This year we bring back that loft party feeling with Too Far Gone… hosted by the psychedelic disco post disco loft masters Carlos Souffront, Scott Zacharias and Sal Principato. That party will dissolve into the dark room No Way Back after midnight with the usual suspects and special guest live show and Detroit debut from Jay Ahern’s Cheap and Deep.”

“Sal Principato is best known as one of the original members of legendary New York group Liquid Liquid. Actually, calling Liquid Liquid “legendary” is an understatement. Born in the No Wave scene that launched DNA, Lydia Lunch and James Black, and the art scene that launched Basquiat and Keith Haring, Liquid Liquid transformed their original post-punk angst into a highly organic garage funk that freely pastiched everything incredible about NYC and also drew on tribal music (when that meant Gamelan & Pygmy music, not just a sampled conga loop) and trance music (when that meant Fela, PiL, Can, Neu!) making a groove that could resonate in the Paradise Garage to the Zanzibar and all the way to the Shrine. Although they really started from an art-rock background, it was the early club scene that embraced their sound. This is what made New York’s music scene so interesting in that era, the division between the avant garde and pop music was fuzzy at best, and collaborations and cross pollinations were celebrated. One of the early Liquid Liquid singles was copied for Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five’s massive hit “White Lines”, and was played by early visionary DJs such as Afrika Bambaataa, Tony Humphries and Larry Levan. Much of the popular “dance rock” music you hear today simply couldn’t exist without Liquid Liquid. Rumor has it that Liquid Liquid is back in the studio working on material that could see the light of day soon. Sal will be joining Carlos and Scott in Too Far Gone… and integrating voice and percussion into BMG’s No Way Back set.

Carlos Souffront is one of our favorite DJ’s from Detroit whose impeccable taste has manifested one of the best record collections we have ever seen, or heard. Since 1994, his taste, style and integrity have made him one of Detroit’s best kept secrets. Anyone he’s played for from Koln to Chicago would surely agree, when Carlos plays it’s more than simply “DJing”. Carlos claims that he just wants “to expose the funk and psychedelia of my favorite records in a new way”, and we couldn’t agree more. New Yorkers will surely remember the time LEVELED The Bunker at our inaugural 303 acid party back in 2006.

“Scott Zacharias is musically ambidextrous and is co founder of both Detroit’s Macho City and Disco Secret with Mike Trombley, and the original resident of Oslo. He started in thrash bands as a teenager then moved on to space rock project Monaural before his interests in Jazz ultimately led him to the traditions of Detroit’s deep house DJs, and then beyond into a truly expansive almost psychedelic take on Disco and all its weird friends. He has blossomed into Detroit’s best kept secret, a true student of freeform dance music. For this year’s loft party themed Too Far Gone, Scott will be blowing minds tag teaming with one of the deepest minds in dance music, Carlos Souffront and the ever mercurial Sal Principato.

Derek Plaslaiko has long been the resident DJ at The Bunker, and was widely considered to be one of the best DJs in New York during his stay here. Derek has a repuation for blowing up The Bunker whenever he appears behind our decks, often outshining the world famous special guests he’s supporting. After a very solid 2009, when he continued to heavily tour the United States, and made appearances at Berghain and Club der Visionaire in Berlin, Derek really took things to the next level in 2010. In late summer, Derek relocated to Berlin to focus on production and European gigs, and is already taking the city by storm. His debut vinyl EP on Perc Trax came out in September and has been well received on both sides of the Atlantic, selling out at Hard Wax in Berlin and getting a really great review over at Halcyonline. In addition to nailing down a very exciting gig at Berghain at Tobias’ album release party in July, Derek will have a residency at Club der Visionaire this summer.

“Raw, humid, dubby, mysterious – when Cheap and Deep’s Jay Patrick Ahern goes to work on tracks, those are usually the characteristics that are going to define the end results. Born in 2009 while Jay was working at the Hard Wax shop in Berlin, Cheap and Deep is only the latest in a long line of aliases for Ahern, who has spent nearly two decades floating under the surface as a quintessential producer’s producer. With a catalogue dating back to 1992, when Ahern began releasing mixes by Carl Craig, Morgan Geist, Deep Dish and his own Aquarhythms project, by the late 90’s the singles became cult classics and were reissued on the Astralwerks label. Later, Jay reappeared with the Earsugar and Handwerk labels while releasing his own music under the “Add Noise” moniker. Jay also has collaborated with Stefan Schneider (Mapstation, To Rococo Rot) as the mesmerizing “Hauntologists” with Robert Henke (Monolake) as “Termulator X” and most recently launched a new musical adventure with Jonah Sharp (Spacetime Continuum) which premiered at this year’s CMKY festival. But it is his Cheap and Deep alias that sees the veteran producer working on the cutting edges of techno once again. This analog live set will mark his Detroit debut.

“BMG, also known as Brendan M. Gillen, has a very unique and interesting perspective on the history of dance music. A real historian, he’s the kind of guy who can talk endlessly about pretty much any artist you can think of and offer new information and insights, no matter how nerdy you thought you were about the subject. He is perhaps most well known as one half of Ectomorph and founder of Detroit’s Interdimensional Transmissions imprint. He was an early adopter of Ableton Live, and uses it in his DJ sets to quickly mix between classic material and newer sounds, leaving no genre untouched while getting deeply psychedelic in the mix. BMG will be joined by Sal P on voice and percussion.

Patrick Russell is a serious name to watch. A Detroit-bred DJ, artist and producer since the early 90’s, Patrick has played countless clubs, parties, and high-profile events throughout his career. His resume highlights include everything from performing at the 2001 & 2008 DEMF/Movement festivals to an exclusive opening for Jeff Mills in Detroit in 2007. His taste has always been impeccable and his sets just get better and better as time progresses. And fans in Detroit and beyond are taking notice, as many of them are singing the praises of his artistry very loudly these days. Patrick has an ear for bringing all sorts of different music into the fold in unexpected ways that still works beautifully on the dancefloor.

“Bryan Kasenic (aka Spinoza) is known in the electronic music world for throwing many successful parties, playing adventurous DJ sets, launching an influential newsletter, and starting Beyond, his own booking agency. The past few years have seen Spinoza take his infamous Brooklyn-based party, The Bunker, to Unsound Festival in Krakow, Communikey Festival in Bouder, Decibel Festival in Seattle, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Philadelphia, and of course Detroit. The Bunker celebrated it’s eight anniversary in January.”

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Gary Springs Hunting Club

05.20.11 | Permalink | Comment?

Shit Show 2

These Gary Springs Hunting Club guys parallel my life fantasy, I mean philosophy, so beautifully, I just have to sit down about it. This year marks the second Shit Show ever to embarrass Detroit. Go to their blog, they’re stupid busy putting up tons of mixes.

Look at these young men expressing themselves. It’s so heartening. You go boys!


Not enough weirdo lasers visual media for you yet? Are we really sure these guys are from Detroit? I’m not sure they’re weird enough. Maybe they should start saying What Up Doe all over the place. I’m actually serious. That would confuse folks even more and it would be cool. And yes, Detroit gets to claim these nerds as natives. They keep it real all the way from 8 Mile to Belle Isle. Huzzah.

Wait, what, you feel like watching a girl bounce and giggle? From behind? Just for grins …


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Deep Detroit

05.19.11 | Permalink | 3 Comments

This party will be so good, you’ll be able to EAT bananas there. Last year’s Music Institute party was pretty excellent with Larry Herd, Kai Alce, and Theo Parrish. I wrote a review of that party here.

Here is the RA event page for this years Deep Detroit NDATL fruity fest.

Kai Alce, Music Institute, May 2010. Photo by James M. Rotz.

This is Kai Alce

“Observing the crowd from a dark corner in one of Atlanta’s premier Saturday night hot spots, a tangible fever suddenly permeates the dancing bodies. The origin of the change in the texture of the evening is understood: DJ Kai Alce has stepped up to the decks. Positioned behind the tables, Alce wields the mesmerizing powers of music upon the club-goers and sends them in to a trance of deep house rhythms. Whether his innate ability to elevate the souls of the people stems from his Haitian roots or his extensive house-related upbringing is a question most easily answered as a well-blended cocktail of the two.

Born in New York, Kai Yuri Alce spent his early years on the island of St. Croix amidst the sounds of the Caribbean. His parents moved back to NY just in time for young Kai to experience the birth of hip-hop, a movement he associates with the beginning of his relationship with music independent of that of his parents. While seeing Kurtis Blow perform at a nearby school may indeed have influenced him to delve further into what was slowly becoming his passion, the strains of his Mother’s soca and his Father’s jazz can still be heard in the tracks Kai spins today. Still, as a true child of the 70s this DJ’s penchant for airy vocals and soulful sound exposes his disco roots.

After moving to Detroit in 1980 Kai began listening to ‘Electrifying Mojo’, as well as The Wizard AKA Jeff Mills. When the ‘Music Institute’ opened in Detroit in 1987, it quickly became the city’s premier underground dance music location. Kai began working there at the age of 16 and subsequently witnessed the evolution of house alongside it’s most formidable DJ’s: Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, D. Wynn, Alton Miller, and kin Chez Damier. Among the benefits of working at the club was Kai’s easy access to the studios as they created such hits as Innercity’s ‘Goodlife’ and Rhythim is Rhythim’s ‘It is what it is’. Surround by such mastery one can’t help but be inspired.

After completing high school, Kai moved to Atlanta to attend Morehouse College. Having maintained contact with relatives in Florida, he was prepared for the obscurity of the house scene in Atlanta. Whether out of saintly benevolence or mere concern for his own sanity, Kai set out to cultivate it. He began spinning at Club Velvet while still attending college, and it was simply a matter of time before he had set the vibe at Atlanta’s Traxx, Kaya, 688 Madhouse, Oxygen, Nomenclature, Ying Yang music café which paved the way for people such as India Arie, Donnie. He now is the main resident at DEEP: Saturday nights at world famous MJQ concourse which is now in it’s sixth year, hosting the like of Phil Asher, Tedd Patterson, Jovonn & King Britt to name a few. It was at the latter that he decided to solidify a direct link between the South and D-town roots by creating “Deep Detroit House Sessions.” So far Alce has hosted the likes of Chez Damier, Alton Miller, Brett Dancer, Moodymann, Mike Huckaby and Theo Parrish. The success of these parties is acknowledged not only by the crowd, but also by the DJ’s themselves, who often ask to come again soon.

Kai’s aspirations continue to soar as he balances overseas tours, travelling most recently to Milan, with his various projects in Atlanta. Next he plans to begin producing his own tracks, which will stretch his contribution from not only spreading the word of house music across the world, but preaching it. This move will undoubtedly turn this tangible fever into a global pandemic.”

Omar S: FXHE Records and RA interview by Tom Cox

Brett Dancer: Bio

Take a listen to these lovely tracks from volumes one and two of Music Institute anniversary releases. Volume three will be coming out in the next few weeks.

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All Detroit, All The Time

05.18.11 | Permalink | Comment?

Prep for some enormous Detroit promotion action here. The Movement Festival is coming up and I delight in using this schoolcraft thing to promote stuff I like. I’ll be letting you know about some pretty fantastic parties outside of Hart Plaza, and some cool places that you can check out in Detroit.

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Detroit Electronic Quarterly, Vol. 2, Spring/Summer 2005

05.10.11 | Permalink | 2 Comments

What happens when you take the bus to downtown Ann Arbor and walk around for a day and drink espresso and your kids get a special trip to the comic book store … without you … you, lady, get to spend an hour at Encore Recordings listening to dollar funk 12 inches and library music and Bob Seeger and a super fun John Peel session 12 inch 45 rpm of CUD.

AND … you find an issue of a publication titled Detroit Electronic Quarterly edited and published by Vincent Patricola. This issue is strategically placed in Tadd Mullinix’s special hip hop/electronic choice CD box. Of course, I’m going to peek in there, like always. That Mantronix tape is still there. Ha. The issue of DEQ is volume 2 from 2005. It features Jeremy Ellis, Kevin Saunderson, Carlos Souffront (!!!),  Adult, Punisher, Zo!, and an independent label spotlight on Mike Grant. AND … it has a CD with stuff on it, including Jared Wilson. So I got excited.

DEQ was a great publication with some pretty cool interviews, including an excellent one with Charles “Electrifying Mojo” Johnson.

I’m busy making big plans in the middle of these here woods. I’ll be sure to let you know when things get more planned out. Right now I’m getting excited about the Movement festival happening in a few weeks, mainly about the after parties. You’ll be hearing about some good ones here very soon.

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