We are fully in the lull before the New Year’s Eve storm. Right now, lots of folks are preparing to leave town to head home, and the pickings get leaner for a couple of weeks, before going batsh*t insane leading up the last parties of 2014. This newsletter will get you through the days preceding New Year’s, we’ll have a special edition the week after Christmas is over. So keep an eye on your inbox come the 26th…
This is a good time to remind everyone that we’re tweeting and facebooking up a storm right now, so if you don’t already: follow us on Twitter and on Facebook. And as always, if you’ve got thoughts, observations, or your own dance parties to tell us about: contact us.
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Fri 12/19 – NOUVEAU CLASSIQUE WITH STEVE SHAKEWELL & MISTER DISCO
Free • disco • nu disco • Steve Shakewell (Sharegroove) • Mister Disco (Happy House)
Sat 12/20 – ALL I WANT FOR XMAS IS THE CURE – A FEELING GLOOMY PAN-HOLIDAY CURE PARTY
the Grand Victory, Williamsburg
$6 • britpop • indie • synthpop • Gordon & Nathaniel Gloom
Sat 12/20 – CRAZY SINCE DA 90S UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER PARTY WITH SPECIAL GUEST PRINCE KLASSEN
Union Hall, Park Slope
$5 • R&B • hip hop • 90s • Stefonix • Bianca • Brendan
Sun 12/21 – MISTER SUNDAY AT SHEA STADIUM
Shea Stadium, Bushwick
$20 • house • Justin Carter • Eamon Harkin
Fri 12/26 – CYRIL HAHN / OBEY CITY / BAILE AND NIGHT PEOPLE NYC
$25 • house • disco • nu disco • Cyril Hahn • Eli Escober & Lloydski (Tiki Disco) • Blu Jemz
Sat 12/27 – PJs n DJs
Union Hall, Park Slope
Free • indie • electropop • synthpop • 00s • Brian Blackout & Doctor Mister (YDH2S)
Tues 12/30 – CHROMEO DJ SET
$30 • disco • electro • indie • Chromeo (DJ set)
OUR EARLY TIP PICK FOR NEW YEAR’S: (more on NYE next week)
Weds 12/31 – DISCO NEW YEARS EVE 2015: DARK DISCO PRESENTS TIKI DISCO AT SUGAR HILL DISCO
Sugar Hill Supper Club, Bed-Stuy
$40 • disco • nu disco • house • Eli Escobar, Lloydski & Andy Pry
Fri 1/16 – HEAD ON 2nd ANNIVERSARY REMATCH: MOTOWN vs. STUDIO 54
Baby’s All Right, Williamsburg
Free • disco • soul • Brian Blackout, Spoolwork & Lepaux (YDH2S)
It’s that time of the year. That time of year when the sad and unhappy among us must watch helplessly as images of jolly fat men, laughing children, caroling coworkers, and festooned shopping extravaganzas are thrust mercilessly at us. Who can possibly save us from all this crap, we ask?
Our answer: Robert Smith.
Yes, Robert Smith. The gloomy chap dressed all up in black. He’s not likely to be riding a sleigh, but I could totally see him coming down someone’s chimney covered in soot. And then probably eating all your cookies and milk. Only a man brilliant and gloomy enough to pen Disintegration (aka the best unapologetically sad winter album OF ALL TIME) can get us through this holiday. Santa Smith is here!
Santa Smith will be on premises, looking not at all jolly in a red suit (though he may be able to pull off the bowl full of jelly bit) and will hand out crap presents to boys and girls who may or may not have been good. We’ll have some awful Christmas decorations, some angry elves (would those be dwarves? no, the height thing would still be an issue), some crappy mistletoe that you can look longingly at pictures of your ex under (you’ll almost believe that they are real), and drink specials, because Christmas. All that and we’re going to play TONS AND TONS of songs by the Cure. All the good ones you rarely hear like “Jumping Someone Else’s Train,” and “Burn,” and all the ones you always hear because you love them. Okay and maybe a Christmas tune or two.
ALL I WANT FOR XMAS IS THE CURE – a Feeling Gloomy pan-holiday Cure party
+ Santa Robert Smith will be on hand, and will give out terrible gifts
+ Our sad mistletoe will probably just make you more depressed, and so will our other decorations
+ Holiday drink specials (hooray!)
+ All of the songs by the Cure you’d ever want to hear at a dance party, plus some remotely festive (but gloomy!) holiday tunes, and all of your other anglophilic gloomy faves, courtesy of your hosts, Gordon and Nathaniel Gloom (who are surely getting coal in their stockings this year)
The Party That Brings a Tear to Your Eye
Sat Dec 20th September at Grand Victory
+ 3rd Saturdays every month
@ Grand Victory, 245 Grand St
betw. Driggs & Roebling
L to Bedford / G to Lorimer
11pm – 4am
Dress to depress
Tickets: $6 door – $4 advance tickets coming soon
Join the Feeling Gloomy FB group for invites + missives of despair
The crew who took the 90s party to the next level over the past three years in Brooklyn are closing out the year with a proper ugly sweater xmas party.
Stefonix, Brendan, and Bianca can’t wait to celebrate with all of you this Saturday night at Union Hall.
We also have a very special guest DJ joining us this Saturday night. We’re excited to have Prince Klassen of one of Brooklyn’s most esteemed parties, The Rub, sharing the decks with us. It’s a xmas present from us to you.
Crazy Since da 90s is all about those feel good, house party jams that seem to have no expiration date. Like Aaliyah said, ‘age ain’t nothin but a number’. And yes, we definitely gotchu with that one very special Mariah xmas song too.
Free w/ RSVP: http://bit.ly/csd90sdec
$5 w/o RSVP or after 11pm**$7 gin & juice drink special all night**
December’s rapidly dropping temperatures, mixed with comfort food binges, make us city folk yearn for the very second we can get home, drop trow and put on our stretchy pants, wrapped in a blanket like a bedroom shaman. Thankfully the PJs ’n DJs party requires you merely leave the house; everything else, down to the wardrobe, remains the same.
Warm up to PJs ’n DJs, a holiday party where you can celebrate in comfort. YDH2S DJs Brian Blackout and Doctor Mister will be spinning hot year-end tunes from 2014, and indie and electropop from the last 15 years. If the mood doesn’t shake the winter blues, the attire will: Guests are encouraged to wear fuzzy slippers and oversized Chicago Bulls championship T-shirts from 1992—you know, sleep clothes, but for the purposes of doing the opposite. This isn’t a sleepover, though… it’s a free party to bridge the post-Christmas/Chanukkah blahs and New Year’s excesses. And with the new year almost upon us, let’s give it one last rockin’ hurrah!
Two years ago we started Head On with the idea of pitting two themes against one another and letting the audience pick a winner, and it’s been an amazing ride. Last year for our anniversary we decided to rematch a fan favorite, and you picked indie rock vs britpop, which panned out about like it did the first time (britpop won) but we had a blast doing it. This time we put it to another vote, and fans picked one of our most popular themes for a rematch: Motown vs. Studio 54.
Something about disco against soul feels so appealing. They’re not so different, really, lots of disco was just the logical next step after soul music. Both have lots of strings, soulful vocals, handclaps, and were made for dancing. Last time disco narrowly edged out soul in a close decision, and this time we’ll see if that doesn’t change. We can match Diana Ross and the Supremes up against Diana Ross solo, James Brown against Giorgio Moroder, the Temptations against Chic. No matter which side triumphs, we’ll all win.
10pm we’ll hang out in the front room and warm up with some good tunes
12am dancing starts in the back room
The contest begins at 1am
Two DJs enter
One DJ leaves
w/residents Brian Blackout, Spoolwork & Lepaux
Friday January 16th @ Baby’s All Right
146 Broadway, Williamsburg, Bk
J/M to Marcy, L/G to Metropolitan
10:00 p.m. – late