Friday, October 30, 2009

If You Were Cool You Would Go To This On Friday: Soul Clap LA - DJ Jonathan Toubin

I swear I would never post a flyer for an event I didn't believe in, but this is going to be amazing.  It's a huge deal in NYC and now my friend Kelsey (DJ Short Shorts) has told me that it's coming out here.  Hope I see you there!


featuring DJ JONATHAN TOUBIN and judges DON BOLLES (germs), JENNIFER

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 10:00pm
1992 Blake Avenue
Los Angeles, CA

Fri, July 24 LA Record presents Soul Clap and Dance-Off w/Mr. Jonathan
Toubin and judges Don Bolles (Germs, 45 Grave, 3-Day Stubble, etc),
Howie Pyro (Intoxica Radio, ex-Danzig, D-Generation, Blessed, etc.),
Jennifer Herrema (RTX, ex-Royal Trux), Randy Randall (NO AGE), Nomad
Warehouse (Los Angeles, CA), 10pm - ?, ALL AGES, $5

What is it?
The Soul Clap and Dance-Off is not only New York Night Train’s biggest
and most famous party, but one of the NYC underground’s more popular
monthly nightlife institutions. The first all-soul night of
subterranean maximum rock and soul DJ Mr. Jonathan Toubin, the concept
is elegant - all night dancing to wild amazing 45s and a dance contest
in the middle. The party has grown to sell out every month - draw
nearly 500 paid patrons while remaining true to its DIY aesthetics -
garnering acclaim in practically every NYC publication, featuring
judges from every edge of music from Wire to Quintron and Ms. Pussycat
to Monotonix to MGMT to Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and now, as Mr.
Toubin becomes an international name, growing in demand the last
couple of months far beyond local markets and into the global arena.

What’s different about the Soul Clap than other soul nights?
Because New York Night Train and Mr. Jonathan Toubin emerged not from
the soul scene but the punk, post-punk, and general independent
rock’n’roll underground, Soul Clap grew as a uniting force for various
subcultural groups. Toubin began playing obscure soul 45s for these
social circles rather than soul fans - converting non-believers to the
religion of the raw power of his favorite genre of music. Thus by both
necessity and personal aesthetics, the selections were faster, louder,
grittier, and weirder than the typical fare of a soul, funk, northern
soul, or other retro specialty night. Also featuring plenty of
selections either covered by or covering rock bands, these carefully
selected records are frantically pitched up, EQ-ed low down, and
strung together and chopped up with immediate turns, gospel screaming,
and other momentum builders and tension devices. The sound and feel of
this new format, standing in direct contrast to dusty museum collector
nights or gratuitous hit nights, is so fresh and immediate that it
pulls unlikely combination of folks from all over the cultural and
subcultural rainbow who holler and clap, sometimes mosh, and, even
riot (well… once). While Soul Clap has aided the New York Night Train
mission of getting the rock underground dancing to raw immediate
music, it’s simultaneously breathing new life back into these superior
underappreciated recordings.

New York Night Train Conductor and Soul Proprietor Mr. Jonathan Toubin
has shattered the face of nightlife in the wormy apple the last couple
of years with his revolutionary parties and wild and wooly approach to
his trademark 45rpm “maximum rock and soul” sound. Tirelessly chugging
deep into morning after morning everywhere from dive bars to
underground live music venues to art spaces to giant discos to
festivals like SXSW, CMJ, NXNE, Pop Montreal, Sled Island, Fun Fun
Fun, and Ponderosa Stomp, from Mexico to Israel, averaging over 25 DJ
gigs per month coast to coast the last couple of years both alone and
with the likes of Black Lips, Deerhunter, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Butthole
Surfers, The Melvins, Genesis P-Oridge and Ian Svenonius, and
producing dance party events/shows featuring live performances by the
likes of King Khan and the BBQ/Shrines, Oh-See, and HEALTH plus a
variety of locals like Blank Dogs, Crystal Stilts, Andrew W.K., and
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion/Heavy Trash. While Mr. Toubin’s Soul Clap
and Dance-Off party/contest is his most popular, he has also been key
to the re-emergence and revision of “The Happening” - a spectacular
multimedia approach to nightlife uniting prerecorded music, live
bands, performance, visual art, and, of course, the dance party. As
technological dance music becomes pass√©, New York Night Train’s
high-speed DIY punk aesthetic employs these classic vinyl tools in a
nostalgia-free manner to whip up a post-modern 45rpm beat collage that
is decidedly fresh and alive enough to exist outside of the retro
world - but rather where the wild things are – NOW!

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