Street Sounds Swirlin' Through My Mind
Some DJs might be euphemistic about what's in their crates -- they play "dance grooves" or "body music" or something similarly non-committal to any specific genre. First Ave's 'Street Sounds' dance night doesn't have that problem: they play disco, dammit, with some vintage pre-blog house mixed in to keep the continuum going. And while the repertoire is decidedly anti-trendy (don't hold your breath for Crystal Castles), the vinyl specialists Attitude City, Mike the 2600 King and Winship boast a breadth and depth of classic dance music knowledge that stands up to anyone's crates. It starts with the dual Chicago/Bucketheads namedrop of their dance night's moniker and extends to a faithful replication of the manic, unremitting groove that the likes of Larry Levan and David Mancuso laid down back in the day. This ain't no VFW/wedding-DJ Village People trudge; expect to catch anything from early '70s Philly proto-disco to turn-of-the-'80s electro to classic Chicago house. Lose the arms-crossed pose - It's time to get down.
Second Tuesday of every month, 10 p.m., 2008
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