After the hottest spring and summer on record, it’s hard to even remember what passed for our most recent winter here in Brooklyn. But many months ago, we partied with the library crowd at the fine Bell House, sipping lit themed cocktails, dressed to the nines in some old-fashioned Noir splendor. Biblioball 2011 was the latest of the Desk Set’s dance parties, and over the years we’ve engaged the (100% volunteer) services of some of NYC’s best and loveliest DJs. Whether at DDLR or Biblioball, these gals and guys have been so great to us over the years, making sure we get funding into the hands of amazing organizations like Literacy for Incarcerated Teens and Books Through Bars.
Good news, friends: you don’t have to wait for the next Desk Set bash to catch some of these fine purveyors of classic soul, rock, boogaloo, alt-pop and nearly every other genre of music you love. They’re all quite busy doing their thing all year long. Here’s where you can catch of few of them this summer, online and in real life.
- John Pugh, DJ John XI, has been recording a full-length LP with his band Free Blood at Vacation Island Recordings. Free Blood is playing at the You Are Here festival (aka The Maze) at Secret Project Robot on July 21. Check it out on Facebook. And read up on The Maze.
- Mr. Matt Fiveash can be found on the first Wednesday of every month at our favorite Graham Avenue haunt Daddy’s. And for the agoraphobic (or anyone else who enjoys listening from home), tune in on Thursdays from 1:00-3:00 PM on WFMU’s Rock & Soul Ichiban Stream.
Ichiban info at http://wfmuichiban.blogspot.comMatt’s show: http://wfmu.org/playlists/FE
- Rob Dyrenforth DJs a regular gig in Greenpoint at NoName bar, 597 Manhattan Ave every 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sunday every month from 10p to 3a. And, you can find him playing records from time to time at Hotel Delmano on Berry St. This month, he’ll be there on the 14th (tomorrow!) and 24th.
- Jim Thompson, DJ Jimmy T has been busy releasing several records with his label-Electric Cowbell Records. They’ve put out releases from 30-piece marching band Mucca Pazza from Chicago, and Chile’s beloved Chico Trujillo. Brooklyn’s Slavic Soul Party and Super Hi Fi. And Orquesta el Macabeo from Puerto Rico. Jimmy also plays drums and percussion with Brooklyn-based psych-funk instrumental outfit CSC Funk Band, and they just completed a northeastern tour and released a Gang Starr tribute for Record Store Day 2012. CSC Funk Band will play the official Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival after party on July 14 (tomorrow!) at the Knitting Factory.
Check back next week for more details about some of our other favorite record spinners and their whereabouts!