Tag Archives: moombahton

on deck: u street music hall’s two year anniversary week

13 Mar

It’s hard to believe that just two short years ago, DC existed without U Street Music Hall. The now legendary danceclub/music venue/electro basement has played such a crucial role in my DC nightlife experience right from the get-go that I simply can’t imagine my life in DC sans UHall. No place has so often made me curse the weeknight Metro schedule, sing the praises of Natty Boh, or lose my voice from shouting over an eardrum-blasting soundsystem than U Street Music Hall.

Ok, mushy stuff aside, let’s get serious. You know the folks at UHall wouldn’t let an anniversary pass without throwing down in a big way to celebrate… all week long. Make it to one event, make it to them all- you owe it to UHall. They do so much for the young and bass hungry of this city. So go forth, don your glowsticks, and toast to many more successful years spent dancing at one of the nation’s best clubs, right here in our hometown.

Tuesday: Anniversary week launches with a live performance from one of the most highly respected and prolific DJs in the game, Four Tet. So respected, in fact, that he was one of a handful of DJs who received the ultimate privilege of remixing Radiohead for the King of Limbs 12″ remix series. Tet will be joined by New York-based garage/Hip-Hop/dubstep-influenced electronic producer FaltyDL and local mixmaster Harry Ransom. Advance tickets are sold out (womp) but a limited number of additional tickets will be available at the door.

Four Tet, “Pinnacles”

 

Wednesday: MOOMBAHTON. A homegrown electro subgenre that is doing amazing things for DC’s rep on the national electro scene. The 13th installment of UHall’s monthly Moombahton Massive features Moombahton pioneer and D.C. native Dave Nada with partner Matt Nordstrom (a.k.a. Nadastrom), resident DJ Sabo (Sol Selectas, Los Angeles), and special guest Toddla T of BBC Radio 1.  Oh, and HUGE bonus points for arranging Dave Nada’s mother, “Mama Nada,” to hold down the kitchen and whip up an assortment of her homemade empanadas all night. Yes please. 

Nadastrom, Rum & Coke EP

 

Thursday: D.C. electronic music blog Blisspop.com presents DJ sets from Ellum Audio, Maceo Plex, Catz N Dogz, along with Bristol’s bass-heavy house producer Eats Everything and Blisspop’s DC favorite Lxsx Frxnk.

Lsxs Frxnk, “Lost and Sound” (teaser)

 

Friday: I admit my trips to UHall more often occur on weeknights and Saturdays, but UHall has a weekly house party called Red Friday. This week the lineup includes house pioneers Derrick Carter and Alan Braxe, with a set from local DJ Juan Zapata.

Derrick Carter, “Get On It”

 

Saturday: Ok, here’s the biggie– Bliss, one of D.C.’s mainstay parties fronted by UHall co-owner Will Eastman, will host a special anniversary night featuring a selection of D.C.’s hometown heroes including the debut club performance of Volta Bureau (Will Eastman, Outputmessage and Micah Vellian), Starks & Nacey of Nouveau Riche, and UHall’s resident DJ, Brian Billion. Holy ish. Gold on gold on gold. This is basically DC’s royal family on the turntables all night, and this lineup is the only one that could bring me to a place that doesn’t serve Guinneess on St. Patrick’s Day. I went to anniversary night last year, and it’s definitely not one to miss.

Volta Bureau, “Alley Cat”

two bars three stars: scoutmob debuts local music podcasts

12 Jan

I’ve always been a big fan of Scoutmob, the locally-focused website that offers deals for local restaurants, shops, music venues, and other services with no cost up front. Ever since Scoutmob helped me get me two favorite DC cheap eats (Amsterdam Falafel and Julia’s Empanadas) for free.99 last summer, I’ve been hooked.

My enthusiasm for Scoutmob increased ten-fold yesterday when they debuted a local music podcast where two DC-area creatives/music enthusiasts highlighted their favorite tracks that showcase the unique flavor of DC music from all angles—from Tuscadero to Wale to Moombahton.

Hosts Marcus Dowling and Tina Seamonster provided a perfect balance of DC music knowledge. Tina mentioned she saw Fugazi on her wedding day. So awesome. #Girlcrush. But when she didn’t know much about Wale, Marcus stepped in and provided Wale 101, as well as discussed DC’s role as the birthplace of the musical nightlife craze that is Moombahton.

The show delved into diverse aspects of the DC music scene, both past and present—the Tuscadero song “Mount Pleasant” recounts a time in the 1990s when that lovely hilly neighborhood was actually “All liquor and lace/ Drunk guys in your face/ Broken 40s in the street/ Losing lottery tickets at your feet”  instead of “All plaid and no mace/ Non-profit guys in your face/ Broken craft beer bottles in the street/ This is gentrification, this isn’t South East” (lyrics updated for 2012 by moi. ::Takes a bow::). But the hosts balance the history listen with the fresh stuff, such as the Moombahton track.

I have only two requests for the next podcast: First, make it longer. Second, can you guys please teach me about go-go?