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Not too long ago, it looked like New York’s glory days as a center for dance music had passed. As the birthplace of disco and hip-hop and the home of legendary nightclubs like the Paradise Garage, Limelight and Twilo, the city has long been part of the cultural fabric. But as the notoriously grimy city of the late 20th century transformed into the sleek and hyper-gentrified metropolis of today, its thriving underground lost its foothold.
New Yorkers have long flourished under adversity, though, and its now bustling party scene is a testament to this. Promoters, producers and DJs jumped the East River to establish Brooklyn as a new creative center. Lofts and warehouses filled the void left by Manhattan’s shuttered nightclubs, and a new generation of producers is infusing the city’s musical legacy with the sounds of the international scene. But the luxury condos rising along the waterfront are a constant reminder that the city’s relentless evolution could easily stamp things out again. We burrowed deep for our latest Real Scenes film, discovering how some of the key players in this vast scene are hustling hard to make it last.
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By Eilon Paz – Dust & Grooves
Rutherford has a unique vinyl collection. He only collects the Beatles first pressing of The White Album.
I met him in Recess gallery where he exhibits his collection.
In this show Chang is creating a record store that stocks only White Albums. But rather than selling the albums, he buys more from anyone willing to part with an original pressing in any condition.
Q: Tell me a bit about yourself. who are you? where did you grow up?
A: I’m an artist living in New York. I grew up in California.
Q: Did you grow up in a house of Beatles fans? When did you first hear about the Beatles? and about the white album?
A: My parents are from Taiwan and didn’t listen to the Beatles, so I didn’t grow up with the music. I bought my first White Album at a garage sale in Palo Alto for $1 when I was 15 years old.
Q: So how did you get familiar with the Beatles?
A: They are the biggest band.
Q: Tell me about your current exhibition “We Buy White Albums”.
A: My collection of White Albums is on display at Recess, a storefront art space in SoHo. It’s set up like a record store with the albums arranged in bins by serial number, and visitors are invited to browse and listen to the records. Except, rather than sell the albums, I am buying more. I currently have 693 copies. [Read More]
New Raw Detroit Soulful Vibes from Scott Grooves (Modified Suede).
This is Wild Oats Music first distribution project, one of few to come for 2013. There is so much quality electronic music being created in the city of Detroit and not all of it can fit into the release schedule of a single label. The Idea is to press up great records from people on the same wavelength and that share a similar artistic mindset. At the same time allow the artists to put something out that is 100% their own but with support of a kindred hand–Kyle Hall’s Wild Oats Record Distribution.
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Since 1996, A-1 Records on Sixth Street has attracted countless vinyl enthusiasts to its bins of hip-hop, jazz, soul, disco, and house music. On any given afternoon, disc diggers discuss what white-label 12-inches they’re going to DJ, tossing out obscure names that are foreign even to the other die-hards flipping through the stacks.
Ron Morelli, one of the four employees at A-1, has seen dramatic changes in the city’s electronic music scene during his ten years of spinning vinyl. The DJ, whose discovery of punk and hardcore started him on his journey into underground music and culture, started the DIY dance music label, Long Island Electrical Systems, in 2009 to showcase gritty, analog-based techno and house. He’s also used L.I.E.S. as a vehicle to release his own music (along with co-conspirators Jason Letkiewicz and Steve Summers) under the moniker Two Dogs In a House.
The small-run 12” records that Mr. Morelli releases (many of which feature hand-stamped track listings on the dust jacket) feel intimate: it’s clear they’ve been lovingly assembled by hand. Early releases by Steve Moore and Professor Genius started the buzz that has collectors rushing to buy the releases before they hitDiscogs for quadruple their initial price.
Despite the sold-out events Mr. Morelli DJs in New York and Brooklyn and the label’s success in Europe, there’s a low-key presence to L.I.E.S. Rather than a lavish release party, L.I.E.S. artist Professor Genius first spun his latest 12″,“Hassan,” at Heathers Bar on a Thursday night. Recently, Mr. Morelli shared his thoughts on the changing face of New York’s electronic music scene and the state of record stores.
With it’s “various” compilation series, Plan B Recordings helped introduce some new talent to the dance community, including Chris Mitchell, Marshallito and Amir Alexander. The label is back with a compilation featuring some brand new names to the label, including our first release by Japanese artist (Takenawa) and an emerging producer from the Chicago area (Mauser).
A1 – It’s Just a Body – Area 07:38
A2 – Jaisaimale – Takenawa 05:45
B1 – Small Sounds on the Redline – Mauser 05:18
B2 – Naphroblac – G. Marcell 08:00