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Monthly Archives: March 2011

An account of a Friday night at Avalon Bar with the DJ’s from ZAP

(4th Friday’s of the month dubbed Black Licorice)


Avalon bar is known for some of the most random and unpredictable nights in Costa Mesa. It’s an environment where the staff, entertainers and patrons don’t force a good time but instead let it come along on its own. It allows for creative conditions and it results in some interesting nights on 19th St. Many a night the crowd stumbles in from Detroit or out of their homes in near by neighborhoods, perhaps out for the infamous brown bag special or just to avoid crowds and cliches at other spots. They usually haven’t a clue as to who is hosting or if a band or DJ is playing. If the Russian beer or the occasional $1 PBR’s are in stock. If the music will be garbage or like nothing they have ever heard before. Granted some nights just don’t hit that climactic peak, but that’s the point, people are aware of that fact and so when it does turn into a good night it’s unexplainable and it’s truly special.

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This account took place on St.Patrick’s day 2011, we thankfully avoided the typical OC cheese-fest by going to Mesa

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This being the latest installment on Prime Numbers, Trus’me’s label, is reason enough to anticipate the release. Couple that with the fact that Fudge Fingas has had intoxicating tracks on Firecracker Recordings alongside Linkwood and there is no question there will be a tidbit of hype behind this full length LP.

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Thoughts on a few of the stand-outs.

Singularity – Things get started with a slick muted electro-esque bass line and quickly thereafter upbeat percussion picks you up off the ground. You then start strolling along with a couple of sustained synthesizers as guides and some where along the way the bass line decides to get all frisky on you. Right when you decide you are enjoying the new skip in your step the sonic signals veer left and take on a new arrangement. The reigns are held tight on you and lifted upwards. Things gently come to a close and you are left with a bit of a tingle in your spine.

“Singularity”

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It’s About Time – The vocals are reminiscent to William Hall’s poetry reading in DJ Q’s “We Are One” from back in ’96 where you hear that almost jarring yet intriguing Scottish or similarly Irish accent in a house track. The utmost offsetting characteristic in this track is it’s stimulating sustained high note. It’s the best I’ve heard in a while. It’s a well known fact that the sustained high note is a classic and dearly beloved tool in house music, and when a track comes along and puts that refreshing twist on it, you don’t soon forget. That’s precisely what sets Gavin Sutherland’s production work apart.

“It’s About Time”

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Me & U – Heavily repetitive, and obviously to effect. Conducive to letting your thoughts drift off, at least until the direction is fully realized, but then the track shifts gears and commands you in full. The song gets much more cheerful then your typical deep repetitive number when the introduction of the most prominent electronic instrument comes midway and carries you gently up into a tepid realm of rhythm. The vocals, which are a trademark throughout the LP, hit the spot in this one. The instrumentation is playful and the the overall selection of sounds serve as an enhancement to the simplistic spoken word vocals. Overall, the feeling of reflection comes to mind in this one.

“Me & U”

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Tonight Orange County is re-visited by the crew that kicked its ass every Saturday night from ’04 to ’08 at Avalon Bar. They bring with them a heaping helping of debaucherous disco & dance rock.

The original crew Scotty Coats, 2000 MAN (dirtylo), & DJ Poppa are teaming up with GARTH, DJ SPUN & Buck and delivering you two rooms of music, 6 DJ’s, an extensive record collection of classics and oddities, and an assortment of Orange County residents who haven’t had much of an alternative since the crew moved on. People are going to be antsy to get the party moving to say the least.

Located at Detroit Bar. Saturday March19th 9-2am
843 West 19th Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

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About the DF Crew, DJ Spun, Buck and Garth

“NEWS? THE WORLD IS ROUND. ONCE UPON A TIME THEY TRIED TO KILL DISCO BY BURNING RECORDS IN A GIANT PILE IN SOME STRANGE MID EVIL FASHION. IT DIDN’T WORK. IT ONLY BLEW MAD NASTY BLACK SMOKE INTO THE AIR AND POLLUTED THE EARTHS ATMOSPHERE EVEN MORE THAN IT ALREADY WAS. UMMMMMMM? DOI!”

Quote take from the crew’s FB page. click here to see proof of this actually happening

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Rob Mello “Where Are You”

Rob Mello brings in the late release on the superbly conceptualized, aesthetically repetitious (in a positively striking way), and aurally evolving label, Popular People’s Front. The label has some sought after cuts, really workable tracks that are in every way meant for a dance floor. Working in the disco influences over a series of EP’s on the original label, the Special-Ops sub label has taken a deeper dive in the realm of warm rounded electronic bliss. It’s the stand alone venture of Popular People’s Front, and although Rob Mello mainly earned his chops in the disco edit infusion realm he too is taking a dive. Albeit a less energizing release on the label the energy is still present. It represents that energy in a night out when you know you’re in the thick of it all, when it’s more of a daze, the moment you don’t necessarily remember quite clearly but want to get back to and remember exactly what you were feeling.

According to info released for the EP, the PPF label had been trying to track down the master mixes of Touch Somebody for a while and finally restored a version now. Supposedly this was a late 80’s Chicago house tune, don’t quote me though I don’t date that far back! But if true it shows how a sound can resurface and sound as fresh as ever.

As an over all anecdote to this release it’s also worthy to mention the continuum of music. The recent slowmo house and disco infused tracks have been getting a lot of play and praise lately. Taking a look at Rob Mello’s releases on Azuli shows that it has been done before. The beauty of this for a new generation of listeners and DJ’s is that while there is an amazing pool of music to choose from present day releases when you dig you can find just as many gems waiting to be played out again. Coming full circle like that is always rewarding, and while some people are all about reinventing the wheel, sometimes a different perspective on something that already works is all you need. This is a great example.

Take a look at the catalog of the Popular People’s Front
And listen to the catalog of the Disco Elements releases on Azuli Records from the 90’s. (In particular listen to “Keep on Keeping On” from the first Volume from back in ’92 a perfect example of the sought after sound today)

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Artist Bio Nicholas:

If you find it difficult to locate classic American underground dance music of quality in Orange County then why on earth would you think to look in Italy? The answer lies in one individual who has has taken on the mighty task of sculpting a global scene and put in more than his fair share. Let’s be thankful residents of U.S.A., that both classic sounds and songs are tended to by those who could easily be distracted by their own countries immensely deep culture. Italian native Nicholas Iammatteo, at his young age of 25, has an impressive and extensive sense for deeper dance music, on the same level of heavy hitters like Iron Curtis or Ilija Rudman.

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 I won’t bother with trying to argue that New Jersey has redeeming values which has nothing to do with a popular television right now, I’d only be validating them by mentioning names. On to more interesting topics, this piece of vinyl has been highly anticipated and although I usually am one to turn my back to hype, I love how the hype came almost two decades after this music was released. Meaning these tunes withstood the test of time and the world is ready and dying to hear classic, unadulterated honest sounds of house music. The vocalist in “Like A” gets under my skin, this one is in my record collection now and will soon be put under the needle and belted through the speakers for you to enjoy in a proper setting.

If you would like to do some of your own diggin’ and perhaps un-earth more goodies, head over to discogs and search Bottom Line Records and Movin’ Records. Both in active now but have something to be discovered today. Jerzzey Boy released stuff on Bottom Line in the early 90’s.

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