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distinguishable dance music only!


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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Walking up to the establishment you can hear the music playing from outside, not because it’s a club bumping high powered speakers but because the place has a speakers set up everywhere, even outside at the entrance. (And believe it or not there are even speakers in the bathrooms). First track I hear of the night is Le Troublant Acid while standing outside, first person I see is Thomas PM, the resident DJ, escaping from the back entrance to take a quick cigarette break, he says hello we exchange the how you doings and he quickly says he has to get back because the track is ending. We enter through a heavy wooden swinging door, I swear that thing could probably cleave you in two. We sit down and we soon find ourselves under a great glass retractable awning with projections on either side of the ceiling. We sit almost center near the DJ booth between opposite walls, one featuring an assortment of black and white photos and the other literally being a wall of bushes.
Its not a place for dancing but the the tunes definitely are danceable. Thomas has a great mix of music, I don’t think I’ve ever heard him play out the same stuff. He has a good taste for those funky jamming tracks and my guess is that on this particular night he must have been anxious to play since his return from vacation in Panama. The mixing goes from casual to meticulous depending on the time of night, the crowd is a sometimes a bit bougie but the staff is really friendly. It’s a night out for enjoying the senses that aren’t just physical, it’s not a club night, it’s a night for kicking back. It’s about good drinks, good food, and good music. The music doesn’t go all night, it depends on the turn-out, how late the manager might ask Thomas to stay or how late Thomas feels like playing. But it’s just about the only place in OC where you can get this sort of atmosphere, a really wide range of people, gourmet food and a strictly vinyl DJ playing some of the most finely selected records. It’s a difference you feel in comparison to some mediocre ipod play-list picked out by a bar tender or manager.

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Some tracks Thomas played that night

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KZA – Le Troublant Acid

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Tom Noble – Africa Bump

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Los Exagerados – Panama Esta Bueno…Ma
[only appropriate since he just returned from Panama!]

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Bobby Matos – Mambo Maxims
[played alongside “Panama Esta Bueno…Ma”]

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