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Join us as we build a musical shrine to last the ages. Take your vitamins, get your stretches in, because we need your titillating moves on the dance floor.

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AVALON BAR
820 W. 19th Street
Costa Mesa, CA
21+
NO COVER

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ABOUT THE NIGHT:
FEEL GOOD is the antithesis to clubbing, it is a celebration of timelessness, pleasure, and absurdity!

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MUSIC SELECTIONS BY:
PETROPOULOS & REZ

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Great edit by OC hoodlum and friend Rez! I met Rez one fateful night while spinning some records at good ol’ Avalon Bar. He walked in, went straight to the DJ booth and introduced himself. Now I get cool edits in my inbox and have a top notch dood to drink a beer with at Avalon Bar, lucky me! Rez has an ear for the good feeling tunes, and a knack for making to-the-point, no nonsense edits. Rez tells me he chose Snob’s “Message From the Stars” because he felt there was plenty of charm to it, and it’s obscure enough to warrant a re-rub. Sorry, no DL on this one. Rez wants to keep it under wraps. I will be playing it out from time to time though. 😉

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This post is what this blog is all about! Connecting Orange County with the greater dance music community! I got my man KNOE1 here on the edit, straight out of Costa Mesa, CA! I’m extremely lucky to have become friends with such a talented DJ and producer and even luckier to have teamed up with him on the last Habituate Party. You can expect a lot more from this guy, I’ve been over to his studio and have heard a number of projects he is working on. He keeps them under wraps until he has them tweaked just how he likes.

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Located at:
820 West 19th Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

21+
free
9-2am
extra bump (subwoofers!)
$1 PBR and $3 Soju shots until 10:00pm

The first ever Habituate event is upon us and I’m happy to say it encompasses all of the different aspects that I had hoped for when starting this blog. Quality dance music, creative people, and a regional focus on Orange County. The DJs I asked to play alongside me are all OC residents and more importantly quality selectors and production artists. As I’ve written in the “About” section of my blog the first Habituate event will keep in tune with the following aural/aesthetic appeal:

The music has to make the mind move before it moves the feet or body. A good night out is a unique situation not a cliche marketing scheme and house is a time and place, not just a 4 to the floor back beat!

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More on the Artists/DJs

Petropoulos

My main focus is to bridge the years and styles of dance music, I play tracks ranging from 1979 to 2011 that all coincide with the theme of extended rhythm and electronic production. I am the creator of this blog and it is my passion to introduce new sounds to the people of Orange County by interviewing international dance music artists, writing articles, reviewing new releases, showcasing local events, throwing my own parties, and holding a monthly residency called ZAP!

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Loose Village (Loose Village Recordings, Strange Nature)

A quality production artist who just recently launched his own digital label internationally, Loose Village, is known for his unique tropical approach to house and his high energy sets. You may also remember Loose Village from the bi-weekly residency Strange Nature that he held with Brando Commando right here at Avalon Bar.

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Brando Commando (No Come Down, Strange Nature)
Longtime purveyor of house in it’s many variations. Brando had his start as resident and co-founder of MNML, a techy house residency held at the Avalon Bar a number of years ago. He went on to become the brainchild of other parties such as Strange Nature and his most recent venture No Come Down.

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Joshua Collins (Human Life, Defected)

A veteran house music producer from ’97 and now one third of the music group Human Life, Joshua Collins is up to his ears in music. He has released his original material and remixes on labels such as Defected, NRK and his own label frik:n:frak/Silent Machine recordings.

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21+
free
10-2am
extra bump (subwoofers!)

Located at:
820 West 19th Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

This month we are looking to new selectors for the dance floor. Guests have been a part of the plan for ZAP! and it is now coming together. Knoe 1 is what you could call a seasoned veteran when it comes to the Orange County circuit. He had a long running event at Proof Bar called Alive N Direct, DJed alongside the Double Fisted Crew and the old ZAP! crew as well. Things come full circle as they say and now Knoe 1 is making his way back over to Avalon Bar for a highly anticipated set of disco cuts and dance deviations. And he is much more than just a DJ, take a listen to some of his personal edits.

(FREE DOWNLOAD)
West Coast Disko Dub

Microwave Boogie

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Located at:
820 West 19th Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

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This Saturday, July 9th, the tracks locked in the grooves of our records are amplified to full effect at our humble home the Avalon Bar. This is a night for Dancers, it is all about getting together and fulfilling these records intention: rhythmic movements amongst good company. Our record collections are ever expanding, many corners of the dance music genome will be explored!

I personally have been searching for some good extended jamming tunes to play out, I love the kind of tunes that take over and require only a gentle finesse when it comes to mixing, LET THE TRACKS DO THE TALKING!! Also I put Canyons – Fire Eyes EP in my crate in honor of the event taking place the night before our night; Leo Thomson of Canyons visits from Australia and is joining the Double Fisted Crew back in their original home, Avalon Bar. 😉

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Avalon Bar gets treated to some DFU and CANYONS! And I had the opportunity to ask Leo Thomson some questions as well.

Located at:
820 West 19th Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

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Avalon Bar hasn’t seen anything along the lines of this in a while. Talented people have been holding down monthly residencies, but as far as bringing in guests it hasn’t happened much. Meanwhile The Double Fisted Underground has been up to a lot, but the Avalon days seemed like they were long gone. So this Friday feels like a revitalization of that OC underground vibe that I have heard so much about but haven’t seen a whole lot of. For me personally it’s such a pleasure to get a chance to dance a night away at a place I consider a home away from home, Avalon Bar, to a guest DJ whose record I picked up and played out so many times. It makes that international dance music community feel oh so cozy!

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Interview with Leo Thomson, DFU’s guest this Friday (July 8th) at Avalon Bar.

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Q: How did you and Ryan (of Canyons) connect?

We were friends in high school first.

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Q: What are your personal influences in music?

My musical influences are really varied – I grew up listening to rock and metal, then got really into hip hop and then through hip hop became more interested in soul and older music in general. Then from soul I started listening to disco and from disco I started listening to house music. So It’s kinda hard to pin point what the influences are, but I guess music from the 60’s through to the late 80’s has definitely been an influence.

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Q: Can you tell me about the scene in Australia?

Australia is unique in that it’s so isolated which I think has negative and positive effects. It’s a good thing if it means people try to make more original music but it’s a bad thing when it means that some kinds of music / bands / artists don’t necessarily get the recognition they deserve until they’re validated by another country first. There is definitely a strong scene for indie / rock bands here but maybe the dance side isn’t as strong, which I think has to do with there being very few venues that support good dance music.

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Q: Have you been djing internationally? What are some gigs that are most memorable?

When we released a 12″ with DFA in 2009 we came out to the US to play a few shows. We did a really fun boat party in NYC and a few other shows there and we also played in LA, SF and did a pool party out in Palm Springs.

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Q: My first exposure to your production was with the “Fire Eyes” EP on DFA. (I have this piece of vinyl!) If you don’t mind disclosing what went into this release can you tell me who is the vocalist and what samples and original instrumentation went into this?

The vocalist is a woman from Sydney called Delilah. She moved out to Australia from the US in the the late 70’s I think. She’s definitely a character. The only sample in there is that percussive build up kind of thing which is from a Sylvester tune. We played/programmed all the rest of the music.

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“Fire Eyes” (Jacques Renault’s Living In The Jungle Mix)

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Q: Scotty tells me you two met after he bought the first release on your label Hole in the Sky, he said he loved it and reached out to you and Ryan. Can you tell me about how and when the label started, and what (if anything) is going on with the label, now or in the future?

The label was started by Ryan and I as a way of us releasing the music we were making separately at the time, as well as music by our friends. It’s been pretty quiet for a while because we’ve been finishing off our album but we do have some good things lined up for the next few releases, which we’ll get happening really soon.

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Logo side of the first Hole in the Sky record: The Templates – Daylight

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Q: When you visited Scotty in Long Beach a couple years back, what was your impression of the happenings of SoCal? Did you have any gigs while you were here? Any memorable moments?

It’s going back a way now, it’s hard to remember to be honest. We played a fun gig with Scotty that he organized but I can’t remember the name of the place. Hanging out with Scotty was memorable!

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Q: So you are working on a full length album, how are these coming along, and what challenges or inspirations have you come across in your recent work?

We’ve finished the album now thankfully. It was definitely a challenge for us to write an album. I think a big part of it was that we’ve been used to making individual tunes for 12″s and doing remixes etc but we obviously wanted our album to be a coherent body of work. We are also into so many different types of sounds and music so it was tough to figure out a way to get all the different things we wanted on the record while at the same time have it still hold together as one thing and not sound too disparate.

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You can keep in touch with Canyons here and keep in touch with the Double Fisted Underground on here.

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