Make It New with Beautiful Swimmers [12/15]

For the description of week’s #MakeItNew event, we thought we’d just leave it to the wordsmiths at Resident Advisor.

If you’re ever feeling down on dance music, go to a Beautiful Swimmers gig.

Andrew Field-Pickering (AKA Max D) and Ari Goldman have been going back-to-back since the late ’00s, and they’re among the most animated DJs in the game, hammering home the fun and physicality of their selections by dancing and wearing ear-to-ear smiles.

They’re also serious record collectors—when they’re not traveling, Goldman and Field-Pickering work in record stores, and their time spent in the bins shows in their sets. Over the years, the duo have used house music as a foundation to explore Baltimore club, jungle, post-punk and other unclassifiable delights.

We couldn’t have put it better ourselves 😀

Make It New with Beautiful Swimmers [12/15]
+ resident Baltimoroder
Thursday December 15, 2016
Middlesex Lounge
9pm / 21+ / $10 Before 11pm / $15 After

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RIP David Mancuso

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By every account, 2016 has been an awful year. Yet, this morning we woke up to the news that dance culture pioneer David Mancuso had passed. Much like Frankie Knuckles in 2014, it is a devestating blow. Here is a 7-hour set from Mancuso in his style:

You’ll notice how he doesn’t mix, just plays (beautiful) songs. He was a DJ before there were DJs. He was a cultural pioneer that provided a safe space before “safe spaces” even existed. He created The Loft in 1970. The party was called “Love Saves the Day“:

Clubs are set up for the purpose of making money. This is not what The Loft is about. The Loft is about putting on a party and making friends. That doesn’t mean you can’t put on a party and make friends in a club, but these places are structured to make a profit, and that’s a whole different head. Without a doubt, that has a bearing on how things happen and how far things can go.

For me The Loft is all about social progress.

Mancuso would then go on to start one of the very first “record pools,” the modern equivalent of a file-sharing system. Such members of the record pool? Tony Humphries, François Kevorkian, Frankie Knuckles, Larry Levan, and Nicky Siano … LEGENDS.

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In the newly released book, Life And Death On The New York Dance Floor 1980-83 (which we have already ordered for our library, make no mistake), Mancuso gets a good chunk:

davidmancusoMancuso’s party was the “complete opposite” of Studio 54, where dancers would buy expensive outfits in order to be somebody and narcissism reigned. “The Loft wasn’t about your dress and attire,” he explains. “It was about being communal.” Dancers wore functional T-shirts, military-style gas pants, and either Capezio jazz-dance shoes or five-dollar Chinese slippers.

David Mancuso was nothing more than a seminal figure in modern music, setting the table for disco, boogie, house, and, well, most of the music you love today. For a complete telling of Mancuso, visit discomusic.com.

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Make It New Residents Night [11/10]

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You want free? We got free. Every so often we keep a night open for our local residents (Baltimoroder and Coralcola) to flap their wings and fly. Sometimes playing requests, viagra Ministry? Depeche Mode? … who knows what all.

As an audience, view you deserve it. Coming week after week, this is an opportunity to let your freak flag fly, invite the homies that might not usually come through, and, of course, have a great time.

After letting some astonishing guests control the booth all night, our resident DJs Coralcola and Baltimoroder are back at it. Flexing what they got, Mikey and Erik can drop a wide array from their immense collection of crates.

They know exactly what you want, and they are going to give it to you.

Free before 11pm. See you there.

Make It New Residents Night Thursday November 10th
Middlesex Lounge
315 Massachusetts Ave.
Central Square Cultural District
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Free before 11pm

Want to know more about the DJ Program at MMMMAVEN? Drop us a line below and get a free introductory DJ lesson.

Intro To DJing w/ DJ Rugged One

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In this Friday’s workshop you learn the foundations of DJing w/ Serato:

— How to create crates
— Moving the tracks to the decks
— Looping
— Que points
— Linking iTunes music to Serato
— Basic Mixing

We will discuss the difference between Vinyl vs. Digital vs. Controller. You also will use Serato to learn tempo and pitch, and basic mixing tips for beat-matching.

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DJ Rugged One has been in the game for many years and has firmly established a name for himself as a professional deejay and producer. Spinning at numerous bars, lounges & clubs, he effortlessly creates a vibe that keeps the dance floor packed and continues to be recognized for his style and grace. His passion for music naturally led him into the realm of music production, where he actively takes on remix projects and creates brand new material with a plethora of skilled artists.

Rugged One earned his stripes during his years as a competitive DJ, placing as a finalist in many battles, never failing to intimidate and turn heads!

He continues to be sought after and commissioned to create mix CDs for respected organizations in the hip hop realm (including Undergroundhiphop.com, Brick Records and others) all while juggling his own independent releases.

RSVP HERE:

Receiving notable praise in a vast array of publications & websites, Rugged has evolved over the years to become the “total package,” a DJ who can satisfy the purest of hip-hop heads, the wildest of college club-goers and everything in between – taking you on a musical trip in the process.

He enjoys what he does and is a true entertainer. DJ Rugged One…the man, the myth, the DJ… go on, go on and GET DOWN!