RIP David Mancuso


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.


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


Make It New Residents Night [11/10]


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

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Make It New w/ Anthony Parasole [Thu 7/28]

Anthony Parasole MMMMaven DJ

Anthony Parasole should need no introduction to newer or longer-standing denizens of the New York Deep House and Techno scenes. A longtime employee of Halcyon, friend of Levon Vincent and partner in Deconstruct Music, and a prominent figure with the underground House and Techno resurgence of NYC, Anthony’s acute selections won our ears right away, and he hasn’t let go since.

In fact, just yesterday he spun a day party with our one-time resident DJ Volvox (Discwoman NYC):


Make it New with Anthony Parasole + residents Baltimoroder and CoralcolaJuly 28, 20169pm / 21+

Known for the deepest sounds of Techno and House, for gracing multiple dance floors from Shelter to Berghain; and for Djing regularly across North America & Europe, Anthony has had a breakout year in 2012. His track “TYSON” was featured on the highly acclaimed Fabric 63, mixed by Levon Vincent. Also, the launch of his new label The Corner, which held worldwide-seller, COR-01 “Tri-State” by Dj Qu & Nor’Easter and just recently released “Atlantic Ave” by Anthony Parasole & Phil Moffa to critically acclaimed reviews on multiple online magazines.


Come dig for vinyl straight from the collections of some of Boston’s most renowned selectors with an appearance of Bob Diesel and a very special guest…


For the week of Together 2016 festival we invite you to visit the Mmmmaven Recharge Lounge. It will open Monday, May 16th through the 22nd as your place to meet festival-goers and the Together team, listen to local DJs, power up, relax, and hydrate before the evening’s festivities. Don’t miss hands-on interactive workshops with leading music technology brands, like Novation, Ableton, and Denon more. Check out full schedule here.