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So I went to this new DJ night expecting to hear a set of fun, retro ragga-jungle. Instead of being steamrolled by amen breaks and getting pounded by chest-caving bass, this is what happened:

Bad Sign #1: I get to the venue (a bar I'd never been to) and notice that I can't hear music roaring through the front door. Not even a perceptible thump. Maybe they just have really good sound insulation, I reason. I open the door and... Bad Sign #2: I walk into the bar. The DJ is playing mellow underground hip-hop and classic soul at a low, barely-there volume. It sounds a little trebly; threatening bass-waves are nowhere to be found. The bar is very slick and insanely narrow, and the customers look well-dressed and...shock horror, they're all sitting down. This leads us to: Bad Sign #3: There's no dancefloor, or anything that could possibly double as a dancefloor. The bar has zero floor space! Only chic bar chairs and a few not-very-comfortable-looking sofas. Bad Sign #4: The DJ is tucked into a diminutive booth behind a wall. I ask him what's going on--he's English, a nice guy--and he says that he's afraid he'll scare the crowd and the bar management if he plays jungle or anything at a potentially frenetic pace, but he was gonna try and weave in some killer tunes between the mellow coffeehouse-friendly beats. I mean I sympathize with the guy--he just wants to play his records--but really, this is the least ideal venue I can think of to experience music in. And it's 2005! People are still scared of jungle? I wanted my old-skool 90s kick! God damn it.

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dominic said @ 01/14/2005 08:44 PM EST

"The bar is very slick and insanely narrow, and the customers look well-dressed and...shock horror, they're all sitting down"

a bit surprised by that comment, however. the crowd was pretty ruff and ragged the week i went, especially in the basement. and precisely because i think the bar is lacking in style of any kind, i wouldn't call it "slick" . . . . i'd still expect that josy will pull in his ruff reggae crowd, should the night last. have you ever been to lotus (clinton/stanton) on a friday night? it was because lotus got too thuggy, in a way that the rest of the LES has long since ceased to be, that they tried to start a new night

dominic said @ 01/14/2005 08:40 PM EST

ouch! that was the one i recommended . . . . he was playing jungle the week before, and i've heard him play after-parties where he's rocked it . . . . the space is pretty crap. looks like the basement of a new jersey bachelor pad . . . . even so, i thought the basement might allow for some degree of mayhem

dominic said @ 01/14/2005 08:25 PM EST

:(

disappointed...

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