As most of you have probably already heard, our town’s own DJ extraordinaire and nightlife mainstay Jonathan Toubin was the victim of an absolute freak accident, having been seriously injured when an out of control taxi cab plowed through the wall of theÂ hotel he was staying in in Portland OR where he was on on tour. The first of what I’m sure will be many fundraisers take place TONIGHT (Friday December 9th) at both Home Sweet Home (featuring DJ sets by Ethan Miller, Stalkers Andy Animal, Danny GoldsteinÂ and Josh Styles and Billy & Miriam of NORTON RECORDS) from 8pm till close, with another event going on simultaneously at Motor City Bar with Drew Redmond and Jerry Lee. Go out there and give what you can to help a man who’s brought so much happiness to others and is one of the genuinely GOOD MEN in this scene: you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who has a cross word to say about him as he’s alwaysÂ a sweet and positive force and treats you like a human even if he didn’t know you from Adam.
The latest word is he’s in stable condition, but let’s all continue sending the light waves his way.
Here’s what else is going on this weekend:
Friday December 9th
Power Pop Rawks is a monthly throw down at Bar Matchless in Greenpoint…but the funny thing about tonight’s edition is that there ain’t a power pop band to be found on this decidedly “creatures from the garage” bill, with live hot and mean performances by faux French ye-ye monsters Les Sans Culottes, trans-freak garage punk witches The Electric Mess and the freakbeat lords of Brooklyn, The Above! All three bands are rocking new material in celebration of recent and soon to come releases so expect the unexpected…yours truly will be spinning psych/garage and punk wax before and between bands tonight as well. $7 cover, 8:30 doors!
Not too far away at Rock and Roll bowl-a-rama dive The Gutter is a raucous bill featuring the great glam punk swagger of 1-800-Band, The Live Ones and garage beasts The Piggies! Doors at 9 for only a $5 dollar cover!
Speaking further of good causes, Trash Bar hosts Dean Rispler’s annual holiday party that benefits The Ali Forney Center & New York Harm Reduction Educators. Going on from 8 till late, it’s packed with all kinds of nice and slimey rock and roll bands, including favorites The Naked Heroes (10pm). $12 cover/donation.
Over at The Cakeshop, the voodoo blues experience that is Five Dollar Priest performs at 10pm, along with Chicken Snake (featuring former members of Speedball Baby)…those two are on at 10 with an $8 cover…
The founder of this here blog, our lover boy Shimmy, is throwing himself a little birthday shindig tonight – well, not actually his REAL birthday but his 33 1/3rd birthday party – cause he’s a NERD!!!! And it’s gonna have DJs Mr Vacation, Handsome Van Zant,Â Pickabar and Grace of Spades spinning records at 33 1/3rd speed! NOVEL! This happens at the new hot joint of Williamsburg Brooklyn Stable, where the beer is cheap and wings are of chicken, not Red Bull. No cover, goes from10pm till 3 am, and you’ll get to hear all the psych, garage, 50′s doo wop, oi and ska your ears can be filled with…on TWELVE INCHES, baby…all the DJ’s from tonight’s party will be donating their earnings to help Jonathan.
Phast Phreddie is joined by very special guest Brian Hurd, the harpman leader of Daddy Long Legs, as they both lay down hard core vintage delta blues records on the people at Teddy’s in Williamsburg. It’s called MOANIN’ AT MIDNIGHT. Satan, get behind me! Ain’t no cover and the action goes from 9pm till around 2am.
Meanwhile back uptown, La La Linda has a special edition of her weekly spin at Ding Dong Lounge, 2011: A DING ODYSSEY. Not only will she be spinning her usual unbeatable psych, funk, garage and soul offerings, but there will be psych visual projections on the walls by one VJ Linear Regression. No cover, from 10pm till oh so late…
CrystalBlu regales the happy hour beauty fiends at Manhattan’s Beauty Bar from 7pm till 11 for To Sir With Love with garage, surf, soul and girl group sounds…across 14th street at Otto’s Shrunken Head catch No Good Nick for his OWN happy hour set called Ring! Ting! Jingle! featuring his selections of Soul, Beat and Instro 45s. No cover, also kicking off at 7…
Saturday December 10th
HUGE show under the big top at Big Sky Works, trapeze training ground to the superstars, where you can catch a rare performance by surf punk maniacs The Giraffes, who will be playing along with new teen punk rock band The Skins and the brooding reverb garage fury of Twin Guns! Of course this shall all be augmented with crazy mind visuals by psychedelic video projection artsit B.A Miale. A worthy $10 cover with 9pm doors…
As far as I know: NY Night Train’s presentation of the Portland, OR’s I’ve Got a Hole In My Soul party with DJ Beyonda and friends is still on, I’m almost sure this night will be altered in some way to help Jonathan out…10pm doors and $ tbd
Big Sur and Jumpy’s monthly soul throwdown Soul a Go Go is definitely on at the Pinball players haunt of coolness The Satellite Lounge! 10pm-4am with no cover, and a bad mama-jama selection of brews…
At “free pizza with your beer” dive of Greenpoint LuLu’s, visiting, loud and trashy glam band St. Philip’s Escalator of Rochester pays our town a visit, I presume they are on around 9pm…cover?
Lastly for the weekend we’ve got DJ C’Mon and her whisky fueled Saturday Takeover garage and powerpop party at Idle Hands from 10pm till the bitter end…no cover!
That’s what’s what…if I’ve missed anything do let us know and we’ll do our best to update.
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