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07/16/08 12:00am

Since 2006 the ‘Soul Proprieter’ of the New York Night Train record label and webzine (soon to be online vinyl guide), the endlessly charming Mr Jonathan Toubin, has been throwing parties, putting together shows, and DJing in all the coolest bars around NYC like a madman. Currently found spinning at no less than four weekly parties (as well as guest DJing at parties all over the country), Mr Toubin has to be one of the hardest working DJs in NYC, playing everything from soul, funk, garage and girl groups, to glam, punk and rockabilly. With his impeccable taste and extensive vinyl collection, Jonathan always seems to know exactly the right track to get bodies moving on the dance floor.

Mondays at Andrew WK’s hyped new venue Santo’s Party House NYNT presents ‘Secret Santo’, a rock and roll soul party that throws together world famous underground bands and DJs, kept on the hush hush until the day before.

Every Wednesday is the ‘Listening Salon’ at rock and roll dive bar Motor City, a night of hard drinking punk eclecticism with help from special guests from across the NYC music community. Past guests have included members of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds/Grinderman, Sonic Youth, Pussy Galore, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio, the Shins, Black Lips and many more.

The backroom at Beauty Bar every Thursday is a ‘Boogaloo Shampoo’, one of the only weekly soul parties in the greater New York area. With help from special guests, Jonathan Toubin spins the finest in soul 45s, spanning late r&b to early funk.

‘Shakin’ All Over Under Sideways Down’ is NYNT’s Friday night party at the hipster dungeon that is Home Sweet Home. With an unbeatable 3am 2-4-1 happy hour, night owls shake and shimmy to 45rpm party favors from the 1950s to the present. Obscurities, novelties and underground classics are carefully selected and spun for your dancing pleasure.

Santo’s Party House- 100 Lafayette St
Motor City- 127 Ludlow St
Beauty Bar- 231 East 14th
Home Sweet Home- 131 Chrystie St

06/18/08 12:00am

Get out your ripped jeans, don some flannel, and hunt down that old Hyper Color shirt you left at your moms house—whether you’re ready or not the 90s are back in full force!

International DJ extraordinaire Lauren Flax and JD Samson of Le Tigre fame have joined forces to bring you the most non-pretentious, drunken sing-along inducing, 90s nostalgia party at the cutest bar in Williamsburg—Hugs. Enter under the glowing pink neon heart sign, wander past the skee-ball and sticker photo booth (hours of fun), pick up a drink and hit the dance floor, or find a spot on one of the many couches to shout "omg I know this one" in comfort. Expect to hear tunes from 90s stars like Luscious Jackson, Veruca Salt, Neneh Cherry, JJ Fad, L7, Another Bad Creation, The Breeders, and more.

Don’t be embarrassed that you know all the lyrics to that annoying Chumbawumba song. Embrace it every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Saturday of the month at Hugs! You’ll drink a whiskey drink, you’ll drink a vodka drink…

U.N.I.T.Y
July 5 at Hugs
10pm, FREE
108 N 6th St, between Berry St and Wythe Ave
www.myspace.com/U.N.I.T.Y.

03/12/08 12:00am

In a city as changeable as NYC, where parties are launched one week and gone the next, Tiswas has survived three venues, several resident DJs, and the ridiculous New York cabaret laws that forbid dancing (Footloose anyone?) — the indie disco prevails!

‘Tiswas’ officially means ‘a state of confusion or commotion,’ but one can assume that the name was taken from the 70s children’s show in which TISWAS stands for ‘Today Is Saturday, Watch and Smile.’
Watch and smile you will, as Nick Marc and fellow Brit Spiky Phil, along with helper elf Jess (TRASH!), delight your ears with the sounds of rock ‘n’ roll, indie, electro, Britpop, 60s soul and more. Of course, Tiswas is known almost equally for the its early-night live music and has seen legendary sets from such NYC music-makers as The Strokes, Interpol, Radio 4, Hopewell and Silver Rockets. The attendees are just as notable, as everyone from Courtney Love to Primal Scream has shown up. Come be a part of NYC’s longest-running indie disco, buy Nick a drink while you’re there — he deserves it.

Saturdays 11pm, $5 with flyer; $10 without
The Annex 152 Orchard St, between Stanton and Rivington Sts