Wednesday night's show was one for the History books!
80's post-punk band, Liquid Liquid, emerged from the abyss and played an ultra rare set to a packed house at Santos. I don't think I've ever seen so many cymbals and percussive devices on a stage before. Everything from old fire alarms to chimes and xylophones to cut out brass and bongos.
This shit hasn't gone down in a longgg time but you would never know by the way these guys played together. And with a crowd like the one at Santos it might be safe to say that it won't be the last we'll see of them. I hope.
Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt played Santos during CMJ and they brought a GIANT inflatable Santa Arch! I can't think of a better way to enter a dance party then under an enormous lit up Santa with outstretched arms!
It was absolutely impossible to distinguish band members from audience members because the mic got passed around so much. Everyone was dressed up in such crazy gear you would think it was WTF Tuesday. Apparently there was either one person in the group or like 22, I can't remember.
Remember that song "Kokomo" by the Beach Boys? Of course you do, you were probably born in the 80's. You were also probably too young to go see Tom Cruise in Cocktail but I'd bet good money that you owned the single, if not the soundtrack.
I'm pretty sure Adam Green had both because he sang Kokomo at least 4 times Monday night at Santos after Lissy Trullie's beautiful set. He also sang his mambo rendition of "Happy Birthday " an equal number of times to people in the crowd who swore it was their birthdays.
Rumple Strips opened to a full crowd. They sounded so good that if they were Britney Spears I would have assumed they were miming to a record.
But back to Lissy, who played a brilliant set. Yes, kids, she really is hipper than hip. So hip in fact that there probably isn't even a word for it. She had the crowd in her hands though her carefree and calm demeanor suggested she wasn't even aware of the fact. Gotta love her.
Mark Ronson manned the decks during the after party while Kirsten Dunst shuffled between the upstairs lounge and the dance floor.
Wow, everyone, we're bopping big time! On Sunday, November 16th, 2008, Paper Magazine and Diesel held their annual Nightlife Awards. Santos was nominated for every eligible category and won them ALL!
Best Club (People's Choice) - Santos Party House
Best New Club - Santos Party House
Best Party - Fridays at Santos Party House OPEN w/ Q-Tip + Rich Medina + Vashtie
The most important award for us was the Best Club People's Choice, where people from around the city and the world could cast their vote for their favorite NYC hotspot. Santos Party House won it all!
Thank you to everyone who voted for Santos Party House! And thank you to everyone who comes to party with us! And thank you to everyone who has given their energy to make this dreamland come true! These awards are all dedicated to you! The entire club is dedicated to you! THANK YOU!
Click HERE to read the New Yorker Magazine's review of the awards night.
The evening's festivities were hosted by none other than Andrew WK, who led the crowd in emphatic chants and sing-alongs while the stage was set. Ian Svenonious, Golden Triangle and Hula Hoop Harlot, Melissa Anne, kept the crowd pumping until the swamp buggy badasses took the stage. Quintron orchestrated the evening by commanding the fog machine and light crew in between leaving his drum buddy perch to join the crowd. Miss Pussycat even somersaulted off the stage . . . backwards.
I was glued to the tube until I couldn’t bare it anymore. So, before I vomited on myself, I decided to get out of my apartment and head down to Q–Tip’s Album Release/Election Night Party at Santos. If I was going to vomit I wanted to be with other people who would be joining me. The setup was bananas. Too many projection screens blaring CNN than I could count. The anxiety in the room was palpable. Everyone paced around the dancefloor nervously, including Q-Tip. And then it happened . . . Red states were turning Blue and the vibe at Santos went from a nervous tension to absolute elation . . .we took Virginia and in mere moments it was projected that Obama would take the White House!
Paper Magazine has long been a beacon of light in New York City nightlife and arts culture. Every year, the magazine heads to Los Angeles, to give Hollywood a taste of the Big Apple! This year, they invited Santos Party House to host their November 5th kick-off party, and transport the magical vibes of Manhattan into a converted grocery store on Sunset Boulevard!
Andrew W.K., Spencer Sweeney, Ron Castellano, and Santa's partner, Derek Ferguson, spun records, hyped the mic, jammed on keyboards, and gave motivational speeches throughout the night.