Friday, July 30, 2010

Recaps: Lil B rips (videos), Midnight Marauders & Health pics, Aku has a video

The best moments at Santos are the cultural milestones that occur naturally in concert and party settings. It enriches the existence of the club and its patrons to have so much incredible talent through our doors. Here's a look at some of the crazy shit that's gone on here in the past few days.

Lil B came through to perform his debut NYC performance alongside the mighty Das Racist. We had a feeling about this one, and the press were picking up what we put down. TimeOut New York had a little piece, and the New York Times came in to cover the show, not too mention RealTalkNY and a lot of indie hip-hop press. The Based God in action below:

"Rap's Pied Piper, Followed On Twitter"

Them Fixed boys done it again. As JDH & Dave P spun the night into a frenzy, the audience was blessed by two full sets by the geniuses in Health and the Midnight Juggernauts. Photos by Andrew St. Clair of BrooklynVegan:


David Andrew Sitek of TV On The Radio is poised to release his solo project Maximum Balloon. The lead-off single features Dragons of Zynth vocalist Aku Orraca-Tetteh.

The other streaming track on the homepage, "Groove Me," features Theophilus London, another Santos regular.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Santos Party House: Where Hip-Hop Moved

residents JUST BLAZE, DJ SOUL, DJ GRAVY, MICRO DON and MAX GLAZER (Federation Sound)
Friday, July 30, 2010
10:00 PM 21+


Dubbed "Best DJ Night" at Paper Magazine's 4th Annual Nightlife Awards, reOPENed has earned the reputation for being the most important Friday night in the Five Boroughs for the masses to get down. From movie stars to breakdancers to workplace warriors of every collar, the crowd is a beautiful representation of New York City's soul, and the music is engineered accordingly. Upstairs is JUST BLAZE, the multi-platinum producer and remixer who has laid tracks for Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes, Beastie Boys, Mariah Carey, MF DOOM, Janet Jackson, Jay Electronica, Kanye West and many more. While his sets do feature plenty of classic hip-hop, less obviously he makes liberal use of house music, soul classics, electronic disco, and just about anything with a serious beat. DJ SOUL is at his side, stepping it up with some ecclectic selections adored by his crowd of music moguls and celebrites. Meanwhile, DJ Gravy, Max Glazer and Micro Don establish the Friday night headquarters of Caribbean grooves in our downstairs level, spinning dancehall, soca, as well as classic reggae and reggaetronica.

PETE ROCK will be joining us for a special set early on in the night (11pm) so get there on time! Remember it's just $10 if you arrive before 11pm!

Dance.Here.Too: TONY TOUCH (special house set), Mr. V, and DJ Severe
10:00 PM 21+


FREE WITH RSVP Dance.Here.Too: Mr. V., special house set by Tony Touch, and DJ Severe Saturday, July 31, 2010 11:00 21+

RSVP here
That's right - brilliant hip-hop selector, producer and sometime MC Tony Touch is controlling the decks at Santos Party House, taking a left turn in favor of some true school house music. For free.

Alongside him will be underground house and hip-hop deck genius Mr. V and and beat genius DJ Severe.

Rob Fernandez & Benny Soto, the promoters behind award-winning shindig Dance.Here.Now., are proud to present Dance.Here.Too. A new concept in weekend fun that adapts the music-first DHN vibe to a party after which you don’t have to wake up for work.

Set at Santos Party House – one of the city’s best dance-friendly venues with a custom sound system that defies ear fatigue – DHT will bring the focus back to you, your friends and the music. No nonsense, no door drama, no fuss.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Trouble & Bass with Breakage, Zombie Disco Squad tomorrow!

Fixed Presents
Trouble & Bass with Breakage and Zombie Disco Squad
Thursday, July 29
11:00 PM 21+


The DJ team/production mob/record label known as Trouble & Bass are earning worldwide recognition as a diverse yet cohesive coalition of low-end professionals. They have a high-BPM, movement centric approach to the heavy and grimey spectra of dubstep and drum n' bass that fills rooms with people who battle the thick sounds with wild movement. Their membership spans the globe and includes AC Slater, Mikix The Cat, Star Eyes, Drop The Lime and Supra 1.

The UK-Based Breakage is a remix genius and producer of bass-centric electronica. He truly excels in tone selection, resulting in a rich sound that dominates the registers, bolstered by deft percussion lines. Also from London comes Zombie Disco Squad, a duo whose production is rooted in the origin sounds of Detroit house music, but who incorporate baile funk and hip-hop into their sound for a wider palette.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Starting tomorrow: melt bakery comes to Santos!


melt bakery, the brilliant pop-up desert satation created and run by Julian Plyter and Kareem Hamady, is now supplying Santos Party House with their trademark ice cream sandwiches. I'll be damned if that's not exactly what I crave every time I go out. The collaboration launches tomorrow at the Chip The Ripper show (too perfect), and we will be rocking two critically acclaimed falvors:

The Classic:
Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies
with Vanilla Ice cream

Brown Butter Bourbon Shortbread
with Peach Ice Cream

Santos Needs You

Santos Party House, the bi-level juggernaut dance club and performance space in downtown Manhattan, is looking for interns to help out with marketing, booking and administration. In its two years since opening, the venue has become internationally renowned, has won 19 nightlife awards (including Paper Magazine’s “Best Club” two years in a row, Zagat Survey’s “Best Dance Club” and The L Magazine’s “Best All-Around Everything Spot”), and has hosted marquee talent in nearly all genres of music, visual arts, cinema and more. We specialize in local talent as well as high-profile acts, and our industry connections include New York’s leading boutique storefronts as well giant media corporations. We are looking specifically for applicants whose passions include music (dance, local acts), nightlife, or marketing, and who exhibit adequate writing and general software skills.

Interns will learn about the mechanics and colorful personalities of venue administration, gain hands-on experience with top-tier events featuring preeminent talent, and receive complimentary entry to events and freebies. We will also offer college credit where appropriate.

Notable talent:
Just Blaze (Friday Night Resident)
Andrew W.K. (Owner)
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Busta Rhymes
Gang Gang Dance
Cymbals Eat Guitars
Tim & Eric
Sleigh Bells
Jahdan Blakkamoore
Vivian Girls
Jay Electronica
Meshell Ndegeocello
Debbie Harry
Yoko Ono
Thurston Moore
Basement Jaxx
Boys Noize
Grandmaster Flash, 108,
DJ Sets by Beastie Boys, Animal Collective, Neon Indian

Those interested should e-mail Fred(at) a cover letter and resume. We will not be taking inquiries over the phone.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A benefit to free C-Rayz Walz

BEAT THE SYSTEM: A Night of Freedom Flows
Sunday, July 25, 2010
9:00 PM 21+

C-Rayz Walz, known as a brilliant and witty lyricist whose connects extend to all sects of the underground, has found himself in prison for minor charges. The worst of his troubles is the excessive bail ($250,000) that keeps him incarcerated. New York's top lyricists are not standing for it, and have assembled a benefit to help with Walz' legal issues. Circa 95 is hosting a gigantic bill featuring the legendary Camp Lo, Tah Phrum da Bush, YC The Cynic, Area 54 anKillah Kal, and more surprise guests.

Performances by:
Camp Lo
Nutso (ft Mic Geronimo & Royal Flush)
The Legendary Stronghold
Deep (2 Hungry Bros)
DJ Jedi
Tah Phrum Da Bush
YC The Cynic
Area 51
Killah Kal
and other surprise guests!


Monday, July 19, 2010

Tattoo Society Magazine Anniversary and Romel Awards coming in August!

Tattoo Society 4th Year Anniversary Party and The Romel Awards
Sunday, August 29, 2010
10:00 PM 21+

Tattoo Society, one of the nation's leading tattoo publications, is celebrating its fourth anniversary and holding the second annual Romel Awards honoring the country's best ink jockeys. This is a one-of-a-kind event that is fed by the collective, counter-cultural bond shared by each member of the inked community. The event will feature burlesque performances, S&M, and belly dancers.


The Anniversary party and Romel Awards, is the Oscars of the tattoo industry, which is one of the reasons we get attendants to the party from all over the globe. These awards are the readers choice award given to the most eye catching, best tattoos of the year.

You can check out the highlights of last Year’s anniversary on our MySpace for the magazine at

Tattoo Society Magazine, is consider to be one of the best tattoo magazines in the USA and the world, distributed by Curtis Circulation Company, LLC (Maxim, News Week, Forbes, Elle, more). With more than 130,000 copies published bi-monthly and distributed all over the United States and Canada and international: London, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, South Africa, Brazil, Mexico, the Caribbean, more...

The art that used to be considered Taboo and associated with bikers,gangs, sailors and sideshow performers has become a main stream fashion statement among professionals, athletes, celebrities, and even politicians. This publication is a vehicle for the tattoo culture to express it self and to become the vice of this society.


Saturday, July 17, 2010

Our Show w/ Elliot Aronow: Nick Diamonds [Islands] does Iggy Pop, Tim Harrington [Les Savy Fav] is a Trend Forecaster + comedian Jessica Delfino

Happy Saturday y'all. Enjoy some tasty clips from Our Show with Elliot Aronow filmed at Santos Party House... featuring Nick Diamonds of Islands doing Iggy Pop, Tim Harrington of Les Savy Fav predicts what will be new and hip and comedian Jessica Delfino performs her smash hit "I Wanna Be Famous" and makes us laugh. Enjoy!


Thursday, July 15, 2010

Daedelus LIVE with Mux Mool and more

Sunday, August 15, 2010
8:00 PM 18+


LA's godfather of emotionally jarring and intellectually stimulating pan-electronica is bringing his famous Monome to Santos. Having built his reputation via collaborations with MF DOOM, Prefuse73 and Busdriver, Alfred Darlington aka Daedelus is the industry standard for sample-centric instrumental music, whose style encompasses hip-hop, downtempo, trance and glitch. His most recent album Rightous Fists of Harmony (Ninja Tune) has a decidedly Brazillian tinge.

Darlington took the name Daedelus from James Joyce, evidence of his clever use of found material. His resonant style has no peer in hip-hop or electronica, but he holds sway in both circles. Madvillain sampled one of his tracks for an instrumental. His talent has been proliferated by a host of labels including Temporary Whatever, Mush, Eastern Developments and Warp.

From Brooklyn by way of Minnesota, Brian Lindgren produces some of the most acrobatic electro-hip-hop and uses sampling in very unique ways. Informed by classic breakbeats and 8 bit nostalgia, his diversity within the genre is unparalleled. Mishka claimed that his 2010 LP Skulltaste "heightens the face of bedroom production."

Because the press is easily perplexed by the tendencies of highly creative individuals, the collaboration between Travis "Machinedrum" Stewart and Praveen Sharma (Praveen & Benoit) has at times been called a "side project." However, as the newly released Love Pressure EP points, Sepalcure is its own distinct entity, fusing Stewart's beat-oriented sampler work and Sharma's dark and pastoral harmonicism. Each member has made a name for themselves in electronica. Machinedrum (aka Syndrone) has hit the stage with Blockhead, Jesse Boykins III, and Theophilus London, with several tracks licensed to Adult Swim bumps. Praveen runs and hosts the Percussion Lab radio show on WVKR which has featured the likes of Flying Lotus and Khonnor. Sepalcure recently participated in Joey Roth's Sounds Like exhibit.

Tickets available at:
15 East 4th St
New York, NY 10003

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

SKI BEATZ and SCRAM JONES hitting the decks tomorrow night!

Cloud Kicker presents SUMMERSLAM: Ski Beatz and Scram Jones
Thursday, July 15 2010
11:00 PM 21+


Discovered by DJ Clark Kent in the early 90's, Ski grew to prominence during the early to mid 90's, hip-hop's "golden age," skillfully slicing and arranging breakbeats on some of the era's most important pieces including "Dead Presidents II" by Jay-Z. Not only a marquee producer, he has linked up with some of the most talented underground acts including Camp Lo and Jean Grae. With him will be New Rochelle multi-talent Scram Jones, award-winning turntablist, noted MC and producer for the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Saigon, Nas, Styles P and N.O.R.E. This one comes courtesy of the good folks at Cloud Kicker, and is hosted by Emilio Sparks.


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

reOPENed short film, Qué Bajo and Hester Steet Fair in the papers

Slick Jackson put together the excellent video "Our Studio 54" one night at our reOPENed residency (every Friday at 10pm) with DJ Just Blaze. Take a gander here:

Check the video he did earlier at Va$htie's birthday party!

BONUS: Check out this clip of Afrojack rocking Dance.Here.Too (every Saturday at 11). This Saturday (7/10) it'll be Peter Rauhofer on the wheels. A week after that (7/17) we'll have Jellybean Benitez.

Thanks, Stephen Alex Vasquez!!

In other news, Qué Bajo, our Wednesday night residency featuring neo-cumbia, dancehall and all other manners of tropical bass courtesy of Uproot Andy and Geko Jones, was featured in TimeOut New York. Tonight (7/7) they're rocking a special Latin Alternative Music Conference edition featuring a live performance by Los Rakas and loads of guests.

Geko rocked the Hester Street Fair this past Saturday, where Santos mingled with the city folk as they browsed the finest boutique clothing, gifts and food (best lobster rolls and ice cream sandwiches in existence, y'all). The New York Times profiled fair organizer SuChin Pak, who also happens to be a network TV personality well known for her work with MTV.

More on the fair here.


Unsane (playing Scattered, Smothered & Covered) with Keelhaul, Pigs and Disappearer

1000Knives & BrooklynVegan present:UNSANE (performing Scattered, Smothered and Covered), Keelhaul, Pigs, Destroyer
Thursday, August 5, 2010
6:30PM All ages


Born from the same primordial East Village collective that produced Sonic Youth, Helmet, Swans and Surgery, Unsane is a refreshingly brutal take on noise rock heavily influenced by early hardcore. Fronted by the throaty screams and hurricane telecaster stylings of Chris Spencer, the band has a sound akin to heavy metal and punk, but exists in an aesthetic all its own, brutal and stoic at the same time. Fifteen years since the release of their preeminent Scattered, Smothered and Covered (Amphetamine Reptile), they have built a tour featuring the album performed in its entirety beginning at Santos Party House.

Unsane formed in 1988, lost its original drummer four years later to heroine, and then in 1994 bassist Peter Shore departed for unknown reasons. The line-up that played on Scattered in 1995, with Vince Signorelli on the traps and Dave Curran on bass, would become the bands most successful incarnation, permanent from that point on. The album featured the single “Scrape” with the MTV favorite music video consisting entirely of severe skateboarding fails. Two subsequent releases came out on Relapse, and in their 2007 Visqueen (Mike Patton’s Ipecac Recordings), in the words of one reviewer, “reminds me what it felt like to listen to them for the first time and just being completely floored by their ungodly amount of power.”

A refreshing synthesis of doom metal, thrash, math rock and psychedelia, Keelhaul represent the demonic underbelly of Cleveland. Their sound encompasses menacingly aggressive and disturbingly creepy, with dense instrumental interludes and merciless screams. They have been a cult favorite for over a decade, and have appeared on bills alongside Eyehategod, Isis and Mastodon.

A healthy combination of old school thrash, punk and the noise-saturated hardcore, Pigs play jams that are epic, swaggering, and based upon an otherworldly melodic sensibility.

Formed from the remnants of a Boston hardcore outfit, Disappearer’s sound is malevolent, psychedelic, and yet musically refined. They cite as their immediate influences Isis and Neurosis, yet they also credit the aesthetics of Joy Division. Sludge is the foundation of their sound, but their musical competence allows their pieces to reach creative heights that defy classification. Their debut full-length, The Clearing, was produced by Converge’s Kurt Ballou was described by Sputnik Music as “[an] exemplary record filled to the brim with sludgy Post-Metal, and a few refreshing surprises.”


15 East 4th St
New York, NY 10003

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Lil B (The Based God) makes his NYC debut with Das Racist

Lil B (The Based God) and Das Racist
with DJ Expressway Yo-Yo Dieting
Saturday, July 24, 2010
7:00 PM 18+


When the Bay Area’s E-40, already an established hip-hop legend, introduced the “hyphy” genre to the mainstream in 2006, it allowed for the emergence a new generation of unpredictable, off-kilter and furiously energetic artists . Perhaps the most notable of the newcomers was a group of teenagers who called themselves The Pack. They were precocious in carving out a niche within the style, using stripped down beats and short quirky hooks that intrigued their way into the listener’s psyche. Their single “Vans” was called one of the “Best songs of 2006” by Rolling Stone magazine . Energized by this young success, the group’s most ostentatious member Brandon “Lil B” McCartney began heavily recording and promoting his own solo material. Since late 2009 he has released four full-length albums (two retail, two full-length downloads), published a book and has positioned himself as one of hip-hop’s most talked about new personas.

As indicated by the subtitle of his book Takin’ Over, the ethic behind McCartney’s work is the drive to “impose the positive.” Lyrically he eschews the bloodlust that plagues rap music, instead opting for celebratory anthems, affirmations of individuality, and introspective tracks that reflect honestly on life’s tribulations and his experience with violent crime. He has co-opted the term “based”, a reference to amphetamines, using it to describe the courage to be oneself, which he demonstrates with abandon. Often proclaiming himself a “princess” and releasing tracks with titles like “I’m A Fag I’m A Lesbian,” he has made disintegrating the black male thug stereotype his mission. He told Complex, “Society says you’re supposed to do this, and you’re supposed to do it this way, you know you’re supposed to look like this. We’re a new generation of people. We need to be happy. We need to love each other. We need to accept each other for who we are and stop judging each other.”

Lil B’s hustle is unmatched in its persistence, which should be apparent to anyone on Twitter, Youtube or the online hip-hop zines. The originality and addictiveness of McCartney’s tracks justify every keystroke. He perpetuates the hyphy sense of humor and melds it with up-to-date dirty south beats, some of his own making and others from carefully selected producers. He has released about 50 music videos and has established a rapport with Soulja Boy’s SOD squad with collaborations soon to follow. His live show at Santos Party House will be his first headlining gig in New York City and his most significant appearance here since Summer Jam 2009.Tickets are selling quick, history is being made…

Currently the most sought-after force in experimental hip-hop Das Racist is a trio that rejects any posturing whatsoever in lieu of confronting the truth, however brutal or hilarious it may be, on top of bizarre electro production. Their breakout single "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell" has become rap music's most successful foray into absurdism. But the real meat of their lyrical repertoire are the densely constructed and prophetic commentaries on imperialism in the Gawker era, as well as hilarious multi-syllabic thought trains as unpredictable as the subways for which they are written.

The group began as a casual project by Boy Crisis singer Victor Vasquez and Greedhead Management founder Himanshu Suri based on the the mic skills they honed together in college. While Vasquez is also known for his beloved Majestic Dragon series and Suri for managing acts like (The) Tony Castles and Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, Das Racist have become the underground music’s most notorious provocateurs, rocking shows with the likes of Dam-Funk, Tame Impala, Andrew W.K., Brahms, Passion Pit, and their spiritual guide Ashok “Dap” Kondabolu. Their mixtape Shut Up, Dude (Mishka) went hood platinum and prompted Spin to call them “hyper-earnest tacticians, using hip-hop's language of identity politricks to sift through pop culture's perpetual spew.” You can catch them up in TimeOut Magazine as a couple of the “most stylish New Yorkers,” filling venues at SXSW and nearly every major music festival running, verbally sparring with Sasha Frere-Jones, or behind the scenes at The Colbert Report icing Devo.