Friday, October 29, 2010


UPDATE: Effective November 1st, 2010, Santos Party House has been cleared to resume business by His Honor Judge Milton A. Tingling. We will resume partying immediately. Thank you for your support.

Dear Friends,

Yesterday was one for the books at Santos Party House. We had been working since the morning in preparation for the 20th anniversary celebration of the legendary record label Ninja Tune, in addition to the string of amazing Halloween events we had been working on for months. At around 9:15pm, the mounting excitement was crushed when the NYPD entered into the club and informed us that we were to cease operations until further notice. Needless to say, we were shocked.

The summons we received lists a few minor incidents that occurred months
ago for the most part, all involving people not under the direct employ of the club. While many of the allegations listed in the order are simply untrue, we take most offense to the argument that SPH promotes behavior that causes “ irreparable harm to the City of New York, its residents and visitors.” Our intentions are exactly the opposite. We are a mom-and-pop business that strives to maintain the cultural and creative traditions that make this city such a miracle. SPH does not condone any illegal activity and has always gone above and beyond recommended security protocol to ensure a safe environment for patrons and staff. Spontaneously closing an independent business that has continuously cooperated with authorities (on one of the most profitable weekends of the year) is not the answer. It’ s absolutely ridiculous. succinctly wrote today, “ Has anybody been in Madison Square Garden during a concert? Drugs are in schools, playgrounds, offices, parks and, quite possibly, every building—commercial or residential—in town. Nobody thinks of closing these places down, only the clubs.” While we understand that the NYPD is just doing its job, we hope that moving forward we can find a way to work together to attain the same goals.

We have a hearing on Monday and are confident that we will be cleared of any wrongdoing and will resume business as usual shortly. Until then, we encourage our allies in nightlife to remain vigilant and protect your businesses. We are deeply appreciative of the outpouring of support in the press and on the internet. Our apologies go to the incredible event planners and customers that we intended to share the weekend with; we wish you a killer Halloween. Please bear with us as the best is yet to come.

Santos Party House

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Two Halloween scarties in one fright

Halloween is recognized to the nightlife community as that magical night when the rest of the world dresses up like we normally do all the time. But rather than reciprocate by becoming a bunch of squares, Santos has capitalized on the moment to bring you two events that highlight the sub-cultural innovators that are New York's life blood.

The Voluptuous Horrors of Karen Black with Samoa and Hussle Club
Sunday, October 31st
Tickets available here and at the Other Music store (15 East 4th St, New York, NY 10013)


Kembra Pfahler created The Voluptuous Horrors of Karen Black in 1990 as the musical wing of her assault on prevailing culture. Her love for shock and horror are blended with an urbanite punk's eye for decaying civilization and packaged within a fleshed out thrash punk. Her sets make heavy use of visuals, often encompassing performances pieces and sculpture, including her famous "Wall of Vagina" (exactly what it sounds like), as well as moments of religious and moral transgression. Those fond of Gwar, the Misfits, or Siouxsee and the Banshees will find a lot to love here. On October 31st, she will be celebrating the release of her new album Home of the Brave, which takes a look at the political climate with a traditional Voluptuous Horrors slant.

Pfahler's proclivities towards the dark and incorporeal came from the stories told by her imaginative grandmother and a youthful fascination with horror films. A career in underground horror and fetish films followed, but the Voluptuous Horrors would live on as her vehicle for more notorious projects, including performance arts installations at Deitch Projects and the Whitney Biennial. Her plans for Halloween 2010 are grandiose to say the least, and we can't think of a better way to ring in the holiday.

Prince Terrence is well known to those in the know thanks to his gigs drumming for Major Lazer, Santigold, Spank Rock, and Heartsrevolution, but in 2009 he announced his own solo endeavor that promises to make comparable waves all its own. Hussle Club is danceable post-punk informed by Terrence's life in the Detroit projects, Louisville, the Big Apple, and the circus known as the music industry. Terrence is the sole instrumentalist for the Hussle Club recordings, making him a savvy frontman for the project's fiery live sets.

Samoa Moriki, co-founder of The Voluptuous Horrors of Karen Black and responsible for providing their metal backbone, is the pilot of his own ferocious endeavor. The band borrows from a number of genres, notably country and garage, injecting a politically subversive bent.

VOODOO BOOGALOO: Halloween Magick & Sin by Kostume Kult and Choice Cunts
Rituals, performances, extreme visuals, voodoo gogo girls
DJ's Journeyman, Reda, SRSLY, Angel Boi, Lesbian Van Halen
guest Jared Hioki
Sunday, October 31st
11:00PM 21+
Limited advance tickets here


Kostume Kult & Choice Cunts Present

Voodoo Boogaloo
Halloween Magick and Sin

On Halloween night Kostume Kult joins forces with badass party girls Choice Cunts to kick downtown Manhattan in the nuts. Expect the real deal-- down, dirty and stylish. Separate parties until the witching hour when all hell will burn loose.

2-for-1 drinks first hour 
/ strange brews all night

Style: A Halloween parade after-party, expect extreme, insane and savagely sexy styles. Bring your own personal voodoo and boogie til dawn. Feathers, skulls and body art are encouraged. Honoring this most magickal night will be very special guest DJ Jerad Hioki in his opening NYC performance with Journeyman, Reda (Disorient) and DJ SRSLY conjuring a delicious mix of house, electronica and breaks. Downstairs DJs Angel Boi and Lesbian Van Halen rock the Voodoo Gogo Girls, with MARO Photo and special guests.A gathering of cults and cunts, Leave your inhibitions at home.

Monday, October 18, 2010

CMJ is here! LMFAO, School of Seven Bells, Wild Nothing, Shwayze, Salem, Marnie Stern, Das Racist, Big Freedia and much much more

CMJ is the all-you-can-eat buffet of New York music events. The festival has a way of conquering expectations, cramming your audial canal with enough sound to quench your aesthetic urges. That's a rare experience as any music scenester will tell you. This year, Santos' lineup is so unimaginably stacked with talent that badgeholders might want to take up shelter in our crawlspaces (keyword is want). The New York Times has suggested several members of our CMJ roster as musts for the week, including School of Seven Bells, Men, French Horn Rebellion, Tamaryn, Salem, Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr, Marnie Stern, Dom and Kisses.

Limited free entry for CMJ badge holders
10/19 Shamele$$, Knifefight, Ghettometal Showcase - Tickets at the door
10/20 StereoGun (Stereogum + PopGun Booking) Showcase - RSVP here
10/21 Moodswing 360 + Oakley Showcase - Tickets here
10/23 Illroots + Shamele$$ - Tickets at the door
10/23 Windish Agency Showcase - Tickets here

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Just Blaze talks new projects, Tom Tom Club on NPR, Bowie Ball in Village Voice and Metromix, Click + Drag in TimeOut

Santos resident DJ Just Blaze gave a heavily syndicated interview to Mikey Fresh (read it in Vibe) in which he discussed producing the Eminem and Lil' Wayne collaboration, seeking advice from Wu-Tang's RZA, and some interesting new projects, including a TV show and producing for the Def Jam Rap Star video game.
"There’s something else video game and music related that I might be working on. It’s so early, though—we’ve only been two conversations about it. But it will probably have a lot of haters upset, again,” Just tells VIBE with a chuckle, from behind his new console. “I’m also working on a TV show. It’s not just a pitch thing—we’re almost done shooting. I took the downtime I had from making music to do something different, jump on the small screen a little bit."
The Tom Tom Club, who will be playing here on Thursday (10/14 - buy tickets) with Caravan of Thieves and (The) Tony Castles, has just been featured on NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series. Check the footage below:

This past weekend, Santos hosted two liberating, freewheeling and elaborate parties that embody the rebellious spirit that makes New York City the hub of nightlife culture. Thanks to a few intrepid photojournalists, Click + Drag 3.2 and Bowie Ball 2010 are immortalized by the following stills.

BOWIE BALL (10/10/2010):

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Columbus Day Weekend madness: BOWIE BALL, CLICK + DRAG 3.2

Legendary nightlife artisans Rob Roth and Chi Chi Valenti are returning to Santos with the third installment of their techno-glam party, CLICK + DRAG 3.2: AGE OF AQUARIUS. The world of pan-sexual cyberpunks is alight with positive buzz, and the city's magazine dedicated to leisure, TimeOut New York, has climbed aboard the bandwagon, publishing an interview with Roth in their latest issue addressing how times have changed since he pioneered the party's aesthetic.


Do you think Click + Drag still has vitality in an era when cyberness is a part of everyday life?
Early on, we were all about the relationships between technology and fetishism and all that; it was still a new concept. Now, forget it. It’s happened. But at the core, we actually were always about change and about the future, and about bringing together all these subsets of the underground—the leather community, Radikal Faeries, transvestites and the rest. Plus, people really wanted us to do the party—we kind of had no choice!
CLICK + DRAG 3.2: Age of Aquarius
Saturday, October 9
11:00 PM 21+

The pioneering "Cyber/Fetish/Gender-Hacking" party CLICK + DRAG, which ushered out the 20th Century in style and was reborn in 2008, announces its third annual Future-Spectacle for October 9. Two of Click's founding producers - director and visual artist ROB ROTH and nightlife impresario CHI CHI VALENTI of THE JACKIE FACTORY will stage this year's epic CLICK + DRAG 3.2/ AGE OF AQUARIUS at the suitably Aquarian venue SANTOS PARTY HOUSE. CLICK 3.2/ AGE OF AQUARIUS is a two floor, evening-length epic, preserving the night's strict dress code, elaborate installations and stage shows, and pansexual mix of fetishists, artists, gender-hackers and "Glam Nerds."

With this Utopian brew as inspiration, CLICK + DRAG 3.2 will feature multimedia works directed by ROB ROTH with light shows by SETH KIRBY and BROCK MONROE of the JOSHUA LIGHT SHOW and the contributions of dozens of creative collaborators. Highlights will include performances by neo-burlesque performance artist NARCISSISTER, RUMI OF THE FABULOUS COCKETTES!, vocal she-goddesses AMBER MARTIN and LADY RIZO, neue cabaret troupe THE PIXIE HARLOTS, and Method Go-Go icons including bodybuilder (and Click 3.2 cover girl) ROXANNE EDWARDS and costume cultist FALON. The evening also features costume design by longtime Click couturier GARO SPARO and a futuristic soundtrack that runs the gamut from sixties psychedelia to electro house.

BOWIE BALL: The Ultimate Glam Rock Revolution
Sunday, October 10
8:00 PM 21+


An intricate production with a simple idea, Bowie Ball is “The Ultimate Glam Rock Revolution,” a tribute to Ziggy Stardust and to the era of space-age pan-sexual liberation. The event is assembled by Deryck Todd, ambassador of nightlife and fashion, has been throwing this legendary party yearly and it has been declared a “rousing success” by the Village Voice, and according to the New York Press, “resurrected old New York.” The line-up features nightlife’s most influential DJ’s, live music, cabaret performances, glam make-up and hair make overs, costume contest and a screening of The Hunger at 8pm. A portion of proceds donated to the Northern Westchester Shelter for survivors of domestic abuse.

Taylor Mac
Bridget Everett
Michael Cavadias
Reni Lane
David Riley (Mirror Mirror)
Keanan Duffty (Slinky Vagabond)
Carolyn Tauro
Michael T
Lady Rizo
The Ones

Little Brooklyn
The Daisy Spurs
T Wau and Vic Thrill

Jake B
Michael T
Rich King

June D
Prince Terrence

Photos by Maro


Elllie Conant
Shien lee
Zachary David Palmer

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

reOPENed crew blows up some more; party nominated by Paper Magazine with Que Bajo?!, new Just Blaze video and Max Glazer and Vybz Kartel track

As you already know, our Friday night reOPENed party has been tearing it up since 2008 when Q-Tip held the reigns, and with the creative visionary Just Blaze as the current headlining DJ it remains the premier party in the city. Once again the diverse, cross-genre gathering has been nominated by Paper Magazine as the "Best Party" for the Sixth Annual Nightlife Awards, alongside our Wednesday party Que Bajo?!.

Don't forget to vote Roxy Cottontail for "Best DJ" and James Coppola for "Best Promoter!"

This news comes alongside two exciting new releases. The top selling hip-hop album, which monopolized the #1 spot for months hip-hop, is Eminem's Recovery album. As of a few days ago it was supplanted by Lil Wayne's I Am Not A Human Being. That helps to explain the success of the newest single off of Recovery, "No Love" by Eminem featuring Lil' Wayne produced by Santos resident Just Blaze. Just can be seen prominently in the video putting in work behind the boards and sangin' the chorus. See below:

You might know Vybz Kartel as one of the most important vocailsts in dancehall and modern reggae, or for his notable collaborations with Mavado, Beenie Man, The Alliance, and the recent Major Lazer project for which he lent his vocals to the international smash hit "Pon De Floor." He has received numerous Caribbean music awards, including EME's "Songwriter/Lyricist of the Year" award in 2009 and 2010. His most recent offering "White Wine" features production by the reOPENed party's Max Glazer of the Federation Sound crew.

reOPENed goes down every Friday at 10pm. Upstairs it's Just Blaze and DJ Soul, downstairs it's DJ Gravy, Micro Don and Max Glazer. Special guest for 10/05/2010 is DJ Iron Lyon!


Monday, October 4, 2010

Dim Mak presents: Felix Cartal and Sound of Stereo!

October 7, 2010
11:00 PM 21+
11pm-12am OPEN BAR


DIM MAK, Steve Aoki's influential label, returns to Santos Party House with a night of wild shit!

The Great White North’s Great White Hope in the techno world is Felix Cartal, whose bassy and granula textures make his style unmistakable. His meteoric rise of Felix Cartal began in 2007 when he burst out the gate with official remixes for Moving Units and Dragonette, and following round of unofficial remixes for MSTRKFRFT and Ashlee Simpson landed him official slots on Dim Mak releases. He has been a key member of that imprint since, bringing a well-honed ear for percussive techhouse despite only being in the limelight for a few years. Violent Frequency proclaimed of his 2010 full-length solo LP Popular Music, “Underneath all of that glitter and glam, Felix Cartal is a tried and true Electronic artist. With 'Popular Music,' it’s plain to see that this guy is here to stay.” At Santos he will be celebrating the release of his single "Love."

The style of Sound of Stereo can be summed up as a crash course in house music; elements of electro, disco, italo, and techno can be heard throughout. Samples are used liberally as well, as they are also a sleek remix team. This will be the first date of their October tour!