When Brooklyn’s ultra creative and super prestigious Acme Studio is not busy designing and building sets for fashion magazines and A-Listers, they are busy party planning. The End of the World doesn’t happen in a day; it is an affair with its own pace – court it, seduce it, savor its anticipation. This New Year’s Eve 2013, a dignified cocktail hour will give way to a one-of-a-kind midnight countdown at Acme Studio in Williamsburg with electrifying live performances by Dynasty Electric, Nutritious,Body Language (DJ Set), Picture Plane, Van Genderen and Tony Grund and dancing until breakfast, after the sun comes up. Cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres, all night open bar, music and performances, and breakfast included in pay-one-price ticket price. 10 pm til 6am. Tickets:https://ACMESTUDIO.TICKETLEAP.com/NYE/
“Brooklyn’s finest disco orchestra,” Escort, has had a big year. The 17-piece disco supergroup are receiving accolades from outlets like Rolling Stone, FILTER, Pitchfork and the Village Voice, combined with a contagious buzz from underground music connoisseurs. Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears proclaims “It’s the best disco music you’ve ever heard.” When Escort founders Dan Balis and Eugene Cho and bassist / DJ JKriv (former bassist for live-house act Tortured Soul and head of Deep&Disco Recordings) aren’t producing or performing with the whole ensemble, they are plotting and scheming in the studio (their tracks and remixes have gotten love from Dimitri from Paris and Greg Wilson) and pulling out all the stops behind the decks, using their collective knowledge of disco and house music with a mission to make you sexy with sweat.
You know him from “Hey Hey” or “Red Room.” I know him from kicking it backstage at Sensation in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center back in October. Dennis Ferrer‘s infectious personality won me over instantly. A wide grin graced his face, while genuine eyes let me know he was present, focused in the moment. Grateful and aware, he spoke unabashedly with passion and eloquence between bursts of laughter.
Body Language has created quite the buzz, receiving rave reviews from the likes of NPR, The New York Times, The Guardian and more importantly, the dance floor. With an EP just released and full-length disc on the way, Grammar (Om Records / Lavish Habits), the Brooklyn quartet’s distinct sound as been described as “restless pop experiments with a future-shocked blend of soul and R&B.” Or as multi-instrumentalist/producer Grant Wheeler puts it, “Our world still exists in an indie-disco bubble; we’re just pushing the limits of every genre to a point where the bubble’s about to pop.” The other members include singer/glockenspiel player Angelica Bess (her vocals were on Sepalcure’s “Outside the Lines” and featured in the film ‘Black Swan’), drummer Ian Young (who has been live drumming with Matthew Dear) and singer/producer Matt Young (who, with Grant, co-produces/writes for such rising artists as Passion Pit, Machinedrum and Vacationer). Body Language embodies everything that’s beautiful about music right now.
Three of New York City’s most innovative and conscious DJs, Nickodemus (ESL / Turntables On The Hudson / Wonderwheel), Nutritious (Fetish Authentic / Brooklyn Shakedown) & Wiseacre (theLIFT / Sweet N Low), join forces Wednesday, November 21st for a very special Thanksgiving Eve Benefit for Hurricane Sandy Relief at Hotel on Rivington’s clandestine club Viktor & Spoils for Fetish Authentic, proceeds to promote international solidarity and assist populations affected – from the Caribbean to USA. Doors at 9:30 p.m. 105 Rivington Street. No cover.