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Why I Don’t Go Out Much These Days


You know what? As special as you may be in your little neighborhood, you’re not that special here. And I will remember your face. And you will never go anywhere. And you will be stuck going to those bullshit bars in your bullshit neighborhood living your bullshit life.
Was Stevens, Club Dooman, Avalon

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My thanks to my DJ friend DB for making my Monday morning post so easy. The above is a quote from A Matter Of Substance’s short film Night Nation (viewable here), which in five short minutes manages to remind me of everything that’s wrong with New York nightlife. It reminds me why I wrote the book Hedonism, it reminds me of all the people that failed to get out while they were ahead, and it reminds me why I had no qualms leaving New York City for the relative calm and quiet (and hectic ski slopes) of the Catskills.

The Orb play Avalon on Saturday April 1st

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I’d like to talk about drums. Or rather, about a particular drumbeat. I’m sure you’ve heard it dozens of times before.

And this short documentary by Nate Harrison, tracing the history of the breakbeat ‘Amen Brother’ by The Winstons, serves to remind that, for some of us, it’s about the music – and that the history behind the music is far more fascinating than the action at the club door. Thanks to Michael Szabo for the link.

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