Brooklyn Record Riot

Round Two of The Brooklyn Record Riot
Hosted by Iris Records

The second installment of the Brooklyn Record Riot takes place on Sunday, September 28th, again at the Warsaw in Brooklyn (261 Driggs Ave, 718.387.0505), from 11am-8pm. They promise to bring over 40 record dealers, plus some that didn’t come last time. Phast Phreddie is organizing another crew of stellar DJs. Warsaw promises more food and beer. Early entry (9am-11am) will set you back $20 and regular admission remains at $3.

It’s All Gone Pete Tong

Another slug for your CMJ party planning shotgun. Pete Tong, GBH and Live Nation kick-off Insiders Music Series on Friday, October 24 at The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza:

Soulwax + 2ManyDJs, Pete Tong, James Lavelle, Luciano, Rob da Bank, The Whip and Late Of The Pier — penners of epic sequin-coated synth pop as well as role models for tens of thousands of British teens — will work their damnedest to make you feel like it’s 1998 here in the city. PlugInMusic has the full release.

Giant Step’s Resident 28: New York Fashion Week, Solange and Barack Obama

By Mawuse Ziegbe

New York Fashion Week is like a flu virus: most people are affected and the city is overrun with lots of sickly-looking people pretending they’re extra fabulous. But, it’s an NYC rite of passage and like all stupid traditions you have to do it once. I have one of those freakishly put-together friends who just mounted her first fashion show for the Spring 2009 collection of Harlan Bel. Underfed waifs stalked down the runway to the startlingly cool sounds of The Pharcyde’s “Passing Me By,” The Knife’s “Heartbeats,” “I Belong To You” by Lenny Kravitz and “Blow Ya Mind” by Styles P. The clothing was a survey of sleekly architectural construction; prim minidresses detailed with sharp pleats, daringly asymmetrical cocktail frocks and pin-thin slacks with choppy, low-slung waistbands. The types of looks you might find in the Judy Jetson Resort Collection but not at all cartoony and comfortingly wearable.

However, the lead-up to the show was the most nerve-wracking thing, not because I was involved in the process but because I had to show up to the damn thing looking, well…good. After stressing for days, I finally settled on a beige tunic, shorts and these vintage-y black and white flats that made me look like an abolitionist out for a lark. I was all smug until I arrived and realized that next to real fashionistas my “effortless downtown chic” looked more like “useless bumpkin,” complete with the sad clown shoes. Good thing the actual show was no longer than 20 minutes and I was free to run off into the night where I could be judged not by ability to accessorize but by my hearty alcohol tolerance.

Fashion week is all about celebrities – none of whose shiny Botoxed glamour I’ve witnessed up close – but some of them still release music on these flat donut thingys called compact discs. Solange’s second album, Sol-Angel and the Hadley Street Dreams is the best reason I’ve seen for not stopping at one child. Beyoncé (or Robot Knowles as I like to call her) is all oiled abs and billowy hair extensions and not enough actual personality for my taste. But Sol-Angel swings from downy, Mid-century soul to ethereal trip-hop to languid, churchy blues; all powered by Solange’s plucky vocals and candid, catchy lyrics. On this record she gets mad, ecstatic, vulnerable and high on “life.” Plus, she prances about in obscene amounts of chiffon like an extra in Mahogany. Lovely.

And since I have a degree in Political Science and not fussing over dry-clean only clothes, my only other fashion week event was a Barack Obama fundraiser at Sutra. Questlove lorded over the club crammed with supporters still gussied up from the tents. It was fun and all but I’m just praying that America judges the candidates on their ability to lead and not the just their runway potential. Although Obama has it sewn up either way.

Bobbito in London

The Doctor’s Orders present
On The Real
Bringing you true school Hip-Hop & Soul
from Prince & Premier to Motown & Mos Def

8pm-3am
Friday 19th September 2008
& 3rd Friday of Every Month
@ Bar Rumba, 36 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1
(Picadilly Tube)
Free B4 9.30pm / £5 B4 10.30pm / £10 After

Special guest
Bobbito aka Kool Bob Love
(Rock Steady Crew NYC)

With Resident DJs
Shortee Blitz (Kiss FM / Extended Players)
DJ MK (Kiss FM / Roots Manuva)
Spin Doctor (The Doctor’s Orders)
& The FREE B-Boy Cypher
hosted by Skeg (Breakin Bread) & DJ Hooch