The multitalented Mark Ronson joins TED to give a talk on the history of music sampling and how today’s culture often distorts the spirit of sampling with “hijacking nostalgia wholesale.”
The first #Offline party of the year was a huge success! And when we say special guests come out, we meant it: last night the inimitable Erykah Badu DJ’ed back to back with Q-Tip until the club closed for the night. Yep. You can stop hitting yourself now.
Next week, we invite you out for a very special #Offline in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.‘s legacy. Start the holiday weekend early with The Abstract as he spins an eclectic mix of funk and boogie, and be part of what people are calling “the best party in New York.”
Past guests have included Busta Rhymes, Dave Chappelle, Mark Ronson, and Nile Rodgers, to name a few, and you never know who’s going to show up next! Don’t miss out.
#Offline MLK Jr. Celebration
w/ Q-Tip & Natasha Diggs + Special Guests
Wednesday, January 15
Tickets: $15 adv / $20 door
74 Wythe Avenue
For this week’s Throwback Thursday, Giant Step President/CEO Maurice Bernstein takes us back to the 1992 New Music Seminar series of events we held at Sweet Jane, which culminated in a huge night with Atlanta band Arrested Development.
For a period of time in the summer of 1992, Giant Step weekly relocated to a venue called Sweet Jane that is today the Jane Hotel (legend has it that that was where survivors of Titantic where brought after the fatal accident). There was a large room, which was a like an old ballroom where somebody ran a club – I don’t remember his name, but he was a shady guy at the best of times. Actually, I think his name was Guy (maybe some of the old timers can jog my memory).
Every summer in New York there used to be something called the New Music Seminar, and that year we put together four nights of Groove Academy and Giant Step shows. This was our second year putting on events during New Music Seminar – the first year we had held our events at the Village Gate and will feature that one soon in this series.
It was a pretty big undertaking putting together four nights of music. The first night we had ED O.G and da Bulldogs, a live hip-hop band called SSL, which stood for Smoking Suckers With Logic, a band called Lovehead who were a local band, and Pal Joey, the DJ who produced the track “Hot Music.”
The title track from Paul McCartney’s forthcoming New album is out now! Produced by Mark Ronson, the song has an upbeat swing that immediately promotes a positive feeling. Paul says of the track, “We can do what we want, we can live as we choose.” Right on.
New drops October 15.
We indeed remember MNDR from that “Bang Bang Bang” with Mark Ronson – ’twas the jam. And just the same, it’s looking like her upcoming debut full length album, Feed Me Diamonds, is going to have us bouncing off the walls. Below, stream the glitzy title track and get familiar.
Feed Me Diamonds is out on August 14.