Eastside Nightly Radio – First Episode 1.23.18

Recorded live in the KPISS studio in Brooklyn, New York. We’re on air every Tuesday from 9-10pm EST.

Alice Coltrane – Vrindavana Sanchara (1977)
Open Spaces – Sunrise Paradise Garage (1990)
Miles Davis – Milestones (1958)
Gal Costa – Deus é o Amor (1969)
Andrea True Connection – More More More (1976)
Konono No. 1 – Paradiso  (2005)

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New Music: Parviz – Le Cyprès d’Arbaqu

Breezy jazz vibes emanate from Persian-French producer Parviz on his latest outing, “Le Cyprès d’Abarqu,” released on Paris’ touchstone label FHUO (For Heaven Use Only). Lucky for us, the music is available terrestrially, even while its aesthetic aspires to the celestial. The rich sounds of electric piano and shimmering percussion call to mind a Mediterranean oasis, culminating in an atmosphere at once physically luxurious and spiritually evocative. Continue reading “New Music: Parviz – Le Cyprès d’Arbaqu”

Interview: Rhenalt

Rhenalt DJs at TBA Brooklyn, a new house music venue in Williamsburg.

When I met DJ, producer, and label boss Rhenalt Rimple for a drink at a cafe in Union Square last week, it wasn’t far from where, as a teenager with a fake ID, he went to his first club, Palladium, in 1992. That first venture to the disco was in the waning golden age of New York’s club culture, when kids would pack massive venues like Sound Factory and Tunnel, dancing into the dawn to the new sounds of house and techno.

After pursuing careers in acting and dance, Rhenalt was inspired to take up DJing and production himself in the mid-2000s. He toured in Eastern Europe and collaborated with the legendary figures Todd Terry and DJ Pierre before recently launching his own label Rebel Eye. In the last couple years, the label has curated shows at TBA Brooklyn, Space Ibiza, and the defunct Verboten, as well as in Miami.

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New Music: Jun Kamoda – Blind Disco

Japanese producer Jun Kamoda came to the fore last year with his EP “The Clay,” released on Brooklyn label Mister Saturday Night, and particularly for the track “Physical Graffiti,” one of the most singular dance tracks of its age. Demonically orgasmic, it builds on a racy guitar vamp into a hypnotically hissing drone, inviting us to hedonism.

His new EP, “Blind Disco,” out this week through Bristol’s Black Acre, continues with the same off-beat themes, vibrating with the frenetic action of a pinball machine or a “Ren & Stimpy” cartoon.

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New Music: Flabaire – Alors Actually EP


Parisian deep house producer Flabaire explores the range of his ingenuity on his new record Alors Actually, released last month by fledgling UK imprint South Street. A brooding tour de force, the record shows Flabaire’s gifts at carving out stirring, human expression with opaque electronic instruments. Raw samples, drum machines, and keyboards come together on tracks both radically imaginative and immediately recognizable.

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New Music: Mood J – Turn Your Love Around

Australian producer Mood J explores a decidedly New York aesthetic on his debut record Turn Your Love Around, full of sincere emotional depth and undeniably infectious movement. Out next month on increasingly indispensable London imprint Distant Hawaii, it’s a satisfying melange of stark club beats and engrossing grooves, and a rich addition to any record bag.

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After Oakland Fire Tragedy, NYC Activists Rally Against ‘Dance Ban’

New Yorkers dance illegally at the legendary Paradise Garage, in the 1970s.

If there’s anything certain in this world, it’s that New Yorkers love to cut the rug. Perhaps counterintuitively, then, in the city that gave us bebop, salsa, disco, and hip hop, it is illegal to dance in most public establishments. That’s because New York’s cabaret law, enacted in 1926, requires bars and restaurants where three or more people are dancing to have a special cabaret license, which is nearly impossible to get.

Passed during the Harlem Renaissance, when racial integration and anti-establishment thinking were on the rise in swinging jazz clubs, the cabaret law allows police to fine or even shut down places where people dance. Although some egregious original provisions (like outlawing saxophones) have been lifted in subsequent decades, opponents say the law is still an assault on freedom of expression, an instrument of oppression against already marginalized communities, and that it forces would-be dancers out of safe, highly regulated spaces and into potentially dangerous settings. Continue reading “After Oakland Fire Tragedy, NYC Activists Rally Against ‘Dance Ban’”

Brazilian funk trio Azymuth continue to astonish after forty years

Brazil holds a special space in the collective imagination, at least of Americans, as a place laden with a mythical, otherworldly glamour, permeated with saudade, that hard-to-pin down sense of crushingly beautiful nostalgia and longing. It’s a stage for the erotic, the bacchanalian, the Carnaval, replete with conflict and ingenuity. 

All of this, along with Brazil’s peculiar historical confluences, has provided for an endlessly fascinating sonic formula, combining the exotic timbres of the indigenous people, the corporal rhythms of Africa, the lyrical fado of Portugal, and, later, the embrace of North American jazz, rock n’ roll, hip hop, and electronic music. Continue reading “Brazilian funk trio Azymuth continue to astonish after forty years”

New Music: Hodini – WOLFEP039

One of England’s most consistently excellent and prolific dance labels, Wolf Music continue their streak with this raw, hypnotic effort from German producer Hodini.

The Brighton outfit, founded in 2009, seem to release a new must-have record on a monthly basis. Here, we find Hodini probing subterranean rhythms in a style both restless and winkingly gratifying.  Continue reading “New Music: Hodini – WOLFEP039”