As we head into the holidays, here is a great mix for your gathering of friends. Hit the shuffle button and raise a glass!
The first show on Amazon's new AMP platform. We dive into an eclectic global collection of some of the tracks that have been keeping our turntables busy recently. Tune in and let us know your feedback!
A sampling from every artist playing this year at Outside Lands in San Francisco. Can't wait for this one!
The Date: 16 April 1969
The Place: The Bag O'Nails, London
The Event: About 50 of Dusty Springfield's closest friends and associates gathered at The Bag O'Nails on Kingly Street to celebrate Dusty's 30th birthday. Cat (as she was known to some close friends) had returned from Memphis and her career was peaking. On this night, those she loved came together to celebrate and share in the sounds of the sixties. Close your eyes and hear what they heard:
The Date: 14 February 1980
The Place: The Copacabana, NYC
The Event: Just 10 days after the closing of Studio 54, the city's most iconic and infamous nightclub, the revelers moved the party to E. 60th Street to another iconic and infamous location: The Copacabana.
The Guests: Transplants from Studio 54 looking to keep the debauchery of the disco scene alive and Copa regulars who weren't always so happy with the influx of of former Studio 54 devotees.
The Scene: The Copa had multiple levels of dancing, including a disco in the basement level with a huge DJ booth and dance and concert rooms upstairs. It was a wild party wherever you turned.
The DJ's: Over the years, the deejays included Pete Denis, Tony Gio, Luis 'El Flaco" Orellana and many others. While the setlists varied, the music often had a Latin and international feeling.
Another year, another great lineup at Coachella. Here is the definitive guide to this year's festival. We are excited to see Lykke Li, Angus & Julia Stone, Action Bronson, alt-J, Steely Dan, Hozier, Father John Misty, Ryan Adams and many more! See you in the desert.
Less than three years after Bianca Jagger celebrated her birthday just days after the club's opening in 1977 (see The Night That Changed Everything Post below), Studio 54 was shuttering its doors after a wild ride hosting New York City's elite. The closing party at Studio 54 came to be known as "The End of Modern-Day Gomorrah."
The Date: 4 February 1980
The Place: Studio 54, NYC
The Event: The original closing night of Studio 54 and the party called "The End of Modern-Day Gomorrah"
The Guests: Diana Ross, Sylvester Stallone, Jack Nicholson, Richard Gere, Ryan O'Neal, Reggie Jackson, Mariel Hemingway and more.
The Scene: The disco era was ending as the musical landscape welcomed the grittier punk and new wave scenes. Studio 54, the epicenter of disco, closed with one final party called "The End of Modern-day Gomorrah". An A-List of stars gathered and packed the dance floor one last time. Soon the club's owners (Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell) would be imprisoned for tax evasion.Shortly after the nightclub's closing, cocaine and money were found in its walls.
For one last night however, Studio 54 was the place to be. Imagine the scene, as the night grew longer and the music played on and on. By the time Michael Jackson's "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" dropped, the dance floor was packed and the party had started.
Listen to the playlist here: The End of Modern-Day Gomorrah
We make playlists for many different reasons. Sometimes it is to capture a mood or introduce friends to new music. Other times, our mixes can chronicle certain events. One of our favorite playlists captures a particular night at Studio 54, the infamous New York's night spot.
The Date: 2 May 1977
The Place: Studio 54, NYC
The Event: Bianca Jagger's 32nd Birthday Party
The Guests: Mick Jagger, Liza Minelli, Andy Warhol, Rudolf Nureyev, Tina Turner, Truman Capote and more.
The DJ: Nicky Siano
The Scene: Studio 54 had been open just one week when club owners Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager agreed to host Bianca Jagger's birthday bash on a Monday night in May. With his club (The Gallery) closed, Nicky Siano was at the turntables. Over the course of more than six wild hours, the nightclub scene....and the music scene...were forever transformed. Siano spun a mix of soul, funk, reggae and rock. As the night wore on, Siano worked the crowd into a frenzy--on and off the dance floor--and those lucky enough to be there experienced an epic musical event. The music sizzled..and dance music and nightlife were never the same again.
Listen to the Playlist:
David Mancuso's private "loft" parties during the 1970s in New York City were legendary for their mix of great music and a vibrant disco scene. Mancuso had an unusual style of playing records. He was known for leaving space between each track, playing them fully from beginning to end with no adjustments. He had a reverence for music, especially good, new music and his DJ style told the stories from the songs. He used each song to create a profound musical narrative to generate and reflect a changing mood.
In August 1987, four London music industry legends spent a week-long holiday in Ibiza. There they discovered a little-known club called Amnesia and a DJ named Alfredo Fiorito who blended music like no one else. The crowd at Amnesia, fueled by a new drug called Ecstasy, could not get enough. With a wide variety of musical genres from Chicago House to Cyndi Lauper pop to Reggae, a new sound and new scene was born. This is the music that he played.