I’VE GOT A HOLE IN MY SOUL : BEYONDADOUBT
NICK WATERHOUSE & THE TURN-KEYS : SOME PLACE

Not sure how, but one day I came across this video & was in shock that there was an early 60’s RnB record that sounded like this that I had never heard! The baritone sax had me hooked. After that a hot-handed fever of needing a record I had never seen came over me, I was so confused when this search lead me to a SoundCloud (?!) page. Turned out that this was not a 60’s production but a modern record made by someone obsessed with the same lost sound that I am. I sent a message & he sent me the 45 & a musical friendship began.

At a concert Nick told the audience that I was the first person outside of SF to ever contact him about his music. That must seem so long ago to a man that is now internationally known as a revivalist and classic fashion icon with half a dozen releases under his belt.

Thursday we welcome the singer, songwriter and record producer Nick Waterhouse to Portland. Though it is rumored that Nick started out as a 45s DJ, he is better known as a guitarist and singer of a sound rooted in early 60’s rhythm & blues, jazz and soul. Thursday night he’ll be DJing his fabled 45rpm record collection that inspired his music career, at I’ve Got a Hole in My Soul with me at Holocene. ♥

This is the latest chapter in our new rare vinyl series with Beyondadoubt, a Portland-based producer, beatmaker, DJ and collector.


I’VE GOT A HOLE IN MY SOUL : BEYONDADOUBTRON BUFORD & URAL THOMAS : DEEP SOUL PT. I
About ten years ago, there was a very well put together woman selling a few 45s out of a plastic bag on street in Portland. She said they had been her father’s but that she had no turntable. She only wanted what seemed like a few bucks for the whole tattered bodega bag. In it I found some of Seattle’s holy grail, hard soul gems, namely, both Ron Buford on Camelot.
The singer on the stand-out track is Ural Thomas, who she said still lived in the neighborhood. Deep Soul Part 1 is still one of the greatest, high-energy tracks of the era, and to our amazement Ural Thomas is still performing it around PDX. This Saturday he’s headlining Downtown at Star Theater and the platters will be turned with the assistance of me, Danny Dodge (No Tomorrow Boys) and DJ HWY7. And I’ll be getting my record signed at long last.

This is the second chapter in our new rare vinyl series with Beyondadoubt, a Portland-based producer, beatmaker, DJ and collector.

I’VE GOT A HOLE IN MY SOUL : BEYONDADOUBT
RON BUFORD & URAL THOMAS : DEEP SOUL PT. I

About ten years ago, there was a very well put together woman selling a few 45s out of a plastic bag on street in Portland. She said they had been her father’s but that she had no turntable. She only wanted what seemed like a few bucks for the whole tattered bodega bag. In it I found some of Seattle’s holy grail, hard soul gems, namely, both Ron Buford on Camelot.

The singer on the stand-out track is Ural Thomas, who she said still lived in the neighborhood. Deep Soul Part 1 is still one of the greatest, high-energy tracks of the era, and to our amazement Ural Thomas is still performing it around PDX. This Saturday he’s headlining Downtown at Star Theater and the platters will be turned with the assistance of me, Danny Dodge (No Tomorrow Boys) and DJ HWY7. And I’ll be getting my record signed at long last.

This is the second chapter in our new rare vinyl series with Beyondadoubt, a Portland-based producer, beatmaker, DJ and collector.


I’VE GOT A HOLE IN MY SOUL : BEYONDADOUBT
BOBBY “BLUE” BLAND, RIP 23 JUNE 2013

Bobby Blue Bland was one of the great great great voices to come out of Memphis, Tennessee. My favorite quote from his interview with my friend Andria Lisle for Mojo Magazine: “The things I did have staying power. There’s a certain way you say ‘baby.’ You don’t just say it – you have to make somebody feel it.”

My first introduction to Bobby Blue Bland was a high priced LP on the wall of a Memphis record store where I worked for several years. At $100 it was far out of my price range. When I moved to Portland years ago and helped open a new record shop on Mississippi Street, I found a copy of the original 1961 album “Two Steps From The Blues” in the dollar bin. It has since remained one of my favorite long-players of all time — beautiful and haunting. Bobby goes from blues to soul to big band without ever losing genuineness.

Last night, hearing of his death, I lit a candle & listened in the dark. Tonight I would recommend you do the same.

Bobby Blue Bland

The first in our new rare vinyl feature with Beyondadoubt. Keep an eye out for new installations.









Saturday night of Hands On : Shade during Palm Springs Pride, we held a vogueing ball hosted by Hector Xtravaganza of The House of Xtravaganza and judged by Raja of RuPaul’s Drag Race and friends — MikeQ provided the soundtrack, The Miracles Club wailed, and Beyondadoubt got Isaiah Tillman into contortions. We took a break to watch Paris is Burning in the Clubhouse — apparently everyone has the script memorized seeing as how it was like a Rocky Horror Picture Show screening with impromptu live accompaniment. Shots from our Sunday pool party with The Miracles Club and MikeQ up shortly. Stay tuned.

Saturday night of Hands On : Shade during Palm Springs Pride, we held a vogueing ball hosted by Hector Xtravaganza of The House of Xtravaganza and judged by Raja of RuPaul’s Drag Race and friends — MikeQ provided the soundtrack, The Miracles Club wailed, and Beyondadoubt got Isaiah Tillman into contortions. We took a break to watch Paris is Burning in the Clubhouse — apparently everyone has the script memorized seeing as how it was like a Rocky Horror Picture Show screening with impromptu live accompaniment. Shots from our Sunday pool party with The Miracles Club and MikeQ up shortly. Stay tuned.












Notes from the field — our road trip from Portland to Palm Springs with The Miracles Club, Beyondadoubt and Isaiah Tillman for Hands On : Shade, a celebration of queer ballroom culture at Ace Hotel & Swim Club during Palm Springs Pride. Kiki Xtravaganza hosted a mini-mini-ball by the pool to warm everyone up for the real thing later that night in the Amigo Room with MikeQ. More on that later.

Notes from the field — our road trip from Portland to Palm Springs with The Miracles Club, Beyondadoubt and Isaiah Tillman for Hands On : Shade, a celebration of queer ballroom culture at Ace Hotel & Swim Club during Palm Springs Pride. Kiki Xtravaganza hosted a mini-mini-ball by the pool to warm everyone up for the real thing later that night in the Amigo Room with MikeQ. More on that later.








Girl, you know that shit buttons on the right side. Wear it, be it, know it, work it, twerk it, or do absolutely nothing by the pool this weekend at Hands On : Shade, our queer NYC ballroom celebration during Palm Springs Pride at Ace Hotel & Swim Club, with a poolside screening of Paris is Burning, a mini-ball with Kiki from the House of Xtravaganza, and sets by MikeQ, The Miracles Club, Mustache Mondays and Beyondadoubt. It’s Mike’s birthday too, so bring him something nice. Whatever you bring, it best be real. We still have a few rooms available through the weekend — see you by the pool.

Girl, you know that shit buttons on the right side. Wear it, be it, know it, work it, twerk it, or do absolutely nothing by the pool this weekend at Hands On : Shade, our queer NYC ballroom celebration during Palm Springs Pride at Ace Hotel & Swim Club, with a poolside screening of Paris is Burning, a mini-ball with Kiki from the House of Xtravaganza, and sets by MikeQ, The Miracles Club, Mustache Mondays and Beyondadoubt. It’s Mike’s birthday too, so bring him something nice. Whatever you bring, it best be real. We still have a few rooms available through the weekend — see you by the pool.


Mr. Ian Svenonius has sung his @#$&ing heart out in bands like The Make-Up and Nation of Ulysses, and in the meantime has procured quite the collection of rare soul 45s. He stays with us at Ace Portland Thursday night to spin wax at the 5 Year Anniversary of I’ve Got a Hole in My Soul, Beyondadoubt's legendary soul night going half a decade strong. Come dance for five bones and win $100 at the midnight dance contest with Jonathan Toubin of New York Night Train. Ian, Toubin, Beyondadoubt and the one and only Mr. Fine Wine of WFMU — the godfather of soul 45s — will help you ruin a pair of heels, get the girl and watch the sun rise. We asked Ian to curate a playlist for Ace to support crappy weather survival — as he says himself, all the DJs will be mining their crates to pizzazzle your winter weariness. Come dressed in your midcentury finest.
RAINY WEATHER MUSIC REPORT by IAN SVENONIUS
When the weather’s bad, (i.e. rainy, dark, cold) those of us with S.A.D. (sensory Affective Disorder) tend to huddle up in a ball, lay on the bed and listen to “Healing music,” i.e. lots of minor chords, aching songs of “love and loss,” Cohen, Dylan, Satie, et al. Some go all the way and listen to truly depressing music: murder ballads and “goth” music by people dressed in black. Goths nurture depression and a “dark” view of life. 
The idea of “Goth” came from the tribes who initially migrated out of “Gotland,” or what would now be Western Sweden, in the 4th Century. They were so depressed and melodramatic they sacked Rome and plunged the world into a “Dark Age” which lasted (accounts vary) between 700 and 900 years. 
Ironically, if one goes to Scandinavia now, there is little evidence of “gothic” dress or behavior. In fact, Danish and Swedish design is marked by bright colors like yellow and red, and festive patterns. It seems the really depressed “Goths” all traveled South 1500 years ago and those who were left had a different approach to bad weather: denial and sublimation. 
Happy music is therefore also a Scandinavian trademark. Abba, Cardigans and Aqua. Since Scandinavians purport to have a high standard of living, we’ll follow their lead in promoting joyful music as a way to wrestle with the interminable rainy months.
Beyondadoubt’s 5th Anniversary of her world famous “I’ve Got a Hole in My Soul” party at Rotture will feature the kinds of infectiously delightful songs that will keep you dancing til May, as well as internationally renowned guest DJs Mr. Fine Wine, Mr. Jonathan Toubin and — yours truly — Mr. Ian Svenonius. We will be playing soul all night December 8th!!! With a Dance Contest!!!!
MY PERSONAL PLAYLIST FOR WINTER: 
Richard Humble & the Continents – Summer All Night LongThe Baubles – Pardon me, Ma’amThe Horsemen 4 – Craters and RainbowsGayle Troyglad – Poor OmenPass Outs – (Do the) Crack and SqueezePaul Moriarty with the River Rangers – I Love WyomingThe Intentions – Good Intentions Other Women – More, More, More Alexander Muskrat – I Smell (A Muskrat)


Photo of Ian by Jackie Roman

Mr. Ian Svenonius has sung his @#$&ing heart out in bands like The Make-Up and Nation of Ulysses, and in the meantime has procured quite the collection of rare soul 45s. He stays with us at Ace Portland Thursday night to spin wax at the 5 Year Anniversary of I’ve Got a Hole in My Soul, Beyondadoubt's legendary soul night going half a decade strong. Come dance for five bones and win $100 at the midnight dance contest with Jonathan Toubin of New York Night Train. Ian, Toubin, Beyondadoubt and the one and only Mr. Fine Wine of WFMU — the godfather of soul 45s — will help you ruin a pair of heels, get the girl and watch the sun rise. We asked Ian to curate a playlist for Ace to support crappy weather survival — as he says himself, all the DJs will be mining their crates to pizzazzle your winter weariness. Come dressed in your midcentury finest.

RAINY WEATHER MUSIC REPORT by IAN SVENONIUS

When the weather’s bad, (i.e. rainy, dark, cold) those of us with S.A.D. (sensory Affective Disorder) tend to huddle up in a ball, lay on the bed and listen to “Healing music,” i.e. lots of minor chords, aching songs of “love and loss,” Cohen, Dylan, Satie, et al. Some go all the way and listen to truly depressing music: murder ballads and “goth” music by people dressed in black. Goths nurture depression and a “dark” view of life. 

The idea of “Goth” came from the tribes who initially migrated out of “Gotland,” or what would now be Western Sweden, in the 4th Century. They were so depressed and melodramatic they sacked Rome and plunged the world into a “Dark Age” which lasted (accounts vary) between 700 and 900 years. 

Ironically, if one goes to Scandinavia now, there is little evidence of “gothic” dress or behavior. In fact, Danish and Swedish design is marked by bright colors like yellow and red, and festive patterns. It seems the really depressed “Goths” all traveled South 1500 years ago and those who were left had a different approach to bad weather: denial and sublimation. 

Happy music is therefore also a Scandinavian trademark. Abba, Cardigans and Aqua. Since Scandinavians purport to have a high standard of living, we’ll follow their lead in promoting joyful music as a way to wrestle with the interminable rainy months.

Beyondadoubt’s 5th Anniversary of her world famous “I’ve Got a Hole in My Soul” party at Rotture will feature the kinds of infectiously delightful songs that will keep you dancing til May, as well as internationally renowned guest DJs Mr. Fine Wine, Mr. Jonathan Toubin and — yours truly — Mr. Ian Svenonius. We will be playing soul all night December 8th!!! With a Dance Contest!!!!

MY PERSONAL PLAYLIST FOR WINTER: 

Richard Humble & the Continents – Summer All Night Long
The Baubles – Pardon me, Ma’am
The Horsemen 4 – Craters and Rainbows
Gayle Troyglad – Poor Omen
Pass Outs – (Do the) Crack and Squeeze
Paul Moriarty with the River Rangers – I Love Wyoming
The Intentions – Good Intentions 
Other Women – More, More, More 
Alexander Muskrat – I Smell (A Muskrat)



Photo of Ian by Jackie Roman


Saturday night, Light Asylum took everyone to church and shook the walls of the Amigo Room with dark, hard, danceable freakout. Beyondadoubt laid out her bounce and house tracks with a mix of nu-wave, cold wave and dark wave perfection. CockFight opened up the night with an inexplicably pitch perfect mix of house and rock for our penultimate eve of HANDS ON.








Photos by Maicol Chavez

Saturday night, Light Asylum took everyone to church and shook the walls of the Amigo Room with dark, hard, danceable freakout. Beyondadoubt laid out her bounce and house tracks with a mix of nu-wave, cold wave and dark wave perfection. CockFight opened up the night with an inexplicably pitch perfect mix of house and rock for our penultimate eve of HANDS ON.



Photos by Maicol Chavez


Fun Active Gentlemen Society spun an enchanted vibe by the pool today at Ace Palm Springs at HANDS ON, brought to poolside revelers by our friends at Heineken, Towleroad and LA Weekly. We’re looking forward to an unforgettable show tonight with power duo Light Asylum with bounce master Beyondadoubt and DJs from COCKFIGHT (LA) in the Amigo Room, 9pm til 2am, free in the Amigo Room.










Photos by Maicol Chavez

Fun Active Gentlemen Society spun an enchanted vibe by the pool today at Ace Palm Springs at HANDS ON, brought to poolside revelers by our friends at HeinekenTowleroad and LA Weekly. We’re looking forward to an unforgettable show tonight with power duo Light Asylum with bounce master Beyondadoubt and DJs from COCKFIGHT (LA) in the Amigo Room, 9pm til 2am, free in the Amigo Room.



Photos by Maicol Chavez


INTERVIEW : BEYONDADOUBT

Beyondadoubt, pictured here at The George & Dragon in Shoreditch, London, has an encyclopedic knowledge of genres of music most barely know how to recognize. She’s been creating hybrid tracks of bounce, house, soul and punk for over a decade, playing soul 45s all over the country and her own dance music all over the world. Recently back in the US from a European tour with Beth Ditto, she’s playing tonight at HANDS ON with Light Asylum and DJs from CockFight.

We asked her for a plalist of some of her favorite tracks, below. Come get thanked by your own ass tonight on the dance floor, 10pm til 2am, free to all.

1. Tears Baby by Johnny West - 1962 RnB

I’m really a sucker for any song that mentions the word tears. 

2. No G.D.M. by Gina X - 1979 New Wave

This is always a stand out track. For me it’s at a perfect tempo. I love the lyrics, “you are perfect you are shear if you are a redhead queer.”

3. Poloroid by Ruth  - 1985 New Wave

Cold wave, Dark wave, Synth wave? Not sure which is the correct term, but this song is pretty near perfect with the deadpan vocals, synth lines and horn line. My girlfriend hates the female vocals on this one, but I don’t mind and actually really like the contrast. 

4. Homework by Otis Rush - 1962 RnB

Horns Horns Horns Horns. Ugh so good.

5. Make dat Ass Go by SBP Gunna - 2010 Bounce

An amazing video of New Orleans shakers. Absolutely LOVE that they are all over the construction equipment.

6. Home Depot (Hammertime) by Blaq n Mild - 2009 Bounce

A bounce classic by legends Blaq n Mild. Bounce shakers descend on Home Depot and reek amazing havoc. So fun.



Photo by Christa Holka


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