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Every Monday this month, we hand over the lobby at Ace Hotel New York to The Oracle DJs — Diamond Terrifier/Terrible Records — to celebrate the release of five different mixtapes. Last night, special guest Patrick Higgins joined in to celebrate Zs SCORE Remixed, a recent release from Northern Spy. Next week, Representing NYC presents the Zulu P It’s About Music mixtape, and the local hip hop outfit’s first public show in Manhattan.

Up Next:
12/16 - Representing NYC presents a live performance by Zulu P and ‘It’s About Music’ Mixtape release party

12/23 - Diamond Terrifier — Psycho Tropical Cancer Dutty Artz Mixtape release party

12/30 - Diamond Terrifier — Co La’s 'The Subtle Body Wears A Shadow' remix listening party celebrating WIRE Magazine’s Radar compilation release


This past April, NPR Music collaborated with us at Ace Hotel & Swim Club during Coachella for two evenings taking turns at the decks with special guests The Embassy and a karaoke fight night. This month, they’re curating a well-read and winsome roster of selectors every Monday for Lobby Nights at Ace New York. So far, they’ve brought cohosts from shows like Microphone Check and Deceptive Cadence to play psych jams, hip-hop and far-fetched, deeply-researched noises in the lobby. Tonight, John, Eleanor and Josh of Ask Me Another are spinning what they humbly describe as “mega jams.”
Come by if you’re in the neighborhood for this penultimate friend of your brain. For the final evening next Monday, Microphone Check’s Ali and Frannie are back on the decks with NPR Music’s Events doyenne Saidah Blount. 

This past April, NPR Music collaborated with us at Ace Hotel & Swim Club during Coachella for two evenings taking turns at the decks with special guests The Embassy and a karaoke fight night. This month, they’re curating a well-read and winsome roster of selectors every Monday for Lobby Nights at Ace New York. So far, they’ve brought cohosts from shows like Microphone Check and Deceptive Cadence to play psych jams, hip-hop and far-fetched, deeply-researched noises in the lobby. Tonight, John, Eleanor and Josh of Ask Me Another are spinning what they humbly describe as “mega jams.”

Come by if you’re in the neighborhood for this penultimate friend of your brain. For the final evening next Monday, Microphone Check’s Ali and Frannie are back on the decks with NPR Music’s Events doyenne Saidah Blount. 


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WARM UP INTERVIEW : KIM ANN FOXMAN

Kim Ann Foxman performed last weekend at MoMA PS1 Warm Up 2013 in Queens, NY. Enter now to win a pair of passes to this Saturday’s Warm Up shows. Make sure to be quick, they’re a hot commodity round these parts.

What’s the song, producer or moment that propelled you from being a fan of house to a maker of house? What drew you to that culture before you became one of its producers?  

Growing up on stuff like technotronic and freestyle tuned my ear to love electronic sounds. I always gravitated towards that. Later came the rave scene, which was really exciting for me: it was so underground, so wild and so much fun. Moving from Hawaii to San Francisco, I really dived into that scene and I got really into DJs and started collecting vinyl and mixed tapes. I always loved to dance so much. One day in San Francisco, at a party, I took a break from dancing my ass off and I somehow got into a conversation with this guy. He mentioned that he made dance music, I thought that was really cool. He invited me over to see how we could collaborate if I was interested. So I went over to his studio a few days later. Eventually we started working together, I got my first sampler and drum machine. After that, I was hooked: we ended up as a  two man electronic band. We had ten shows in San Francisco… and then I moved to New York. 

American house music has its roots in New York, from the Paradise Garage, and in Chicago. Now that house is moving to the foreground of dance music in the United States in a sort of unprecedented way, people tend to associate the genre more with New York. What do you think of the current, possibly less appreciated, house scene in Chicago, and do you draw any inspiration from that culture in the past or present? 

That is true but I think that although there is now much less of a “scene” in Chicago for house music, people everywhere else are still inspired by the sound and acknowledge it, and there is a lot of respect. It may be a really small scene but the tiny part that is left of it is proper. And you can see that the roots are deep down in there although current trends may have shifted very much. I get a lot of inspiration from classic Chicago tracks and I play a lot of that sound in my Dj sets as well. 

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If you weren’t making music, what would you do for a living instead — in an alternate reality?

Something creative and fun. I am pretty open to creative possibilities: design, or have a brand of some sort. Maybe have a quirky venue, even. I also always thought it would be dreamy to do something adventurous, like documenting exotic places, new species and discoveries for something like National Geographic. At least I think that would be really exciting anyway. 


Kim Ann Foxman performs this weekend at MoMA PS1 Warm Up 2013 in Queens, NY. Keep an eye out for our interview with Kim — for now, enter to win a pair of passes to Warm Up as quick as you can. They’re gettin’ snapped up.

KIM ANN FOXMAN “CREATURE” from KIM ANN FOXMAN on Vimeo.

Kim Ann Foxman performs this weekend at MoMA PS1 Warm Up 2013 in Queens, NY. Keep an eye out for our interview with Kim — for now, enter to win a pair of passes to Warm Up as quick as you can. They’re gettin’ snapped up.

KIM ANN FOXMAN “CREATURE” from KIM ANN FOXMAN on Vimeo.


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.


Jamaica celebrates 50 years of independence today. One of the exemplars of the challenges and triumphs of post-colonial existence, Jamaica has much to celebrate and much to consider as it grows into full blossom as an independently-governed people. Sadly, homophobic crime in Jamaica is the highest in the world, and Jamaicans experience some of the most dramatic economic inequality internationally. Of course, Jamaica is also the motherland of some of the most influential, creative and robust cultural, artistic and musical movements in history, and both residents and members of the diaspora can attest to the incredible social strength and industrious intellect of the country. Join us in toasting and talking tonight in the lobby as Matthew Werth of RVNG Intl. spins music by Jamaican musicians and producers. 

Jamaica celebrates 50 years of independence today. One of the exemplars of the challenges and triumphs of post-colonial existence, Jamaica has much to celebrate and much to consider as it grows into full blossom as an independently-governed people. Sadly, homophobic crime in Jamaica is the highest in the world, and Jamaicans experience some of the most dramatic economic inequality internationally. Of course, Jamaica is also the motherland of some of the most influential, creative and robust cultural, artistic and musical movements in history, and both residents and members of the diaspora can attest to the incredible social strength and industrious intellect of the country. Join us in toasting and talking tonight in the lobby as Matthew Werth of RVNG Intl. spins music by Jamaican musicians and producers. 


We just started a weekly gay party called Johnny at Ace Hotel New York. Here are some shots from the opening party.



Photos by Vito Fun.


We’re having a Black Sheep Thanksgiving feast and some pool parties and performances this week and weekend at Ace Hotel Palm Springs. See the full menu and lineup on our calendar.

We’re having a Black Sheep Thanksgiving feast and some pool parties and performances this week and weekend at Ace Hotel Palm Springs. See the full menu and lineup on our calendar.


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