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