Saturday, February 23, 2013

TONIGHT: JFREJ Purim Masquerade to benefit

Tonight I get to play this lovely event.

JFREJ is, as far as I have learned, a good organization with a long history of keeping white Jews connected with struggles for social justice in lots of NY communities.

This event continues that tradition. It's a benefit for Communities United for Police Reform, one of the organizations mobilizing to fight police abuse such as stop& frisk.

JFREJ also works closely with the awesome Domestic Workers United union, founded and run by Caribbean women doing some of the hardest and most badass organizing in NY. When I played last year, the DWU folks were in the play which retold the story of Queen Esther as (their) labor struggle. They also provide the food, about which you can have no complaints.

There's live bands, including the Rude Mechanicals Orchestra, it's a very queer and queer-friendly event, costumes encouraged, nobody turned away for lack of funds.

I love that I get to dj for events like this. I guess it can happen other places, but it really makes me love New York.

And here's a great Yiddish version of f* the police to get you ready

Friday, February 22, 2013

DUTTYCAST #1 today 2/22 !!

Ok fam. I'm proud to announce the first edition of the Duttycast, going live today at 6pm EST!

This will be a livestreamed conversation on international musicial collaboration and being a musician in a global context when big players -including governments-  take an interest.

Link will be up closer to 6pm at  and you can tweet back at us at #duttycast

we will be doing this monthly, some musical, some conversations, some wilder still!

Monday, February 18, 2013

hello exile!

Thrilled to present my latest mix.

The mix is a love-letter to the perfect combination of raw, live enthusiasm and musical excellence that was Jungle in the 1990s. In2013, as footwork and other urban bass sounds bring to the front some more 'dark' and aggressive musical styles, these tracks haunt my ears, still sounding fresh and influential. I open up my well-traveled vinyl collection for 15-year-old records from my earliest DJ sets, weaving in music from then till now: most made by friends and colleagues I've crossed paths with in my tours across 19 countries on 3 continents.

I intend it as a joyful menace: troubling all the hierarchies out there and having fun doing it. This isn't music from the margins, it hails up lives, communities, worlds in exile. Gothic and darkstyle Jungle, the ominous side of footwork, and the punk aesthetic of my youth, all entangle with the threat to dominant social norms presentedby the thread of Black and Caribbean culture that runs through most ofthe music I love best. I also wanted to queer up the jungle, a move without which Babylon can never truly fall. Dance music's omnivorous digesting of culture can brings out the best interactions, on the dancefloor and in production: I end my take on that by mixing two of my favorite voice/beat combinations under the calling of dark birds.

See you on the dancefloor!!

There's a nice writeup here:

Friday, February 15, 2013

Halfway through February update

It's been a lively month so far. Big things on the horizon, but still under my hat for now..

What I CAN tell you is that I'm playing this fabulous gig tomorrow (Saturday Feb 16) in Harlem, and next week, a fantabulous gig in Sunset Park!

Saturday, February 16th: AZUCAR UPTOWN! 

RSVP here. $5 all night!
Special late night happy hour 1am-3am!

A dazzling Purim Shpil and Masquerade Ball in support of Communities United for Police Reform

Jews for Racial and Economic Justice bring you this amazing event, which this year supports Communities United for Police Reform (against Stop & Frisk and their other messed-up practices).
There's a great lineup of bands, performances and more:
The Aftselokhis Spectacle Players 
Yiddish Princess - the world's favorite yiddish rock band
DjaRARA - Haitian Rara Band
The Rude Mechanical Orchestra
DJ Ripley - dancing til late

220 36th St, Industry City, Sunset Park, Brooklyn (D/N/R to 36th St)
Ramped access to building 
FOOD! by Domestic Workers United