Thursday, January 18

Tony Troffa and Disco_bobulated (Jusoong C3)

Tony Troffa is a DJ and producer who has been spinning records for over 25 years, always with a focus on unknown disco, soul, African and Latin tunes. He recently co-founded Made in NY Records with JuSoong Sun (aka Disco-Bobulated and C3). JuSoong was a fixture of lower Manhattan growing up, both as a prolific graffiti writer and a b-boy. He shows up in film, too: JuSoong was an extra in The Warriors and makes multiple appearances in Maestro, a 2003 doc about the Paradise Garage and the Loft. With Made in NY Records, he and Tony focus on edits of rare and unreleased afro-soul and disco. Tonight they hit the ‘days to shine a light on their favorite hidden gems.

8p – 2a / free


Friday, January 19
Working Women with Garrett David

NYC-based collective Working Women — DJ Ashlyn, DJ Voices, DJ Nina and DJ Nicely — formed last year, when its members gathered one evening to play records. They began DJing as a foursome, combining their perspectives into a single musical vision. The result is an uncanny ability to set just the right tone. Joining them tonight is Chicago DJ and producer Garrett David. Garrett is one of the founders of the Stripped & Chewed label, the head of his own imprint, Night Sea Journey, and a resident of Smart Bar’s weekly party, Queen!, which just so happens to be one of the best dances we know of.

10p – 4a / bar until 4a, dance until it’s done / free before midnight with RSVP / $10 early birds / $15 otherwise / advance tickets


Saturday, January 20
Physical Therapy and Umfang

Physical Therapy is a New Jersey native and the head of the Allergy Season label. He’s also a producer and DJ who wields a colorful, and ever-growing, palette of club sounds (tropical techno, house, jungle, you name it). Sharing the night is Umfang, the co-founder of Discwoman and a boundary-pushing techno DJ and producer. Preconceived notions are best left at home tonight: both define club music on their own terms.

10p – 6a / bar until 4a, dance until 6a / free before midnight with RSVP / $15 early birds / $20 otherwise / advance tickets


Sunday, January 21
Planetarium with Justin Carter DJing and Evan Shornstein aka Photay playing live
Planetarium is an immersive hi-fi listening session.
 
We clear the floor between our custom speakers, so you can bring pillows, blankets, sleeping bags or anything else you like to get comfortable. Lie on the floor, stretch out on the couch, and get lost in music.
 
Records are woven together from across the spectrum – new classical, electronic music, pre-war blues, new age, ambient, psychedelic rock, jazz, field recordings and beyond – and there are often live performances to augment the experience.
 
At this installment, Justin Carter is at the turntables and Evan Shornstein, aka Photay, is performing live throughout. As Photay, Evan blends samples, field recordings and synthetic sounds over polyrhythmic percussion. This evening, he’ll forgo the beats and set off to explore more ambient terrain.
 
Drinks and food are available from the bar and kitchen. We have all the creature comforts that you might otherwise need inside so you never have to leave the bubble we’re creating. The event runs from 6pm to 11pm.
 
An important note: the night works best when everyone keeps their voice down. When you’re inside the speakers, remain silent, and when you’re outside of the main speaker area, please make sure you’re quiet enough that only the person you’re talking to can hear you.
 
We’re looking forward to seeing you there.

6p – 11p / $20 / advance tickets are a good idea


Thursday, January 25
Duane Harriott and Son of Sound

Duane Harriott is one of our favorite New York selectors. He’s been serving soulful tunes to New York’s dance floors for over two decades. He’s one half of Devin Dare, one half of Bim Marx, 100% of Desiree West and 100% amazing. Sharing the decks with him tonight is Henry Maldonado, aka Son of Sound. Henry is a native New Yorker and a dedicated producer who’s released music steadily since 1991. His sound draws from early ‘80s R&B, soul, hip hop, electro-funk and house — which is to say, it’s New York through and through.

8p – 2a / free


Friday, January 26
DJ Python and Riobamba

Brian Piñeyro is a man of many monikers (DJ Wey, DJ Xanax and Luis among them). He dons the alias DJ Python to deliver his unique brand of reggaeton-infused techno. For a taste, check out his debut full length, Dulce Compañia, released on Incienso last September. Sharing the decks is DJ and producer Riobamba. Riobamba is the founder of APOCALIPSIS (the label and creative agency behind Boiler Room’s first reggaeton showcase) and leads A&R for Fania Records. Tonight, she and DJ Python hit the ‘days to share the best in boundary-breaking latin club music.

10p – 4a / bar until 4a, dance until it’s done / free before midnight with RSVP / $15 in advance and at the door


Saturday, January 27
Christy Love, JT Almon and Michael Magnan

JT Almon and Michael Magnan are the minds behind the superb Fruits and Vegetables party. They’re also staples at Ladyfag’s regular soiree, Holy Mountain. Christy Love is label boss at Get Up Recordings, one half of the production duo House of Stank and a seasoned selector with an ear for jacking beats. Don’t expect them to pull any punches. Do expect to stay late.

10p – 6a / bar until 4a, dance until it’s done / free before midnight with RSVP / $15 in advance and at the door


Sunday, January 28
Planetarium: Voyager Golden Record Session with Justin Carter and Josh Dunn

Planetarium is an immersive hi-fi listening session.

We clear the floor between our custom speakers, so you can bring pillows, blankets, sleeping bags or anything else you like to get comfortable. Lie on the floor, stretch out on the couch, and get lost in music.

Tonight’s edition of Planetarium is dedicated to the Golden Voyager Records. In 1977 NASA shot two crafts into space, each one equipped with a pair of golden records. Contained on the records are images and sounds of earth: greetings in 55 languages, whale songs, rumbling engines, and, of course, music – everything from a Gamelan orchestra to Stravinsky to Johnny B. Goode. The hope is that one day, perhaps millions or even billions of years from now, the records will serve as a message to the inhabitants of some distant planet.

This evening, we play reproductions of the golden records in their entirety and try to imagine what it might be like to hear these sounds of earth for the very first time.

Josh Dunn and Justin Carter will play other interstellar music before and after the airing of the golden records.

Drinks and food are available at the bar and kitchen. We have all the creature comforts that you might otherwise need inside so you never have to leave the bubble we’re creating. The event runs from 6pm to 11pm.

An important note: the night works best when everyone keeps their voice down. When you’re inside the speakers, remain silent, and when you’re outside of the main speaker area, please make sure you’re quiet enough that only the person you’re talking to can hear you.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there.

6p – 11p / $20 / advance tickets are a good idea


Wednesday, January 31
Think Olio: The Monster Right Here – Cold War Nostalgia and the Ambiguity of Goodness in Stranger Things

Periodically we team up with Think Olio to present an amazing 90-minute class (with a beer break, of course) at Nowadays. This time we’re presenting a class about Stranger Things. It’s taught by Jamie Warren, an Assistant Professor at BMCC-CUNY with a Ph.D. in American History from Indiana University. Check out the description below:

For nearly half of the 20th century, Cold War ideology permeated US popular culture and political discourse, disseminating propaganda celebrating American “goodness” and freedom, clearly contrasted against the purported “evil” of the USSR. Hollywood films, TV shows, and even popular music often rested on explicit and subtle celebrations of an idealized America, depicting the nation as the land of the free, often under threat of a real or symbolic monster invasion from without. However, in the later years of the Cold War, Americans bore witness to more complicated narratives, which sometimes suggested that the real enemy was, in fact, “right here,” either in the form of a terrifying government power (such as those scary hazmat dudes who tried to kidnap E.T.) or in a perverted, monstrous citizenry (like those creepy aliens masquerading as human in the show V). As national identity grew increasingly fractious and self-doubting toward the Cold War’s end, Americans began to ask themselves, “Are we the monster?”

In this Olio, we will examine these political and even existential dilemmas as presented in the lovingly nostalgic Stranger Things. We will examine the political message of the series, probing at what Eleven means when she claims herself the true monster, and we will explore the complex, and perhaps troubling, function of nostalgia at work in this masterful series.  What, exactly, are we nostalgic for? There is more going on here, I think, than nostalgia for our youth and the stories we loved, and more too, I think, than simply the pleasure of being on the inside of an inside joke. By watching Stranger Things, we get to experience not simply a story, we get to experience ourselves experiencing our stories. We are watching ourselves watch, and it turns out, we were right all along. The government is bad, only kids know the truth, parents might love us but they have no idea that all of this is a lie, the cool kids are actually miserable, the outsiders will save the day, friendship is the highest moral good, and magic is real. But, still, we must ask, who is the monster?

7:30p / $14** / tickets

**you’ll need to pay to attend the class, but don’t worry, if you’re just coming to hang out, have dinner or have a drink, Nowadays is free as usual


Thursday, February 1
Lauren Flax, JD Samson and Will Automagic

Lauren Flax is an accomplished producer and a formidable DJ. She’s lived in Detroit, Chicago and New York, which will come as no surprise if you’ve heard her play. You may have first encountered JD Samson as part of Le Tigre and MEN, but hopefully you’ve also caught her behind the decks. She’s a fun and versatile selector dedicated to showing folks a good time. Will Automagic is one half of the production and DJ duo — and serious party starters —The Carry Nation. ‘Nuff said.

Hosting the festivities tonight is Posture, a New York–based, queer-run publication highlighting independent artists and designers.

8p – 2a / free


Friday, February 2
Pearson Sound All Night

David Kennedy, aka Pearson Sound, is one-third of the Hessle Audio label and an unfettered producer whose releases span heady club tracks, abstract excursions and hazy ambient musings. Rhythmic techno is his main terrain, but in an all-night set, he’ll by no means be confined to it.

10p – 6a / bar until 4a, dance until it’s done / $15 before midnight with RSVP / $20 in advance and at the door


Saturday, February 3
Rahaan All Night Long

Rahaan is a veteran Chicago selector, a prolific producer — some of our favorite funk and disco edits bear his name — and a true disco maestro. He cut his teeth playing house parties in the ’80s and has been pulling dance floors into his groove ever since. Tonight he’ll lay down a set of disco, house, soul, funk and more, for at least six hours.

10p – 4a / bar until 4a, dance until it’s done / $15 before midnight with RSVP/ $15 early birds / $20 otherwise / advance tickets


Sunday, February 4
Planetarium with Eamon Harkin DJing and Todd Sines Playing Live

Planetarium is an immersive hi-fi listening session.

We clear the floor between our custom speakers, so you can bring pillows, blankets, sleeping bags or anything else you like to get comfortable. Lie on the floor, stretch out on the couch, and get lost in music.

Records are woven together from across the spectrum – new classical, electronic music, pre-war blues, new age, ambient, psychedelic rock, jazz, field recordings and beyond – and there are often live performances to augment the experience. This evening’s Planetarium sees Eamon Harkin at the turntables and Todd Sines performing live throughout. A former student of Stockhausen protege Dr. Thomas Wells, Todd’s a master of modular synthesis and a lover of all things analogue. Over the past three decades, he’s turned out a diverse set of experimental tunes spanning minimal techno, house, industrial and post-punk. Tonight he’ll focus on the ambiance.

Drinks and food are available at the bar and kitchen. We have all the creature comforts that you might otherwise need inside so you never have to leave the bubble we’re creating. The event runs from 6pm to 11pm.

An important note: the night works best when everyone keeps their voice down. When you’re inside the speakers, remain silent, and when you’re outside of the main speaker area, please make sure you’re quiet enough that only the person you’re talking to can hear you.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there.

6p – 11p / $20 / advance tickets are a good idea


Thursday, February 8
Phil Moffa and DJ Spider

Phil Moffa is the DJ, producer and engineer behind the superb recording studio Butcha Sound. DJ Spider is boss of Plan B Recordings and a longtime New York selector and producer. The two are frequent collaborators who share a taste for gritty, unorthodox techno, ranging from heavy club cuts to freeform ambient excursions. They hit the ‘days for a night of nonconformist tunes.

8p – 2a / free



Saturday, February 10
Mister Saturday Night

Mister Saturday Night is a party thrown by Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter. The aim is simple — to create a welcoming space and present music that they love — but the commitment is deep: the two built Nowadays from top to bottom to make sure they had the right home for their community. All that’s left is for you to show up. Then the magic happens…

10p – 6a / bar until 4a, dance until it’s done / $15 before midnight with RSVP / $15 early birds / $20 otherwise / advance tickets


Sunday, February 11
Planetarium with Josh Dunn and Justin Carter DJing and Relaxer Playing Live

Planetarium is an immersive hi-fi listening session.

We clear the floor between our custom speakers, so you can bring pillows, blankets, sleeping bags or anything else you like to get comfortable. Lie on the floor, stretch out on the couch, and get lost in music.

Records are woven together from across the spectrum – new classical, electronic music, pre-war blues, new age, ambient, psychedelic rock, jazz, field recordings and beyond – and there are often live performances to augment the experience. This evening’s Planetarium sees Josh Dunn and Justin Carter at the turntables and Relaxer performing live throughout. Relaxer is the project of Daniel Martin-McCormick, the Brooklyn-based artist previously known as Ital. As Relaxer, Daniel crafts shadowy techno and hazy, dreamlike soundscapes. He’ll be focusing on the latter at tonight’s session.

At this installment, Justin Carter is at the turntables and Evan Shornstein, aka Photay, is performing live throughout. As Photay, Evan blends samples, field recordings and synthetic sounds over polyrhythmic percussion. This evening, he’ll forgo the beats and set off to explore more ambient terrain.

Drinks and food are available from the bar and kitchen. We have all the creature comforts that you might otherwise need inside so you never have to leave the bubble we’re creating. The event runs from 6pm to 11pm.

An important note: the night works best when everyone keeps their voice down. When you’re inside the speakers, remain silent, and when you’re outside of the main speaker area, please make sure you’re quiet enough that only the person you’re talking to can hear you.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there.

6p – 11p / $20 / advance tickets




Sunday, February 18
Planetarium with Justin Carter

Planetarium is an immersive hi-fi listening session.

We clear the floor between our custom speakers, so you can bring pillows, blankets, sleeping bags or anything else you like to get comfortable. Lie on the floor, stretch out on the couch, and get lost in music.

Records are woven together from across the spectrum – new classical, electronic music, pre-war blues, new age, ambient, psychedelic rock, jazz, field recordings and beyond – and there are often live performances to augment the experience.

Drinks and food are available at the bar and kitchen. We have all the creature comforts that you might otherwise need inside so you never have to leave the bubble we’re creating. The event runs from 6pm to 11pm.

An important note: the night works best when everyone keeps their voice down. When you’re inside the speakers, remain silent, and when you’re outside of the main speaker area, please make sure you’re quiet enough that only the person you’re talking to can hear you.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there.

6p – 11p / $20 / advance tickets are a good idea




Sunday, February 25
Planetarium with Josh Dunn

Planetarium is an immersive hi-fi listening session.

We clear the floor between our custom speakers, so you can bring pillows, blankets, sleeping bags or anything else you like to get comfortable. Lie on the floor, stretch out on the couch, and get lost in music.

Records are woven together from across the spectrum – new classical, electronic music, pre-war blues, new age, ambient, psychedelic rock, jazz, field recordings and beyond – and there are often live performances to augment the experience.

Drinks and food are available at the bar and kitchen. We have all the creature comforts that you might otherwise need inside so you never have to leave the bubble we’re creating. The event runs from 6pm to 11pm.

An important note: the night works best when everyone keeps their voice down. When you’re inside the speakers, remain silent, and when you’re outside of the main speaker area, please make sure you’re quiet enough that only the person you’re talking to can hear you.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there.

6p – 11p / $20 / advance tickets are a good idea