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Thursday, April 26

Adventures in Flight

Native New Yorker Douglas Sherman is passionate about music and vinyl.  Growing up in the Washington Heights area of Manhattan, some of his earliest musical memories are of his father constructing vacuum tube amplifiers as a hobby. His parents were folk singers who composed and performed their own music and often practiced at home. His father also had a diverse record collection and exposed Douglas to various musical genres, such as classical, jazz and rock, that laid the foundation for his passion for sound. It was a natural progression for Douglas to gravitate to DJ’ing during his teen years, to share his aesthetic musical tastes with others at house parties and special events around the city.

In 1979, while studying graphic design at the School of Visual Arts, Douglas was invited to 99 Prince Street, the home of David Mancuso’s seminal Loft party. This experience profoundly changed his view of how music can unite people as participants in an emotional celebration of dance and love. He became a regular at The Loft parties and his interest became noticed by David when he showed up early and offered to lend a hand with set up. Douglas listened and learned Mancuso’s concepts and principles around social progress, music, audio and the ephemeral life of a party. His relationship with David and the Loft has lasted over 35 years and he continues to be an integral part in keeping the Loft legacy and its core principles alive.

As a musical host, Douglas avoids playing from a set playlist in favor of constructing an aural tapestry that is emotional and transformative while always watching for the heart of the dancer to respond from the dance floor, to create a spontaneous and shared experience. He has gained a deep respect and appreciation for music and the importance of sound, to hear and experience records in the way that the artist intended without any manipulation.

In that spirit, Douglas has created a vinyl music event series titled “Adventures In Flight” that serves in part as a conduit for the collective vibration of music to reach the listener’s ear and inspire the dancer’s heart, creating an atmosphere where every record stands on its own and the music plays us. Join us for his next launch as he sets the controls for the heart of the sun, Thursday April 26th at Nowadays.

8p – 2a / free


Friday, April 27
L.Sangre, Gunnar Haslam and Young Male

L.Sangre is a resident DJ for Lost Soul Enterprises and a skilled purveyor of industrial, acid house and mutant techno; Gunnar Haslam is a reformed particle physicist with a discography that spans ambient, techno and acid (and includes two releases on our very own Mister Saturday Night Records); and Young Male is one half of White Material Records and a DJ and producer who metes out thunderous, take-no-prisoners tunes. All share a love of techno, but each possesses a distinct musical vision, which they will present, in harmony, tonight at the ‘days.

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


Saturday, April 28
Michael Magnan, JT Almon and Vin Sol
JT Almon and Michael Magnan are the superb selectors behind the Fruits and Vegetables party. We’re happy to call them members of the Nowadays fam. This month, they’re linking up with California DJ and producer Vin Sol. Here’s what they’ve got to say about the night:
For this month’s FNV night, we are extra thrilled to welcome Vin Sol, our brother from another coast. Hailing from San Francisco, Mr. Sol is the label boss at Soo Wavey Records (alongside Matrixxman) and the mastermind behind SF’s wickedly fun monthly party, Club Lonely. A ridiculously talented producer, chances are you have already sweat through your t-shirt to any one of his releases on Unknown to the Unknown, Clone, Icee Hot, Delft, NonPlus or Ultramajic, if you’ve happened to set foot in a nightclub in the past six years. Please stay hydrated! Hearing him mix live at Nowadays you will certainly need all the electrolytes in Ridgewood for stamina. Not to be missed.

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


Sunday, April 29
Planetarium with Josh Dunn and Dante Carfagna DJing and Shore 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 week, Josh Dunn is joined at the turntables by one of the world’s foremost record knowers. Dante Carfagna is responsible for insane compilations and reissues on Chocolate Industries and Jazzman Records, has written for and edited Waxpoetics and has compiled an exhaustive website on Ohio soul with Josh Davis (whom many will know as DJ Shadow). To hear someone with as much knowledge as Dante play Planetarium makes us so excited we almost threw up.

Also exciting: performing live throughout is vibraphonist, composer and Planetarium fave Will Shore, who will add yet another dimension to what will surely be a night of music that will be seared in your brain forever.

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


Tuesday, May 1
SalP’s Punk-Funk Dinner Club

Tonight we’re handing the Nowadays kitchen over to a New York icon, Sal P. Sal is lead singer of the legendary, LCD Soundsystem–inspiring outfit Liquid Liquid — and he is also a vegan chef. He’s presenting a sumptuous repast at our house, accompanied by equally sumptuous musical selections playing over the hi-fi. We couldn’t be more excited (or hungry) for it. Here’s what he and his gang have to say:

Sal P and the Singing Mouthful crew serve up a five course vegan feast that will appeal to proletarians, the petite bourgeoisie and the ruling class alike, regardless of their dietary proclivities with revolutionary music deliciously curated by our host.

Kudos to Justin and Eamon and the Nowadays crew for inviting us to do this pop up in their lovely venue on this iconic May Day holiday.

Workers of the World Unite!
Join our Punk-Funk Dinner Club!
You only have your hunger to lose!

Prix Fixe Menu:
$30 with a cash/card bar.

7p – 11p / $30 prix fixe menu / cash and card bar / facebook


Thursday, May 3
A1 Records All Stars

The venerable A1 Records crew commands the hi-fi tonight with sets from Jeremie Delon, Stewart Upchurch, Shef, $MoneyMIke$ and Monchan. Jeremie has minded the stacks at A1 since the ’90s. He’s the disco buyer, so heads have him to thank for the shop’s ever-reliable collection of classics and shoulda-been classics. Stewart’s resume is stacked with underground music institutions, including Nervous Records, Unique Distribution and Vinyl Mania. Shef, a.k.a. Mr. Genius, is a devotee of jazz, latin, afro, soul and dance music as well as an illustrator and tattoo artist. $Money Mike$ was an original member of Mobile Mondays and handles the buying of hip hop, R&B and 45s for A1. Last but not least, Monchan is the person behind the shop’s superb selection of house and techno. He also operates the Dailysession DJ-mix site and heads up DS Records. Come at 8pm to catch them selecting for the dinner crowd. Stay after we clear the tables away to hear them unleash their formidable collections on the dance floor.

8p – 2a / free


Friday, May 4
Working Women and rRoxymore

DJ Ashlyn, DJ Voices, DJ Nina and DJ Nicely, known collectively as Working Women, return for another night of deep, wide-ranging dance tunes at the ‘days. Joining them this time is Hermione Frank, a native of France and a resident of Berlin who started releasing vibrant, organic techno as rRoxymore in 2012. She’s continually experimented since then, blurring genre boundaries, smudging the edges of the dance floor and establishing herself as one of today’s most distinct voices. She teams up with Working Women for a night of minimal techno, soulful house and everything in between.

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


Saturday, May 5
Hank Jackson and Pangaea

Hank Jackson is a Brooklyn-based selector and producer with a love of oddball techno with releases on Proibito, Mister Saturday Night Records and anno. Kevin McAuley, aka Pangaea, is one-third of the Hessle Audio label, boss of his own Hadal imprint and a producer who pulls from UK bass music, breaks and techno to create galvanizing, muscular tunes. It’s an aesthetic that shows up in his DJ sets, too. With these two at the controls, be prepared for a night of left-field excursions and barn burners alike.

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


Sunday, May 6
Planetarium Season Finale
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 is the last Planetarium before we pack it in for the season, so we’re calling the whole gang to the turntables. Joining residents Josh Dunn, Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter is Peruvian-born DJ and sound artist Maria Chavez. Maria is a pioneer of abstract turntablism. She teaches workshops on sound art and improvisation, has exhibited her audio sculptures around the globe and touches turntables in all the ways your parents told you not to. Do not try this at home.
 
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


Thursday, May 10
Butter and Cam

The Mixtape Shop‘s Butter joins us once again at Nowadays, this time with assistance from Toronto-based selector Cam. Cam’s love of music fuels his monthly get down, Soul Step, manifesting in sets that mine the depths of soul and disco. He and Butter come together tonight to share private presses, hidden major label gems and everything in between. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself approaching the booth to ask, “Um, hey. What is this tune?” more than once tonight.

8p – 2a / free


Friday, May 11
Aurora Halal and DJ Richard

Aurora Halal is a producer, promoter and video artist based here in New York. In addition to being the person behind the Mutual Dreaming party and record label, she’s a skilled selector with a love of dark, psychedelic tunes. Joining her tonight is DJ Richard. Rhode Island born and Berlin based, DJ Richard is co-founder of dance imprint White Material and a maker of stirring, textured techno. Buckle up for a deep space voyage tonight.

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


Saturday, May 12
DJ Python (Live and DJ Set), Beta Librae and Sold

Sold is a part of the crew behind Hugo Ball, a monthly, Dada-influenced, all-walks-of-life party at Chicago’s Smart Bar. She’s got a finesse for spellbinding house and techno, which she’ll share alongside Beta Librae and DJ Python tonight. Kansas-born DJ and producer Beta Librae creates bewitching, dreamlike house, ambient and downtempo tracks. She’s got a full length dropping this month on Incienso. DJ Python is Brian Piñeyro (and also DJ Wey and DJ Xanax and Luis and a bunch of other names). He’s an NYC-based DJ and producer who serves a unique blend of reggaeton and techno. Peep his excellent debut album, Dulce Compañia (also on good ol’ Incienso), for an introduction. He’ll DJ and play live tonight.

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


Friday, May 18
Allergy Season: Physical Therapy, Complete Walkthru and Scott Zacharias

Detroit’s Scott Zacharias is one of the minds behind the superb get down Macho City, one half of the production duo The Fantasy and a one-man font of house, psychedelic disco, jazz and italo (read: he’s a master of steering a room from chill out to peak hour and back again). Sharing the decks is Max McFerren, a New York DJ and producer who turns out tracks as Complete Walkthru (and sometimes MCFERRDOG) and whose predilections run the gamut from cerebral to slamming. Top it all off with a set from Allergy Season label boss Physical Therapy, a genre-flouting DJ and producer with a seemingly boundless palette of club sounds, and, well, tonight will be nothing to sneeze at.

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


Saturday, May 19
The Bunker Limited with Marco Shuttle

For the past fifteen years, The Bunker has thrown parties all over the city, creating havens for the dance music faithful in basements, lofts, warehouses and clubs. It’s difficult to imagine New York nightlife without them. We’re very pleased to have them back at the ‘days for another installment of their intimate Bunker LTD series. Here’s what they’ve got to say about it:

As soon as we saw the space at Ridgewood’s newest venue, Nowadays, and heard the incredible SBS sound system installed there, we knew it was time to take The Bunker Limited out of hibernation. After re-launching the classic one DJ all night format with a brilliant 8 hour set from our resident DJ Patrick Russell in February, and turning the reins over to Mike Servito in March, for our next edition we’ll welcome Marco Shuttle back on May 19 for his second Bunker Limited.

Born in Treviso, a small city near Venice, Marco Shuttle has been involved in the local underground club scene since he was 15, initially as a promoter and then as a DJ. After moving to London to earn an MA in Fashion at Central Saint Martins, he became involved in the clubbing scene there, garnering a residency at the legendary Süd Electronic parties, and running his own event, a popular Sunday afternoon/evening session at Cafe 1001.

Due to his background in fashion, a primarily visual medium, Marco considers his musical style to be constructed with an aesthetic approach. He has been deeply inspired by Detroit techno and electro, acid house, New York deep house and garage, and electronica. His own productions can be described as very deep and dark and often tend to have strong percussive elements with dry electronic sounds and groovy basslines. Marco’s initial releases on Serialism and brut! stood out but he really began his rise to prominence with the 2011 release of “The Vox Attitude” EP on Vidd, which has since become a sought-after classic techno record. In 2012 he caught our ears with a stellar 12″ on Clone’s Store Only Series, and the launch of his own label, Eerie. Marco used the Eerie imprint to release four of his own EPs over 2012-13. These critically acclaimed EPs represent some of his deepest and most challenging music but did not fail to move dance floors worldwide. The label moved on to occasionally release music from a few close friends, including the Anxur EP, which brought Marco and Donato Dozzy into the studio to create a stunning record.

As result of the international success of his productions, Marco has been DJing globally with bookings at some of the most prestigious clubs and festivals in the world, including: Labyrinth (Japan), Berghain (Berlin), Fabric (London), Concrete (Paris), The Bunker (New York), Wave Festival (Amsterdam), Moog (Barcelona), and many more. Marco has since taken up residence in Berlin where he continued to produce for labels such as Peter Van Hoesen’s Time to Express, our own The Bunker New York imprint and Neel and Donato Dozzy’s label Spazio Disponibile.

For those not familiar with The Bunker Limited: it’s an intimate event that began in the Public Assembly loft in 2011, and is meant for smaller rooms so capacity is much more limited than our other events. Tickets are strictly limited, there is no photography allowed, no guestlist, and the sets are not recorded. The idea is to create a special and unique experience just for the heads who show up.

10p – 6a / bar until 4a, dance until it’s done / $15, $20 and $25 advance tickets / $30 at the door


Thursday, May 24
L&L&L Record Club

L&L&L Record Club is Laura Control, Lauren Goulet and Lauren Murada. The L’s specialize in disco classics, funk gems and left-field house edits, as heard on their frequent appearances on The Lot Radio. They hit the ‘days for a night of feel-good vibes, both old and new.

8p – 2a / free


Friday, May 25
Powder All Night

Moko Shibata, aka Powder, is a resident of Tokyo and a producer with an increasingly diverse catalogue of surreal, impish house and techno. As a selector, she has notably eclectic tastes, which run the gamut from house to no wave to Japanese synthpop. She’ll have plenty of time to stretch out tonight when she commands the hi-fi from open to close. Show up early and go along for the ride.

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

 


Saturday, May 26
JT Almon, Michael Magnan and False Witness

Superb selectors JT Almon and Michael Magnan assume control of the ‘days hi-fi once again to present their always-magnificent Fruits and Vegetables party. This edition features the talents of DJ and multimedia artist False Witness. Here’s what JT and Michael have to say about the night:

For our May installment of FNV we are getting extra freaky with local favorite False Witness. Their flavor of techno is eclectic, mesmeric and always gets the dance floor moving. Needless to say we are mega fans. In addition to being a force in the Brooklyn underground scene, False Witness has performed and shown work at MoMA PS1’s Warm Up, The New Museum, Frieze Projects London, The Venice Biennale, SXSW and is currently getting their MFA from Bard College, which in FNV terms means they’re a cultured hottie who knows how to party. Literally can’t wait!

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