Friend, Party Rocker, Bassaholic DJ Pace (aka Pacey Foster) is a multi-instrumentalist with deep hip-hop roots, he was the turntablist in the Franc Graham Band and the experimental live electronic act Elk which included members of Count Zero/Think Tree. He has performed as a club and party DJ for over 10 years and brings an academic expertise to his wicked DJ blends and musical productions. When he is not working on his growing record archive at the Library of Vinyl Experience. Pace conducts research on local cultural industries as an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. His forthcoming article, “Hip-hop in the Hub: How Boston Rap Remained Underground” will be the first published history of Boston’s early hip-hop scene.
Tonight he will present some recently obtained rare electro -boogie -disco -funk records. Do you like vocoders? How about wobbly synth basslines and jawrattling handclaps? Well then my friend, this is the night for you.
This week — tonight! — at Beat Research, we’re happy to have Brian Coleman in the house once again. Last time Brian came through, it was to pay tribute to Tim Haslett, and he rallied a whole bunch of DJs to the cause. Tonight Brian’s gonna keep the tribute rolling, and he’s invited several friends once again — including DJ Duo, David Day, and Brynmore — to help out. Should be a vibes.
Also, next week we’ve got none other than edIt of Glitch Mob infamy. Who’s bringing the subwoofer?
Internet meme scholar and steward that I fancy myself, I regret I’ll have to miss this weekend’s promising ROFLcon here in Cambridge since I’m due in Iowa City at another conference (and, I’m afraid, one which will leave me rolling on the floor laughing not nearly as much). Wish I coulda joined Kevin to talk about tubedanzmusik. Mebbe next time.
But if you’re around and hip to the scenes memes, I highly recommend checking out the festivities. They’ve got quite a program planned and a lineup that includes a who’swho in ROFLconnery, not to mention a couple fun events happening at nighttime in meatspace —
Saturday April 26
MEEM DREEMZ, ROFLcon afterparty @ Basstown, Great Scott, Allston, MA
ft. Hearthrobbers, Basstowners, Lone Wolf
Roflers only 9-11, n00bs and everyone else after 11pm
as well as
Sunday April 27
ROFLcon after-afterparty @ ZuZu, Cambridge, Ma
ft. GHOSTDAD + Lone Wolf
The Brandeis Electro-Acoustic Music Studio presents new work by grad and undergrad composers from Brandeis and Brown University. The program includes installation and dj pieces from classic tape/instrument compositions to interactive performances.
Refusenik just got back from Buenos Aires, Argentina where he had been living for the past several months. He brought down his killer collection of dance cuts which drove the people crazy when he played at all the clubs and parties, but now he is bringing back a new collection of South American gems to school us on how the Southern Hempishere rocks.
Based in Belgium and Paris, DJ Gaetano Fabri will be stopping by BR as part of his world tour. He is known for mixing dancefloor beats with the traditional music from the Tzigane or â€™Gypsyâ€™ culture. The sounds of East European brass bands and Klezzmer and Russian folk melodies collide with upbeat drum machines and heavy bass for a funky mix of old and new.
His music can be found on both of the Electric Gypsyland compilations as well as on his full length CD Nuit Tsugane – Gypsy Night.
Mondays at the Enormous Room with residents DJ Flack and Wayne and Wax
567 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA
9pm to 1am, 21 plus, Free
neither of whom should be a stranger to readers of this bloggg
As described here last year, Boima embodies global flows, reppin Sierra Leone via Wisconsin and the Bay Area. His Diamonds for Sierra Leone mix offers up his idiosyncy take on the sounds of Salone, and he was holding it down for cumbia well ahead of the critical curve. Need I remind you that he’s also responsible for the imaginative inspiration of the Barack Star mixtape?
& y’all know Bo. The Rio-based American ex-pat’s been tearing up actual and virtual dance spaces for a minute now. I’ve been hooked ever since I caught Bo’s inaugural Blentcast, and he’s hardly slowed down since. His latest blips on the blogosphere: 1) the latest contribution to the Blogariddims series; and 2) a vivid video shot in Dakar, offering a glimpse of what we’ll hear (and see!) on his upcoming album, Archipelagoes, via Soot Records —
Globalistas? Sure. Each in their own way. Tho I gotta say, I’m rly feeling Bo’s “transnational bass” line at the moment.
Speaking of Soot, allow me to mention that we’re also having a special Thursday edition of Beat Research THIS THURSDAY featuring none other than the don dada original globalista DJ himself, /rupture. If you’re in town, come on out for some low-key low-end theory: vieja y nueva cumbia, digital dubness, and no doubt genres heretofore unheard and unjuxtaposed. Special gunpowder all around.
And continuing on our whirled tour, Ghislain Poirier‘s video for “Blazin” has finally hit the tubes, a fitting, fit-to-be-tied mash of dancehall stylee and ice hockey. Canuck if you buck!
The number of testimonials still rolling in — and rolling along — make it clear how many of us were touched by Tim. This past weekend, DJ Duo and Carlos B of the QE2 crew dedicated their longstanding, all-night Saturday/Sunday show to the man. (Hopefully they recorded it and can share it soon.) Here’s how they put it —
THE QE2 CREW WILL BE HONORING THE LIFE OF TIM HASLETT
BY PLAYING SOME OF HIS FAV. TUNES OF …….
DETROIT TECH. AND OLD SCHOOL HIP-HOP BALTIMORE BREAKS & DUB
JUST TO NAME A FEW STYLES .
WE CALLED HIM THE PROF. AND WILL HAVE DIALOG ON ARE HOW
HE INFLUENCED ,TAUGHT AND INTRODUCED US TO THE BEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD !!!!
WE WILL MISS YOU PROFESSOR
I myself have to confess that I really only had one really loooooong conversation with Tim one afternoon in Harvard Square, but it was enough to send me in multiple directions looking for new (and old) music, books, theories. And we corresponded a little bit over the tubes. So I’m honored to be able to offer yet another forum, tonight, for friends and family to remember Tim thru the music he loved. I’m getting the impression this is gonna be a night of celebration, with lots of local DJs lending their hands and ears and crates, so come out and add to the vibes —
567 Massachusetts Avenue
9pm to 1am, 21 plus, Free
Also, if you’re in the Boston area or in reach of an internet stream, don’t miss Brian Coleman’s radio tribute on WZBC this evening from 5-7 pm (EST). Brian and Tim used to run a show together in that time slot, dedicated to ol-school hip-hop and electro (“Funk to the Folks” / “Back to the Old School” / “School Beats”). Brian tells me he’s got a couple crates worth of records ready to go tonight. Check the stream here — http://www.wzbc.org/listen.html
Finally, for another side of Tim, check out this 1992 broadcast on ZBC’s “Hardwired” show in which he gets all ravey on ya — Side A