Steve and Pedro’s Last Shout!

For nearly 8 years Steve and Pedro have been spinning the baddest blend of soul, rock, and pop at their weekly night Shout! @ Bar 13. But now they have left us to head off and open a new club in their hometown of Miami.

Knowing all of this, I absolutely had to head out and soak in the last Steve and Pedro Shout! yesterday night. All the kids came out to take one last shuffle on the dancefloors.

Jeppe from Junior Senior (He’s the bigger one with the ‘stache.) hit the decks spinning a fantastic mix of hip hop and pop up on the second floor. In fact, his set was so hot that he set off the fire alarm and everyone had to evacuate the floor. True story.

Everyone was crammed onto floor one, and even if a few toes were stepped upon I think everyone had a great time. I left a little bit before 4am, right in the midst of Pedro freaking everyone out with his awesome song choices like the Rolling Stones‘ “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.” But according to Hightower, the last song of the night was “All Things Must Pass” by George Harrison.

Let’s hear it for the boys for giving NYC so many great nights of dancing and music and wish them luck!

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More photos after the jump or view the full set at Flickr.

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Shout! at Bar 13 Has Its Last Danceathon this Sunday

Shout! @ Bar 13 has been an insitution that has been serving people without day jobs and NYU students since 1997. But now Steve and Pedro (your Notorious Shout! DJs) are closing the book on the party and Sunday is going to be the last Shout! ever with Steve and Pedro. Don’t believe me? Read it from the horse’s mouth:

Subject:steve and pedro’s LAST SHOUT!!!

Body:believe it, it’s true!

It’s time for the next chapter in the life of the NSDJs so this Sunday will be our last Shout!.

we did want to thank you for everything. you let us get away with murder. 1 hour long sets of obscure hi-energy funk-disco instrumentals? Not forcing us to resort to the hits? Letting us get away with things like old skool hip hop in the middle of a rock set and cheesy big 80s anthems before others sank their claws into them? Outrageous! In fact, nothing short of ***miraculous***! and that’s only the last three years! it’s hard to imagine a New York City today that would let something like that happen again. We were genuinely and truly lucky and grateful that you supported us in all our craziness… since 1997!

We’re going to miss you and shout! and we’re really grateful that you let us do what we did. We will never forget it. If it wasn’t for you, there would be no next chapter! Come say goodbye to us this sunday. Come early. Dance early. Party hearty. It will be fun, it truly is our last hurrah.

x o N S D J s, aka your friends Steve and Pedro

M-O-R-N-I-N-G-W-O-O-D Plays Bowery Ballroom

Dear Morningwood, I’m sending you my dry cleaning bill in a few days because when your troupe of undergarment-wearing dancers came and sprayed the audience with champagne you got it all over my silk shirt. Thanks. But the show was fun. The gaggle of 18-year-old girls surrounding me were having a blast throwing confetti. I still have the sparkles stuck in some of my body’s crevices.

The Exit also played, and I manged to catch most of their set. I was surprised how much they rocked. Really strong musicianship.

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Last Night’s Listening Party: The Black Spoons

The Black Spoons listening party at the Knitting Factory on Monday included cute little listening stations featuring “the making of” out takes for some of the songs on their upcoming album produced by Paul Mahajan (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio, The National…), which is dropping in April of this year. The one pictured below was the station for “If You Loved Me, I’d Be Home Right Now” and a bag of Sun Chips was placed with the CD player because apparently during the recording of the song Tom, Dave, and Ruben, got into when Tom asked Ruben to move his bag of Sun Chips. Gotta say, Sun Chips are pretty awesome. Original is my favorite (blue bag). Look out for a Black Spoons national tour and a NYC show at the KF later this month.

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What Would Be the Theme Song for the “L.E.S.” TV Pilot?

They’re young, they’re hip, they’re sexy, and they have to pay the rent…it’s your new favorite show “L.E.S.” and it’s coming to FOX this April!

Ok, none of that is true (yet), but were you just totally laughing your butt off when you read this NY Times article about 126 Rivington like I was? It’s the “true” story of how 126 Rivington is apparently the most swinging “Melrose Place”-like apartment in the city. But all you really need to know is that Piper Perabo lives next door. Helloooo “Coyote Ugly”!

I’m sure some network and/or tv writer is going to make this into the “Central Park West” of 2006. But the real question is would they be required to make a Clap Your Hands Say Yeah or We Are Scientists tune the theme song?

Strriiiikkkke!

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Well that was…fun?

UPDATE: Today (Wednesday) I tried riding my bike to work, a feat I’ve only attempted once before in the summer. Let me tell you this, it’s not as much fun riding your bike to work in the dead of winter. It took me 45 minutes to ride to work, which was shorter than the hour it took me to walk home last night, but I’m not sure what I’ll end up doing tomorrow if the strike is still on.

Tuesday Night Is Just Like Saturday Night with Diamond Nights

I’m really tired, but just wanted to say that Diamond Nights at Bowery Ballroom last night was awesome. They are getting to be such a great live band. It was such an “interactive” show–with Morgan making people sing along to “Saturday Night”, pulling up a gaggle of girls (and a few dudes) to dance on stage during “The Girl’s Attractive,” and for the finale, Morgan jumping into the crowd for the last song of the evening.

I took photos, some of which you can see on my Flickr account…ok I’m going to go pass out now.

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Just Take Me…Out Tonight!

As you may already know, I LOVE RENT! Like, a lot. Through the kindness of a really sweet person, I was fortunate enough to attend the world premiere of the movie at the Ziegfeld Theater tonight and the after party at Roseland.

I was a little nervous about seeing the movie because I’m such a HUGE fan of the stage musical, but I have to say I was not disappointed. I loved it. There were some great moments that Rentheads will really get a kick out of. I was so happy during the whole film. I’m not sure if it’s for everyone, but I adored it and I’m seeing it again next week at the midnight showing on the 22nd. Ok, are you now embarrassed for me? Sorry! I just have to geek out on this.

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My favorite moment was during “What You Own” when they show Roger in Santa Fe. It’s amazing because it looks like they switched the real footage with outtakes from a Creed “With Arms Wide Open” and/or Britney Spears “I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman” video (above). Yessssss!

At the premiere I saw Sarah Silverman (who has a small but hilarious role in the film), Little Steven, Joey “‘Nsync” Fatone (Who has been “Mark Cohen” in the Bway production), the dude who played “Will” on Alias, and of course the movie cast, Adam Pascal, Taye Diggs, Idina Menzel, Wilson J. Heredia, Jesse L. Martin, Rosario Dawson, Tracie Thoms, etc. But I was most shocked when I saw noneother than the original stage “Joanne,” Fredi Walker!!!!!! That was the best.

During the actual screening of the movie, the cast, director, and family of Jonathan Larson were announced and made to show themselves. When the “new kids” Rosario and Tracie were called, they both stood up and whooped at each other and pointed back and forth, as if to say “no YOU are the best!” “no no, YOU are the best!” It was cute when Wilson and Taye were standing up and they kept pointing at one another as well.

The afterparty was a fancy event. There was a full catered dinner buffet and open bar. Roseland was decorated with “trash” and flyers and other assorted “RENT-type” decorations like broken TVs, wires, flaming trash cans, etc. There was even a “street musician” positioned downstairs by the bathrooms and coat check. All around the place were projections of stills from the movie, and also of the RENT logo and sayings like “Leap of Faith.”

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Things to See, Do, and Buy in the Next Few Days

We will now “reprezent” to all our friends and people who we haven’t slept with/slept with/sleeping with our friends/thought about sleeping with/will never sleep with/will one day accidentally sleep with/related to someone we slept with/slept next to/are fundamentally against sleeping/like sleeping with bunnies/just like social incest…

THURSDAY: The Stills, FREE in Battery Park (Tickets required, they start handing them out at 5pm day of.)

SATURDAY: Catch our friend Andy read his essay about the MC5 from the new book Kill Your Idols at Sin-e. (And hear some great local bands do cover versions of the songs trashed in the book.)

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SUNDAY: Surefire, Elkland, The Bravery, and My TV’s at Rothko @ 2pm. All ages, $15.

We are DJing said Surefire gig.

Sons of Sound @ Sin-e July 14

NEXT WEDNESDAY: Sons of Sound play Sin-e.

NEXT SATURDAY: The Siren Music Festival featuring The Fever, TV on the Radio, …Trail of Dead, The Thermals, and many more. FREE! Coney Island.

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IN TWO TUESDAYS: Elefant play Bowery Ballroom with VHS or Beta.

IN TWO WEDNESDAYS: Elefant play Bowery Ballroom with Elkland.