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Did y’all listen to this shit yet?
http://recessnewyork.com/intermission/ariel-stark-benz

Kindness - “Still Smokin’” 36 hours in the Go-Go Scene

Not sure why this took me so long to post, but I was super happy to work on this production over a weekend in DC with Adam & Pauline.

I’d mentioned this previously on the photo post here: http://smoking-drinking.com/post/28983835245/i-was-lucky-enough-to-be-on-hand-for-the-making-of – now you can enjoy the rest :)

Always good to see my dear old friend Ryan (of Miracles Club) dancing. We used to work at Holocene together back in Portland, so it was more of a regular show (there were tons of weekly dance parties)– watch and see what I mean.

It’s Friday Night.

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DJ Paul at Westway, for the Supreme FNO party from last week. Super fun night. Not my photo, but when I saw the mask close up, I had to find a good shot to share. Voila.

DJ Paul at Westway, for the Supreme FNO party from last week. Super fun night. Not my photo, but when I saw the mask close up, I had to find a good shot to share. Voila.

Kindness, live at Le Poisson Rouge

Kindness, live at Le Poisson Rouge

The summer of 2007 was very formative for me in terms of falling in love with a type of music I had long tried to disassociate myself with– disco !
My dear friend Mo had been well into the genre for years, and was already finding doubles of her supply of coveted vinyls (think “This Man” by The Phill & Friends Band), but her game was pretty ‘out there,’ and I still mostly just into party rocking. Thus, what really bridged the gap for me were the Tuesday night parties at 205 Club (RIP) with residents Justin Miller & Jacques Renault. It was ALWAYS a good time, and even though it wasn’t my first choice in music at the time, it was definitely my favorite ‘weekly’ party in the city (perhaps will continue to be my favorite in memory, overall). Funny enough, I was speaking with Justin the other day– and he said he had recorded one of the nights.. I told him that we had to put it up on GrandLife, so here you go: http://www.grandlifehotels.com/culture/weekly-playlist-justin-miller
I like the way he described it to me in his email also–

Hey Ariel - Here’s the live at 205 mix. Just a couple crazy kids learning how to dj with a UREI rotary mixer and a sweaty basement. ;-)


Ps. The ridiculous photo on top is the ONLY one I could find of myself from those nights.. I’ve got black jeans on, and white leather converse with no socks (it was my first time wearing them and they were too tight on my feet, so I had to go sockless).

The summer of 2007 was very formative for me in terms of falling in love with a type of music I had long tried to disassociate myself with– disco !

My dear friend Mo had been well into the genre for years, and was already finding doubles of her supply of coveted vinyls (think “This Man” by The Phill & Friends Band), but her game was pretty ‘out there,’ and I still mostly just into party rocking. Thus, what really bridged the gap for me were the Tuesday night parties at 205 Club (RIP) with residents Justin Miller & Jacques Renault. It was ALWAYS a good time, and even though it wasn’t my first choice in music at the time, it was definitely my favorite ‘weekly’ party in the city (perhaps will continue to be my favorite in memory, overall). Funny enough, I was speaking with Justin the other day– and he said he had recorded one of the nights.. I told him that we had to put it up on GrandLife, so here you go: http://www.grandlifehotels.com/culture/weekly-playlist-justin-miller

I like the way he described it to me in his email also–

Hey Ariel - Here’s the live at 205 mix. Just a couple crazy kids learning how to dj with a UREI rotary mixer and a sweaty basement. ;-)

Ps. The ridiculous photo on top is the ONLY one I could find of myself from those nights.. I’ve got black jeans on, and white leather converse with no socks (it was my first time wearing them and they were too tight on my feet, so I had to go sockless).

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Roach Cock

Roach Cock by Hanni El Hkatib (filmed at Casba in Tokyo, I didn’t make it when I was there– so it has become something of a promised land to me)

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GrandLife Hotel Weekly Playlist: Ariel Stark-Benz
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Lee Fields & The Expressions at The Williamsburg Music Hall

Lee Fields & The Expressions at The Williamsburg Music Hall

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Finally good enough quality to post. Check it.

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You described it as “adult dance music.”

Yes, definitely. That’s probably the kind of music I DJ, is kind of adult dance music in many respects. I don’t know, how can I explain … I mean, I said to my son, “You can’t understand the blues until you’ve had your heart broken by a woman or whatever, and you can’t understand my music until you’ve had group sex on Ecstasy.”


Are you encouraging your son to do that?

No, but he’s 19, and he should have by now.

DJ Harvey Makes Sexy: The Interview

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That’s ”Going Through The Motions" by Hot Chocolate, homie..

Monday, January 10, 2011

Ariel Stark-Benz




Ariel at his apartment in Williamsburg. Can you guess the record he’s holding?

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Side note: New York will always be hip-hop.. New York will always be rock.. both genres are pretty sleepy right now, all things considered. Uptempo, club-sounding music is dominating the airwaves, and dance music in general is more accesible. Here is how perceive the sound of New York dance music this year.
For much of the year 2010, I was feeling disco-type music more than ever– likely a sentiment I had because I was passively receiving it almost every night I went out. I could, and generally would hear fairly quality boogie, cosmic, italo– new, old, and (most of all) edited disco tracks, seven days a week if I so desired. The genre is so massive- and always feels largely undiscovered– but by the entrance of summer, a kind of deep house sound with late 80s into early 90s influences had started to really emerge into the picture. Tim Sweeney recently did his roundup of the year 2010’s best, and for the most part, I think it explains this transition.. better yet– it forecasts 2011.
Check out the list, and listen to the mixes here.
(the above photo was taken by me at David Mancuso’s Loft Party in early October)

Side note: New York will always be hip-hop.. New York will always be rock.. both genres are pretty sleepy right now, all things considered. Uptempo, club-sounding music is dominating the airwaves, and dance music in general is more accesible. Here is how perceive the sound of New York dance music this year.

For much of the year 2010, I was feeling disco-type music more than ever– likely a sentiment I had because I was passively receiving it almost every night I went out. I could, and generally would hear fairly quality boogie, cosmic, italo– new, old, and (most of all) edited disco tracks, seven days a week if I so desired. The genre is so massive- and always feels largely undiscovered– but by the entrance of summer, a kind of deep house sound with late 80s into early 90s influences had started to really emerge into the picture. Tim Sweeney recently did his roundup of the year 2010’s best, and for the most part, I think it explains this transition.. better yet– it forecasts 2011.

Check out the list, and listen to the mixes here.

(the above photo was taken by me at David Mancuso’s Loft Party in early October)

#music   #trends