Shake a tail feather to thee Heebie Jeebies of Jonathan Toubin / New York Night Train's most exciting and exquisite o.g. 1950s/1960s “maximum rock’n’soul” 45s! A NYC institution every Friday since 2008! Eccentric postcards from the old weird america addressed directly to you in the here and now… the rumble deep down below the city that never sleeps… in the cozy subterranean confines of Home Sweet Home… Get hot and heavy to your favorite DJ and the wild flames of his life-affirming rock and soul vinyl!
10:30pm — 4am, 21+, $5 (FREE entry before 11pm)
«Every Friday night from 10:30 P.M. to 4 A.M., this subterranean dive bar on the Bowery morphs into an ecstatic, sweaty time portal to the swingin’ sixties. Drinks are beside the point, but they’re cheap enough (seven-dollar draft; five-buck bottled Lone Star). Get something, finish it soon, and let the siren call of Chuck Berry seduce you onto the dance floor. The d.j. Jonathan Toubin has been spinning rare nineteen-fifties and sixties records weekly here since 2008, and the crowd is a melting pot of punk bartenders, twenty-somethings, and a couple of pepper-gray heads, who swivel and smile under the peeling disco ball. Few people recognize the roaring, crackling songs; even fewer can really dance the blues. It doesn’t matter. The evening’s not about proving you know the most obscure records or looking good; it’s about some kind of soul-shaking alchemy. Before you know it, it’s the opening scene of “Dirty Dancing,” all swerving hips and bare shoulders—you would’ve sworn you’d be the last to dance, but there you are, breathless. A lady hops on a faux-leather banquette to get a closer look at Toubin’s handiwork. He conspires with her, “This is too fast, isn’t it? How about this one? Do you think they can handle it?” And Eddy Jacobs comes on, crooning like a young Sam Cooke: “We’re having a Friday night get-together / ’Cause I just got paid / Don’t have to work Saturday / And tonight I’m going to have my way.” Spellbound bodies slip into the song’s shuffling rhythm, and Toubin reaches for the next bit of black magic.» (The New Yorker, 2016)
Village Voice awarded JONATHAN TOUBIN 2015's «BEST DJ» in the 60th anniversary BEST OF NYC: «We might live in an EDM world, but Jonathan Toubin has no truck with today's musical whims. Since 2007, Toubin's Soul Clap and Dance-Off has brought throwback pizzazz and retro cool to New York's late-night underground. Culled from an endless array of long-forgotten Sixties soul singles, Soul Clap is pure musical dynamite, the kind of after-hours party that exposes today's iTunes-bred, press-play DJs for their relative lack of roots and ingenuity. No fist-bumps or atomic bass drops here; instead, Toubin lovingly crafts five-hour sets that bring lost chestnuts from the likes of Vernon Harrell and the Blendells into clearer focus for a new generation of dance enthusiasts. You can try to put your moves to better use, but you'll be hard-pressed to find more cathartic, sweatier fun elsewhere in the city.» (Village Voice, 2015)
«Jonathan is pretty much the only DJ we actually like.” (VICE Magazine, 2014)
»Particularly chic… one of the most popular spinners in Williamsburg and the founder of the New York Night Train dance parties. His fare is already cleaner and more appreciative of American pop music history than much of the rest." (NY Times, 2013)
«The most-liked man in the soul music scene» (Rolling Stone, 2012)
Ask your local record store for Jonathan Toubin's LP compilations on Norton Records and his tapes on BURGER RECORDS!
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