Digital dancing

By DAVID DAY  |  July 17, 2007

Day jobs? Respectable and then some, David in real estate and Mike in education. And the name of the label? “We called it Slanted House because I lived in one of those old row houses in Brooklyn for a while, and the floors in my house were slanted. The chair would roll across the room, and Dave said, ‘We should call the label Slanted House!’ ” You can find Slanted House and the Laven’s new sublabel, Slanted House Black, all over; you’ll also find some of their music and links at this column on-line.

The Allston punk-rock venue O’BRIEN’S recently got a major update, and it reopened earlier this month. Despite the rumors, there is no DJ booth and no dance floor. “O’Brien’s has always had a more diverse line-up than it’s given credit for,” says booking agent Carl Lavin via e-mail. “But there will still be a lot of room for punk and metal.” Promotions director Brenda O’Keefe hints at a DJ booth still to come but says, “It isn’t turning into the Kells.” Lavin talks of a new bar, a new floor, a sound booth, better sightlines, more room on stage, an upgraded sound system, real stage lights, flat-screen TVs, and a new AC unit. They may need all that for their first big national show, Hallelujah the Hills, who play the no-longer-at-all-divy club next Friday, July 27.

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