Wild weekend

Lansdowne’s Outland, plus Phatmike, Kon, Joe Mama, and more
By DAVID DAY  |  May 16, 2006


Scheduled for this Friday, May 19, on Lansdowne Street, the OUTLAND party hooks up multiple DJs, tents, and restaurants to jam the block. Sort of an outdoor rave, only earlier, the event is being put on by the reclusive promoters at Avaland. The talent? Boston DJ MASTER MILLIONS reps his 45 CREW and their wild hip-hop nights at Axis, but we’re also getting a return visit from hip-hop hype man FATMAN SCOOP and NYC “electro-tribal-funk” clubkiller KAI, plus Avalon residents ELI WILKIE and ALEX WHALEN. Seems I’m missing something. Oh, wait: yep, the “World’s Number One DJ,” TIESTO, who’ll be spinning outdoors and again later inside Avalon until 2 am. Tickets are $40 and include admission to an outdoor block-party stage as well as the individual clubs: Bill’s Bar has drum ’n’ bass and chill-out, Embassy has hip-hop and much more. The whole thing is a considerable line-up that must have set the olde towne club strip back tens of thousands of dollars.

After getting wired and woolly on Lansdowne this Friday, club kids will undoubtedly head over to the after-hours Rise Club on Stuart Street. Starting at 2 am, the invite-only hosts the guru of San Francisco house from OM Records, ANDY CALDWELL. Although Caldwell happens to be OC-cute, he’s got credibility with his own Uno Recordings, which reps true innovation. Last year, the label released the “Du What U Du” 12-inch from Yoshimoto. The single featured one of the best remixes of the decade, by Danish techno producer TRENTEMOLLER, and it still can be heard in DJ sets of all stripes: trance, house, techno, you name it.

DJ PHATMIKE, a long-time Boston club personality, springs back into action this Friday too — with, of all things, a ’90s night. “My So-Called ’90s” starts up this week at the Common Ground and promises genres from alternative rock to pop to dance music. “We’re far enough into the 2000s that the ’90s are nostalgic for many of us bar-going folks,” he e-mails. “Honestly, a lot of it has to do with coming of age here. When I really started getting into music, there was all this great UK electronic stuff I was hearing, but there was also the Lemonheads, Juliana Hatfield — you know, the usual FNX fare of the time. That’s how my connection to Boston developed.”

Joe Musser, a/k/a DJ JOE MAMA, has been on the grind the past few months, particularly at the remodeled and restyled Underbar in the Theater District. The local DJ has also produced a track for NYC’s System Recordings that is getting love from mainstream DJs like Steve Porter and Roger Sanchez. Musser spins Saturday at Underbar and Sunday at his Sundaze Sessions, a party at the Newbury Street restaurant Luigi & Roscoe’s. . . . DJ KON, the master of crate digging, is getting a high-profile release on BBE Records this summer. We’ve heard an advance copy and it is supremely dope — this one should establish Kon and his partner Amir in the ranks of the top loop diggers of all time. We have yet to see a track listing, though it’s not as if one would help very much, since none of the material is recognizable — yet all of it is mad. Kon spins Saturday at Middlesex Lounge. . . . Mellow-disko party band CERTAINLY, SIR end a seven-date spring tour Wednesday at Great Scott with tour mates WE ARE CASSETTE and cache-money Europop producer (and Somerville resident) SAN SERAC.

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