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Kiss & Tell: 8 Year Anniversary!
Thursday January 23, 2014
9pm - 4am

Baby's All Right
146 Broadway (near Bedford Ave) Brooklyn

The Crystal Ark [DFA] - live

The Neurotic Drum Band
aka John Selway, Ulysses
- dj set

Analog Soul - Jacky Sommer and DatKat - dj set

$12 advance, $15 door ++Tickets available here++

We are super excited to celebrate Kiss & Tell's 8 Year Anniversary at the new Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right. Beautiful twin sisters Jacky Sommer and DatKat will be starting off the night with an eclectic DJ set, expect to hear everything from soul to disco to jazz. Multi media artist collective The Crystal Ark will be playing live at midnight. The Crystal Ark are Gavin Russom's New York avant-pop collaboration with Viva Ruiz on DFA records. With multiple band member and dancers they are spectacular live experience not to be missed. Kiss & Tell hostess Seze met Gavin Russom decades ago at Bard College were they were studio mates in the fine art department. Kiss & Tell alumni The Neurotic Drum Band will be closing off the night with some italo, disco and other rare gems from their killer record collection. We love having Elliot Taub and John Selway on board, they always know exactly how to keep the ladies and gentlemen of Kiss & Tell dancing deep into the night. Wear your dancing shoes and a sparking disco diva outfit!

Party pics and hostess: Seze

Jacky Sommer & DatKat - 9pm-12am
The Crystal Ark [DFA] - midnight live set
The Neurotic Drum Band - 1-4am

"Seze Devres's anything-goes (sonically speaking) shindig observes a birthday—and the celebration, as you would expect, boasts appearances from a fab lineup of music makers. Headed by DFA's resident wizard, Gavin Russom, and multimedia artist Viva Ruiz (and featuring Tyler Pope and Jaiko Suzuki, among other NYC underground notables), the Crystal Ark purveys a kind of paganistic synth-pop that's alternately hypnotic and funky; the band's live sets are by turns awe-inspiring, funny and weird. Neurotic Drum Band—the duo of John Selway and DJ Ulysses, responsible for one of the ’00s' best house tunes, "Robotic Hypnotic Adventure"—supplies a late-night DJ set; Analog Soul's Jacky Sommer and DatKat kick the night off with a wide-ranging set of their own." -- Bruce Tantum, Time Out, Jan 15, 2014

The Crystal Ark is Gavin Russom's body-centric, New York avant-pop collaboration with Viva Ruiz. The group began when Russom asked Ruiz to write and sing Spanish lyrics over a pair of instrumentals he had created blending his signature hypnotic synthesizer sound with distinctly danceable beats. Ruiz's vocalizatios took these pieces to new heights and the result was the group's first two singles released on New York's DFA label: "The City Never Sleeps" and "The Tangible Presence of the Miraculous".  The second single featured percussionist Alberto Lopez's polyrhythmic drumming as a supplement to the already driving electronic pulse.  . The nucleus of the band crystallized as they drew together a group of dynamic individuals with diverse backgrounds; including Lopez, vocalists Jaiko Suzuki and Sokhna Heathyre Mabin (whom Viva had worked with previously), bassist Tyler Pope and electronics expert Matt Thornley (both of whom Gavin had worked with during LCD Soundsystem's final tour) and 2nd bassist Eliza Douglas. Gavin and Viva created a collection of new music, specifically designed as an album, and gathered the group to record their self-titled full length debut. Released in October 2012, the album showcased the collective’s adventurous multidimensional soundscape.

The live show expands this recorded output into a multi faceted ultra-sensory performance, often adding dancers Discos and Alberto Cortes and a video crew comprised of Bec Stupak and Johnny Woods, to fully realize their celebratory sonic and visual aesthetic. Always eager to bring the party, they hit the road in many combinations - from a 5 person core group to a 13 person art ensemble - performing all over the world at premiere venues such as the Sydney Opera House, Palais De Tokyo, The Hirshorn Museum and MOMA PS1, festivals like Noise Pop and Serralves em Festa, as well as many sweaty, dark night clubs.   

The Crystal Ark ‘s self-titled debut album is available now on DFA Records digitally and on limited edition vinyl. Their second single "Rain" has re-mixes by Discodeine,  Barker & Baumecker,  The Carry Nation, and Frikstailers.

The Neurotic Drum Band consists of two NYC musical stalwarts, Elliot Taub and John Selway. Best known for their classic piano House hit "Robotic Erotic Adventure", John and Elliot combine their formidable talents to make dance music fun again, mixing elements of classic House, Italo Disco, Techno, and random audio weirdness into a genre-defying mish-mash that both excites the ears and tickles the fancy.

Elliot originally got on the radar for "Aviator Sunglasses", an early recording on Lasergun Records. As “Ulysses” he's since released everything from off-kilter minimal techno-pop on Cologne’s MBF Records, chugging disco grooves on the Wurst Music Co., and killer acid house on Throne of Blood. Originally an unintentionally pioneering Electronic Dance Music DJ on WTUL, New Orleans in the early 90's, he later made his mark putting together events that helped foment the Electro revival, with shows by artists like Adult, Miss Kitten & The Hacker, I-F and Arthur Baker. He's also known for his collaboration with Thugfucker’s Holmar Filipsson.

The DC-born, NYC-based producer and DJ John Selway has left his mark on countless styles. Like Elliot, he’s defined by none of them, remaining devoted to his own multi-faceted muse. John is best known for the ecstatic rush of “Total Departure,” his top-selling single with partner in crime Christian Smith, and for CSM, his long-running deep tech-house and minimal label. But Selway’s roots run deeper than most. He helped spark the late-‘90s electro scene at the helm of Serotonin Records; he worked with deep-house luminaries Deep Dish in their early days; he produced hard, acid-laced techno as Disintegrator and mind-bending trance tracks as Koenig Cylinders with Oliver Chesler (aka The Horrorist); and he produced remixes with living legend Carl Cox. He collaborates relentlessly with artists like his longtime friend Abe Duque, and his CSM label partner Dave Turov.

Identical twin sister duo Jacquelyn & Kathryn Smith (aka Jacky Sommer & DatKat) got started in the arts at a very early age. As 80's kids, part of the first generation of MTV, the sister's found themselves glued to the tube, mesmerized by the sounds of new wave and post punk, early hip hop, classic soul/r&b and pop, and they developed a keen interest in jazz.

An acceptance to the famed Alvin Ailey School in 2001 would see Jacquelyn off to New York and within a year, after shopping weekly at the legendary DanceTracks record store, she landed a job there, eventually becoming shop manager and music buyer, working amongst and even playing alongside some dance music luminaries such as Theo Parrish, Kenny Larkin, King Britt and Gilles Peterson. DatKat moved to NYC a year later and began quietly honing her skills. In 2004 the twins secured a weekly radio spot on the famed and the Analog Soul show was born. The long-running show aired weekly and explored the deeper, darker side of techno and house, but it also explored the full spectrum of electronic music, from minimal, acid, Detroit techno, electro, dub, dubstep, and d&b to trip hop and other forms, with special guests ranging from Function to Simbad, Roland Appel, Slam Mode, and Dj Qu.The show ended in 2009, and the twins would continue to play regularly at various venues in the city, such as APT, Love, and Stay. DatKat earned a residency at Montreal’s Academy Club and more international gigs would soon follow, with headlining stints in Kiev, Ukraine at Xlib Club and Sky Art Cafe and Moscow’s legendary Propaganda Club for Nina Kraviz's “Voices” party.

In early 2011, DatKat formed a collective called RADIO with close friend Lenny Posso (label boss of Thema Records) and A.Arias, a record collector and NYC promoter (Sound Noir and Helping Hands), and began throwing warehouse parties tailored to bringing the real underground back to NYC, booking the likes of Terrence Dixon, Oliver Ho, Christian Rau, Small People, and Trus'me among others. Jacquelyn continues to DJ regularly in NY has also been a curator on In a short period of time the twins have made a name for themselves as tastemakers in the underground dance music scene.

Analog Soul by Jacky Sommer & DatKat on Motion FM


Kiss & Tell Hostess, Photographer: Seze Devres started Kiss & Tell as an extension of her raunchy knitting circle at Trash Bar on December 7, 2005. With a lot of help, support, and encouragement from her friends the party has become its own little monster. When she is is not dreaming up crazy themes and guests for Kiss & Tell she is a full time artist and photographer. Seze's images and designs have graced dozens of galleries, record covers, posters, flyers, magazines, and web sites. She also co-hosts and photographs the guests of The Bunker, a world renowned weekly techno party in Brooklyn.




Thank you to Beyond Booking for support and promotion.