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Q+A | Seze Devres, creator of the Kiss and Tell party
Bianca Von Baum
March 16, 2011
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Resident Kiss and Tell-er Bethany will be spinning her usual bash/mash driven by anything electronic—from italo to disco, new wave to post punk, if it bleeps it’s in. This time around, things are themed around “the first time”—as in a first date, the first time you admitted to someone a crush—anything that involved a big step. Why you ask? The reason being, it seems this party, a long-time resident of Rose Live Music, has made a shift to a new location: Hotel Chantelle. However, the sexified attitude will be coming along for the move, so get dressed in your naughty best and come dance with Beth while sipping on $4 brews and the danceable music mastery of The Neurotic Drum Band to boot. Doors pop at 8 p.m. for no cover.
February 24, 2011
February party Gold Dust Woman Photos are up!
February 22, 2011
Kiss & Tell dance flor mentioned in NBC's site The Feast.
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K&T Resident Bethany is Athlete of the Month at Crossfit South Brooklyn
January 20, 2011
We convinced Matthew Dear to play a special set just for us. View the Kiss & Tell January party gallery HERE
Resident DJ Bethany
at Kiss & Tell January 19, 2011 Brooklyn NY
Kiss & Tell posters magically appear in London.
2010 Unsound FestivalClosing Party Review on Halcyon Online
Unsound Festival New York ended fittingly enough on Valentine’s Day with a heartfelt celebration at Rose Bar in Williamsburg where the official closing event was hosted at the always convivial Kiss and Tell party. The brainchild of Bunker hostess and photographer Seze Devres, Kiss and Tell – a favorite under-the-radar destination of the city’s techno cognoscenti – is typically a low-key affair where superstar DJs play unpublicized theme sets comprised of anything but the usual 4/4 fodder. With so many talented DJs circling around Unsound, and only one, NYC favorite Mike Servito, listed on the bill, rumors of ‘special surprise guests’ hung thickly in the air. So, it was no surprise really when we walked in to find Berlin’s Barbara Preisinger dropping deep disco beats for a very lively crowd. Soon enough we sussed out that the honor of closing the night, and thus the festival, had been bestowed upon none other than Mike Huckaby, one of Techno’s hardest working players, and a perennial favorite DJ’s Dee-Jay. At the good news, we raised our glasses to the Krakow, Poland-based Unsound Team, Detroit native son Mike Huckaby, Ms. Devres of Brooklyn and, of course, America’s founding fathers; for these seemingly odd bedfellows were the co-conspirators ensuring that we would be partying all night with our Unsound friends both old and new… and sleeping all day!
For certain, Unsound Festival New York succeeded in bridging the divide between the oft-fragmented communities that span the electronic musical realm. We were left feeling enlightened and stimulated from the exposure to the array of music, art and talent under the umbrella of this contemporary musical movement. After Ten days, though, even team halcyon’s last lady standing couldn’t keep up with the energetic crowd at the Kiss and Tell closing party. She found herself resting her tired feet in the corner next to Bunker organizer, DJ Spinoza who was himself dozing away, finally having succumbed to exhaustion at the culmination of months of work. Kudos to our man as he was arguably the lynchpin that connected the Polish Unsound team to the variety of local collaborators, halcyon included, that helped bring Unsound Festival New York to fruition.
Press quotes we love!
NEW YORK TIMES (July 9, 2009)
"Kiss & Tell, a monthly party at Rose Live Music in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, does $5 vegetarian pasta dinners and theme nights: Warhol Factory, Revenge of the Nerds and, up next, polka dots." - By MELENA RYZIK
METROMIX (June, 2010)
"Resident Kiss and Tell-er Bethany will be spinning her usual
bash/mash driven by anything electronic—from italo to disco, new wave to
post punk, if it bleeps it’s in. This time around, things are themed
around the secret discothèques of Moscow circa the 80s—and honestly, if
you know the dress style for that—you...’re good (we’re thinking: festive,
funky and ushankas maybe?)
Meanwhile, feel free to take breaks to munch on a $5 vegetarian
pasta dinner, along with $5 rum & cokes all night with no cover to
join the fray."
DECIDER NY (MAY 2009)
"Kiss & Tell is a DJ party hosted by Seze Devres, part of the team that throws techno parties under the names "The Bunker" and "House & Home." The mood isn't necessarily techno, though a certain danceability is always in play. And each party has a theme. This one will be pretty techno, as it turns out, thanks to headlining DJ Kevin McHugh, who makes music under the name Ambivalent for Ritchie Hawtin's label Minus."
VILLAGE VOICE (April 23, 2009)
'Kiss & Tell Presents Revenge of the Nerds 'The ladies have moved from Williamsburg’s Rose Bar to a bigger venue, housed in a former doll and chocolate factory in Greenpoint, but their monthly party is still drawing the dance DJs. Fischerspooner DJ Lauren Flax offers an eclectic, poppy set and celebrates her recent debut, You’ve Changed. Moodgadget and Ghostly International’s Jakub Alexander joins her. Expect both Michiganders to veer more towards the accessible and 80s than to Detroit classics. With Bethany and Seze." -- BY KRISTAL HAWKINS
Kiss & Tell in FLAVORPILL:
"Techno-scene stalwarts Seze and Deanna created the laidback Kiss &; Tell monthly party with genre-addled minds. Techno cognoscenti meet on the dance floor with former high-school goths and closet knitting-circle members, while standup comedians and performance artists take the stage between DJs." – Kendra Borowski, Flavorpill
Kiss & Tell in TIME OUT:
"Seze Devres, resident DJ Bethany and their pals are back at their ancestral home to spill the secrets of electro, disco, exotica, synth material, industrial and more."