Wednesday January 19, 2011 - Kiss & Tell home

Kiss & Tell: Dance Fever
Dance Contest, Atomly's Birthday Bash
Wednesday January 19, 2011
8pm - 2am FREE
Guest DJ: Matthew Dear, Atomly
K&T Resident DJ: Bethany Benzur
Hostess & Party Pics: Seze

In the 80s we obsessively watched what is now considered to be one of the worst dance shows in the history of TV, Dance Fever, which aired weekly from 1979 to 1987. Later, we thankfully got to experience Solid Gold and Soul Train on the air. In recent years, through the wonders of YouTube, we have been able to sneak a peek at The Scene and New Dance Show, the Detroit programs which featured way cooler music than anything on the national networks. For whatever reason, it was Dance Fever that really left an impression on our childhood ears and eyes. Maybe it was the C-list "celebrity" judges no one had ever heard of, or maybe it was the light-up dancefloor, we'll never really know. Broo

Brooklyn local and international superstar Matthew Dear will be playing a sexy late night house music set.

In honor of our buddy Atomly's birthday we are hosting a dance contest and letting him play all of his favorite songs. Atomly says: "I wanna be able to play Sugarloaf, Bananarama, Can, and Fad Gadget, but still be able to throw in Sabbath or Slayer if it feels right." He is also requesting that the ladies wear as little as possible.

Resident DJ Bethany Benzur will be on decks with another one of her rare and titillating disco sets.

We will have a gorgeous light up dance floor installed at Rose for your dancing feet!

Dance Contest: Grab a partner (or fly solo), pick a song, and practice your moves! The best dance and costumes will win a fabulous prize.

The Judges: Kendra, Deanna, and The Merz

Dress Up: Even if you are not competing dress up in your favorite 80s dance party outfit.

Dance Fever preview circa 1980
Dance Fever clip circa 1981
Dance Fever commercial circa 1985

Kiss & Tell Facebook Group Page

Kiss & Tell, a monthly party at Rose Live Music in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, has been producing unique theme based events since 2007. Kiss & Tell DJs play italo, house, disco: classics and edits, electro, synth pop, homo haus, girl groups, gothypants, coldwave, new wave, and other sexy dancefloor treats.

Rose - 345 Grand St (Between Marcy and Havemeyer) Brooklyn
Directions: L train to Bedford or Lorimer; G to Metropolitan
Happy Hour 8-9pm - 2 for 1 well, wine, drafts and $5 Vegetarian Pasta Dinners
$5 Cuba Libre (rum & coke) all night long!
Yummy cocktails will be served alongside Rose Bar's impressive rum selection

Guest DJ: Matthew Dear You could throw around generous descriptors and any number of genre-locking terms – electronic pop, minimal house, acid techno – but you'd still fail to get to the center of Matthew Dear. With releases under no fewer than three aliases, including False (M_NUS), Jabberjaw (Perlon), and Audion (Spectral Sound), the Texas native has earned his international status over the course of a decade, getting his bearings on the DJ decks as a teenager to flooring sold-out crowds at venues like Fabric, and releasing critically acclaimed original productions.

After meeting Ghostly founder Sam Valenti IV at a house party in the late 90s, Dear eventually produced the A-Side for the label's first 12-inch release, "Hands Up for Detroit." Since then, Dear issued his pop-infused debut album Leave Luck to Heaven and its counterpart Backstroke, which caught mainstream attention, as well as myriad releases under his club-oriented pseudonyms (including the omnipresent, chart-topping "Mouth to Mouth" as Audion).

Further accomplishments include requests from the Postal Service and Hot Chip for his remix skills, incessant touring and constantly evolving DJ sets and live performances. He'll still tell you that his greatest pleasure is a quiet day of fishing, but with the release of his last full-length, the accomplished Asa Breed, it's clear that Dear has no intention of slowing down anytime soon.

Guest DJ: Atomly To some, the ability to cross genres can be confusing, even threatening; for Atomly, it signals his creativity and ability to draw from a greater wellspring than most. Over his last decade of production, Atomly's releases have to some extent reflected his surroundings: beginning with the IDM and breakcore of North Dakota and Minneapolis, past the house sounds that blended his years living in Chicago, through the minimalism and dubstep that emerged during his year in Berlin, to the techno jams he's creating in his current Brooklyn residence. Fortunately for dancefloors in New York and wherever his extensive travels take him, Atomly doesn't just produce: the man knows how to rock a party. Since he first launched Atomiq Records in 1999 with his seminal 'Laptop Rock' album, Atomly has released on Wolf + Lamb, Carpark, and Fear, among other labels. He has collaborated with artists ranging from breakcore with Enduser to minimal house with Shaun Reeves and Seth Troxler. The venues Atomly has performed in vary as much as his influences and collaborators. Besides the clubs, bars, and loft parties too numerous to list, he has played in a cave, on a boat, massive warehouses on the south side of Chicago, New York's The Bunker, a former German bank vault, fashion shows, protests, and various barns in Wisconsin. What they all have in common is that when Atomly played, everyone was dancing.

Kiss & Tell Resident DJ: Bethany Benzur is our beautiful disco encyclopedia and vinyl purist from Georgia. Ever since she emigrated to Brooklyn in 2007, Bethany has been ruling the dancefloor at Kiss & Tell parties with her Southern charm and excellent taste. Even the deepest crate digging record nerds are regularly awed by her rare records and can be seen trainspotting her selections. Each month she delights us with her mix of raunchy electro, glamorous dark disco, and soulful street funk. Bethany has recently been moonlighting at The Bunker party with some very memorable opening sets of space disco and house. Kiss & Tell will be presenting the closing night festivities at the Communikey Festival in Boulder, Colorado in April 2011, where Bethany will be playing alongside Kiss & Tell favorite Mike Huckaby.

Mixes by Bethany:
Her monthly podcast with Dang & Tal:

Kiss & Tell Hostess, Photographer: Seze Devres started Kiss & Tell as an extension of her raunchy knitting circle at Trash Bar on December 7, 2005. At first only a few people showed up to her new cocktail party. However 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 designer. 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.