City Pulse

By P.J. Gach

Yes, this is Wednesday and normally on Wednesdays and Fridays I write about music and stuff like that. Well…there are so many amazing sales going on this week that I just have to write about them.

I do have wonderful bit of music news for you that I know you’ll enjoy. SASHA (Alexander Coe) singly and collaborating with Digweed blew up the English club scene in the 90’s, which spurred the growth of the scene in America. He’s one of the world’s foremost DJ’s, remixer and producer. He has reconstructed tracks by Madonna, Seal, The Pet Shop Boys, The Chemical Brothers and more. His newest CD Involver (Global Underground), debuted as #1 Top Electronic Albums, #9 Top Heatseekers, #14 Top Independent Albums and #200 on the Billboard 200 – all Billboard charts on the dame day, June 22, 2004,

His music will move you, hypnotize you, make you see colors and blow your mind away. Starting This Friday, December 3rd and the every first Friday of the month after that (Jan/7 – Opening party, 2/4, 3/4 4/1, 5/6 and 6/3 – closing party) SASHA will be playing at Crobar. Not only will he be DJ’ing, but he’ll be remixing LIVE. This is unheard of! He’s got brand new technology that will enable SASHA to remix anything his heart desires, while you’re sweating on the dance floor.

Crobar is a 3000 plus super club (it looks like a movie set) in Chelsea that will be pulsating with his sounds and wizardry, keeping you toasty warm all winter long. For more information on SASHA go to http://www.djsasha.com for more information about crobar go to http://www.crobar.com

If you like Indie Pop – enjoy Air, Belle & Sebastian and melodic moodiness, you’ll enjoy Phoenix and Inouk at the Bowery Ballroom. Phoenix’s “Too Young” was featured on the soundtrack of Lost in Translation, and they sample Dr. Dre in some of their songs. Inouk combines elements of psychedelic (think Pink Floyd) with the electro crunch of garage. The show starts at 7 PM. Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, 212-533-2111. Tickets are only $8.00

Josh Homme (of Queens of the Stone Age) and buddy Jesse Hughes have a sometime project known as Eagles of Death Metal. It’s a garagey, blues sounding Indie band that really enjoys itself, and you will too! They’re playing North Six at 9 PM, Thursday, December 2. North Six is located at 66 North 6th Street, Williamsburg, 718-599-5103. Tickets $12.00

Spotiswoode and His Enemies – a band where Cabaret meets Monty Python and produces a snazzy rock band, will be performing at the Living Room, 154 Ludlow (between Stanton & Rivington) 11PM Saturday, December 4th. The band frequently plays New York and DC, the music is deliciously witty, snarky and catchy and yes they do rock. More information check out http://www.pastemusic.com/spottiswoode and http://www.livingroom.com

This Staten Island based Indie band has got the critics grooving. They’ve gotten raves from Lemonade Magazine, “There are times when an unknown band takes that leap of faith, moving toward their natural evolution, and emerges on the verge of prominence. Seymour Glass epitomizes just such a movement.”

The Pulse Weekly, (Allentown, PA), says…”Seymour Glass is a band worth checking out.” Look, I’ve got at least two pages of raves about these guys. Instead of reading about them, do yourself a favor and check them out live Saturday Night, December 4th, at LIT, 93 Second Ave (between 5th & 6th Streets) 212-777-7987. LIT is conceivably the best bar in New York City, and with a band like Seymour Glass playing there, you know you’re going to have a great time.

Otto’s Shrunken Head, that Tiki Bar with the punk/goth/just plain cool bent is hosting Billion Dollar Panties Tonight, December 1st. It’s the best Alice Cooper Band tribute going. Tony Mann as Alice, Gass Wild and Seth David on guitars, Steve Dalton on drums, and … And to get you hot and bothered before hand, Ricky Bacchus of Vasquez fame will be playing a solo set of rockin’ tunes to start the evening. Sami Yaffa spins the punk funk glam junk between bands and on into the night, and Fernando will charm your pants off with his fine smile and stiff drinks. And just to make your night extra special, inquire about the Bionic Brownie VIP list. It all starts at 10 PM at Otto’s Shrunken Head, E. 14th Street between Aves. A&B

The Independent & Small Press Book Fair is going on this weekend at the Small Press Center, 20 West 44th Street. Free! There are exhibits by Ugly Duckling, New Press, Akashic Books and Seven Stories publishers. Editors from the Paris Review, the New York Times and writers from The Daily Show and the Onion a will give talks. Hours are Saturday, December 4, 10 AM – 6 PM and Sunday, December 5, 11AM – 5 PM, 212 764-7021 or http://www.smallpress.org for more information.

Oh my god! It’s the annual Bluefly.com’s Outlet Clearance Sale and this is a sale many New Yorkers wait for. We’re talking up to 80% off PRADA, Gucci, Marc Jacobs and other hot designers. Inventory is updated daily. All sales are final, no returns or exchanges. The Bluefly.com Outlet Store is located at 102 Wooster Street (between Prince & Spring Streets) Monday thru Friday 11:30 PM – 7 PM, Saturday and Sunday 12Noon – 6 PM. 212-687-9673

TSE is having their semi-annual sample sale! There will be cashmere (natch), silk, superfine wools, cottons and more. There’s TSE for women, men, accessories, baby, home and tsesay. All on sale up to 70% off retail price. Here’s an example of what’s on sale; tsetsay cashmere v neck $158 originally $225, baby cashmere cardi $75, originally $125, Men’s cashmere zip front hoodie $200, originally $495. The sale is going on at 106 Spring Street (between Mercer and Grand Streets), Wednesday thru Friday 10 AM – 7 PM, Saturday 11AM – 7 PM, and Sunday, December 5th is the last day – 11AM – 5 PM. And yes, sizes xs–xxl are available.

Designers Direct Holiday Sample Sale starts Thursday, December 2 and ends Sunday, December 5th, 50% – 70% off retail from designers like Cloak, Toy G, Tani Keller and other designers. Men’s and women’s clothes, lots of fabulous stuff that might find its way under a tree or near a menorah. The hours are 12Noon – 8 PM, and the location is 416 Wt 13th Street (between 9th Avenue and Washington Street) second floor, more information call 212-371-2777

EMRE New York and EMRE are having a holiday sale with selected goods on sale for up to 75% off retail. Italian leather handbags, clutches, wallets, travel bags, pet carriers, wool dog sweaters and leashes, collars and so much more! Milla Jovovich and Glenn Close are big fans of the company. The sale ends Friday, December 3rd. It’s being held at 347 5th Avenue (between 33rd & 34th Street), suite 803C, Hours are 10AM – 6 PM, 212-951-7269

Noir and Hat Attack are having their fall accessories sample sale through Friday, December 3rd at 208 West 29th Street (between 7th & 8th Avenues), suite 205. Yummies like a tweed clutch bag are on sale $45 from $135, CZ cocktail rings now $20, normally $60, Rabbit fur beanies with pom poms (too cute) $24 instead of $85. More information call 212-244-4846

Cloak & Dawgie Studios are having a holiday fashion show and sale, hosted by pet expert Charlotte Reed. Pick up the latest in dog coats, sweaters, harnesses in sizes from toy to the big breeds, with savings from 25% – 40% off. It’s happening Friday, December 3rd, from 4PM – 9 PM and Saturday, December 4th, from 10 AM – 4 PM. The holiday fashion show starts at 7 PM on Friday and 1 PM Saturday afternoon. Dogs in totes are welcome and it’s free! There’s limited space for the fashion show, so RSVP at 212-594-3800. It’s being held at Cloak & Dawggie, 325 West 38th Street, suite 1501 http://www.cloakandawggie.com

Alberta Ferretti, Moschino, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Pollini (AEFFE USA) is having fall/winter sample sale Wednesday, December 1 and Thursday, December 2 at 30 West 56th Street (between 5th & 6th Avenues) 1st floor. Tons of men’s and women’s clothing and accessories are on sale at 40% below wholesale, so you’ll look uber chic and be oh, so warm this winter. Hours are 10AM – 5:45 PM on both days, Need more information? Call 212-632-9300

Elissa Bloom New York is having their annual holiday sample sale, Today, Wednesday, December 1, from 6 PM – 8 PM. Prices are up to 70% off, cash only on great items like cosmetic bags, totes, clutches, luggage tags, diaper bags, even their newest collection, “SkyBelles” is on sale for one night only! Elissa Bloom is located at 325 West 87th Street, #2A (between West End & Riverside), 212-721-1102. If you can’t make the sale, order online and get 30% off by entering coupon code “press” at checkout. http://www.elissabloom.com

Orit Parente Millinery and Boutique Pinque are teaming up for a cool, funky and hip holiday sample sale! It’s going on Wednesday, December 1, and Thursday, December 2 at 232 West 37th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues), 5th floor. Wednesday’s hours are 6PM – 8PM (preview cocktail party) and Thursday’s hours are 10AM – 4 PM

Orit’s fall/winter and holiday 2004 collection can be sold for lots more at Henri Bendel, Barneys, April Cornell and Spiegel. Her designs are famous for her signature French flowers, hand blocked designs, and brooches with Swarovski crystals. You can pick up a fedora, cowboy hat and other chapeaus for prices that start at $35.00

Boutique Pinque carries Fashion Doll, Icky baby, Stephanie Johnson, Michael Golan, Chester and Moyna. Designers who are seen in Henri Bendel, Barneys and Bloomies. Costume jewelry, purses, cosmetic totes, stationery, photo albums, embroidered scarves and more with prices ranging from $1.00 to $150.00

And on a very important note…..On Saturday December 4th, Planned Parenthood of New York City is offering FREE HIV TESTING AND COUNSELING from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to mark World AIDS Day. Call (800) 230-PLAN for an appointment in Manhattan, Brooklyn, or the Bronx. Walk-ins are welcome, too.

Originally published December 2004
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