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Aphotic Segment w/ Justin Carver (Something Cold)

October 19, 2015 at 4:25 pm


Aphotic Segment is back again, and after a surprise addition to this past month’s roster. For those that missed, we featured live performances from Further Reductions and 51717. Paired against September’s Beau Wanzer / Prostitutes, it’s definitely not inaccurate to declare that we’ve thrown a couple of hum dingers the pat couple of months. Furthermore, we cannot express enough gratitude for the love that Detroit has shown AS these past two events, as they have panned out to be some of the best we’ve thrown at Nancy Whiskey, to this date! As such, hope to keep this momentum by selecting only the best musical minds, performers and record selectors.

For this month, we’re bringing it back local, featuring Something Cold founder and resident deejay, Justin Carver. Justin has spent the better part of the past two decades collecting and studying all music that falls under the umbrella of minimal synth, cold wave, post-punk and industrial. He has become Detroit’s sole purveyor of this sound, helping to ascend its popularity from years of perpetual obscurity and into the ears of Detroit folks across the electronic and punk music persuasions. We’ve had the pleasure of playing records with Justin a few times and his selections are always proper. We’re not particularly sure which direction Justin will take for this month’s AS, but that’s all the more reason to join us. Resident deejays Soren and Drew Pompa, open the night of music stylings. We kick things off at 10pm. Always free, always key!

Sunday, November 1st 2015
Nancy Whiskey
2644 Harrison St.
Detroit, MI 48216
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Aphotic Segment w/ Further Reductions, 51717 & Crisis Urbana Deejays

September 25, 2015 at 3:31 am



“Shawn O’Sullivan and Katie Rose formed Further Reductions in 2008 as an outlet for their shared passion of electronic dance music. O’Sullivan, known for his recent techno releases as Vapauteen on L.I.E.S., 400PPM on Avian and Civil Duty (with Beau Wanzer of Streetwalker) on The Corner has been quite active lately blurring the lines between techno and noise music. With Further Reductions, O’Sullivan’s rhythmic sensibility is fused with Rose’s pop leanings to create super lush and atmospheric tracks that work both on and off the dance floor. Informed by the sounds of classic techno and early house, they subtly substitute the structure of functional club music with a more primal absorption based in their unique collaboration. Seductive vocals coupled with organically evolving sequences create a complex narrative that penetrates the subconscious in a way that conventional club music rarely threatens to” – Cititrax

51717 – LIVE (Jealous God, Opal Tapes)

Lili Schulder’s music as 51717 is “by her own admission, very moody, lunar and abstract” (Juno). Also known as one half of Shadowlust together with Svengalisghost, Schulder delivers “a creepy blend of darkwave sludge-pop, disintegrating industrial drums and sci-fi drone; the good stuff” (Boomkat) – Alisa Yamasaki


Crisis Urbana has been quietly dropping digital and cassette releases since 2013, serving as a creative outlet for the both of these gents ever since. However, motivation and destiny conspired to push their creative workflow even further from the bounds of their own label project and towards even larger audiences. 2014 saw breakthrough years for both Rawaat and Community Corporation, dropping releases on London-based Lobster Theremin and Steve Mizek’s Argot label, respectively. If you strip away their productions, however, you will find an equally talented level of deejaying. These gents are youngsters, but you wouldn’t be able to tell by the records they play. The plentiful waters from which their music knowledge is sourced, runs deep and that makes both Rawaat and Community Corporation a treat to hear behind the decks. Expect a little house, techno, industrial, dark vibes, and maybe some boogie and RnB peppered in the mix.

Opening the night of cacophonous bliss are DJs Rawaat, Community Corporation, and resident deejay Drew Pompa. We look forward to seeing all your happy faces. Always free, always key!

Sunday, October 4th 2015
Nancy Whiskey
2644 Harrison St.
Detroit, MI 48216
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Prostitutes and Beau Wanzer – Live @ Mudgie’s – September 6th

August 15, 2015 at 4:35 pm


Prostitutes, the idiosyncratic techno project of Jim Donadio whose catalog draws inspiration from punk, industrial, noise, and funk sources, makes his long anticipated debut performance this Labor Day weekend in Detroit. He will be performing live on Sept 6th on the patio at Mugdie’s Deli.

It is no surprise to detect the myriad of influence through Jim’s productions. You’ll often find him working the bins at Bent Crayon, a Midwest record institution run by owner, John Cellura, serving nearly 20 years as one of the nation’s most important emporiums for experimental music.

London-based Resident Advisor says of Prostitutes: “As we run through his ever-growing catalog (12 titles spread over nine imprints to date), it becomes clear that any one label, or even bundle of labels, ultimately fails to capture the radical pluralism coursing through his sound.”

Prostitutes has a couple forthcoming projects, including his second full length for Spectrum Spools entitled, Ghost Detergent, as well as an EP for Powell’s Diagonal Records. Diagonal has previous releases music from Prostitutes and also, Streetwalker, featuring Chicago-based artist Beau Wanzer.

It is fitting then that Beau Wanzer is also playing the Labor Day weekend event.

Wanzer began working at a legendary Chicago record store, Weekend Records & Soap, in 2001. Weekend was owned by James Marlon Magas, a long-active member of the Midwest punk and no wave scene who also released a handful of electro records as Magas, on ADULT.’s Detroit-based Ersatz Audio label. It was at Weekend where Wanzer discovered the raw electro and outsider techno sounds of labels like Bunker and Crème Organization from the Netherlands.

While also working at Weekend, Wanzer met fellow Chicagoan Melvin Oliphant III (a.k.a. Traxx) and the two became friends, bonding over music and records when Oliphant would visit the shop. They eventually collaborated under the name Mutant Beat Dance. Other projects from Beau include Juzer, Civil Duty with friend Shawn O’Sullivan (a.k.a. Further Reductions), and his own self-released untitled records, all of which have been met with critical acclaim.

Wanzer says: “I obviously like dark music, but dark music with a sense of humor is key. I’ve never taken myself too seriously, and that’s something I hope to convey with my music. It’s good to have a sense of humor with whatever you do — balancing the macabre with a sense of playfulness.” Like Powell, Wanzer will be performing a live set.

DJ support is courtesy of Community Corporation, a project of Detroiter Taylor Hawkins. Community Corporation (Argot, Crisis Urbana) was included in a recent Spin Mag watch list of up-and-coming Detroit techno producers. Hawkins will be doing a DJ set, as will fellow Detroiter Abdallah Siblani aka Rawaat (Crisis Urbana, Lobster Theremin). Seeing and hearing these two young guys do their quirky groove thing with vinyl will be a treat.

Also DJing are Nospectacle’s Walter Wasacz, who recently began working with Rod Modell (Deepchord, Echospace, CV313) and Christopher McNamara (Nospectacle, Thinkbox) on a new dub-ambient audio-video project called Shorelights; and Soren and Drew Pompa, who are the curators of the monthly Detroit party, Aphotic Segment. Drew also runs Detroit-based label, We Are All Machines and co-produces under the name, The Siege. Expect to see a couple of brand new releases from The Siege in the coming months.

The party, a We Are All Machines, Crisis Urbana, and Nospectacle co-production (two-thirds of the organizers also brought Modern Love artists Demdike Stare and Andy Stott to the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit last year) is Sunday, Sept. 6th at Mudgie’s, 1300 Porter St., Detroit. Sound and lights by Audio Rescue Team.

Out of respect for the neighbors, the event starts at 2 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m. There is a $10 cover charge all day long. This event is eighteen and up, though bartenders will be checking IDs before serving. Local pop-up favorites, Katoi, will be serving a special menu of modern Thai-inspired cuisine from 5 p.m. until supplies run out. An Aphotic Segment after-party is at Nancy Whiskey, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. That party, which features residents Soren and Drew Pompa, as well as special guest DJs, is free. We look forward to seeing you on the dance floor.

Sunday, September 6th 2015
Patio @ Mudgie’s Deli
1300 Porter St.
Detroit, MI 48226
18 +, $10 Cover

Aphotic Segment w/ Rex Bravo (Endangered Species)

July 10, 2015 at 4:36 pm


Aphotic Segment is back after a month of hiatus, but re-energized and re-aligned with the universe. Plenty of music stories around family time to keep us inspired to forge ahead with such record madness… we’re happy to be back!

It seems as though summer’s flying ahead instead of trudging along, but thankfully for us, we have friends that make the summer blur slash quick encapsulation more exciting than a long drawn-out summer without zero excitement. This is how I should explain our friend, Rex Bravo, who we’re proud to announce as this month’s guest at Aphotic Segment. Rex truly is a man buzzing with sonic energies. He’s often showing up, supporting, waxing poetically, and most all the time, dancing his booty off!

Perhaps it’s a culmination of the energies he finds within his friends who collect banger records, combined with the energy found within the unparallel vibe of the Detroit music scene. It’s like he was chosen to dream up a destiny session between Giorgio Moroder, Marshall Jefferson, and Mike Banks. He makes his records work like that! Disco, techno, and acid…. These are languages that speak to Rex and those languages translate beautifully into his sets. One of Detroit budding personalities for sure and you should come and bask in the fun.

As always, resident deejays Soren and Drew Pompa opening the night of music with their favorite classic obscurities…always free, always key!

Sunday, August 2nd 2015
Nancy Whiskey
2644 Harrison St.
Detroit, MI 48216
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