Thursday Mixes / BUMPSHOP R.I.P

You were not going to meet many girls at Bumpshop--and that was kind of the point. The party was too loud for idle chatter, and from the "No Requests" sign to the warm claustrophobia of a busy night, this party was strictly for the believers, that momentary glory of loping down those stairs and hearing those records. The world's finest soul, funk, Latin 45s, some worth thousands of dollars and others mere pocket change, all originals and no reissues, as this was the kind of crowd that would notice such things. Three-minute dispatches from a distant past: one glorious afternoon in the garage in 1972, reefer and a borrowed keyboard; neighborhood sensations who ruled the school but never made it out of Oakland; ladies and gentlemen that poured their hopes and fears onto a strip of magnetic tape, only to find that the engineer had set the levels wrong. Oh well, it sounds better with that hiss. We'll fix it next time.

The Bumpshop crew of DJs Mao, JBX, Finewine and Dave Griffiths closed a fantastic four and a half year run in the early hours of Sunday, running through personal favorites and party anthems and even taking requests. The guest that night: Young Chris, a true soul afficionado renown for his disturbingly resonant hand-claps. "I think I've only missed a couple of these parties," he shouted in my ear after finishing his set, somewhere after 2 am. An hour later, as the party was winding down and the residents traded off every few minutes, JBX broke Bumpshop's strict genre rule, dropping the Ultramagnetic MCs' thoroughly modern "Bait." From behind the booth, where the "No Requests" sign had been changed to read "No Reissues," he shrugged and smiled. Had to do it. Time to go home.

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I've linked to Mao and JBX's mixes in the past--here's the "Downtown Soulsville" podcast for Finewine over at WFMU

Mega late pass: what goes on after a record store (in this case, A-1 in the East Village) closes for the night. Sick sick sick, all-over-the-place mix. (stream)

EDAN is back with the radio/variety show that plays in his mind (via Mao) (dl)

Bumper crop over at Beats in Space--especially enjoyed the Magal mix (stream or dl)

Pretty amusing mix of hip-hop tracks featuring sampled "moaning" over at T.R.O.Y. (stream or dl)

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Hua Hsu teaches in the English Department at Vassar College and writes about music, sports, and culture. More

Hua Hsu teaches in the English Department at Vassar College and writes about music, sports, and culture. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Bookforum, Slate, The Village Voice, The Boston Globe Ideas section and The Wire (for whom he writes a bi-monthly column). He is on the editorial board for the New Literary History of America.

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