Bottom Forty

Bottom Forty is a mirror ball in New York, a basement in Chicago, a cruise in L.A. and a night in the desert.

Queen Champagne

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July 14, 2013

The Debras

Sometimes on a legendary night, Like the closing of the Paradise Garage, When the crowd is calling down the spirits, listen and you will hear all the houses that walked there before.
Malcolm McLaren

Recently I sat down with Marcus Brown aka Natosha “Queen Champagne” from the legendary House of La Face. The Debra’s as they came to be known dominated House Ballroom culture in Seattle nearly 25 years ago.

Interview after the jump

Category: Herstory

Otterotation: Erin O’Connor and Wesley Holmes at Train Car House Party

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May 30, 2013

tchp

Photo/meme by Christina Wright

You’ve probably heard of the Train Car House Party by now, a free party held in a set of conjoined train cars attached to Orient Express, a Chinese restaurant in the SoDo neighborhood of Seattle. TCHP is run by the fabulous Erin O’Connor-Drew, Patrick Hernandez and Bryan Jarr, who wanted to create something in a kitschy, unknown venue simply for the love of house music. Since then TCHP has become both an institution and a bit of a who’s who in the Seattle house world. Where else can you come get drunk on gay bar-strength cocktails to some of the best house music in down…on a frickin’ train? read more …

Category: Downloads

Easter Otteremedy: De La Creme Selects Pt. 1 by Karl Kamakahi

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March 31, 2013

Karl-Kamakahi-dlcChiiiiiild…it’s been a weekend already, and we haven’t even hit the Easter festivities or Flammable or Honey Soundsystem yet (tonight–see below). Green Velvet banging out tracks with live lyrics at Q, Atish smiling and dancing around ETG while delivering deep house, the Train Car Party with DJ Diz going off Chicago-style, Jake Shears bringing an actually credible tech-house DJ set to Rapture, and Two Dudes in Love helping bucket & Zak celebrate conjoined bachelorette/birthday parties last night at the Eagle. I’mma try to make it to see Riz Rollins this afternoon for his special Easter Bonnet edition of REVIVAL at Q, and perhaps Flam tonight if I can revive my limbs from the dead…

But in the meantime, chill to this mix from local Seattle treasure Karl Kamakahi. Karl is known for his bomb-dropping beats as part of the Flammable, De La Creme, Proper, Front Street and Conception crews here in town, but this sweet downtempo/acid jazz mix he crafted with Seattle’s Gene Lee is one of the best  chill sets I’ve heard since the days of DJ Funky Nasir’s Spice @ Moe’s in the early 90s. It’s been on constant repeat in our car for months. Perfect for a sunny Sunday afternoon–and a free download.

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And if you’re reading this from San Francisco, come out to see Bottom Forty’s own Nark at Honey Soundsystem at Holy Cow tonight! I heard something about a party bus…

Category: Downloads