Last night’s URB 15-Year Anniversay Party at Manhattan west side hot spot, Opus 22 was rocking last night. The long-running urban music and DJ culture magazine, published by Raymond Roker, gave something back last night to a city that has always supported the iconic Left Coast rag.
A few weeks ago, in another post in this blog space, I decried that URB is like the Rolling Stone of DJ culture, and I really hold to that. In an industry that has seen it’s share of magazine and web sites come and go (including this one!), to have published a music magazine for 15-years is one hell of a forminable accomplishment. One that Raymond Roker and all the others who have contributed to the magazine for the past 15-years should be very proud of.
Of course, nothing’s better than a industry party with a few superstar DJs on a Wednesday night in the Big Apple. Moby, Princess Superstar, El-P and DJ Shakeyface graced the decks with a mix of old school jams that caught me by surprise. Moby dropped the acid classic from Inner City, Good Life and twisted it up with Bizarre Inc’s Euro-house dance hit, “I’m Gonna Get You” while Princess Superstar rocked Cameo’s funk classic, Word Up and Debbie Deb’s freestyle anthem, When I Hear Music. This just confirms to me even though I’ve gone pretty much all digital, I shouldn’t sell my vinyl collection just yet.
What’s a party without bringing my camera to capture some pics of the industry crowd jammin to the sounds and unwinding mid-week.