Two Reasons You Have to Go To Webster Hall Tonight

The 8th Annual Paper Nightlife Awards will be held tonight at Webster Hall and everybody is going. These are the Oscars of nightlife, and so watching what the nominees and guests are wearing is everything. The categories are divided into two parts that People’s Choice and Paper Magazine have chosen. The People’s Choice part was infamous for ballot-stuffing, but they seem to have made it harder to just keep clicking that button for yourself or your favorite employer. The public gets to vote on: 
I’d like to give an award to the person who came up with those categories.

The Paper chosen winners will come from a heavily skewed "new" list because that’s the way they want to roll. The categories here are:

I don’t believe in "the best" in nightlife. Besides, if there was a best it would probably be over and on to the next by the time you are done reading this. The best of anything in nightlife – and don’t let anyone tell you differently – is what you like. To many, Lit Lounge is nirvana, and to others it’s a pigsty, a hole in the wall that smells bad and plays music nobody has ever heard of. But those are the same reasons why it’s nirvana to so many. These days, a joint could be the greatest show on Earth one night and a nightmare on any other. Clubs are no longer all things to all people as they have become very specific.

DJs, on the other hand, tend to trend, and it is common to hear the same tracks as you bop from one joint to another. Paper’s DJ category does seem to reward those less likely to play predictably. In that category, my favorite DJ not named Paul Sevigny or Jonathan Toubin is nominated. That’s Elle Dee. I love the "BEST PART-TIME DJ" category as it recognizes the "everybody is a DJ” era that I have become so involved in. Paper has been around for a long time, and some of the players who made it great are still around and as credible as anyone to give these awards. One of those venerable Paper players is the sparkling Mickey Boardman, who is celebrating his birthday today and tonight.

While I am out and about and at Webster Hall, I will certainly stop by Riot Avenue, my Thursday DJ partner Sam Valentine’s weekly Wednesday event there. Sam will be joined by Avi Miller. Among the hosts is the absolutely fantastic Bless Fantastic.

This Friday there’s a party across the pond that I wish I could attend. Old friend, DJ, producer, composer, innovator Larry Thom better known as Larry Tee will celebrate his birthday at Larry Tee’s Super Electric Party Machine at East Bloc, 217 City Road, London, England. I don’t even like to travel uptown so I send best wishes to one of the best.

Larry Tee On His Favorite Project Yet: New Single ‘Charlie’

You can’t talk about the "good ol’ days" of nightlife without homage to Larry Tee. However, Larry, like myself, likes to be remembered for what he has done and acknowledged for what he is doing in the "now.” Larry and I have worked together many times. Sometimes the relationship has been testy, but it is always respectful. He has constantly redefined nightlife and our culture. I was around when he coined the term “Electroclash” for a genre of music that few knew about then. He helped push artists like RuPaul, Peaches, Fischerspooner, and Scissor Sisters into our vocabulary. He talked about Williamsburg while we were still paying Manhattan rents and listening to boring disc jockeys.

His Love Machine party with his Atlanta clan RuPaul, Lahomma Van Zandt, and Lady Bunny was the precursor to so much of our fabulously forward nightlife. He was pushing Amanda Lepore when she was still sporting a push-up bra. I remember hearing him talk about Princess Superstar when she was Princess "I wanna be a” Star. Larry has always been in front of the action. He has always gone where no man has gone before. So when he says that something’s going to be the next thing… we better listen. He and I were partners in crime at Le Palace de Beaute with Michael Alig before the famous crime(s). He has made a rock star out of Perez Hilton and created W.I.T. This can go on and on but as I said up top, Larry is still making it happen in a huge way and we chatted with him about it.

We met many years ago and worked together often. I have always looked at you as an innovator. Electronic music, RuPaul… talk to me about the things and people you helped push into the public view.
I have always been lucky to befriend people who have big talents, from my friends in Georgia like Michael Stipe and RuPaul, to the Scissor Sisters and Afrojack more recently. I have always loved other peoples’ big ideas and have tried to push them into the spotlight too since it’s exciting to watch. My whole Electroclash period of festivals and touring groups like Peaches, Chicks on Speed, Fischerpooner, etc., was all based around my love of outrageous and often political shows. And lately my work has been hi-jacked by more mainstream stars like Santigold, Shontelle, Steve Aoki, and Princess Superstar with my song "Licky" and Afrojack, MDPC and Roxy Cottontail with my "Let’s Make Nasty" track. As ‘crazy’ gets more mainstream with Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga, my brand has been dragged into the mainstream too, thankfully.

Your single comes out today! Tell me about it and how it started.
The song is called “Charlie” and features 15 dogs in wigs dressed as contemporary artists like Chihuahua Del Rey and Stinky Minaj, designed by Lady Gaga’s hair couture genius, Charlie Le Mindu.

How do you get 100 million views on YouTube? That was the question when I decided to make a video with Charlie Le Mindu. Google-image him for sure. After some research, we realized that if you didn’t have Justin Bieber, Rihanna, or Eminem in your video, you better have children or animals. The song “Charlie” is a collage of sound effects, mad pianos, electro-synth riffs, a 60-year-old subway singer, and hyper-percussion bongo breaks, and so we needed something equally madcap to make the video pop.

So we got Charlie to make wigs for 15 dogs. When we were finished shooting, people kept saying that this dog looked like Lana Del Rey or this one looked like Amy Winehouse so we took the idea further and gave the dogs fake celebrity names like “Chihuahua Del Rey” and “Madogga.” It was one of the most satisfying projects in my life, I tell you.

Do you still DJ? What else do you do with your time now spent in London? Why did you abandon us?
Since I have had so many breakouts on the dance floor and in movies these last couple years, it’s led to a DJ residency at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas which is amazing. I was arm wrestling with Pete Wendt from Fall Out Boy at the pool party I did there last week. In London, Super Techno Party Machine at East Bloc is my residency every Friday/ I have guests like Rolf from the 2 Bears, Severino from Horse Meat Disco, Rueben Wu from Ladytron, Chicks on Speed, supermodel Luke Worrall, Richard Mortimer from Ponystep Magzine, and Carmen Xtravaganza from the house of Xtravagnza. What do these guys have in common? Nothing except if I wanted to put on an amazing party, I would want to have lots of diverse guests and sounds! And some fabulousness! And I still consider New York to be my spiritual home, but it was becoming like Groundhog Day where every day seemed like the one before…London has inspired me to make new things and experiment with new sounds, so I’m super happy.

While we are on the subject…what’s great in London club-wise, for people with…er… different perspectives?
London always has new hot spots popping up that are worth a try. Destroy Cluture raves are amazing featuring the Boy London DJ Team, Alis Pelleschi, the post-rave fashion goddess, and Sean Bass, the graphics genius behind the DISNEY bastardizations. Hot Boy Dancing Spot is just what you would expect: BUTT magazine come to life.


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Mint&Serf to Unveil Installation with Club Kid Pals

Street artists Mint&Serf, also known as The Mirf, are set to unveil yet another art installation at Garment District house club District 36. The duo will be joined by BrooklynStreetArt to celebrate The Mirf Room’s unveiling at the 14,000-square-foot dance club. Mind you, Mirf has already taken over the walls, the entryways, and the stairwells here, and now their original work will adorn The Mirf Lounge, a separate room dedicated to the Moscow- and Brooklyn-born talents. It’s been said that The Mirf is so dedicated to District 36 because it hearkens back to their old-school party days spent in the city’s quivering mega-clubs of the 80’s. It’s no wonder they’ve tapped a slew of club kids—new and veteran—to help them celebrate on February 4th.

image The Mirf Room

Return to the roots of electronic music and join Mint&Serf and BrooklynStreetArt as we celebrate the unveiling of the Mirf Room at District 36.

Music By: Larry Tee: A New York City-based DJ, club promoter, and music producer who coined the term Electroclash, helped to launch the careers of such artists as RuPaul, Scissor Sisters, Fischerspooner, Peaches, W.I.T., and Avenue D, and who’s collaborated with club kids Amanda Lepore and Princess Superstar. Casey Spooner of Fischerspooner: Artist, musician, and cofounder of the Electroclash band Fischerspooner back in 1998. Dances With White Girls: Notorious bi-coastal party animals that make incredible dance music.

When: Friday, February 4th Details: Open bar 10—12AM. Invite only.


Larry Tee & Amanda Lepore: Sound Like the Internet, Smell Like Cristal

He launched the first drag superstar onto the Top 40 charts, with RuPaul’s 1992 hit “Supermodel.” He deejayed outrageous nights at the Pyramid, the Roxy, and Michael Alig’s “Disco 2000” free-for-alls in the early ’90s. And he led the charge with the ascent of the Electroclash scene in Williamsburg in the early part of this decade, working with acts like Chicks on Speed, FischerSpooner and Peaches. And now, with the release of his new party album, Club Badd, with a fresh crop of talents he found on the Internet, and a guest-appearance from a trusted “Disco 2000” cohort, Amanda Lepore, Larry Tee finds himself surrounded by yet another groundswell of new music in Brooklyn, from Santigold and MIA in Bushwick to indie darlings like Chairlift and Telepathe in Williamsburg. Speaking of the latter, Tee was bemused to find out he stills has a pervasive impact on the local scene: “Telepathe hate me, by the way,” he said when BlackBook caught up with him and nightlife icon Amanda Lepore to discuss Club Badd. “They think I brainwashed the W.I.T. girls.”

Of his collaboration with the W.I.T., Tee says the girl group solicited his help. “They came to me and said, ‘We don’t know nothin’ about music—we can sing, but we don’t want to write.’ But Telepathe thinks I was brainwashing them and they didn’t get to express themselves creatively because of this evil mastermind named Larry Tee. I just read this somewhere and I was like, Oh my, god! I still have an influence on Telepathe and how they write their music? I like them though. I should send them a note that says, ‘I heart Telepathy.’”

Larry, I read that you wanted to make Club Badd the “sickest workout album.”

LARRY TEE: Totally. I was talking to Amanda last night, actually, saying that friends of mine have seen her working out before, which is obvious from looking at her body—she’s in perfect shape. I wonder how she does it.

How do you do it, Amanda?

AMANDA LEPORE: In what way? How do I look beautiful while working out? I have this precondition that I don’t sweat; I have to go to the steam room to sweat. I have that advantage, so if I want to wear full-on makeup I can. Sometimes people exaggerate and say I have heels on when I work out, but I never have heels on. Well, maybe once in a while, like, if I came in and wanted to do just weights or if I didn’t have sneakers with me.

Club Badd is so fun. What’s the overall concept?

LT: I’m stuck to the Internet all day long. I get all of my music, my information, and my videos from the Internet. For this album, I decided to find Internet sensations and try to work with them to create something out of the ordinary. And I’d always loved the video “Shoes” by Kelly. So I got in touch with Geoffrey Sharp, who has 38 million hits on his MySpace—not a great singer, but someone every Goth and Emo girl in the Midwest totally loves. Also, I kept reading about Roxie Cottontail, so I contacted her. Basically, they’re a bunch of Internet icons and brands that I tried to do something different with. To be honest, if I never hear another dance compilation I’ll be okay. Unless they’re breaking open the genre, it’s pretty predictable.

Amanda, let’s talk about your single on Larry’s record, “My Pussy.” What’s that about?

AL: That’s about my vagina. But I think it’s also a celebration of freedom and happiness, because, obviously, getting a vagina was a great deal of happiness in my life. Straight people like it, gay people like it—everybody likes it because it’s a great thing, to be happy with yourself and, you know, accepting yourself. Plus, it’s so easy to remember. How could you forget “My Pussy”? LT: Can I ask, Amanda, what you thought when you heard Perez Hilton was going to do “My Penis,” after your classic song? AL: I was so flattered, because I always check out Perez, and Perez has always been so kind to me through my career. LT: I met Perez because he wanted a copy of your song.

You’re the great connector.

LT: Essentially, Amanda’s pussy brought me closer to Perez Hilton.

What do you think of Perez’s “Penis” song?

AL: I think my vagina is prettier than his pee-pee, even though I haven’t seen it.

Last night, Larry, you asked Amanda if you thought Perez would have been a club kid back in the “Disco 2000” years.

AL: I definitely think so. Don’t you, Larry? LT: He reminds me a little bit of Michael Alig.

Do you mean that he has a murderous streak in him? LT: No, he works too hard. He doesn’t have time. AL: I don’t think so. You can tell, though, he was probably harassed as a kid and his escape was the Internet, gossip and things. I think that a lot of the club kids could relate to that because we were outcasts and nerds who didn’t fit in. And kids look up to people who change things, if they’re being harassed and having a hard time. I mean, I could have moved away and gotten married, but instead, I said, I’m the number one transsexual in the world. And I’ve seen the change: One time, when I performed in Ohio, there was a drag contest, and there were all these transgender college kids—girls becoming boys, with hair on their face and their legs, and they were able to go to college. Years ago, I needed a tutor at home just to finish high school.

Amanda, you recently told me a bit about the best ways to train a man. Can you explain?

AL: I was always really soft, because I thought that’s what guys liked. But I think that the more you tease them, the more they like you. Men love bitches.

Your first job in New York was as a dominatrix, correct?

AL: When I first moved to New York, my roommate at the time was doing that, and she said, “Oh, you can make a lot of money doing that.” And I did. It was sort of like acting. I think it helped me later with the David LaChapelle stuff because sometimes it was written out in a script, exactly what they wanted. And sometimes they would ask you to do really crazy things. There was one guy who would get off talking about the time, so I would have to saying, “What time is it? I have this appointment,” and, “Oh, now the bus is late.” And then there was this other guy who brought pies in from the bakery, and I would have to throw pies at him. LT: Remember that song “Useless”? You actually inspired a line in that—“Lipstick…I put it on, I take it off, I put it on”—because you told me an amazing story about this guy who just liked to have lipstick applied over and over and over again. AL: He would say, “Don’t take any off. Just keep putting it on and apply it again!” By the end of the hour it was just ridiculous.

Since then, you’ve become a nightlife fixture.

AL: That’s because I’m like a lamp—I light up the place.

How has the current economy affected the New York nightlife scene?

AL: When there was more money around, I made less money. I make more money in the bad economy. I think probably because I’m such a fantasy thing. People want to look at me to escape.

Larry, what was your first job in New York City?

LT: I first came to town with RuPaul, Lady Bunny and Lahoma Van Zandt, a whole gaggle of fantastic drag queens at a time when New York was suffering. A lot of the local talent had been eaten up by the AIDS crisis. We showed up dressed colorfully, like clowns, at a time when Charivari Black was the ruler. It was literally like the entire town was in mourning. As soon as I got here, Michael Alig put me to work. We did this party at the Pyramid Club, and no one came but a couple of our friends. We did these great drag shows with Ru and Bunny. Michael hired us all, and took us to the Tunnel to do the celebrity club. So I definitely owe Michael a thank you for that. He was very good at spotting new talent, for sure.

Did you stay in touch with him, after the murder and his imprisonment?

AL: I wrote him a letter once, but it’s really hard. I understand in drug circles that stuff like that is common, but moralistically, I’m not a violent person, so it’s really hard to deal with.

How about you, Larry?

LT: I had to work through that one a lot because I’m a drug addict and I’ve been in recovery now for 11 years, and a lot of the things I did while I was high are not things that I’m particularly proud of. He was so high that I don’t think the Michael Alig I really knew, the one who helped everybody out so much, was the same guy who killed Angel.

Larry, one of your songs is called “Agyness Deyn.” Why do you think we’re so fixated on her? LT: I shouldn’t say this, but I will: She lives right underneath me. After I finished the song, I saw her eating across the street and she said, “I just bought a loft over here. The big red building right there.” And I said, That’s my building! But I just couldn’t bring up the nerve to say, I have this crazy song about you on my album, and it sounds like a bunch of bees chasing Mr. Oizo down the street! But I did leave a copy with my doorman to give to her, so I assume she knows now.

No reaction yet? I don’t think she can react, because people will say, “It’s too crazy for me, but Agyness likes it. God, what is Agyness about?” When Kate Moss doesn’t say anything, it’s mysterious and we can only project upon her what we think she’s like and how smart we think she is. Agyness knows the same thing—she’s better off when she doesn’t talk.

What was your most outrageous night out, ever? AL: For me, it was probably at this fashion party, where David [LaChappelle] took my dress and wouldn’t give it back to me—I was completely naked for the first time. I think Stephanie Seymour was hosting the party, and those girls didn’t really like it because all these photographers were going crazy. And then David took off with Naomi Campbell, so I was there alone, naked, with no clothes.

I haven’t seen any new photo shoots from David in a while. Are you still working with him?

AL: I just did a photo shoot with him in Hawaii, so there are new pictures of me giving birth. I don’t understand it totally, but he’s very into paradise, the afterlife and religion, because the Three Wise Men were also in the photo shoot. It’s very different from the pop culture things we did before. It was more of a miracle birth—I think I was supposed to be the Virgin Mary, but because I’m a transsexual, it was a miracle.

Finally, Amanda, can you tell me what your new perfume smells like?

AL: It has real Cristal in it, because when perfumer Christophe Laudamiel met me, I was drinking champagne and celebrating at a birthday party with Pam Anderson and David LaChapelle, so he wanted to put that in there. And it has flowers, with the red of my lips, and white for the skin, and yellow for my hair. So you should probably talk to him about the ingredients. LT: It doesn’t smell like pussy? AL: No, it definitely doesn’t smell like pussy, but it’s very strong. When I go to the gym, people know I’m there before they see me.

Perez Hilton & Larry Tee Tangle with the Right Wing

imageThe clubs of Los Angeles are going to be hit with the sounds of quite a collaboration, that of L.A. gossip maven Perez Hilton and New York club king Larry Tee. The two have joined forces to put out a single that is sure to get tongues wagging — especially tongues belonging to right-wing anti-gay types. Video after the jump.

The song’s called, “My Penis,” (what else, really, do you expect from these two?), and the video features the illustration of Milkfat’s Michael Mouris, he of the fabulous animations featuring fictional phone calls of all our favorite celebrities.

Sample lyrics: “My Penis is online / My penis is on TV / 7 million people a day enjoy my penis / My penis … My genius penis.”

Besides repeating the words “my penis” over and over, it also name-drops a certain talk show queen. Fresh off his stunning Miss USA moment in the spotlight, wherein he asked Miss California about gay marriage and she totally gave the wrong answer, Perez’s is directing his activist ire at Elizabeth Hasselbeck by namedropping her in the song (as in, “Elisabeth Hasselbeck discusses my penis.”)

Says the ever-excitable Tee about the song on his new Ultra Records disc Club Badd (out next week), “We wanted to tweak a conservative icon. Who has EVER written about her in such a cool song?”

He explains the lyrics for the song thus: “it IS a metaphor. ‘My PENIS,’ it’s like bragging about his fame, status, power, etc. I mean we also take on conservative-leaning Newsweek, too, with the ‘Newsweek is on my dick’ line. Next up, Rush Limbaugh and the Drudge Report.”

Coming soon in Tee’s line-up: “My Pussy” by Amanda Lepore. No, we’re not making this up.