In our upcoming Nightranger column (out Thursday) we joined the mainstream masses in a major way (the American Idol finale at Nokia Theatre, a Sex and the City 2 party at Arclight and Jack Johnson on the Santa Monica Pier) but for Memorial Weekend it was all about a homier locale (as in “what up, homies”). Scarlett Casanova's Hang the DJs always had an underground vibe, even when it was at The Echo (for 6 years!) and especially when it moved to the infamous Alvarado House, but her new space -a previously unknown (to us) warehouse in the Lincoln Heights/Cypress Park area called Ultra Violet Social Club by the artists who own it- offered even more room and some of its most uninhibited raging ever Saturday night.
The dance til dawn Memorial weekend blowout was the biggest bash at the new digs yet, with DFA darling Hercules and Love Affair's Andy Butler on the decks, supported by fellow ginge-groover Aaron Castle, Daisy O'Dell and more. Late arrivals missed a psychedelic-hued dance rock set from White Arrows, a band we've come to like more and more each time we see them. Their ballsy cover of The Boss' “I'm On Fire” is pretty hot, and it was especially smoldering thanks to a surprise sit-in from The Airborne Toxic Event's guitarist Steven Chen.
Still, HTDJs is first and foremost about shaking ass, and the colorful crowd (a multi-cutured mesh of punk-cholitas, disco dudes/dykes/divas, and fabulously fucked up fashion plates freakin on stage and the floor) pretty much shattered the place. We're still too busted for any of today's barbeques because of it.