A recent study may have debunked the theory
that delivering CPR to the beat of “Stayin’ Alive” improves the life-saving technique’s effectiveness, yet lately disco has been getting the most airtime since its ‘demolition’
in Chicago’s Comiskey Park more than 30 years ago. Across the country, from Brooklyn
to Portland, the ghost of Studio 54 is haunting dance floors and rock clubs alike.
Fans holding tickets to an Escort live show are advised to leave the polyester at home. Besides the fact that the maligned hallmark of ’70s fashion is something that bandleader Eugene Cho is happy to leave behind
, it’s nowhere near breathable enough for the sweaty dance party that inevitably ensues. Known as “Brooklyn’s finest disco orchestra,” the 17-member band of boogie has been releasing singles and performing in and around the borough for the past five years, yet only recently released its first official album. Given previous incarnations of the group
, it’s unfortunate that they weren’t included on the soundtrack of a certain puppet movie
currently in theatres.
Portland-based duo Glass Candy has been around since the mid-’90s when its then glammy No Wave sound was a pioneer of the theatrical noise rock movement that took hold in the early ’00s. Though they’ve been recording consistently since then—both Chloé and Karl Lagerfeld have used Glass Candy tracks in their runway show soundtracks—their sound has softened into more sensual disco pop vibes. The title single
from their most recent release, last month’s prophetically titled Warm in the Winter
EP, layers lead singer Ido No’s breathless vocals over nearly eight minutes of dance floor burning beats that make it this decade’s “Heart of Glass.”
As its name suggests, this Brooklyn act creates music that sounds best around the witching hour—a fact not lost on whoever booked them to play New Year’s Eve
at Williamsburg venue Public Assembly. The nine-piece disco band, which shares a couple of members with Hercules and Love Affair
, took advantage of Scion’s arts patronage program, Scion A/V
, this year. Underwritten by the automaker, their What The Eyes Can’t See
EP elevates an element that’s missing from most contemporary music: a horn section. So, while the Times Square ball signals 2012 by dropping out of sight, the proverbial mirror ball in Brooklyn will keep on spinning for as long as Midnight Magic remains on stage.