Wednesday, May 22, 2013

GOOD TIMES: FIRST TIME AT THE FUNCTION

With only six more weekly Good Times parties left at Eastern Bloc, we made sure to include some newcomers as well as some of our all-time favorite DJs to round out our May/June farewell line-up. Good Times has always spot for newbie DJs to share their tunes and last week was no exception, with Ricardo Tavares and Buddha Funkenstein both guesting for their first time at our little weekly function.


Ricardo is no stranger to throwing parties in New York, though it's only recently that he took up DJing. He first impressed us with his New Years Day DJ set at Rich King's annual potluck fiesta and wowed us again last week with his excellent nu disco and house set.


Paul really got into striking a pose when I asked him if I could snap his picture (you should try it and see if you get the same results). He clearly knows his best angles too since he looks as handsome as ever.


If you haven't been to Eastern Bloc of late, you've been missing out on our brand new $3 Ass Juice shots, which I tried for the first time last week and, though they don't really taste like ass juice, they're almost as yummy and intoxicating as the real thing.


Rich (left) and AK, hosting an impromptu pre-IML conference outside the Eastern Bloc bathrooms. I'm also DJing in Chicago on July 13th for AK's birthday, which should be fun sexy dirty raunchy and dancey all in equal parts.


Despite his new 9 to 5 office job lifestyle, our former barman Rob was back last week to rub elbows and chesticals with Tara Miso Rice (right), who also took a break from nightlife for three weeks to hang in Cambodia.


CHUG-A-LUG! CHUG-A-LUG! CHUG-A-LUG!


Happy birthday to a newly beardless James Ryan! I met JR before I began at Good Times six years ago but as Quinn (in the background) reminded last week, a big group of us met and/or grew closer with the friends we now have as a result of Good Times and this very much holds true for me and JR. Now grow that beard back cuz I don't need to see that!


Daryl (right, with Charles) and J4 invited me to DJ their newish Sunday night party at the Monster this past week called Beat Juice, and although it wasn't packed to the rafters, the energy, performances and old school West Village clientele made for a fantastic evening. Which is why I'm stoked to be back at the Monster this Thursday with DONKEY (me and Mikey Fuentes) for Jools and Mandy's Bassment party.


Our other newbie DJ guest of the evening was Buddha Funkenstein, who is the cutest and sweetest living furby you will ever meet and he plays great music as well despite "not using headphones" as a general rule, which I didn't fully understand but maybe using headphones is old school.


A late-night drive by from Antonio, one of our favorite service industry friends who works around the corner and is always down for an after-work cocktail or an ass juice shot of either variety. See you next Wednesday when Rod Thomas aka recording artist Bright Light Bright Light joins us. He'll also be filming his upcoming music video so no clothes with words or images if you intend on being a video vixen. See you there! xo, Sparber

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