DJ & Dance

45 Sessions

When: Fri., May 18, 9:30 p.m. 2012

Whereas many DJs treat record-collecting as a romantic concept, the hosts of Oakland's new monthly showcase, The 45 Sessions, regard it as both a craft and an imperative. In that sense, they're unrepentant Luddites -- the kind who celebrate technology that's two iterations behind, and refuse to use "convenience" or "efficiency" as a guiding principle. And the "45" isn't mere lip service: Resident DJs Enki, E Da Boss, and Platurn actually spin seven-inch records on old-school turntables. This week, they'll feature veteran waxslinger DJ Shortkut, whose professed love of technology (i.e., an iPad with MIDI controllers) doesn't obviate his affection for -- to borrow a term from the 45 promo pitch -- "little-ass records." Besides, an iPad is the consummate Luddite's device. Also sponsored by Mixcrate, a web aggregator of DJ mixes, this installment features special record-themed giveaways -- including limited-edition seven-inch slipmats. Emcee Jern Eye hosts. At Disco Volante (347 14th St., Oakland) on Friday, May 18. 9 p.m., $5. DiscoVolanteOakland.com

Rachel Swan

Price: $5

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