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The Vinyl Word

By Queen Bee  /  Contributing reporter

The Bird Club in Tainan.

Photo courtesy of Pilin

Having been open since June, The Bird Club, the latest addition to Tainan’s nightlife, is the asylum for those who want to get away from commercial music: It was founded by music-loving people for music-loving people. The minimalist club is located in a renovated two-story house that gives you a real sense of local culture. The interior preserves much of the original features: brick walls, gray terrazzo flooring and a balcony that overlooks the patio, and mixes with sleek-looking furniture.

“We’d like to create a venue for new DJs and musicians to showcase their talent,” said Kang Rui-yi (康瑞益), the clubs owner.

“And the reason why we opened this club is to commemorate a very good friend of ours who’d passed away a while ago. His nickname was Bird and hence the name of our club.”

Kang said that although The Bird Club has had live jazz and DJs playing electro, drum & bass and dub-step, they don’t want to set any musical limits.

“If anyone is interested in playing here, they are welcome to submit a mix-tape,” he said.

‧ The Bird Club is open Mondays to Fridays from 9pm to 4am. DJs and live music events take place on Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is free. 192, Min-Cyuen 2nd Rd, Tainan City (台南市中西區民權二路192號). On the Net: www.facebook.com/TheBirdClub

Back in Taipei, a couple of events coming up this weekend are not to be missed if you are a fan of underground house music. First up is “Cloud Party” (雲端派對), featuring tech house DJ Ruby from Tokyo’s Womb Club, with supporting DJs Fion, Bunjibeat, and Pip. This is going to be big.

‧ Tonight from 10pm to 4am at Luxy, 5F, 201, Zhongxiao E Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市忠孝東路四段201號5樓). Admission is NT$700

Tomorrow night, Bass Kitchen is hosting their “Deep Fried House” at inHouse. Yoshi, MiniJay and Music for Cats will be keeping it deep and groovy all night, and best of all, admission is free.

‧ Tomorrow from 10pm to 4am at Bass Kitchen, 90, Songren Rd, Taipei City ( 北市松仁路90號). Admission is free

Tomorrow will also be a huge night for (DJ Mag’s) Top-100 DJ groupies down south as the biggest party-organizer Spunite is throwing another massive event, Black Party, and boasting the music will be “harder and faster” this time. “Last year’s Black party was a big success, with almost 5,000 attendees,” Spunite’s Brian Tsai (蔡家偉) says. “This year, we are bringing a duo of ‘Hardstyle DJ’ called D-Block & S-Te-Fan from the Netherlands. This music style brings hundreds of thousand of people to its events such as Q-Dance and Defqon.1. We are hoping to re-start a new trend in Taiwan. So, if you like it fast and hard, this is the party for you!”

‧ Tomorrow night from 9pm to 5am at the International Convention Center Kaohsiung (高雄國際會議中心), 274, Zhongzheng 4th Rd, Kaohsiung City (高雄市鹽埕區中正四路274號). Admission is NT$1,000 for those wearing a black top, and NT$1,800 for those who aren’t.

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