April 23rd, 2008 5:33 pm | by NILINA MASON-CAMPBELL Music | Posted In: Columns

Getting Yourself Into Awesome Situations

Picture 51 Tonight marks the debut of Brace Paine's new club night Situations at Dunes. Founder of such seminal Portland dance nights as No No Disco at Tube and Suicide Club at Dunes (not to mention being guitarist for the Gossip), Nathan Howdeshell (aka Paine) is back in town and ready to aid your party needs. What's in store for revelers at 1905 NE MLK tonight? A live set by Brooklyn genre-defying (but we'll call it dance punk) duo Free Blood that includes a former !!! member, as well as DJing provided by none other than Mr. Paine himself. Rumor has it that everyone's favorite French chanteuse Yelle (who also has a live set at Rotture tonight) may be popping down for her own spin on the decks after her show is done.

Ever the fan of multiple names, Nathan or Brace Paine (or whatever you choose to call him) has abandoned his ode-to-Fleetwood Mac DJ name, the Chain, to return to his roots by readopting the DJ Nightschool as his nightlife moniker. Musically, Dunes-goers can expect a wide array of genres that serve but one purpose: making people dance. One can only hope the Normal's "Warm Leatherette" slips its way in.

Future acts include a DJ set by the Kills and the Long Blondes, plus a live set by Berlin's No Bra in the coming months.


So maybe you're already hitting up the aforementioned Yelle gig at Rotture, or Free Blood's first set of the night (in support of Hot Chip at the Crystal Ballroom), or the PDX in the Mix Grammy event at Nemo Design or catching Guidance Counselor open up for the Death Set at Backspace...you know, or maybe the dancehall/hip-hip party featuring DJ Izm and Dun Diggy at Holocene. Well, whatever you're getting up to before 10 pm, Situations is there for when your Wednesday night ends (or rather begins) at Portland's not-so-secret disco, Dunes.

Hang the DJ: The Chain

Brace Paine photo by Nilina Mason-Campbell
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