Jonathan is pretty much the only DJ we actually like.” (VICE)
"The most-liked man in the soul music scene" (Rolling Stone)
Particularly chic… one of the most popular spinners in Williamsburg and the founder of the New York Night Train dance parties. His fare is already cleaner and more appreciative of American pop music history than much of the rest." (NY Times)
"This 45 hoarder made soul music fun again with his Soul Clap & Dance Off parties, where five-hour sets of rare grooves and B-sides provided a fleshy alternative to the club scene’s industrial snarl. Instead of bucking the trends of American pop music for some underground alternative, Toubin has made his name by embracing pop’s connective tissue, tracing the rhythm and blues, soul, and rock and roll of the nineteen-fifties and sixties. " (The New Yorker)
JT was awarded 2015’s “BEST DJ” in The Village Voice 60th Anniversary “Best of NYC” issue: “We might live in an EDM world, but Jonathan Toubin has no truck with today’s musical whims. Since 2007, Toubin’s Soul Clap and Dance-Off has brought throwback pizzazz and retro cool to New York’s late-night underground. Culled from an endless array of long-forgotten Sixties soul singles, Soul Clap is pure musical dynamite, the kind of after-hours party that exposes today’s iTunes-bred, press-play DJs for their relative lack of roots and ingenuity. No fist-bumps or atomic bass drops here; instead, Toubin lovingly crafts five-hour sets that bring lost chestnuts from the likes of Vernon Harrell and the Blendells into clearer focus for a new generation of dance enthusiasts. You can try to put your moves to better use, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find more cathartic, sweatier fun elsewhere in the city.”
NEW YORK NIGHT TRAIN is the party machine of Jonathan Toubin! The subject of features in Rolling Stone, Village Voice, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Pitchfork, BBC World Service, VICE, Interview, Huffington Post, Interview, The New Yorker and other prestigious publications, the dynamic international DJ/nightlife visionary is spicing up life by prompting rock and roll fans to dance again and simultaneously offering a more extciting and exquisite "maximum rock and soul" alternative to the music typically spun at night clubs, music festivals, discos, raves, loft parties, etc. – changing the world one wild 7-inch vinyl scorcher at a time.
In just over a decade, Jonathan Toubin — rock and soul 45 DJ and proprietor of the New York Night Train brand party production enterprise — has charted a career that is culturally and commercially unparalleled – reigning as America’s most popular and prolific soul party DJ and 45rpm vinyl DJ. With a visionary take on nightlife and an obsessively curated collection of obscure 7-inch records, Toubin sells out clubs and performs at major rock concerts and festivals around the world. Though known for the burning immediacy of his "maximum rock and soul" sets at the weekly Shakin’ All Over Under Sideways Down dance, his instructional Land of 1000 Dances spectacle, his elaborate multi-media "Happenings", and other trademark parties, Toubin’s take on 1960s soul music, the Soul Clap and Dance-Off, has left the biggest footprint on contemporary urban nightlife and put Mr. T on the map as soul man.
Working over 2000 gigs in the last decade, Jonathan Toubin has managed to keep one spectator brogue in the counter-culture from which he emerged (punk bars, DIY basements, loft parties, art galleries, rock venues, and shady afterhours spots) while crossing over to dance clubs, prestigious festivals (Bonnaroo, All Tomorrow’s Parties, End of The Road, etc multiple times) boutique hotels, museums, ivy league colleges, fashion parties, arena pop/rock shows, raves, and even headlining his second gig at Lincoln Center. He’s also the only DJ given an entire official night at SXSW. Its become the festival’s official closing party and he’s done it six of the last seven years! Toubin continues to play the world’s most infamous dives and rock clubs while garnering press in highbrow publications and receiving nominations for nightlife awards from the fancier side of culture in the process. He also the first 45 DJ with mixes available on Burger Records and the first living DJ with compilations of his work on the legendary Norton Records – the LPs Souvenirs of the Soul Clap, Vol 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.
Jonathan Toubin debuted the Soul Clap and Dance-Off in March 2007 as a monthly outlet to play his growing collection of soul 45s to a small north Brooklyn underground art/rock social community in the spirit of 1990s indie/punk scene parties. He added a brief dance-contest to the mix to make the event more interesting. As this humble makeshift neighborhood underdog evolved into an institution, Mr. T employed the party’s popularity as a weapon against tired hit nights, 80s nights, and other mediocre contemporary night culture of the time – offering an alternative in the possibility of dancing to exciting music most of us have never heard before with the unparalleled sound of the original recordings. The epic size, frequency, and geographical breadth of the Soul Clap has been a seed for a new wave of soul dance culture among indie rockers, punks, and hipsters (for lack of a better term. Contemporary underground culture-consuming urbanites?) first in Brooklyn, next in Manhattan, and, by 2009, around the world – inspiring slews of imitators and developing new nightlife economies everywhere from Portland, ME to Portland, OR, from Berlin to Buenos Aires, from Tasmania to Tel Aviv.
When Jonathan Toubin began regularly DJing punk and garage rock weekly at the Lower East Side’s infamous Motor City Bar in October 2006, he was a small record label-owner and a musician finishing up his graduate thesis and paying rent as a freelance writer. Within a year, Mr. Toubin had become a full-time professional DJ/party promoter – working nightly around New York mixing in eclectic genres (psych, punk, reggae, etc.) with the garage, rockabilly, doo wop, r&b, and soul sounds that he’s best known for today. Casting aside mp3s, CDs, and eventually LPs once he began hitting dance spots, he stepped up to the challenge of spinning exclusively the biggest, baddest, and most challenging musical medium, the 45rpm vinyl record. Switching to an all 45 format not only meant spending all of his time and hard-earned cash obtaining his favorite records and deep new discoveries, but also taking a step back in his repertoire for a spell. The gamble, the expense, and the hard work rapidly paid off – New York Night Train’s nightly 7-inch ragers quickly became the stuff of legend from Brooklyn to the Bowery.
Playing only the original vinyl (no repros, comps, etc) for dancers instead of collectors, cutting $5 commoners with $500 rarities with strategic pitching, sequencing, EQ-ing, and transitioning, Jonathan Toubin distinguishes his sets from typical 45 DJs by focusing on the dance floor, the juxtaposition of beats, the strategic mix of selections, showmanship, and energy. In the process he also stood in contrast to the hit-players and digital jocks on the other end of culture by playing uncommon music on all-original vinyl with playful live improvisation. Years of nightly gigging in a variety of settings offered NYNT’s conductor a huge advantage over his peers in that his labor also served as an infinite laboratory regarding the subtleties of how, without spinning obvious or even familiar material, to make a variety of cultures and subcultures dance together – uniting even the squarest weekend dance floors under the power of his live mixes of real deal records. Jonathan Toubin’s primary goal remains offering a supreme unforgettable one-of-a-kind experience to nightlife denizens everywhere.
In addition to the notorious dance contest, New York Night Train parties have been made even more interesting by including live music, notable guest DJs, visuals, dancers and performance in the mix. Andrew WK, Black Lips, Coathangers, Dum Dum Girls, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizzard, King Khan and the BBQ and King Khan and the Shrines, Mac DeMarco, the Oh Sees, Quintron and Ms Pussycat, Charles Bradley, The Gories, Shannon and the Clams, Sky Saxon, La La Brooks of the Crystals, Wreckless Eric, Reigning Sound, and dozens and dozens more have played at NYNT events. In addition to practically every major American 45 DJ of note, the hoodangs have also featured guest selectors from across music: Calvin Johnson (Beat Happening), Danny Kroha and Mick Collins (The Gories), David Johansen (New York Dolls), Genesis P-Orridge (Throbbing Gristle), Gibby Haynes (Butthole Surfers), Ian Svenonius (Make-Up), James Chance (Contortions), Jared Swiley and Cole Alexander (Black Lips), Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedy’s), Jon Spencer (Pussy Galore/JSBX/etc), Kembra Pfahler (Veloptuous Horror of Karen Black), Kool Herc (father of hip hop), Kyp Malone (TV on the Radio), Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group), Nick Waterhouse, Sean Yseult (White Zombie), Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Randy Jones (The Village People), and many more. Finally, outside of his own parties and rock festivals, Jonathan DJs at live shows by the underground rock and roll bands you would expect but has also has found himself working at rock shows odd pairings as diverse ad Action Bronson, Black Keys, Bon Iver, Charlie XCX, Dinosaur Jr, Erykah Badu, Faith No More, F*cked Up, Interpol, Jack White, Kendrick Lamar, Killer Mike, LCD Soundsystems, MGMT, MIA, Mission of Burma, Odd Future, and Rick Ross.
December 7, 2011, while Toubin was on tour in Portland, OR, a runaway cab crashed through his first-floor hotel room – landing on top of him. In critical condition and sedated in the ICU for over five weeks, and in full-time intensive rehabilitation for months, the soul proprietor’s friends and fans around the United States took action – throwing dozens of benefits in his honor everywhere from New York to Los Angeles and Detroit to New Orleans – featuring everyone from Yeah Yeah Yeahs to Ty Segall to Maragaret Cho. Many operations and months of physical therapy later, New York Night Train’s conductor proved that he would not let 26 major injuries bring him down – making his public debut as the surprise DJ at Jack White’s Webster Hall show April 27 (less than five months after the accident that doctors predicted would take at least a year to recover from enough to function on a basic level).
Putting all the obstacles behind him, Jonathan Toubin continues to move forward and up the ante for his DJing and parties, improving his records, DJing, and crowds each year. 2016 concluded with the release of his 5th Norton Records compilation LP, “Souvenirs of the Soul Clap, Vol. 5” and 2017 begins with a huge party March 3 celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the NY Night Train Soul Clap and Dance-Off, where the DJ leaves his vinyl at home and shines the spotlight on the artists who originally recorded them – Irma Thomas, Archie Bell, Joe Bataan, King Khan, David Johansen, John Batiste, Maxine Brown, Young Jessie, Baby Washington, Ural Thomas, and Nick Waterhouse and the Tarots. There will of course also be a dance contest. Also the Soul Clap and Dance-Off is the official 2017 South By Southwest closing party. The remainder of the year finds Toubin and his celebrated party at festivals from Oregon’s Pickathon to the UK’s End Of The Road and in dozens and dozens major North American and European metropolises.
Jonathan Toubin/NY Night Train Current Reoccurring Parties:
– Soul Clap and Dance-Off (2007-present) – Saturdays worldwide ( Brooklyn Bowl – formerly at Glasslands) The world’s most popular and prolific soul party and still growing…
– Shakin’ All Over Under Sideways Down! (2008 – present) – Fridays at Home Sweet Home – "maximum rock and soul" dancing every Friday night – wild raw rhythm and blues and early rock’n’roll! Plus occasional global guest DJs and live performances by the likes of Wreckless Eric, Kid Congo Powers, Straight Arrows, etc.
– Sunday Soul Scream (2016 – present) – Summer Sundays at Our Wicked Lady – Wayne Gordon of Daptone Records and Jonathan Toubin’s big free soul dance party on a Bushwick rooftop! With surprise live performances by their favorite bands – like King Khan and the Shrines, Chain and the Gang, and Mystery Lights plus cameos by every 45 DJ there is.
– Sally Can’t Dance (2014 – present) – random Thursdays at Bowery Electric – Jesse Malin’s very downtown historical rock’n’roll party with resident DJs Jonathan Toubin and Alix Brown and live performances by rock’n’roll legends like Handsome Captain Sensible, Dez Cadena, Dick Manitoba, Lydia Lunch, etc
– Haunted Hop (2006 – present) – NY Night Train’s annual Halloween jam with all original horror 45s all night, decor, bands, go go, and more!
– Tardy Gras (2007 – present) – NY Night Train’s own holiday, Mardi Gras celebrated late – the Saturday after Fat Tuesday to be exact. Costume party where JT plays only the finest original Louisiana 45s, bands play, king cake is eaten, and other entertainment!
– Land of 1000 Dances (2011 – present) – randomly at prestigious venues like Le Poisson Rouge, South Street Seaport, 92 Y, etc. Many years in the making in terms of research and development, this is a dance party that is also a dance class – where you can learn the dance craze steps of the 1960s while you get down. Dance demonstrators show you the moves and visuals give you the cues while Mr. JT lays down the original recordings for you to pony like bonie maronie, hitch hike across the floor, pass the bug, and kill that roach…
– New York Night Train Happening (2007 – present) andomly in NYC and on the road – visuals by Spencer Bewley, go go dancing by Anna Copa Cabanna, DJ-ing by Jonathan Toubin and guests – plus live bands and performance artists – a more elegant Exploding Plastic Inevitable for our times w/guest performers like HEALTH, King Khan & the BBQ, Quintron and Ms. Pussycat, Chain and the Gang, Calvin Johnson, Gibby Haynes, etc etc etc…
– Polyglot Discotheque (2009 – present) – randomly at Secret Project Robot, Live With Animals, and Zebulon on the west coast – featuring dancing to trippy international 60s freakbeat, psych, etc w/Toubin and Josh Styles (Smashed! Blocked!), visuals, go go dancers, etc.
– Boogie Night (2010 – present) – randomly – an exclusively electric boogie and blues get-down featuring Jonathan Toubin and a live band
– James Brown Night (2011 – present) – randomly, James Chance and the J.C.’s, Charles Bradley as Black Velvet and others play all James Brown covers live and Jonathan Toubin turns hours of original 45s written, produced, and/or performed by James Brown…
– Animal Print Party (2013 – present) – randomly, everyone wears jungle print! The people become the decor and Jonathan Toubin takes you around the world with exclusively1950s/1960s exotic rock and roll for dancing.
– 2006 – 2013: NY Night Train Wednesdays – Motor City Bar (weekly)
– 2011: Sit-Down Soul – Ace Hotel (weekly)
– 2011: Summer Soul (randomly – at outdoor locations around NYC)
– 2010: Rocks Off Cruises presente NY Night Train’s Ya Ya Yacht – The Half-Moon (monthly)
– 2008 – 2010: Thursday Thump – Enid’s (weekly – curated but not regularly DJ-ed by Jonathan Toubin)
– 2007 – 2009: Boogaloo Shampoo – Beauty Bar Manhattan/Brooklyn (weekly)
– 2007 – 2009: Animal Train Happening – Glasslands (monthly)
– 2008: Secret Santo and Declassified – Santos’ Party House (weekly)
– 2007 – 2008: Ants in Your Pants Dance Party – Savalas (weekly)
– 2007: Loose Caboose – Club Midway (weekly)
New York Night Train throws parties featuring Jonathan Toubin and guest DJs like: Austin Brown (Parquet Courts) – Beyonda (I’ve Got a Hole In My Soul) – Billy Miller and Miraim Linna (Norton Records) – Brian DeGraw (Gang Gang Dance) – Calvin Johnson (Beat Happening, Dub Narcotic, etc) – Charless Bradley – Cole Alexander (Black Lips) – Dale Crover (The Melvins) – Danny Kroha (The Gories) – David Johansen (New York Dolls, etc) – Don Bolles (The Germs, 45 Grave, etc.) – Dusty Sparkles (Danava) – Edan -Eleanor Friedburger – Frankie Rose (Vivian Girls, Crystal Stilts, Dum Dum Girls, etc.) – Gabriel Roth (Dap-Tone Records, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings) – Genesis P-Orridge (Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV) – Georgia Hubley and Ira Kaplan (Yo La Tengo) – Gibby Haynes (Butthole Surfers) – Greg Cartwright (Reigning Sound) – Howie Pyro (Intoxica Radio, Danzig, D-Generation, The Blessed, etc) – Ian Svenonius (Make-Up, Nation of Ulysses, Chain and the Gang, etc) – Ivan Sunshine (Hidden Fees) – James Chance (The Contortions), James White and the Blacks) – Jared Swiley (Black Lips) – Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedy’s etc) – Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Grinderman, etc) – Jon Spencer (Blues Explosion, Pussy Galore, etc) – Josh Styles (Smashed! Blocked!) – Kid Congo Powers (Gun Club, Cramps, etc) – Kembra Pfahler (Veloptuous Horror of Karen Black) – Kyp Malone (TV on the Radio) – Lenny Kaye (Patty Smith Band) – Mac DeMarco – Marky Ramone – Matt Pinfield – Mick Collins (Gories / Dirtbombs) – Moses Archuleta (Deerhunter) – Mr. Fine Wine (WFMU’s Downtown Soulville) – Nick Waterhouse – Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) – Phast Phreddie (Backdoor Man, Subway Soul, etc) – Primo (Oldies Night) – Randy Jones (Village People) – Sammy Yaffa (New York Dolls, Hanoi Rocks) – Sean Yseult (White Zombie) – Shannon Funchess (Light Asylum, The Knife, etc) – $mall Change – Steve Krakow (Plastic Crimewave Sound) – The Shins – Tim Kerr (Big Boys, Poison 13, Monkeywrench, Jack of Fire, Lord High Fixers, etc.) – Tim Warren (Crypt Records) – Todd-O-Phonic Todd (WFMU, Telstar, Candy, and Satan Records) – Tony Sylvester (Turbo Negro) – Ty Segall
New York Night Train throws parties featuring DJ Jonathan Toubin and live acts like: ..And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead (2-piece hardcore lineup) – A-Bones – Apache – April March – A.R.E. Weapons – Andrew WK – Awesome Color – Beets – Big Freedia – Black Lips – Black Time – Blank Dogs – Bloodshot Bill – Brimstone Howl – Calvin Johnson – Chain and the Gang – Charles Bradley – Cheap Time – Thee Commons – Crystal Stilts – Daddy Long Legs – Danny Kroha – Death Set – Delicate Steve – Digital Leather – Drones – Dum Dum Girls – El Vez – Endless Boogie – Excepter – Frankie Rose – Fresh and Onlys – Garotas Suecas – Golden Triangle – Grass Widow – Greg Ashley – HEALTH – Heavy Trash – Homosexuals – Human Eye – Hunters – Indian Jewelry – Intelligence – James Chance – Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Juan Wauters – Julee Cruise – K-Holes – Kid Congo and the Pink Monkeybirds – King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – King James and the Special Men – King Khan and the BBQ – King Khan and the Shrines – La La Brooks – La Luz – Mac DeMarco – Mark Sultan – Thee Midniters – Mika Miko – Mikal Cronin – Mungo Jerry – Mystery Lights – Nick Waterhouse – Night Beats – No Bra – Notekillers – Oh Sees – Pink Reason – The Premiers – Psychic Ills – Psychedelic Horseshit – Pterodactyl – Quintron and Ms Pussycat – Reigning Sound – Screaming Females – Sex Stains – Shannon and the Clams – Sky “Sunlight” Saxon – The Slits – So Cow – Spits – Stalkers – Strange Boys – Suckers – Surfer Blood – Talk Normal – Thalia Zedek – Turbo Fruits – Velcro Lewis – Vietnam -Vockah Redu – Wreckless Eric – Young Jessie
Jonathan Toubin also DJs at shows of artists like: Band of Skulls – Black Keys – Black Lips – Black Mountain – Bleached – Bobby Rush – Bon Iver – Boyd Rice – Charlie XCX – The Contortions – D.R.A.M. – Davilla 666 – Death From Above 1979 (DFA) – Dinosaur Jr – Erykah Badu – Faith No More – F*cked Up – Funky Meters – Gang Gang Dance – George Porter, Jr – The Go – Glass Candy – Handsome Dick Manitoba – HEALTH – Interpol – J Mascis – Jack White – James Hunter Six – Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Jonathan Richman – Katy Red – Kendrick Lamar – Killer Mike – King Khan and the BBQ – King Khan and the Shrines – LCD Soundsystems – Les Savy Fav – Lydia Lunch – The Men – MGMT – MIA – Mission of Burma – Monotonix – Monsters – Nicole Atkins – Oblivians – Odd Future – Off – Otis Clay – Ponytailt – Reigning Sound – Rick Ross – Savages – Spank Rock – Ty Segall – Vivian Girls – White Fence – William Bell – Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Zeros
Jonathan Toubin has shared the DJ booth at non-NYNT events with: Andy Rourke (The Smiths) – Cosmo Baker (The Rub) – Devendra Banhardt – House of House (DFA) – Jake (The Casualties) – James Murphy (LCD Soundsystems) – Kool Herc (father of Hip-Hop music) – Paul Banks (Interpol) – Paul Ryder (The Happy Mondays) – Pieter Schoolwerth (Wierd Records) – Ryan Schreiber (editor/founder – Pitchfork Media) – Simeon Coxe (Silver Apples) – Vito and Druzzi (The Rapture)
Jonathan Toubin DJs at festivals/special events like: 4 Knots (NYC) – 35 Denton (Denton, TX) – All Tomorrow’s Parties (Camber Sands, UK / London / Monticello, NY / NYC) – Art Basel (Miami – annually) – At First Sight (Sydney, Australia) – Best Kept Secret Festival (Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands) – Body and Soul Festival (Dublin, Ireland) – Bonnaroo Festival (Manchester, TN) – Brooklyn Brewery Mash (worldwide) – Bruise Cruise (Miami/The Bahamas) – Burger Boogaloo (Oakland) – Burgerama (Santa Ana, California) – Calgary Stampede (Calgary, Canada) – Calvi On The Rocks Festival (Calvi, Corsica) – Carnaval de Bahidorá (Morelos, Mexico) – Chaos in Tejas (Austin) – CMJ (NYC) – Dour Festival (Dour, Belgium) – Echo Park Rising (Los Angeles) – End of The Road Festival (Larmer Tree, UK) – Eurockeennes Festival (Belfort, France) – Fashion Week (NYC) – Festival de la Cité Lausanne (Lausanne, Switzerland) – Festival Internacional De Benicassim (Benicassim, Spain) – Festival Supreme (Los Angeles) First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum (NYC)- Fun Fun Fun (Austin) – Garorock Festival (Marooned, France) – Festival Number 6 (Gwynedd, Wales) – Gonerfest (Memphis) – Guilty Party Boat Cruise (Venice) – Le Guess Who (Utrecht, Netherlands) – Haldern Pop Festival (Rees-Haldern, Germany) – Laurie Anderson’s Live Ideas Festival (NYC) – Le Micro Festival (Liege, Belgium) – Levitation Vancouver – Lucha VaVoom (East Coast Dates) – M for Montreal (Montreal) – Mardi Gras (New Orleans and Mobile) – Mosely Folk Festival (Birmingham, UK) – Lincoln Center Midsummer Night Swing (NYC) – Music Fest NW (Portland, OR) – Neon Reverb Festival (Las Vegas, NV) Northern Winter Beat (Alborg, Denmark) – Northside Festival (Brooklyn, NY) – Nuits Sonores (Lyons, France) – NXNW (Toronto) – OFF Festival (Katowice, Poland) – Pickathon Festival (Portland, OR) – Pitchfork Festival (Chicago) – Pliskin Festival (Athens, Greece) – Ponderosa Stomp (New Orleans) – Pop Montreal – Positivus Festival (Salacgriva, Latvia) – River Rocks Festival (NYC) – Rock En Seine Festival (Paris) – Savannah Stopover (Savannah, GA) – Sioux Festival (Liege, Belgium) – Sled Island (Calgary) – Stripdagen Festival (Haarlem, Netherlands) – Sydney Festival (Sydney, Australia) – SXSW (Austin – annually, JT is the only DJ with his own official all-night dance party!) – Teenitus Festival (Berlin) – Vice Scion Garage Rock Festival (Portland, OR) – WFMU Record Fair (NYC) – Zomerparkfeest (Netherlands)
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jonathan not only plays the types of public events listed here but also does regular weddings, birthday parties, and corporate events