"I play two types of records," DJ Denny Tsettos says. "My oh-shit! records and my what-the-fuck? records. When you hear what-the-fuck? records, you're like, 'What is that? I've never heard it! It's incredible!' When you hear an oh-shit! record, you say, 'Oh my God, I haven't heard this in so long. I love this song!' Any DJ who knows how to rock a room will always incorporate the classics with the new."
Tsettos, now 33, started spinning professionally when he was 15 and his dad dropped him off at clubs with his boxes of records. After coming up through the New York house music scene with buddies like Erik Morillo and Danny Tenaglia, Tsettos landed two of his own radio shows -- one on WKTU, New York's dance station; the other (called "Dancefloor Essentials") on Sirius Radio, Channel 62.
This weekend, Tsettos will choose a few of the 10,000 or so albums he keeps at his New Jersey home ("I throw away about 1,000 records a month"), hop a plane, and fire up the digital turntable at Club Space (34 NE 11th St., Miami). "Space is one of the top nightclubs, not in the country but in the entire world," he says. "Only the cream of the crop get to play in that room. I'm flattered." -- Deirdra Funcheon
Whenever we receive a secret communiqué that Justin Routt and his company, Birch Creek Films, are throwing one of their indie film nights, we almost forget our running kvetch about Blockbuster's bullshit "no late fees" policy (instead of "fining" you, they charge you for the movie), and we are intrigued enough to lay down the darts and step away from that picture of Wayne Huizenga. Tonight at Opium Garden (136 Collins Ave., Miami Beach), see five shorties, including Once Not Far from Home (about two curious kids and a mysterious house); Space Available ("a futuristic story about an overpopulated world"), and Tao of Pong ("a comedy about an ex-Ping-Pong prodigy and his quest to defeat his old nemesis"). Instead of making the deceptive slimebags at Blockbuster any richer, lay down your ten bucks and receive in return: the movies, your first drink, hors d'oeuvres, and a Q&A session with the filmmakers. The evening begins at 8 p.m. Visit www.bcfs.us. -- Deirdra Funcheon
Get (Even More) Warped
Can you handle the hip-hop?
It was nice of the Warped Tour organizers to sprinkle some hip-hop acts in the lineup, but let's be honest: That show is for high-school punkers. If you want the hip-hop, the whole hip-hop, and nothing but the hip-hop, hit the Unofficial Warped Tour Hip-Hop After-Party at Club M (2037 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood) from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. It stars Hangar 18 (pictured, a NY crew on indie rap label Definitive Jux), Eternia (a female MC from Canada), and MinaMina Goodsong (feel-good hip-hop from Atlanta), plus Red Tide, Arcane, and Broward's own Secondhand Outfit. Play an old-school trivia contest and learn how to alter your fingerprints, make free phone calls, and handle other covert ops during a "Poor Man's Militia" workshop. Admission is eight beans, half-price with a Warped Tour ticket stub. Call 754-368-0001. -- Deirdra Funcheon
The Mic Is Open
The lovely Shauna Sweeney, a 21-year-old singer/songwriter, has started hosting an open-mic night at Tavern 213 (213 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale). The jam draws local musicians and what Sweeney calls "a very friendly crowd." It repeats from 7:30 to 11 p.m. every Thursday through at least September 1, when Sweeney holds "finals" and the winner gets a free studio recording session. Call 954-599-3949, or visit www.shaunasweeney.com. -- Deirdra Funcheon