An enterprising group of individuals have miraculously persuaded the new owners of a grand old four-story, seven-bathroom, three-kitchen house in Bushwick to let them throw huge, wild parties on the property until the ultimate fate of the house is decided (i.e. torn down, or renovated and split into apartments). Throughout the fall, they've been promoting parties here, at the "Trip House," catering to the Williamsburg/Bushwick underground art, music and slacker scene. We've heard many tales, and finally got a chance to check it out on Saturday, a party called "Gender Blender: Bring Ur Own Microgenre." It was a trip, indeed The entire interior is decorated/ravaged in a mix of grafitti and haphazard art installations. Attractions included a "World Wave" dance room in the basement, courtesy of Ultrademon, Pictureplane, Lil Internet, Work TVK, and Mr. Frank. Among the grungy, young intoxicated masses, several older Hasidic Jewish men, who said they were friends of the owner, curiously roamed throughout the crowds and asked us funny questions like, "Is this what the show Girls is based on?" and "Do these kids go to Pratt? Like, what do they major in? Any of them in real estate?," interspersed with comments like "I'm not really into culture." On the upper floor, which can be reached by multiple staircases, live acts Sasha Desree and RAFT played experimental music. Performers Gaffy and Ylva, in town from the UK and Paris, respectively, or "cosmic princesses from out of space" as billed on the invite, played a live, neon-hued, partially topless basement set with coordinated dance moves. The Ruffeo Hearts Lil' Snotty crew, from the clothing label Moves was in the house hosting something called "RHLS Auxiliary Upstairs Sex Swing Nightlife," which we never quite discerned, though we did notice them hooking up Pictureplane and Lil' Internet with some au courant Moves jerseys. Check it all out, in the images below.
"Trip House" Gender Blender Mixes Up Bushwick Nightlife