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92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A With Jonathan Toubin


Two years in the making, New York Night Train will unveil its latest and most ambitious party, the Land of 1000 Dances—both a new kind of party and a new kind of dance class, at 92YTribeca tomorrow evening.

The brain child of DJ Jonathan Toubin, he’s been researching the dance crazes of the 1960s and trying to figure out a way to bring them to a contemporary club culture. And we’ve been researching his media and culture consumption, by way of the 92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A. Read the interview below.

Where do you go for news when you start your day?
I run out to Gimme Coffee and listen to neighborhood gossip. Then I go home where I have NPR and The New York Times on my email home page.

What are your favorite websites?
I don’t really look at websites very frequently unless its for work or other pragmatic purposes so my list is quite boring: Facebook, Ebay,, Priceline, Google, Wikipedia, etc…

How much do you use Twitter and Facebook (or other social networking services)?
I try and make sure to tweet for every gig I have and make a Facebook page for each of my events so people know what’s happening. I also try and check my Facebook every day to respond to comments people make, detag pictures, accept friends, and generally participate. After doing what I need to do, I’m not on Facebook and Twitter very frequently except at airports – where it makes me feel close to people far away…

What book are you currently reading (or the last one you read)? Print or digital?
I’ve never read a digital book but I downloaded Don Quixote just in case. At the moment, I’m currently in the middle of John Leland’s Hip: The History and I just finished James L. Swanson’s Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer. I highly recommend both…

What magazines do you subscribe to?  I don’t subscribe to any periodicals but sometimes pick up the The New Yorker or The Economist when I am traveling

What are your current (or all time) favorite television shows? 
I don’t own a TV and rarely turn it on at hotels. I guess “Curb Your Enthusiasm” is my favorite contemporary TV show but I don’t think I can remember any others off the top of my head. However, I plan on watching loads of TV once my life gets less interesting.

What’s the last movie you saw?
I saw Whassup Rockers at a friend’s house during the hurricane. I had been intending to see it for years because my old roommate had a cameo in it. Still I want two hours of my life back.

What’s the last performance (dance/opera/theater) you attended?
I can’t even remember – probably Berlioz’s Celini at the Met a few years back.

What’s the last music purchase you made?
Bobby and the Expressions Slooptime U.S.A.

What radio shows or podcasts do you listen to?
I also don’t have a radio and only listen to it when I have a rent-a-car but really love WFMU – particularly Mr. Fine Wine’s “Downtown Soulville”, DJ Rex’s “Fool’s Paradise”, and Terre T’s “Cherry Blossom Clinic”

What’s your favorite piece of art on display in your home?
A sculpture by Kembra Pfahler – given to me by the artist

Where do you go / what do you do to “disconnect”?
The DJ booth!

DJ Jonathan Toubin’s New York Night Train’s Land of 1000 Dances, will unveil its latest and most ambitious party at 92YTribeca tomorrow evening.

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