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Most folks think their own mix tapes are the bomb. But few have ever gotten as much acclaim as Brooklyn-based The Illegible DJ Caps and Pandemonium Jones, whose limited, self-released Moving in Stereo mix tape caught the ears of the scribes at Spin magazine, who hailed it as one of the 40 best albums of 2005.

"I still can't believe anybody even heard the damn thing," says 25-year-old DJ Caps -- a.k.a. Will Creeley -- who, courtesy of HoustonSoReal and Rockbox, scored his first Texas DJ gig at The Proletariat today with his 22-year-old partner Jones, a.k.a. Brian Curtis. "We didn't know what the hell we were doing."

Didn't they? On Moving In Stereo, the pair combine classic songs "that you heard in the department stores when you were ten," says Caps (think Toto, Hall & Oates, and Neneh Cherry), with hip-hop, obscure cuts by Brian Eno, The Stooges, The Pixies and Wire, and "weird records" that were culled from Caps's eccentric grandfather's collection.

Now the self-confessed "record nerds" host weekend "Fast Time" parties in Brooklyn and have played various gigs around America and Canada. "There's an art to rocking a party and doing it right," says Caps. "Even if they're drunk as hell, your primary obligation is to entertain people." DJ Dayta, DJ What Now? and Stiletto kick off the night.
Thu., Feb. 16, 9 p.m.


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