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BYOV at Tap and Barrel

A DJ mixes with a vinyl record. (Feb.

A DJ mixes with a vinyl record. (Feb. 3, 2012) Credit: Ian J. Stark

Although it's hardly unusual to witness a club DJ working off a laptop these days, for music purists it can still be a bit of a surprise to see how computerized the art of the DJ has become.

Using a Mac or a laptop (or even an iPad) has its advantages. DJs can quickly import music files — even grabbing songs off the Internet  --  and drop chosen tracks into a mix as instantly as desired, certainly a valuable commodity. At the same time, the amount of people who can successfully blend actual records live in a club has dwindled, and the sound quality of vinyl records versus WAV files, MP3s and other electronically recorded bytes of music is often noticeable (with vinyl the superior format).

However, dedicated disc fans can take heart, as you are not alone in your preference. In fact, for those among us who are all about the true “spinning” of records, there is a party this evening to fill that need.

Starting at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Tap and Barrel, 550 Smithtown Bypass, (631-780-5474) is hosting a “BYOV” (“Bring Your Own Vinyl”) bash, so if you have some LPs or 45 rpm discs you’d like heard, bring them down and the soiree selector (DJ Jake Roren) will give them some play  --  blending and bending your beats into the session of records-only music he’ll already have planned.

In addition to the turntable-twisted tunes, this micro-pub offers more than 50 beers on tap, so if the idea of taking on uncommon brews while blissfully welcoming bits of audio pop and hiss works for you, this could be an especially spot-on stop. The event is for those 21 and over only and there's no cover.


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