Night Watch

Boston's club scene, one party at a time

(Anna Marden)
By Anna Marden
Globe Correspondent / September 23, 2011

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Every Sunday at Toad, 1912 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 3-8 p.m. No cover. 21-plus. 617-497-4950.

The deal: Vinyl lovers unite at Toad on Sunday afternoons - for a day of song sharing, sipping drinks, and chatting about their favorite music. Toad is a cozy neighborhood bar that hosts live bands every night, but at Sunday Spins, the patrons appreciate music in a different format. People bring their vinyl records and sign up for a slot to play two songs at a time. “I started it to have something fun to do,’’ bartender Josh Buckley says. “A lot of the regulars here are vinyl enthusiasts, too.’’ Most weeks, Buckley says, the bar fills up with about 20 people who take turns at the turntable. “It’s a cool Sunday afternoon hang,’’ Buckley says. “It’s a community more than anything.’’

The DJs: You are the DJ.

Three artists you might hear: the Smiths, Pat Benatar, Blitzen Trapper.

Who goes there: “It’s mixed,’’ Buckley says. “There’s an old guy, he’s probably about 80, who comes in every week. . . . It ranges from that to 21-year-olds. It runs the gamut. The commonality is love of vinyl.’’

The drink: The Buckley Manhattan, made with Old Overholt rye.

The tip: “Get here early, because the line to play your records gets long - it’s like signing up for karaoke,’’ Buckley says. “Also, be prepared for a broad palate of music. We’ll play anything as long as it’s not hateful.’’

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