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Scene spotlight: Feeling Gloomy

Williamsburg's Feeling Gloomy affair puts a happy spin on sad songs.

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Ann Wein, 27; temp worker; Homecrest, Brooklyn

What is your favorite gloomy song?
""Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" by the Smiths or "Nice Dream" by Radiohead”

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Naeem King (Nathaniel Gloom), 26; Vendor relation coordinator; Bushwick, Brooklyn

What is your favorite gloomy song?
"“Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" by the Smiths. It's hard to explain, but the way I feel about that song is almost exactly how I feel about this party. The lyrics and/or music certainly have a gloomy tone to them, but to me it's very uplifting.”

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Mikolaj Habry, 36; engineer at Google; East Village

“Feeling Gloomy" was a good match for my mood for some of the week, but as it turned out, I didn't find the music in the least gloomy—although I did have a lot of fun. I brought a friend with me who was visiting from London who had been to the original Feeling Gloomy over there, and he reported that this was much more upbeat in music and patrons. My favorite bleak song to move to would be Nick Cave's "Mercy Seat.”"

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Gabrielle Sheinberg, 28; behavioral health supervisor; Harlem
“We usually go out dancing at Depeche Mode nights, and this seemed like it could have a similar feel. I was not disappointed, but I can’t listen to [Radiohead’s] ‘Creep’ anymore; it just takes too much out of me. So I guess my favorite gloomy song is ‘Pictures of You’ by the Cure.”

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Dario Deiana, 24; operations manager, Brooklyn

“It turned out great! I knew about this party because my friend is the DJ. My favorite song is "Love Will Tear Us Apart by" Joy Division.”

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When: Saturday, May 18
The Scene: Feeling Gloomy at Williamsburg’s Grand Victory
DJs Nathaniel and Gordon Gloom helmed the latest NYC installment of the London-born Feeling Gloomy shindig, dedicated to the bands that make us cry (the Smiths, Blur, Belle and Sebastian, the Cure et al.). Some of the night’s best moves came from Nathaniel himself, pictured, who said, “Sometimes it’s necessary to show by example that it’s okay to let loose.” Sad you missed out? Don’t fret: Follow @feelingloomynyc to find out about the next session of musical misery.

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