Wednesday, June 29, 2005

some cool Right Round stuff

Why, hello again!

It's simply been ages, eh?

Anyhoo, I'm totally jazzed - Right Round UP is about 2 weeks away - a beautiful thing, considering that I'm gonna have lots and lots of merch for my peeps. Shirts, maybe some buttons, the works! I'm in the process of having girly ts made, so that's a super gigantic bonus.

Then, in August, I'm joining forces with Mark Zimin from Mousetrap and doing a combined ticket for both of our nights - it'll be $10, with unlimited access to the upstairs and downstairs all evening. How cool is that???

Aside from that, not much else to report. Because I am boring.

Friday, June 24, 2005

stuff, stuff, STUFF!!!

Okay, so quick parenthetical side note: I'm going to be an auntie again! Yay!

So far, I have:

- a nephew Rob (product of my sister-in-law Amy), who is 9, lives up in MD, and is a baseball prodigy (seriously, the kid could hit the ball over the house at age 2).
- a niece Gabrielle (product of my oldest sister Jen), who is 3, lives in France, and is such a cutie pie, it scares me. Especially with the baby French. Holy crap.
- a nephew Owen (product of my youngest sister Mandy), who is almost 2, lives in Florida, and, according to his mommy, is a curious little monkey.

Baby #4 is also from my sister Jen, and we found out today will be a boy.

Anyway, look at me, being all braggy!

So, last night, in spite of the fact that I could've fallen asleep standing up, I went to see Ted Leo and the Pharmacists at the 9:30 Club. I've grown to absolutely love his new album, Shake the Sheets, so I was pretty excited about the prospect of seeing him live. Andy has seen him about 4 times now, and said it shouldn't be missed.

Anyway, he totally lived up to his reputation as an amazing performer. Every note seemed like it had a spring attached - rhythms were driving, music bounded at you, pushed you over, and jumped up and down on you. It was that good. His stage presence was also incredible - from just standing there with that indie-kid-herky-jerky-guitar-guy playing style, to literally bounding around the stage in time to the music, this guy knew how to move. DEFINITELY offset the other 2 guys in his band - both awesome, incredible musicians, but with a stage presence on par with New Order (in other words, you may as well be looking at cardboard cutouts, with how little the guys moved around..) The bass player looked like he was stopping in between appearances on Fame and Welcome Back Kotter. Drummer had a really tight, minimalist style, but looked, for all intents and purposes, like my dad in 1978 (which is to say bald with long hair around the sides and a beard.)

Appearances aside, they were totally amazing, and a lot of fun. If I can cook up a setlist, I will post it as an addendum soon!

Thursday, June 23, 2005

zzzzzzzzz... huh, whu, WHA?!


3 1/2 hours of sleep = bad.

I dj'd last night at Felix (too dark in there to keep a setlist - sorry dudes), and felt truly fortunate that I was able to witness such amazing examples of the human race - from a distance.

Por ejemplo:

- The guy and girl who were obviously there with a group from work. Both were extremely drunk, and the guy was trying (very unsuccessfully, I might add) to cop a feel. It was like watching Pepe Le Pew and that girl cat from Loony Tunes. Except that this girl didn't walk under a freshly painted fence, only to get a white stripe along her back and be mistaken for a girl-skunk. Or maybe she did. I didn't ask.


- The OTHER really drunk guy who fell over. Repeatedly. And when I say "fell over", I don't mean he stumbled a little (although he did that too - a LOT). I mean that he full-on, flat-out, fell the f*ck over. Onto his back. Like, 5 times. And took some of his friends down with him more than once. He was, as I affectionately refer to those in his particular state of inebriation, "That Guy". And let me tell you, That Guy was a friggin spectacle. What amazed both myself and bartender Joe was that, most likely KNOWING how drunk That Guy was, his friends STILL brought him up a FREAKISHLY treacherous flight of steps to come to the Zipper Lounge. If you've never been there, imagine a 40-foot ladder (same width, same general angle if leaned against a perpindicular-to-the-ground, planar surface), then visualize carpet on that ladder, and you have the steps up to the Zipper Lounge. CRIMINY. I do have to say, I learned one very valuable lesson from That Guy (take notes, kids). If you wanna clear a room, all you have to do is act like you're gonna puke all over it. Well done, my friend - Joe and I thank you for robbing us of any and all income, jackass!

I think that was everything of note. Oh, no it isn't. I broke my headphones last night. In half. Now I have a monophone. Damn it.

Time to inject some OJ into my veins and pray that it kicks in sometime this century...

Monday, June 20, 2005

just knittin' away...

Just sitting here, multitasking... doing some paperwork and phone calling for the old dj biz, and knitting all at the same time - I am multi talented! I just learned how to knit a couple of months ago, perfectly in time for the freakishly hot DC summer. I guess that cute black cap with the pink skulls-and-crossbones will have to wait for the stupid winter...

Any of you who haven't lived through one of these annual DC fry-a-lators can not fully appreciate what it is like - but let me try and assist with a visual: imagine, if you will, sitting in 100 degree weather under a wool tent that's soaking wet - in a bad way. Not that a wool tent can be wet in a good way, I suppose, but I digress...

So yeah. Knitting. So far I've made one gigantic, multicolored 'hippie' hat, as my darling man-friend calls it, 1/2 of a matching scarf, which is now on hold (it is June, after all), the aforementioned 'skull' cap (hahahaha I=funny), a really cool sparkly pot holder (who knew that you needed, like, 500 balls of yarn to make one scarf out of the sparkly stuff, but anyway...) and finally, my knitting swan song, the burnt orange opera scarf. It's made of a silk/alpaca mix, and is just lovely - not to mention STUPID complicated. But I like it. so far it's about 1 1/2' long - and I still have tons of material to work with. I'm gonna make a companion one too that's lavendar and fuzzy. Yay! Both will be nice for summer - light, and in cool complementary colors, since most... actually all of my wardrobe is black and green, practically... now I just need shoes to match....

I get all of my stuff at Stitch DC - they are nice over there (even if it is in Georgetown) and being on their mailing list gets you all kinds of cool hookups. I'm hoping to be cool enough someday to knit a tank top or something rad like that... we shall see...

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Right Round - 6/18, and the Setlist

So WOW - Right Round was friggin crazy last night! 260 peeps came out for the get-down, and a good time was most certainly had by all. It was cute to see people wearing the t-shirts, definitely. The dancing fools danced to EVERYTHING - I was more than surprised.

lil'e mystery #2 revealed: In spite of the fact that I pre-plan my setlists, if it's not working, I switch it up on the fly. Lots of intuition helps me to know what to play when I have to do that, but mostly it's just experience.

My "stalker" contingent was present but not super hover-y. I have 2 who like very much to stand right by the booth and stare at me. For hours at a time. I shit you not. I've actually told these people that they are making me uncomfortable and that they need to go away. Doesn't always work. So yeah - you wanna know how to creep me out? Stand right next to me and stare at me for 2 hours. I know that I dance around, and that there's not a whole lot else to look at - but GOOD LORDY!!!!! I have a couple of satellite stalkers who stand across the room and do the staring thing, which is still a little weird, but at least they can be blocked by the dancing fools...

Anyway, without further delay, here's the setlist. (and NO, I'm not going to name which remix, if it's remixed. Admit it, you don't really care that much...). Oh, and if I misspell something or get a title wrong or whatever, I'm sure you'll live without having to point it out to me, k????


Duran Duran - Save a Prayer
Men Without Hats - Safety Dance
Murray Head - One Night In Bangkok
Erasure - Victim of Love
Falco - Der Kommisar
Morrissey - Every Day Is Like Sunday
Automaton - Obsession
Nitzer Ebb - Join In the Chant (remix)
Siouxsie - Fear (of the unknown)
New Order - True Faith
The Clash - don't know the song title, too lazy to figure it out
Human League - Don't You Want Me
Simple Minds - Love Song
Blancmange - Don't Tell Me
Tin Tin - Kiss Me (remix)
Erasure - Chains of Love (remix)
Book of Love - Boy (remix)
Echo and the Bunnymen - Bring on the Dancing Horses
Sinead O'Connor - Emperor's New Clothes
Nena - 99 Luft Balloons
Violent Femmes - Prove My Love
Depeche Mode - Behind the Wheel
Pet Shop Boys - Left to My Own Devices
Yaz - Don't Go
Duran Duran - Planet Earth
The Clash - London Calling
The Smiths - Panic
Siouxsie - The Passenger
Depeche Mode - People Are People (remix)
Dead Or Alive - Brand New Lover (remix)
U2 / Pet Shop Boys - Where the Streets Have No Name (mashup)
Peter Schilling - The Different Story
Anything Box - Living In Oblivion
OMD - Goddess of Love
Flesh for Lulu - I Go Crazy (remix)
Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams
NO - Temptation
Duran Duran - Hungry Like the Wolf
Blondie - Atomic
Gang of 4 - Tourist
Cult - She Sells Sanctuary
Smiths - There is a Light That Never Goes Out
OMD - Telegraph
The Cars - Shake it Up
The Cure - In Between Days
Flock of Seagulls - I Ran
Men Without Hats - Pop Goes the World
U2 - I Will Follow
The Clash - Spanish Bombs
The Cure - Just Like Heaven
Aha - Take On Me
New Order - Age of Consent
Kim Wilde - Kids In America
Peter Schilling - Major Tom
Go Gos - We Got the Beat
B52s - Own Private Idaho
Violent Femmes - Gone Daddy Gone
Oingo Boingo - Little Girls
Vapors - Turning Japanese
Billy Idol - Dancing with Myself
The Smiths - This Charming Man

Encore - Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart

WHEW! Aside from one dreadful mix, the rest of the night went without a hitch. I'll add some photos when they become available!

Friday, June 17, 2005

shirts -n- shit

My shirts look cool. There, I said it. HUGE, gigundous shout out to Jeremy at Jump Start Screen Printing for an awesome job and super duper fast turnaround.

Dudes, I'm so gonna trick mine out with custom stitching... y'all are gonna be SO jealous....

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

shhhh... don't tell...

I know that I'm at work, and I know that I should be doing worky things, but dudes, I am not so much in a working mode.

A) Because my brain seems to think that it needs to jam all kinds of signals into my noggin all at one time;

Secondly) Because of the above, I just keep getting distracted by every damn signal that's passing through.

ugh... so what's up in there, you ask? Let's see:

Primarily, getting ready for June's Right Round and July's Right Round - UP! is controlling me at the moment. I have about 1/2 hour of the set for the June RR figured out so far. Not a lot, but for me that's pretty good, considering that last night I also pulled all of the records I am planning to draw from as well. Usually I'm good for an hour or more at a time when I'm purely working on the setlist.

So yeah, lil' e mystery #1 revealed: for Right Round I take a total pre-prep approach, mainly because it is my little wee baby, and I can hardly send my baby out in public with plaid pants and a polka-dotted shirt on, now can I? It's a tricky thing, throwing such a genre-specific night every month. Sometimes I feel utterly paralyzed by all the musical choices I can put out there. "Will they dance to obscure stuff, more known stuff, wacky stuff, etc, etc, etc....????" is often my internal dialogue, up through the event itself. You'd be amazed how certain songs can pack the floor one month, then clear it out the next. Additionally, even though I may LOVE a song (example, "Brilliant Mind" by Furniture, one of my all-time faves), EVERYONE else in the room may think it's crap, and subsequently that my favorite song of all time is a good cue for them to clear the room.

Ah, such is the life of a dj, I suppose.

I know there are djs out there who really don't give a damn if anyone likes what they're playing - I can TOTALLY respect that viewpoint, however it's not one that I share. My deepest desire is to be like the pied piper of hamelin, making feets move uncontrollably. I know that when I go out dancing, I love nothing more to hear all of my favorites, one after another, even if I've heard them 100 times before. Anyway, without getting to mushy or justify-y, all I can say is that this tactic has worked brilliantly so far, and the kids seem to dig it, so I say, why mess with a good thing?

Anyway, I got my postcards yesterday for both Right Round and Crash, and the Right Round ones are great. The Crash ones have a printing problem, so I'm hoping for replacements. There are 5,000 copies of each, so the other thing that keeps plaguing my thoughts is where to put them all... I have a fairly good idea here in DC, but would be totally open to suggestions (along with addresses, people, I'm not omniscient) for locations in VA and MD... hint, hint...

My understanding is that the shirts will be printed and shipped tomorrow, so although I was hoping to have them by the 18th, my guess is that it'll be more like next week, and therefore ready for Right Round - UP! My only dilemma is pricing, but I'm guessing that once I've seen the shipping cost, I'll have a better idea of what to charge.

Okay, the voices are slowing down a bit, so perhaps that's my cue to get back to work....

Sunday, June 12, 2005

New Music, New Music, New Music!!!

Weekend recap:

Friday - downloading music. aside from that, a whole lot of nada. woo hoo.
Saturday - Mousetrap, briefly. My pal DJ Trickster did a great job as guest dj this month - kudos Trickster!
Sunday - I'm thinking of walking over to Sparky's to get a chai... you can see how all of this is panning out...

Anyway, I went on a rather large downloading frenzy this weekend, and got some freakishly good stuff to add to the hiphop/bhangra/dancehall portion of my collection. I have realized my deficiencies in that area, but to be honest, a lot of hiphop that's on the radio makes me crazy, so it takes a little digging to find what I like, which is to say the creeping, swingy, dance-hall / ska style hiphop. If you don't know what I'm talking about, come see me at Saint Ex when I do Tinderbox some time. You'll hear some of the slow stuff in that style.

Por ejemplo, I did download tons and tons of stuff by the Gorillaz, some new stuff by Beenie Man, bunches and oodles of stuff from Panjabi MC A great Boney M track called Daddy, and this kick ASS version of Snoop's Drop it Like it's Hot (the DJ XLS Next Episode Mix) dudes... seriously, good scores all. BUT, the stand out favorite was this freakishly cool version of Paul Simon's 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover by Playgroup. Holy crap. So friggin good.

So yeah, if you need a mental picture of me this weekend, imagine a goole-eyed version of me sitting in front of my laptop like an insane person on a mission. Lovely, eh?

Friday, June 10, 2005

Usually I think these things are silly, but....

Somebody passed this one along to me, and I thought it was funny

...très approprié, as I do consider myself a woman of mystery... non?

What Pulp Fiction Character Are You?

You're a hardworking individual enshrouded by an overwhelming sense of mystery, beauty, and intrigue. Though always on the go, you keep focused, helping -- often rapturing -- those you meet.

Take the What Pulp Fiction Character Are You? quiz.

Another weekend of... nothing!

Wow, I'm starting to feel like a total lame-o - I literally have NOTHING going on, for 2 weekends in a row! I do have business meetings tonight and tomorrow night, but other than that, nothing! I'm thinking that if I get the flyers delivered today, I might just go on a flyering blitzkrieg to start prepping for Right Round UP.

Anyway, it'll be a great weekend to organize my records and start working on next week's Right Round. Then, maybe I'll go to the movies... by myself...


NAH, but I'm sure other stuff'll come up - I actually do need to do a little record hunting - one for some beats to throw behind stuff, and two for records by the Gorillaz. I just heard them last night courtesy of DJ D-Mac at Saint Ex. Good stuff, fo' shizzle.

Anyway, that's me. Perhaps I'll see you in the CVS pharmacy buying eyedrops or something equally befitting the way I'm feeling about my lameness right at the moment.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

YAY Erasure!

So, I went to see Erasure last night at the 9:30 club with my friend Kate. We're sitting up in the VIP balcony, and this nice guy (Anthony) with tons of tattoos comes up to us and starts talking - about tattoos, about Erasure, general chit chat. Anyway, I see that he's wearing an all-access pass, and ask him what he does for the band. Turns out he's their dj. I ask a little more about that. He tells me how Andy Bell initially found him (spinning at a club in New Orleans), how he's been touring with them, spinning their after parties, etc. Very COOL guy, really funny. Also, it turns out that this guy is now Andy Bell's boyfriend.

Anyway, we chatted through the show, danced like fiends (duh) and generally had a great time. Of course Erasure is a total blast to see live - tons and tons and gobs and loads of energy - with a gaggle of amazing costume changes that come along with the whole experience!!! Here's the setlist, for anyone who is interested:

No Doubt
Knocking On Your Door
Ship Of Fools
All This Time Still Falling Out Of Love
Rapture (totally f*cking amazing - Vince Clarke did the rap on a telephone hooked up to a mic. That man has a truly great voice, in case you were wondering...)
Some pretty classical thing that Andy sang - don't know what it was
Breath Of Life
A Little Respect
I Broke It All In Two
Chains Of Love
Love To Hate You
Blue Savannah
Victim Of Love
Oh L'Amour
I Bet You're Mad At Me

So anyway, back to the story....

Anthony said he'd like to have a drink with us after the show, so the 3 of us went down to the back bar after, and just hung out and chatted for an hour or so. He and I just really clicked - we had really similar philosophies about djing, ect. It was pretty neat, and we actually exchanged email addresses, talked about working
together, etc.

He then said, "I'll be right back, don't go anywhere". So, he then comes back with Andy and Vince. No shit. Anthony told me he just HAD to introduce us. Well, um, okay!!!!!

They sat at our table for quite some time, and we all talked about nothing in particular while watching the boys get bombarded by their fans. I swear, the only gushing I did was to tell Andy that I have more of his records in my collection than anyone elses, which is true. Anyway, they were SUPER DUPER nice - I couldn't believe it. They eventually had too much of it, and ran off to do whatever it is gay rockstars do after shows...

So yeah. No matter what happens in future, if anything, that most definitely ranks up there as one of the best evenings I've had in quite some time.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Check it out, dudes. It's my Right Round t-shirt. Isn't it cool!? The caption says - you spin me. Yay!

Lots of stuff, in spite of a whole lot of nothin'

So I'm sitting here on Sunday, realizing that I truly haven't done anything this weekend. That, for me, is an absolute first.

That said, I DID send out the artwork to Jump Start Screen Printing for my t-shirts this week, and am sending out 2 postcards to get printed from . Both are GREAT groups for fast turnaround, good quality work.

I'm also excited about the news this week that I'm going to spin July's Right Round upstairs! Yay!

Anyway, I'm off to clean up - Andy and I are going to a "Jazz Brunch" at our pal Conrad's house. Conrad is around 50, and had the good fortune of seeing all the greats of Jazz back in the 60s - I hear from Andy that he has some totally amazing stories. Anyway, I can't WAIT to go through his vinyl, dudes. Seriously.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Star Wars... if they could BAAAR wars....

I heart the Bill Murray Star Wars song... Anyway...

I saw the new Star Wars movie today with Andy, our 9 year old nephew Rob and my sis-in-law (Rob's mom)Amy - it was super, super good, I must say. And my nephew brought his light sabers along with him to the movie - CUTE!!!!

Episode V (the Empire Strikes Back, for all of you who have been living in a box since...oh... 1974 or so) is my very very favorite, but this latest episode is a close second. And it's not just because it's dripping with eVIL, although that doesn't hurt one bit. I'm not gonna give anything away, I just feel compelled to list out my likes, dislikes, and questions (in no particular order) about this newest installment of the Star Wars sextet:

- UM, the birth of friggin Darth Vadar, y'all. SHA!
- The way they ended this movie with sets / costumes / flair that were a total nod back to the 70s style of episodes IV through VI. LOVE the bad Prince Valiant, mullet-like haircuts, the funky 'future' costumes and weird white 'streamlined' hallways in one of the last scenes of the film. What's old IS really new again, huh???
- the accent of the little british 'youngling' right before he's mowed down by mean old Anakin.
- That funky lizard critter that Obi-Wan rides around on, and the fact that, even when they are close up on him in the scene, Obi-Wan still wiggles back and forth, all thoughtfully continuity-conscious-like.
- the "wheel machine" that General Grievous rides around on when Obi-Wan is chasing him on the lizard thingy I just mentioned. (I know those aren't the TECHNICAL terms for either mode of transportation, you geeks out there - no need to correct me, k?)
- I want arms like General Grievous. 'Nuff said.
- The way Yoda just knocked 2 of those red guard guys down with his BRAIN, dudes. UM, YEAH!
- Thank you, Jar Jar, for shutting the fuck up this time around. Meesa can't stand you.

- The fact that Anakin's *long* hair weave does NOT move. EVER. Lighten up on the Aqua Net, Mr. Lucas, K?
- Am I the only one who thinks Padme looks REALLY freaky with that long, curly hair??? Giant face much? YIKES.
- That said, the BAD dialogue during any and all love scenes from Episodes I, II and III. I know they had to build that part of the story and all, but SWEET JESUS...
- Kinda thought the Jedi deaths were a bit doofy, particularly that one girl on the trippy planet. LAME.
- The wookie planet second was a total rip off. I wanted to see those fuzzy dudes delivering unholy havoc on the invading troops, instead I got 2 seconds of running here and there. Again - LAME!

- Okay, so Yoda is, like, 5,000 years old, has proved himself a total badass time and again, but has one (granted, rather large) failure and 'has to go into exile' ?????? Sore loser, you are.
- So... on that note... are we all prepared to see Yoda turn back into a full-fledged puppet when we watch the movies in order?
- On that last point, especially the scene where Luke 'wears' yoda like a backpack while he trains...?
- I know they are Jedi and all, but shouldn't Anakin and Obi-Wan have shown an INKLING of hotfoot when they were battling each other 3 inches over the river o' lava???
- Aside from the burned up Annie on the banks of said river o' lava, was the violence really all that bad? I thought Luke getting stuffed into Han's critter in the aforementioned Episode V was WAY grosser than anything in this movie!
- Mace, baby... You're the baddest brother in the galaxy. WTF with your lame death....???