Thursday, March 30, 2006

wheat is stupid anyway

I'm allergic to wheat. Just found out last week.

bye bye beer
bye bye pasta
bye bye bread

Did I mention the beer part?

Now, I know that there are some things I can eat, just with different flours and stuff - I get it. But that takes work. duh.

Luckily I'm a vegetarian already (I do eat fish), so the leap isn't huge - but it does cut out a TON of options. Thankfully, I no longer have the debilitating pain that eating wheat brings to my system. I've been tested for everything under the sun, and in my wildest dreams, I never thought it would be something like this. But the results were immediate.

Oh, and to the doctor who told me that I should just take 1-2 Nexium a day (at almost $1.50 per pill after my insurance) and "learn to live with it", I have something for you to kiss. Bad doctor, bad doctor.

Down with the demon wheat.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

It's 4:35 AM and I'm back again

See? I told you.

Might try and crawl back in bed for the warmth that my live-in human space heater can provide. Seeing as I am now officially exhausted, it might actually work...

my hell... oh, and the Right Round setlist for March

So, I'm retartedly sensitive to sugar. I typically don't consume it in any form after around 7:00 at night, for reasons I'm about to get into - that is, the fact that I'm now wide awake at 3:16 in the morning, with no prospect for sleeping. No, seriously. I will not sleep.

All for one friggin Tagalong.

One.

Friggin.

Tagalong.

Goddamn Girl Scouts and their stupid cookies - they tempt me like a siren into their ocean, then dash all hopes of sleep against the rocks that lie beneath their predictably-flavored surfaces.

Wow - that was actually kind of deep... I'm still pissed off, though. I was thinking of posting March's Right Round set here, but I'm rather enjoying bitching about the evil, evil cookies.

Ah, fuck it - it's not like I'm going to SLEEP any time soon... Here's the setlist, to the best of my recollection. There were some requests that changed things (as I mentioned a few posts ago, ugh...) but for the most part, this was my intention, anyway:

Art of Noise - Beat Box (remix)
Alphaville - Romeos
Kraftwerk - Musique Non Stop (remix)
Bananarama - Cruel Summer (remix)
Sinead O'Connor - Stretched on Your Grave (remix)
Thompson Twins - Hold Me Now
Pet Shop Boys - Domino Dancing
Howard Jones - Like to Get to Know You Well
Men At Work - Down Under
Icicleworks - Birds Fly
Figures on a Beach - Suddenly 16th Street (or whatever it's called - AKA 'Gloria')
New Order - Answer Me
INXS - New Sensation
Depeche Mode - Everything Counts
Book of Love - Boy (remix)
Echo And The Bunnymen - Killing Moon
Human League - Fascination
Yaz - State Farm (remix)
When In Rome - The Promise (remix)
Kon Kan - I Beg Your Pardon
Big Audio Dynamite - Bottom Line (remix)
Siouxsie - Cities In Dust
Madness - Our House
Morrissey - Interesting Drug
U2 / Pet Shop Boys - Where the Streets Have No Name (my own lil' mashup)
New Order - True Faith
Aha - The Sun Always Shines On TV (remix)
Blancmange - Don't Tell Me
Tears for Fears - Mother's Talk
ABC - Look of Love
Dead or Alive - Lover Come Back To Me (remix)
Erasure - Drama (remix)
OMD - We Love You (remix... I think...)
Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams
Pet Shop Boys - Always On My Mind
Depeche Mode - Just Can't Get Enough
Sinead O'Connor - Mandinka
Psychadellic Furs - Pretty In Pink
Billy Idol - Dancing with Myself
Tones On Tail - Go
Violent Femmes - Blister In the Sun
Duran Duran - Planet Earth
Cure - Let's Go To Bed
Smiths - Panic
Siouxsie - The Passenger
Clash - London Calling
They Might Be Giants - Anna Ng
Pete Shelley - Homosapien (remix)
Flesh For Lulu - I Go Crazy (remix)
Erasure - Blue Savannah
Real Life - Send Me An Angel
Cult - She Sells Sanctuary
Nena - 99 Luft Balloons (German vers.)
Aha - Take On Me
Alphaville - Dance With Me
OMD - Enola Gay
Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
Kim Wilde - Kids In America
Peter Schilling - Major Tom
The Cure - Just Like Heaven
Blondie - One Way or Another
some other stuff I don't remember off the top of my head...

Encores -
James - Laid
Le Tigre - Deceptacon (just cause...)

Okay, it's almost 4:00, and I'm still awake. cookies suck and must be destroyed.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Wowie.

Don't know if you all saw the Sunday Source yesterday, but boy was I surprised to see 2 nice big pics of my very own mug featured prominently with a really nice article by one of my favorite DC djs, Selector Seth, aka Seth Hamblin.

AND (not to be a giant spaz...) I was mentioned BEFORE one of my Indie heroes - fellow dj and rockstar Bob Mould. Wowie indeed.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Not to be a freaker, but...

...here's the thing: I'm not a trained monkey, and I'm not anyone's minion. Even though I do spin music for the enjoyment of others, I DO actually put a ton of time, energy and thought into my setlist for Right Round.

Seriously, I do.

In fact, I work on it and it only for the week prior to the gig. Always have, always will. I don't schedule any other meetings, events, dates, ect. Ask my man-friend. Instead, I come home, start working at around 6:30, and stop at about 10:00, occasionally stopping to take the odd phone call - although if you know me well, you know not to bug me during that period of time, unless someone is going to the hospital or to jail - or unless you're my mom; then you're off the hook. If you want to hang out with me during said week, you will do so under the guise that you are going to basically sit there and watch me work, and can expect little more out of me than a muttered swear when mixes don't work, or the occasional "woo hoo" when they do. Not many people enjoy this kind of fun and frolic, and I can't say I blame them. Sounds about as interesting as watching an ant carrying one of those big leaf thingys over a rock or something.

That said, I am now going to go on a ridiculously long rant. It may seem unreasonable, but I just need to spew this one out, k?

Okay, so I'm guessing it's easy to see that I consider the flow of Right Round to be a very important ingredient in whipping up the appropriate music-induced dancing frenzy - I practice transitions over and over, I work on mixes till I'm blue in the face, and I take copious notes, so that I will stay extraordinarily aware of what I've played for the last 5 years - then none of us will get super sick of hearing the same stuff every time.

So now I must admit something that may be understandable, but that, on another level, I find mortifyingly embarassing about myself: I find it incredibly (and almost inexcusably) offensive when someone gives me grief regarding what I do not or will not play during the course of any given Right Round. I say that this is embarassing because I am not a diva or a snob by nature, am quite flattered that anybody gives a crap whatsoever, and in spite of some fairly ridiculously huge social phobias, actually work hard at being quite pleasant and approachable. And, after all, I AM just spinning records, not re-designing the Louvre or building a better ice cream cake, or something equally stunning like that...

SOOOOO, all of THAT said, here (finally) is my point: Last Saturday, a Right Round attendee came up and requested a particular artist (I will not name said artist, or later said song in order to maintain this person's anonimity - I have nothing against this particular person as a fellow human being sharing this planet with the rest of us, I just have issue with the manner in which this request and its follow-up were handled. And I have a blog, so I'm now free to complain my heart out. You follow me?) This person soon came back and changed their request to a particular song by a different artist. I actually already schemed a way to get the first request done, so I did it. The second was a kind of upbeat song that didn't quite fit with where I was in that moment, so I was taking my time getting to it.

Can't remember the actual timing, but eventually this person came back again, and had the audacity to reprimand me in a rather obnoxious fashion about not playing their requests. NOW, keep in mind that not only had I played one thing this person wanted to hear, but between the 3 visits I received from this person, I had NUMEROUS other requests - some I honored, some I didn't. No biggie. Happens all the time, and only on 3 occasions, including this one, have I received flack for not playing a song - there was the guy in the "Party Your Ass off - New Orleans" shirt who, I believe, drunkenly insisted that I play The Cult during a hip hop night (remember him?), and some other guy who asked me to play hip hop (when I was playing hip hop of an old school nature) - then, when I told him I was, in fact, playing hip hop, said, "I mean CURRENT hip hop". UGH UGH UGH. What is it with you naysayers?????

Again, remember, I am generally a nice person - however I am also almost unreasonably protective over my process - so, to that person, if they are reading this - what did you expect me to say in return, exactly? Maybe, "Oh thank you SO much for interrupting me again, I REALLY appreciate how much you would like to hear this song, and will bust right into what I'm doing to play it for you." or maybe, "geepers, that request is so stunning - maybe you should stand here and dictate the rest of the evening for me, since your taste supercedes that of both the other people here and the person who you paid to spin records that they chose for your enjoyment. " Hmm, something like that? That's kind of what I'm thinking.

You're wondering what I really said, right? It's really not that clever or stunning, but it was how I felt in the moment.

First, I said, "Dude - I'm not a jukebox." The person didn't hear me, but instead REMINDED me that this was the THIRD time they'd had to come up to tell me what they wanted. So I told them, "Relax - I'll play it when I play it IF I play it, K?" It wasn't actually intended to be a great retort - or even necessarily very obnoxious, but apparently it was a really effective way to make the person go away and not come back. Which they did. Or did not... whatever...

The irony was that I had this person's song queued up, and as they stormed from the room, I started it up. Everyone else really enjoyed it, by the way - good job, my friend - I wouldn't have thought to put that one there.

Lookit - press for me!

If you are someone who cares to read 2 small paragraphs about the Right Round / Mousetrap mashup last weekend, check out:

Wonkette: http://www.wonkette.com/politics/to-do/to-do-guilty-and-notsoguilty-pleasures-161391.php

and DCist: http://www.dcist.com/archives/2006/03/17/out_and_about_w_55.php

Also, soon to follow will be a setlist from said show.

Enjoy!
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Thursday, March 09, 2006

UGH.

Had an apicoectomy on my front tooth on Monday. This is #2 for me, as I had one back in early '05 as well. Bollocks. No pictures of my swolled (yeah, I said "swolled") up face allowed, thank YOU.

Today I had an EGD (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy). I won't bore you with the link on that one. At least the apico one had funky illustrations.

I figured - if you're going to have an unpleasant week anyway, why not jam in another massively unpleasant proceedure while you're at it, right? Yeah...

So now I can't eat anything but Jello. I have no problem with my jiggly little friend. It has gotten me through many a rough spot, starting back in the '70s. It's just that, 11 meals later, it can jiggle it's orange-flavored ass right on out of my fridge, youknowwhatimsayin'? There's just nothing else on the mushy food circuit that I like / can tolerate right at the moment. It's super.