Monday, December 24, 2007

Right Round UP! this Friday


(insert spooky hypnotist music here)

you will come to Right Round UP! on the mainstage of the Black Cat on Friday, December 28.... and you will dance as you have never danced before....

moahahahaha
ps - thanks mellie mel for the rokkin flyer - you rule!!!!

Friday, December 21, 2007

The perfect way to welcome in the xmas season

Thanks to the delightful wife of one of my co-workers, I can now make you laugh with this holiday picture containing a surreal level of funny-as-shitness...




And while we're laughing at the fashion choices of others, may I also present you with the following frighteningly accurate comparison:




Happy holidays!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Oh Michael, what a legacy...

Please, for the love of god, watch both of these:

For this one, I have to say "wow, that's what happens when you have all the time in the world"

For this one, I have to say "wow, that's what happens when you do NOT have all the time in the world"

wow.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Our Year of Meat

If you're a vegan, vegetarian, or red meat/pork avoider, you may want to skip this post.

If you belong to one of the aforementioned dietary preference groups, decide not to skip this post, keep reading, and begin to feel the burning, bubbling stink of hate rising up in your gullet toward my fella and me, I ask that you bear with me, read to the end, and think fondly of us in some small way as you eat your lentils, ever-so-superiorly.

To get to the point: A & I have decided that 2008 is going to be our year of meat. We really do have a good reason, but I'll get to that in a sec. As a vegetarian who has leaned both on the vegan side and the fish side of the veg spectrum for the last 9 years, I can honestly say that meat of any kind has pretty much grossed me out for a majority of my adult life - mainly because of the book "Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating" by Erik Marcus. I read the book while I worked on an organic farm that produced beef and poultry - and while we were kind to the critters and crunchy crunchy with our ethics and whatnot, I still couldn't help feeling sorry for the lovely Wagyu cattle being raised to eventually end up on someone's dinner plate. So, when I actually left the flesh behind me, so to speak, I did so for ethical reasons, not because I didn't enjoy tearing into a yummy wagyu tenderloin. Cause I did. (I think I just felt a breeze from all the vegans reading this shuddering collectively.) My dear fella went along with my veggie-ness, mainly 'cause the men in his family tend to start having heart attacks in their 50s, and he wanted to do his part to protect his ticker. I'm guessing my screetching about the poor little cows and chickens probably didn't hurt either...

So, fast forward to 2007. Here we are, in lovely old 2007. Except for rare occasions (mainly involving chef friends not knowing our dietary preferences sending us extra courses of foie gras or beef carpaccio - in that case I'd rather politely eat what they send me than waste food and potentially offend against a kind gesture), nary a piece of meat has willingly passed my lips. When it does, I don't find the taste offensive or gross (with a couple of exceptions - cold foie gras and undercooked muscles are 2 textures I haven't quite gotten back to) - I'm just not interested.

Now, insert my 10th anniversary into the mix. Not dating anniversary, not total years together anniversary (cause that's 15), but wedding anniversary (thank you, thank you). So, to celebrate, A and I are going to Italy for a nice little wine tour. Nice to be married to a sommelier, yes it is... Anyway, when you think Italy and vegetarians, what do you think. I, for one think Pasta - which immediately makes me think of being doubled over in pain due to my FUCKING GLUTEN ALLERGY. Stupid, dumb, AWFUL glutens. Hate. Them. (insert spit-filled raspberry here). Thus, our year of meat.

I'm actually okay with the year of meat. I know that a title like that invokes some awful picture of someone stuffing as much meat as possible into their face at once (suppressing the urge to gag here, seriously). That's not what I'm thinking. BUT, to be realistic, it's not like I can just go to Italy, see that the only thing I can eat on a menu is meat, and have at it. I would probably get sicker than sick if I did that. Instead, I'm going to allow myself to eat meat when I feel like it for the next 9 months, and get my system ready for the trip. That way, I can actually enjoy myself, and not have to worry about being horribly physically uncomfortable, one way or the other, the whole time.

Here are the rules I'm thinking for my year of meat:

1) Bacon shall be the first meat I willingly eat in 2008, because bacon is delicious and I have dreamed about it often.
2) I will mainly eat fish if it is offered before I will eat red meat, pork or chicken (and please don't tell me why this is just as bad - when you have your own year of meat, you can do it the way you want to, k?)
3) I will not eat meat every day or certainly for every course, unless I am in Italy and faced with no other choice.
4) I will try unusual meaty things (let your mind be free on that one), because I didn't mind eating them before I went vegetarian, and likely will never have another year of meat again.
5) Upon returning from Italy, I shall become meat-free once more.

So yeah, please don't hate. I am very careful in my everyday life to be as organic and free-range and ethical with my culinary choices as possible, and think that a year of meat in a lifetime of otherwise very healthy living is not a bad thing.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Lordy on a stick

Friday is my bajillionth high school reunion. Okay, maybe one onemillionth of a bajillion, but the 10 year already came and went many years ago, if you know what I'm saying...

Dudes, seriously - I am starting to feel a teensy bit old. I also seriously can't believe that I'm actually going, but for the love of God, I grew up in Rockville, so it's not like I have to get on a plane. PLUS, I didn't go to the last one, so I'm just so friggin' CURIOUS!!!!

I mean, who wouldn't want to know what it's like to see these people again - for one thing, they won't have mullets anymore (unless they're those God-awful ironic ones, but those aren't really the type of peeps I went to school with), so that's a plus. Also, I keep wondering if those people who always made fun of me for being the only kid in school with purple hair and a nose ring are the same, or nicer, or WHAT... But, at least at this point, I'm mentally equipped to deal with it. Additionally, the good news is, being a goth girl has it's benefits later in life - all you youngins take note: if you stay completely out of the sun in your formative years (and moisturize, moisturize, moisturize when you start to get a bit older), you will not have wrinkles and people will think you're 24 when you're actually old as hell. YAY!!!

ugh. at least it's at a restaurant / bar where I know the owners. I'm sure I'll have some fun and exciting details to come - or at least I won't remember 'cause of all the drinking...

Either way, wish me luck!!!

Right Round - 11/17/07 - Setlist and Commentary

Good Lord, did I ever have a MUCH better Right Round experience this month!!! There is actually nothing to report, other than 374 attendees, y'all!!! That's definitely one of my top 5 turnouts for the backstage. Plus, special appearances from my mom, one of my sisters, and the triumphant return of the divine miss M to our midst - all big bonuses, IMHO. NO requests for MJ, Prince or Madonna (thank you all for getting the hint after last month), and a lot of stuff coming out of the vault that I haven't played in a very very long time.

Here's the setlist, with "**" by requests:

Thompson Twins - Hold Me Now
** Alphaville - Big in Japan
Level 42 - Something About You
Simple Minds - Don't You Forget About Me
** Duran Duran - Save a Prayer (remix)
** Bowie - Let's Dance
** Ministry - Halloween
Book of Love - Modigliani
Echo ATB - Bring on the Dancing Horses
Pet Shop Boys - So Hard
Human League - Fascination
Dead or Alive - Brand New Lover
** Roxette - Dangerous
** Erasure - A Little Respect
** Tears for Fears - Mother's Talk
New Order - True Faith
** Big Audio Dynamite - The Bottom Line
** Talking Heads - Once In A Lifetime
Depeche Mode - Strangelove
Peter Schilling - The Different Story
** Siouxsie - Cities In Dust
** Clash - Train in Vain
ABC - The Look of Love
** New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
** The Kinks - You Really Got Me (for moms)
Gary Numan - Cars
** Pet Shop Boys - Always on my Mind
Split Enz - I Got U
** Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams
** English Beat - Save It For Later
Anything Box - Living In Oblivion
** Duran Duran - Girls on Film
Aha - The Sun Always Shines on TV
Erasure - Star
** Big Country - Big Country
Psychadelic Furs - Pretty In Pink
** Proclaimers - 500 Miles
The Cure - In Between Days
Styx vs. the Killers - Domo Arigato, Mr. Brightside (lil'e mashup)
Men At Work - Overkill
The Cars - Shake It Up
** Flock of Seagulls - I Ran
** Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
Alphaville - Dance With Me (extended remix)
Siouxsie - Hong Kong Garden (with strings intro)
Go Gos - We Got the Beat
** The Cure - Just Like Heaven
** James - Laid
INXS - Don't Change
Violent Femmes - Gone Daddy Gone
** Billy Idol - Dancing with Myself
Pretenders - Middle of the Road

Encores:
TMBG - Birdhouse in Your Soul
The Smiths - Girlfriend In a Coma
** Men At Work - Land Down Under

See you UP next month!!!

Friday, November 16, 2007

The real 16 candles

My god, this is beautiful

Thursday, November 15, 2007

My iPod is like having my own personal Yoda

I should qualify this post by saying that I'm typically out of the loop on most things having to do with pop culture - I blame this on not having TV reception for the last 12 years. Seriously, it's really a huge deal. For example, I have never seen an episode of the following TV programs (trying to think of ones that people actually give a crap about...):

30 Rock
Ugly Betty
Grey's Anatomy
CSI - any version
The Daily Show since Craig Kilbourne left IN 1998 (one exception was a rerun that I saw when I was at the beach last weekend, but you get the picture...)
Pretty much any other show that's been on in the last 10 years or so, and doesn't intrigue me enough to get it via Netflix (I am more-or-less up to speed on The Sopranos [in the last season now, and managed to avoid all press, so don't friggin' say ANYTHING]; 6 Feet Under; Rome; My Name is Earl; and The US and Brit versions of The Office, so I'm not a total rube...)

I do have a TV, and on that TV I watch DVDs, but otherwise, regular TV channels just look like snow in my house, and I know from experience that Andy and I would become akin to comatose zombies if we ever got cable (minus eating brains, of course).

Anyway, the point of all this is that I am out of the loop. As such, I just got my first iPod last March, and have been camped out on the shuffle function ever since. I'm fascinated by the shuffle; it's like my iPod really "gets" me sometimes - like, this morning during my walk to the metro/commute to work (total time, about 20 minutes), I was feeling a little glum, and the following songs played (in order):

A Dog's Tale - Patrick and Eugene
So In Love - OMD
You Might Think - The Cars
Elephant Stone - The Stone Roses
Gwyneth Paltrow - Edie Sedgwick
The One Who Got Us Out - Ted Leo
Streams of Whiskey - The Pogues

I mean, seriously - how could you possibly feel bad after such a list???

Granted, there are days where the selections crush me; like the day it was on a Morrissey/Pavarotti/Dead Can Dance kick - I got home and litterally cried for a good 10 minutes. And there are days when it seems like all it wants is electroclash or campy 70s hits (and yes, I do have Captain and Tenille in there - sometimes you're in the mood, you know?) Sometimes I even think it punishes me when I skip past one of its choices - like the time I didn't feel like hearing Missy Elliott, so every other song was a Missy Elliott song...

Anyway, I've been wondering what the logic is for the shuffle function. I know there are relevance settings one can select, but outside of that, how the hell does this little electronic device so expertly pick my brain? As always, it looks like I'm not the only one, and of course that I'm on the tail end of this debate.

I just love that we humans tend to look for patterns everywhere - even if "random" is just, well, random. And that we humanize everything (my ipod cover is green and my shuffle function is inside my head - thus the Yoda thing).

All that aside, I just seriously love the iPod iChing. In fact, here's one now:

The Nameless One - The Iditarod
Girl Afraid - The Smiths
Pavarotti - Nessum Dorma

Okay, so you're thinking sad, right??? Then, I get:

Elvira - The Oak Ridge Boys

I think Yoda knew I needed a good laugh...

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

It's official!

I'll be taking Right Round UP to the mainstage on Friday, December 28!!! Yay!!! Many fun times have been had up there, and this one shall be no different! Where it WILL be different, is that I will not discriminate based on decade - Right Round UP features alt-pop throughout the ages; so get those requests in now!

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

For Callum







Look at this KID!!!!! Can you believe this is Callum, the same guy I told you all about last year???? He is almost 2 now - a HUGE deal, considering his initial diagnosis of type 1 SMA, and what he's been through!!!! So, here I am again, asking you all to give all that you can to this little bub and his folks this holiday season. Friends of J and Janet (parents of Cal) and former bandmates of J, Kim Coletta and Bill Barbot, set up a great charity for him. You can also go to Cal's blog, read all about him, donate some cash, and feel pretty darn good about having a direct impact on the longevity and happiness of this little guy.
So yeah - give it up, peeps!!!!

stuff with the thing and the stuff

Okay, so bunches of people have read the blog, and given me their feelings on my comments regarding the last Right Round. Mostly, they pretty much got it. Admittedly, I've been debating removing the post altogether - I feel a little bad about being such a beeotch regarding the MJ thing.

BUT, then something occurred to me.

Imagine if you were doing your job - waiting tables, data entry, graphic design, writing, some computer thing that makes my brain fuzz out when you start talking about it, whatever. You're sitting there, doing your thing, and suddenly some drunk guy comes into your cubicle/living room/office, stands 2 feet from your face, and starts telling you how much you suck at your job. For 4-5 hours, this person comes back every... 15-30 minutes or so and gives you a hard time. You might actually bitch about it too. So, thus, I stand behind my post.

I'm flattered that people care, I love that people dance, and I genuinely care deeply that people have a good time and are happy. BUT, I also have some parameters, and I will fiercely defend them, come what may.

Friday, November 02, 2007

mememememememe

Lookit - I'm in the paper! Okay, so it's just a photo of me from 1,000,000 years ago (my hair was SO short!!!), but it's still kinda cool, innit?

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Right Round - 10/19/07 - Setlist and Commentary

Forgive me, I am going to rant for just a sec...

I am a nice person, who is generally cheerful and easy to get along with. There is only one area of my life that gets me ridiculously fired up, and that is drunk people harrassing me during Right Round. It's kind of funny - you know how a cat can be the sweetest cat of all time - sit in everyone's laps, purr a bunch, do that funny fetching thing with a ball of tinfoil - all that stuff, then yet you pet the cat while it's eating or licking itself or whatever personal stuff cats do, and it bites the shit out of you? I feel like that's how I sometimes get with Right Round. Dude, at your wedding I'm like, "Don't Stop Believing - SURE!" or "Beat It - ABSOLUTELY!" or even "I Will Survive - YOU BET". Seriously - it's YOUR event, you call the shots, I am merely your beat-matching conduit, you know?

Please note, for now and future. I will NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVER willingly play music by the following bands/individuals at Right Round - BECAUSE IT IS AN 80S ALT POP DANCE NIGHT AND THE FOLLOWING BANDS ARE NOT ALTERNATIVE:


  • Michael Jackson
  • Prince (exception being in honor of Trent last month, but he was a friend who died, so that's totally different. When you become my friend and you die, I'll play Prince for you)
  • Madonna
  • Bon Jovi
  • Journey
  • any other obviously mainstream 80s band that I don't feel like playing. If I get a wild hair up my butt and decide to play one of the aforementioned for some reason, you can consider it my extra special present for you and you alone.
I will not bend on this, even if it's your birthday, or you came all the way from Texas, or it's the only song you can get it up to, or whatEVER. This is not because I don't like the above - I do, in fact, think that most are fine artists in their own right, who have produced some legitimately lovely songs for dancing by any and all. However, here's the thing - and YES, I'm talking to the 4 specific individuals who gave me a raft of shit ALL NIGHT LONG for not playing each act listed above. Right Round is MY dance night, and I set the parameters. It's not "Right Round - the 80s alt-pop dance party with DJ lil'e and that guy over there who really, really, REALLY wants to hear Michael Jackson". I will not play Michael Jackson at Right Round for anyone - not even my mom (and I'll pretty much play anything moms wants), so stop asking.

Now, that being said, if I feel like playing The Killers, or Dee Lite, or whatever the fuck I play that doesn't fit inside your definition of 80s alternative, I am afraid that I will likely be frustratingly unapologetic. Giving me shit about it is DEFINITELY not going to get me to play Michael Jackson, or any other request you may have. In fact, I had a couple of people tagged to be thrown out, if you must know, as they were giving me so much shit, generally speaking, that it was becoming difficult to concentrate. I appreciate that you are going out to have fun, that you paid money to me to be entertained, and that you think Michael Jackson is the tits. BELIEVE me, I've requested stuff to DJs that I was pissed they didn't play, but at the end of the day, that is the DJs prerogative, end of story.

This is not your wedding - just because you WANT to hear something, doesn't mean I'm going to play it - even if you ask, and ask, and ask, and ask, and friggin' ask. You want a jukebox? Hire me for your private party. I am actually rather delightful when I'm not pissed off at you, and have quite the repertoire of non-80s-alt-pop music that I'm quite sure you would just love. But, Right Round is my own special night that I've been doing for something like 7 years now, and if it's all the same, I shall play and not play whatever the fuck I want, thank you very much. I spend most of the rest of my life as a professional DJ happily playing what the people who hire me ask me to play - give me a fucking break on this one.

So, all of that angry-ness being said, here's my very own setlist, chosen exclusively by me. 300 other people seemed to really dig it, so the 4 of you who kept giving me shit all night can shove it:

Requests have ** by them:

Figures on a Beach - No Stars (original remix)
Berlin - No More Words
Gang of 4 - At Home He's a Tourist
** Wang Chung - Everybody Have Fun Tonight
** Depeche Mode - But Not Tonight
Camoflauge - Love is a Shield
New Order - Sub-culture
** Book of Love - Boy
** Spandau Ballet - Promises, Promises
Blondie - Heart of Glass
** Blancmange - Living on the Ceiling
** Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Relax (remix)
Automation - Obsession
** Depeche Mode - Enjoy the Silence
** Yaz - Situation
Talking Heads - Once in a Lifetime
James - Laid
** Erasure - A Little Respect
INXS - Need U Tonight
** Dee Lite - Groove is in the Heart
** New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
Information Society - Tell Me What's On Your Mind
** Human League - Don't You Want Me?
Madness vs. The Rapture - Our House of Jealous Lovers (DJ Lil'e Mashup)
** Pet Shop Boys - Always on My Mind
** Siouxsie - Cities in Dust
Dead or Alive - Brand New Lover
Midnight Oil - Beds Are Burning
The Las - There She Goes
** Talking Heads - Psycho Killer
** Duran Duran - Girls on Film
Talk Talk - It's My Life
New Order - Temptation
** Nena - 99 Luft Balloons
** Aha - Take On Me
The Smiths - Ask
Violent Femmes - Gone Daddy Gone (hilarious side note: after I played this song, one of the shit-givers came up to me and said, "so - you're only playing 80s alternative - HA!" took me a second to figure it out, but I think the guy thinks the Gnarls Barkley version of this song is the only one. Sweetie, it's called a cover - look into it.)
They Might Be Giants - Birdhouse in Your Soul
** Erasure - Oh L'Amour
** Big Country - Big Country
** The Cars - Hello Again
** The Go Gos - Our Lips Are Sealed
** Duran Duran - Hungry Like the Wolf
** The Clash - Rock the Casbah
They Might Be Giants - Ana Ng
** Dead or Alive - You Spin Me
** Pet Shop Boys - Left to My Own Devices
** Soft Cell - Tainted Love
** Elvis Costello - Pump it Up
Styx vs. The Killers - Domo Arigato, Mr. Brightside (DJ lil'e Mashup) (another hilarious side note: I think that this song caused the biggest coup all night - 3 of the 4 shit-givers practically LINED UP to give me a hard time about this one. Still didn't make me want to play Michael Jackson...)
Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
The Go Gos - We Got the Beat
Naked Eyes - Always Something There to Remind Me
** DEVO - Whip It
Plastic Bertrand - Ca Plane Pour Moi
Peter Schilling - Major Tom
The Cure - Just Like Heaven
** The B52s - Love Shack (I Actually Got quite a bit of shit from EVERYONE ELSE for playing this song, funnily enough. Sorry dudes - just felt like playing it - I am quite aware that there are better B52s songs out there... ugh...)
Violent Femmes - Add it Up
The Jam - Town Called Malice
The Smiths - This Charming Man

Encore:
Depeche Mode - Strangelove

Please note - of the 50+ songs listed below, over 1/2 are requests - so it's not like I don't play stuff people ask me to play. Rant complete.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Right Round - 9/15/07 - Setlist and Commentary

Okay, so on to happier times, with my super duper setlist from September! There will be ** by all requests:

Gene Loves Jezebel - Desire
New Order - Low Life
Midnight Oil - The Dead Heart
The Church - The Unguarded Moment
The Cars - I Like The Nightlife
Depeche Mode - Personal Jesus
PIL - This is Not A Love Song
Morrissey - Hairdresser on Fire
Peter Murphy - Cuts You Up
The Fixx - One Thing Leads to Another
** Blondie - Atomic
** B52s - Love Shack
** New Order - Blue Monday
The Clash - Rock the Casbah
Go Gos - Our Lips Are Sealed
** Big Country - Big Country
The Cure - Let's Go to Bed
** Erasure - O L'amour
** Depeche Mode - Just Can't Get Enough
Yaz - Don't Go
Talking Heads - Psycho Killer
They Might Be Giants - Birdhouse In Your Soul
Duran Duran - Hungry Like the Wolf
** Aha - The Sun Always Shines on TV
** Shriekback - Nemesis
** Dead or Alive - You Spin Me
DJ Lil'e Mashup - Book of Love vs. Blur - Tubular Boys
** Real Life - Send Me An Angel
Buggles - Video Killed the Radio Star
** Eurythmics - Would I Lie To You?
Bananarama - Venus
** Proclaimers - 500 Miles
Clash - London Calling
Smiths - Panic
Blondie - Call Me
New Order - Temptation
** Soft Cell - Tainted Love
Men w/o Hats - Pop Goes the World
OMD - Enola Gay
Elvis Costello - Pump it Up
DJ lil'e mashup - Styx vs. The Killers - Domo Arigato, Mr. Brightside
** The Cult - She Sells Sanctuary
Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
Cure - Just Like Heaven
Modern English - Melt With You
Smiths - Ask
DEVO - Whip It
Kim Wilde - Kids In America
Violent Femmes - Gone Daddy Gone
Siouxsie - the Passenger
Pixies - Here Comes Your Man
** Echo ATB - Lips Like Sugar
PSB - Left to My Own Devices
Cure - Boys Don't Cry
B52s - Own Private Idaho
Dee Lite - Groove Is In the Heart
New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle

Encore (for Trent):
Prince - Let's Go Crazy

I promise that not all posts moving forward will be depressing and/or maudlin...

Any of you readers out there who have been with me for a while will remember the death of my dear friend Mr. Phil and the subsequent emotional aftermath felt by it. Today is the 2-year anniversary of his passing, and I can't help but think sadly, and fondly, of him and all the other pals I've lost. Particularly in light of this most recent one.

Matt - way back in 1988 from a car accident, John - the following week from a bee sting, my dearest Mark - in 1996 of AIDS, Vito - in 2001 of an overdose, crazy old Frederique - in 2005 (can't say, too personal), our Mr. Phil - 2005 of a motorcycle accident, dear Peter - in 2006 of heart-related complications, and of course Trent - this year, by his own hand. Some I miss dearly, some I don't think of much, and some just make me angry. But they are all there, laid out in the forefront of my mind, and I just can't forget them.

Here's a little piece of the Mr. Phil post from way back in October '05 that I pulled out, dealing with what I learned from his death:

...keep in touch with the people you care about, and get the ones you don't out of your life. Live every day like it's your last. Take chances. Be funny as hell - always. Be kind. Be honest. Be there for peeps who need it - whether it's to defend them or to comfort them. Be clumsy sometimes. Don't be afraid to cry. Love your pals with wreckless abandon. Do the things that make you happy, rather than the things that make you comfortable. And finally, remember: out of sight does not, EVER mean out of mind. Especially when someone leaves this life. Those are the lessons that Mr. Phil left behind, and all are the reasons we loved him so.

yeah.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Breaks were taken

I'm channelling Dolly Parton when I say it's time to "yawn and stretch and try to come to life"! I've been taking a much-needed break from... well... from just about everything for the last 2 months, in an attempt to get my head set on straight. A person I knew rather well died unexpectedly in August, and the months leading to and following his death filled my head with tons of risidual *stuff*. Not just the usual stuff, but a lot of unpredictable stuff too. If you've ever been through something like that, you may know what I mean. But, in my head I have dwelled on such unpleasantries for far too long, and am ready to move the hell on to better times, fo' shizzle.

So, aside from djing as usual, I've been taking some time for good old me, and subsequently haven't really posted, gone out, talked, or done much of friggin' anything else for a little while.

That said, I'll actually post September's setlist sometime before October's setlist needs to be posted.

In other news, I've got a couple of really cool projects lined up, which I shall speak of only when they are in more of a state of full swing.

Back on the horse I go!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Right Round - 8/11/07 - Setlist and Commentary

FUN - that's all I have to say. Well, okay, I lied; I have more to say than "fun"...sheesh...

I don't know what kinda bug has bitten me of late, but Right Round has been really awesome for the last 4 months or so. Great crowd, new old music, I dunno, it's the package. This month, my mom and sister came out and danced to the bitter end, which was totally awesome for me.

Truthfully, the only crap part of the night was the couple who berated me for playing "bullshit" 80s music. Apparently I'm "not old enough to know what good 80s music is". That made me laugh out loud. It was very funny when I told them how old I was. Very funny. I = old enough to know what good friggin 80s alternative music is - I was a goth teenager in the 80s. Okay, motherfuckers?

Anyway, on a more pleasant note - can I just say that my sis is a trooper? Flew in from France at 7pm, got there around 11:30, and friggin danced her butt off until 2. Moms too - they were so super cool. And thanks to the folks who pulled them into their dancing circles - that warmed my wee ticker in the nicest way. You all rule.

Alrighty, so here's the setlist - as always, with an "**" by the requests:

Morrissey - Last of the Famous International Playboys
Art of Noise - Beat Box (12" remix)
Waterboys - Whole of the Moon
Howard Jones - Things Can Only Get Better
Siouxsie - Happy House
Psychadelic Furs - Until She Comes
** Depeche Mode - Everything Counts
Sugarcubes - Hit
Murray Head - One Night In Bangkok
M - Pop Musik

By the way, this is when I found out that my night is bullshit from one person in the couple.

Simple Minds - Promise You A Miracle
Spandau Ballet - Promises, Promises
** Ministry - Halloween
B52s - Mesopotamia
TMBG - The Guitar

So, at this point I had played for about 40 minutes, there were a handfull of people in the room (and yes - gasp - some of them were dancing), and I was told by the other 1/2 of the couple that my night was "plodding along". I asked the person if he was with the woman who thought I was doing a terrible job. He was. I then mentioned that it's called "building a night". When they are a famous power DJ duo, they can build their own night ANY WAY THEY WANT. This is how I build MY night. I was then instructed that I needed to play something "that people can DANCE to". Erm - bye bye now, bye bye.

** Erasure - A Little Respect (they danced to this, ironically enough, and actually stayed through to pretty close to the end, dancing often, as far as I could see)
Kon Kan - Liberty
New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
Dead or Alive - Brand New Lover
** Yaz - Situation
** Siouxsie - Cities in Dust
Human League - Don't You Want Me?
The Cult - Rain
** The Cure - Boys Don't Cry
** Billy Idol - Dancing With Myself
Violent Femmes - Gone Daddy Gone
INXS - Don't Change
** Erasure - Oh L'Amour
** Depeche Mode - Never Let Me Down Again
Men At Work - Land Down Under
Baltimora - Tarzan Boy
Siouxsie - Peek A Boo
Pet Shop Boys - Left to My Own Devices
Peter Schilling - The Different Story (remix)
Sinead O'Connor - The Emperor's New Clothes
** James - Laid
** The Kinks - You Really Got Me (played for my Moms)
** Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams
** Aha - The Sun Always Shines on TV
** The Go Gos - Our Lips Are Sealed
The Proclaimers - 500 Miles
Pixies - Here Comes Your Man
New Order - Blue Monday
** Bananarama - Venus
Duran Duran - Girls on Film
** Big Country - Big Country
** The Clash - Rock the Casbah
Oingo Boingo vs. Thomas Dolby - She Blinded Me with Weird Science (dj lil'e mashup)
** The Cure - Let's Go To Bed
** Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
Fixx - One Thing Leads to Another
** Morrissey - Suedehead
Styx vs. the Killers - Domo Arigato, Mr. Brightside (dj lil'e mashup)
** Siouxsie - Hong Kong Garden (with strings intro)
** Modern English - Melt With You
Devo - Girl U Want
Blondie - Dreaming
Peter Schilling - Major Tom
Aha - Take On Me
The Cure - Just Like Heaven
B52s - Own Private Idaho

Encores (yes, there were several - bitches)
**Depeche Mode - Just Can't Get Enough
Violent Femmes - Blister In the Sun
(I forget off the top of my head) - Always Something There to Remind Me
Ladytron - Deceptacon

Monday, August 13, 2007

Death of a Legend

R.I.P.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

my new favorite Web site

is this. i have so very much to contribute... particularly if you review the pre-teen/teenage years 1983 to 1989...

Monday, August 06, 2007

Lookit what I did this weekend!!!


Yes, that is me. Jumping out of a fucking plane. Note, my tandem guy is wearing flipflops. What a badass. Also note the look of sheer delight and terror on my face. Okay, maybe that's just terror...


It got better, thankfully!!!

In case you are wondering what would make me willingly step from a plane at 13,000 feet, it's something I've always thought of doing (in the deep, dark, extremely crazy part of my head). My co-worker Mel organized the group, and well... you can see the rest! I have video too, which is way cooler - and funnier, 'cause you get to say me scream "holy shit" right as we jump out!!!

All in all, it was an AMAZING experience - thanks to the peeps at the Delaware Skydiving Center for hooking me up with a great first jump!!!

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

this = funny

No, I do not think the plight of the homeless is funny. Just this picture:

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Pet Shop Boys / Erasure night - setlist and commentary

helleeeeewwwwww!

Last night was fun! Turnout was good, energy was high, and I realized that I'll never, ever do a 2-band dj night ever, ever again. Don't get me wrong, I luvvved the music, but 5 hours of it was a lot...

Anyhoo, here's a setlist for your viewing pleasure, with "**" by the requests:

Erasure - Say What
Erasure - Breathe
Pet Shop Boys - Single Billingual
Happy Mondays - WFL (Vince Clarke Mix)
Erasure - Solsbury Hill
Pet Shop Boys - Was that What it Was?
Pet Shop Boys - Domino Dancing
Erasure - Imagination
Pet Shop Boys - I'm With Stupid
Erasure - Pistol
** Pet Shop Boys - What Have I Done to Deserve This?
Erasure - Hideaway
** Pet Shop Boys - Can you Forgive Her?
Erasure - Who Needs Love Like That? (Love That Mix)
Pet Shop Boys - So Hard
Erasure - Supernature
** Pet Shop Boys - Paninaro '95
Erasure - Stop (12" Mix)
Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls (12" Mix)
Erasure - Take A Chance on Me
Yaz - Situation (12" Mix)
** Pet Shop Boys - Opportunities
Pet Shop Boys - Heart
Erasure - Chains of Love
Blur - Girls and Boys (Pet Shop Boys 12")
Pet Shop Boys / Liza Manelli - Losing My Mind
** Erasure - A Little Respect
Pet Shop Boys - Being Boring
Erasure - Voulez Vous
Pet Shop Boys - Always on My Mind
** Pet Shop Boys - Shameless
Erasure - Love to Hate You (12" Mix)
**Pet Shop Boys - Suburbia
Yaz - Don't Go
** Pet Shop Boys - Red Letter Day
Pet Shop Boys - Left to My Own Devices
** Erasure - Blue Savannah (Mark Saunders Remix)
** Depeche Mode - Just Can't Get Enough
** Pet Shop Boys - Flamboyant
Erasure - Star (Trafalmadore Mix)
** Electronic - Getting Away With It
Pet Shop Boys - It's A Sin
** Erasure - Oh L'amour
Pet Shop Boys - Where the Streets Have No Name (I can't get my eyes off of you)
** Erasure - Drama
The Killers - Read My Mind (Pet Shop Boys 12" Mix)
Pet Shop Boys - Go West
Erasure - Chorus (12" Mix)
Depeche Mode - Dreaming of Me
Erasure - Video Killed the Radio Star
** Pet Shop Boys - Wouldn't Normally Do That Kind of Thing
** Madonna - Sorry (Pet Shop Boys Mix)
Erasure - Lay all Your Love on Me

So, at this point I needed a break...

Dead or Alive - You Spin Me
Dee Lite/New Order - Groove Is In the Heart into Bizarre Love Triangle
Madness/The Rapture - Our House of Jealous Lovers (dj lil'e mashup)

**Pet Shop Boys - Absolutely Fabulous

Encore
James - Laid
Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
Erasure - A Little Respect (I know, this repeated song is a first for me...)

yippee!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

YAY for our pallies


I'm so happy to say that this awesome story came out on NPR a couple of days ago about our pals J and Janet. We hung out on July 4th, and marveled at how far Cal has come with his regular therapy and treatments down south.

Glad there are so many people pulling for this little guy!!!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

PSB/Erasure night on Friday

Somehow this felt like it crept up on me!!! Anyway, A Little Respect is this Friday, and I have to say I think it's going to be so super fun - I'm excited anyway!!! Here's the 411, in case you should need it:

A Little Respect
A dance night featuring the music and side projects of Erasure and the Pet Shop Boys with DJ lil’e
Friday, July 20
9:30pm-2:00am
the Black Cat MAIN STAGE
1811 14th St NW
www.blackcatdc.com
$10


Hope peeps can come!!!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

What do you know, I'm a delinquent AND a degenerate?

I'm doing this sweet event with some very talented DJ lady friends this Friday the 13th. You should come experience our hotness. Or, at least get really drunk and make fun of each other as we likely will...

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

take your stupid slang word and shove it

I've heard a bunch of people use this term lately, and I absolutely want to gauge their eyes out. So quit it, okay??

ADDENDUM:
I love my friends, I really do. But I swear that I'm SHOCKED at the number of "aw, come ON, gimme a break" emails I've gotten about this post. Like eggplant, wet bread, fingernails, people who call the play Les Miserables "Le Miz", and over-annunciated "s" sounds coming from girls, there are just some things in this life that make me cringe, and the word "chillax" is totally one of them. Perhaps it's just that people are in the test-drive phase with the word, and there's been an odd hesitation I've sensed following it's usage by my peers that has unnerved me to my core. Perhaps it's that I've only really heard the word coming from dudes with their Izod collars turned up and Mr. Spock puppets (thanks Bram). Or... maybe...

I

just

don't

like

the

friggin'

word.

It's stupid and it sucks.

conclusion

I realized that I'd forgotten to conclude the episode with my neighbor. He passed away a week ago Saturday - while I'm sorry for the loss of any human life, this man was honestly so troubled, it is probably the best thing for him.

That's all I think I need to say about that.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Done, yet sad...

So, you may remember the neighbor I told you about a few months ago. Sadly, the situation has escalated, and more or less ended today.

My neighbor was inside his house after the ladder incident for about 5-7 days - apparently his 90-year old parents called the Dept. of Mental Health because they've been worried about him. The police tried to call multiple times, were concerned that he'd killed himself, and tried forcibly entering the house at around 11:30 this morning.

First, my neighbor set fire to/blew up the lower floor of his house (apparently his front door was in my yard)
Then, he started throwing things out the upper-floor windows at the police
Next, he began shooting randomly out the window at the police (nobody was injured)
Finally, he shot himself twice in the head (and is apparently in critical condition at the hospital, with very little chance of survival)

You have or will hear about this on the news, no doubt. The press were swarming, as were the police and fire crews. All houses aside from his are okay, and I am currently thanking whatever God exists that the crews who were working on the outside of my house for the last 2 days wrapped up their work yesterday. Anyway, there's the skinny from someone who was actually there. This guy was seriously disturbed, and I feel a mix of sadness and relief this evening.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Right Round - 6/22/07 - Setlist and Commentary

Alrighty - last night restored my faith in Right Round. May was SO terrible, I wasn't sure if it was me, the dancing peeps, or what - but last night was chock-o-block, as they used to say when I lived in Scotland, and everyone appeared to be dancing for pretty much the entire night. That warms my little ticker in the nicest way.

I think next month's PSB/Erasure night is going to be CRAZY!!! I can't wait.

Anyhoo, here is the setlist for all to see. I'm a little fuzzy toward the end, but hopefully I'll remember when I get to that point. I put a "**" by all requests.

Howard Jones - What is Love
XTC - Dear God
U2 - Sunday Bloody Sunday
TMBG - Birdhouse i Your Soul
Icicleworks - Birds Fly
The Jam - Town Called Malice
Book of Love - I Touch Roses (remix)
Depeche Mode - Everything Coundts
Pet Shop Boys - Domino Dancing
Men @ Work - Land Down Uder
** Spandau Ballet - Promises, Promises
When in Rome - The Promise
Anomotionn - Obsession
Dee Lite & Blondie - Groove Is In the Heart of Glass (dj lil'e mashup)
Erasure - A Little Respect
** New Order - True Faith
Peter Schilling - The Different Story
Yaz - Situation
Information Society - What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy)
Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Relax
Dead or Alive - Brand New Lover
** Erasure - Oh L'amour
** Anything Box - Living in Oblivion
The Las - There She Goes
Midnight Oil - Beds Are Burning
** Sinead O'Connor - Mandinka
Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams
New Order - Blub Monday
Aha - The Sun Always Shines on TV
Pet Shop Boys - Always On My Mind
Real Life - Send Me An Angel
Talk Talk - It's My Life
TMBG - Ana Ng
The Proclaimers - 500 Miles
The Go Gos - Our Lips Are Sealed
Depeche Mode - Behind the Wheel
The Clash - London Calling
The Smiths - Panic
The Cure - Let's Go To Bed
** The Pixies - Here Comes Your Man
The Cars - Hello Again
** Dead or Alive - You Spin Me
** Duran Duran - Hungry Like the Wolf
** New Order - Temptation
Styx / The Killers - Domo Arigato, Mr. Brightside (dj lil'e mashup)
** The Cult - She Sells Sanctuary
** Psychadelic Furs - Pretty In Pink
Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
** OMD - Enola Gay
Soft Cell - Tainted Love
Peter Schilling - Major Tom
The Cure - Just Like Heaven
DEVO - Whip It
Aha - Take on Me
Kim Wilde - Kids in America
The Smiths - Ask
Gone Daddy Gone

ENCORES
James - Laid
Le Tigre - Deceptacon

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

a weekend of good, clean fun!

So, I think I can go on record as saying that my weekend was filled with a bunch of good, clean fun and frolic, with a minimal topping of booze...

Friday - I didn't do much

Saturday - I headed up to Ligonier, PA for a family reunion. This was prompted by the death of my Great Aunt Dody (sister to my grandmother), who was a delightful lady with a gigantic family (4 kids, who beget 12 grandkids - amazing!!!). My family on that side are all extraordinary musicians or singers, so it was like an 8-hour musical review, including folk music, campy stuff, some amazing 4-7 part harmonies, you name it. I even got up and sang a couple with my dad on guitar - who would've thunk??? I spent the night in Ligonier on Saturday, then came back early Sunday morning, feeling pretty happy about the fam time.

Sunday - All the booze was consumed the next day at the RAMMY awards - before you start laughing uncontrollably over the name, that actually stands for the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington, you dirty birds. Andy's restaurant Cityzen was up for a couple of things, so we went. They won Best Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year - YAY! Afterwards we all went to Hook Restaurant and drank ourselves into a veritable stupor. Except for me. I was actually impervious to alcohol that evening, which was good as we went to Six Flags on Monday.

Monday - took my 11 year old nephew up to Six Flags for the day. I am a roller coaster / thrill junkie, so I was psyched. We did all of the water rides and I did all of the roller coasters, which was a blast and a half. Lines were laughably short, and the weather didn't totally kill us. Andy's hangover tried to kill him, but did not succeed.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

words to live by

revenge is for those who aren't patient enough for karma.

think about it.

Don't go!

There are so many inappropriate things that I could say about this:

http://www.yaz.com/html/index.html

Let's just start with "Move out", shall we? Poor allison moyet... how hounded do you think she's been by these peeps to give them music?

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Google has the ha ha

How funny is this set of directions, sent to me by a co-worker from Salmanca, Spain? In particular, pay attention to direction #42. Hilarious!

Monday, April 23, 2007

I wish I could engage in witty urban banter

I was walking into 7-11 on the corner of 14th and Rhode Island Avenue yesterday morning and overheard this utterly fascinating snippet of conversation:

Person 1:
"It ain't about the pills, it's all about the bills."

Person 2:
(laughing knowingly) "You got that right. If you ain't got a dime you ain't got my time."

Being the only 3 people on the street at that hour, there was no way that I could inconspicuously stand there with my mouth agog, trying to figure out what they were talking about - but I swear, ever since I haven't been able to shake the thought that I would have absolutely no ability to hang in a conversation like that.

I'm somewhat clever from time to time, but to have to rhyme - RELEVANTLY - for an entire conversation would be downright exhausting. Am I crazy here??? I imagine the same exchange with me as Person 2 would go a little something like this:

Person 1:
"It ain't about the pills, it's all about the bills."

Person 2 (played by me):
"God, TOTALLY... I mean, it's like, you can... take a horse... to the water... but you... um... maybe shouldn't oughta...?..."

Can you just hear the crickets chirping now???

A little ha ha for your Monday

Check out the comedy debut of my friend Tiffany Bridge. She's one funny lady - her friends always knew it, but now you can too!

Saturday, April 21, 2007

the weekend of 4/20 - 4/22: runninng commentary

Let me preface this by saying that I'm aware the weekend is not yet over. Let me also say, good LORD I wish the weekend was over. I'm not sure what happened with April this year - there must've been some oddball lunar triangulation with Jupiter or something that prompted every friggin' person in the world to want me to spin their event this month. Seriously.

This weekend I had/have 4 gigs.

"4 gigs?" you may be thinking to yourself. "Why, with only three days in the weekend, that seems an absolute mathmatical improbability. What the h-e-double-hockey-sticks is that all about???"

What it's all about is my achilles heel, which is to say the volitile combination of my inability to sit still, and my overwhelming ability to overbook myself.

Yesterday I did a wedding AND Right Round. Both. The wedding was fun - great group, lots of dancing, all that good stuff. But I literally had to go right from one to the other (thanks again, Mellie Mel, for spinning the first hour and a half of Right Round and seriously saving my ass), as the wedding ended at 10pm, just as Right Round was starting. In case you were wondering if it's possible to completely change your clothes (pants, shirt, the whole 9 yards) and appropriately funkify your makeup while driving down Georgia Avenue at 10pm on a Friday night - it is! Okay, I wouldn't necessarily recommend it from a safety perspective, but please note that I was actually stopped at red lights for a majority of the process (and I SWEAR to god nobody noticed - I was like a stealthy clothes-changing ninja).

Right Round was really fun too - for a Friday it wasn't bad; got super super super packed for a while, then petered out a bit. I wasn't reinventing the wheel with any of the song choices, but I felt like it kept the floor hopping. Didn't keep a setlist - didn't feel like it.

Today and tomorrow I spin a corporate event for the real estate firm of my good pal Gary - he's always a stitch, so it should be fun. Then sleep. Glorious sleep.

Until next weekend, that is...

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

How do I love ye punk rockers?

Let me count the ways!

You may or may not remember this posting I did about the wee Mr. Callum Zachary Robbins - son of our dear friends J and Janet Robbins. Little Cal is a totally delightful child still, I'm happy to report - he's doing amazingly well, despite his very uncertain condition, and is a joy to be around, as are his parents.

Anyway, the point of this post is that our friends/J's former bandmates from Jawbox set up an amazing support network through the Callum Robbins Family Fund - this donation site has spread like wildfire; not only throughout the everyday folks who feel compelled to give what they can to J, Janet and Cal, but also through the myrad rockstar bands who have decided to take up the torch for Cal, and throw benefit concerts for the family.

Dismemberment Plan
Bob Mould
Ted Leo
Thievery Corporation
Radio 4
Interpol

God knows how many others.

Fuck yeah.

For what it's worth, to those peeps in those bands, we thank you - we who care so deeply for our dear friends and their adorable son. As J said in his blog, it will be difficult for Cal to be the "typical cynical punk rocker" as he grows up with all of this support overflowing from all corners and all levels of the punk community.

Gives me hope, y'all.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

mixmaster e, at your service

I was recently approached by a band called 23 Rainy Days who ACTUALLY want me to remix one of their songs. From scratch. The song is called My Own Addiction - it's a catchy, bitter little post punk metal-y romp through one-who-done-one-wrongness, which as a former/still dabbling goth girl, I'm all about.

This is a big part of my master plan for world domination - not this remix of this specific song, just actually doing remixes for bands in general. I feel like it's the next logical step for me, particularly in light of the pure bliss I experienced creating mashups last summer. The buck certainly didn't stop there - but it starts again with renewed vigor right now, by God.

So, at this point I have the separated tracks, am sketching out what I'd like to do with them, and am going to begin the assemblage very very soon. I will post much of my process here, and shall reign doom down with my new remixy goodness once it's available for your earholes.

If you're in a band and want me to fiddle with one of your creations, I shall at least entertain the idea (provided your song does not suck/and/or make me run screaming into the night). I'll just need the studio-recorded, original tracks, all separated out - I will not work with your CD, except to sketch ideas about what I'm thinking. So c'mon and be one of my henchman in the master plan - moahahahahaha.....

Thursday, April 05, 2007

cute. food. rules.

How can you not love these little bubs from my paper crane? The cinnamon roll is looking up at me from my desk as I type this...











God, do I ever love weird, should-be-inanimate objects with eyeballs...

Question of the Day

Courtesty of my friend/coworker Gwyd:

Your hand has been replaced by a rubber stamp. What does it say?

Maybe:
Ceci n'est pas une rubber stamp
(call it the art school kid in me)

Or, perhaps (speaking more to where I am in this moment...):
What have you got to lose?

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

thank you.

The person I'm thanking knows who they are and what this is about. It's nice to know that when my inner badass feels the need to take a step back, sometimes that leaves a space for the people around me to take a step forward.

My faith in humanity is not so tarnished after all...

Thursday, March 29, 2007

disappointed.

I try to be a good person (most of the time).

I try and be fair, and take the high road (again, most of the time).

I try and think of relationships, not money, fame, nor fortune (all of the time).

Why the hell is this so difficult for other people, I ask you? Why? I have come upon a couple of situations lately in all facets of my life where I see the power that the dollar has over others, and I feel like David up against the proverbial Goliath every time. Only in my case, David gets stepped on (or over) before he has the chance to throw the rock.

I feel like I've spent the last few posts just bitching, but March has not been a good month for me at all; very disappointing on many levels and full of examples of the ugliness of humanity at large. I feel like I have to turn into a selfish bitch in order to keep my head above water some days, and it's killing me.

I talk a lot here about karma in my life - it is really the one balancing mechanism in the universe that helps me sleep at night when I otherwise wouldn't. And believe me - karma can be a bitch, even to me and people I like loads; case in point, my neighbor destroying the sculpture in my yard. That incident helped me to understand that "things" should never represent relationships - the emotional connection is far more long-reaching, long-lasting, and satisfying than the tangible connection will ever be.

Sadly, the peeps in my life who aren't seeing it are going to find their own lessons in bad karma one of these days. I can only hope that they take pause, take the lesson, and fucking do something about it.

Please, it's not too late.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Me in 40 years???

I love when she says, "WORD". Yeah....

Sunday, March 25, 2007

sadly...

We found out that it was, indeed, our neighbor who killed our art. He said it - screamed it in our faces, when confronted, in fact. He accused us of doing something (that we didn't do, by the way), to his house. That's why he did it, apparently. That and so, in his words, "we would know[he] was there"

It's funny, A and I found ourselves at one of those crossroad moments - here was our crazy bitch neighbor, standing right in front of us, ripe for the kickin', and we could definitely have gone that path; but one of the things we've been talking about is taking our anger down a thousand and being more rational, hell... more adult about these things. What was actually beautiful about it was that A took control of the situation and turned it around to a place of calm, explaining exactly what that piece meant to us, and what he did. Funnily enough, we all were able to talk about it extremely rationally - even though I still think my neighbor has some very apparent instabilities, he met us halfway and we even shook hands at the end.

I can only hope this serves to prolong our lives in some way...

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

another iPod iChing

So, now that I actually have more than 20 songs in my iPod, here's yet another friggin iChing for your viewing pleasure:

1) Blancmange - Living on the Ceiling
2) Edie Sedgwick - Gwyneth Paltrow
3) The Cure - Other Voices
4) Morrissey - Everyday is Like Sunday
5) Jason Nevins - I'm In Heaven
6) Erasure - Blue Savannah
7) Calexico - Sirena
8) Enslaved - The Dead Stare
9) Coltrane - Syeeda's Song Flute
10) Roman Flugel - Geht's Noch?

Monday, March 19, 2007

Right Round - 3/17/07 - Setlist and Commentary

Saturday night was fun! I know it was Saint Patrick's Day, and that normally, aside from New Year's Eve, the holiday ranks up there as the ultimate amateur night, but the backstage was super low key and not at all rife with douchebaggery. There were 300 peeps, so it was pleasantly packed, the stalker contingent was non-existant, and the requests, although plentiful, didn't make me crazy. Granted, I was wearing the most unreasonable shoes on the planet, but I had some comfy alternate shoes that we won't talk about...

Anyhoo... here's the setlist (with a couple of Irish peepages, and * by the requests). Enjoy!

The Stranglers - Golden Brown
The Sundays - Here's Where the Story Ends
The Pogues - Auld Triangle
Psychadelic Furs - Until She Comes
The Church - Under the Milky Way
Peter Murphy - Indigo Eyes
OMD - Goddess of Love
Morrissey - Last of the Famous International Playboys
U2 - Sunday Bloody Sunday
They Might Be Giants - Birdhouse in Your Soul
Wang Chung - Dance Hall Days
Sinead O'Connor - I Want Your Hands All Over Me
Depeche Mode - Never Let Me Down Again
* Men Without Hats - Safety Dance
Peter Gabriel - Shock the Monkey
* INXS - The One Thing
The Cars - Tonight She Comes
* Adam Ant - Friend or Foe
Violent Femmes - Add it Up
* The Cure - Boys Don't Cry
* New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
Dee Lite vs. Blondie - Groove is in the Heart of Glass (dj lil'e mashup)
Baltimora - Tarzan Boy
Anything Box - Living in Oblivion
Erasure - Star
Big Country - Big Country
* U2 vs. Pet Shop Boys - Where the Streets Have No Name
* Duran Duran - Girls on Film
* Echo and the Bunnymen - Lips Like Sugar
Yaz - Don't Go
Sinead O'Connor - Mandinka
*Psychadelic Furs - Pretty in Pink
Lick the Tins - Can't Help Falling In Love With You
The Proclaimers - (I Would Walk) 500 Miles
* Dexy's Midnight Runners - Come on Eileen
New Order - True Faith
* Dead or Alive - You Spin nMe Right Round
* Pet Shop Boys - Always on My Mind
* Aha - The Sun Always Shines on TV
Buggles - Video Killed the Radio Star
The Clash - London Calling
* The Smiths - Panic
Blondie - Call Me
Siouxsie - Hong Kong Garden
Men Without Hats - Pop Goes the World
* The Cult - She Sells Sanctuary
Styx vs. The Killers - Domo Arigato, Mr. Brightside (dj lil'e mashup)
Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
Fixx - One Thing Leads to Another
OMD - Enola Gay
Go Gos - Our Lips Are Sealed
Nena - 99 Luft Balloons
* The Cure - Just Like Heaven
* Squeeze - Is That Love
Aha - Take On Me
Violent Femmes - Gone Daddy Gone
James - Laid
INXS - Don't Change
B52s - Own Private Idaho
* Pretenders - Middle of the Road
* Devo - Girl U Want
* Billy Idol - Dancing With Myself
The Jam - Town Called Malice
The Bangles - Walk Like an Egyptian
Adam Ant - Goody Two Shoes

Encore
The Pogues - Streams of Whiskey
Le Tigre - Deceptacon

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

gimme a b... gimme a u... gimme a ggi...gimme an es... what does that spell?

BUGGIES!

Tummy buggies, to be exact. Nice, invasive, special little tummy buggies who have decided to jump from Andy to me. YAY!

Seriously, dudes... if you've seen me in the last 4-5 days, start taking your vitamins now, wouldya?

Ugh...

Saturday, March 10, 2007

To the person who vandalized our home last night

Okay, we get it. You hate us. You think we're white trash, you think that we're excessive with our cell phones and our iPods and our sunglasses. You think I'm the "c" word and you want Andy and I to die. Got it. Thank you.

Please explain to me how this gives you the right to vandalize our home. I know it was you, and you can hide in your house and let it fall down around you until you die (and, in fact, I hope you do and it does until you do) and I will know in my heart that you watched me drive away last night and you walked right over and destroyed the sculpture that used to sit out in front of our home. When we rounded the corner and saw it lying there across our walkway, shattered into 6 large and a million small pieces, we knew right away that it was you. Tell us what you want, hide behind the other people on our block if you must, but we don't have a shred of doubt in our minds.

Let me tell you about that sculpture. It was a beautiful, huge, 50+ pound black soapstone piece made by and given to my husband 13 years ago by Charlie Parsons. Charlie owned the first tattoo studio where Andy and I got work done. Charlie was the minister at our wedding. Charlie was a friend, a mentor, and a father figure to Andy and I. The dissipation of our friendship over the years has been a subject of deep sadness to us both, and that sculpture was a tangible representation of what once was. That piece has been in 6 homes, 3 states, and many states of mind with Andy and I. We have mused on it, been burdened by it, tripped out on its intricacies and obviously taken it for granted for years. You killed all of that, hell, you killed art with your act of maliciousness last night.

I know that you are crazy, and that crazy people do irrational, fucked up things all the time with no warning. You have turned that crazy toward us so many times and in so many ways in the last 5 years, I'm actually surprised that this incident surprised me so very much. But it did. You are a bad person.

I hope that what they say about karma is true.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Love me, love my bling...

I think that says just about all I need it to, don't you?

my very first iPod horoscope

Here it be:

1) Against Me - Those Anarcho Punks Are Mysterious (Live)
2) Edie Sedgwick - Sigourney Weaver
3) Michael Jackson - Dirty Diana
4) Pet Shop Boys - It's A Sin
5) Herbalizer - Serge Featuring Katerine
6) Arch Enemy - We Will Rise (Live)
7) John Coltrane - Cousin Mary
8) Nitzer Ebb - Let Beauty Loose
9) Enslaved - Ruun
10) Yoko Ono with The Brother Brothers - Yes, I'm a Witch

Okay, that about sums up the oddball mood I'm in today...

Monday, March 05, 2007

Happy Birthday to ME!!!


Not bad for an old broad, eh? :)

OOH, and I got an 80G iPod from my fella!!! Considering that I only gave up my cassette walkman about 5 years ago, this is a pretty big deal (yes, you may laugh and point now...) Welcome to the 21st century for me!

Thursday, March 01, 2007

look who I look like

Okay, so not that I care... but this is pretty cool.

http://www.myheritage.com


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MISS GABI GAB-GAB SHABADOO!!!!

My French is dreadful, but here goes:

Le cinquième anniversaire heureux à mon Gabrielle de nièce chéri. Vous êtes une telle grande fille, et je vous aime beaucoup ! ! !

Les étreintes et embrasse
xoxoxo
Auntie



Wednesday, February 28, 2007

coming up - a foray into the ones and the twos

I was asked to guest dj a benefit for a documentary that some peeps are making about Riot GRRRRRRLS. Here's the 411.

It's going to be a free night at the Black Cat on Saturday, March 10 - so represent for the ladies, y'all!!!! The other djs and I will be spinning music of the women in rock/alt/hip hop/you name it all night long.

Hope to see you there,
e

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Now that I got that FedEx thing out of my system...

I'm gonna play iPod i-ching with Andy's iPod. Here's how it works: Put your iPod on shuffle, write down the first 10 songs that randomly come up, and see what it says about you. I don't have my own iPod (but my birthday is coming up, hint hint, family...) so I have to sneak Andy's when he's not here and see what I can figure out about him.

So here's what his came up with:

1) Pink Floyd - Pigs on the Wing
2) Bob Mould - The Last Night
3) Misfits - Mommy Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight?
4) Anthrax - Among the Living
5) Spiritualized - I Think I'm In Love
6) Firehose - Can't Believe
7) Van Halen - On Fire
8) Tool - Vicarious
9) Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison
10) The Cure - Hey You!

and only cause it's funny:

11) Thine Eyes Bleed - Consequence Unknown

It's so awesome cause it's so him - a mix of sweet sentimentality, fluffy hair and metal. Based on what I've been listening to a ton, here's what I think mine would be:

1) Siouxsie - Hong Kong Garden
2) Peter Murphy - Subway
3) Randy Travis - Forever and Ever, Amen (and yes, I do mean that. so there.)
4) The Pogues - Transmetropolitan
5) Ted Leo - Me and Mia
6) Jet - Are You Gonna Be My Girl
7) Paul Simon - Me & Julio Down By the Schoolyard
8) Billy Bragg - Saturday Boy
9) Lily Allen - LDN
10) Arch Enemy - Skeleton Dance

huh... mine, funnily enough, is a mix of sweet sentimentality, NO hair and metal...

The Mysterious FedEx Arrow

You know, I was going to preface this posting with a whole thing about how this is a boring ramble and you should skip it, but I actually just erased that and replaced it with this even more boring (and longwinded, might I add) ramble about how you should read this. Whatever... read it or don't...

I was sure that nobody else on God's green earth had ever seen the hidden arrow between the E and the x on the FedEx logo. I swear, I just picked up a package in the right light on the right day, and kablammo! (that's the sound my brain makes when I discover something monumental, in case you were wondering...) there was this subtle little arrow made out of negative space. Once I saw it, I've never been able to see anything else - like when you look at one of those abstract blue and white needlepoint thingys and all the sudden words like "JESUS" or "WELCOME" or "I HAVE HOBBIES THAT THEY DO DURING CRAFT TIME AT THE ASYLUM" pop out.

Andy can tell you - I wouldn't shut up about it for a while. I thank my lucky stars I wasn't born with Tourette's Syndrome or something - I can't imagine the number of random things I'd be screaming about all day. Probably would sound something like: "FEDEX ARROW. SHIT. FALCO. FUCK. GLUTEN. DAMNIT."

But I digress...

SO, I discovered this blog today. The guy who writes it is hilarious. BUT, he actually interviews the guy who created the logo, specifically to talk about that arrow. And they say the Internet is full of useless crap! PSHAW!

That being said, I read the interview and now feel like a complete idiot. Of COURSE it was totally planned out. Of COURSE it wasn't a random accident, waiting to be discovered by the brilliant mind of someone who spends most of her time looking through dusty record bins for hits by Taco. Of COURSE not. It would be like me going to Europe and saying, "people from America should get a LOAD of this place." Okay, GOT IT - your "so-called" non-subliminal-yet-subliminal efforts only took me... um... 13 YEARS to figure out...

Anyway, you know how sometimes you get to the heart of the matter and find that it's actually much more clinical and half as interesting as you thought it would be? This was like that. I was kind of hoping the designer would be some crazy hippie who was taking shrooms and had spent the entirety of his design career subliminally hiding naked dudes on Camel cigarette boxes and stuff like that. Nope. The guy is actually pretty straightlaced and fairly mundane about the whole thing. Granted, he has an almost unhealthy attraction to the fonts 67 (Bold Condensed) and Futura Bold, but we won't talk about that. I have the feeling my friends in the design industry would be outside my window with pitchforks and torches made out of spare Mac parts if I made fun of this in the manner that it so richly deserves...

Ah well, I guess it's back to my needlepoint... when you squint your eyes at it, I swear it looks like it says "HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF"

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Why didn't they have this when I was a wee one

Um, this is friggin great. Real artists interpret little kids' monster drawings. Yeah.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Right Round UP! 2/17/07 - Setlist and Commentary

Wow. Just WOW. AMAZING night last night.

I'm fairly certain at last count there were somewhere between 450 and 500 in attendance, which was incredible for me. I'm hoping that my appeal to the nightclub gods will result in getting me upstairs more often, but we'll just have to see. It's starting to feel like I'm trying to squeeze into a pair of pants I could wear 1o years ago, being on the backstage...

There was a surprising lack of crazy people last night considering the numbers, and although peeps made some requests here and there, nobody was too out of control with it, so that was refreshing. The stalker factor was minimal, and my knee kept its opinions to itself while I was jumping around like I was trapped in a bean - granted, it is not particularly happy with me this morning (can we say bag o' nails in my leg, boys and girls???), but it was absolutely, totally and utterly worth it. I had fun, felt like I had unending energy - the kids going crazy totally fed into that, as always.

Anyway, here's the setlist. I got ridiculously slack at the end, so some of the stuff might be a little incomplete... I'll do my best to remember, though, I promise. I'll also put a ** by any requests (don't think there are many, but we'll see...) OH, and any mashups I created are noted as such, and can be found here for download.

Kajagoogoo - Too Shy
Depeche Mode - Enjoy the Silence
Nu Shooz - I Can't Wait
Murray Head - One Night In Bangkok
Simple Minds - Promise You a Miracle
Suede - Metal Mickey
M - Pop Musik
Beirut - Postcards from Italy
The Cars - Magic
The Cure - Sorry, Wrong Number
Oingo Boingo vs. Thomas Dolby - She Blinded Me With Weird Science (dj lil'e mashup)
Tears for Fears - Mother's Talk
New Order - Answer Me
Talking Heads - And She Was
The Las - There She Goes
** Erasure - Chains of Love
The Pixies - Here Comes Your Man
Royskopp - Remind Me
Morrissey - Interesting Drug
** New Order - True Faith
** The Clash - Stand by Me
Talk Talk - It's My Life
Sugarcubes - Birthday (dance remix)
Siouxsie - Fear (of the Unknown)
Scissor Sisters - Comfortably Numb
Madness vs. The Rapture - Our House of Jealous Lovers (dj lil'e mashup)
Dee Lite - Groove is in the Heart
New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
Kon Kan - I Beg Your Pardon
Depeche Mode - Just Can't Get Enough
Blur - Girls & Boys
Lightning Seeds - Life of Riley (I LOVE THIS SONG. There, I said it...)
Pet Shop Boys - Always on My Mind
Human League - Don't You Want Me Baby?
Nitzer Ebb - Lightning Man
Franz Ferdinand - Do You Want To
Duran Duran - Hungry Like the Wolf
They Might Be Giants - Ana Ng
The Proclaimers - (I would walk) 500 Miles
Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like You
Echo and the Bunnymen - Lips Like Sugar
The Cars - Hello Again
The Cure - Let's Go To Bed
MIA - Bucky Done Gu
The Rapture - Woo! Alright Yeah
The Clash - London Calling
Erasure - A Little Respect
Franz Ferdinand vs. Dexy's Midnight Runners - Come on, Take Me Out Eileen (dj lil'e mashup)
** The Cult - She Sells Sanctuary
Lily Allen - LDN
They Might Be Giants - Birdhouse in Your Soul
New Order - Temptation
Dead or Alive - You Spin Me Right Round
Pulp - Common People
Styx vs. The Killers - Domo Arigato, Mr. Brightside (dj lil'e mashup)
Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like You
The Go Gos - We Got the Beat
U2 - I Will Follow
DEVO - Whip it
A-Ha - Take On Me
The Cure - Just Like Heaven
James - Laid
Naked Eyes - Always Something There to Remind Me
Hot Hot Heat - Bandages
Kim Wilde - Kids In America
Modern English - Melt With You (remix)
Bangles - Walk Like An Egyptian
The Jam - Town Called Malice
The Jets - Are You Gonna Be My Girl?

ENCORES:
Le Tigre - Deceptacon
The Smiths - Panic
Violent Femmes - Add it Up
The Smiths (cause you can never have too many friggin smiths songs in one night, I say...) - Ask

Thursday, February 15, 2007

The End of An [Admittedly, Smelly] Era

So, I braved the great sheet of ice outside my door last night to go to the 9:30 club and see The Whips (who kicked much ass, might I add). From there, I skated over to the Black Cat to see Chad America and pals spin the anti-Valentine's day party - but that's actually not what I wanted to talk about; it simply helps to further emphasize my point.

No more 9:30 Club smell.

No more being able to olfactorally (if that's even a word...) know what you wore out last week. No more considering wearing those same pants out so that you won't smell up another pair, for that matter.

I do believe that "the smell", as it came to be known by 9:30 club regulars, has diminished over time - obviously the smoking ban has a lot to do with that, but perhaps, in addition, the new club found other cleaning products that didn't smell like whatever that old friggin product smelled like, got kids out the door pre-vomit, and started promoting more acts for whom toilet useage might have been the norm - who can say? All I know is that I could actually conceivably wear the outfit I wore last night to my JOB today, and nobody would be the wiser...

I know peeps were worried about the smoking ban ruining business, but as Andy says, "dude, as long as there are chicks and booze, guys'll be there." but I digress...

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Maybe this is only funny to me...

I should prefice this post by saying: I do not want children. I think they're great, and I'm sure they're fulfilling and all of that; I'm personally just not interested.

That said, Andy and I have often joked that we'd like to have kids just to name them bizzarely and give them away. Some of our favorite names include:

1) CK Dexter Haven (after the character in The Philadelphia Story). This one is actually not so much a joke, believe it or not. We really think this would be the coolest name ever - although no doubt the kid would hate us forever and change it to Bill or something...

2) Darth Vadar (um, self explanitory - sha!)

3) Iggy (again.. if you have to ask)

4) Guy (pronounced in the french way - Gi, after our favorite DC scenester)

or,

3/4) a combination - Iggy Guy or Iggyguy (this put us in stitches for a couple of hours the other night - thus, the title of my post)

and the favorite:

5) Trouble Evil (cause then people could really say - his first name is "Trouble" or that guy's middle name is "Evil")

So yeah... I'm going to keep my hysterics to myself now...
:)

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Another "AWWWW"

My darling pal Varja sent me this great pic of the 2 of us from my trip to Bristol, England a couple of months ago:


I cannot express in words how much this picture means to me - V and I have been friends for... I dunno... 18 years now??? God, seems improbable, but so does high school from my perspective at the moment...

Anyway, from then to now, in all the places we've lived and all the things we've done, from age 15 until however old we are in the moment, every time I see her it's like no time has passed. I wish that she and Maarten and however many extraordinarily tall babies they have together would just see what a cultural mecca DC is and move here, but I guess they're happier in their teensy hamlet of Bristol... (I kid because I love, my daaaaaahling).

For her entertainment and nobody elses, here are some of my very favorite private jokes/thingies between us:

- umm... Velveeta and Chiquita, duh
- robot monster
- squishy the brain
- the way she dances like a panther
- rolling down a hill backwards whilst playing the letter game
- sneaking out to do stupid crap
- my car
- mikey's house
- peeeeeetahhhhhh murphy
- smoking cigarettes upon rolling out of bed
- countless other mixed tapes, passed notes, and any other things I've forgotten...

Anyway, to my favorite-ist girl child, I miss you always and terribly, and hope we can see each other again soon!!!!

xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

an "AWWWW" and a "CONGRATS!!!!!"

To my dear pals Adam and Erin, who delivered a healthy baby girl into the world on Friday.

Miss Josephine (Josie) Grace is too cute, dont you think????


Thank you for bringing more punk rock babies into our little tribe!!!!

xoxoxoxoxo

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Pardon my french (and my blasphemy), but

Holy sweet mother of fucking god. This is quite possibly either the best ruse or the biggest example of freakishness I've EVER seen.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

yeowch!

So, it turns out that I dislocated my kneecap on Saturday afternoon. 2 other peeps I know have done it, and said that I'm lucky I didn't tear my ACL, which would end my career as a Solid Gold Dancer for sure. (I call that I get to be the girl with the super long hair! Guess you had to be a little girl in the '70s to appreciate that one...) Anyway...

I get to do 4 weeks of physical therapy to try and sort it out, plus I have to wear special inserts to keep my lower leg (and thus my knee) stable from here on out. For now my nickname is Granny, as I am hobbling around all slow-like. Typically it takes me 15-20 minutes to get from my house to my day job; right now it takes 45. niiiice, huh?

At least it really hurts!

But seriously, I'm just glad this isn't in the midst of peak special events season, where I'm djing 2+ times every weekend. Thank goodness my assistant is ready and willing to carry all the heavy stuff, seriously. My trunk of gold lame pants suits and headbands will not be left behind, by god!


Monday, January 22, 2007

Right Round - 1/20/07 - part 2

2 things:

1) The smoking ban rules. If you're a smoker, sorry - I smoked a pack a day for some time (quit 12 years ago), so I know how it is to jones for cigarettes and all of that, but I also know that I woke up feeling great on Sunday, rather than crappy and smelly as hell. Yeah.

2) Thanks to Hugh at poseurs.com, there are pictures online of Saturday night! Here's one (adjusted so you can see all the peeps - yay!!!)



Sunday, January 21, 2007

Right Round - 1/20/07 - Setlist and Commentary

Okay, so I should preface this by saying that January is not my month health-wise. Yesterday afternoon, my knee decided it had enough of me and blew out in the Wholefoods parking lot. To the man who jumped out of his car, picked me up and helped me to my car as I screamed in pain, thank you - you are a saint, and most certainly the reason that I have faith there are still good people in this world.

I'm fine, by the way. Hobbling a bit, but fine. However, such things can put a definite damper on a dj night.

Didn't seem to make a difference at Right Round, though.

Final count - 430.

Yes, you read it right.

4
3
0
.

Holy crappagoly.

I am awed, amazed, impressed and honored, all at once. I felt extremely on, the crowd was awesome - it was perfect, start to finish.

Here's the setlist - enjoy!!! (oh, and I stuck * by all requests)

Yaz - State Farm (remix) - mixed with - Dream Academy - Life in a Northern Town
Squeeze - Take Me I'm Yours
Camoflauge - the Great Commandment (remix)
Duran Duran - Is there Something I Should Know
Falco - Der Kommissar
English Beat - Save it for Later
OMD - We Love You
Tin Tin - Kiss Me
Paul Lekakis - Boom Boom
New Order - Fine Time
Erasure - Chains of Love (remix)
Echo And the Bunnymen - Killing Moon
Madness - Our House
Automation - Obsession
* Depeche Mode - Strangelove
Clash - can't remember the song title... duh
New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
Baltimora - Tarzan Boy
Men @ Work - Land Down Under
* Smiths - Girlfriend in a Coma
* Duran Duran - Girls on Film
The Cars - Hello Again
* The Cure - Let's Go to Bed
Proclaimers - 500 Miles
Pet Shop Boys - Always on My Mind
* Bananarama - Venus
* Aha - The Sun Always Shines on TV
Yaz - Don't Go
Siouxsie - Cities in Dust
New Order - Temptation
They Might Be Giants - Birdhouse In Your Soul
* Billy Idol - Dancing with Myself
Adam Ant - Goody Two Shoes
Violent Femmes - Prove My Love
* Erasure - A Little Respect
* DJ Lil'e Mashup - Franz Ferdinand vs. Dexy's Midnight Runners - Come on, Take Me Out, Eileen
* Human League - Don't You Want Me
Midnight Oil - Beds Are Burning
Real Life - Send Me an Angel
* Depeche Mode - You're Behind the Wheel (Route 66 remix)
Dead or Alive - You Spin Me Right Round
* Duran Duran - Hungry Like the Wolf
Pet Shop Boys - Left to my own Devices
The Cult - She Sells Sanctuary
* The Fixx - One Thing Leads to Another
Blondie - Atomic
OMD - Enola Gay
Men w/o Hats - Pop Goes the World
* Psychadellic Furs - Pretty In Pink
The Go Gos - We Got the Beat
* The Cure - Just Like Heaven
* Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
* Devo - Whip It
Blondie - Dreaming
Violent Femmes - Gone Daddy Gone
* The Smiths - Ask
Peter Schilling - Major Tom
* Pretenders - Middle of the Road
* Kim Wilde - Kids in America
Plastic Bertrand - Ca Plane Pour Moi
Blondie - One Way or Another (I was on a Blondie kick last night, what can I say...?)
* The Cure - Boys Don't Cry
* Violent Femmes - Add it Up
Le Tigre - Deceptacon

ENCORE:
DJ Lil'e Mashup - Styx vs The Killers - Domo Arigato, Mr. Brightside
The Smiths - Panic

WHEW!

Monday, January 15, 2007

RIP to my teeny wee froggie

Over the weekend Giaccometti, the 2nd of my 3 white's tree frogs died. The first frog, Bobafet, died in November. So far we've had them for 9 years - who knows how old they really are.

In a world of dogs and cats, I know the idea of owning a frog as a pet may seem silly to some, but Andy and I really love our froggies - they're low maintenance, funny to look at, and just cool, different pets. So, pardon me as I walk down memory lane for a sec, here...

We had one big old White's named Chow a couple of years before these 3 - he was a sweet, big fat frog, and we loved him. He would sit on your shoulder all day, loved being held, and was just fun as a pet. He got incredibly sick a couple of years into us having him (I even took him to the vet for surgeries, that's how much we loved the wee hopper), but to no avail. After Chow died, I got Sinatra, the first of the 3 new White's. I bought Bobafet 2nd, cause he was wee teeny and cute, and got Giaccometti third. Giac had a little club foot, and I figured nobody would want him. Andy told me no more frogs after that (or else I guess I would've filled the house, who knows...)

Anyway, I feel awfully bad for poor Sinatra, who is now all alone. We haven't heard him bark yet, which is what they do when they're looking for other frogs, but he hasn't moved from the spot he was sitting when Giac died, either.

Anyway, we'll miss his little club foot and his chirpy-ness, and how funny and shy he was. The pic below isn't any of our frogs, but is a picture of what the breed looks like - how can you not love that cuteness???

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Finally better

Thank goodness.

Now, back to the DJ you know and love...

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Ciao - the aftermath

Waking up this morning I can honestly say that I feel worse today than I felt yesterday. This flu of mine is just raging like a fiend, and won't release me. It truly sucks.

Last night was odd - I wasn't sure what to expect between it being the first Friday after New Year's Eve, and the competition of both the 9:30 club and the Black Cat. Aside from that, I went into the gig worried about my health more than anything (and praising DC for banning cigarrettes - sorry to all of you smokers out there), as I still had a fever of 101 when I left the house last night.

The folks at the Rock N Roll hotel were awesome - super nice, really helpful - it's a great place to play, should you ever find yourself in need of such a thing. However, considering I started at 9:30 and was supposed to go until 2:30, I wasn't entirely sure that I'd make it through the night.

In spite of the fact that I thought the music was great, turnout was not so great. And don't get me wrong, I REALLY appreciated all of the folks who came out to support me, and I hope I didn't piss them off too much when I pulled the plug at 1am. Frankly my dears, I just had to take my health and the turnout into account and, as Kenny Rogers so rightly said, I had to know when to fold 'em. Seeing how I'm feeling today, I know I made the right call.

I am not thwarted from trying this night out again - I just may take a little time to figure out where and when I'll do it. Setlist may follow, depending on how motivated I feel later today.

Now, back to bed with me.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

stupid germy floaty buggie-like thingies

I am soooo sick. So ridiculously sick. I swear, this wee flu tiptoed up behind me around 1:00 yesterday afternoon, tapped me gently on the shoulder, then bitch-slapped its way into my bod like you wouldn't believe.

101 fever.

coughing, sniffling.

shrink-wrapped-like feeling.

I cancelled my dj gig for tonight (Tinderbox), and am sitting here under my darling "blank blank", easily the bestest sick blanket there is, doing some work and drinking sick people tea, praying that all of the vitamins and stuff that I'm shoving into my gob will make me functional by tomorrow night for Ciao. Plus, my fella is out of town, so I get to fetch my own tea refills and soup and everything [cue: "All By Myself"]. No fair!

OH, and if you're supposed to feed a cold and starve a fever, what the heck are you supposed to do when you have a cold and a fever, I ask you????

Send visions of cough syrup into my head, wouldya? Blegch