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,

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?

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)


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!!!!