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?