Thursday, December 18, 2008

Right Round UP - DJing on the MAINSTAGE of the Black Cat with very special guests - The Opposite Sex

After many many moons of talking, scheming, and preparing for this, I'm happy to say that the lovely and talented band The Opposite Sex is teaming up with me tomorrow - Friday - to bring you a DJ / band extravaganza. How will this work, you ask? Well, I shall tell you!

I DJ from 9:30 - 11:00
The Opposite Sex plays from 11:00 - 11:30ish
I DJ from 11:30ish - 2:00am

Very very simple, no?

Here's the 411, for those who have not been following my every movement for the last 7 years:

Right Round UP with The Opposite Sex
Friday, December 19
9:30pm - 2:00am
The Black Cat - Mainstage
1811 14th St NW

Hope to see you all there!

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Right Round - 11/21/08 AND Tinderbox - 12/4/08 - Setlist and Commentary


I know, I know, I've been utterly horrific in my duties lately. Can I just say, for the record, that November has been INSANE? Between wrapping up fixing my broke-assed house (STILL not done - can I just tell you how much I hate doing grout and caulk work??? Apparently it's super easy to fuck it up repeatedly and get so frustrated that you have a nervous breakdown at 6pm on a Thursday - look into it!) and getting geared up for the holiday party rush AND training for the Jingle All the Way 10k in December, I've found myself with little to no downtime to post this stuff. I peeped at my blog this morning, let out a few expletives, and decided to get down to bid-nez.

So, without further delay, here are a few setlists for your viewing pleasure (and, of course, since it's been a bit of time since I did the first one, I don't remember the requests....):

RIGHT ROUND - 11/21/08

Missing Persons - Destination Unknown
Love & Rockets - So Alive
The Cars - Best Friend's Girl
Blancmange - Living on the Ceiling
Echo ATB - Bring on the Dancing Horses (remix)
Kajagoogoo - Too Shy
Automaton - Obsession
Tears for Fears - Mother's Talk
Daft Punk - Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Relax (remix)
Miss Kitten - Rippen Kitten
The Smiths - There is a Light That Never Goes Out
The Fixx - One Thing Leads to Another
New Order - Crystal
Depeche Mode - Pleasure, Little Treasure
Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like You
Peter Murphy - Cuts You Up
Erasure - A Little Respect
Human League - Don't You Want Me Baby?
Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up
Talk Talk - It's My Life
Cornershop - Brimful of Asha (FBS Remix)
Nena - 99 Luft Balloons
Wham - Wake Me Up Before You Go Go
Aha - Take On Me
Rational Youth - Saturdays in Silesia
Smiths - Ask
Violent Femmes - Gone Daddy Gone
James - Laid
Franz Ferdinand vs. Dexy's Midnight Runners - Come on, Take Me Out, Eileen (lil'e mashup)
New Order - True Faith
The Killers - All These Things that I've Done
Pet Shop Boys - Where the Streets Have No Name
Big Country - Big Country
Peter Bjorn and John - Young folks
Dead or Alive - You Spin Me Right Round
Real Life - Send Me An Angel
Erasure - Chains of Love
Duran Duran - Hungry Like the Wolf
The Rapture - Woo, Alright
Romantics - Talking in Your Sleep
Pulp - Common People
The Killers vs. Styx - Domo Arigato, Mr. Brightside (lil'e mashup)
OMD - Enola Gay
Killing Joke - Eighties
Peter Schilling - Major Tom
Billy Idol -Rebel Yell
Le Tigre - Deceptacon
Fugazi - Waiting Room
Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
Ting Tings vs. the Cars - That's Just Not What I Needed (DJ Matt Hite Mashup)
Go Gos - We Got the Beat
New Order - Temptation
The Clash - London Calling
The Smiths - Panic

TINDERBOX - 12/4/08

This was bartender Ciam's last night - after working with him for the last... I dunno... 3 years??? I was heartbroken to hear that he wasn't going to be there with me every first Thursday anymore. He's a wonderful chap, and St. Ex just won't be the same without him. I hope this set "rocked [his] ass" as I was instructed by him to do so for his last night.

Cocteau Twins - Carolyn's Fingers
DJ Y alias JY - La De Soul
The Police vs. Ben E. King - Stand by Me (mashup)
B52s - Mesopotamia
Ratatat - Seventeen Years
Suede - Love the Way You
Tegan and Sara - Walking with a Ghost
MIA - 10 Dollar
Soul Coughing - Super Bon Bon (remix)
Morrissey - Every Day is Like Sunday
Wham - Wham Rap
Hot Chip - Over and Over
Shannon - Let the Music Play
Sean Paul - We Be Burnin'
Lily Allen - Alfie
Radiohead vs. PJ Harvey vs. Miss Kitten - the Night of Kitten's Messy Dream (mashup)
Eurythmics - Love is a Stranger
Wiseguys - Ooh La La
Feist (feat. Oi Oi Oi) - My Moon My Man (remix)
Kraftwerk - The Robots
Royskopp - Remind Me
Daft Punk - don't know the title... sorry...
Lady Soverign - Love Me or Hate Me
Squeeze - Take Me, I'm Yours
Tenor Saw - Ring the Alarm
MIA - Paper Planes
Beanie Man - Nuff Gal
El General - Pun Tun Tun
Maccabees - Precious Time
The Only Ones - Another Girl, Another Planet
Against Me - Don't Lose Touch
Interpol - Evil
The Smiths - There is A Light
Damian Marley - All Night
Toto - Rosanna
Sister Nancy - Bam Bam
Shaggy - Mr. Boombastic
The Bug - Poison Dart
Junior Mu - Police & Thieves
Distance & Skream - Bahl Fwd
Lee Perry - Clint Eastwood
Wall of Voodoo - Mexican Radio
OOiOO - Umo
The Kinks - You Really Got Me
Ninjaman - Murder Dem
Fu Schnickens - Ring the Alarm
Swizz Beats - It's Me Snitches (instrumental)
Shinehead - Gimme No Crack
Notorious B.I.G. - The What
Beanie Man - Sim Sima
Roots Manuva - Too Cold
Roots Manuva - Again and Again
Dusty Springfield - Son of a Preacherman
Matisyahu - Jerusalem
Saqi - Saqi Da Dhol
Joy Division - She's Lost Control
Suzanne Vega - Tom's Diner
RJD2 - Ghost Writer
Maurice Fulton - I Wish I Was A Little Bit
Fugees - Nappy Heads
Stevie Wonder - Sir Duke (the BEST feel good song there is, by the way)

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Yes we DID!!!!

I was literally in bed when I heard it start. It was a buzz at first, a slight whisper above the hum of the heater and the fuzz of the white noise machine. But it was noticeable, audible, and getting louder.

It was cheering.

I saw it this morning with the half-entered password - I started to log into my computer to see what happened - was it possible that I wasn't just dreaming, but that we, the people, made history? Knowing that DC has consistently voted blue in past elections, that was the guess.

I stopped logging in and decided to get into the fray - jumped out of bed and pulled on a makeshift outfit, expecting to step outside and back in again - not expecting what I found - pure, incredible, and unbridled joy for the next 4 hours. Who knew I'd spend that time out amongst the revelers, celebrating in my pjs?

Every age, every race, from downtrodden to wealthy, punk rock to preppy - I saw friends and aquaintences and co-workers - whoever it was, we were one people united in happiness. I hugged absolute strangers, kissed one man's hand rather than fist-bump him (not only cause I hate that, but just cause... well, you COULD), and danced in the street from 14th and U, ALL the way down to the White House. The scene was INSANE the entire way - people on busses were dancing and cheering; people hanging out of their car windows and sunroofs were high-fiving those running down the middle of the street - when I cheered out to one stranger in her car, she jumped out, ran up, and gave me one of those high pitched, girly, "ohmygodohmygodohmyGOD" jumping up and down-type hugs.

You can see the picture above, courtesy of my friend Brian, who was standing in the window at Marvin restaurant - people were LITERALLY going nuts, and did not let up on the momentum for hours, hours, hours, HOURS. The crowd at the white house was no different - alternating their chants between "Yes we CAN" and "na na naaa naaa, na na naaa naaa, hey hey hey, GOODBYE". The police, ever vigilantly standing by, needen't have worried - this was delight, this was relief, this was epic bliss.

I've lived in DC all of my life. I've been through 8 presidential elections. I can tell you with absolute certainty that I've never seen ANYTHING quite like this. It was amazing, ferocious, and beautiful pride and joy.

We are fucking stoked.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Halloween ALL week

It's like Christmas every day... except, well, it's Halloween every day, and it's with me! YAY.

Here are your options:


Theme: Goth. spooky, spooky goth.



get info here (I = lame and can't seem to load the image into my blog...)

Theme: Schoolgirl Zombies eat your brains. Then they eat some tacos.



Theme - half naked chicks and some hells yeah!


If I'm not completely dead by Saturday, it should be a pretty good week - come out for the get-down, y'all!

Friday, October 10, 2008

A New "Take" on an Old Classic...

I didn't want to like this at first, but it's pretty friggin funny....

Right Round - 9/20/08 AND Tinderbox - 10/2/08 - Setlist and Commentary

Sorry I've been so derelict in my duties as a DJ. I have been ridiculously busy for the last few weeks, and totally forgot to post my setlists for the last Right Round and Tinderbox - FOR SHAME!! I shall now get 'er done, as they say...

First, without further delay, here is the setlist from the last Right Round, which I have to say did an excellent job redeeming itself from the abysmal attendance of July and August. Also, I made the decision to go super off the beaten path with this set, which made one particularly drunk attendee comment, "You know, I ordinarily don't like this alternative shit at all... but you did a pretty good job pulling it off". Thanks so much - by chance have you been channeling my dead Nana from the grave with the thinly veiled, sarcastic half-compliments...?

Also, there are "**" by requests:

B52s - Mesopotamia
Stone Roses - Elephant Stone
The Cars - Best Friend's Girl
OMD - So In Love
Echo ATB - Killing Moon
** Love & Rockets - So Alive
Cetu Javu - Have In Mind (Kaluba mix)
** Depeche Mode - Behind the Wheel
Big Pig - Break Away
** Human League - Fascination
The Cure - Let's Go To Bed
Thomas Dolby - She Blinded Me With Science
Tears for Fears - Change
** Talking Heads - And She Was
The Las - There She Goes
Pixies - Here Comes Your Man
Erasure - Chains of Love
** ABC - The Look of Love
Jesus & Mary Chain - Far Out & Gone
** Siouxsie - Cities in Dust
Blancmange - Do't Tell Me
Ministry - Halloween
Camoflage - The Great Commandment
Nitzer Ebb - Join in the Chant
** Men w/o Hats - Safety Dance
Men At Work - Land Down Under
** Erasure - A Little Respect
Blur vs. Book of Love - Tubular Boys (lil'e mashup)
Dead or Alive - Brand New Lover
Duran Duran - Girls on Film
Madness - Our House
New Order - Blue Monday
Pet Shop Boys - Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind of Thing
** Tiffany - I Think We're Alone Now
TMBG - Ana Ng
** B52s - Love Shack
** Clash - London Calling
Smiths - Panic
Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams
Blondie - Atomic
Real Life - Send Me An Angel
Buggles - Video Killed the Radio Star
** Echo ATB - Lips Like Sugar
Sinead O'Connor - Mandinka
Depeche Mode - Just Can't Get Enough
The Cars vs. The Ting Tings - That is Just Not What I Needed (DJ Matt Hite mashup)
Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
Soft Cell - Tainted Love
Killing Joke - Eighties
Flock of Seagulls - I Ran
OMD - Enola Gay
** Modern English - Melt With You
The Cure - Just Like Heaven
James - Laid
Jam - Town Called Malice
Culture Club - Karma Chameleon
Adam Ant - Goody 2 Shoes
Violent Femmes - Prove My Love

Fugazi - Waiting Room

Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians - Balloon Man


Okay, now here's the setlist for Tinderbox. While attendance for Right Round was excellent, let's just say the bartender and I enjoyed this setlist for Tinderbox. It was nice and crowded during the VP debates - I guess everyone had pesky "sleep" to attend to afterwards. Whatever, here's your list:

Tom Petty - Don't Come Around Here No More
Beasties - She's Crafty
Add N to (X) - Take Me to Your Leader
Information Society - Knife & A Fork
Sahara - Dhol Track
Gorillaz - Get the Cool Shoe Shine
Ladytron - Miss Black
The Damned - Eloise
B-Movie - Nowhere Girl
XTC - Mayor of Simpleton
Elvis Costello - What's So Funny About Peace, Love, and Understanding?
Maccabees - Precious Time
M.I.A. - Paper Planes
Roots Manuva - Again & Again
Nortorious BIG - The What
DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince - Parents Just Don't Understand
Girl Talk - Once Again
Berlin - The Metro
DJ Nasty - Who the Fuck Is That
Rolling Stones - Paint It Black
Squeeze - Is That Love
Outkast - Hey Ya
Uffie - Pop the Glock
Ratatat - Cryos
Scissor Sisters - I don't Feel Like Dancing
KRS One - Can't Wake Up
Santogold - Creator
Swizz Beats - It's Me Snitches (Instrumental)
Saqi - Saqi Da Don
The Bug - Poison Dart
Wiley - Treddin' on Thin Ice
Lady Soverign - Love Me or Hate Me
Wiseguys - Ooh La La
Up, Bustle & Out - Carbine

Needless to say, I ended a bit early. WHATever. :)

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Re-run of Andy's article

You can find it here, on page E8

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

10 years. Holy shit.

9/19 was my 10th wedding anniversary. For it, A & I renewed our vows and had a little party with our family and friends. Duff from Charm City Cakes gave us this amazing cake as a gift:

All in all, it was a lovely, amazing day. I'll post more pics in my flickr account later on. For now, drink in the words of "Love Letter", by the lovely and talented Nick Cave, who couldn't have written a more appropriate song for the likes of A & I if he tried. (For the uninitiated, A & I dated in high school, broke up, then our relationship came back together 15 years ago with letters to and from Scotland, solidifying itself when A flew over the ocean to tell me he was in love. That's the super abbriviated version, but you get the picture):

I hold this letter in my hand
A plea, a petition, a kind of prayer
I hope it does as I have planned
Losing her again is more than I can bear
I kiss the cold, white envelope
I press my lips against her name
Two hundred words. We live in hope
The sky hangs heavy with rain

Love Letter Love Letter
Go get her Go get her
Love Letter Love Letter
Go tell her Go tell her

A wicked wind whips up the hill
A handful of hopeful words
I love her and I always will
The sky is ready to burst
Said something I did not mean to say
Said something I did not mean to say
Said something I did not mean to say
It all came out the wrong way

Love Letter Love letter
Go get her Go get her
Love Letter Love letter
Go tell her Go tell her

Rain your kisses down upon me
Rain your kisses down in storms
And for all who'll come before me
In your slowly fading forms
I'm going out of my mind
Will leave me standing in
The rain with a letter and a prayer
Whispered on the wind

Come back to me
Come back to me
O baby please come back to me


I heard this song last night at the show, and it wrecked me.

Quote of the Day

Walking to work behind a woman talking on her cell phone.

"That woman with the mustache - is she your aunt, or your cousin?"

I swear, I'm not making that up.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Halloweeny-goodness, all weekend long

Dudes - check out my sidebar for my schedule. If you'd like to get your Halloween ON with me this year, I'm djing in various incarnations on 10/29, 10/30, AND 10/31 - holy CRAP!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

What my name would be if I grew up on the Alaskan Tundra

I know, odd title for a post, right? Check this out - I promise it will make more sense.

My Alaskan name is now Cheney Wolfhound Palin

Thursday, September 11, 2008

I remember.

On September 11, 2001, I was living in DC, and both my apartment and office were in Georgetown, a mere 5 blocks from each other. I remember the morning as one of those gloriously bright, deliciously warm mornings the fall can occasionally delight us with - I even remember regretting the choice of wearing a sweater as I walked to work.

The moment I came in the building, I knew something was wrong. Everyone who was in the office a bit before 9:00am was huddled around our conference room television set, watching the news of the unthinkable. I remember that we collectively thought it was an accident of the most horrible kind. Then the other plane hit, and we knew this was no accident.
My mother was at BWI airport, awaiting a flight to Tucson, Arizona - I tried to call her cell phone, but to no avail - the lines were jammed. She said that just after the first plane hit, simultaneously all of the televisions in the airport turned off, and everyone’s, EVERYONE’S cell phones began ringing.

As the events in New York unfolded with more and more madness, I looked out the window of our conference room - we were high up the first hill on Wisconsin Avenue from the river, and had a fairly perfect view of the Potomac, the Pentagon, and Rosslyn. I saw planes fly along the path to Reagan National dozens of times a day, so I disregarded the plane I was seeing - in fact, I don’t even remember seeing it bank sickeningly toward the Pentagon. All I remember is the explosion, and the scream that came out from my guts as the fireball blew into the sky. My husband and I saved my answering message to him from that day for quite some time. In recalling it, he said, “I’ve never heard you sound like that before, and I hope I never do again”
We, the people of DC were the walking dead that day. Scores of businessmen, retail clerks, waiters, and more just wandered around in the hours following, trying to figure out what the hell to do aside from gluing ourselves to the television.

That day changed me in so many ways - I fell into a long stretch of mistrust, of plotting exit strategies, and of paranoia toward my fellow man that seemed to take forever to dissipate. But one way it changed me for the better is that it solidified my undying love for DC - my city, and the city of 6 generations of my family before me.

(transcribed from comments on this post)

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

The Omnivore's 100

I found this post today, and thought it would be fun to try (particularly in honor of the year of meat...). The text here is pulled from the original site, verbatim:

"Here’s a chance for a little interactivity for all the bloggers out there. Below is a list of 100 things that I think every good omnivore should have tried at least once in their life. The list includes fine food, strange food, everyday food and even some pretty bad food - but a good omnivore should really try it all. Don’t worry if you haven’t, mind you; neither have I, though I’ll be sure to work on it. Don’t worry if you don’t recognise everything in the hundred, either; Wikipedia has the answers.

Here’s what I want you to do:

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating. (I'm doing mine in red)
4) Optional extra: Post a comment here linking to your results."

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba Ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo Gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Eposses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie Gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulche de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu (I think... I know I've had urchin at least...)
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin (oop - already said this one...)
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine (have seen this and heard of it's greatness... does that count?)
60. Carob chips
61. S'mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake (all of the above - YUM)
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjeotst, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. tom yum
82. eggs benedict
83. pocky (nope, but I've eyeballed it in the shop by my friend's apartment... stupid gluten)
84. Tasting menu at a three-michelin-star restaurant. (Au Crocodile in Strasbourg)
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft Shell Crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. lobster thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee
100. Snake

Well, 72 out of 100 isn't bad!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

the thoughts my hair inspires in others

Seeing this photo:

Made my friend Brian send me this link, which subsequently made me guffaw at it's true-ness:

And yes, I spent hours making my hair fall JUST SO in front of my eyes, and hours making it spike up JUST SO on the sides. What can I say? I wanted to look like Siouxsie. Can you blame me?

Sometime I'll have to dig out all of my old self-portraits from photo class in high school. OY.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

"In a world where anything is possible..."

we have the good fortune that craptastic singers who get away with lip-synching thier performances have their vocals isolated. Like so:

See more funny videos at Funny or Die

Not to speak ill of the dead, but this does remind me of the vocal isolation of a certain Beatle's dead wife:

Friday, August 22, 2008

SQUEEZE at the 9:30 Club

Here's the setlist for the show. I also wrote a review here:
Strong In Reason
If I Didn't Love You
Up the Junction
Take Me, I'm Yours
Separate Beds
Black Coffee In Bed
Annie Get Your Gun
Goodbye Girl
Melody Motel
Some weird Mellow Yellow-sounding song. I totally couldn't understand the lyrics enough to know what this one was... (Apparently it's called "I think I'm Go Go" - thanks Carole)
Slaughtered, Gutted, and Heartbroken
Is That Love
Cool For Cats
Another Nail In My Heart
** Encore **
Some Fantastic Place
Slap and Tickle
Pulling Muscles From the Shell

The Inn At Little Washington Picnic - 8/19/08 - Setlist and Commentary

In keeping with my promise to post ALL setlists here on my blog, I shall now give you something COMPLETELY different - a setlist for the company picnic I did on Tuesday night for the employees of The Inn At Little Washington. You may be asking yourself, "self, why did lil'e DJ such a party?"

Well, I'll tell you...

Actually, my darling husband used to work there, many many moons ago, both as a server and the assistant sommelier. Since then, we've stayed close with a good number of folks there (and, considering where A is now, we run into these peeps in all the foodie circles you can imagine), and as such, when and if they need a DJ, they know they can give me a jingle and I'll be there! The party was held out at the Marriott Ranch, not far from where Andy and I used to live when we were out there - I'd forgotten how absolutely beautiful it is!!! Granted, this crazy, completely unrelated thing happened that same night, but that's a totally different story, best left to the press...

Anyway, they wanted chill, cross-genre music, which I was happy to provide - so before you go getting all crazy about me playing Tim McGraw and whatnot, remember where I was, k?

And now, the setlist:

Tim McGraw/Faith Hill - It's Your Love
Bill Monroe - What Would You Give
Johnny Cash / June Carter - Jackson
Garth Brooks - Friends in Low Places
Hank Williams Sr. - Tennessee Waltz
Patsy Cline - Crazy
James Taylor - How Sweet It Is
Bob Marley - Guava Jelly
Carbon Leaf - Life Less Ordinary
Bob Dylan - Baby, Let Me Follow You Down
Feist - 1234
Art Lyman - Pearly Shells
Nouvelle Vague - Marian
The Grateful Dead - Brown Eyed Girl
Van Morrison - Tupelo Honey
Ingrid Michaelson - The Way I Am
The Jam - That's Entertainment
Nina Simone - My Baby Just Cares for Me
The Stranglers - Golden Brown
Corrine Bailey Rae - Like A Star
Bill Withers - Lovely Day
Nouvelle Vague - Guns of Brixton
Joe Cocker - Feelin' Alright
LTJ Bukem - Tayla: Stargazing
Kevin Yost - Round About Midnight
Mark Moulin - What
Dusty Springfield - Son of A Preacherman
Thunderball - On the Sly
Bonobo - Ketto
Natasha Bettingfield - These Words
Lucinda Williams - Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
B. Erotica - Colorblind
Jackson 5 - Want U Back (Z Trip remix)
CCR - Down on the Corner
Rolling Stones - Miss You

Then I took a break for Safari Bingo the clown (seriously - I can't make this stuff up), who did a whole cute mini rodeo thing with a hedgehog, hampsters and a rabbit. The kids loved it - and I have to admit, it was pretty entertaining.

Anyway, back to the set...
Damian Marley - Move
Lady Soverign - Love Me or Hate Me
Up, Bustle and Out - Carbine 744, 520…
Madonna - Lucky Star
Hot Chip - Over and Over
Steeler's Wheel - Stuck In the Middle With You
Talking Heads - Once in a Lifetime
Dinah Washington - Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby? (remix)
Royskopp - Remind Me
Mashup - The Night of Miss Kitten's Messy Dream
Some salsa song I'm still not sure about
Nightmares on Wax - 70s 80s
Toto - Rosanna
Blackalicious - Alphabet Aerobics

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Everyone in the world must see this

I like how the kid shakes his head like, "damn Gina - you got kicked in the PENIS"

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Right Round - 8/15/08 - Setlist and Commentary

Alrighty - good night last night! People seemed to enjoy my remix of the song "My Own Additction" by 23 Rainy Days, so that was good. Granted, my broke-assed toe, even all bound up and buddied to my other toe, is still all broke-assed feeling, and also looked like a teeny weeny little baby balloon after I stood on it for 5 hours whilst DJing. And it's still hurting today - wheee...

Perhaps I will feel better by making fun of one of the Olsen Twins by comparing her to E.T. dressed as a girl. Let's see:

Yep, I feel much, much better.

AAAAAnyway, here's the setlist, with these > ** < thingys by all requests:

Siouxsie - Dazzle

Tears for Fears - Everybody Wants to Rule the World

Depeche Mode - Lie to Me

Book of Love - I Touch Roses

Naked Eyes - Promises, Promises

Kajagoogoo - Too Shy

** Simple Mindns - Don't You Forget About Me

Erasure - Take a Chance on Me

Cars - Magic

** Information Society - Tell Me What's On Your Minnd

The Las - There She Goes

Blondie - Heart of Glass

** Siouxsie - Cities In Dust

** Cardigans - Lovefool

** Human League - Don't You Want Me?

** New Radicals - You Only Get What You Give

New Order - True Faith

** The Cult - Rain

Nitzer Ebb - Lightning Man

** Michael Jackson - Billie Jean

** Erasure - A Little Respect

** James - Laid

Violent Femmes - Gone Daddy Gone

** Kate Nash - Foundations

Aha - Take on Me

DEVO - Whip it

Peter Schilling - Major Tom

** The Cure - Just Like Heaven

** Duran Duran - Hungry Like the Wolf

Pet Shop Boys - Left to My Own Devices

Depeche Mode - Just Can't Get Enough

Big Country - Big Country

Talk Talk - It's My Life

** New Order - Blue Monday

** Yaz - Don't Go

** Nena - 99 Luft Balloons

Franz Ferdinand vs. Dexy's Midnight Runners - Come on, Take Me out Eileen

** Baltimora - Tarzan Boy

** Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up

Dee Lite - Groove Is In The Heart

** New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle

23 Rainy Days - My Own Addiction (lil'e Tom Napack remix)

Peter Bjorn & John - Young Folks

Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like You

The Cure - Boys Don't Cry

Billy Idol - Dancing With Myself

Tones on Tail - Go

The Vapors - Turning Japanese

** Modern English - Melt With You

Violent Femmes - Add It Up

** Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart

Go Gos - We Got the Beat

Men At Work - Land Down Under

Bangles - Walk Like An Egyptian

Jam - Town Called Malice

Siouxsie - Peek A Boo

Kim Wilde - Kids In America

Pretenders - Middle of the Road

** Prince - Let's Go Crazy

** Wham - Wake Me Up Before You Go Go

** Smiths - Ask

Billy Idol - Rebel Yell

B52s - Own Private Idaho

Styx vs. the Killers - Domo Arigato Mr. Brightside


DEVO - Girl U Want

Fugazi - Waiting Room

Monday, August 11, 2008

Happy Birthday Mike!!! And... poor me...

First and foremost - happy 50th birthday to my stepfather Mike! [Yes, he is a youngin' - nice job Mom!! :) ]. We threw him a very cleverly pulled off surprise party over the weekend - and totally GOT him, which is not easy to do. Here he is, with the Dirty Harry cake I made for him, photoshopping his face over that of Clint Eastwood's:

Here's the image on the cake:

The party was a great success, held across the street at my parents' neighbor's house (thus the clever ruse - we pretended it was a party for the neighbor's father. Mike even brought a present for him - moahahaha). Much good food was eaten, and unfortunately for me, much good booze was consumed. Apparently booze, flipflops, and my mom's staircase do not mix - I took a good tumble and broke my pointer toe, thus spending the last 2 days like this:

Don't you just love how the black and white photo adequately captures the beauty of my bound up, broke-assed toe? Luckily my not-as-drunk sister was able to apply ice and arnica immediately and keep me from totally having a frankenfoot, but the way my toe would just... I dunno... FLOP over into a 45 degree angle, unable to be pulled back to normal without help was a bit unnerving.
So be nice, and don't step on my toe if you see me, k?

Tinderbox 8/7/08 - Setlist and Commentary

So, here I go with one of the first regular, non-Right Round setlists - I'm pretty happy with this one; hopefully it will show my diversit-ay! I thought Tinderbox went very well - there was a good flow all night - mostly people chilling, so I tried to keep it pretty mellow until the end. AND, on the TV, one of my very favorite scary movies of the 80s - The Believers! Seriously, this movie stood the test of time (and for any of you who have seen it, YES, the spider scene is still super freaky and doesn't look all fake, like the face sewing scene from the Terminator does.

AAAAAANYway - here's that setlist:

Fatboy Slim - Dub Be Good To Me
Missy Elliott Mashup - An Acquired Tate
Nouvelle Vague - Guns of Brixton
Roots Manuva - Awfully Deep
Blackalicious - 4000 Miles
Nightmares on Wax - 70s 80s
Gorillaz - 19-2000
Shaggy - Mr. Boombastic
Dusty Springfield - Son of A Preacher Man
Fugees - Nappy Heads
Stevie Wonder - Sir Duke
CSS - Music Is My Hot Hot Sex
OHMG & Bruno - One
Information Society - A Knife & A Fork
DJ Y, alias JY - Le Da Soul (Back to Acid Jazz mashup)
Lily Allen - LDN
The Cure - Six Different Ways
Snoop - Nothin' But A G Thang
Shabba Ranks - Ting A Ling
Shinehead - Gimme No Crack
Kate Nash - Foundations
Autokratz - It's On
Hot Chip - Over & Over
Squeeze - Take Me I'm Yours
Lady Soverign - Love Me or Hate Me
Panjabi MC - Bheer
Yelle - Je Veux...
Radiohead Mashup - The Night of Kitten's Messy Dream
Fatboy Slim - The World Is Made Up of This and That
Peter Bjorn & John - Young Folks
Battles - Atlas
Ladytron - Ghost
Basement Jaxx - Make Me Sweat
M.I.A. - 10 Dollar
Lily Allen - Alfie
Eazy-E - Gimme That Nutt
Damian Marley - Road to Zion
Beastie Boys - Hey Ladies
Panjabi MC - Beware of the Boys (Instrumental)
Notorious B.I.G. - Hypnotize
Salt & Pepa - Shoop
Blackalicious - Alphabet Aerobics
Tegan & Sara - Back In Your Head
Damien Marley - All Night
Ting Tings - That's Not My Name
Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like You
Coldcut Featuring Roots Manuva - True Skool
Beanie Man - Let Him Go
Gift of Gab - Way of the Light
Mad Kap - Dopest Verse
Cramps - Human Fly
Against Me - Don't Lose Touch
TMBG - The Guitar
Killers - All These Things That I've Done
Iron Maiden - Run To The Hills
Fugazi - Waiting Room
Madonna - Lucky Star
Uffie - Pop the Glock
Stereo MCs - Step It Up
Dizzee Rascal - Dance Wiv Me
Mock & Toof - Beat Up
Lifesavas - Hellohihey

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

What to do when you got no power...

There are times, as a DJ, when you have to dig deep in order to get through a gig. This can be for a number of reasons, and many of them have nothing to do with the type of music you're playing (although if they do, GOD help you, cause you're talking about hours upon hours split into 3 minute, 30 second daggers through your brain). For me, faulty gear or an oddball setup is often the culprit when I have a challenging gig since, let's be honest, I'll play the sound of water dripping if there's some type of beat layered behind it.

Last Saturday, I played one of those challenging gigs. (pause for dramatic effect).

As you'll recall, on said Saturday I DJ'd the Tagür-featured/sponsored opening at the Art Whino Gallery. Really neat concept - the artists took pristine Tagür shoes, created a painting of their choosing, and decorated the kicks as a companion piece. There were some really stunning pieces at the gallery - and seeing the level of custom footwear coming through the door on the feet of the spectators, this show was well appreciated. The gallery space is lovely - open and clean, with high ceilings and lots of extremely cool art and even cooler artists. The owners are nice, the booze is free - you get the picture. The setup is such that you're pretty much guaranteed to have a good time. Being that Tagür was the main draw of the event, I knew there would be a high hip hop contingent in attendance, so I did my homework, beefed up my hip hop selections, just got my head on straight for the gig. I knew solid turntablism was going to be a must, and that, basically, I had to be as bad-assed as I could for this gig.

Soooooo then the torrential downpour and the tornado "thing" sort of befell the DC metro area. And apparently the power just sort of... stopped happening at the gallery. Cue the DJ needing to be resourceful.

Walking in and seeing the owner of the space you're about to DJ in pacing in front of the door, waiting for you to arrive whilst simultaneously wringing his hands is never good. Trust me. "Please please PLEASE can you help me figure out how to make SOME level of music happen?" he said. "NO PROBLEM," says I. At that point, the lights were on, and I figured there was a cord askew or something.

So I tried unplugging and re-plugging cords

And I tried switching out cables

And I tried going into the shop next door and running a friggin 150 foot power cord into the gallery...

...but there was just not enough power for everything. There was enough power to light up the little indicator light on the bad-assed, 15" JBL powered speakers, but apparently that was all that was going to be online as far as speakers were concerned. There was actually not enough power to make sound come out of the speakers, no matter what we tried. And we tried everything. The charger for the iPod that the gallery owner brought to play music before I started worked. My mixer worked. But, alas, neither the speaker nor my CD players were having it. Not even kinda. Not even plugging them into separate outlets, right by the main breaker box. SO, having 1/2 power might make it possible to keep the iPod charged while we passed around the headphones amongst the gallery patrons, but it wasn't really going to make any level of atmospheric-type sound happen in the packed gallery.

The very, very, VERY packed gallery. The very packed, very un-air conditioned gallery. The very packed, very un-air conditioned gallery - wiiiiith the owner of Tagür Footwear walking around, probably wringing his hands a little.

Little known fact about me - I sweat. A LOT. Especially when I'm nervous. I know - ew. But, seriously, if it was possible to power a city with a nervous, sweaty brow, I'd be strapped to Main Street with a gutter on my head. Whee. So not having air conditioning and having assloads of stress piled on did not help me to feel too terribly "fresh", if you will. We came to the conclusion that we needed a stronger generator - but the closest one was an hour away, from our best calculation. And since they haven't perfected the whole "sweat-channeling thing I'm thinking about, we had to put our heads together a bit.

Then, a moment of brilliance in the midst of this sweat-soaked situation. The generator in the gallery owner's Cadillac Escalade.

Yes, it turned out that plugging an extension cord into a generator in an Escalade parked out front partially saved the day. While I often think of such cars as sucking the life out of our planet, I have to admit that I was actually kinda happy with this solution. Cause... um... it was the only thing that had enough power to get the speakers going. Now, my CD players were a different story. We were afraid to blow the generator, so knowing that outlet power could power an iPod, my laptop, and my mixer, and having the right connectors to get it all hooked up, I figured, what the hell? I may as well try something I've never tried before.

I'll be honest, while the show was already hot, the music side of the event went pretty amazingly, considering we only had one speaker, who was drawing it's power from a 50-foot cord plugged into an Escalade, and we could only power an iPod and a laptop aside from that. I couldn't beatmatch - hell, I couldn't even CUE up music under less than a few seconds; so being on my toes wasn't just important, it was imperative. In spite of that, some serious breakdancers came out in full force and rocked it the fuck out for almost 2 hours.

Check this out:

Granted, I'm not featured in the video, but you can't have everything...

SO, all of that being said, here's as much of the setlist as I can remember at this point:

DJ Y, alias JY - Le Da Soul (Back to Acid Jazz mashup)
Information Society - A Knife & A Fork
Digital Underground - Kiss You Back
Lifesavas - Hellohihey
Black Sheep - the Choice Is Yours
Coldcut Featuring Roots Manuva - True Skool
Dizzee Rascal - Fix Up, Look Sharp
Beenie Man & Panjabi MC - Jogi (NY Mix)
The Whip - Blackout (Shinichi Osawa Remix)
Uffie - Pop the Glock
The Chemical Brothers - Galvanize
Yelle -Je Veux Te Voir
Hot Chip - (Just Like We) Breakdown
M.I.A. - 10 Dollar
Fugees - Nappy Heads (Remix)
Shabba Ranks - Ting A Ling
The Ting Tings - Shut Up and Let Me Go
Beenie Man - Let Him Go
Snoop Dogg Featuring E-40, MC Eiht, Goldie Loc, Daz & Durupt - Candy (Drippinn' Like Water)
Missy Elliott - Work It
Giant Robot - Get Up (w/ Hosni)
Eazy E - Gimmie That Nutt
Snap - Snap
Lyrics Born - I Like It, I Love It
L'Trimm - Cars that Go Boom
Dizzee Rascal - Dance Wiv Me (feat. Calvin Harris)
Timbaland - The Way I Are
Lil Mama - Shawty Get Loose
Unk Featuring Outkast - Walk it Out (remix)
KRS-One - I can't Wake Up
Eric B. & Rakim - Microphone Fiend
Avery Storm, Jagged Edge, Nelly, P Diddy & The Notorious B.I.G. - Nasty Girl
MSTRKRFT - Street Justice
The Count and Sinden - Beeper
Datarock - Fa Fa Fa
Autokratz - It's On
The Chemical Brothers - The Salmon Dance
Mr. Oizo - Flat Beat
Justice - Genesis
Mad Kap - Dopest Verse

There were other songs, but that's what I remember.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Right Round - 7/19/08 - Setlist and Commentary

Alrighty - so I've been thinking that I need to keep track of more than just Right Round setlists - just so you'll know what else is out there. Cause, you know, you wouldn't if I didn't... tell you... erm... never mind. Anyway, I'm going to try and be a better DJ abut that, k? Okay. Thank you.


All of that said, in July I played some of the other stuff that was left over from the prom. Peeps seemed open to the smattering of mainstream stuff in there - not sure if I'll make that a habit or not. What do you all think???

Here's the setlist from the last Right Round, with "**" by all the requests:

Gang of Four - I Love a Man In Uniform
Alphaville - Jet Set
** Bananarama - Cruel Summer (remix)
Sugarcubes - Hit
Belouis Some - Some People
Ministry - Halloween
Human League - Love Action
Depeche Mode - Never Let Me Down Again
Duran Duran - Notorious
Animotion - Obsession
Shannon - Let the Music Play
Pet Shop Boys - So Hard
Limahl - Never Ending Story
** Stone Roses - Fool's Gold
** Talking Heads - Once In A Lifetime
Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Relax
Stereo MCs - Step It Up
** Erasure - A Little Respect
Michael Jackson - Don't Stop Til You Get Enough
Book of Love vs. Blur - Tubular Boys
Siouxsie and the Banshees - Cities in Dust
Madonna - Get Into the Groove
Split Enz - I Got You
** Kon Kan - I Beg Your Pardon
** Madness vs. the Rapture - Our House of Jealous Lovers
** Pet Shop Boys - Always on my Mind
New Order - Sub Culture
Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams
Cory Hart - Sunglasses at Night
Clash - London Calling
Smiths - Panic
** Franz Ferdinand vs. Dexy's Midnight Runners - Come on, Take Me Out, Eileen
Aha - the Sun Always Shines on TV
Depeche Mode - Just Can't Get Enough
Prince - When Doves Cry
Cars - Hello Again
Violent Femmes - Gone Daddy Gone
Smiths - Ask
Michael Sembello - Maniac
Kim Wilde - Kids In America
INXS - Don't Change
Cure - Just Light Heaven
Killing Joke - Eighties
** Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
U2 - I Will Follow
Loverboy - Working for the Weekend
Baltimora - Tarzan Boy
** Human League - Don't U Want Me?
Clash - Train In Vain
Real Life - Send Me An Angel
Laura Branigan - Gloria
New Order - Blue Monday
Blondie - Atomic
** Dead or Alive - You Spin Me
Pet Shop Boys - Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind of Thing
James - Laid
Cure - Boys Don't Cry

Le Tigre - Deceptacon
Yaz - Situation

Friday, August 01, 2008

Get yer Tagürs on and get over to Art Whino!

On Saturday, 8/2, I will join musical forces with Art Whino, who will join creative forces with Tagür Footwear to present Inked Souls, an exhibition featuring customized sneakers and fine art by 35 local, national and international leaders in the Pop Surrealism/Urban Contemporary art movement.

It's gonna be a surreal old time, y'all, so come check it out!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Sunday, bloody Sunday

Okay, I feel totally stupid posting about this - so stupid, in fact, that I slept on it for a day. Then a second day. Then a third and fourth day, cause I felt even stupider that it wouldn't get the fuck out of my head. It is now the fifth day of thinking on this, and it's still indelibly etched in my noggin - the information earworm that will NOT piss off, no matter what.

So here goes. Promise you won't laugh at me. Or if you do, promise at least that you'll do it behind my back... Okay, you promised.

Does anyone else out there believe that Nicole Kidman, like, totally faked her pregnancy? [hold for stupified pause followed up with gales of laughter, sent in my general direction]. Don't you also love how I tried to hide the ridiculousness of that question by making it seem as if a teenager wrote it with a strategically placed use of the word "like"?

I know this is a weird tangent to go on - and I SWEAR to god I'll make it brief. But, I was looking at pictures in People Magazine - and yes, since I'm already going out on a limb and admitting that I actually used several hours of my life's brainspace thinking on this topic, I am now going to admit to friggin' EVERYone that I have a subscription to People. So sue me.

Anyway, so in spite of the fact that I willingly, knowingly, and sometimes excitedly read my beloved People each week, admittedly I feel a bit like a foie gras goose with the whole NK pregnancy thing - and how fucked up is it when People, aka Peoplecrack, absolutely GUSHES for pages and pages about how pregnant Nicole is, like, "WOO, we saw her baby bump. SEE, she's just like ALL of you [pathetic saps who sit by the front door every Friday, just waiting for their weekly dose of Peoplecrack]"

I'm sorry, but THIS is not what most women look like when they are 6 months pregnant:

Because, if it is, I have been 6 months pregnant for the last year. Seriously.

NO, THIS is what most women look like at 6 months:

Oh, did I say SIX months? I meant that this anonymous woman above is FIVE months pregnant, and gigantic. Which means Nicole Kidman is totally faking it. And before you get all crazy and say I'm jealous and over-reacting, please recall that I've actually met Nicole Kidman. In fact, I DJ'd her closing party for the movie The Invasion, so I got to STARE fixedly at the woman in a way that some might label as creepy for the better part of 5 hours. So, while I am no expert on childbirth, I can tell you that a 6 foot tall, 115 pound woman is going to have more than an itty bitty tummy if she's six months pregnant, m'kay??

I think that little rant may satisfy my need to get this off my chest. We'll see in another five days.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Spend this Saturday at Reform School

The summer edition of Reform School

DJ lil'e (Right Round, Tinderbox)

DJ ReddAJ (Razzmatazz)

DJ PGee (Crash)

DJ Sara (Pow Wow, KICKS!)

DJ Kim (Pow Wow, KICKS!)

60's rock, 70's disco, 80's retro, 90's dance plus alternative, hip hop, new wave and punk

School Uniforms Encouraged

Rock and Roll Hotel
1353 H Street, NE
Washington D.C.

Saturday, July 26th
$10 All Ages

Website -

Friday, July 18, 2008

Hells yeah!

Lookit, my fella's in the paper. And it's a bigun!

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

iPod happiness

So, the other day I made my first honest to god playlist on my iPod. I feel totally stupid and old and so 1996 admitting that, but I honestly always thought I'd be happy just putting the thing on shuffle, and leaving my music up to the gods to decide. Admittedly, I rarely ever even listened to those pre-existing playlists that iPod sets up for you, with the exception of my "25 most played". The only reason they were my most played, I came to realize, was because I'd click "back" whenever stuff I liked popped up on my shuffle. Eventually, I started getting a bit tired of hearing Cat Stevens and Nick Drake when I wanted to hear Hot Chip and Squeeze. But I put up with it for quite some time - a year and 4 months, to be exact...

God, I feel like my grandmother explaining to me how she would record "her stories" on her ancient VHS recorder. OY.

Aaaaaanyway - the other day I was loading a bunch of new stuff onto my iPod, and decided to put together a list of all the songs I currently have on the pod that make me happy. Literally, the list is called "Makes Me Happy". I don't just mean that these songs elicit a little sigh and a slight grin when I hear them - I mean these are the songs that move my feet - make me dance on the metro and sing out loud no matter WHO is standing there listening. If I play them when I DJ, I must look like a mega-spaz cause I can't control my dancing feets and flailing limbs. These songs inspire me, cause me to expertly play not only the air drums, but the air bass and the air guitar too, and I've even been known to hold an air microphone from time to time. I'm like the Prince of playing the air instruments... Some of these songs make me feel like I've jumped off a cliff and am flying, and some make me feel like I just want to run in place a-la Jennifer Beals in Flashdance. Some are songs that have always made me feel this way, some are songs that grew on me, and some are songs that I just discovered in the last few days. Some embarass me to the point that I turn them all the way down when someone is next to me in traffic, and some I blast with a devil-may-care type volume. But, without question, in my heart they all made this list because I have some level of deep, ridiculous love for them. A love that can only be topped by chocolate covered, vanilla Glutino wafer cookies. You think I'm kidding...?

Anyway, all of that being said, I thought you, lovely readers, may like to see this playlist. It's a work in progress, but it's about as honest a depiction as I can provide of what constitutes as perfect musical genius, in my opinion. So read, find, listen, and enjoy!

All These Things That I’ve Done – The Killers
Any Way You Want It – Journey
Atlas – Battles
Back In Your Head – Tegan & Sara
Bad Connection – Yaz
Bandages – Hot Hot Heat
Beautiful World – Colin Hay
Black Eyed Horse & A Cherry Phunk – Paper Phoenix mashup
Blue Savannah (out of the blue mix) – Erasure
Bohemian Like You – The Dandy Warhols
Brand New Lover – Dead or Alive
Bus Stop – The Hollies
C’mere – Interpol
Can’t Hardly Wait – The Replacements
Cats Disappear – Cure/Faint Mashup
Ceremony – New Order
Chelsea Dagger – The Fratellis
The Choice Is Yours – The Black Sheep
Creator – Santogold
Crystal Wrists – Peter Murphy
Day Ditty – Shudder to Think
Dazzle – Siouxsie & the Banshees
Don’t Change – INXS
Don’t Stop the Music – Rhianna
Dopest Verse – Mad Kap
Elvira – The Oak Ridge Boys
Evil – Interpol
Fire In Cairo – The Cure
Fix Up, Look Sharp – Dizzee Rascal
Foundations – Kate Nash
Freakshow (Mix 13) – The Cure
Germany Calling (12”) – Voyou
Ghosts – Ladytron
The Great Commandment – Camouflage
The Guns of Brixton – The Clash
Hellohihey – Lifesavas
The Humpty Dance – Digital Underground
I’m Henry the VIII I Am – Herman’s Hermits
I Want You Back – The Plimsouls
If I Only Knew – Tom Jones
In the Countryside – Benjee Feree
Into the Groove – Madonna
Is That Love – Squeeze
Je Veux Te Voir – Yelle
Jolene – Dolly Parton
(Just Like We) Breakdown – Hot Chip
LDN – Lily Allen
Let Him Go – Beanie Man
Maneater – Hall & Oates
Maps – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Nappy Heads – The Fugees
The National Front Disco – Morrissey
The Night of Kitten’s Messy Dream – mashup
No One Lives Forever – Oingo Boingo
Olympic Airways - Foals
Over and Over – Hot Chip
Ping Pong – Stereolab
Pleasure & Pain - Divinyls
Pledge of Allegiance – Louis XIV
Pop the Glock - Uffie
Precious Time – the Maccabees
A Question of Time – Depeche Mode
Ready for the Floor – Hot Chip
Red House – Shudder to Think
Reet Petite – Jackie Wilson
Save it for Later – The English Beat
Slow Hands - Interpol
Someday? – Concrete Blonde
Something About You – Level 42
Soul Meets Body – Death Cab for Cutie
Start Wearing Purple – Gogol Bordello
Sub-Culture – New Order
Subway – Peter Murphy
Such Great Heights – Postal Service
That’s Not My Name – The Ting Tings
There It Go (the whistle song) – Julez Santana
Tymps (The Sick In the Head Song) – Fiona Apple
Waiting for my Real Life to Begin – Colin Hay
Waiting for the Great Leap Forward – Billy Bragg
Waiting Room - Fugazi
The Way I are - Timbaland
You’ve Got To (Norman Cook Mix) – The Young Punx
10 Dollar – M.I.A.
1234 - Feist

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

The Ghost in You

Prompted by this posting, authored by the incomparable sweetney, I have decided to unleash my inner goth girl and share this photo of myself with you, taken approximately 20 years ago.

I remember that day clearly - particularly the way the command to "smile for the camera" from the oh-so-droll photographer made me sneer ever so slightly more (note the curled lip and slightly exposed teeth).

AAAH, to be young again...

Addendum - it's kind of funny to see wee lil'e compared to modern-day lil'e up in the blog banner. The high school picture has both my natural hair color and my natural eyebrows, pre-plucking (although my desire to be Siouxsie changed that in very short order).

In Sweetney's original post, which stemmed from some oddball Twitter drama (I still never understand how cyber-stalking some random person's every movement throughout the day qualifies you to start shit with them, but whatever...), she mentions the trials and tribulations of being "the weirdo" in HS. You should read it via the link above - that lady has some pretty solid observations about the desire to keep it real, so to speak, in the face of one's antagonizers.

You can read my comment on the post itself, or right here:

I grew up right outside of Washington, DC, and can tell you it doesn't matter how small or big the town... At the time my wee tiny band of 4 punk rock and goth friends were the ONLY ones in our school - which prompted lots of very lovely sharks/jets type confrontations in the main courtyard with the jock kids.

I think my very "favorite" high school experience was having a full bucket of water poured down on my head from the 2nd floor as I stood in same courtyard. It was like the movie Carrie, with less blood and (sadly) no raging fires to consume all the a-holes. Sigh.

Funnily enough, I ran into one of my main antagonizers last year - he was out and about with his wife and family. He introduced me to his wife in the following way: "This is Erin, this girl who was a total freak in high school, but, you know, was still one of my good friends". Even though it was one of those moments I'd spent 15 years dreaming about, I felt for a second like maybe I should just let it go. But then I thought of the bucket of water, the taunts (the kinder of my nicknames were Satan, Edward Scissorhands, and Beetlejuice - the not-so-nice one started with a "C" and rhymes with "punt"), the torture my friends and I endured at the hands of these bullies, and I just couldn't hold back. Cause every day of high school, knowing what was coming the second I set foot on campus, I still got up, teased out my hair Robert Smith style, put on my combat boots and took those kickings in order to be the person I wanted to be - needed to be. And I wasn't going to let it be for nothing.

So, I actually said to this guy, "Funny, I don't remember our relationship in high school quite the same way you do. Not sure if it was the lovely nicknames you all gave me - like Satan, for example, or the way you taunted me or threatened to beat me up every time I walked near any of you, or the bucket of water you all poured on my head that is filtering MY memories, but so you know, you and your friends made me pretty miserable for the entire time I was in high school. Kinda makes me understand those school shooter kids, you know?" And turned and walked away.

Bitter? No, actually. Just angry that it was ever an issue in the first place, and doesn't seem to get better, in spite of the fact that the lines are substantially more blurred between the "weirdos" and everyone else.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

I love this

I may be the last person who knows about such things, always, but my dad sent this video to me this morning, and I got such a kick out of it, I have to share:


I wanted to add a "p.s." to this posting - particularly after reading Monica's comment...

There are a couple of things that I love about this video in particular:

- That this is how Matt's body moves when he just needs to dance around, and I think that's kind of rad.
- The fact that this act itself was the thing that got this guy around the world.
- That one scene in India.
- That other scene in Papua New Guinea.
- ANY scene with kids.
- The outtakes that pop up in a separate video if you watch this on youtube.
- This guy's subsequent website. Check out the FAQs. Total hoot.

Here's to dancing with wreckless abandon!

Saturday, June 21, 2008


Here's a pic of me djing at the prom, courtesy of the lovely and talented Tom Bridge (THANKS TOM - you're the best! In spite of the fact that the photo backdrop fighting us all night [stupid tape]), we got some good photos of the folks there - which can be viewed here!
I'd like to specifically thank the following folks who gave me an assist:
Steph - for a little bit of everything...
Kylos - for kick ass visuals
Tom n Tiff - photo magic
Sara & Lily - flyering
Alrighty, here's the setlist, with ** by the requests:
U2 - Angel of Harlem
Captain Sensible - Wot
Steve Perry - O Sherry
** Book of Love - I Touch Roses
Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer
Thompson Twins - Hold Me Now
** Nu Shoes - I Can't Wait
Depeche Mode - Nothing
Robert Palmer - Addicted to Love
** Roxette - The Look
Siouxsie - Peek A Boo
Snap - Snap
INXS - Need U Tonight
Pet Shop Boys - Domino Dancing
New Kids On The Block - The Right Stuff
Madonna - Like a Prayer
Jody Watley - Looking for A New Love
David Bowie - Let's Dance
Cameo - Word Up
Depeche Mode - Everything Counts
Sheena Easton - Strut
Madonna - Holiday
New Order - True Faith
** Eddie Grant - Electric Avenue
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
** Bon Jovi - Living on a Prayer
OMD - Locomotion
Prince w/ Sheena Easton - You Got the Look
** Human League - Don't You Want Me?
New Edition - Cool It Now
** Erasure - A Little Respect
Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Relax
Dee Lite - Groove Is In the Heart
New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
Madonna - Get Into the Groove
Huey Lewis - Power of Love
Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Talking Heads - Once In A Lifetime
Michael Jackson - Don't Stop Til You Get Enough
Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up
Denise Williams - Let's Hear it for the Boy
** Phil Collins - Sussudio
Erasure - Chains of Love
Pseudo Echo - Funkytown
Prince - 1999
Talk Talk - It's My Life
AC/DC - You Shook Me All Night Long
** New Order - Temptation
Van Halen - Jump
Yaz - Don't Go
Cory Heart - Sunglasses at Night
Big Country - Big Country
Go Gos - Our Lips Are Sealed
** Nena - 99 Luft Balloons
Journey - Any Way You Want It
** Proclaimers - I Would Walk (500 Miles)
Madonna - Material Girl
Tiffany - I Think We're Alone Now
Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart
Styx vs. the Killers - Domo Arigato Mr. Brightside
Wham - Wake Me Up Before You Go Go

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Monday, June 09, 2008

First Race - DONE!!

I just wanted to take a second to thank everyone who donated money to my team for Race for the Cure. I raised $630 - $130 past my goal, and the team raised $4,048 - $715 past our collective goal!!!!!

I ran the race on Saturday - in spite of the record heat wave, I managed to finish my 3.2 miles in 30:35, with 2 9.5 minute miles, a break after mile 2 for water, and a final 11 minute mile. Not too shabby at all for a first-timer! In addition to drawing motivation through the many pink "survior" shirts around me, I thought of those of you whose lives or whose friends' lives have been affected by this terrible disease, and that was my motivation for keeping a good pace, and finishing strong (although the heat kept me from my ultimate goal of sprinting the last 1/2 mile...)

Here's me finishing (I know it's hard to see, but I'm the one crossing the finish line with my arms up in triumph - top middle of the photo):

Here's the rest of "Team Spot" after the race (you can tell who the runners are by how dark our shirts are with sweat... ew...):

Anyway, thanks SO much to all who donated - I'll be back to run the race again next year, and will let you know all about it - maybe I can keep pace with the winner, who finished in 15 minutes - yikes!!!!

Monday, June 02, 2008

So, imagine you're on a desert island...

... and the only thing that will summon a rescue ship would be playing your favorite 80s songs and/or videos of all time. Mainstream, alternative, hip hop, pop - doesn't matter. Whatever you like. There are no wrong answers.

Forget that you can't plug in a DVD player or TV - let's pretend the last castaway left all that stuff for you, and that the ship would have some super receiver/goggles/whatever to see and hear your transmission.

What would you play?

Saturday, May 31, 2008


I heard "Walking on Sunshine" 3 times.



In 3 separate places.

It knows. It is on to me.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

10 days 'til The Race

And we're not quite there yet with our donations! I'm only $5 from my fundraising goal - c'mon, y'all!!!! If any Right Round fans contribute and bring me over my goal, I'll put you on my guest list for the next Right Round - which, in June, is on the MAIN STAGE - so you can get in for free, and help boobs at the same time - BONUS!

Just contribute to me (Erin Myers, for those who only know me as e), and either email me at or put a comment with your name on this posting, and I'll add you!!! (Limit to the first 3 peeps - a girl's gotta make a living, after all...)


Friday, May 23, 2008

3 reasons I hate the song "walking on sunshine" - oh, and the right round setlist and commentary

I don't know what kind of cultural black hole is happening right now, but I swear to God, if I hear friggin "Walking on Sunshine" one more time - be it in a store, or my car, or in a movie, or any other place, I'm going to go postal on whatever radio is spewing that garbage out. I mean it.

Yes, I hate that song with a passion blinder than the eye power of Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder smooshed together. Why, you ask? I am ever-so-happy to jump up on my soap box and spew forth some hateful bile regarding this topic, thank you very much...

1) Forced happy makes me cringe (case in point - the song "Love Shack" by the B52s - I don't care how much Kate Pierson does those fake happy sounds in the background, the song is still annoying as hell). I am, in fact, cringing this very moment, thinking of it.

B) Everyone and their brother - in the advertising world and otherwise - feels the need to play that song in order to express some FALSE vision of collective joy toward humanity. I don't care if it's used for a friggin' montage, or to show that someone in a movie had a major financial or relationship breakthrough, or to sell telephone service; I want to claw my eyes out and run screaming in circles, praying for spontaneous combustion from that first "WEAGH" or whatever the hell sound it is Katrina vomits out within 5 seconds of the song starting.

and third) Name one other Katrina and the Waves song. Exactly.

ALSO - have you seen the terrible video??? The song is called WALKING ON SUNSHINE. Why then, pray tell, would they film the damn video on the most dismal day of the year in England, at the most depressing-assed abandoned factory in the entire universe. Trying to be ironic, Katrina? Only with that outfit and that hair. Srsly.

PHEW - that has been ON my mind since yesterday. Thank you for listening.

Now, without further cringing, steaming adieu, here's the setlist from last week's right round (speaking of being "hot as an oven" - holy crap, y'all, could it have been hotter in there???) OH, and there are "**" by all the requests:

Captain Sensible - Wot
The Creatures - Fury Eyes
The Cars - Let the Good Times Roll
Depeche Mode - Nothing
Thompson Twins - Hold Me Now
Talking Heads - Stay Up Late
Murray Head - One Night In Bangkok
Animotion - Obsession
TMBG - Istanbul, Not Constantinople
Kajagoogoo - Too Shy
Level 42 - Something About You
** Naked Eyes - Promises, Promises
When In Rome - The Promise
** David Bowie - Let's Dance
** Human League - Fascination
** The Cure - Let's Go To Bed
Yaz - Don't Go
Camoflauge - The Great Commandment
New Order - True Faith
** Kon Kan - I beg Your Pardon
** Erasure - Chains of Love
** Our House of Jealous Lovers (dj lil'e mashup)
PSB - Always on My Mind
Morrissey - Interesting Drug
Anything Box - Living In Oblivion
Talk Talk - It's My Life (remix)
** Eurythmics - Love is a Stranger
The Las - There She Goes
The Pixies - Here Comes Your Man
** Depeche Mode - Just Can't Get Enough
Bananarama - Venus
Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams
Cory Heart - Sunglasses at Night
Aha - The Sun Always Shines on TV (remix)
Dead or Alive - You Spin Me Right Round (extended remix)
Duran Duran - Hungry Like the Wolf
English Beat - Save it for Later
New Order - Sub Culture
Baltimora - Tarzan Boy
** Dexy's Midnight Runners vs. Franz Ferdinand - Come on, Take Me out Eileen (dj lil'e mashup)
** Dee Lite - Groove Is In the Heart
** New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
Nena - 99 Red Balloons
** Erasure - A Little Respect
James - Laid
** Aha - Take On Me
Blondie - Dreaming
Violent Femmes - Gone Daddy Gone
** Styx vs. the Killers - Domo Arigato, Mr. Brightside (dj lil'e mashup)
Go Gos - We Got the Beat
Billy Idol - Rebel Yell
Modern English - Melt With You
** The Cure - Boys Don't Cry
** The Clash - London Calling
The Smiths - Panic
Soft Cell - Tainted Love
Men At Work - Overkill
Echo ATB - Lips Like Sugar
** Big Country - Big Country
New Order - Blue Monday

Encore - Le Tigre - Deceptacon

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

So close!!!

DUDES - my team is sooooo close to our fundraising goal for the Race for the Cure - c'mon, y'all - show some love!!! As of this moment, we're only $62 away.... Even if you only have a couple bucks - throw it in!! Do it for all those boobs out there that need you!!!

(See, I'm good at the motivational speaking... you might not have known that about me...)

Oh, and thanks - you all rule.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

How much does my nephew rule, I ask you!?

This is my nephew, who is 12.

He could hit a baseball over the house as soon as he could pick up a bat.

This video shows why he rules, and the rest of us are not worthy. That's a 250 foot ringer, ladies and gentlemen. And he's so friggin cool about it. Yeah. I think my favorite part of this video is the sound of the team congratulating him at home plate. There's something about kids cheering that way that I think is just the best.

Now, private joke between my nephew and I:

NIIIIIIIIICE (you know the voice I'm using...)!!!!!!

Well done neph. Make sure you buy Auntie a nice big house when you hit the majors, k?

Monday, May 12, 2008

lookit my new blog title!!!!

I designed it myself! Impressed???

Speaking of The Cure

I got to see them for the 5th time in my 22+ years as a fan on Friday - for a 49 year old, Robert Smith sounded friggin' AWESOME - they played for 3 hours, and did 3 amazing encores. All the stuff from the forthcoming album (especially the song freak show) sounded absolutely great.

OH, and right before the show, as we were walking up to the Patriot Center, I saw the tour bus, and what looked like a big mop of black hair emerging from the side of it. It was THE MAN himself, talking on his cell phone - and nobody noticed but me!!! After screetching for my friends to GET OVER HERE NOW, I then screetched "hi Robert Smith on his cell phone!!!!" and waved frantically - to which I got a little wave and a grin back.

I can die now.

Anyway, here's the setlist from the show - and here's my favorite of the cell phone pics (feel free to be sosososo jealous whilst you see how close I was - thank you SOOOOOOO much Ed Stack!!!!)

prayers for rain
a strange day
the walk
the end of the world
to wish impossible things
pictures of you
the perfect boy
from the edge of the deep green sea
hot hot hot
the only one
friday i'm in love
inbetween days
just like heaven
shake dog shake
never enough
wrong number
one hundred years


at night
play for today
a forest

Encore 2:

the lovecats
let's go to bed
freak show
close to me
why can't i be you?

Encore 3:

boys don't cry
jumping someone else's train
grinding halt
10:15 saturday night
killing an arab

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Support my first wee marathon effort, wouldya?

First of all, I love that the tagline for the Race for the Cure is "I am the cure". Considering my love for 80s alt pop, you can see why this is funny for me - who wouldn't want to be The Cure???

(Fake argument between Robert Smith and I):
RS: Erm, I am the Cure.
e: I'm sorry Robert, but I beg to differ. AND I have an "I am the cure" t-shirt to prove it, k?
RS: (whimpers, skulks away)

All joking aside, though, I recently accepted the challenge to support the fight against breast cancer by participating in Susan G. Komen National Race for the Cure on June 7, 2008 in Washington, DC. I will run my little feets off for a few miles that morning, and am hoping I can also get all my darling family, friends, peeps and the rest of you lot to throw some money into my fund-raising coffer.

Here is some info provided by the peeps at RftC:

1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime and the more money we raise, the more Susan G. Komen for the Cure® can give back to fund vital breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs in our own community.

$3 million of the funds raised through the 2007 Race remained in the Washington, DC, community – including metro-area counties in Virginia and Maryland – to fund outreach programs and initiatives that address the specific unmet breast health needs of the area. Washington, DC, has the highest breast cancer mortality rate in the United States.

It is easy to support this great cause. You can make a pledge online by simply clicking on the link to my personal pledge page at the bottom of this message. If you would prefer there is also a downloadable form to send in pledges through the mail. Another option is a general donation by choosing Donations on the website at

Best protection is early detection!

See, Robert, I AM the cure. There's even a trademark to prove it! :)