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!