Thursday, January 31, 2008

Right Round - 1/19/08 - Setlist and Commentary

January's Right Round was a wee bit harrowing; I had walking pneumonia the Sunday through Friday before the dance party, which was scary from a health and recovery perspective, but also because it was the first time in almost 7 years that I thought I might actually have to cancel a gig. I was sore (cracked a couple of ribs coughing) and exhausted - but I've also never cancelled a gig. Never. Not when I dislocated my kneecap the day of Right Round, not when I had the flu before Ciao - but I have to say, pneumonia was a whole different ball of wax!!!

Anyway, with a bunch of cranberry & sodas and a little stool in the DJ booth, Right Round went well - I was absolutely exhausted throughout, but felt focused and excited about putting a great party together for my dancing fools!

Here's the setlist - it's a little different, and proved to me (for the 2nd time) that there's a time and a place for Shock the Monkey - but that time is not 10:00pm to 2:00am, and that place is NOT Right Round. That being said, here you go:

Split Enz - 6 Months in a Leaky Boat
Human League - Sound of the Crowd (remix)
Joy Division - She's Lost Control
Psychadelic Furs - Until She Comes
Waterboys - Whole of the Moon
Alphaville - Big In Japan
Echo And the Bunnymen - Bring on the Dancing Horses
Simple Minds - Promise You A Miracle
Automation - Obsession
B52s - Mesopotamia
Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Relax (remix)
Duran Duran - Wild Boys
New Order - True Faith
The Cult - Rain
ABC - The Look of Love
Talking Heads - Once In A Lifetime
The Clash - Train In Vain
Split Enz - I Got You
Eurythmics - Love Is A Stranger
Erasure - Chains of Love
Thomas Dolby vs. Oingo Boingo - She Blinded Me With Weird Science (DJ lil'e remix)
Talk Talk - It's My Life
Pet Shop Boys - Suburbia
Anything Box - Living In Oblivion
Depeche Mode - Behind the Wheel
Flesh For Lulu - I Go Crazy
Baltimora - Tarzan Boy
Erasure - A Little Respect
Men At Work - Who Can it Be Now
The Buggles - Who Can it Be Now
Big Country - In A Big Country
The Go Gos - Our Lips Are Sealed
Duran Duran - Hungry Like the Wolf
The Clash - London Calling
The Smiths - Panic
Siouxsie and the Banshees - The Passenger
They Might Be Giants - Ana Ng
New Order - Blue Monday
Pet Shop Boys - Always on my Mind
Dead or Alive - Something In My House
Real Life - Send Me An Angel
The Cure - Boys Don't Cry
Violent Femmes - Prove My Love
The Vapors - Turning Japanese
Blondie - Call Me
OMD - Enola Gay
Soft Cell - Tainted Love
Peter Gabriel - Shock the Monkey
The Smiths - Ask
A-ha - Take on Me
DEVO - Whip It
Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
Kim Wilde - Kids In America
Billy Idol - Dancing With Myself
General Public - Tenderness
The Cure - Close to Me
New Order - Temptation

Nena - 99 Luft Balloons
B52s - Private Idaho
They Might Be Giants - Birdhouse In Your Soul

Happy birthday CAL!!!

I would like to wish a very enthusiastically happy (and slightly belated) 2nd birthday to Cal Robbins!

Because Cal has Type 1 SMA, his prognosis was not good - most children do not make it this far (and rarely do they make it to their 2nd birthday), so we consider this accomplishment nothing short of a miracle. His parents deserve a tremendous amount of credit - they have tirelessly worked to get this little bub strong and to make sure he stays healthy - not easy, mentally or physically. BUT, some of the credit also goes out to any of you who decided to help this family through the callum robbins family fund - your generosity made it possible for J and Janet to focus on Cal's ongoing recovery; and frankly, it directly contributed to his survival.

Don't you feel good??? You should.

Thanks to anyone who did this as a result of my nagging - J, Janet and Cal are extremely special to Andy and I, and we greatly appreciate anything that anyone has been willing to do to keep this lovely little lad around for a very long time.


Friday, January 18, 2008

Look at me - I'm playing at the 9:30 club, y'all!

I shall be the opening/between act DJ for my pals, Honor by August - how fun is that?

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Bippity Boppity BACON!

Now that I'm in the year of meat, I can honestly say I can appreciate this a bit more...

Friday, January 11, 2008

Happy 2008, y'all

So, here we are in 2008, and all I have to say to dumb old 2007, is GOOD BLOODY RIDDANCE!!!! Aside from the absolute joy I experienced while reading the entire Harry Potter series, start to finish, last year was one of the most personally challenging and friggin' god-awful years I've ever experienced, and I am SO glad to see it come to a close.

So, that in mind, here are my resolutions for 2008 (some may make sense, some may seem kind of funky, hippyish and odd, and some may just downright make you scratch your head, but such is the nature of personal, brain-dumpy stuff, I suppose):
  • NO MORE DRAMA, for the love of all that's holy
  • attain a true sense of internal and external peace
  • um... did I mention no more drama???
  • participate in a marathon (I swear I'm not kidding...)
  • keep on rocking like there's no tomorrow
  • figure out how exactly how to smile with my liver
  • erm... and again with that whole no more drama thing...
  • save yet ANOTHER busload of orphans - my charity seems never-ending, I swear... :)
  • eat even MORE meat! So far I've had bacon, kielbasa, turkey, carpaccio, a burger (with no bun... duh), foie gras, and a teeny bit of salami. I think '09 will be my vegan year, but we'll cross that tofu-paved bridge when we come to it...

I will say that I was grateful to experience another year of happy wedded bliss (hello, 9th wedding, 13th actual anniversary last year!!!!), financial stability, solid DJ bookings (almost too many - things could be worse, right?!?!?!?!), and ever-improving health, so it wasn't all bad. But of the things I must say goodbye to (like them or not), I include bad knees, Lovely Peter H, my crazy neighbor, The wonderful Mike T, my vegetarianism (again, no hatin') and of course, Trent.

So, to those things, I blow a very sincere yet worn-out kiss, and look forward with a tremendous amount of optimism to the year ahead. Wish me luck!