For several years, Bob N. and I DJ'd on New Year's Eve. It was a blast, but it was also exhausting, and I appreciated not having to stay out late in negative degrees last night to play records for strangers. On the other hand, Bob did invite me out to spin again recently at the Red Monk, and another great pal, the mighty Brandon Logsdon, joined us, adding some great tunes (as I recall he preempted my attempt to play Melvins' "Hooch," which I had brought along especially because I thought it would work well with his tastes, by playing his own copy himself; he also kept us current by playing the Migos). Here's what I seem to have played, followed by a Spotify approximation... (Anymore, I also prefer posting lists like these than sharing my top 50 songs/albums lists; there's just too much good music. Putting music in context is more interesting to me right now than rankings—though of course I do those too as part of my job!)



The party is for everyone

As you can probably guess from the DJ name, I seem to have been in a weird mood back in August. Some songs from Pitchfork's 1960s list in here, some tributes to some recently fallen... The fact that I felt the urge to play Blondie's "Atomic" suggests this was when we were all worried about North Korean nuclear brinksmanship. This is hard to remember now after all the other things we're expected to worry about day after day. Anyway, thanks to the iPhone Notes app's autocorrect, I had to translate when I pulled "Atomic" out of my bag from what it incorrectly recorded as, simply, "Thanks." By the way: Thanks. Here's some music!

Julie Byrne - Natural Blue
Glen Campbell - A Satisfied Mind
The Nihau Brothers - Lolo Tina (my uncle George!)
Tracey Thorne - Femme Fatale (Velvet Underground cover)
Olatunji! - Akiwowow (Chant to the Trainman)
Jonathan Richman - La fiesta es para todos
Big Thief - Paul
Joey Casio - Debtor's Prism
The Nonesuch Explorer: Ketjak: The Ramayana Monkey Chant (Bali) [excerpt]
Francoise Hardy - Tous les garçons et les filles
Shabazz Palaces - Palace Slide
Solange - Cranes in the Sky

Plastic Bertrand - Ca plane pour moi
Frank Ocean - Nikes
Jackie Wilson - I Get the Sweetest Feeling
Chance the Rapper - Cocoa Butter Kisses [ft. Vic Mensa and Twista]
Heems - Patriot Act
Justice - Waters of Nazareth
Margo Price - Hands of Time
The B-52's - Rock Lobster
James Brown - Papa Don't Take No Mess, Pt. 1
Blood Orange - Best to You [ft. Empress Of]
The Special A.K.A. - Nelson Mandela

(joint set)
The Smiths - Still Ill
George Jackson - Hey Aretha, Sing One for Me
Candi Staton - How Can I Put Out the Flame
Nobunny - Give It to Me
Blue Sky Blue - Sleeping Children Are Still Flying
Blondie - Atomic
Nina Simone - My Way

Incomplete Spotify approximation:



Bob has let me play records on his DJ nights a couple of times recently, so why not do that thing where I actually type down, semi-promptly, what I played? Was in a weird mood on Saturday—perhaps best described as "I am the parent of a preschooler and midnight is late for me," so late I couldn't remember which artist's T-shirt I was wearing when asked—but had the usual blast. Thank you to my friends who made it out! This one was an hour-long solo set and what I tried to play is below.

Plus, belatedly posting what I played the last time Bob had me out, when I was also in a weird mood, perhaps best described as "DJing like a week after the election." For that one, CEO's version of "Halo" is missing from Spotify.

Hope these are of some use to somebody, because I had a ton of fun sharing them at the Red Monk.

Boris: Farewell
Solange: Mad [ft. Lil Wayne]
Isley Brothers: Got to Have You Back
Prince: When You Were Mine
Telefon Tel Aviv: Fahrenheit Fair Enough
Vagabon: The Embers
Jay Som: The Bus Song
Nao: Bad Blood
Aphex Twin: Flim
LCD Soundsystem: Beat Connection
Frank Ocean: Ivy
Blondie: The Tide Is High (The Paragons cover)
Jens Lekman: Wedding in Finistere
Spoon: Can I Sit Next to You
The Tough Alliance: Silly Crimes
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony: Tha Crossroads

Air France: Beach Party
Leonard Cohen: The Stranger Song
Margo Price: Hands of Time
AJ Davila: Animal
Janet Jackson: Nasty
Fiona Apple: Every Single Night
Elliott Smith: Christian Brothers
DVSN: Angela
Adia Victoria: Howlin' Shame
Anderson .Paak: The Season / Carry Me
Jens Lekman: The Opposite of Hallelujah
Jonathan Richman: La Fiesta Es Para Todos
Blood Orange: Best to You [ft. Empress Of]
A Tribe Called Quest: Buggin' Out
Ashley Monroe: Like a Rose (Live at Third Man)
Courtney Barnett: Shivers (Boys Next Door cover)
Deerhunter: Take Care
Beach House: Take Care
Kate Bush: Running Up That Hill
Belle and Sebastian: The Stars of Track and Field
The Five Stairsteps: O-o-h Child
CEO: Halo (Beyonce cover)
Cass McCombs: County Line
Laura Marling: The Blues Run the Game (Jackson C. Frank cover)