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)



A million years ago, at the start of the summer, I played some records over at the Belgian-themed bar here, the Red Monk, with friends Bob Nastanovich and the Maytags' Dustin Smith. Bob and I are spinning again tonight, this time with Annalibera's Anna Gebhardt, so I figured I may as well go back and try to reconstruct what my phone's Notes app tells me I played. Scroll down for a Spotify recreation, which sadly lacks Lydia Loveless's Kesha cover and, of course, Prince.

Lydia Loveless - Blind (Kesha cover)
The Avalanches - Since I Left You
Frankie Cosmos - On the Lips
Anderson .Paak - Am I Wrong [ft. Schoolboy Q]
Rihanna - Higher
Paleface - Do You Mind [ft. Kyla] (Crazy Cousinz Remix)
Eleanor Friedberger - Because I Asked You
The Clientele - Reflections After Jane
Josh Ritter - Me and Jiggs
Prince - Raspberry Beret
The Joubert Singers - Stand on the Word
Whigfield - Saturday Night
Airhead - Wait
SWV - Right Here (Human Nature)
Destiny's Child - Jumpin', Jumpin'
Kingdom - You
Solange - Losing You
Rihanna - Work [ft. Drake]
The Maytags - Rita
Prince - Pop Life
El Perro Del Mar - God Knows (You Gotta Give to Get)



Oh yeah, also hitched with Bob to Omaha to see GY!BE (and opener Xylouris White!)...
On Saturday, January 30, Bob Nastanovich and his pal Charlie Ezell spun a few records with me at the Red Monk here in downtown Des Moines. It has been a whirlwind since then: Voting in my first-ever Iowa caucuses and starting a new job, to name a couple of things. But as far as I know Bob and I will be playing records again this Saturday night, with the superb Dustin Smith, frontman for the Maytags. So I figured I might as well revisit my notes and document what I played in between Bob and Charles's selections that night. Looking at the list now, I'm pleased with how it works as a 15-track compilation capturing whatever whims I had for my record bag that night:

Deerhunter - Fluorescent Grey
Lucinda Williams - I Just Wanted to See You So Bad
D'Angelo - Ain't That Easy
Exploding Hearts - Sleeping Aides and Razorblades
Martin Denny - Quiet Village
David Bowie - Fame
Chromatics - Blue Moon
Leonard Cohen - Suzanne
Disappears - Replicate
Amerie - 1 Thing
Super Furry Animals - Ysbeidiau Heulog
Grimes - Flesh Without Blood
Heems - Patriot Act
UGK - Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You) [ft. OutKast]
Taken By Trees - Dreams