4/10/17

TAKE TIME TO FIGURE IT OUT

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.

04/08/17
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


11/19/16
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)

11/19/16

AS REALITY IS CRASHING TO THE FLOOR


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)






6/7/16

PATIENTLY, PATIENTLY

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