This happened.

So I DJed-- believe it or not, for the first time ever-- on Saturday night at the bar in the alley outside my favorite downtown Des Moines music venue, Vaudeville Mews. The space is actually called the PBR bar, because Pabst Blue Ribbon sponsored its renovation (and my DJing gig, too!). Apparently, the Mews sells the most PBR in all of Iowa, which I guess is a distinction of some sort. Anyway, thank you so much to T.J. Wood, Ladd Askland, and Vaudeville Mews for making this happen, to Bob N. for sharing his turntable (it turned out I only used mine), to the Poison Control Center for not one but two typically amazing sets (something like the 265th and 266th of their "never-ending tour"), and to all my wonderful friends who came out and danced.

Here's the setlist (though please note, a few of these I didn't play in their entirety):

James Brown - Papa Don't Take No Mess (Part One)
Prince - Kiss
Blur - Music Is My Radar
ceo - Come With Me
The Poison Control Center - Give It a Try
Saint Etienne - Only Love Can Break Your Heart
Toro Y Moi - Leave Everywhere
Jackie Wilson - I Get the Sweetest Feeling
Taken By Trees - The Sweetness of Air France
Pure Ecstasy - Easy
Deerhunter - Nothing Ever Happened
My Bloody Valentine - Only Shallow
Duchess Says - Black Flag
Glass Candy - Miss Broadway
Grace Jones - Walking in the Rain
Dennis Brown - Westbound Train
Solomon Burke - Got to Get You Off My Mind
Fergus & Geronimo - Powerful Lovin'
Wheels on Fire - Bad Lie
Love Is All - Bigger Bolder
Japandroids - Young Hearts Spark Fire
Carbonas - Look Around (I Was So Upset)
The Coathangers - Nestle in My Boobies
Clipse - Grindin'
Funky Four - Feel It (The Mexican)
Herbie Hancock - Rockit
Instant Funk - No Stoppin' That Rockin' (A Tom Moulton Mix)
New Order - True Faith
Prince - When Doves Cry (after a request for more Prince)
Jackson 5 - I Want You Back
SWV - I'm So Into You (Teddy's Extended Mix With Rap) [ft. Wreckx-N-Effect]
Kingdom - You
Holy Other - With U
Michael Jackson - Billy Jean
The Poison Control Center - Torpedoes on Tuesday
The Smiths - What Difference Does It Make
jj - Ecstasy
Clams Casino - Gorilla
Salem - Redlights
Atlas Sound - I'll Be Your Mirror (The Velvet Underground cover)
Beach House - Walk in the Park
Radiohead - Reckoner
Stevie Wonder - Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours
Blackjoy - Games (Extended)
Sly and the Family Stone - Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)
Memory Tapes - Green Knight
Deerhunter - Strange Lights
Otis Redding - I've Got Dreams to Remember
Patsy Cline - Stop the World (and Let Me Off)


  1. Bummed we missed it... Couldn't find a sitter.

  2. What was your rig, was it CDs, mp3s, and vinyl?

  3. Just vinyl. And no worries, Josh-- maybe next time? Gotta say though, I especially missed your face out there when I busted out the Blur.

  4. Bam! And just like that, a Spotify playlist with (most) of the set. Sorry I missed it. http://open.spotify.com/user/bgodar/playlist/2tNoqFKCUhJ60EH74aaH2Y

  5. Definitely next time. You know I would have been digging the Blur.

  6. Things like this make me miss Iowa.

  7. Goddamn Marc! That's an awesome setlist. Sorry I missed seeing you behind the turntable.

    Thanks for posting it.

    How long did it take for you to put it together?

  8. Hey Mike, no worries! I may get go DJ again sometime. We'll see. As for the setlist, I mean, I just came up with it on the fly and took notes on my iPhone as I went along. I have been getting records since, like, 2003 or 2004, so not even THAT long considering I didn't have a decent stereo for my record player until 2009. And then just an hour or less to post links... wish I were ambitious enough to make a SoundCloud or zip mix with all these tracks, but I'm definitely not (don't even have 'em all on mp3).

  9. Looks like someone doesn't own a copy of 'Subiza' on vinyl..

  10. Ha, indeed. Nor Ayrton Senna. :\

  11. I love that SWV is in there! We'll be on the look out for the next DJ appearance and will most certainly attend.