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On December 31, for a fifth straight year, Bob Nastanovich and I will help celebrate New Year's Eve by playing records on Fourth Street. We'll be back at Vaudeville Mews, but it won't just be us. The classic lineup of Ames-formed psych-pop heroes the Poison Control Center will return for its first live performance in recent memory, joined by current local faves Karen Meat and Quick Piss. I'm excited.

OK, this is partly a long way of saying Bob, Whitney Nastanovich and I DJ'd last month and I keep forgetting to post anything about it. There were some technical difficulties so I didn't squeeze in as many records as usual; then again, leading with an 8-and-a-half–minute Swedish jazz cover of the synth duo Suicide may have had something to do with it. On NYE I'll see if I can once again keep track of what Bob is playing, because his picks are always more interesting to me than mine.

All that said, for now, here's my November 14 setlist, which was interspersed with great songs from Bob and Whitney — thank you again to the Red Monk and the Royal Mile for hosting us, to all our local friends who came and danced, and to Jason Narducy and his out-of-town band Split Single for stopping by after their set:

Deerhunter - Snakeskin
Neneh Cherry & the Thing - Dream Baby Dream (Suicide cover)
Gloom Balloon - She Was the One That Got Away
Jamie xx - Gosh
Kendrick Lamar - Alright
Arthur Russell - A Little Lost
Carly Rae Jepsen - Run Away With Me
T-Pain - Can't Believe It (feat. Lil Wayne)
Lana Del Rey - High By the Beach
Missy Elliott - Get Ur Freak On
jj - ecstasy
Gladys Knight - Midnight Train to Georgia
Pipettes - Pull Shapes
Drake - Take Care (feat. Rihanna)
Taken By Trees - Too Young TTA Way (The Tough Alliance remix)
A Tribe Called Quest - Can I Kick It?

Spotify version (substitutes a Jens Lekman cover for "A Little Lost" and the same single's unremixed A-side for "Too Young TTA Way")



The Saturday night before last, I had the treat of spinning some records with Eli Clark and Bob Nastanovich over at local Belgian beer bar the Red Monk. The last time I was part of a DJing gig at the Monk, we each did a couple of 30-minute sets. This time we switched off after basically every song, so you'll have imagine some excellent tunes from Eli helping smooth out the transition from, say, Franklin Bruno to Lana Del Rey. Anyway, here's what I played, followed by a Spotify approximation (the most interesting stuff on here isn't on there, though). Thank you for listening.

The Debutantes - Adams Apples
Franklin Bruno - Water Weight
Leon Bridges - Coming Home
D'Angelo - Sugah Daddy
Lana Del Rey - Terrence Loves You
UGK - Pocket Full of Stones
Arthur Russell - Arm Around You
CFCF - The Ruined Map
The Studio - West Side Part I
Jack Ü  - Where Are Ü Now (feat. Justin Bieber)
Rimar - Higher Ground
Kelela - Bank Head
Candi Staton - How Can I Put Out the Flame (When You Keep the Fire Burning)
Atlas Sound - I'll Be Your Mirror
Life Without Buildings - The Leanover
Korallreven - Here in Iowa

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Better late than never, right? Here's what I played with Bob and Tony a couple of weekends ago. Bob showed up after his work, right before my second set, and played a batch of stunning obscurities — records I don't think I'd heard before, but which were all perfect. Polynesian music, country I think, surf, whatever else. Didn't know how to follow but luckily there was a wedding party there, so even though Bob and Tony probably had the better sets, my pop-oriented picks seemed to be "crowd"-pleasers. Too loud? Maybe.

Cheerfully turning your local Belgian beer bar into a space worthy of earplugs:





Me and Bob, December 31, 2014 edition
Bob Nastanovich and I had the great honor of ringing in the New Year this year for the fourth straight time here in Des Moines. Usually we do it at my favorite local music venue, Vaudeville Mews, but this year we did it a couple of doors up at the Lift, a bar with a rotating selection of works on the wall by local artists. Here's what my notes tell me we played, with a Spotify playlist (when the tracks were available on Spotify, that is... which was a lot less often than you might think!).

A few favorites from Bob's selection: Roberta Flack's Leonard Cohen cover "Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye," current British garage-punks' shout-along "I Wanna Get Out of Here But I Can't Take You Anywhere," and Richmond, Virginia-based second-wave ska band the Good Guys' protest song aimed at the then-Secretary of the Interior, "(The Ballad of) James Watt," with its endlessly quotable line, "Stop James Watt / If you wanna keep the trees you got."

Thank you so much to Amedeo for having us, to John and Clint for getting us set up and putting up with us at their bar, to Dustin for making the Lift idea happen, and to all of our friends who made it out on a cold night that's famously terrible for being on the road. We always have a blast and hope you did, too!

A Sunny Day in Glasgow - 5:15 Train
Danny Stewart & His Aloha Boys - Fort St. Rag (Bob)
Shabazz Palaces - Palace Slide
Butthole Surfers - Lady Sniff (Bob)
D'Angelo - Devil's Pie
Minutemen - Fake Contest (Bob)
The Avalanches - Since I Left You
Nancy Sinatra - These Boots Are Made for Walkin' (Bob)
The Go! Team - Ladyflash
Roberta Flack - Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye (Bob)
Taken By Trees - The Sweetness of Air France
Slave - Volcano Rupture (Bob)
Curtis Mayfield - We've Only Just Begun
Kim Wilde - Kids in America (Bob)
The Crystals - Da Doo Ron Ron
Los Indios Tabajaras - The Washington Flowers (Bob)
Bully - Milkman
Kool & the Gang - Ladies Night (Bob)
Janelle Monáe (feat. Solange) - Electric Lady
Ming City Rockers - I Wanna Get Out of Here But I Can't Take You Anywhere (Bob)
The Smiths - Hand in Glove
Steve Martin - King Tut (Bob)
Twigs (now fka Twigs) - Breathe
Shirley Ellis - The Clapping Song (Bob)
Danny Brown (feat. Purity Ring) - 25 Bucks
Peggy Lee - I'm a Woman (Bob)
Free Energy - Something in Common
New Order - Temptation (Bob, pretty sure this was a shorter mix than the one I usually hear)
Mantis Pincers - Black Capes on Blondes
Greyhound - Follow the Leader (Bob)
White Lung - Down It Goes
Billy Joel - You May Be Right (Bob)
The War on Drugs - Red Eyes
Sun City Girls - Radar 1941 (Bob)
Lana Del Rey - Money Power Glory
The Good Guys - (The Ballad Of) James Watt (Bob)
The Poison Control Center - Give It a Try
REO Speedwagon - Take It on the Run (Bob)
Justin Timberlake (feat. Clipse) - Like I Love You
Groundhogs - Cherry Red (Bob)
Faron Young - Wine Me Up
Doris Day - Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera) (Bob)
The Normal - T.V.O.D. (Bob)
Caribou - Can't Do Without You
Sebadoh - Soul and Fire (Bob)
Constantines - Nighttime/Anytime (It's Alright)
Run D.M.C. - Sucker M.C.'s (Bob)
The Exploding Hearts - Sleeping Aides and Razorblades
The Whyte Boots - Nightmare (Bob)
Sleigh Bells - Tell 'Em
The Endtables - Circumcision (Bob)
Booker T. and the MG's - Boot-Leg (Bob)
ESG - Moody
??? (Bob)
Magnetic Fields - Take Ecstasy With Me
??? (Bob)
David Bowie - Fame
Das Racist - Rainbow in the Dark
??? (Bob)
The G-Clefs - I Understand (Just How You Feel) - Auld Lang Syne
Mac DeMarco - Salad Days
Charli XCX - Boom Clap
Madonna - Like a Prayer
CEO - Halo (Beyoncé cover)
Beyoncé - ***Flawless
De La Soul - The Magic Number 
Courtney Barnett - History Eraser
Amerie - 1 Thing
Big Tymers feat. Boo and Gotti - Oh Yeah!
Prince - Kiss
Sophie - Lemonade
Michael Jackson - Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
Missy Elliott - Work It
Warren G (feat. Nate Dogg) - Regulate (by request)
LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends
Prince - 1999 (by request for Prince)
LCD Soundsystem - North American Scum (by specific request)
Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)(12" Remix - Radio Edit)
Röyksopp / Robyn - Do It Again
R. Kelly - Ignition (Remix)
Mariah Carey - Always Be My Baby
TLC - Waterfalls
Drake - Hold On, We're Going Home

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