Monday, March 12
hella large on the track
gonna keep using that reference until somebody admits to getting it.
the lost in dance-[e?]lation party this past saturday was a mega-success. at least from where i was standing, tucked away in a neat little nook beside the stairwell, turntable to my left, mixer on the diagonal, cddex dead ahead and records behind me. i just stood there and a steady stream of folks throughout the night to make requests (almost all of which i played - le tigre, reggae, outkast, sharon jones, talking heads, pb+j), compliment my shit, ask about hiring me, give me props, and generally kowtow. even better (well...maybe only a little better), the dancefloor was packed straight through from 9:30 til well past 2:00 (old time.)
coherent sets of ragga/digital dancehall (i guess?) towards the beginning (that was sweet - need to get more stuff like that), some soul, then poppy ("fever," the mechanical amory of "robot song" and "strict machine"), and a lengthy (hour-plus) segment of sixties funk, soul, and blue-eyed pop, with brief excursions into james hunter (which got props) and jonathan richman ("you have accomplished something tonight.") they liked that.
didn't actually play much japanese music - cornelius, puffy amiyumi, yellow magic orchestra, com.a, and pizzicato five ["I" was the official kick-off for the dance-party, into cibo matto's "spoon"] only at the very beginning, mostly before anybody got there, but i didn't make it back to any of them, as planned. no "I.U.D./S.I.S." either. so i guess the most theme-appropriate thing i played was "what goes around...comes around" (cuz, yknow, it has the "asian" hook and scarlett is in the video.)
had to play that for its full 7+ minute glory. likewise, toward the end "we share our mothers' health" (trentemøller remix) and "the sunshine underground," which i was hoping would be a night-ending anthem to take the dancing to the next level, but i guess folks were spent after "mothers'" and vitalic's "no fun." wound down with junior boys, "young folks" (by request), and "black cab" (had to end - no time for camobs, or "a touch of spring" or the fairways, which would have brought it back to japan.)
anyway, great. best party i've deejayed since college? more like this, please!