As a result of the flooding, I dj'd our two planned 45 minute sets alone Friday night. Not a big deal really, but I missed Pinkie's company and her inspired segues. I went on first at 10 pm and had to grapple with a glitchy PA, so if you were around for that first set, woah, I am so sorry about that. As requested, here's the setlists!
[X-Ray Spex - "Ar-ti-ficial" // Interpol - "Slow Hands" // Nine Black Alps - "Cosmopolitan" // Sparks - "Ladies" // Pulp - "Babies" // New Order - "Age of Consent" // Ladyfuzz - "Bouncy Ball" // David Bowie - "Young Americans" // Spoon - "Sister Jack"]
Set two went a little better -- well, a lot better actually. More familiar faces had arrived, I had a gin and tonic, and most of the technical issues had thankfully been resolved during Jacob's set.
[Electronic - "Getting Away With It (Vocal Mix)" // Roxy Music - "Editions of You" // T-Rex - "Jeepster" // Goldfrapp - "Number One" // Talking Heads - "Wild Wild Life" // The National - "Lit Up" // I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness - "According to Plan" // The Hourly Radio - "Crime Does Pay" // Heaven 17 -- "I'm Your Money" // Gwen Stefani - "Hollaback Girl" // The Waitresses - "I Know What Boys Like" // Julian Cope - "World Shut Your Mouth" // The New Pornographers - "Letter From An Occupant"]
Thanks to New.Berlin, Jacob Sanders, and ACLN for inviting us to be on the bill, and for understanding when I had to jet in order to get Pinkie out of her flooded apartment for the night. And thanks to everyone who came out -- especially Baby D., who helped me carry my records back to the car, which I'd parked very very far away from Emo's due to the Sonic Youth show at Stubb's.
We definitely have plans to do more sets in the future -- hopefully, they will be a little more laid-back and a little less fraught with outside drama!
And, despite the flooding incident, we stepped out with Karen Meow Meow to see The Futureheads and French Kicks at La Zona Rosa Friday night; it was a fun show -- not emotionally engaging in any way, but a fantastic dance party kind of event. French Kicks are almost a little too Walkmen-lite for my taste, but they delivered a solid set that finally won me over despite their rather unremarkable stage presence. The Futureheads, on the other hand, played a calamitous hyperriot of a set, which led me to posit that their entire rider must consist of candy and sodas. I love how their sound lies somewhere between The Minutemen and Big Country, and it really is incredible that they can deliver those creepy neat harmonies relatively flawlessly live. The songs off the new album were definitely more affecting in a live setting, so if you're on the fence about News & Tributes, it might be worth it to catch this tour.
For your listening pleasure, here's two tracks from the Japan bonus disc of Herbert's Scale that features the recorded-at-Abbey Road, lush orchestral versions of several tracks that are the foundation of the album versions. (Matthew Herbert's long-time collaborator (and wife) Dani Siciliano provides the lead vocals, btw.) I know people are totally going insane over this album (including Pitchfork), but rest assured, it is most definitely worth the hype.
Herbert -- Birds of a Feather
Herbert -- We're In Love
I just wrote a bio for work where I included the fact that I'm a "regular contributor to a number of influential music weblogs." Ha! I might be interviewed later today about the Johnson and Johnson/Pfizer consumer healthcare deal.