The Rich Girls Are Weeping

26 June 2006

Oh my goodness gracious. What was meant to be a fun weekend with dj sets and rock shows and relaxing turned into a massive headache. It was discovered that Pinkie's apartment was completely flooded about an hour before we were to head downtown to dj. Her furniture is fine, her cat is fine -- however, a huge portion of her record collection is not fine (though mostly dry now), her clothes all need to be laundered (a massive undertaking, to be sure), and her mattress may now be infested with mold as well. Please send lots of good thoughts her way, she's having a heck of a time dealing with her insurance company and her apartment management. Additionally, if anyone's experienced in dealing with this kind of situation, all pointers and suggestions are appreciated.

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.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

how'd she end up flooded out? that sucks. the best way to deal with insurance people is to keep threating to report them to the state's insurance commissioner or at least the local better business bureau


Monday, June 26, 2006 6:19:00 PM  
Blogger Pinkie von Bloom said...

plumbing issue. there was about 1" of standing water through my whole apartment. the carpet has to be replaced. the issue is mostly settled and i get new flooring tomorrow morning. the sticky wicket is that i don't meet my insurance deductible, so all my expenses are totally out-of-pocket, exactly when i have no money. =P

Monday, June 26, 2006 9:35:00 PM  
Blogger FiL said...

Boo! That is no fun at all. And to hit right before your soiree, that is unspeakably cruel timing...

I trust the records have emerged unscathed (fingers & toes crossed)??


Tuesday, June 27, 2006 2:51:00 AM  
Blogger carolyn rhea drapes aka chacal said...

i believe records (unlike emedia, tapes, etc.) can be dried and played successfully. now, album covers are more problematic. good luck, pinkie. glad to hear you got the job done, cindy.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006 8:47:00 AM  
Blogger carolyn rhea drapes aka chacal said...

speaking of records, here's a small segue back--my dad and me, standing at the sinks one saturday afternoon. we wash, rinse, and dry a few 78, 33 1/3, and 45 rpm records from his collection and carefully store them away. here's a small wish for my dad, who knows everything big band--may you continue to enjoy your music for many years to come.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006 8:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

big country! i've been trying to figure out who the futureheads reminded me of and that's it. must be those accents.

great set lists, btw.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006 9:07:00 AM  
Blogger DJ Garage Flower said...

Wonderful set!!
Sorry to hear about the records. My husband used to keep his Factory Records right by the door in case of a fire in our old apartment. Now he just settles for keeping them all in plastic sleeves.

Thursday, June 29, 2006 1:07:00 PM  

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