The Ninth edition of the Beginners was one of the best so far. Thanks to the small, but dedicated, band of hearty souls who braved the weather and danced up a storm. Thanks to Ryan for jumping on the decks and bringing the noise. Thanks to the music. It’s all about the music! Check out what we played and we’ll see you same place, same time on the 24th with musical guest MIGHTY CLOUDS!! You don’t want to miss it, trust me.

Sandra Barry – We Were Lovers When the Party Began
Le Futur Pompiste – Five Hundred Heartbeats
Le Sera – Never Come Around
Grace Lee & the Stylers – Each and Every Flower
Thee Headcoatees – Meet Jacqueline
The Action – The Place
David Ruffin – My Whole World Ended
The Main Ingredient – Everybody Plays the Fool
Gigi & Rose Melberg – Alone at the Pier
The Groove – Love It’s Getting Better
Every Mother’s Son – Come on Down to My Boat
Happy Birthday – Girls FM
The Groovies – Boys Ride Bikes
The American Breed – Anyway That You Want Me
The Liverbirds – Why Do You Hang Around Me?
Mac & Katie Kisson – Don’t Do It Baby
Michael Jackson – I’ll Be There (Chopped & Screwed)
The Blackbyrds – Rock Creek Park

Joan Baez – Stephanie’s Room
The Velvet Underground – Stephanie Says
Gwen Stefani – 4AM
Love -Stephanie Knows Who
Stef Little Fingers – Suspect Device
Reading Rainbow – Over It
Mission of Burma – Academy Fight Song
The Beach Boys – Darlin’
The Smiths – Cemetery Gates
Altered Images – Happy Birthday
Black Box – Everybody Everybody
Stevie Nicks – Edge of Seventeen
702 – Where My Girls At?

Television – See No Evil
Carole Quinn -What’s So Sweet About Sweet 16?
Peaches & Herb – We Got a Good Thing
Frankie Valli – Beggin’
The Standells – Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White
The Fabs – That’s the Bag I’m In
The Spinners – Rubberband Man
Steely Dan – Bodhisattva
Fleetwood Mac – Think About Me
Rodriguez – Climb Up On My Music
Queen – Radio Gaga
Thin Lizzy – The Boys Are Back in Town

Blur – There’s No Other Way
The Soup Dragons – I’m Free
The Jesus & Mary Chain – Head On
The Pixies – Here Comes Your Man
The Pet Shop Boys – Always On My Mind
Big Audio Dynamite – Rush
New Order – Regret
They Might Be Giants – The Statue Got Me High
Jane’s Addiction – Jane Says
The Church – Unguarded Moment
Siouxie & the Banshees – Kiss Them For Me

Freddie Scott – (You) Got What I Need
Brenton Wood – Oogum Boogum
Hunx & His Punx – Dream On (Little Dreamer)
The Monkees – A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You
The Four Tops – I’m a Believer
Tommy Roe – Hooray for Hazel
The Archies – Sugar Sugar
Prince – I Wanna Be Your Lover
Lyn Collins – Think (About It)
Honey Cone – One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show
The Sweet – Love is Like Oxygen
Electric Light Orchestra – Mr. Blue Sky
Suicide – Dream Baby Dream (Lil’ Tweezy Mix)


Holy cow! This song is all kinds of a jam. Enjoy the video (such as it is) and grab the track for your very own. I’d suggest playing it anytime you’re feeling a little down — guaranteed mood elevator!

final edition – I can do it (anyway you want)

Beginners 7 was a great time all around. Great band! Thanks, Everbody’s In. Great guest DJ set from our friend Shelley. Lots of super cool people hanging around, chatting it up and hitting the dance floor. These are the songs we played — tell me they aren’t stone cold jams, just try!

Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – Your Precious Love
The Troggs – With a Girl Like You
Cathy Saint – Big Bad World
The Kinks – Picture Book
The Homosexuals – Astral Glamour
Grass Widow – To Where
Junior Murvin – Police & Thieves
Martha & the Vandellas – Quicksand
The Equals – Hold Me Closer
Brenton Wood – Psychotic Reaction
Belle & Sebastian – If She Wants Me
The Carrots – Doing Our Part
Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up

Lee Rogers – I Want You to Have Everything
Syreeta – I Love Everything About You
Dee Dee Sharp – Willyam Willyam
The Cookies – I Never Dreamed
The Manhattans – What’s It Gonna Be
The Yum Yums – Gonna Be a Big Thing
Martha & the Vandellas – Jimmy Mack (live version)
Destroyer – 3000 Flowers
Crystal Stilts – Crippled Croon
My Bloody Valentine – Come In Alone
The Cure – Catch

*live set from Everybody’s In*

AAB – Drunk & Destitute
The Miracles – I’ve Gotta Dance to Keep From Crying
Cyndi Lauper – When You Were Mine
Kate Bush – The Man With the Child in His Eyes
Arthur Russell – Arm Around You
City Center – Modern Love
The Lonely Island – Boombox
Buffy Sainte Marie – He’s a Keeper of the Fire
The Smiths – There is a Light That Never Goes Out

David Ruffin – I Want You Back
Los Bravos – Black is Black
Derek – Cinnamon
Crispian St. Peters – The Pied Piper
Cindy und Bert – Der Hund Von Baskervilles
Waterbed Kev – All Night Long
Skyy – Call Me
Indeep – Last Night a DJ Saved My Life (edit)
ESG – Moody
AR Kane – Miles Apart
Spring – It’s Like Heaven
Donovan – Oh Gosh
Led Zeppelin – Tangerine

(Fred & Shelley)
Love – My Little Red Book
Sylvia -My Thing
The Who – My Kids Are Alright
Mary Wells – My Guy
Belle & Sebastian – My Wandering Days Are Over
Sly & the Family Stone – Thank You (Falettin Me Be My sElf Again)
The Cars -My Best Friend’s Girl
The Saints – I’m Stranded (On My Own)
Gregory Isaacs – My Religon

What you see below is the soundtrack to a hot, hot mess of good times. I’m not one to brag but this might be the most bonkers and incredible mix Amber, Fred and I have done yet.

10cc – I’m Not In Love
Chromatics – Circled Sun
The Psychedelic Furs – She is Mine
The Velvelettes – There He Goes
The Toggery Five – I’d Much Rather Be With the Boys
The Dreamlovers – You Gave Me Somebody to Love
Honeycone – Girls It Ain’t Easy
Javelin – Oh Centra
Deerhunter – Helicopter (Diplo & Lunice Mix)
Friendly Fires/Ludacris – Paris
The Spellbinders – Chain Reaction
The Exciters – Blowin’ Up My Mind
Television Personalities – Part Time Punks

Maxine Brown – Oh No Not My Baby
The Zombies – Beechwood Park
Morrissey – I Don’t Mind If You Forget About Me
Galaxie 500 – Tugboat
Summer Camp – Ghost Train
Ride – Vapour Trail
Tommy James & the Shondells – Crimson & Clover
David Bowie – Heroes (English/German Version)
Lil Wayne – Ms Officer

Chain & the Gang – What is a Dollar
Fleetwood Mac – I Know I’m Not Wrong
Big Star – Jesus Christ
The Go-Betweens – Streets of Your Town
The Dead Milkmen – Dean’s Dream
The Verlaines – Death & the Maiden
Deerhunter – Fountain Stairs
Tears for Fears – Everybody Wants to Rule the World
David Byrne/Brian Eno – Strange Overtones
The Marvelettes – He’s a Good Guy
The Lovin’ Spoonful – Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?
Holly Golightly – Virtually Happy

Honeybus – The Breaking Up Scene
Stereototal – Beautycase
Dave Pike – I Got a Feeling
Teach Me Tiger – Honey (I Need More Of Your Love)
The Swinging Blue Jeans – You’re No Good
Josie Cotton – Johnny, Are You Queer?
LCD Soundsystem – Daft Punk is Playing at My House
The Olsen Twins – P.I.Z.Z.A. (Chopped & Screwed)
PIL – Public Image
Wham! – Freedom
Justin Bieber/Kayne West/Raekwon – Runaway Love remix
The Jacksons – Shake Your Body Down to the Ground

Bob Dylan – All the Tired Horses
Linda Lewis – It’s in His Kiss
K. Hand – Come On Now Baby
Cold Cave – Life Magazine
New Order – Ceremony
XTC – Making Plans for Nigel
Summer Camp – Round the Moon
DeeLite – Groove is in the Heart

Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five – White Lines
Twilight 22 – Electric Kingdom
Stevie Wonder – Sir Duke
Chairmen of the Board – Give Me Just a Little More Time
Lady Gaga – Telephone
Madonna – Holiday/Like a Prayer
G.L.O.B.E. & Whiz Kid – Play That Beat Mr. DJ
The Cure – Close to Me (Closer Mix)
Jay Z/Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind

Willow Smith/Nikki Minaj – Whip My Hair
The Hives – Hate to Say I Told You So
Elastica – Connection
Dinosaur Jr. – Freak Scene
MC5 – Shakin’ Street
10cc – I’m Not in Love (So In Love Remix)

the return of the disco kid

About a year or so ago I was running a secret blog, so secret I’m not going to spill the name here. The aim was to do a post a day for a year then quit, but I didn’t quite make it. I came away from the blog with a dumb nickname I gave myself (and like all nickmnames you give yourself, it didnt stick) and a burning desire to become a real live DJ and play super cool jams for super cool people. I’m super double stoked that with Fred’s help I made that dream come true as part of the Beginners team. Geez, this is starting to sound like I won some kind of award or I’m about to die. It’s not the case at all! I’m just trying to introduce this slick disco mix I threw together to keep you occupied until October 5th when we roll out the good times at Savoy again! Remember kids..ALL POP/NO RULES!

the return of the dizzco kid
Four Below Zero – My Baby’s Got ESP
Larry Brown – Breaking Training
Chic – Strike Up the Band
Glen Adams Affair – Just a Groove
Donald Byrd – Loving You
Esther Williams – Last Night Changed It All
Paul Muriat and his Orchestra – Love is Still Blue
Fleetwood Mac – Keep On Going (Cosmo Vitelli Edit)
The Eagles – One of These Nights (A Jimmy Michaels Mix)
Nicolette Larson – Lotta Love

Wow, it’s really quite amazing how many songs you can fit into 4 hours. You can see this was just about the most all over the place Beginners yet. Kind of bonkers too. Pay close attention to the Beach Boys to Albert Ayler transition. Not sure how it worked but it did. You can do magic, Fred! You too, Amber! You read my mind on the Madonna. Into the Groove is my jam! Unfortunately for everyone who straggled in on time, my set peaked when I played Arthur Russell’s Keeping Up two times in row to an empty club. That song is just so beautiful.

Anyhow, here’s what we played:

arthur russell – keeping up (2x)
the city – snow queen
the brothers johnson – strawberry letter #23
samantha sang – emotion
toto -georgie porgie
the beach boys – I guess i just wasn’t made for these times (bullion remix)
good vibrations – god only knows
the beach boys – match point of our love
first class – beach baby

albert ayler – everybody’s movin’
little richard – slippin’ and slidin’
jonathan richman – new teller
pavement – two states
trumans – you are nice
the zombies – friends of mine
love – something to me
the velvet underground – beginning to see the light
chuck mangione – feels so good

the everly brothers – made to love
soft location – diamonds and gems
julian casablancas – i’ll try anything once
john lennon – oh yoko
strawberry switchblade – since yesterday
kate bush – wuthering heights
summer camp – round the moon
brian eno – baby’s on fire
black box – everybody everybody
coasting – kids
man the hunter – dance with me

veronica falls – beachy head
koko pop – baby sister
lionel richie – dancing on the ceiling
aaliyah – more than a woman
m83 – kim & jessie
daft punk – digital love
donna summer – i feel love
jane birkin & serge gainsbourg – je t’aime…moi non plus

gardens – maze time
the gories – there but for the grace of god i go
of montreal – i feel you strutter
arthur russell – calling all kids
big boi – shutterbug
secret twins – meet again
guided by voices – game of pricks
the dovers – i could be happy
forever amber – bits of your life, bits of my life

madonna – into the groove
inner city – do you love what you feel
kesha – tick tock
david bowie – heroes
joanie summers – don’t pity me
the bee gees – you should be dancing
chairmen of the board – give me just a little more time

giorgio moroder – son of my father
baby jane & the rockabyes – how much is that doggie in the window?
diane renay – watch out, sally!
1910 fruitgum company – 1910 cotton candy castle
the masionettes – heartache avenue
lou christie – make summer last forever
the beach boys – baby blue


Young MC – Know How (Aaron LaCrate & Debonair Samir Remix)
Rihanna – Rude Boy (Diplo MIx)
Diamond K & Al Ripken Jr – Single Ladies Single Fellas
Bounce Camp – Let You Go RMX
Frank Ski vs Urban Fabric – Doo Doo Brown (2010 Remix)
The Beach Boys – Surfin’ USA (Fozzie Remix)
B.o.b. – NoThIn’ On YoU (Dj K. Millz “KlUb TeRmInator” Mix)
R. Kelly – Ignition (Copy Remix)
R. Kelly – Bump n Grind (Filthy Jerks Remix)