Archive for September, 2010

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


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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

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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)


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My three favorite things about Absolute Beginners 4th Anni All-Star Blowout:

1. Playing Unrest, then Personal & the Pizzas for Chrysta. She just got engaged and that’s a sweet thing. She’s going to be very happy.
2. Amber spinning tunes. She played the jam of the night – Anita Garbo’s Miracles. It’s a crazy Swedish discopop song from the late 70s with strings by Jeff Lynne and a crazy Sparks-like feel. So damn good!
3. People staying until the club turned all the lights on and kicked us out. It was awesome and I hope the same thing happens when we all get together again on September 21st at Savoy!

Here’s what Fred, Amber and Tim (me) played:

The Carpenters – Yesterday Once More
Neil Sedaka – Laughter in the Rain
Art Garfunkel – Breakaway
Dusty Springfield – I Only Wanna Be With You
Sonny & Cher – Leave Me Be
The Lovin’ Spoonful – You Baby
Yvonne Carroll – A Little Bit of Soap
Darlene Love – Wait Until My Bobby Gets Home
The Delicates – Stop Shoving Me Around
The Pandoras – About My Baby (I Could Write a Book)
Stereolab – Moogie Wonderland
The Velvet Underground – Guess I’m Fallin’ In Love
The Who – Our Love Was
The Troggs – Anyway That You Want Me
The Monkees – Sometime in the Morning
The Creation – How Does It Feel to Feel
The Sweet – You’re Not Wrong For Loving Me
Goldie & the Gingerbreads – Can You Feel My Heartbeat?
Hermans Hermits – Must to Avoid

The Orchids – Ooh-Chang-a-Lang
The Ramones – Swallow My Pride
Magic Kids – Hey Boy
The Grass Roots – Midnight Confessions
The Pastels – Song for a Friend
Sheriff and the Revels – Shombalor
The Small Faces – Itchycoo Park
The Shangri-La’s – Give Him a Great Big Kiss
The Rolling Stones – Connection
The Smiths – Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now
John Maus – Do Your Best
Jane’s Addiction – Been Caught Stealing
Everly Brothers – Cathy’s Clown
Tommy James & the Shondells – Out of the Blue

Anita Garbo – Miracles
Kate Bush – Hounds of Love
The Clean – Getting Older
The Cranberries – Free to Decide
The Supremes – Love is Like an Itching in My Heart
Newcleus – Jam On It
Animal Collective – Brother Sport
Copy/R. Kelly – Ignition
Liquid Liquid – Cavern
New Order – Leave Me Alone
Spoon – Take the Fifth
Belle & Sebastian – Funny Little Frog
Adam & the Ants – Stand & Deliver

Steely Dan – My Old School
Beyonce – Single Ladies
Mr. CG – Boogie Board 9000
Kanye West – Power
Lil’ Wayne – A Milli
The Kinks – Starstruck
The Velvet Underground – Sweet Jane
Dream Express – A Million 1,2,3
Love – Maybe The People Would Be The Times Or Between Clark And Hilldale
My Bloody Valentine – You Made Me Realize
The Breeders – Divine Hammer
The Sundays – Here’s Where the Story Ends
Aislers Set – Last Match
Unrest – Make Out Club
Personal & the Pizzas – Brass Knuckles
Sweet – Little Willy

Hot Chocolate – Heaven’s in the Backseat of My Cadillac
The Jets – Crush On You
Glass Candy – Feeling Without Touching
Indeep – Last Night a DJ Saved My Life
Frankie Smith – Double Dutch Bus
Shannon – Let the Music Play
Hall & Oates – Private Eyes
Loon/Christopher – What You Say
T.I. – Whatever You Like
The Equals – Baby Come Back
Prince – Let’s Go Crazy
The Strokes – You Only Live Once
David Bowie – Young Americans
Sam Cooke – Bring It on Home

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