Set List: Siouxsie and the Banshees vs. Yeah Yeah Yeahs Night at Underground

The Glove on record (Photo: Liz O.)

I played early last night at Underground, which was surprisingly fun. I did the 9:30 p.m. warm-up set, which means that I played to, maybe, five non-employees, but I got to play stuff that would probably tank in the middle of the night. My second set was sometime in the 11 o’clock hour, which is still early. However, we had enough people on the dance floor where I felt like I could do my thing and keep people dancing, which is good.

Remember that set I was practicing last week? Well, I did play it. The three songs– “Rippin Kittin,” “Like a Pen” and “House of Jealous Lovers”– sounded pretty good together. I could have probably mixed in “House of Jealous Lovers” a bar earlier, but, whatever, people were dancing.

Check out the set list after the jump.
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Reading Material: A-Trak, Shane and Chris Houghton, N.C. Winters

No Goodnicks (After Robert McGinnis) by Justin Bloomer (Photo: Liz O.)

I write a lot, or at least, enough where I have a hard time remembering what I’ve done. So, maybe it’s a good idea to compile a weekly list of things that have hit the street or the web or whatever.

Monday: “10 Awesome Artworks Inspired by Retro Cartoons, at ‘Gag Me With a Toon 4′” (L.A. Weekly)
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How I Put Together a DJ Set Pt. 2: When an Older Song Finally Sounds Right

The Knife "Like a Pen" 12" (Photo: Liz O.)

This week, I’m documenting how I put together a DJ set for Underground. Even though my sets are, ultimately, spontaneous, I try to spend a little time every day working on them. We’ll see how it all works out on Friday night. RSVP for Underground’s Siouxsie and the Banshees vs. Yeah Yeah Yeahs night on Facebook.

The record in the above photo is The Knife’s remix 12″ single for “Like a Pen.” It came out on Mute back in 2006 and that’s probably right around the time I bought it. I’ve had it in my crate for a gigs here and there, but I’m not quite sure I’ve ever dropped any of the mixes in a set.
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How I Put Together a DJ Set Pt. 1: When Spotify Comes in Handy

This week, I’m documenting how I put together a DJ set for Underground. Even though my sets are, ultimately, spontaneous, I try to spend a little time every day working on them. We’ll see how it all works out on Friday night. RSVP for Underground’s Siouxsie and the Banshees vs. Yeah Yeah Yeahs night on Facebook.

Sunday night, I found out that this week’s theme at Underground is Siouxsie and the Banshees vs. Yeah Yeah Yeahs. My first mission, then, was to figure out which songs from those two bands I want in my crate. Yeah Yeah Yeahs doesn’t have a massive catalog, so I can bring whatever I have with me. The Banshees, on the other hand, have a couple decades of albums– all of which I have– and many singles. I own a few of those too. The challenge is narrowing down the picks for the party.
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Photography Jewelry from Megan C. Brooks for Goths and Old School Gamers

Megan C. Brooks bottle cap charm (via Etsy)

Megan C. Brooks is a New Jersey-based photographer whose work I cannot compliment highly enough. She’s also a friend and, back when she lived in Los Angeles, we used to collaborate with each other. We spent a year or so traveling across Southern California in search of the perfect music festival, most of which was documented in a music newspaper called The Rockit that’s no longer in existence. (Dig through the archives on her website and you’ll find photos from many of those adventures.)

Megan just released a line of bottle cap jewelry with a lovely, gothic feel- “Handmade with my own blood sweat and beers, well I had a little help with the beers,” she writes on Etsy– and each piece features one of her photos. You can pick out one five cemetery photos for your pendant, and, at $11, it’s a really affordable way to beef up your art collection.
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Set List: Depeche Mode vs. Daft Punk Night at Underground

Sound check Instagram (Photo: Liz O.)

Last night was Depeche Mode vs. Daft Punk at Underground and– OMG!– it was great. We had a big crowd of people who were on the dance floor most of the night. As DJs, that’s all we can ask for in this party world. And when I see you mouthing the words to the newer songs (please note that the DJ sees all when we’re in the tiny clubs), then I’m happy.

I still get pretty nervous when I spin, probably more so now than ever. After two gig-free years, going back into the booth can be a bit daunting. You know how people say you never forget how to ride a bike? Well, I’m pretty sure I did forget that and I thought the same might happen for DJing. That’s why playing vinyl-only sets are really important for me right now. I have to push myself to get back to the technical level I was at back when I was playing three to seven nights a week, often for four-hour stretches. I have to do that in public, in a situation where I could completely embarrass myself, because fear always pushes me forward.
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Sneak Peek: Six Records for Underground’s Depeche Mode vs. Daft Punk Party

Tomorrow night is Depeche Mode vs. Daft Punk at Underground. I’m pretty heavily into Depeche Mode (check out my favorite B-sides on the Underground blog) and am a Daft Punk fan as well, so this will be fun. If you plan on going, make sure you RSVP on Facebook.

Here’s a sample of what I’m bringing.

1. The Classic

Photo: Liz O.

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Monyo Monyo’s Awesome Masks

Last weekend, “Diversions,” a group show, opened at GR2 in Los Angeles. One of the artists is Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game animator Paul Robertson. I interviewed Robertson for my L.A. Weekly column, Cult Stars. Another artist in the show is Monyo Monyo, who is responsible for the gorgeous masks (and one vest) photographed here. Check out the show if you can. It’s fun and runs through early April.

Monyo Monyo (Photo: Liz O.)


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Beat Swap Meet + An Amoeba Trip

Artist unknown. (Instagram Photo: Liz O.)

I’m really lucky to have a boyfriend who likes crate digging as much as I do. Many of our best adventures revolve around our never-ending quest for the most bad ass record collection and Sunday was no different. We headed down to Chinatown for the fourth anniversary of the Beat Swap Meet. It’s been a long time since we went to this record collector fun fest and it certainly has grown. Last time we went to a Beat Swap Meet, it was only inside the Grand Star (the same venue where I spin for Underground). This time around, the event took up almost all of the main Chinatown plaza on Broadway.
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