Autumn Colours

There’s been some beautiful sunshine lately. Although it’s getting colder, the light has been very clear, making the colours of autumn shine. I like trying to couple these colours with a bright, blue, almost summery looking sky.

The general russetness also suited a quick snap of my mate Martin who popped round, since he’s generally quite russet himself.

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DJing at the Bless!

I’m currently DJing every Monday evening at the Blessington Carriage Pub in Derby. I’m on from 9.30 – 11.30 and play a varied set. My general rule of thumb is that I don’t play anything currently in the charts. I also try to steer clear of tracks that are (over)played in other venues.

Basically, I want to expose people to new music, both new new (as in just released) and old new (most people aren’t familiar with Al Bowlly).

I can do this at the Bless because, firstly, I don’t have to keep a dancefloor filled. So I can take more risks and play a broader range of genres. Secondly, the management is very sympathetic to my idiosyncratic DJing perspective.

I do take requests and play them, if I’ve got the tracks. Currently, the most requested band is Thursday and I’m happy to play them because, as far as I know, they’re not played elsewhere in Derby. But once they are, there’ll be no point me playing them any more.

What I’m trying to promote is a culture of interest in the unknown. This is just cos I get fed up going out and knowing every single track/band that I hear. I’d personally love to go to a night where I didn’t know 90% of the music. I find it depressing that a lot of people just want to hear the same tiny micro-genres over and over again, whether it’s hyper-obscure emo, “underground” hip hop or mainstream corporate rock like the White Stripes. I mix things up because I get bored of hearing just the one bloody genre. Where’s the light and shade? I blame the themed music channels for the narrowing of people’s tastes: nowadays you can just sit in front of Scuzz or MTV Base and be assured of never being surprised.

On the other hand, I love pop music because pop isn’t a genre, it’s the best stuff across all genres. I do pop DJing. I shan’t be sticking on 12-minute prog epics purely because I find them boring. So, I’m not playing deliberately obscure or hard to listen to kind of stuff – I’m convinced all the tracks I play are very poppy. Indeed, some of them are famous pop hits from the past.

These well-known songs aren’t included for any kitsch value, I genuinely love them. If you hear me playing Abba, it won’t be because I think they’re “cheesy”, it’ll be because I think they were a great pop band. Only wankers like music “ironically.” There is no ‘it’s so cheesy it’s good.’ That’s a bullshit excuse for people worried about how cool they appear to their mates.

Below, I’ve posted the playlists from the previous two weeks. I didn’t remember to save the first week, sadly. The playlists are pretty much direct exports from WinAmp, I’ve just tidied up the paths a bit.

So, if you like the look of what I’m playing, pop along! Hell, you may think what I play is shit but at least it’s different shit.

Bless Playlist 13/10/2003

266,Slum Village – Tainted
230,Weakerthans – Anchorless
142,Magnetic Fields – I Don’t Want to Get Over You
296,The Pharcyde – Runnin’
254,Billy Talent – Try Honesty
277,Ladytron – seventeen
347,Towa Tei – Technova (La Em Copacabana)
75,Man Or Astro Man- – Green-Blooded Love
174,Lemonheads, The – Hospital
215,Thursday – I Am The Killer
194,EPMD – Pioneers
182,Throwdown – RaiseYourFist
210,AC/DC – You Shook Me All Night Long
357,Sonic Youth – Sugar Kane
253,Nas – I Can
256,Pavement – Grave Architecture
263,The Mars Volta – Inertiatic Esp
152,Various Artists – 007 (Shanty Town) – Desmond Dekker & The Aces
87,Minor Threat – Minor Threat
395,Boards of Canada – telephasic workshop
170,Death Cab for Cutie – I Was a Kaleidoscope
240,The Average White Band – Pick Up The Pieces
227,Various – capsule – le salon
135,Robert Mellin & Gian Pieri Reverberi – Main Theme
225,Ludacris – Stand Up (Dirty)[1]
265,LEN – Steal My Sunshine
187,Less Than Jake – The Science of Selling Yourself Short
245,The Human League – The Sound Of The Crowd
182,Dead Kennedys – California Uber Alles
256,Various Artists – I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow
300,Postal Service – We Will Become Silhouettes
225,Gang Starr – Same Team, No Games feat. NYG’z & H. Stax
165,Jonathan Richman – The neighbors
534,Kraftwerk – Neon Lights