Format Festival DJing 25/3/17

On Friday night just gone, I did a little set at a shindig for Format Festival.

Here’s what I played:

Knocked Loose – Oblivions Peak
Stromae – Tous Les Memes
Brakes – Heard About Your Band
A Tribe Called Quest – The Space Program
Yussef Kamaal – Black Focus
Kvelertak – 1985
The Association – Windy
Beartooth – The Lines
Mr. Lif – Everyday We Pray
Minor Threat – Minor Threat
Basement – Promise Everything
Band Of Gold – For You
Frankie Cosmos – What If
Beneficence – Manuscripts (Feat. Mindsone)
Wienzeile – Geisterbahn
Real Friends – Cover You Up
Set Your Goals – Mutiny!
Skepta Featuring Jme – That’s Not Me

HDIF DJing 18/3/17


HOO BOY! Another lovely night DJing for Ian Watson at his lovely HDIF night. We had a good crowd in, a load of mods, some rudeboys and, obviously, plenty of indiepop and soul kids.

Here’s what I played:
Band Of Gold – For You
The Free Design – 2002 – A Hit Song
Public Service Broadcasting – Gagarin
Bobby Lewis – Tossin’ And Turnin’
The Research – C’mon Chameleon
Frankie Cosmos – What If
The Monochrome Set – The Monochrome Set
Boo Radleys – Lazarus
Eternal Summers – Play Dead
The Jam – David Watts
The Swinging Blue Jeans – You’re No Good
The Roosters – One Of These Days
House Of Love – Destroy The Heart
TEEN – All About Us
The Association – Windy
Manchester Orchestra – Top Notch
Bristols – Who Does She Think She Is?
Beliefs – Tidal Wave
Teleman – Düsseldorf
Field Music – Disappointed
Stevie Wonder – I Wish
The Darling Buds – Shame On You
Desmond Dekker & The Aces – 007
Specials – Monkey Man
Saint Etienne – Only Love Can Break Your Heart
McCarthy – The Well Of Loneliness
Flatmates – Shimmer
The Beat – Mirror In The Bathroom
Black Flag – Louie Louie
Minor Threat – Minor Threat
Circle Jerks – Deny Everything
Sonic Youth – 100%
Postal Service – We Will Become Silhouettes
Stromae – Tous Les Memes
New Order – Confusion

Grawl!x DJing Playlist


I had loads of fun DJing the Grawl!x album launch party on Saturday night!

Here’s what I played:

The Operators – Cold Light

L’Orange & Kool Keith – Dr. Bipolar

Menace Beach – Tennis Court

Handguns – Sleep Deprived

Baths – Miasma Sky

Such Gold – Two Year Plan

Brood Ma – Sex Compressor

Boo Radleys – Lazarus

Masta Ace Feat. Pav Bundy, Hyp – Young Black Intelligent

TEEN – Come Back

Corpo-Mente – Arsalein

Stephen Malkmus And The Jinks – Rumble At The Rainbo

Goodbye Tomorrow – JAY Z

Jakub Zytecki – Satya’s Diary (Feat. Piotr Gib

Public Service Broadcasting – Gagarin

Real Friends – Cover You Up

A Place To Bury Strangers – Straight

Moderat – Running

Joanna Gruesome – Honestly Do Yr Worst

Verb T – Old And Grumpy

Manchester Orchestra – Top Notch

Jam Baxter – Larvae (Feat. Fliptrix)

Title Fight – Leaf


HDIF Playlist 17/10/14


On Friday, the lovely chap above, Ian, had me guest DJ at HDIF again and, as ever, I had a whaaale of a time.


It’s the first time I’ve DJed in The Buffalo Bar and I love the venue, it’s got a wonderful vibe and it was soon packed with shimmying indie peeps. There’s a gallery of pics here but they’re mixed up between Ian taking them and my snaps as his camera unfortunately crapped out.

I played indie(pop) oldies that made said peeps whoop and holler and some brand-new tunes that went down brilliantly too!

Here’s what I played:

Broken Bells – After the Disco
The Tops – Blind Faze
The Bristols – who does she think she is?
Withered Hand – Heart Heart
Cornelius – Count Five Or Six
The Primitives – Really Stupid
Alvvays – Next of Kin
Talulah Gosh – i can’t get no satisfaction (thank god)
Let’s Wrestle – Pull Through for You
The Lucksmiths – Self-Preservation
The Delgados – Under Canvas Under Wraps
Cheatahs – Get Tight
Dananananaykroyd – Watch This!
All Girl Summer Fun Band – Theme Song
The Wake – Crush The Flowers
Herb Alpert – Casino Royale
Martha – Present, Tense
Jonathan Richman + The Modern – Roadrunner
Stephen Malkmus and the Jinks – Rumble at the Rainbo
The Human League – Empire State Human
The Hidden Cameras – Gay Goth Scene
The Magnetic Fields – I Don’t Want to Get Over You
The Field Mice – If You Need Someone
Gold-Bears – Yeah, Tonight
My Bloody Valentine – Thorn
Le Tigre – Deceptacon
Huggy Bear – Herjazz
Kishi Bashi – Carry on Phenomenon
The Shins – So Says I
The Wedding Present – My Favourite Dress
Eternal Summers – Never Enough
The Cure – In Between Days

HDIF DJing Playlist 21/9/13

22/09/2013 00:52


On Saturday, I DJed How Does It Feel? again and had a silly fun time. It was a bit empty at the start but I got the floor full by the time I handed over to HDIF supremo Ian which is always VICTORY for a DJ.

I managed to fit in a good few tunes fresh from 2013 as well as indiepop classics. After my set, Nat and I bopped around to Ian’s tunes next to some wildly inebriated patrons. Ahhh, lovely night!

Here’s what I played:

Dick Diver – Alice
Au Revoir Simone – Hurricanes
The Siddeleys – Sunshine Thuggery
Deerhoof – Fete D’Adieu
The Slits – I Heard It Through The Grapevi
Allo Darlin’ – Kiss Your Lips
Marching Band – For Your Love
The Bird and the Bee – Again & Again
Crystal Stilts – Future Folklore
Magnetic Fields – Epitaph for My Heart
The Sea Urchins – Pristine Christine
Go-Betweens – Streets of your town
Death Cab for Cutie – The Sound of Settling
Martha – Sycamore
Rogue Wave – College
Echo And The Bunnymen – Rescue
The Fall – Mr. Pharmacist
Ducktails – Ivy Covered House
mylittlepony – Hard To Be Good
Jens Lekman – I Saw Her In The Anti War Demonstration
Best Coast – Crazy For You
Black Flag – Wasted
The Field Mice – If You Need Someone
Felt – Bitter End
Deerhunter – Leather Jacket I
My Bloody Valentine – Sueisfine
Belle and Sebastian – Funny Little Frog
The Darling Buds – Shame on You
The Buzzcocks – Orgasm Addict
The Hidden Cameras – I Believe In The Good Of Life
Los Campesinos! – You! Me! Dancing!
Orange Juice – Rip It Up

HDIF DJing Playlist, 17/11/12

18/11/2012 00:40

Last Saturday, I had the privilege of DJing at the almighty HDIF!

And, my god, it was rammed! Probably the fullest I’ve done yet, which is encouraging. So many people were asking what tune I was playing, I love that because the whole reason I DJ is to introduce new music! Made me feel all warm and kitteny inside. I did play shitloads of old stuff but managed squeeze in quite a few 2012 newbies, Holograms and Kindness went down very well!

Here’s what I played:

le Page – Bubble Bubble

YOU ! – Heart

boo radleys – Lazy Day

mylittlepony – Capital Of Norway

about the girl – Tiger Evolution

Even as We Speak – Falling Down The Stairs

Allo Darlin’ – Northern Lights

The Lucksmiths – Camera-Shy

Diamond Rings – Wait And See

Beat Happening – Hot Chocolate Boy

My Bloody Valentine – Thorn

Dinosaur Jr. – Freak Scene

Belle and Sebastian – Funny Little Frog

Crystal Stilts – Half a Moon

The Magnetic Fields – Famous

Holograms – Astray

Spearmint – sweeping the nation

Cure – In Between Days

Kindness – Gee Up

Chromeo – Call Me Up

Stevie Wonder – I Wish

The Hidden Cameras – Ban Marriage

Comet Gain – Yoona Baines

The Orchids – Bemused Confused and Bedraggled

Echo And The Bunnymen – Rescue

The Legends – Call it ours

The Buzzcocks – Love You More

Ben Folds Five – Army

Cats On Fire – Higher Grounds (new)

Teenage Fanclub – God Knows It’s True

The Brilliant Corners – Brian Rix

The Lemonheads – If I could talk I’d tell you

London & HDIF DJing 20/8/11


On Friday, I travelled down to London to see my friend Amy. We had a great time wandering around (to me) exotic and sumptuous Leyton. The cake shops! Mmmm… Those little Portuguese thingies, with the pastry and the custardniess are deadly.

Then last night I DJed again at HDIF (How Does It Feel To Be Loved?), a wonderful indiepop clubnight run by Mr. Ian Watson. I’d originally been cheeky and asked if I could get Amy and I in on the guestlist. Even better than that, Ian said, how about DJing since the scheduled bloke couldn’t make it? Of course I said yes.

So, I DJed and then I danced around with a load of mates who seemed to have gathered from everywhere. It was a lovely night, full of new and old faces. Click the pic above to see a gallery of them!

Today, Amy, Sean and I had a slap-up Sunday dinner at The Lexington on Pentonville Road before getting yet more cakes at St. Pancras. I would say I’ve eaten my own weight in cakes this weekend but seeing as they’ll be increasing my weight, I think that’s some kind of maths thing I don’t understand? A convergent series?

London was beautiful and ugly, rich and poor, tasty and nauseating. It always inspires me and takes me out of my everyday sense of self. I hope I can hold on to some of that feeling back in Derby.

And here’s what I played:

Papa Topo – Oso Panda
Army Navy – Last Legs
[ingenting] – Tack.
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Heart In Your Heartbreak
McCarthy – The Well Of Loneliness
Moustache Of Insanity – We Need More Awesome
Butcher Boy – Clockwork
Crystal Stilts – Half a Moon
Sonic Youth – Kool Thing
My Bloody Valentine – (When You Wake) You’re Still in a Dream
Comet Gain – The Weekend Dreams
Pavement – Trigger Cut / Wounded Kite At 17
La Casa Azul – El Momento Mßs Feliz
Barry Gray – Joe 90
Best Coast – Crazy For You
The Lucksmiths – T-Shirt Weather
The Shins – Kissing The Lipless
Milky Wimpshake – Cherry Pop
Thee Headcoatees – Come Into My Mouth
Velocette – Get Yourself Together
Huggy Bear – Herjazz
Big Troubles – Modern Intimacy
The Wedding Present – Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft
House of Love – Destroy The Heart
Deerhoof – Super Duper Rescue Heads !
of Montreal – Coquet Coquette
The Jam – David Watts
The Hidden Cameras – I Believe In The Good Of Life
Let’s Wrestle – I Won’t Lie To You
Cats on Fire – Higher Grounds
The Legends – Call it ours
Erland & The Carnival – This Night
The Field Mice – Sensitive
Cure – In Between Days
Yazoo – Don’t Go

Another Sunny Night Gig & DJing and Parisness

Outdoor Pano 1

Last weekend, from Friday to Monday, I was in Paris! I went over to play a gig for the thoroughly lovely Another Sunny Night peeps. While I was there, I also DJed at Planète Mars, an awesome bar that you should check out if you’re ever in Paris.

I went over with Robbie, who was doing the sound and iPod wrangling. We managed to fit the music around eating an enormous amount of the tastiest food ever and a spot of sightseeing. But let’s do this properly, I’m getting a bit previous!

Planete Mars DJing - 1

Well, Friday night was the DJing. The bar was absolutely rammed and I played a suitably poptastic set. I did play loads of new tunes but there were more classics than before, albeit my slightly idiosyncratic definition of classic (The Sylvers, The Theme From Robinson Crusoe). The vibe in the bar was awesome and Hakim, the super-genial owner, plied me with some crazy cordials. Never had cucumber cordial before, puzzlingly good.

Gigging At L'international - 42

Then on Saturday, it was the gig. I was first on and a little nervous as the last gig I played, The Hangover Lounge one, had been emotionally difficult. But I think I held things together better on Saturday and the crowd seemed to love it. I got loads of positive comments afterwards and people even bought records!

Gigging At L'international - 23

Then I watched the other two bands, The Starlets and Panama, both rocking in different ways. The Starlets were, ironically, quite Brel: each song a vignette and musically quite theatrical and flourishy. All in a good way – I loved them!

Gigging At L'international - 29

Then the last band, Panama, who were more indierocking rockness. They’ve got really catchy songs and very much reminded me of early Ric Menck bands, whether that’s Choo Choo Train or Bag-O-Shells. A bit of Lemonheads in there too, I reckon. Made me want to form a rocking band again and stamp on some pedals. Dude.

The Note I Left For François On A Setlist

Then on Sunday, I made a pilgrimage to François Truffaut’s grave. He’s been my favourite director for decades and I couldn’t miss the chance to pay my respects to his memory. I left the message you see in the pic above. White Town really couldn’t exist without Truffaut, I’ve stolen so much from him in terms of emotional explicitness and lack of wankiness.

Monday, we came home. Yeah.

Reflecting on the weekend, it reminded me that after I first played Mattias Jansson’s Cosy Den, in 2005, I posted about wanting to meet people I had something in common with, people I actually wanted to work with who were decent and genuine and into music. You know ~ not Tories.

Well, little by little, that’s happening. The first person who emailed me way back then was Ian Watson from HDIF and the man is a stick of rock with ‘GOOD EGG’ written all the way through. London Popfest, Indietracks, Hangover Lounge… I’ve been very picky about who I’ve worked with and I think it’s paid-off in that I haven’t had a horrendous gig experience due to trusting NME-ish indie chancers.

Add to that list: Another Sunny Night. Emilie, Clémence & Joanny took care of us, organised the gig and DJing faultlessly (despite most of them being severely inebriated) and we got paid. Of course, I still lost money overall but that’s international gigging. (Well, unless you’re Gaga, I guess?) The ASN massive fed, watered and generally held our hands through the weekend, checking we were okay and running about making everything perfect. So, we had a great time, the other bands had a great time and the audience… well, they definitely had a great time.

So, thank you ASN, thank you Paris and, of course, thank you François Truffaut.

Bzangy Groink Playlist 16/3/11

Tonight’s best new track was ‘Super Duper Rescue Heads,’ Deerhoof’s poppiest track to date. This song is pure sunshine dappling your face through leaves, butterflies flapping around like nutters and tiny dogs yapping shopping lists.

The best old track was The Boo Radley’s ‘Lazy Day.’ Another slice of summer in a pop song, I used to love dancing to this in the Blue Note, back when they played non-chart music. Shoegaze love.

Shpongle – before the big bang
Cyanna – San Quentin
Access Immortal – Acc The Villain
Not Advised – A Red Light Situation
Betty and the Werewolves – Wind-Up
Shannon Wright – Fractured
The Legends – Call it ours
Set Your Goals – Mutiny!
Dr. Oop – Midtown Memoirs
Akira Kiteshi – Ming The Merciless
The Crayon Fields – Graceless
Ten After Two – Reason To Fake
mc chris – EMO PARTY
1000 robota – er sagt ( punks jump up remix )
Kid Liberty – Fight With Your Fists
Bassnectar – Art of Revolution
The I.R.S – Gorilla Shuffle
Big Troubles – Modern Intimacy
Electric Wizard – Black Mass
Igorrr – Melting Nails
Brand New – Guernica
School of Seven Bells – Babelonia
Chunk! no captain chunk – Time’s Up!
Reso – Beasts In The Basement
Erland & The Carnival – ThisNight
Darkest Hour – Violent By Nature
Xzibit f/ Nate Dogg – Multiply
Chilly Gonzales – You Can Dance
Calories – Orchard Girls
Deerhoof – Super Duper Rescue Heads !
Simon G – Simme
ACODA – Finding Your Feet
AMP Live – Hot Right Now (Bassnectar Remi
boo radleys – Lazy Day
Everything Everything – Schoolin
NumÈro – H.O.N.N.E.U.R
Veara – We Have a Body Count
WC – Revenge Of The Barracuda
Belle and Sebastian – Come On Sister
Matta – Solar Driftwood (Feat. The Abyss)
Atmosphere – You
The Juan MacLean – No Time
Counterpunch – The Great Regression
Pelican – Ephemeral
Data Select Party – Wake Up The Town
Cut Copy – Take Me Over
Algernon Cadwallader – Serial Killer Status
The Answering Machine – Video 8
Mystic Man – Off It
le Page – Luna Land
Hour of the Wolf – Domestic Wild
Taking Back Sunday – Timberwolves at New Jersey
Say Hi – Take Ya’ Dancin’
Super Chron Flight Brothers – Travailler
Allo Darlin’ – Silver Dollars
Computer Club – Losing Streak (Featuring Frankmusik)
KGV – Harde Kern
Aden – Matinee Idol
The Notorious B.I.G. – Juicy
Telefon Tel Aviv – Helen Of Troy
Luna – Beautiful View
Sefiros – Exabyt
Cylob – Flicklife (Cylob Mix)

Bzangy Groink 29/9/10

Tonight’s best new track was ‘Crazy For You’ by Best Coast. One minute and fifty seconds of swoonsome delight, this track comes from a similarly languid and sun-drenched album. Check it out!

The best old track was Marching Band‘s ‘For Your Love.’ God, what a perfect, catchy pop song! Breezy splendour.

The Vaselines – Such a Fool
Norma Jean – The Anthem Of The Angry Brides
Abe Vigoda – Sequins
le Page – Luna Land
Tim Kasher – Cold Love
The Sect – Everything Is Waves
Diversion Tactics – No Collaborations
Clinic – Evelyn
P. Reign – Dun Did it
Mr Fogg – Stung (Ital Tek Remix)
The Successful Failures – Armadillo Boy
School of Seven Bells – Chain
Burn the Fleet – Conduits
Brisa Roché – It’s alright
Foreign Beggars – 2nd Hand Contraband
Crocodiles – Mirrors
Chimpo – Nasty
Hollow Tip – Raw N Uncut (Ft. San Quinn and Mic-C)
Chiodos – Bulls Make Money, Bears Make Money, Pigs Get Slaughtered
Huoratron – Gbay
New Politics – Yeah Yeah Yeah
Motion Man – Pouring You Mo Champagne
Twitch – Kamosis
Marching Band – For Your Love
Cyanna – San Quentin
Gold Kids – The Sound Of Breaking Up
Hot Hot Heat – Keep My Name Out of Your Mouth
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Sink/Let It Sway
Dr. Oop – Midtown Memoirs
Littlefoot – Sell My Soul
Twin Shadow – I Can’t Wait
Calories – Orchard Girls
Super Chron Flight Brothers – No Spin Zone
Chromeo – Needy Girl (Lifelike Remix)
Best Coast – Crazy For You
Sex Bob-omb – We Are Sex Bob-Omb
Everything Everything – MY KZ, UR BF
Set Your Goals – The Fallen…
dead prez – Hip-hop
Reso – Armored Core
Fan Death – the best night
Kid Liberty – I’m Right Here
Beirut – Elephant Gun