Popstarz Setlist 5/6/09

I was suffering from intense toothache while DJing on Friday (and must have drunk about a bottle and half of champagne, but more on that later) but it seems pain = a great DJ set. We’ve not played Scissor Sisters since leaving the Scala but hearing Comfortably Numb again was brilliant. Here’s what I played.

VV Brown – Crying Blood
Noisettes – Never Forget You
Dimestars – Echo Beach
The Knife – Heartbeats
La Roux – Bulletproof
Gossip – Heavy Cross


The Veronicas Hit The UK!

Over three years ago I wrote about a brilliant pop band called The Veronicas. I’d found them via an mp3 blog, was working in social media at the time, and loved the way they were being marketed.

Amazingly they are now being brought over to have a crack at UK success. Although the Max Martin penned 4eva from their debut album remains the standout song for me, it’s their 2nd album ‘Hook Me Up’ that we’ll be hearing. Originally released in their home of Australia in 2007 I wonder what it must be like for a band to constantly have to promote the same stuff over and over again in different terriorites over such a long period. I know we think the world of pop is all glamour and glitz, but we have to remember to the people involved it’s probably like any other job. It has more than it’s fair share of amazing-ness but there must be those hungover or dragging days that get anyone down.

Image issues are another part of fame, and I think something The Veronicas are facing. Where once they were pretty looking normal girls, they’ve now become so thin it’s unattractive. You could see every bone and muscle in their knees when perching on stools and facially they looked worn and gaunt, plus they’re playing about with a ‘oooh we might be so sexy together’ lesbian T.a.T.u-esque vibe despite being sisters. Yawn, we’re so over that.

Muscially though, is what we’re all about, and live they pulled off a great show. They’ve dropped the super poppy sound of ‘The Secret Lives of…’ and taken a darker, more studio electronic vibe surrounded by emo looking band members. ‘Untouched’ will be their first UK single. It’s an urgent sounding, string laden teenage tale of yearning love that I think is brilliant. It’s perfect to soundtrack an episode of Gossip Girl, but I doubt it’ll work on super safe daytime radio music policies. Perhaps the similarly awesome but slightly more commercial Hook Me Up would do better. Equally their image is doubtful to impress fashion magazines or the like unless they were on a bit of a gothic vibe, with my friend from Marie Claire describing them on his twitter as ‘appleton + shampoo + pinks song + rubbish tattoos = the veronicas’.

You can download a free, guilt free copy of Untouched here courtesy of Fuse Magazine.

Download The Veronicas – Untouched [MP3].

Most importantly if you only have time for one creepy pair of weirdo sisters in your life, ditch these and go check out the wonderful The Pierces. We’re waiting for your new record!

A Rockstarz set

I love Rockstarz. I know I go on about it all the time but it’s ace. Here are some songs I played this week.

Mark Ronson – Stop Me / Connan & The Mockasins – Sneaky Sneaky Dogfiend / Mr Hudson & The Library – Too Late, Too Late / Jarvis – Don’t Let Him Waste Your Time / Air Traffic – Never Even Told Me Her Names / Kasabian – Me plus One (sadly not a cover of Annie) / Vines – Don’t Listen to the Radio / Modest Mouse – Dashboard / L7 – Pretend That We’re Dead / Charlotte Hatherley – Behave / Metric – Handshakes / The Violets – Forey / Soulwax – Conversation Intercom / The Whip – Trash / Teddybears – Punkrocker / Bloc Party – 2 More Years [MSTRKRFT remix] / Lilllix – Little Things / Shiny Toy Guns – Le Disko / The Killers – Bones / LCD Soundsystem – North American Scum / Kaiser Chiefs – Ruby / Just Jack – Starz in your eyes / Gossip – Jealous Girls / CSS – Let’s Make Love / Klaxons – Golden Skans / Cazels – Poor Innocent Boy / Jarvis – Fat Children / Switches – Lay Down The Law / Young Knives – Hot Summer / Young Love – Discotech / Metric – Dead Disco

Come. Mondays at Ghetto, there’s always a band playing too and it’s only about £3 to get in. I’m back on Feb 5th with the Schla la las.

To make the people dance…

Tonight, like nearly every Thursday, Friday and Monday night (yes I never sleep), I was djing. And I played some ace music.

Thursday is Miss-Shapes where nearly anything goes but is mainly indie and pop. Our first set was brill, it went something like this (there are whopping gaps as I forgot to photo it and can’t remember):

Brad Walsh – Two of Hearts
Lo-Fn-Fnk – City
Linda Sundblad – Lose You
Annie – Anniemal
Bertine Zetlitz – Midnight
Jarvis – Don’t Let Him Waste Your Time
Air Traffic – Never Even Told Me Her Name
Just Jack – Starz in your eyes
Beck – Cellphone’s Dead
Mika – Love Today
Elton Montello – Jet Boy, Jet Girl
The Rakes – Work Work Work (Pub, Club, Sleep)
White Rose Movement – Love is A Number
The Gossip – Jealous Girls
Lady Sovereign – Pretty Vacant
Ashlee Simpson – Boyfriend
Amy Winehouse – You Know I’m No Good
Peaches – Boys Wanna Be Her
Le Tigre – TKO
The Pipettes – Your Kisses Are Wasted On Me

In the late set we played Sophie Ellis Bextor – Catch You and it went down a storm. HOORAY.

Tonight @ Ghetto

Tonight join Laurence and myself to dance at Rockstarz while listening to these guys.

You’ll probably recognise vocalist Tina from the cute and colourful video to Annie Mac favourite and Crazy Itch Radio highlight Take Me Back To Your House. Frankyl, it’s refreshing enough just to see a Jaxx video where you don’t have to avert your eyes from some massive breasts.

Rockstarz @ Ghetto

So tonight I did my first slot at Rockstarz, in fact my first night at Ghetto which wasn’t Miss-Shapes, meaning I didn’t have old faithful Girls Aloud to fall back on. Rockstarz is all about guitar music and about live bands. Tonight we had Plastik playing. I was quite nervous about the night – I played by myself (james didn’t really wanna go out) and indie stuff isn’t my home base. I might play at lots of indie nights now but you got to remember I was a girl who grew up on Billie and the Spice Girls 🙂 So, I was flapping to extremes spending all day trying to catch up on new music and then all of my first set completely stressed out.

But, despite it being the end to a weird, sad weekend datewise, it was fun, fun, fun and awesome to play songs I love that aren’t mainstream and have people dance. Popstarz is very much the indie charty songs, but Rockstarz is a lot more open minded. Plus it was cool to play alongside Laurence.

I didn’t write a setlist down but I played ace stuff including Datarock – Fa Fa Fa, Noisettes – Scratch Your Name, Peter Bjorn & John – Young Folk (totally beating Sinclar for whistly song of the year), Veruca Salt – Seether (thanks Kim!), Klaxons – Not Over Yet (hello! Floorclearer!) some Easyworld, Sons and Daughters – Dance Me In, Metric, The Faint, White Rose Movement, plus some other stuff I can’t remember right now. Anyway it was ace! Hopefully I’ll do it again, but in any case check out this list of bands Rockstarz has coming up and at least make sure Dragonnette goes in your diary.

Oct 23 : Plastik
Oct 30: Joana and the Wolf
Nov 6: Eskimo Disco
Nov 13: Dragonette
Nov 20: The Far Cries
Nov 27: Look Look (Dancing Boys)
Dec 12: Shit Disco
Dec 18: Parka
Jan 8:  DiskoBoy
Jan 15: Fleeing From Finales
Feb 5: The Scha La Las

The rest of the weekend was as good as could be. Friday at Popstarz marked our one year anniversary at the club from when we covered from Sandra’s trip away last year and cacked ourselves at the then meant to be one off. Since then i’ve basically ruined the entire night by convincing the rest of the DJs that Kelly Clarkson – Since U Been Gone was an appropriate thing to play (sorry! i’ve stopped now!). :-).

Saturday saw me face the dilemma of one of my favourite clubs just down the road from our house or opting to spend some time in a world where I might meet some men who aren’t gay. I thought of Clare’s words, was strong and took the latter option to party with my Aztec Warrior housemate Naomi and her friends from uni at Rock Garden in Covent Garden which was pretty good fun and contained that element of normality of just dancing to random shit, charty songs that I’d oddly been missing from my hometown days! Alcohol and sickness made homies go home, but 1am was no stopping time for me and I knew Trash Palace would be there for me. 10 mins later and I was on the way to Ghetto (for what? the 7th wigout in 8 weeks maybe???) with Jamie and Nic, before I scarpered off to meet Alex for a bit in Soho House, before dragging him back to Ghetto. We all then got the crazyiest cab in the world back home – I always refuse to get unlicensed cabs but it was 6am and after wandering up and down OCS trying to decide whether to go to Balans for breakfast for 30 mins we just needed to go home.  Anyway said cab did have a licensed sticker, despite trying to pick up randoms on the street and I managed to barter him to £17 for a drop at our house and one in E9. Bargain. The best bit was that the cabbie had made a cd full of total drunk classic songs – I can’t even remember what they were, but they were ace and we all sung along really loudly and loutishly all the way home. Huzzah. On Sunday we all woke up feeling mega shit but a trip to the weirdest restaurant I’ve ever been to which I just had to introduce Alex to, made it all better. The place is LMNT on Queensbridge Road and their Sunday Roasts are ace. I’d recommend that you don’t click that link – just trust me, and go without any idea of what it’s like. It will blow your mind.

Hmmm, that’s a blog taking this back to the self-indulgent days of old wittering about myself. I don’t really write anything about myself anymore for fear of odd, psycho cyber stalkers. But, er never mind!

Miss-Shapes: 19 Oct 06

Not done a setlist for a little while so here is what we played last night in our early set. It got very busy, very early and I enjoyed the early set. Nothing exceptionally new or exciting, just fun. Hooray.

The Clash- Rudie can’t fail
Rumble Strips – Oh Creole
The Raconteurs – Broken Boy Soldiers
Beck – Cellphone’s Dead
Teddybears – Yours to Keep [Nenah version]
Giorgio Moroder – Baby Blue
Gwenno – Dance Alone
Shampoo – Cars
Dead Disco – Automatic
Stefy – Chelsea
Protocol – Where’s The Pleasure
Presets – Are you The One
Fischerspooner – Happy
LCD Soundsystem – Tribulations
Softcell – Sex Dwarf
Peaches – Boys Wanna Be Her
Gossip – Standing in the way of Control
Portabello – Covered in Punk
Bloc Party – Helicopter
Ashlee Simpson – Boyfriend
CSS – Let’s make love
Le Tigre – TKO
Basement Jaxx – Plug it in

Catch us at Popstarz tonight and Rockstarz on Monday!

Miss-Shapes August

Coming up at Miss-Shapes in August, we’ve got Canadian Smiths wannabes, The Organ playing live on the 22nd. We’re not djing that date, but we’ll be there bopping along.

This is what we played last night:
1030 – 1200
Ashanti – Only U
Lady Sovreign – Hoodie
Estelle – Free
Spice Girls – Step To Me
Pulp – Party Hard
Under The Influence of Giants – Mama’s room
Apartment – Taxi
Young Knives – Hot Summer
Suffrajets – Worthy
Sunny Day Sets Fire – Wilderness
The Jam – Eton Rifles
Jamelia – Something About You
Stefy – Chelsea
The Modern – 7 Oceans
Dead Disco – Automatic
Soho Dolls – Pleasures of Soho
Boy Kill Boy – Civil Sin
Editors – Blood
Kasabian – empire
Mystery Jets – You Can’t Fool Me Dennis

Smiths – Bigmouth Strikes Again
Boy Kill Boy – Suzie
Muse – Supermassive Black Hole
Uffie – Hot Chick
Justin Timberlake – Sexyback
Nelly Furtado – Maneater
The Automatic – Monster
Blur – Girls and Boys
Pipettes – Yr Kisses R Wasted On Me
Lily Allen – Smile
Blondie – Call Me
Kelly Clarkson – Since U Been gone
Placebo – Nancy Boy
Justice vs Simian – We Are Your friends
Cansai De Ser Sexy – Let’s make love and listen to Death From Above
Puretone – Addicted to Bass
Girls Aloud – The Show
Hole – Celebrity Skin
Strokes – Juicebox

Night off Popstarz tonight. Instead we’re off to see Apartment at 333. See you in Brighton.