My Beat Swap Meet Haul, Day 1

Beat Swap Meet is going on all this weekend at the Grand Star in Chinatown. I went today and the finds were much better than the last time the event turned up in the neighborhood. I’ll probably go again tomorrow, but I have a feeling I won’t find as much cheap vinyl goodness as I did today. Overall, I spent $30 and left with 16 records. I ended up buying 14 pieces off one guy for $20. That was exciting. Here’s the haul.
Fun Boy Three S/T

At $7, this was the most expensive record I bought. This is the album with “The Lunatics…” on it. It was a must-buy.


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Set List: Won’t Back Down, The Freak Table Art Show

My friend, Gavin Hignight, recently released the novel The Freak Table. Last night, Downtown’s Artwalk hosted a group show inspired by the book, called “Won’t Back Down.” I was happy to DJ alongside Del from Tune in Tokyo for the event. I played two sets over the course of the night, both of which are inspired by The Freak Table.

Set One:

Skinny Puppy– Worlock

Depeche Mode– Behind the Wheel

Real Life– Send Me an Angel

Sisters of Mercy– Alice

Chameleons– In Shreds

Siouxsie and the Banshees- Slowdive

Joy Division– Dead Souls

The Cure– Fascination Street

Front 242– Don’t Crash

New Order– Bizarre Love Triangle

The Smiths– Bigmouth Strikes Again

Stone Roses– I Wanna Be Adored

Suede– The Drowners

Set Two:

Clan of Xymox– Louise

Ultravox– Dancing with Tears in My Eyes

Human League– Seconds

Tears for Fears– Change

House of Love– Destroy the Heart

The Las– There She Goes

Duran Duran– The Chauffeur

Underground Set List 2/08/13

This one got really ’80s.

Set One:

Siouxsie and the Banshees– Dazzle

Strawberry Switchblade– Since Yesterday

Depeche Mode– See You

Clan of Xymox– Muscoviet Mosquito

Duran Duran– Careless Memories

Joy Division– Isolation

The Smiths– What She Said

The Cure– Primary

Elastica– Connection

Adam and the Ants– Ant Music

Bow Wow Wow– I Want Candy

Sisters of Mercy– Alice

Soft Cell– Memorabilia

New Order– Perfect Kiss

Ladytron– Evil (Ewan Pearson Mix)

The Rapture– House of Jealous Lovers

The Clash– Magnificent Seven

Set Two:

Soft Cell– Sex Dwarf

Duran Duran– Planet Earth

Siouxsie and the Banshees– Slowdive

The Cure– Boys Don’t Cry

Dexy’s Midnight Runner– Come on Eileen

Depeche Mode– Personal Jesus

Human League– Don’t You Want Me

Gorillaz– Dare (DFA Mix)

Amy Winehouse– You Know I’m No Good


Good Mail: New Vinyl from Crystal Castles and Drexciya

crystalcastlesdrexciya 2As much as I love digging through the bins at every L.A. record store, I also order a lot of my records online. This is mostly because I like getting physical mail. Also, Amoeba sometimes sends out coupons that are only good for the online shop. These are my most recent purchases, which I picked up yesterday.

The record on the left is (III), the new one from Crystal Castles. I’ll probably be playing something off of this at my gigs soon, though I don’t know if soon means tonight.

I also picked up Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller III. This is from the Drexciya reissue series released by Clone Classic Cuts. If you’re a techno fan, you probably well aware of Drexciya’s impact. If you have never heard the name before, here’s the Wikipedia entry to get you started, but, really, you should read this blog post. This is good stuff. I still need to get the first two installments of the series.

Reminder: I’m playing at Underground tonight. RSVP on Facebook for free entry before 10 p.m., $5 cover after 10 p.m. The cover is $8 without the RSVP.


Vinyl Haul: Tears for Fears, Ride, The Timelords and More



I had to drive out to the Westside for an interview today, so I decided to swing down towards the airport and stop by one of my favorite record shops, Soundsations. Thanks to a Christmas gift certificate, I was able to pick up some stuff I didn’t have on vinyl. Here’s the breakdown.

12″ vinyl (left to right, top and then bottom):

Tears for Fears “Everyone Wants to Run the World”

I’m not really sure what this is, except that it’s a single and it looked interesting. Soundsations has a lot of Tears for Fears vinyl right now. If you’re looking for something, check out their stash.

Adam and the Ants Kings of the Wild Frontier

I don’t know why this isn’t in my collection. It should have been there. And, it is now. The cover is a little thrashed, but the vinyl is fine.

Ride Going Blank Again

I actually bought this on cassette back when it was released. A few years later, I upgraded to CD. Now I have it on three formats. That’s how good this album is.

Roxy Music Siren

Again, how was this not already in my collection?

Talk Talk Natural History: The Very Best of Talk Talk

The only Talk Talk vinyl I had before today was the “It’s My Life” 12″ single. I know, best of albums aren’t all that cool, but it works for what I need.

7″ Vinyl:

The Timelords “Doctorin’ the Tardis”

If you’ve heard me play this at gigs before (I think I played it at a pre-SDCC party at Meltdown) it was thanks to my wonderful boyfriend, who has the 12″ single. Now I have my own copy, on 7″.

The Smiths “Shakespeare’s Sister”

I love this song. It’s nice to have a single of it.

Ready for Underground? I’m Playing on Friday February 8




It’s been a few weeks since I’ve played my records, so I’m excited to be on the decks at Underground this Friday.

I have no idea what I’ll play. It might be something from this stack. I’ve been wanting to play Adam and the Ants lately, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. This Mortal Coil’s cover of “16 Days/Gathering Dust” did pretty well when I played it back in December, so I might give that another spin. Out of all the “Reunion” remixes, I’m smitten with Mylo’s take on the M83 track. Maybe will hear that too. As for Fever Ray, I’m into the CSS remix of “Seven” that’s on this 12″ single. Maybe I’ll play that too. Who knows? Just make sure you’re there.

If you’re on Facebook, RSVP for free entry before 10 p.m./$5 entry after 10 p.m. (good for you and one guest only). Also, if you want to celebrate your birthday party at Underground, email for details.

OMD to Release New Album This April

Synthpop duo OMD is releasing a new full-length album, English Electric, on April 9. It’s described in the press release as  “a 12-track letter to technology, space, love.” If it’s half as cool as the trailer they just released, I’ll be happy. Seriously, it’s a pretty sweet trailer.

The band will be back out on the road this spring with the original line-up to celebrate OMD’s 35th anniversary.

 English Electric will be released on vinyl. I’m already calling dibs on that.

The tracklisting has also been released. I’ve reposted it from the press release below, in case you keep track of these things.
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Underground Set list 1/11/13: Where We Hear Xmal Deutschland and Discuss Things ‘One Does Not Simply’ Do

Hanging out with my pals Tony and Flora. (Photo: Carlos R.)

You know the “One does not simply…” meme? There was an image going around on Facebook that read, “One does not simply ask for guest list at 8 p.m.” I think everyone who ever worked at a club shared it. I know I did. It’s one of those things that drives club people wild. By 8 p.m., we have our lists printed out and are on the road to the gig. What’s funnier though is when your friend who liked that particular status update texts you the next day, after 8 p.m., with the message, “One doesn’t simply ask for guest list at 8 unless it is Tony.” Since Tony and I have been friends for almost our entire adult lives, and since that text made me laugh so hard that I almost fell off my platforms, he became the exception to the rule. Point being, when you post anything resembling a rule on Facebook, be prepared for your friends to break it and for you to laugh so hard you can’t say no.

So, a few of my friends stopped by the party, which was great because I could dance with them on my breaks instead of sitting at the bar looking at my Twitter feed. The turnout was pretty good and the crowd was dancing all night, even when I threw in Xmal Deutschland. Someone requested that and, since nobody has ever asked me to play them at Underground before last night, I had to do it.

Here’s the set list.

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