Friday, April 23, 2010

We Broke Ground (So To Speak)!

I'm all giddy and uber-excited because today, or rather, as it is currently 4:55 a.m., yesterday, I broke ground on Retrospectacular, in a manner of speaking. Yes, we've been making our lists, we've been checking them twice, and all that goodness, and other stuffs nice. However, we have yet to do anything of real significance (though that will be changing very shortly, in the next week or so, I hope... be ready for some notecards and IMs folks, because we're comin' a'knockin'). But...! But...! But...! Well, I bought the first building for this year's Retrospectacular to Benefit NAMI. One that I hope we'll be able to use as a punk club. YAY!

Now, this might not seem of all that much significance to you, however, it was something I did that felt tangible to me, that produced results that I could see and walk through, that I could imagine transformed and start making plans for. It made me feel like I had actually taken a step forward and accomplished something, gave me that shove I needed, that oomph, to be ready to tackle the task at hand. So, folks, be ready for me to start going into work-mode in the next few weeks. After all, have you checked your calenders lately? This year's Retrospectacular is a mere 11 weeks away. Now that may sound like tons of time to you but to me, it sounds like a heartbeat. I'm a slacker and a slow worker and I like to start things early so I can take my time in the beginning.

Anyways, point being, I got something done and I'm proud and I wanted to share my excitement and enthusiasm with you all. The Retrospectacular to Benefit NAMI's proceeds go to a wonderful charity close to my heart, The National Alliance On Mental Illness. I hope in the coming weeks to talk to many of you about how you can help make this year's Retrospectacular the roaring success that last year's was. For more information and/or to volunteer in any way/shape/form (pariticularly if you're a content creator or dj), contact me, Katelynn Dastardly, or Alicia Falworth by IM or notecard inworld.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Regular Tuesday Laundromat Set - April 20, 2010

Good Life - Kanye West featuring T-Payne

Guilty Cocker Spaniels - Modest Mouse
Two Headed Boy - Neutral Milk Hotel
Honeymoon - Bombadil
Kiss On My List - The Bird And The Bee
Gimme Sympathy - Metric
Convinced Of The Hex - The Flaming Lips
Burn It All Down - VHS Or Beta
All This And More - Dead Boys
Serva Ad Manum - Violet Vector And The Lovely Lovelies
Tear You Apart - She Wants Revenge
Horrorshow - The Libertines
Are You Taking Her Home? - Bare Wires
When Sunday Goes - Boy Genius
Girls FM - Happy Birthday
Radio Heart - The Futureheads
Well Alright - Peasant
Broken Heartbeats Sound Like Breakbeats - Los Campesinos!
Promises - The Morning Benders
There Are Maybe Ten Or Twelve - A.C. Newman
If We Can Land A Man On The Moon Surely I Can Win Your Heart - Beulah
You're Lovin' Ain't Pleasin' Nothin' - Mayer Hawthorne
Discipline - Gang Starr
Tired Of Being Alone - Al Green
Lay Lady Lay - Bob Dylan
Fly - Nick Drake
Haiti - Arcade Fire
What A Drag - Bear Hands
Dreaming - Blondie
Let The Distance Keep Us Together - Bright Eyes and Britt Daniel
Night Dogs - The Love Language
I Will Follow You Into The Dark - Deathcab For Cutie
Romeo And Juliet - Dire Straits
Hey Boy - Magic Kids
Time For Heroes - The Libertines

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Didja Know? (NEW MUSICS)

That beaucoup de new albums were released in the past couple days (primarily yesterday)? If not, now ya do. Of note, imho, are Caribou's Swim, Delorean's Subiza, Horse Feathers' Thistled Spring, Kings Go Forth's The Outsiders Are Back, The Radio Dept's Clinging To A Scheme, and last, but most certainly not least, The Apples In Stereo's Travellers In Space And Time (yay)! All of which are available for download on and (except for the Horse Feathers album, which you can order on CD), and which I'm sure you all have other means of acquiring, including getting 'em at your local record shop, so go out and do it, one way or another (especially the Delorean and The Apples In Stereo, my top two picks, atm). Yay for new musics!

Regular Sunday Crow's Foot Set - April 18, 2010

Be My Baby - The Ronettes

All This And More - The Dead Boys
Serva Ad Manum - Violet Vector and the Lovely Lovelies
Livin' Thing - Electric Light Orchestra
My Year In Lists - Los Campesinos!
There She Goes - Babyshambles
I'm On Fire - Chromatics
Tough - Peasant
Somebody's Baby - Yo La Tengo
Wet Cement - The Morning Benders
The Sweetest Thing - Camera Obscura
Girls FM - Happy Birthday
Someday Soon - Harlem
Hey Boy - Magic Kids
My Little Red Book - Love
Wouldn't It Be Nice - The Beach Boys
Here Comes That Feeling - El Perro Del Mar
I'm Waking Up To Us - Belle And Sebastian
Kiss On My List - The Bird And The Bee
Two Headed Boy - Neutral Milk Hotel
Whirring - Arms
Blame Love - Boy Genius
And Now - JJ
D.A.N.C.E. - Justice
The High Road - Broken Bells
Touch - Bright Eyes
All To All - Broken Social Scene
Tear You Apart - She Wants Revenge
Horrorshow - The Libertines
I Lie Awake - Bare Wires
Throw Aggi Off The Bridge - Broken Social Scene
Dead Language Blues - Miles Kurosky
The Wild Hunt - The Tallest Man On Earth
Fake Empire - The National
America - Simon And Garfunkel

Monday, April 19, 2010

Regular Saturday Velvet Set - April 17, 2010

I Lie Awake - Bare Wires

When Sunday Goes - Boy Genius
Girls FM - Happy Birthday
Return Of The Beserker - The Futureheads
Los Angeles - X
I Wanna Kill - The Crocodiles
Young Americans - David Bowie
Shout Shout (Knock Yourself Out) - Ernie Maresca
Lust For Life - Iggy Pop
I Can't Stop Being Foolish - The Mint Chicks
Wednesday Week - The Undertones
Oh! Bondage, Up Yours! - X-Ray Spex
A Message To You Rudy - The Specials
Razorblade - The Strokes
Can You Dig It - Violet Vector and the Lovely Lovelies
Something In The Way - Best Coast
Bad Kids - Black Lips
Falling Down - Cheap Time
We're Not Going - Darlings
I Wanna Holler (But The Town's Too Small) - The Detroit Cobras
Heaven't Stranger - Eat Skull
Kiss Me Deadly - Generation X
Oh Suzanne - French Kissing
Get Rid Of That Girl - The Donnas
The Land Of 1000 Bars - Goodnight Loving
Lust For Life - Girls
I Remember How - The White Wires
My Heart - Smith Westerns
Number One - Harlem
We Love You - Helen Love
Young Hearts Spark Fire - Japanadroids
Chapters - Sonny & The Sunsets
Bang! - The Raveonettes
Music Is My Girlfriend - Let's Wrestle
Atlantis - Box Elders
Before I Was Caught - Jay Reatard
Hey Boy - Magic Kids
Lalita - The Love Language
I'm A Pretender - The Exploding Hearts
Beg, Steal, Or Borrow - Babyshambles

Sunday, April 18, 2010

New Poem - An Ode To The Jackpot, 4-18-10`

So, I had a poetry challenge to write an odd ode. Also, my favorite local dive bar just closed. *insert sad face here* So, I wrote and "odd ode" to it. I think it's aight, at least. Judge for yourself.

An Ode To The Jackpot

you banned me at least once
but i came back and you let me through your doors
i loved you more for it

we danced to 80s music on your grimy floor,
our feet slipping on spilled beer.
death masks above your booths on blood red walls -
were you tryijng to tell us something about life?
or about frequenting dive bars and claiming to be oh
so cool?
that posturing and posing, spouting bs that sounded pretty
killed a bit of our souls.
oh no, that couldn't be what you meant,
not you,
with your pithy and cerebral graffiti mixed in
between the "i love kevin type" scribblings on the bathroom walls.
not you, with your hipster bartenders and djs.
not you, with your trendy beer selection.
or were you just pandering to your crowd?

now, after your soon-to-be legendary last hurrah,
where various local celebrities rubbed elbows
with your average bearded, shaggy-haired hipster,
where people tore the death masks off those deep red walls,
where you ran out of beer,
you've gone down like the titanic
the dj spinning while the ship sank.

i spent my twenties in you hallowed halls,
wasting my days in a haze,
drinking and drugging,
loving and fucking,
exchanging blog urls and facebook addys,
writing poetry on napkins that the next day i reread and threw in the trash
(I've never been good at drunken poetry, despite stereotypes).

I've fallen in and out of love behind your doors,
wrecked and mended my most important friendships,
made mistakes and opened old wounds,
closed chapters in my life and wrote new ones,
you've seen me through a decade,
became a part of the fabric of my life,
and i loved every dirty, dingy inch of you,
which i already pine for.

copyright 2010 Katherine Andrews

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Regular Tuesday Laundromat Set - April 13, 2010

Animal Arithmatic - Jonsi

Mongrel Heart - Broken Bells
Sweet Sixten - Think About Life
Be Your Baby - Harlem
Something In The Way - Best Coast
Drown - Black Tambourine
Only Armour - Unsparing Sea
Promises - The Morning Benders
Whirring - Arms
Dream About Changing - Sally Seltmann
My Life - JJ
Walk In The Park - Beach House
Searchlight - Aloha
Intervention - Arcade Fire
Remember - Lali Puna
Salt Air - Chew Lips
1901 - Phoenix
D.A.N.C.E. - Justice
Two Weeks - Grizzly Bear
My Girls - Animal Collective
Wholehearted Mess - Bear In Hand
Two Weeks - The Antlers
Car - Built To Spill
Don't Think Twice, It's Alright - Bob Dylan
The Year Of Driving Lanuorously - The Lucksmiths
Walk In The Park - Oh No! Oh My!
No, My Heart Will Go On (Chorus) - Gigi
Breakaway - Irma Thomas
Music Is My Girlfriend - Let's Wrestle
I've Smoked Too Much - Lawrence Arabia
Middle Of The Dark - Lightspeed Champion
Straight In At 101 - Los Campesinos!
Rebel Rebel - David Bowie
Mother's Little Helper - The Rolling Stones

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Sunday's Regular Crow Set - April 11, 2010

Searchlight - Aloha

Feeling Of Love - Best Coast
An Apple For An Apple - Miles Kurosky
I Don't Want To Wake Up Alone - Lightspeed Champion
Cold Blue Halo - Jason Collett
Sweet Dreams - Holly Miranda
I'm Stupid (Bonus Remix) - Christian Brown
Bad Kids - Black Lips
Beg, Steal, Or Borrow - Babyshambles
I'm A Pretender - The Exploding Hearts
The Warlock In The Woods - Shannon and the Clams
Caroline - Harlem
Swim - Surfer Blood
Sleep Around - Maritime
Walk In The Park - Oh No! Oh My!
Lewis Takes Action - Owen Pallett
... And We Exhale And Roll Our Eyes In Unison - Los Campesinos!
Oh Modern Girls - The Art Museums
What A Drag - Bear Hands
Casanova, Baby! - The Gaslight Anthem
Be Brave - Strange Boys
I Wanna Holler (But The Town's Too Small) - The Detroit Cobras
Saddest Summer - The Drums
Drown - Black Tambourine
And Now - JJ
All To All - Broken Social Scene
A Side In A Bed - Love Is All
Icarus - White Hinterland
New Theory - Washed Out
VCR - The XX
Walmart Parking Lot - Clem Snide
Drink To Me, Babe, Then - A.C. Newman
Two - The Antlers
Riot Van - Arctic Monkeys
The Year Of Driving Languorously - The Lucksmiths
Sparxxx ( version) - The Love Language

New Poem: Submission, April 13, 2010

April 13, 2010

first, it was a thing without a name,
now it's a book on your coffee table
a delivery from fed ex,
a night spent with a lover.
in the space in between
it took shape and form
yet remained shadow.
it still hides in shadow,
though it's taken shape.
You keep it in the shadows,
afraid to share too much of it,
afraid of the damage it could do,
while at other times
you revel in its beauty,
its depravity,
its multitude of meanings for you.
it's not for dinner-table conversation.
you speak of it in hushed whispers
with like-minded people,
so grateful for their friendship.
you embrace it,
for so long ashamed,
now you know there's no other way you can be.
and the end,
you know no end to this.
only a beginning, and a middle that goes on as long as you can foresee
filled with violence, pain, beauty, and awakening
over and over again.

copyright 2010 Katherine Andrews

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Regular Saturday Velvet Set - April 10, 2010

Wicked Game - Bassboosa

Blue Moon - Cowboy Junkies
Daniel - Bat For Lashes
Silver Soul - Beach House
And Now - JJ
Honey In The Sun - Camera Obscura
The Child In Me - Emma Pollock
These Days - Nico
No, My Heart Will Go On (Chorus) - Gigi (2)
You Better Go - The Sugars
Forward Is All - Sambassadeur
God Knows (You Gotta Give To Get) - El Perro Del Mar
I Can Hear Music - She & Him
Rich Girl - The Bird And The Bee
Know Better Learn Faster - Thao
Video Game Heart - All Girl Summer Fun Band
Throw Aggi Off The Bridge - Black Tambourine
Slow Dog - Belly
Carnival - Bikini Kill
P.R.D.C.T. - Bratmobile
Dreaming - Blondie
Baby Love - The Supremes
The Gold Medal - The Donnas
Devil's Calling - Elizabeth & The Catapult
Fat Cats Keep Getting Fatter - Squirrel Nut Zippers
You Know I'm No Good - Amy Winehouse
All Grown Up - Gore Gore Girls
Rockaway Beach For Me Heartbreak Hotel For You - Helen Love
Breakaway - Irma Thomas
Quite A Reputation - The Chymes
Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) - Nancy Sinatra
Harper Valley P.T.A. - Jeannie C. Reilly
Johnny Are You Queer - Josie Cotton
That's The Way Boys Are - Lesley Gore
Brand New Key - Melanie
Chick Habit - April March
Gigantic - The Pixies

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Regular Tuesday Laundromat Set - April 6, 2010

Walk In The Park - Oh No! Oh My!

Have A Little Faith In People - The Lodger
Life From Above - Woodenbox With A Fistful Of Fivers
Throw Aggi Off The Bridge - Black Tambourine
All To All - Broken Social Scene
The First Of The Gang To Die - Morrissey
A Side In A Bed - Love Is All
And Now - JJ
Higher Power - Jens Lekman
I Was Never The One - All Smiles
Only Ones Who Know - Arctic Monkeys
Critics Pass Away - Baby Dayliner
Dominoes - The Big Pink
Rich Girl - The Bird And The Bee
I'm On Fire - Chromatics
You Never Can Tell - Chuck Berry
Close To Me - The Cure
Alone Again Or - The Damned
If This Is Love - The Darlings
John I'm Only Dancing - David Bowie
Heaven's Stranger - Eat Skull
Beginner's Luck - The Eels
God Knows (You Gotta Give To Get) - El Perro del Mar
Everybody Knows You Cried Last Night - The Fratellis
Peacock And Wing - The Fresh And Onlys
Quarter To Three - Gary U.S. Bonds
Some Weird Sin - Iggy Pop
Before I Was Caught - Jay Reatard
Walking On Sunshine - Katrina and the Waves
Let's Face These Times - Kissing Party
Untidy Towns - The Lucksmiths
Green Gloves - The National
Another Girl, Another Planet - The Only Ones

Monday, April 5, 2010

Regular Sunday Crow's Foot Set - April 4, 2010

Good Life - Kanye West ft. T-Payne

That's The Way Boys Are - Lesley Gore
Diamond Dogs - David Bowie
This Time Tomorrow - The Kinks
The First Of The Gang To Die - Morrissey
Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley
The Passenger - Iggy Pop
These Days - Nico
Somebody's Baby - Jackson Browne
Broken Heartbeats Sound Like Breakbeats - Los Campesinos!
Find Another Girl - The Hives
Beyond The Sea - Bobby Darin
Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out - Bruce Springsteen
Pay No Mind (Snoozer) - Beck
Lalita - The Love Language
Attitude - The Misfits
Jane Says - Jane's Addiction
Tomorrow Wendy - Concrete Blonde
The Love You Save (May Be Your Own) - Joe Tex
Whispering Bells - The Dell-Vikings
Heartbeat - Buddy Holly
As Time Goes By - Dooley Wilson
The Guns of Brixton - The Clash
Let's Twist Again - Chubby Checker
Bikeage - The Descendents
In Between Days - The Cure
I Love Livin' In The City - Fear
A Little Less Conversation - Elvis Presley
If You're Feeling Sinister - Belle And Sebastian
Haiti - Arcade Fire
If We Can Land A Man On The Moon Surely I Can Win Your Heart - Beulah
Kiss Me Deadly - Generation X
What Became Of The Likely Lads - The Libertines
Outta Here - KRS-One

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Friday Fight Club at The Laundromat: Me vs. Mzdeedee Dagger - April 2, 2010

This Friday I had the immense pleasure of participating in what seems to be becoming a regular event at Mzdeedee Dagger's club, The Laundromat - Fight Club! Two djs, head-to-head, for two hours, in three-song increments. The build (a makeshift boxing ring, of course), is incredible, as are the animations. I fought Deedee herself, and she aptly dubbed the bout "The Battle of the Boobs" and yes, we both ended up topless in fairly short order. We used the "catfight" anims built into the mat, and these are guaranteed to put on a good show for even the most skeptical viewer. The frantic pace of the chat, anims, emotes (yeah, we hammed it up but good), and dj handoffs made for one helluva show. If you ever have an opportunity to go to one of these events, DO EET! SO MUCH FUN! And, lawl, that Deedee sure puts up one helluva fight. Quite the formidable opponent, she is. Who won? Well, the screaming fans did, of course! There are no winners in Fight Club, or rather, everyone is a winner, as it's all done in the name of fun. Yay! Here are my songs only, remember, after each of my rounds, Deedee played three songs as well before handing it off to me again, though I had the pleasure and privelege of both starting the fight off and ending it... Well, sorta, Deedee finished the night off with the official fight club song (which I can't recall at the moment - bad Kate! *slaps self on back of hand*). Anyways, without any further ado, my tuneage:

Round One:
Fight For Your Right - Beastie Boys
Mama Said Knock You Out - LL Cool J
Get Rid Of That Girl - The Donnas

Round Two:
Kiss With A Fist - Florence And The Machines
Kill The Poor - The Dead Kennedys
Attitude - The Misfits

Round Three:
Beat You Up - The Prissteens
I Wanna Kill - The Crocodiles
Beat You Up - 6X

Round Four:
Don't Bother Me - Bad Brains
Shitlist - L7
Suck My Left One - Bikini Kill

Round Five:
Untouchable Face - Ani Difranco
It Ain't Me, Babe - Bob Dylan
Ocean Breathes Salty - Modest Mouse

Round Six (Final Round):
Beat 'Em Up - Iggy Pop
Shut Em Down - Onyx feat. DMX
Unoriginal - Henrock