Monday, 17 January 2011

Girl Groups Special this Saturday Jan 22

My friend Graye, the manicurist at Beauty Bar, bumped into me a few weeks back at Baby Ketten Karaoke. She said "Hey can you DJ my Girls Get Ready party?" and I was all like "Yeah, what?". After a more sober email exchange the following day, here's what's up:

at Beauty Bar
111 SW Ash St., Portland

Rick & I are playing girl groups/wall of sound type-stuff while ladies get their hair and nails done up all pretty like.

Come On Let's Go.

Monday, 6 December 2010

Goodbye Beauty Bar

After a smashing good November Bottle Rocket, the owner of the Beauty Bar, who is also the new bookings guy, has informed me that Bottle Rocket has been "put on hold". I was given no reason for this, and would rather not speculate.

So we're taking a break while we search for a new place to hold our little night of happiness and sincerity.

I'm hoping to set up the night on the east side, where the culture seems to be more in line with what we do. If you'd like to help us out, please contact napattacks at gmail dot com.

Monday, 15 November 2010

It Was November And Everyone Was Dancing

Wow. WOW.

A few things contributed to this month's Bottle Rocket being the best yet for Portland. Katrina's birthday, a new marketing campaign, and a random hen party brought an exciting number of folks out to experience Bottle Rocket, many of them experiencing it for the first time. I saw so many happy people dancing, and for a while we had a full dancefloor.

That's what I like to see from Portlanders!

We're making progress here.

Also, I've just accepted the fact that Trimet is lame and the last buses/trains leave around 1am, causing a mass exodus and just leaving a few stragglers at the bar and an empty dancefloor. I don't mind it, and I get to play really gorgeous songs that sound fantastic in a giant empty room. But from about 11:30-1, we had a blast.

Sadly, Rick (DJ Iceskates) had a family emergency and couldn't be part of the festivities this month, but he'll be back in December while I'm away at Bowlie 2.

Here's what I played:

1. Hefner - I Took Her Love For Granted
2. Lichtenstein - Passion For Water
3. Dananananaykroyd - Black Wax
4. Sleater-Kinney - Milkshake 'N Honey
5. The Wrens - This Boy Is Exhausted
6. Guided By Voices - Gold Star For Robot Boy
7. The Vaselines - I Hate The 80s
8. Belle & Sebastian - Come On Sister
9. Sufjan Stevens - I Want To Be Well
10. The Blow - Bonjour Jeune Fille
11. The Lewis Sisters - He's An Oddball
12. Pulp - Bar Italia
13. Gloria Edwards - My Love Keeps Getting Stronger
14. Agent Ribbons - I'm Alright
15. Altered Images - Happy Birthday
16. Sam & Dave - I Thank You
17. The Kinks - Victoria
18. Francoise Hardy - Tous Les Garcons Et Les Filles
19. The Gentle Waves - Sister Woman
20. Mama Cass - It's Getting Better
21. ABBA - Super Trooper
22. Camera Obscura - Honey In The Sun
23. Architecture In Helsinki - Heart It Races
24. The Fraggles - Fraggle Rock Theme Song
25. The Lively Ones - Surf Rider
26. Sons & Daughters - Johnny Cash
27. Weezer - My Name Is Jonas
28. Asobi Seksu - I'm Happy But You Don't Like Me
29. Arcade Fire - Sprawl II
30. The Magnetic Fields - When My Boy Walks Down The Street
31. Wire - Outdoor Miner
32. LCD Soundsystem - Pow Pow
33. Martha Reeves and the Vandellas - In My Lonely Room
34. The Angels - I Adore Him
35. Love Ninjas - Keep Your Love
36. The Lucksmiths - Birthday Present For Katrina
37. The Microphones - The Moon
38. Los Campesinos! - My Year In Lists
39. Outkast - Hey Ya!
40. Pixies - Debaser
41. Le Tigre - I'm So Excited
42. Sly & The Family Stone - I Want To Take You Higher
43. The Sonics - Strychnine
44. Chuck Berry - You Never Can Tell
45. Elvis Presley - Suspicious Minds
46. Best Coast - When I'm With You
47. The Flirtations - Nothing But A Heartache
48. Cyndi Lauper - She Bop
49. Calvin Harris - Acceptable In The 80s
50. Human League - Don't You Want Me
51. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - Shout
52. M.I.A. - Meds and Feds
53. Neutral Milk Hotel - Holland, 1945
54. Chairman Of The Board - Give Me Just A Little More Time
55. Morrissey - Please Help The Cause Against Loneliness
56. Lulu - I'll Come Running
57. The Buzzcocks - I'll Come Running
58. The Hollies - Bus Stop
59. Sugarcube - Birthday
60. Belle & Sebastian - If You're Feeling Sinister
61. Allo Darlin' - Woody Allen
62. Camera Obscura - Eighties Fan
63. Beach House - 10 Mile Stereo
64. Chromatics - Running Up That Hill
65. Galaxie 500 - Ceremony
66. Donovan - Wear Your Love Like Heaven
67. Low - If You Were Born Today
68. Built To Spill - By The Way
69. Sally Shapiro - He Keeps Me Alive
70. The Price Is Right Theme Song

Thursday, 4 November 2010

October setlist and BIG NEWS

Oh my, is it November already? It certainly is. And I've been remiss in updating the blog. I've had a terrible dental problem of late and just got out of oral surgery the other day, but I'm on the mend, off the vicodan, and ready to get back on track with all the Bottle Rocketeering!

So yes, big news. It seems as if I've got a partner for Bottle Rocket. His name is Rick, and his fancy DJ name is DJ Iceskates. We've been pals since just about the time I moved to Portland, and I even got to DJ his wedding to the lovely Heidi. Rick and Heidi have been coming to Bottle Rocket since our very first Portland night over the summer, and Rick has all that I want out of a DJ - no experience, a great taste in all sorts of music, and a bright, shining heart. I used the same judgment when asking Chris to join Bottle Rocket in Glasgow, and it's paid off in spades, as he's done amazing things with that night to make it one of the best indie nights on the planet.

For October, we put on what I hope to be an annual Belle & Sebastian indipop/girl group special. Rick started us out, and we alternated for the rest of the night.

Patience & Prudence - Tonight You Belong To Me
Teenage Gang Debs - On Tape
Annette Funicello - The Monkey’s Uncle
Red Sleeping Beauty - Pop Song
Belle & Sebastian - Photo Jenny
Bratmobile - P.R.D.C.T.
Free Loan Investments - Kick His Balls Out
Air Miami - Airplane Rider
Call and Response - Rollerskate
The Bats - Flowers & Trees
Gene Defcon - Yesses and Nose
Black Flag - Louie Louie
Allo, Darlin’ - Henry Rollins Don’t Dance

Belle & Sebastian - The State I Am In
The Go-Betweens - Love Goes On
Camera Obscura - Keep It Clean
The Lucksmiths - Sunlight In A Jar
Hefner - Painting and Kissing
Belle & Sebastian - I Want The World to Stop
The Delgados - Mr. Blue Sky
The Supremes - When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through

Carl Stalling - Minnie’s Yoo Hoo!
Helen Love - Better Pop Your Bubblegum
Tullycraft - Fangs On Bats
Beat Happening - Bewitched
Junior Varsity - Pop Socks
Shirley Ellis - The Clapping Song
Das Furlines - Nichts Nein Frankenstein
Bo Diddley - Nursery Rhyme
Big K.R.I.T. - Country Shit
Belle & Sebastian - Le Pastie De La Bourgeoisie
Loudon Wainwright III - The Swimming Song
R.E.M. - Gardening at Night

Belle & Sebastian - Me & The Major
Nancy Sinatra - These Boots Are Made For Walking
France Gall - Poupee de circe poupee du son
The Mama's and the Papa's - California Dreaming
Belle & Sebastian - Write About Love
God Help The Girl - Musicians, Please Take Heed
The Vaselines - Son Of A Gun
Lionheart Brothers - 50 Souls and a Bowl
Camera Obscura - Lloyd, I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken

Dominique Young Unique - Pussy Popping
Säkert! - Vi kommer att dö samtidigt
Shop Assistants - Something To Do
Patty Duke - A Girl is a Girl is a Girl
Lois - Strumpet
Diane Renay - Watch Out Sally
Helen Love - First Boyfriend
The Troggs - With a Girl Like You
Dodie Stevens - No
Squeeze Vicky Verky
The Field Mice - Emma’s House

Vince Guaraldi Trio - Linus and Lucy
Belle & Sebastian - Seeing Other People
The Beach Boys - Wouldn't It Be Nice
Neutral Milk Hotel - Ghost
The Pipettes - Pull Shapes
Belle & Sebastian - The Boy With The Arab Strap
The Gossip - Standing In The Way of Control
The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead

Robyn - Konichiwa Bitches
M.I.A. - Bucky Done Gun
Billie the Vision & the Dancers - I’m a Cuckoo
Aztec Camera - Pillar to Post
Juni Järvi - (I Love it When You Call Me) Baby
I’m From Barcelona - This Boy
Suburban Kids With Biblical Names - Parakit
Sprites - Do It Yourself
Les Calamités - le garcon de New York

Belle & Sebastian - Too Much Love
Chantal Goya - Tu M'as Trop Menti
Best Coast - Crazy For You
Arab Strap - The First Big Weekend
Malcolm Middleton - Fuck It, I Love You
The Zombies - She's Not There
The Smiths - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
The Lucksmiths - Guess How Much I Love You

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Belle and Sebastian on Fallon last night

This is a special web-only performance of "Piazza, New York Catcher". Notice ?uestlove from The Roots on drums!

Sunday, 26 September 2010

September playlist

September was by far our craziest night in Portland. The crowd came in waves, and we got our biggest rush at around 1:30, and were asked to play until 2:15. Luckily, my pal Laurel played for the first two hours, so I was able to save the energy to go beyond the call of duty. I don't have Laurel's playlist (hopefully she'll send it soon), but here's what I played:

1. Rosemary Clooney - Mambo Italiano
2. The Beatles - I'm Happy Just To Dance With You
3. Hello Saferide - I Was Definitely Made For These Times
4. Saint Etienne - Split Screen
5. Hot Chip - Boy From School
6. Foals - This Orient
7. Health - Die Slow
8. Crystal Castles - Baptism
9. The Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen In Love
10. Pavement - Unfair
11. T-Rex - 20th Century Boy
12. Belle & Sebastian - Dirty Dream Number Two
13. The Pipettes - ABC
14. Aretha Franklin - Think
15. Kim Wilde - You Keep Me Hanging On
16. New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
17. Talking Heads - Burning Down The House
18. Robyn - Dancing On My Own
19. Joy Division - Transmission
20. The Velvelettes - Let Love Live
21. Same & Dave - Hold On, I'm Coming
22. The Ronettes - Be My Baby
23. Le Tigre - My My Metrocard
24. The Ramones - I Wanna Be Sedated
25. LCD Soundsystem - Drunk Girls
26. Mates of State - Fraud in the 80s
27. Radiohead - Idioteque
28. Soft Cell - Tainted Love
29. Lavern Baker - Saved
30. Nick & the Jaguars - Ich-I-Bon #1
31. The Shangri-Las - The Leader of the Pack
32. Blondie - Call Me
33. The Smiths - Hand in Glove
34. The Cure - Close to Me (Closet Remix)
35. The Toys - A Lover's Concerto
36. The Blow - Pile of Gold
37. Prince - Get Off
38. Prince - Diamonds and Pearls (special request from the band Champagne Champagne, because this was their after party and all. They really like Prince)
39. Sleater-Kinney - Dance Song 97
40. Tullycraft - The Punks are Writing Love Songs
41. Sleigh Bells - Crown on the Ground
42. LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends