The second my monthly-ish gig began, it got canceled for two weekends in a row.  Apparently, the back room at Back Alley is under construction, and nobody notified the back room bartender until he showed up last night at 9 o’clock.  Therefore, nobody notified Handsome Cam until he loaded his car with gear.

So I got the call, Cam all gritting his teeth like, “Hmm guess I’ll just…unpack…my car…now.” 

This is unfortunate, because just last week the three of us got together a little bit and decided to start promoting the Sunday night jams up in that piece.  It really has a lot of potential.  It’s comfy, there’s a dance floor and there’s seating.  There are anywhere from 10 to 30 people there at any given time on a weeknight, and in Austin’s warehouse district, that constitutes a party.  We have no restrictions about the music we play (the only limitation is “no Ting Tings!”).  In short, the DJs and bartender can make it whatever we want. 

It’s beautiful.  It’s everything an old schooler getting back in the game could want.

But now I have told all my friends it’s fun times, and Cam has told his friends to check it out, and Skip (bartender) has told his friends that it’s like way awesome, and there are renovations underway, and we won’t be back in the booth for two weeks.  This creates a situation.  At this point, anyone showing up on a Sunday is going to get a clear message: “Nothing ever goes on at Back Alley Social on Sundays.” 

Hopefully in a couple of weeks this post will be followed up with one titled “How to promote your DJ night out of a hole!”  Near to that time, we’ll be coming at you in 3D with a snazzy flyer and a very, very generous drink special.

"Because we do not know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. And yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number really.

"How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, an afternoon that is so deeply a part of your being that you cannot conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four, or five times more? Perhaps not even that. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty.

And yet it all seems limitless..."

- Paul Bowles

reading

You buy them books, and what do they do? They eat the paper!

listening

Forget about your seat -- it's the beat.

viewing

Television will make you dumb. C'mon and get stupid!

Friday, July 03, 2009

Back Alley Social - Sunday 5 July

This Sunday, I’m guest spinning/opening up for DJ Handsome Cam at Back Alley Social! This is my first gig since moving to Austin from Seattle almost a year and a half ago. In fact, now that I really do the math, this will be my first live gig in probably four years. Dang.

So I’m pretty alright in the living room on my own rig, but can I keep it together on a system which is large?

I don’t know, but know what? I bet you don’t know, either. So I guess we should all just show up and see what goes on.

Back room (entrance on Lavaca).  Music starts at 10.  No cover.  21 and up.  Come say hi!

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DJ Set: Goddamned Upstairs Neighbor

So named because my upstairs neighbor came downstairs to ask me to turn down the music…at eight o’clock in the evening. I don’t actually despise the woman—she’s nice!  Better yet, she’s moving a few units down.  Good fences, you people!

track list

  • Yelle - A Cause des Garcons (Tepr)
  • CSS - Move (remix)
  • The Knife - Marble House (Rex the Dog)
  • Simian Mobile Disco - Love (remix)
  • Royksopp - Poor Leno
  • Lykke Li - Little Bit (remix)
  • Gold Chains & Sue Chi - Come to Cali
  • Simian Mobile Disco - Hustler (remix)
  • Justice - D.A.N.C.E. (remix)

.:Download Goddamned Upstairs Neighbor:.

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