You’d better pickleback that a$$ up….

It’s summer and, to quote Lulu, the time has come for closing books.* But we here at DDPP Chicago would hate for all of those online vocabulary-building drills you’ve been running throughout the year to be for naught. Wait, what, we’re the only ones who do those? Neveryoumind. Anyway, a short quiz:

A pickleback is:

A) a shot of whiskey with a pickle juice chaser, frequently enjoyed by bartenders (or, at least, the bartenders those buzzseekers in the NYT Styles section always seem to interview);

B) what happens when crude Photoshop skills meet the crude melodies of a certain early 00’s Canadian rock band, see, e.g.,

C) a terrific new DJ recently added to the DDPP Chicago roster;

D) all of the above.

Clever girls! You KNEW the answer was D, didn’tcha? We’d have to wake up pretty early in the morning to pull one over on  y’all, we just know it.

Anyway, DJ Pickleback was INDEED in fine form on this, her DDPP debut, with a collection that was heavy on the rock but with enough sweet, sweet country and soul to keep our Right Hands Hi in the air. I know I, for one, am very glad for the love she saved up for us. And I’m pretty sure these awesome newbies who showed up were too. I mean, check out their style and tell me that they do not make YOU want to up your DDPP wardrobe game??

And yes, that is a shirt with pandas on it that reads, “Yo son, get that paper.” Because even panda dads (pandads? I’m sorry.) need to learn how to relax,  I guess?

OK! Enough rambling. To the playlist:

Brass In Pocket- The Pretenders
Heart Of Glass – Blondie
Runnin Down A Dream- Tom Petty
Dirt Off Your Shoulder – Jay-Z
Boys Don’t Cry – The Cure
Cherry, Cherry- Neil Diamond
9 To 5 – Dolly Parton
The Love You Save – The Jackson 5
Right Hand Hi – Kid Sister
Chantilly Lace – Big Bopper
Like Dylan In The Movies – Belle & Sebastian
Dancing In The Dark – Bruce Springsteen
Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) – The Arcade Fire
Mr. Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra
SexyBack – Justin Timberlake & Timbaland
Heartbreaker – Pat Benatar
Beautiful – Carole King

Thanks, DJ Pickleback, for inspiring a total frenzy on Wednesday. We can’t wait to have you back with us again soon!

*Except for trashy beach reads, which we will always endorse. And yes, I DID just cite “To Sir With Love” as supporting evidence. You’re welcome.

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