With all this wack-a-doodle weather (is it spring? is it summer? is it the icy depths of a snowpocalypse?) we’ll take any excuse to get out and shake our shimmies. DJ HOTDISH stepped it up even further by presenting a kick-ass playlist that celebrates with good vibes all around.
Enjoy this mixmastery of the highest order!
DJ Peterman Catalog celebrated turning another year older and pretty much everybody in the world turned out for her dance party. It was crowded, sweaty and joyous. To celebrate the fact that her birthday falls on March 8th, International Women’s Day, her lady-focused playlist was there to BRING IT, honey.
We didn’t care about our reputation, knew we were born this way, felt good as hell and knew that things will change, things will go our way, if we could just, hold on, one more day. You know what’s a party? A room full of dancing well-wishers!
Happy birthday, DJ Peterman Catalog! We’re happy to celebrate it with you!
Lady jam birthday playlist here!
Armed with a playlist of inspiringly rockin’ tunes, DJ MizFit Toyz reminded us last Wednesday (2/22/17) the importance of fighting oppression. With themes of social change, rebellion, uprising and other issues in the forefront of all of our minds, her playlist compels us to call and response this important radical justice chant:
Who’s not going to take it? Us! When are we not going to take it? Now!
Her playlist also compels us to admit that Twisted Sister would make an excellent presidential cabinet.
Indulge in MizFit’s tunez while creating your next protest chant:
Election Day by Arcadia
We’re Not Gonna Take It by Twisted Sister
99 Red Balloons by Nena
Shut Up And Dance by Walk the Moon
We The People by A Tribe Called Quest
Rock The Casbah by The Clash
Born This Way by Lady Gaga
We Called It America by NOFX
Can’t Stop The Feeling! by Justin Timberlake
I’m Every Woman by Whitney Houston
Pressure Off by Duran Duran
Uprising by Muse
Pussy by Lords of Acid
America by Simon & Garfunkel
This past Sunday 1/22/2017, DJ. U.N.I.T.Y walked us through all her feelings of 2017 thus far (spoiler alert she has indeed felt everything). Side Note how sad is this reality we are living through right now? One day after Chicago’s own Women’s March, DJ. U.N.I.T.Y helped us cope with everything that has gone down so far and all the BS that is soon to come. Ladies get ready to fight the power.
So to all my fellow ladies out there, near and far, let’s remember to dance, our feeling out whenever we can, because sometimes a good dance is just what your body needs to get through anything. #dancescreamcry2017
Thanks DJ U.N.I.T.Y I know we can get through 2017 together!
Spoiler alert: pretty sure every playlist for the next few months is going to be about FEELINGS. On January 25th, our beloved DJ Disco Biscuit took us through the five stages of grief, DDPP style:
Thank you, Disco Biscuit, for helping us work through a LOT of stuff. Here’s the playlist:
I dread every winter that comes here in Chicago. I say to myself, “I don’t know how many more winters I can do this. It’s cold, it’s dry, it hurts my paws, and I hate dealing with ice and snow.” But then I keep my head down, grind my teeth, and get on with it. I convince myself that if I can just get from point A to point B, then it will be OK to take off all the gear and curl up in a ball.
This year though, instead of going into hibernation about the whole thing, I decided to embrace some serious winter animal energy. I bought fun earmuffs! I bought a new winter jacket! I stocked up on lotion. I was determined not to let winter get me down. And part of avoiding the winter blues is nurturing myself. My version of nurturing myself? Buying fun new work out clothes (wow, legging technology has advanced to new levels!) and creating one hour dance parties, which is essentially what one does when one DJs for DDPP. So the following playlists are the fruits of my labor, concocted in my dance lab, with the aid of many scientific instruments, hardware, software, equations and an intern. Enjoy the fruits of my labor! -MC Escher
Wed, Dec 28th
Wed, Dec 14th
It is always a VERY BIG DEAL when someone is able to return to DDPP after some time away due to injury. So understand that we were all dancing just a little bit harder, with hearts just a wee bit wider open, when DJ Stain offered up her mix on January 11th. Thanks, lady – it’s so great to have you back!
Aphex Twin – Kesson Dalef
Ladytron – High Rise
Acid Glasses – Jpeg Hoarder
The Faint – Agenda Suicide
Adaletin Bu Mu Dünya – Selda
Holy Ghost – Do it Again
Flume – Insane
The Ting Tings – That’s Not My Name
YACHT – The Afterlife
Trust – Bulbform
Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood – Summer Wine
Moderat – Rusty Nails
Angel Olsen – Forgiven/Forgotten
Phantogram – Black Out Days
Richard Hawley – Tonight The Streets Are Ours
Ricky Eat Acid – Beautiful Gurrls
Spotify (minus the Acid Glasses):
Hey y’all. DJ Hotdish here.
I dj’ed a lot this fall. I made mixes when I felt furious, when I felt joyful, when I was bored, when I was scared, when I needed a distraction, or when we collectively needed a last minute DJ. It felt good. On a personal level, I really needed it. But I dj’ed so much that I felt a little silly posting all my mixes here. Then the very lovely and talented MC Escher reminded me that posting mixes is how people HEAR them and see what’s been happening at DDPP. True dat. So for your enjoyment, here is the fall of 2016 with DJ Hotdish.
August 31. 2016.
November 27. 2016.
December 4. 2016.
December 21. 2016.
Here’s to 2017.
Last Wednesday, (12/7/16) DJ Rapsputin’s playlist reminded us that sometimes you just have to carry on in an unbreakable fashion, in spite of who wins, who loses, and who hacks who. Don’t Russians love their children too? Really? Like 4 realz? Right about now we could use a little love. For those near, those far, those overseas from us, as well as for people of all orientations, ethnicities and varieties. But we can’t forget to love ourselves too, us Nasty gals (and proud of it).
…And Nasty Gal is a most appropriately excellent warm-up song for these times, wouldn’t you agree, ya’ll? This playlist provided a cathartic moment of #LadyRage. Yup, that came up. And we meant it.
I say! какой большой плейлист!*
*Translation: What a great playlist, DJ Rapsputin!
Ladies & Gentlemen!
Once a year during the holidays, we invite dudes to join us on the dance floor for a special DDPP Co-ed Holiday Edition! The best part about our DDPP Co-ed Holiday Edition is that we do it for charity! Given the climate of this year’s election and the shared dedication to continue diligent work to empower, promote, safeguard, and embolden women, DDPP has selected the Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) as the 2016 fundraising beneficiary. Our goal is to get to $1000 for them, and you can help us do this. More info about CFW and our support for the foundation here.
The DDPP Co-ed Holiday Edition isn’t at the same space we normally dance at; it’s at a bigger space (the First Evangelical Free Church Chicago)! So you’ll have plenty o’room to ecstatically leap as the holiday spirit moves you (or get your groove on in the corner — no pressure, no judgment). In light of that, it makes sense that men who have experienced co-ed DDPP in the past have shared such inspirational testimonials as, “Wow! That’s what you’re doing on Wednesday nights? I totally get it now!” or “I wish I could come with you to do this every Sunday!” Can I get a non-denominational Amen?
BONUS: DDPP will give away a beloved DDPP t-shirt or tank top to a lucky DDPPer who shares the event on FB, Twitter, or Instagram. Social Media, y’all! Get hip and win sweet gear! Use the hashtags #ddppholiday and #dancegiving so we can check out your fun and fabulous posts! We will randomly select a winner at the party!
WHAT: DDPP Co-ed Holiday Edition
WHEN: Sun, Dec 11th 5-6:30pm
WHERE: First Evangelical Free Church Chicago, 5255 N Ashland Ave, Chicago
FACEBOOK INVITE TO INVITE YR FRIENDS: Here.
Curious about what we played last year? check it out here! Wanna join in the discussion about what to play this year? Find us on Twitter and use these hash tags #ddppholiday and #dancegiving!