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:
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!
Sunday 11/6/16, The School of Rock represented well with DJ Amazing Grace, gracing her with her rock-inspired dance beats! It’s always enlightening when we can discover a different version of an old favorite to shake around the room! We appreciate you all gracing us with your presence, and look forward to more lessons!
Lesson (or song) 1:
And the rest of the day’s lessons:
From the Desk of DJ Lil’ Noleum:
Ladies! It’s been too long. Three years, in fact, since I last guest DJ’d for you with the help of the interdimensional being known as DJ Ssssnake. Back then, I was on the cusp of my entire life changing—literally, I was graduating college the same day you were dancing. Now I am doing what I think is a decent job of pretending to be a real working adult with grown-up responsibilities. But transitioning out of the bubble of college was tough sometimes, and I remember sending DJ Sssnake sad emails deep into the summer about how I felt like all my ideas at work sucked and how I basically didn’t have any friends and how the best part about living in a strange new city was the discovery that some restaurants put alcohol in milkshakes. Which inspired this great Facebook post from DJ Sssnake: “Sometimes you try to give a former student a pep talk about adjusting to the work world and what they remember best is the line ‘Don’t give up on those boozy milkshakes.’” (I still think it was pretty solid advice.)
Whenever I get down, I make playlists. I find it to be a very calming activity, to the point where I am proud to admit that some chunks of this playlist have been in the works for over a year(!), because I am always thinking about what would make an excellent DDPP Playlist, even when I don’t have one scheduled on the horizon. I used to make a playlist for every season—dating back to fall 2009—to keep track of what I was listening to, sure, but also to help preserve memories. Music has this great, powerful ability to take you back, which sometimes gives the silliest songs the weirdest, most unexpected emotional weight. If you put on Nicki Minaj’s “Starships” there’s like a 50 percent chance I will consider getting weepy because it vividly reminds me of such a specific, happy time in my life. Sometimes I even seek out songs from the boozy-milkshake era of my life because it feels good to wallow in nostalgia on occasion.
Lately, though, I’ve been using music to forget—not the past, but these chaotic, troubled, post-election times we live in. As someone who writes about pop music for a living now (Editor’s note: did we already mention that our DJ is a staff writer at Entertainment Weekly? And that he WROTE THE COVER STORY WHEN PRINCE DIED?! WE DID NOW.), I am always trying to convince people that sometimes the stupidest or most light-hearted songs can be smarter or carry more meaning than serious, artsy fartsy songs. And while I threw myself into this playlist to distract myself and keep myself from going on Twitter or Facebook and reading about all the terrible things happening in this country right now, I couldn’t shake the idea that maybe these songs are coming back into my life at the perfect time.
Not that I think any of these songs are dumb by any means: Seinabo Sey’s “Words” is a song about how you need both dark times and light times—you need one to help you get through or fully enjoy the other. AlunaGeorge’s “Mean What I Mean” is a song about standing up for yourself and against the assumption that women’s voices don’t matter. Tove Styrke’s “Even If I’m Loud It Doesn’t Mean I’m Talking To You” is about letting yourself be heard even when other people think you should be quiet and invisible. Cheryl Cole’s “I Don’t Care” is technically about a breakup, but I think that shouting along to those words grants yourself permission to let go of whatever is troubling you, even if it’s just for a few minutes. And that new song by Icona Pop—who, BTW, know about DDPP because I met them and told them about it, and they thought it was wonderful—is about how even when everything is falling apart, at least we have each other to get through it. (Actually, now that I think about it, KT Tunstall’s “Hard Girls” is also about girl power—I mean, there is literally a Spice Girl in the music video!
) So I guess what I’m trying to say is, I hope these songs helped you and cheered you up and maybe healed you, if that’s what you needed, because I think that’s what making this playlist did for me.
Now I’m going to Yelp for boozy milkshakes because I’m inspired/hungry. Until next time!
“Words” by Seinabo Sey
“Peanut Butter Jelly” by Galantis
“Tell You (Today)” by Robyn & La Bagtelle Magique
“Ain’t My Fault” by Zara Larson
“El Tigerago” by Maluca”
“Do You Wanna Come Over” by Britney Spears
“Lifted” by CL
“Intoxicated” by Martin Solveig
“Get Into the Hollywood Groove” by Madonna feat. Missy Elliott
“Operator (DJ Koze Radio Edit)” by Låpsley
“Even If I’m Loud It Doesn’t Mean I’m Talking to You” by Tove Styrke
“Hard Girls” by KT Tunstall
“Intergalactic” by the Beastie Boys”
“Mean What I Mean” by AlunaGeorge feat. Dreezy and Leikeli47
“Kiss the Sky” by The Knocks featuring Wyclef Jean
“Not That Kinda Girl” by Fifth Harmony featuring Missy Elliott
“I Don’t Care” by Cheryl Cole
“Brightside” by Icona Pop
(The above playlist is missing the Cheryl song because it’s not on Spotify unfortunately, but you can watch the music video here.