It’s the Eye of the Tigress, it’s the thrill of the fight!

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!

 

DJ Stain’s Triumphant Return

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!

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The Playlist:

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):

DJ Hotdish Drops her Fall 2016 Mixes

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.

September 11.2016.

November 27. 2016.

December 4. 2016.

December 21. 2016.

Here’s to 2017.

Ra-Ra-DJ Rapsputin, Apropos Playlist Queen

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!

DJ Lil’ Noleum’s Swedish Disco Safari

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!

PLAYLIST:

“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.)

Press Release! DDPP Shows Support Through More Than Shimmies and Shakes

Chicago’s ladies-only dance party celebrates the empowerment of women by donating all class proceeds to Chicago Foundation for Women.

CHICAGO, Ill. November 16, 2016 —

“Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.” ― Jalaluddin Rumi

It is in the spirit of Rumi that Dance Dance Party Party, the Chicago-based women-only dance party, announces their annual fundraising drive. Given the climate of this year’s election and the shared dedication to continue diligent work to empower, promote, safeguard, and embolden women, DDPP chose the Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) as the 2016 fundraising beneficiary.

Each Wednesday, from 7-8pm, and Sunday, from 4-5pm, women from across all corners of the city and suburbs, from varied backgrounds, professions, demographics, and abilities gather for an hour of not just judgment-free exercise but also for the cathartic expression of being surrounded and supported by women. For the months of November and December, 100% of all class proceeds, including the $5 admission fee and the annual holiday extended co-ed event, will be donated to the programs and women-focused initiatives of CFW.

While the tone of DDPP classes is casual, irreverent, and laid-back, the dedication to providing a safe, comfortable, and judgment-free atmosphere for women to express themselves through dance and movement remains the driving force.

The DDPP set-up is simple: an hour of booty-busting tunes, a disco-light infused dance studio, and women willing to let go. Music is provided by attendees who sign up to DJ by creating a custom mp3 playlist. Like the ethos of DDPP, when it comes to music, anything and everything goes, as long as it is 60 minutes and includes a warm-up and cool-down song. Ladies are encouraged to not only to DJ but to give themselves a killer DJ name, and of course to enjoy the three simple tenets of DDPP: no booze, no boys, no judgments (of yourself or others).

Through word of mouth alone, over a dozen DDPP™ chapters have cropped up all over the USA and internationally. Women around the world are responding to this liberating atmosphere where they are free to goof around, shake their bodies without objectification, and feel good about who they are.

“This year has left many historically marginalized and disenfranchised groups—namely women—bruised, battered, and broken in spirit. DDPP wanted to remind women that together we are a force to be reckoned with,” says DDPP Den Mother Jennon Bell Hoffmann, aka DJ Bell Biv deHo.  “To that end, we are excited to put our money where our dance shoes are by supporting CFW.”

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We ELECTED to have a great hour of dancing.

The world does not seem to be letting up. So when DJ El-Train entered the studio last week with a mix designed to channel her election-related anxiety, we were very much all:

And so we spent an hour being reminded, among other things, that Dee-lite’s “Groove Is in the Heart” is a stone cold classic and Pomplamoose is more than just a misspelled LaCroix flavor. Apparently they covered this Beatles song in one take, no overdubs, and y’all, it is RAD.

As if that wasn’t enough, DJ El-Train treated us to a cooldown Broadway singalong. Just let us know when you’re ready to DJ again for us, Eleanor…we’re willing to wait for it!

 

DJ U.N.I.T.Y Doesn’t Want to Hear About Your Pumpkin Spice!

 

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Poetry is open for interpretation and everything but clearly, Dylan Thomas is talking about Summer, right? Because you guys, it’s still Summer! For one more week! What’s with all “Autumn love” hashtags already?

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We get it. Fall is cool, both meteorologically and for cozy sweaters. And yes, September is the back-to-school season, leading many, if not most, to downshift immediately into autumnal moods. But wow, how quickly we forget our favorite friend Summer! The Tuesday after Labor Day hits and Summer is dropped like a smartphone in a toilet. The thermostat is still hovering around 80 degrees and people are instagramming their PSLs and posting quotes about crunching leaves.

Listen, we LOVE Fall…it’s the tried-and-true friend that you rarely see but always fall right back into an easy banter with. It’s warm socks from the dryer and purring kittens on your lap. It’s new books and old bookstores, the calming smell of toast and warm beds. But sheesh, let’s not forget Summer so fast! The onslaught of pumpkin-spice everything is inevitable so why not savor the last sips of summer?

This corgi puppy is all of us in this final week of summer: Screw you pumpkins! 

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Thankfully, we have DJ U.N.I.T.Y. to bring us back from the brink of autumnal amnesia. DJ UN.I.T.Y. is on an honorable, if uphill, mission: To recognize that calendarally (and let’s face it, Chicago-weatherly) speaking, IT’S NOT FALL YET!

As our Den Mama Emeritus and overall Wonder Woman, DJ U.N.I.T.Y. remind us to rage, rage against the pumpkins, if even for one more week! giphy (19).gif

Check out DJ U.N.I.T.Y’s swan song for the Summer and please, give Summer the love and respect it deserves!