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A week in the life

"Quack", says Condoleeza, "Quack, quack, quack!"

Or will the US gov't move to a fresh PR approach?

Eventually you hear the crash of a storm, but it's dwarfed by the opening of Nick Cave's Tupelo, which sounds as if someone has dynamited the sky. Cave is in full Old Testament flow here, portending an almighty deluge while drummer Mick Harvey supplies the thunder. Yes, the Grauniad's themed recommend-a-song column reached the weather a couple of weeks back, and as usual they indulged their liking for the blessed Nick : I would pay good money to see Cave present the weather on ITV. "Lookee yonnn-derrr!" he'd cry, gesturing towards a low pressure area approaching from the Atlantic. "A big black cloud come! The beast it cometh down!"

I've mentioned the Heinekin goth commercial to a few people who haven't seen it, so for their benefit, it's here. Worksafe, except for being streamed video.

The bouncer's apparently a member of the Denver Hearse Association.

Last week I . . . did such exciting things that I can't remember them. Thursday was the Saunderseses' place and then the pub. Friday was the Holyrood with Lara, Seth and RedLex. Prime8 was not made afterwards due to tiredness. I think I stayed in on Tuesday and Wednesday, with a sleeping cat and some houseplants for company.

Saturday was more gaming in Bruntsfield, and then Gigantor, which was quite fun although I wasn't really feeling very inspired or keen until about midnight. We had a fourth hand, Vicky, for parts of it. She seemed to do a good job - see setlist (pending) for further details. Apparently the next one is (as of today) basically confirmed for the 11th of February (for which read "we're pretty sure it doesn't clash with Bitch"). We're making moves towards a mailing list too, so let me (or Lara, or Seth) know if you want to be on it and didn't put your name down on Saturday. There'll only be a mailing when we have an event to announce, and we promise really really sincerely, honest (with two commas and a fullstop in the normal way) not to sell your addresses to spammers in return for cheap and nasty pharmaceuticals.

Yesterday I hung around the house, went to see my folks for tea and biscuits, dropped in on Ed (seemed slightly better, I thought. Said he felt fairly well) and then went to Neon, where I played the usual nonsense. There was a point fairly early on with Venus in Furs, some Blondie, the Only Ones, and a few others, where I started to wonder whether I was really downstairs and whether I should go up to check if it was really me up there putting them on. I think it was some combination of Finn, Anna, Kiera and Lisa that turned out to be behind it.

Today the PC attached to the confocal has decided it has had enough. It's died, and done so in a big way. The LED on the power button works, but that's the only sign of life. Somewhere down near Welwyn Garden City, passers-by are looking upward with shocked expressions after being stunned by the whooshing sound of Carl Zeiss enthusiastically passing the buck on to Dell, who are believed to have the machine still under extended warranty. More news as it (and everything else) breaks.

On the other hand, I now know how overengineered recent Dell cases are. It's "Very".

Gigantor setlist:
(v) - Vicky put this on
(r) - a request
Zombina and the Skeletones - I love rock'n'roll
The House of Love - Destroy the heart
The Birthday Party - Big Jesus trashcan
Auf der Maur - I'll be anything you want
Curve - 10 little girls
A House - Endless art (fragment on duff deck)
The Cure - Lovesong
A House - Endless art (retry, also fragmentary)
Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians - Brenda's iron sledge
Morphine - Thursday
Ministry - Lay lady lay
Bomb Everything - Baby's on fire
U2 - The fly
The God Machine - Home
The God Machine - The tremelo song (in a blatant piece of becausewecannery)
Crazyhead - Baby turpentine
Skinny Puppy - Shore lined poison
Ariel X - Chemical mind
The Stranglers - Golden brown
Nine Inch Nails - The becoming(r)
Siouxsie and the Banshees - Cities in Dust (R)
(v)Kate Bush - Violin
(v)New Model Army - Vagabonds (live)
The Levellers - Riverflow
Idlewild - You held the world in your arms
(v)The Fall - Deadbeat descendant
(v)The Smiths - Handsome devil
(v)Buzzcocks - Ever fallen in love(R)
(v)Martha and the Muffins - Echo beach
(v)Fad gadget - Collapsing new people
(v)The Cure - Fire in Cairo
(v)Wasted Youth - Wish I was a girl
REM - (Don't go back to) Rockville
Devo - Lost and found
Sugar - A good idea
Adam and the Ants - Kings of the wild frontier (R)
Killing Joke - Asteroid
Pop Will Eat Itself - Ich bin ein Auslander
Rammstein - Sonne
Cake - The distance
Placebo - Special K (R)
Screaming Banshee Aircrew - Deliriously (R for April and Jon)
Billy Idol - White wedding (R for AJ and Nicky)
The Jesus and Marychain - Surfin' USA
Reuben - Blamethrower
Killing Joke - Wardance
Eagles of Death Metal - Speaking in tongues
The Kopyright Liberation Front - Doctor in the TARDIS(r)
Blondie - Hanging on the telephone
EMF - Unbelievable
Creaming Jesus - Temple of shite(r)
The Cure - A forest(r)
Virgin Prunes - Caucasian walk
Ministry - Stigmata
(v)Sex Gang Children - Sebastiane
(v)Das Praparat - Tanz mit deinem Gefuhl
(v)Sonic Youth - Dirty boots
(v)Death in Vegas - Hands around my throat
(v)Wolfsheim - Once in every setlista lifetime
(v)Siouxsie and the Banshees - Peek-a-boo(r)
(v)Bloc Party - Luna (mix)
(v)Moloko - If you have a cross to bear
(v)Visage - Fade to grey
(v)Ladytron - 17
Daisy Chainsaw - Love your money
Garbage - Only happy when it rains
Goldfrapp -Strrict machine
Violent Femmes - Add it up
Big Black - Kerosene(R)
Revolting Cocks - Beers, Steers, and Queers (R)
Faith. No More - We care a lot
Sultans of Ping FC - Where's me jumper?(R)
They Might be Giants - Ana Ng
Cop Shoot Cop - $10 bill(r)
Blondie - Union city blue
Jughead - The hockey song (R)
Eels - Novocaine for the soul
Depeche Mode - It's no good(r)
Bauhaus - St Vitus' dance(r)
Death in June - She's calling (errr . . . "The Calling", maybe?)(R)
New Model Army - Here comes the war(r)
The Clash - I fought the law (live)
Kaiser Chiefs - I predict a dietriot
Dead Kennedys - Police truck(r)
Nirvana - Negative creep
Placebo - Nancy boy (sex mix)
Rage Against the Machine - Take the power back(r)
Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Can't Stop(r)
The Only Ones - Another Girl, Another Planet
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Red right hand
Pop Will Eat Itself - Can u dig it? (R)
New Order - True faith(r)
The Waterboys - Fisherman's blues
Pixies - Gigantic
Men At Work - Down under
Guadalcanal Diary - Johnny B Goode

There were some very good requests we didn't fill - some of them because they were blatantly too late, and others because we didn't sadly, have them with us. Foetus hit the former problem, The Organ and Christian Death the latter. Someobody also asked for some Tuxedomoon, which is definitely a first where I'm concerned, and a Swans song called Mona Lisa that I'm sure doesn't exist. Oddly, at Neon somebody wanted a Morphine song called Every time I Die, which turned out on searching today to be a song by someone(s) called Morphine Season (moral - write the bandname out in full or you'll have to put up with me playing "Thursday" at you).
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Sounds pretty good actually. Why are you running what sounds like a club night for oldies like me who remember the 80s on a school night!
I thought Neon was Sunday night? If not I might come some time..

Also I wish LJ bloody comment notifns were working!
I thought Neon was Sunday night?

it is, but the setlist is from gigantor, which was on saturday night.
Mona Lisa is on The Burning World. It's actually called "Mona Lisa, Mother Earth". It's a particular favourite of mine.

I shall note the date for the next Gigantor. Simon and I are planning to visit my aunt in Edinburgh some time next year, so I might as well make it a weekend that Gigantor is on!

You didn't go see Kid Congo Powers then?
No, I didn't end up going. I had a fairly busy evening as was.

Odd about the Swans. I googled for that and everything.

There'll be a Gigantor in March or April as well. And hopfully a more regular stream after too.
You've definitely heard it. It's got a kind of swirly, Spanish/Arabic guitar thing going on. Gira sings it with backing vocals from Jarboe.

Lyrics:

Tonight, I'll Spend The Night In Mona Lisa's Bed
She'll Hide This Beaten Man Beneath Her Innocence
Tonight No Dream's Denied In Mona Lisa's Mind
We'll Ride A Drowning World Through The Cold Black Sky
Mona Lisa, Mother Earth
Mona Lisa, Mother Earth
My Mind's An Ocean In Mona Lisa's Hand
She Dreams A Hiding World Where The Water Runs Red
Tonight My Dreams Are Born On Mona Lisa's Breast
We'll Walk A Burning World Where The Sun Shines Darkness
Mona Lisa, Mother Earth
Mona Lisa, Mother Earth

I have it, yes, but I don't remember it. And I'm surprised at failing to find it with a search. Ah well.
11th of February (for which read "we're pretty sure it doesn't clash with Bitch")

actually, it's spelled:

we're fucking definite that we're not clashing with bitch again. ever :)

'bitch' should be running in teviot from now on, and we're trying to book all the various clubs there sensibly. it looks as though 'bitch' will tend be on alongside 'cyberia', as they reckon their musical territories will compliment each other rather than overlap...
Ohhhh I have to say the playlist looks pretty good, curiousity is sparked!
That's a good playlist... may just have to come up to the next one.

Do you know Against Me! they managed to make the repeated cry 'Condoleeza' work as a punk chorus in 'From Her Lips To God's Ears'.
I've never heard of them, but I'm intrigued.

Let me know if you're coming - like I say, they'll hopefully be a bit more regular now.
I belive all of these were requests too:

The Kopyright Liberation Front - Doctor in the TARDIS
The Cure - A forest (ok they actuall requested creaming jesus but we had just played them)
Virgin Prunes - Caucasian walk
Sultans of Ping FC - Where's me jumper?
Cop Shoot Cop - $10 bill (band requested, no particular track)
Depeche Mode - It's no good (band requested, no particular track)
Bauhaus - St Vitus' dance
Rage Against the Machine - Take the power back
New Order - True faith
hmm, sorry about the decks (cd ones, presumably?). Bloody things are something of a mess and we're a bit lacking in spares at the moment, bah!
Don't worry. It wasn't a great problem, as we had 5 boxes and a couple of bags of vinyl.
The Kopyright Liberation Front - Doctor in the TARDIS(r)


Was actually "The Timelords - Doctorin' the Tardis".

Note: the name was referencing coldcut's doctorin' the house.
klf (uh-huh-uh, uh-huh-uh huh)
i thought it was kopyright limited foundation? or am i just getting mixed up with the k foundation?
Re: klf (uh-huh-uh, uh-huh-uh huh)
(Anonymous)
from the KLF site...

KLF - Kopyright Liberation Front - K Foundation - JAMS - Justified Ancients of Mu Mu - Timelords - Disco 2000 - Space - 2K - Jimmy Cauty - Bill Drummond - Blacksmoke - Brilliant - AAA - X - Solid Gold Chartbuster - Scourge Of The Earth - Greybeard - Advanced Acoustic Armaments - Bad Wisdom

and...

KLF, Space, Timelords, JAMS, Disco 2000, 2K, K Foundation, One World Orchestra, X$X, Blacksmoke, Custerd, ,ansit Kings, Big In Japan, Lori & The Chameleons, Brilliant, Moody Boys, Apollo XI, ORB, Solid Gold Chartbuster, Bad Wisdom, Eternity Project One, Bill Drummond, Jimmy Cauty
I think I say this most times you post a setlist but that's such a GREAT setlist. It almost makes me want to travel to Scotland just for the chance of hearing stuff like that in clubs.
That sounds like a bloody good set list. If I ever make it to Edinburgh I'll have to make sure you're DJing at some point! (A lot of the stuff on your list would go down like gangbusters at a KAOS party, and some of the tracks (Ich bin ein Auslander, Red Right Hand, Sonne) often get played at them.)