• Riot in August...

    17. Aug. 2010, 12:18

    So not done the Sunday Riot in a while. thought I'd write down the complete set...

    Akhenaton- Mon texte, Le Savon
    MC Solaar- Le Rabbi Muffin

    (cos like french rap does rock and that MC Solaar tune is perhaps the best thing to come out of France in decades)
    David Holmes- Gritty Shaker (why can't everyone be as cool as David Holmes)

    (funky assed cool choons to begin with, as it filled up I decided to change mood)
    Regina Spektor- Fidelity
    R.E.M.- Losing my religion
    Dandy Warhols- Bohemian like you
    Janes Addiction-Stop
    The White Stripes- Fell in love with a girl
    The Vines- Get free
    Blur- Song 2
    PJ Harvey- Sheela-na-gig
    (such a classic choon)
    Alanis Morissette- You oughta know (what better song to follow up PJ Harvey with?)
    Martina Topley bird- Too tough to die (completing three strong songs by three stong female singers)
    Darwin Deez- DNA
    Jose Gonzalez- Lovestain
    (aka my cute and quicky section)
    Scissor Sisters- Comfortably Numb
    There was technical issues that followed... so things broke up a little but a few minutes later we were back on a roll...
    Cake- Long Skirt, Short jacket

    And now it was time for me to play some Chinese and Japanese punk music- cos I can...
    Queen Sea Big Skirt- Hold your hand
    5,6,7,8's- Woo Hoo
    Snap Line- Jenny

    (Gods i do adore the raw sound coming out of Beijing right now! Could do an entire set of Chinese rock/punk right now if I could...)

    Bruce Springsteen- State trooper
    Coldplay- Speed of Sound
    Depeche Mode- Personal Jesus
    30 Seconds to Mars- The kill
    Placebo- Running up that hill
    Nirvana- Lithium
    Paramore- Decode
    Muse- Knight's of Cyndonia

    (starts brooding and intimate with Bruce, builds to the huge epic that is Muse- such a fun section)

    Lou Reed- Walk on the wild side
    Florence & the Machine- You got the love
    The Stranglers- Golden Brown

    (3 great songs that fit so well together)

    Ghetto Boys- Damn it feels good to be a gangster
    Gypsy Kings- Hotel california
    (Spanish version)...

    Fun fun fun set.
  • Last Sunday's Riot... (Feb 21st)

    24. Feb. 2010, 19:39

    A real fun set- somewhat different than normal...
    1. Happy Monday's- Kinky Afro
    2. U2- Even better than the real thing
    3. Pulp- Do you remember the first time
    4. Alanis Morissette- Hand in pocket
    5. Band of Horss- Is there a Ghost (currently one of my fave songs right now)
    6. Fun Loving Criminals- Scooby Snacks
    7. Noah and the Whale- 5 years Time
    8. Pheonix- Listtomania
    9. The Ataris- The Boys of Summer
    10. Green Day- Basket Case
    11. The Beasties Boys- Sabotage
    12. Kings of Leon- Four Kicks
    13. The White Stripes- Hotel Yorba
    14. The Fratellis- Chelsea Dagger
    (time for a 'low self-esteem' section of music)
    15. Back- Loser
    16. Wheatus- Teenage Dirtbag
    17. Radiohead- Creep
    (enough EMO...)
    18. Bloc Party- Positive tension
    19. Rinocerose- Music kills me
    20. Paul Weller- from the floorboards up
    21. Marilyn Manson- The Beautiful People
    22. Cold War Kids- Something is not right with me
    23. Pixies- Monkey Gone to heaven
    24. Quik- Bert's Apple Crumble
    25. Outkast- Hey ya!
    26. Muse- Suppermassive Black hole
    27. Janes Addiction- Been caught stealing
    28. Foo Fighter's- Best of you
    29. The SMiths- What differance does it make
    30. U2- Bad
    31. U2- Desire
    32. Bob Marley- Jammin'
  • Last Riot of the January

    7. Feb. 2010, 15:30

    Big dumb fun (as always)- Set list for my set at the Riot on SUnday 29th.
    This one was a set with several really BIG epic and long anthems (The Offspring, The Verve, The Stone Roses for example)- plus bringing great new songs (Titus Andronicus, continuing support for Bloc Party, Bombay Bicycle Club and I Blame Coco)- generally a really fun set.

    1. U2- Zoo Station
    2. Beck- Gamma Ray
    3. KoRn- Freak on a leash
    4. Green Day- Basket Case
    5. Foo Fighters- Breakout
    6. Titus Andronicus- MY time outside the womb
    7. B-52's- My Sharona
    8. Foghat- I just wanna make love to you...
    9. Wheatus- A little respect
    10. Violent Femmes- Gone Daddy Gone
    11. Bowling for soup- High school never ends
    12. The Stone Roses- Fools Gold
    13. I Blame Coco- 18 with a bullet
    14. Junior Murvin- Police and Thieves
    15. The Police- Don't stand so close to me
    16. Bloc Party- Positive tension
    17. Bombay Bicycle Club- Evening, Morning
    18. Blur- Coffee and TV
    19. King Missile- Detachable Penis
    20. Cake- Building a religion
    21. The Offspring- Pay the man
    22. OK GO- Here it goes again
    23. Custom- Hey Mister
    24. Red Hot Chilli Peppers- By the way
    25. Ghetto Boys- Damn, it feels good to be a gangster
    26. New Radicals- You got the music in you
    27. The Verve- Bitter Sweet Symphony
    28. Muse- Please, Please, Please...
  • Zodiac Set List- Jan 29th 2010

    30. Jan. 2010, 18:57

    A quiet night at the Zodiac really, but by God some classic choons and a set I am quietly proud off...
    1. Micheal Buble- Orange Coloured Sky (starts so slow and builds so well)
    2. Bobby Darin- Always (Classic Bobby- a BIG track)
    3. Cy Coleman- Playboys theme
    I ALWAYS like to do a trio of classic divas of big band stuff in my sets, this evening I picked...
    4. Jane Monheit - Taking a chance on love (jane is one of the best new singers around)
    5. Sarah Vaughan- Make yourself comfortable
    6. Ella Fitzgerald- Manhatten (timeless classic)
    7. Eartha Kitt- Let's do it (such a funny version)
    The trio over (OK, I did four), I decided to play some jazz for a change...
    8. Dave Brubeck- Take Five
    9. Duke Ellington- Caravan
    10. Jack Costanzo and His Orchastra- Peter Gunn mambo
    11. Sammy Davis Jr- Mr Bo Jangles (definitive recording imho)
    12. Henry Mancini- Theme to the Pink Panther
    13. Sarah Vaughan- Whatever Lola Wants (great song)
    14. Frank Sinatra Jr- That Face
    15. Judy Garland- Stompin' at the Savoy (great recording, done live)
    16. Cab Calloway- Reefer man (such a dark song really)
    17.Billie Holiday- A fine romance
    Time for modern bug band versions of classic songs I felt...
    18. Sting- Windmills of your mind
    19. Micheal Buble- Feeling Good
    20. Diana Krall- Straighten up and fly right (GREAT version of a classic song)
    21. Sophie Milman- 50 ways to leave your lover (Along with Diana Krall one of the best two young female singers in the genre right now)
    22. Paul Anka- Jump
    23. Richard Cheese- Smells like teen spirit
    24. Harry Connick Jr- It had to be you
    25. Duke Ellington- Take the 'A' train
    26. Glenn Miller & His Orchestra- Chatanooga Choo-choo
    27. Dick Brave And The Backbeats- Get the party started
    28. Brian Setzer- Jump Kive and Wail (been AGES since I played this one- great song)
    29. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy- Hey Pachuco (clssic choon from The Mask)
    30. Chet Baker- That old feeling (a FAST Chet Baker song- a rare thing)
    31. Frank Sinatra- I've got you under my skin
    32. Ray Charles- Our love is here to stay
    33. Bobby Darin- Somewhere beyond the sea
    34. Kate Capshaw- Anything Goes (in Mandarin- from the opening sequance of Indiana Jones and the temple of Doom- SO damn funny)
    35. Ray Bolger and Judy Garland- if I only had a brain (classic from the Wizard of Oz)
    36. Harry Belafonte- Day-O (the banana boat song)
    37. Isreal Kamakawiwo'ole- Somewhere over the rainbow/wonderful world
    (one of the best songs ever recorded)
    38. Chet Baker- My funny valentine...

    Good mix of songs that worked well together... really enjoyed it...
  • The Sunday Riot- playlist for Sunday Jan 24th

    29. Jan. 2010, 18:09

    Fun set- enjoyed it a lot. Started with covers...
    1. Rufio- Don't you forget about me
    2. Goldfinger- 99 Red Balloons
    moved into BIG choons...
    3. Kings of Leon- Four Kicks (classic)
    4. Kasabian- Clubfoot
    5. The Crowns- Yeeeaaahhhh
    6. Bloc Party- Positive Tension (WHAT a choon- this one will be glued to my set list for a few weeks I think)
    7. The Smiths- What difference does it make
    8. Placebo- Every you Every me
    9. Artic Monkeys- Bet you look good on the dance floor
    Crowd pleasers all, I wanted to indulge my current love of all things 'epic angst'- hence the following...
    10. Muse- Uprising
    11. Depeche Mode- I feel you (my God has this song aged well)
    13. 30 Seconds to Mars- The Kill
    After that indulgence, I THEN indulged in a gypsy combo- as its very much in my heart right now...
    14. Rupa & the April Fishes- Por La Forntera
    15. Balkan Beat Box- Habbibi Min Zaman
    16. Gogol Bordello- Start wearing purple (still intoxicating after all these years)
    Felt it was time to return to 'basic Riot music' about now...
    17. The White Stripes- Hotel Yorba
    18. Noah and the Whale- 5 years time
    19.Cage the Elephant- Ain't no rest for the wicked
    20. The Pixies- Here comes your man
    21. The Offspring- Keep 'em seperated
    22. Rage Against the Machine- Bulls On Parade
    23. Blind Melon- No rain (always raises a smile this one)
    We were in the mood for songs that make ya smile I thought- still keeping with floor fillers however...
    24. Florence and The Machine- Dog Days are Over
    25. Electric Six- Gay Bar (in many ways this is SO the anthem for The Riot)
    26. Puffy Ami Yumi- Teen Titans (theme)
    27. Nerf Herder- Buffy the Vampire Slayer (theme)
    I had 30 minutes to go- time to take this bad boy home I figured...
    28. Elbow- Grounds For Divorce
    29. Scissor Sisters- Comfortably Numb
    30. Lily Allen- The Fear
    Its awesome how well those three songs go together... after a few silly songs I ended on
    31. The Gypsy Kings- Hotel California
    'cos that song was SO intended to be sung in Spanish...
  • Set List for The Zodiac- Friday 22nd January

    24. Jan. 2010, 19:13

    (music type- Big Band/Swing/Rat Pack type music)
    Opened the set with Micheal Buble's 'Song for you' followed by Tony Bennett crooning 'If I ruled the world'. Just to open the night and set a mood. Quickened the pace somewhat with Jelly Roll Morton's classic 'Georgia Swing', some epic modern covers with the Puppini Sisters version of 'Mr Sandman',and more Buble- this time with Nelly Furtado and 'Quando, Quando,Quando'.
    The excellent Diana Krall was played next ('Pick yourself up'), followed by Bette Midler andLINDA RONSTAND singing their cheeky version of 'Sisters' and carried on with the great females of big band with some Peggy Lee singing 'I wanna be around'.
    Decided it was time for some mambo- so inflicted Earl Grant's groovy 'House of Bamboo', Chuy Reyes and His Orchestra singing the wonderfully silly 'Oink oink Mambo',Dean Martin's 'Mambo Italiano' and Nat King Cole's 'Papa loves mambo'.
    Played some more Dean-O with his classic version of 'That's Amore' and more Peggy Lee, with her sultry version of 'Let there be love'. Ended that selection with the vicious and dry version of 'The lady is a tramp' by Buddy Greco.
    Kay Starr's 'Wheel of fortune' came on next, followed by the awesome Lavay Smith And Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers 'ooo Poppa do' and the Squirrel Nut Zippers 'Babay wants a diamond ring'. At this point I played a couple of Rupa and The April Fishes 'cos I am not kidding when I say I have them on the brain right now...
    Back to the main genre and decided it was time for some new versions of old classic songs... the truely breathtaking and brilliant Sophie Milman's version of 'fever' was followed by Muse singing 'Feeling Good' and Cake's version of 'perhaps, perhaps, perhaps'. Richard Cheese singing 'Baby Got back' and Dick Brave And The Backbeats doing a swing rockabilly cover of 'freedom' by George Micheal ended that part of the set.

    Bill Wyham's Rhythm Kings turned up next with 'Jitterbug Boogie', followed by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and 'Go Daddy Go'. Slipping in the Pussy Cat Dolls version of 'Sway', I raised the roof with Benny Goodman's 'Sing Sing Sing' (SUCH a choon) and Louis Prima's infectious version of 'Pennies from heaven' (honestly I cannot stop playing those two songs). Bette Midler's classic version of 'Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy from company D' led into Frank Sinatra's 'The Coffee Song' (my God did I go THAT long without playing Frank?).
    I closed the set with some classic Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grapelli(minor Swing), the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain's wonderful version of 'Should I stay or should I go', Charles Trenet's classic 'Le Mer' and ended with a huge grin on my face because of Tom Lehrer's 'Masochism Tango'.

    A fun set... nice to make a record of it all...
  • Last's Sunday's Sunday Riot

    18. Jan. 2010, 20:15

    Fun set last Sunday... kicked off with Death Cab for Cutie, "I Will Possess Your Heart"; some Toploader, He Is We, Regina Spektor and Noah & The Whale to follow up. Florence crooned "Dogs Days are Over", withIda Maria "Love you so much better when your naked" and The Crowns majestic "Yeaaaaaah".
    After that, some Bishop Allen, The Ataris, Green Day ('East Jesus Nowhere' rules) and we were getting heavier... Them Crooked Vultures followed by Muse's 'Knight's of Cyndonia' and 30 Seconds to Mars 'Kings and Queens' is about as epic as it can get. Gypsy set followed with My Chemical Romance (Mama), some Gogol Bordello and Rupa & the April Fishes.
    We slowed it down after our gypsy madness withmore Florence (her cover of You've Got the Love'), Reel Big Fish and the Pogues (maybe not THAT slow), then The Givers, Bombay Bicycle Club, classic Rem, the sultryPheonix ("Lisztomania" is the best thing to come out of France since Air), Klint's rocking "Diamond" , Prodigy's 'Firestater'... and ended on a double hit by Rupa & the April Fishes and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds 'Red Right Hand'.
    Dark way to end it, but a fun selection nevertheless...