Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Turntable.FM

I have recently been spending some time on http://turntable.fm/lobby.

You need to check this site out if:
1) All of your Pandora swing dance stations aren't inspiring you enough
2) You want to listen to DJ's and dancers from across the country play their favorite tunes
3) You are an aspiring DJ that wants to try out music with a crowd rating your selections
4) You are an aspiring DJ that wants a quick way to grow their music collection
5) You are a seasoned DJ (that may be competitive) and you want to strut your stuff
6) You like rating a DJ's selection of a song (as you can "awesome" or "lame" every song)
7) You read this blog and like listening to songs your grandfather thought were hip
8) You will "awesome" the majority of the songs I spin on there -- I get more points that way!

WARNING: It can enjoyably ruin your sleep pattern as you may find yourself with other fellow music nerds that enjoy "geeking" out about different versions of songs, themes, and all out dancing fun into the wee hours of the night.

Rooms to check out:
"Swing Music For Dancers" and "Blues Music For Dancers"

The "Swing Music for Dancers" room has been growing pretty rapidly in the amount of listeners and the "Blues Music for Dancers" room is still fairly new, but I'd expect it to continue to grow.

You are able to upload any files from your computer to play as long as they are in mp3 format as well as search using the already uploaded library.

I've noticed that DJ'ing on this site with a full crowd of like minded (and some not so like minded) DJ's that it pushes me deeper into my collection to find hidden gems I'd forgotten about or didn't even realize I had.

Spread the word! Check it out! I look forward to seeing you on the turntables soon!


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Fat Tuesday at Black Rock Tavern, 2/21/2012



I had a blast last night spinning tunes at Black Rock Pub, in celebration of Mardi Gras. This is the second year I've been invited to DJ. Last year, I played almost exclusively artists from or associated with New Orleans. This year, I wasn't so strict--I pretty much played what seemed appropriate in the moment, though that certainly involved a fair amount of New Orleans-flavored music.

The crowd was steady from around 9:15 or 9:30 all the way through 11:30ish. They were there to dance, for reals. I played more fast music than I could possibly ever have gotten away with at Fizz. Check out the BPM sparkline and histogram. And the setlist:
  1. Swing Brother Swing - Miss Sophie Lee - Tallulah Moon - 3:55 - 165
  2. Sugar - Katharine Whalen - Jazz Squad - 2:57 - 182
  3. It's Been So Long - Duke Heitger - Rhythm Is Our Business - 3:34 - 155
  4. My Bucket's Got A Hole In It - Fritzel's New Orleans Jazz Band - Vol. 2 - 4:22 - 120
  5. I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me - Sidney Bechet - Jazz in Paris - 2:40 - 145
  6. Ochi Chornya - Wingy Manone - 1940-1944 - 2:54 - 165
  7. A Viper's Moan - Willie Bryant And His Orchestra - 1935-1936 - 3:25 - 150
  8. Honeysuckle Rose - Adrian Rollini - 1934-1938 - 2:38 - 160
  9. What a Pretty Little Miss - Fats Waller - 038212  BLUEBIRD -10437 - 2:32 - 190 (The first line never fails to crack me up: "Where have I been hiding all your life?")
  10. Chicago - Muggsy Spanier - An Anthology Of Big Band Swing 1930-1955 - 2:36 - 185
  11. Clementine - Marty Grosz And His Hot Combination - Hooray For Bix! - 4:03 - 164 (The sound quality on this track was poor)
  12. Perdido Street Blues - Louis Armstrong - The Complete Decca Studio Master Takes 1940-1949 - 3:08 - 145
  13. Ya Gotta See Baby Tonight - Louis Prima - Louis Prima et son orchestre : 1945 - 2:24 - 145
  14. Ain't Got No Room for the Blues - Banu Gibson - Vintage Banu - 2:46 - 125
  15. How Come You Do Me Like You Do - Kid Ory - This Kid's The Greatest! - 3:23 - 120
  16. Do For Myself - Meschiya Lake And The Little Big Horns - Lucky Devil - 3:24 - 180
  17. I'm Alone Because I Love You - The Palmetto Bug Stompers - Live @ D.B.A. - 3:29 - 150
  18. Black Coffee - The Careless Lovers - Black Coffee - Single - 2:39 - 195
  19. Short Dressed Gal - Preservation Hall Jazz Band - New Orleans Preservation, Vol. 1 - 2:38 - 160
  20. If You're A Viper - Kermit Ruffins - The Big Butter & Egg Man - 3:08 - 170
  21. Lady Be Good - Svend Asmussen - Musical Miracle Vol. 1: 1935-40 - 2:56 - 180 (Violin + vibes)
  22. Fiddle Dee Dee - Lionel Hampton - Lionel Hampton Story 1: Hot Mallets - 2:39 - 195 (More violin + vibes...can I tell you like this combo?)
  23. There's Rhythm In Harlem - Mills Blue Rhythm Band - 1933-1936 - 3:11 - 205
  24. Georgia Cake Walk - Eddie Condon - We Called It Music - 3:06 - 165
  25. Lawd, Lawd - Cecil Scott & His Bright Boys - Harlem Big Bands - 3:13 - 215
  26. Minor Drag - Tuba Skinny - Garbage Man - 3:23 - 240 (240 BPM didn't seem to phase people!)
  27. Heebie Jeebies - Preservation Hall Jazz Band - The Hurricane Sessions - 1:55 - 180
  28. Shake That Thing - The Smoking Time Jazz Club - Quarter Note Vol. 1 - 4:25 - 125
  29. Somebody Changed The Lock - Dr. John - Dr. John's Gumbo - 2:45 - 95
  30. Muddy Water - Davina & The Vagabonds - Live @ the Times - 2:29 - 123
  31. Banana Split for My Baby - Louis Prima - The Wildest! - 2:31 - 137
  32. Comes Love - Duke Heitger - Duke Heitger's "Krazy Kapers" - 4:34 - 150
  33. Tuxedo Junction - The Solomon Douglas Swingtet - Ain't No School Like the Old School - 3:14 - 155 (Shim-sham)
  34. Milenberg Joys - Gordon Webster - Live In Philadelphia - 3:45 - 190
  35. Smoke House Rhythm - Benny Goodman - VICTOR 26107 - 2:53 - 205
  36. Shine On Harvest Moon - Pete Fountain - Dixieland's Kings - 2:50 - 160
  37. Rosetta - The Baby Soda Jazz Band - Cures Everything But The Blues - 4:34 - 165
  38. All of Me - Benoit Viellefon & His Orchestra - Swing à La Mode - 3:21 - 190
  39. King Porter Stomp - Kansas City All-Stars - KC After Dark - 4:38 - 170
  40. Bennie's Bugle - 4Beat6 - The band that plays the music of Benny Goodman - 3:01 - 195
  41. Yeah Man - Four Vagabonds - Vol. 2 (1942-1943) - 2:15 - 135
  42. Who Walks In When I Walk Out? - Louis Armstrong - The Wonderful Duets - 2:21 - 135
  43. Georgia Grind - Louis Armstrong - The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings - 2:34 - 140 (I was thinking that this would be the more modern version, the duet with Velma Middleton on Satchmo: A Musical Autobiography. Ooops.)
  44. Get It Southern Style - Duke Ellington - The Duke's Men: The Small Groups, Vol. 1 - 2:43 - 120
  45. On The Sunny Side Of The Street - James Booker - New Orleans Piano Wizard: Live! - 3:42 - 125
  46. All I Know - The Countdown Quartet - Sadlack's Stomp - 2:56 - 125
  47. On Revival Day - Lavern Baker - LaVern Sings Bessie Smith - 3:16 - 143
  48. Twenty-Four Robbers - Jimmie Lunceford - Jimmie Lunceford - 3:10 - 140
  49. Back In Your Own Backyard - Billie Holiday - A Musical Romance - 2:42 - 155 (First of a Billie Holiday two-fer.)
  50. Life Begins When You're In Love - Billie Holiday - Lady Day: The Master Takes And Singles - 3:02 - 180
  51. Nappin' John - Roy Eldridge & His Gramercy Five - Little Jazz Giant - 3:04 - 190
  52. King Porter Stomp - Wynton Marsalis - Mr. Jelly Lord - Standard Time Vol. 6 - 3:09 - 180 (Mardi Gras=excuse to play KPS twice.)
  53. Fat and Greasy - Fats Waller - Ain't Misbehavin - 3:09 - 160
  54. Georgia On My Mind - Louis Armstrong - When You're Smiling - 3:25 - 105
  55. Prince Nez - Squirrel Nut Zippers - Hot - 2:53 - 180 (tempo doubles to 300+ BPM at the end, just to make sure people leave.)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Fizz setlist 2/13/2012

Fun night at Fizz last night--a full, energetic crowd, good buddies in the DJ booth, and a Little Sumpin' from Lagunitas Brewery, mix 'em together and it puts me in a good mood. As you'll see below, I was also in a mood to say "Why the Hell not?" and hit play on tunes that might normally be more borderline for me. My friends Bob & Anna were tag-teaming for the second half of the evening, but unfortunately I couldn't stick around for very long.

Here's the BPM sparkline and histogram, and here's what I played:

  1. Apex Blues - Jim Cullum Jazz Band - Chasin' the Blues - 4:22 - 95 
  2. No Regrets - Stephanie Nakasian - Billie Remembered: The Classic Songs Of Billie Holiday - 2:52 - 130 
  3. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea - Marty Grosz - Rhythm Is Our Business - 5:04 - 155 
  4. Rosetta - The Boilermaker Jazz Band - Nice Work If You Can Get It - 3:08 - 170 
  5. Nappin' John - Roy Eldridge & His Gramercy Five - Little Jazz Giant - 3:04 - 190 
  6. Swing Brother Swing - Miss Sophie Lee - Tallulah Moon - 3:55 - 165 
  7. Stay Cool - Count Basie - Blues By Basie-One O'Clock Jump - 3:12 - 155 (Now commencing the "brassy big band" portion of the evening)
  8. Rumble - Sy Oliver - Yes Indeed - 3:55 - 130 
  9. Jersey Bounce - Bernard Berkhout - Doctor Bernard and His Swing Orchestra - 3:27 - 135 
  10. The Wild Mab Of The Fish Pond - Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra - 1941-Transcription Performance - 2:20 - 155 
  11. Flat Foot Floogee - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra - The Fabulous Benny Goodman - 3:22 - 160 
  12. Wham! (Re-Bop-Boom-Bam) - Jimmie Lunceford - Lunceford Special - 2:51 - 175 
  13. I Can’t Dance (I Got Ants In My Pants) - Chick Webb - Stomping At The Savoy - 3:00 - 205  (There was a time in Fizz's history where I could NOT have played this--the floor would have completely cleared. Boy have things changed.)
  14. Honeysuckle Rose - Louis Armstrong - Satch Plays Fats - 2:56 - 170 
  15. All Of Me - Frank Sinatra - Swing And Dance With Frank Sinatra - 2:39 - 130 
  16. Who Walks In When I Walk Out? - Louis Armstrong - The Wonderful Duets - 2:21 - 135 
  17. Papa De-Da-Da - The Wolverines Jazz Band Of Bern - Wolverines Of Bern At 35 - 3:32 - 115  (Working through some Dixie now.)
  18. Tight Like This - Tuba Skinny - Tubaskinny - 4:28 - 125 
  19. Bucket Got a Hole In It - Kid Ory - In the Forties - 2:30 - 144 
  20. I'm Alone Because I Love You - The Palmetto Bug Stompers - Live @ D.B.A. - 3:29 - 150 
  21. Jambalaya Strut - Dr. Michael White - Dancing In The Sky - 3:46 - 165  (This one was meant as a shout-out to DJ Thor.)
  22. Stealin' Apples - Glenn Miller - Best of the Lost Recordings & The Secret Broadcasts - 3:16 - 210 
  23. Jump Session - Slim Gaillard - 1938-1939 - 2:35 - 160 
  24. Skin 'Em Back - Skeets Tolbert - Skeets Tolbert 1931-1940 - 2:43 - 150 
  25. Shout, Sister, Shout! - Sister Rosetta Tharpe - The Gospel of the Blues - 2:41 - 145  (I knew I wanted to try out #27, so I worked up to it with some other gospel-sounding tunes.)
  26. Sermonette - Gordon Webster - Happy When I'm With You - 3:40 - 115
  27. He Calls That Religion - The Sojourners - Things About Comin' My Way - 4:00 - 120
  28. Tight Like This - Milano Jazz Gang - To Satchmo with Respect - 3:01 - 110  (Yes, I played this tune twice--see #18. But they are two very different versions. )
  29. Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me - Sidney Bechet - The Fabulous Sidney Bechet - 5:43 - 145 
  30. Short Dressed Gal - Preservation Hall Jazz Band - New Orleans Preservation, Vol. 1 - 2:38 - 160 
  31. High Shelf Booze - Eilen Jewell - Letters from Sinners & - 3:38 - 125 
  32. Baby Can Dance - Carsie Blanton - Buoy - 2:56 - 180  (This last one was a going-away jam.)

Saturday, February 4, 2012

First Friday at BCS 2/3/2012

I played mp3s for a very fun, crowded dance at Big City last night. There were probably 40 enthusiastic folks there for the lesson at 8, then a bunch more showed up right around 9. Both floors were open, and a good thing too--otherwise there wouldn't have been any room. I had the first half of the evening, followed by my friend (and now co-blogger!) Bob. It was the sort of night where we could have played the Gettysburg address over and over, and the floor would have stayed full--everyone seemed like they were just itching to dance.

Several folks asked me about specific songs. If you asked about a song, see

  • #21 below, by the Swedish jazz-makers the Carling Family. Their website has full mp3s of some of their music.
  • #26, by San Francisco-based Gaucho, featuring vocals by Tamar Korn, formerly of the Cangelosi Cards. You can get Gaucho's albums on EMusic.

Back to my set: check out the BPM sparkline--I think it's kind of interesting because it changes amplitude. For the first part of my set, I stayed in a pretty narrow  tempo range, then later I expanded outward by quite a bit. Here's the BPM histogram for completeness, and here's the run-down of what I played:

  1. Hello, Dolly! - Louis Armstrong - Ken Burns Jazz - 2:24 - 155 
  2. Sent For You Yesterday And Here You Come Today - Benny Goodman - B.G. In Hi-Fi - 3:05 - 155 
  3. Baby Drives Me Wild - The Mighty Blue Kings - Meet Me In Uptown - 2:18 - 170 
  4. 5 Foot 2 - Davina & The Vagabonds - Songs From Thomas Ave. - 3:42 - 175 
  5. Look-A There - Slim Gaillard - The Very Best Of - 2:17 - 180 
  6. Mumbles' Blues - Stompy Jones - The Swing Session - 2:39 - 160 
  7. Froggy Bottom - Andy Kirk & His Clouds of Joy - Kansas City: Swing, Blues, Jive & Boogie - 3:05 - 150 
  8. Betcha Nickel - Ella Fitzgerald - My Heart Belongs to Daddy - 2:51 - 160 
  9. Savoy - Lucky Millinder - An Anthology Of Big Band Swing 1930-1955 - 3:04 - 164 
  10. Hey-Ba-Ba-Re-Bop - Lionel Hampton - The Jubilee Sessions, 1943 to 1946 - 4:27 - 170 
  11. One O'Clock Jump - Count Basie - Swinging The Blues: 1930-1939 - 3:03 - 171 
  12. Bizet Has His Day - The Solomon Douglas Swingtet - Ain't No School Like the Old School - 3:43 - 155 
  13. Fortunate Love - Glenn Crytzer And His Sycopators - Harlem Mad - 2:54 - 130 
  14. Dear Old Southland - Sidney Bechet - Classic Sides 1931-1937 - 3:03 - 140 
  15. Bucket Got a Hole In It - Kid Ory - In the Forties - 2:30 - 144 
  16. Georgia Grind - Lillian Boutt√© - Music Is My Life - 3:32 - 145 
  17. Black Coffee - The Careless Lovers - Black Coffee - Single - 2:39 - 195 
  18. Last Night On The Backporch - The Palmetto Bug Stompers - Ol' New Orleans Home - 4:10 - 150 
  19. Savoy Blues - Kenny Ball And His Jazzmen - Trad Jazz Masters - 3:53 - 135 
  20. I Ain't Gonna Play No Second Fiddle - Lavern Baker - LaVern Sings Bessie Smith - 4:05 - 90 
  21. Keepin' Out A Mishif Now - Carling Family - 20th Jubilee - 3:32 - 120 
  22. Tain't What You Do - Sy Oliver - Sy Oliver et son orchestre: 1949-1952 - 3:07 - 155 
  23. Let's Get Together - Duke Ellington - Recollections Of The Big Band Era - 2:37 - 175 
  24. My Blue Heaven - The Rosenberg Trio - Roots - 2:54 - 210 
  25. I Like Pie, I Like Cake - The Four Clefs - BLUEBIRD 8884 - 2:48 - 155 
  26. Sing On (Odessa Sing On) - Gaucho - Pearl - 5:07 - 135 
  27. If You'se a Viper - John Sinclair - No Money Down : John Sinclair's Greatest Hits , Volume One - 3:55 - 150 
  28. Baby Can Dance - Carsie Blanton - Buoy - 2:56 - 180