"Pista 12" - Wahh and the Arggs
this song is by a band from Valencia, Spain. I was living there, dating this guy, and he told me his neighbor was “un friki” (a modern-day Spanish archetype of a punk, a weirdo, someone you respect for being so far out but that you could never truly relate to). Anyway, this boyfriend of mine befriended his weird neighbor, who in addition to being the proprietor of a local comic book shop was in a screamy dreamy post punk band called Wahh and the Arggs. It’s a killer band, with a killer album, one of those local legends that you’d never find out about, unless you heard it on the show, or happened to be a part of this very peculiar subset of Spanish culture.
"Daft Punk Is Playing at My House" - LCD Soundystem - LCD Soundsystem
The DJ before our show wanted to play this, but he ran out of time. It is basically one of the greatest songs, like, ever. Only improvement would be another LCD cover by Kermit the Frog. But really, do you need another reason for why we included it in the show?
"Ça Plane Pour Moi" - Plastic Bertrand
Some people (read: any girl in their early- to mid- twenties who used to wear scrunchis, make lanyards, and sport jelly sandals) might recognize this track from a Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen movie that featured it as the soundtrack during a shopping mall montage that made you feel simultaneously like the world was a beautiful place and that you were hideous and lame for not being those twins. The song, though, is way cooler than the Olsen twins, or my childhood in the millenium. Plastic Bertand was actually kind of a sad dude from Belgium who lost the Eurovision contest, but who hit it big with someone else’s song: Ça Plane Pour Moi, which literally translates from French as “All’s good with me.” It’s from 1977 and it rocks HARD, and the lyrics, although they’re pretty incomprehensible in both French and English, are all about how life can kind of suck, how your luck can change at any moment, but how you just have to sit back and say “hey, that’s cool with me.”
"Captain Shiner" - Primus
Ceebs and I got a phone call at around 2:30 in the morning, after a break in which we talked mainly about pizza and how sleepy we were. This dude asks us to play something by Primus, so off to the library we go, locating the P drawer and seeing what our options are. The only thing we could find was “Tales from the Punchbowl,” and when we popped it in to the CD player, we misread the run time of each song (it was 2:30 in the morning, remember?) and thought each one lasted at least 30 minutes if not an hour or more. “Captain Shiner” was the only track that appeared normally. These are the informed decisions we late-night DJs make on a weekly basis.
"Sleepyhead" - Passion Pit
This song conjures up memories of my second year at UVA. A friend of mine would play it in the evening before Going Out, with the sole purpose of luring her studious roommate, our friend, out of her room and into party clothes, and ultimately onto the Corner. We’d put it on and by the second or third bar our friend would appear at the room of her door, whining something of a resigned: “you guys! Not fair! I have this huge paper to do!” She’d always end up coming out, having fun, and still getting an A. #goodtimes.