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Difficult Listening Hour 2020.10.03

Week thirty of my unplanned, unrehearsed, seat-of-the-pants goofing around. As a way of getting back into practice and doing something regularly, I’ve started doing regular Twitch broadcasts, now on Saturday afternoons. These are the results. Anything goes.

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Difficult Listening Hour 2020.06.13: NSFQ (Not Safe for Quarantine) Edition

Moving into our fourth month of COVID-19 induced restrictions and “shelter in place” recommendations, I think a lot of people are getting a little frisky. So here’s two hours of tunes that could be considered either entirely appropriate or entirely inappropriate for the situation, depending on your point of view.

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Difficult Listening Hour 2020.05.02: Birthday Edition

A rare pre-planned set; I selected this set of tracks just because tomorrow’s my birthday and these are some long-time favorites that I wanted to play. Back to the usual unplanned randomness next week!

  1. Shakespear’s Sister, Stay
  2. Peter Murphy, I’ll Fall With Your Knife
  3. Soft Cell, Seedy Films
  4. The Normal, Warm Leatherette
  5. Renegade Soundwave, Renegade Soundwave (Leftfield)
  6. Lo-Fidelity Allstars feat. Pigeonhed, Battle Flag (Radio Edit)
  7. The Cardigans, Erase/Rewind
  8. Thompson Twins, You Take Me Up (12)”
  9. The Art of Noise feat. Tom Jones, Kiss (Art of Noise)
  10. Figures on a Beach, Accidentally 4th Street (Gloria) (Remix)
  11. LaTour, Allen’s Got A New Hi-Fi
  12. Eurythmics, Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four) (Extended)
  13. DJ Tripp, Express This Way
  14. The Azoic feat. Seabound, Obsession
  15. Sunscreem, Love U More (A Version)
  16. Pet Shop Boys, It’s a Sin
  17. DJ Wüdi, Just Can’t Get Flexible in 1999
  18. Information Society, Going, Going, Gone (Razed in Black)
  19. Psychic TV, I.C. Water
  20. Diane Birch, This Corrosion
  21. Marilyn Monroe, Happy Birthday to JFK
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Difficult Listening Hour 2020.03.05: COVID-19 Edition

Week six, and this is one of the few times I’ve put together a set list ahead of time instead of going by the seat of my pants. Consider this the COVID-19 edition of DLH–the tracklist titles should make both inspiration and selection clear. 🙂 This does mean that this set is less about trying for a smooth mix all the way through and more about just having fun with the idea.

As a way of getting back into practice and doing something regularly, I’ve started doing regular Twitch broadcasts on Thursday nights. These are the results.

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Difficult Listening Hour 2020.01.30

Week two of my unplanned, unrehearsed, seat-of-the-pants goofing around. As a way of getting back into practice and doing something regularly, I’ve started doing regular Twitch broadcasts on Thursday nights. These are the results. Anything goes.

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Sounds From the Lost Abbey 04

Back in February, I took up a challenge from one of my friends (prompted by the Gigs mix I posted) to create a mix based around songs that I’d have played at the Lost Abbey, during the mid- to late-1990s. To get a little help putting together the playlist, I put out a call for requests on Facebook, and ended up with something around 14 hours of possible songs, almost entirely pulled from requests by people who used to see me spin at the Lost Abbey.

Since 14 hours is far too long to do as a single mix, I’ve broken the requests up into multiple 80-ish-minute playlists. Here’s the fourth of quite a few to come!

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Sounds From the Lost Abbey 02

Back in February, I took up a challenge from one of my friends (prompted by the Gigs mix I posted) to create a mix based around songs that I’d have played at the Lost Abbey, during the mid- to late-1990s. To get a little help putting together the playlist, I put out a call for requests on Facebook, and ended up with something around 14 hours of possible songs, almost entirely pulled from requests by people who used to see me spin at the Lost Abbey.

Since 14 hours is far too long to do as a single mix, I’ve broken the requests up into multiple 80-ish-minute playlists. Here’s the second of quite a few to come!

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Difficult Listening Hour 09 (140 BPM)

Continuing with my loosely BPM-themed mixes, every song in this mix is somewhere between 135 and 145 BPM. And as always, this was mixed “live” and has no post-processing or editing work, so while it may not be perfect, it’s all me!

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Gigs Music Theater 1998

So this is a little bit of silly self-indulgence…but then, wouldn’t that pretty much describe this entire website? 😉

Back when I was DJing at Gig’s Music Theater, I was also running a website for the club (and though I have no way of verifying this, I’ve always assumed that we were one of the first clubs to have a website running). As part of the website, I kept track of my requests, and kept a running “top requests” list. Since I archived the website as it was when the club shut down, I still have the last “top requests” list that I posted, back in 1998. Looking at it the other day, it struck me that it could make for an entertaining playlist….

So here we are: Two hours and forty-five minutes of the top club hits in 1998, as determined by the requests at an all-ages, non-alcoholic, alternative club in Anchorage, Alaska. In other words, this list probably wouldn’t match a similar list anywhere and anytime else.

It’s a little rough around the edges in spots, but that’s cause it’s recorded “live”, with no post-processing or editing. It’s not perfect, but I’ve rarely been perfect, and I think it ended up an honest and pretty fun throwback to what you’d have heard at Gig’s “back in the day”.