Wednesday, December 9, 2009

NYE is my last 80's Dance Night

New Year's Eve this year is going to be a special one for me as it will be my last 80's Dance Night. I've been playing new wave at Hailey's every Thursday for the last six years, and it's all coming to an end on December 31st 2009.

The club will be opening early (8pm) to accomodate the three bands I personally booked to play with me on NYE: Vulgar Fashion from Denton, Twisted Wires [Italians Do It Better] from Houston, and Orvahnt's Engine (formerly known as Plastic Sleeves) [Down Low/Bunker Records] from Dallas. All three of these bands are really excellent electronic acts that will compliment what I do on 80's Dance Night. Visuals will be provided by Tommyboy [Arawa.FM].

There will be free champagne at midnight and a photobooth in the back room. Doors are at 8pm, the schedule is below:
8pm- DJG
9pm- Vulgar Fashion
10pm- Twisted Wires
11pm- Orvahnt's Engine
12am- countdown and DJG
I will be doing my 80's Night thing before, between, and after the sets. There is a $3 cover before midnight which will go directly to the bands (one of which is driving in from Houston and taking a pretty large paycut to play this show). I recommend getting there early so you don't miss out on any of these great bands, I can't say enough how solid the music is going to be. There will be no cover after midnight for those who only want to come and dance.

...So the next day I had set out to write down all the songs I remember playing. Here's how it all went down, in the order it all happened:

DJG's last 80s Dance Night @ Hailey's Club NYE 2009 Playlist:

Depeche Mode- Christmas Island
New Order- 1963
The Cure- All I Want
Lectric Workers-Robot is Systematic
Tears For Fears- Memories Fade
Kajagoogoo- Too Shy
Alphaville- Victory of Love
Altered Images- See Those Eyes
Laura Branigan- Self Control
Camoflage- The Great Commandment
Depeche Mode- Shake the Disease
Cetu Javu- Situations
Pet Shop Boys- What Have I Done To Deserve This?
Cabaret Voltaire- Sex, Money, Freaks
Kissing The Pink- Big Man Restless
Human League- Being Boiled
Industry- State of the Nation

VULGAR FASHION live set from 9-9.30

Q Lazarus- Goodbye Horses
Bronski Beat- Smalltown Boy
A Flock of seagulls- Wishing
Animotion- Obsession
Vicious Pink- 8:15 To Nowhere
Dexy's Midnight Runners- Come On Eileen
A-Ha- Take On Me
Billy Idol- Rebel Yell

TWISTED WIRES live set 10-10.30

Paul Hardcastle- 19
New Order- Confusion
Prince- Raspberry Beret
Paul Lekakis- Boom Boom
Human League- Dont You Want Me?
Klein & MBO- Dirty Talk (instr)
Yaz- Don't Go
The Cure- The Walk

PLASTIC SLEEVES live set 11-11.30

Thomas Dolby- Blinded Me With Science
Madonna- Burning Up
Cabaret Voltaire- I Want You
Siouxsie and the Banshees- Dazzle
When In Rome- The Promise
Linda DiFanco- T.V. Scene

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 12 midnight!

Peter Schilling- Major Tom
New Order- Ceremony
Billy Idol- Dancing With Myself
The Smiths- There Is A Light
Fleetwood Mac- Little Lies
The Whispers- Rock Steady
Prince- Erotic City
Queen- Another One Bites the Dust
Clash- This Is Radio Clash
ESG- Moody
Rick Astley- Never Gonna Give You Up
Pet Shop Boys- Opportunities
Taylor Dayne- Prove Your Love
Shannon- Let the Music Play
New Order- Fine Time
Telex- Moscow Disko
New Order - Blue Monday
Alexander Robotnik - Problems D'amour
Dharma- Plastic Doll (inst)
New Order- Bizarre Love Triangle
Lords Of the New Church- Dance With Me
Depeche Mode- Master and Servant
Adam & The Ants- Stand and Deliver
Sisters of Mercy- This Corrosion
Ministry -Revenge

(last call)

Simple Minds- Don't You Forget About Me
Heaven 17- Let me go
Roxy Music- Same Old Scene
Human League- These Are The Things That Dreams Are Made Of

Arthur Russell- Go Bang!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

New Years Eve- The Last 80's Night with DJG

New Years Eve will be the last 80's Dance Night with DJG. It's been a great 5 years, but unfortunately my upcoming teaching schedule will not allow me to be out in Denton till 3am. I don't know if Hailey's will be continuing 80's Night with another DJ or if they will be reformatting the night. In the meantime, come out and dance...keep bringing in your requests...and I'll see you tonight. Thank you for all your support.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

This is...Thriller Night!

Thursday, October 29th will be a special Halloween edition of 80's Dance Night with DJG. I'll be playing the usual (retro hits, oldschool jams, and cult classics) plus I'll be throwing in a heavy mix of Halloween and Halloween inspired (think dark synth, goth, industrial, etc) songs.

Come out, dress up, and get down.

..."and whosoever shall be found without the soul for getting down must stand and face the hounds of hell"

Monday, July 27, 2009

the next For Your Pleasure...

Sunday, August 2nd.... For Your Pleasure with DJG and special guest DJ Gabriel. Haven't had Gabe up there with me in a while, so it should be a good time. Cheap cheap drinks, No Cover, Free pong & pool, all VINYL and from the HEART.

Starts at 10pm.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

For Your Pleasure tonight....

Bringing some new vinyl with me..... so come on and check it out.

I play Jazz, Soul, R&B, Reggae, Krautrock, Glamrock, Garage Rock, and lots of sounds in between.

Starts at 10pm
Hailey's Club
Denton, TX

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Tonight's Left of the Dial

Left of the Dial is tonight at Rubber Gloves in Denton.  I will have special guest DJ Wanz Dover up there with me tonight.  We will be playing the usual post-punk, goth, industrial, shoegaze, and 70s/80s alt., and some of the unusual.  I'm not too sure about the status of this weekly, I thought tonight was going to be my last one; however, it appears I am scheduled through June.  What dates in June, I don't know.  So, come out if you can. I've really enjoyed playing this music and have had a great response.

Friday, May 8, 2009

For Your Pleasure: Sunday May 10th

This Sunday's For Your Pleasure, I will be welcoming special guest Johnny Tightpants (from the Dallas Smoke).  The Smoke has been holding it down for over five years now as Dallas' premier Mod dance night, covering Northern Soul, Ska, Freakbeat, R&B, and Reggae.  

As the Smoke's resident "stax and ska man",  Johnny will compliment the Jazz, Soul, Reggae, Kraut, and Glam that For Your Pleasure is known for.  

As always, there will be no cover, great drink specials, and free ping pong and pool going on all night.  10 pm -2 am.  Sunday May 10th.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

For Your Pleasure @ Hailey's

For Your Pleasure is a Sunday night weekly event at Hailey's Club in Denton, TX.
The night was taken over from Wild-in-the-Streets' previous residency. Now you can find me providing music among the ambiance of ping pong & pool playing afficianados. It makes for an interesting night.

You can hear my take on soul/r&b from 60s/70s, glamrock & its protopunk progeny, 60s garage rock, the motorik psych of german krautrock, jazz styles from 50s-70s, jamaican ska, rocksteady, roots reggae, dub & touches of afro-latin-brazilian flavas...

I play every Sunday when there's not a show at Hailey's, so check the show calendar before you come up.  Past guests have included: Gabriel Mendoza, Sir Anthony, Mark Riddlin, and Shane English. 

Here's a playlist of some tunes I have previously played there & are fondly growing an association (in my mind) to the night...

Gabor Szabo - Spellbinder
Joe Henderson- Inner Urge
Grant Green- Talkin Bout J.C.
Ramsey Lewis- Sun Goddess
Milt Jackson- Sunflower
Nina Simone- See-Line Woman
Alphonze Mouzon- Funky Snakefoot
The Commodores- Machine Gun
Aretha Franklin- Rock Steady
Intruders- Cowboys to Girls
Sly & the Family Stone- Ride the Rhythm
Ike & Tina Turner- Nutbush City Limits
Isley Brothers - This Ole Heart of Mine
Southwind Symphony - Coming Home
Stylistics - People Make the World Go Round
Earth, Wind & Fire- That's the Way of the World
Freddie Hubbard- First Light
The Crusaders- Snowflake
Weather Report- Man in the Green Shirt
Herbie Hancock- Sun Touch
McCoy Tyner- Passion Dance
Jackie Mittoo- Last Train to Skaville
Augustus Pablo- Far East
Gregory Isaacs- Night Nurse
Don Un Romao- Escravos de Jo
Neu!- Hallogallo
Can- Pinch
Kraftwerk- Tanzmusik
New York Dolls- Looking for a Kiss
Cozy Powell- Dance with the Devil
David Bowie - Secret Life of Arabia
Roxy Music - Both Ends Burning
The Glitter Band- Tears I Cried
The Count Five- Reaction

Friday, April 17, 2009

National Record Store Day

Jeff Liles has an article in the observer about National Record Store Day and some of the great record stores in the metroplex over the last 40 years.  There's a nice little snipit about Metamorphosis Records in there.  Click here for the full article.

"These days, the last remaining crate diggers represent the heart of the faithful; the club DJs, the record collectors and producers, the wax tourists who go from city to city looking for rare grooves they can sample for new hip-hop artists. There is an art to it. The lifestyle requires taste, patience, time and money. It also requires the ownership of a functioning record player and needles. All of that stuff takes up space and requires attention. 

In a world where people are downsizing and putting their lives on a hard drive, the commitment to collecting records usually means dedicating the extra bedroom in your house or apartment just for climate-controlled storage. You don't keep records in the garage. "

Thursday, April 16, 2009


The official launch party of untMAKE (the unofficial University of North Texas MAKE chapter) is this Friday April 17th at Hailey's Club.  There will be collaborative art and projects going on through the night, and the music will be provided by DJG, as well as Yeahdef and R9 (of downlow music).  The party runs from 9pm-2am, and there is no cover for the night.  However, there is a suggested donation to untMAKE, so spread the love.

Special thanks to Yeahdef and WMO2! for putting the party together!

You can visit the untMAKE website for more information on the party and the chapter.

If you have no idea what MAKE is........then visit their official website or pick up a copy of their magazine at your local bookstore.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Left of the Dial

Wednesdays at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios, I've started a new weekly called "Left of the Dial". I'll be playing post-punk, goth, early industrial, shoegaze, and assorted 70s/80s alternative. The music is inspired by things I listened to in High School and music I still listen to at home. I'm hoping to build up enough of a crowd to keep this thing going, since there is no other place to hear this kind of stuff in Denton. Here's a little list of some of the artists I play:

The Church
Clan of Xymox
Sisters of Mercy
My Bloody Valentine
The Jesus & Mary Chain
Tones on Tail
Love and Rockets
Savage Republic
Echo and the Bunnymen
The Bolshoi
House of Love
The Chameleons UK
Mighty Lemon Drops
Spacemen 3
Galaxie 500
Dream Syndicate
The Jam
Virgin Prunes
Siouxsie and the Banshees
The Creatures
The Glove
The Damned
Dead Boys
Lords of The New Church
The Cramps
Birthday Party
Big Black
Killing Joke
Pere Ubu
This Heat
A Certain Ratio
Gang of Four
The Stranglers
Cabaret Voltaire
Front 242
Chris & Cosey
Section 25
Skinny Puppy
Severed Heads

I'll be playing tonight, April 15th, and then these dates in May: 6th, 13th, 20th. After that, who knows....

A little introduction....

As a kid, my older brothers turned me onto much of the music i still love & spin today: Kraftwerk, New Order, Human League, XTC, Einsturzende Neubauten, Sisters of Mercy, The Smiths, Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, Berlin, Yaz...these were my fertile years as a music lover.

in 1989, i heard "A day in the life" by Todd Terry/ Black Riot (on Jeff 'stotle' Steel's "Jackin' the Box" on Dallas radio KNON 89.3). That was my first encounter with 'house' music, with its samples and references, heavily indebt to disco. That era was was a turning point for many people in the Dallas area. i remember hearing mix tapes from a certain local dj named GO-Go Mike DuPriest. Playing disco, house, British indie dance and a new phenomena called 'acid house'. It was phenomenal and inspiring.

My brother Joshua soon started dj-ing at nightclubs. I, pre-teen, couldn't go out yet, so i stayed home, played his 12"s, teaching myself to mix on his equiptment. He soon earned a reputation as a local dance club jock as well as a deep house music dj, in the truest sense.

In the mid/late 90's, I played around in a few bands but focused on an improv, electronic, neo-classical outfit called Senter Divider w/ collaborator Christian Buss (now Center Divider based in NYC). It wasnt untill the turn of the century, when i became absorbed with classic electro funk, latin freestyle and garage disco. It was then I began to discover many of the vintage dance records that i heard sampled in house music. This was a revelation. I soon had the opportunity to dj-ing in public, aside from small 'listening parties' at home. A one-off gig was preposed to my friend, Chris Colley (now in NYC bands SOFT & Koko Ono) & I, playing alongside the local electro-bassmen, TRANSEXFORMERS (Tommyboy & Glen Blip) at Le Privilege (now The Mowhawk)in Austin. That was my first public dj gig and the beginning of a new era for me. The following year, i co-founded a party dj-duo known as "Poor-in-'84" with Brian Edwards (local dj Magic Fly). Engrossed in the sounds of late 70's and early 80's Italo Disco (an all electronic disco music pre-dating house), we forged an alliance, bringing this esoteric & neglected music to the masses under the guise of "80's dance" parties. It was here that i began to preach a promotional protocol of dance "music from the eighties, not just 80's music".

April 2004, i began a residency at Hailey's Club in Denton with much thanks to Glenn Squibb. His "Axis" parties were slightly modified into an "80's Dance" party. I held this position untill new year's morning of 2010. I continue to play music and curate parties & events with like minded people.

*******In the spirit of David Mancuso's legendary NYC LOFT parties, as well as the sincere love of privately sharing music with my close friends since i can remember, I seek events that will allow me to deliver my musical vision of recycling past treasures as well as new exciting sounds in a wholistic, deep, soulful experience of listening to music*************

special thanks to anyone who ever came, danced, enjoyed any music i have ever shared with them. your supportive feet & ears make it all happen.