Back at eating/sf, Kasey has prepared her review of the various vendors who helped make our wedding perfect for us. Here at Musical Pairings, I’m kinda taking today’s post in a slightly different direction. I’m sharing Musical Pairings @ eating/sf’s October Mix. Nonetheless, before we get to the mix, I did want to mention the DJ who absolutely rocked it at our wedding: DJ Crimson. We gave him a partial playlist of music that we liked and he filled in the gaps. He figured out which tracks would work and which wouldn’t, figured out when to play each song, rocked the turntables all night (for example, he scratched from “Hava Nagila” into Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” – which was a stroke of brilliance), and kept the party going and everyone dancing loooong after the Sonoma sound ordinance dictated that there could be no more amplified music. I know I’m biased, but I honestly believe I’ve never heard a better DJ at a wedding or at a club. I doubt that I ever will. So, if you are looking for a fun night out or a non-cheesy wedding DJ who can seamlessly mix jazz, indie, hip hop, and anything else you can throw his way: DJ Crimson is your man.
As for the October Mix: even though it is a little counter-intuitive, it is a mix about the month of September: the month which included the wedding; but also included spending at lot of time with my brother Dan (including some time playing Nintendo); hanging out with him and many of my closest friends at my bachelor party; exploring, drinking, and eating through Argentina with Kasey; as well as our inevitable, subsequent return to San Francisco. For example, Kasey walked down the aisle to Sufjan Stevens’ “The Dress Looks Nice on You”; we were introduced at the reception while Beck played in the background; and our “first dance” was to Beirut’s “Postcards From Italy.” And the honeymoon is covered too: Mercedes Sosa is a famous Argentinian musician (who passed away on October 4 of this year) who I first learned about during our trip, and I kept thinking about Mirah’s “The Dog’s of Buenos Aires” while we were walking around the streets of Argentina. And when we returned to San Francisco, I found excellent new music waiting for me including: Thao with The Get Down Stay Down’s Know Better Learn Faster (which will be fully reviewed in an upcoming pairing), Electric Tickle Machine‘s rocking ode to self-interest – “Gimme Money,” and Xaphoon Jones‘ banging, multi-genre mixtape. I think Musical Pairings’ October mix is better than the last one we posted, but I always think that my most recent mixtape is better than my last. Leave some comments if you hear something you like!
1. Thao – Know Better Learn Faster
2. Pinback – Microtonic Wave
3. David Bowie – Hang Onto Yourself
4. Beck – Gamma ray (Acoustic)
5. Cansei De Ser Sexy – Cannoball (Breeders Cover)
6. Mercedes Sosa – Sabiendose de los Descalzos
7. Beirut – Postcards From Italy
8. The National – Patterns of Fairytales
9. The Bird and the Bee – Please Don’t Stop the Music (Rihanna Cover)
10. Electric Tickle Machine – Gimme Money
11. Kid Cudi – Buggin Out 2009 (feat. Consequence)
12. Xaphoon Jones – You Need (Led Zepplin vs. Clipse)
13. The Hood Internet – The Next Collarbone (Fujiya & Miyagi vs. Snoop Dogg & Dr. Dre)
14. Madvillain – Figaro
15. Jay-Z – Sunshine (Ratatat Remix)
16. Mirah – The Dogs of B.A.
17. The Mountain Goats – Thank You Mario But Our Princess Is In Another Castle
18. Deerhunter – Saved By The Old Times
19. Sufjan Stevens – The Dress Looks Nice on You
Head back to eating/sf to read Kasey’s wrap-up of the wedding.