My full name is Derek John Neuland. Growing up, some of my family members decided to call me ‘DJ’ due to the first 2 initials of my name. Sometimes even calling me “Deej” for some reason, as if ‘DJ’ wasn’t short enough.
Despite already having DJ in my name, up until last night I had never been a DJ (unless you count hosting 11 episodes of the Art of the Underground podcast or the ill-fated attempt at DJing I did with Pat Kerr on December 31st, 1999 that I don’t like to think about). I had heard this guy in Buffalo Malik had started a semi-regular punk vinyl night at DBGB’s (formally Staples) on Allen st. in Buffalo called Shaken Stylus. A few of my friends had DJ’d it in the past but I was always unable to go unfortunately. I was already friends with Malik’s housemate Joe Lipa so I mentioned to him that if Malik ever needed a DJ, I would love to give it a try.
Cut to a show last week at the Funeral Home where Malik introduces himself to me and asks if I want to DJ on August 10th (a couple weeks away). I of course accept but then a realization pops in my head: I don’t own any punk records right now. I used to have a really good collection of records, something I worked up to for over 10 years. That all changed when I decided to move to Portland a couple years ago and decided I wanted to get rid of most of my possessions, including my records. I sold some of the more important records to friends, but most went to Spiral Scratch.
Luckily, my good friend Biff has a very good record collection and offered to let me borrow some of his. So after my shift at Spiral Scratch last night, I went to his house and scoured his vinyl for an hour and picked out a good selection of stuff. There were a few things I was hoping he would have but didn’t (X-Ray Spex, The Avengers, and Village People-”Renaissance”). I ended up only playing 2 songs off of records I brought of my own (Crisis of Conformity and Fucked Up), so I’m not exaggerating when I say that I couldn’t have done it without Biff.
Here is the playlist from my DJ set. It’s every song but I don’t remember the exact order near the middle:
Cheap Trick- “Surrender”
Crisis of Conformity- “Fist Fight”
Fucked Up- “Queen of Hearts”
Bad Brains- “Attitude”
Millions of Dead Cops- “Nazi’s Shouldn’t Drive”
Minor Threat- “Salad Days”
The Stooges- “Search and Destroy”
Bikini Kill- “Rebel Girl” (Huggy Bear split version)
Husker Du- “New Day Rising”
The Ramones- “Pet Sematary”
Wipers- “Is This Real?”
Malik was surprised to hear afterwards that it was the first time I had ever DJ’d. I had a lot of fun and he already said he wants me to do another one down the road so i’m super excited about that.
I don’t know where it originated, but I saw Alex first use this. I’m going to do my best to do this everyday, but the 30 days might be spaced out more.
The 30 Day Song Challenge
Day 01 – Your favorite song
Day 02 – Your least favorite song
Day 03 – A song that makes you happy
Day 04 – A song that makes you sad
Day 05 – A song that reminds you of someone
Day 06 – A song that reminds of you of somewhere
Day 07 – A song that reminds you of a certain event
Day 08 – A song that you know all the words to
Day 09 – A song that you can dance to
Day 10 – A song that makes you fall asleep
Day 11 – A song from your favorite band
Day 12 – A song from a band you hate
Day 13 – A song that is a guilty pleasure
Day 14 – A song that no one would expect you to love
Day 15 – A song that describes you
Day 16 – A song that you used to love but now hate
Day 17 – A song that you hear often on the radio
Day 18 – A song that you wish you heard on the radio
Day 19 – A song from your favorite album
Day 20 – A song that you listen to when you’re angry
Day 21 – A song that you listen to when you’re happy
Day 22 – A song that you listen to when you’re sad
Day 23 – A song that you want to play at your wedding
Day 24 – A song that you want to play at your funeral
Day 25 – A song that makes you laugh
Day 26 – A song that you can play on an instrument
Day 27 – A song that you wish you could play
Day 28 – A song that makes you feel guilty
Day 29 – A song from your childhood
Day 30 – Your favorite song at this time last year