Here's what I played a couple of nights ago... 'Twas a short little set, and the early evening period meant I slipped in more than a few mellow songs. (Except that the PINE*am song takes Erik Satie's minimal classic and turns it into a Japanese-pop noise-festival.)
Turin Brakes, "Pain Killer (Summer Rain)"
Aerosmith, "Dream On"
Elbow, "Asleep in the Back"
Jeff Buckley, "Hallelujah"
Ryan Adams and Emmylou Harris, "Return of the Grievous Angel"
Dashboard Confessional, "Hands Down"
Wilco, "I Am Trying To Break Your Heart"
The Beta Band, "Dog Got A Bone"
The Postal Service, "The District Sleeps Alone Tonight"
The Electric Soft Parade, "Silent to the Dark"
Jimmy Eat World, "Lucky Denver Mint"
PINE*am, "Gymnopedie 0.1"
The Decemberists, "Here I Dreamt I was an Architect"
Lou Reed, "Walk on the Wild Side"
The Walkmen, "Revenge Wears No Wristwatch"
The Undertones, "Teenage Kicks"
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, "There She Goes, My Beautiful World"
The New Pornographers, "Twin Cinema"
Kaiser Chiefs, "I Predict A Riot"
Party Ben, "Boulevard of Broken Songs"
The Postal Service, "Such Great Heights"
You're so indie rock. Do you play any Ted Leo and the Pharmacists or Hot Hot Heat?
screwy: Hot Hot Heat - yes... Ted Leo - I must admit I've never really gotten that into them, although they sound like one of those bands that would be great live.
I ask because my romantic idea of indie DJing is very influenced by John Peel i.e. introducing people to obscure stuff you think deserves a bigger audience.
Obviously I understand that commercially, you want to be seeing people respond to what you're playing and I guess they mostly only do that when they already know it. But don't you get bored of playing some of the same tracks every time? (eg. Postal Service, Party Ben)
(Please don't interpret this as some indier-than-thou jibe, it's just that having never DJed before myself, I often wonder about what I'd play if I did - and my question is a tangent from those wonderings.)
Actually, that's always the hard question, balancing the well-known with the less known stuff, and my sense is in Singapore at least even what one might term "well-known indie" is rarely heard in the clubs. And also - balancing the need for novelty with the establishing of certain songs as one's own style.
And I won't ever play a song if I get bored of it: but right now these songs don't bore me. But then I've always been a fairly mainstream indie rock person - it's not like I go home and secretly listen to Metal Machine Music... I suppose the distinguishing thing (I hope) would be the slipping in of '60s garage rock, alt-country, and '70s songs, rather than an overly obscurantist selection of songs.
Actually, when I go home, I listen to Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, the Ronettes, Aretha... you get the picture :)
I do take your points though - I guess maybe what I'm grasping at is that I'm drawn to sets which are unpredictable and a little surprising. This is why I would personally find the "60s garage rock, alt-country and 70s songs" components of your sets more interesting than more Wilco, more Postal Service etc. But, of course, other people's opinions may differ. And you, the hapless DJ, have to try and please all of us. :P
It would be really fun to do a pure 60s/70s music set, now that I think about it. The Association, Badfinger, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, Gram Parsons...