The most effective DJ's are the ones who check their apprehensions along with their cars at the valet, and simply play songs that make them happy, thus through the transitive property, making others happy. Yeah, I took algebra.
Bardot's DJ, Rare Matthew Frauman did just that. I entered the space to Edwyn Collins', "A Girl Like You," and as I stood by the bar waiting for Rex Manning, Frauman effortlessly transitioned into The Smiths. You know, that Smith's song, they're all relatively the same, comfortable and fitting for most situations with a hint of depression. Right as I was about to confide my woes and regrets to the bartender, he lightened the mood with Estelle's, "American Boy," featuring Kanye West and then Groove Armada's, "I See You Baby (Shaking That Ass)." And shake my ass I did.
Then came The Killers, The Cars, a little Strokes action and to the delight of eighties children everywhere, Pat Benatar's, "Invincible."
Perhaps my favorite songs came next, a string of jams beginning with, "Just Like Heaven," by a little band called The Cure, "Taxman," by The Beatles to which upon hearing I said aloud, "Eff yeah," and rounded out with "Clap Your Hands Say Yeah."
The set concluded with some Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Beck's, "Summer Girl," which I'm pretty sure could make people get out of their chairs and dance even at a funeral.
Overall, Frauman's set was a refreshing blend of classic goodies and new but not overplayed tracks. Let's put it this way, I would have hired him to play my Bat-Mitzvah.