As I said in the last post, what people prefer to shake their booty to can be wildly different – Cher! Rihanna! Tiesto! – depending on a plethora of fickle and random variables. Putting together the perfect soundtrack for a cocktail party presents similar challenges in different ways. The music sets the tone for the evening. It needs to be relaxing but not depressing, a hint of attitude, a dash of energy, but most of all it can’t distract from conversation. In my experience, the biggest determining factor here is age, both of planner and guests. Aunt Mary may never appreciate Radiohead’s “Let Down” despite your detailed explanation of the beautiful intricacies of Thom’s voice, but chances are Mozart might be a bit stuffy for her (though ideal in grandma’s mind). The difference between 25 and 35 might be Nneka and Brian Setzer. Not that I’m saying Brian Setzer isn’t cool or that classical music isn’t timeless or fun to listen to. It just never ceases to entertain me that even with the same fairly restrictive parameters the selection can still be so different.
Wow. Music is subjective. Huh.
Party On: Lounge It Up by tadpoleFTW
The xx are coming to the Fonda on June 5 and the Wiltern on June 6. Hurry up and get your tickets!
Even though the new School of Seven Bells album, Disconnect from Desire doesn’t drop until July 13, you can catch the band at The Echo on June 2. Tickets here.
And because these days no one can think of “cocktail” without immediately thinking of Mad Men (thanks to the dynamic combo brilliant composer David Carbonara with superstar supervisor Alexandra Patsavas), here’s one of the most touching and amazingly well written scenes from the show:
Mad Men: The Carousel from Andrew Jackson on Vimeo.
Love the music? Then you’d better get your hands on these…
Mad Men Vol. 1 (Music from the Television Series) featuring tracks from Bobby Vinton, Ella Fitzgerald, The Andrews Sisters, and Rosemary Clooney
Mad Men (Music from the Series Vol. 2) featuring Cubby Checker, Peter, Paul and Mary, Edd Henry, Perry Como and Brenda Lee
Mad Men: Original Score, Vol. 1 featuring selections from composer David Carbonara, including his own version of the main title song, “A Beautiful Mine”