Reception Playlist : The Foundry Wedding : Long Island City 2011

The Foundry has become one of my new favorite spaces to play in NYC. One of the building’s incarnations around the turn of the 20th Century was as The Albra Metal Foundry, hence it’s current name. Beautifully renovated in recent years, it has an unmistakable historical & industrial character to balance it’s polished elegance.

I met with this couple and talked about their love of newer Indie bands, as well as their appreciation of 80s hitmakers & 80s UK Alternative & Britpop. At the same time, though, everyone having fun was a huge priority, so the challenge here was how to reflect the unique character of the couple, fans of bands like Grizzly Bear, Beach House, & Blur… in a way that involved and excited everyone. I was happy to find that the entire party was very receptive to what I had to offer… to the extent that after the (planned) last song from Simple Minds faded out… everyone began chanting: “One more song! One more song! One more song!” (-& yes, they did get their encore song…)

I usually don’t post very many cocktail hour playlists or dinner playlists on my site, but I have included them here because this particular mix was very forward-thinking in its approach. Reading between the lines of what we spoke about at our initial meeting, I could tell that the couple was very fond of the Shoegaze sound, so I tried in the pre-dancing period to pick romantic songs in that spirit, accented by a few classic standards.

To see a particular sub-set of playlists, use these links:
Wedding playlists: All
Wedding playlists: 80s, Cocktail Hour, Contemporary Pop, Dinner, Disco, Hip-Hop, Indie, Rock ‘N’ Roll, Soul, Top 40.

The >>> to the right of a song means that it was blended/beatmatched with the next song, and the >>> to the left of a song means that it was blended with the one before it.

First Dance: Cat Power: “Sea Of Love”
Father/Daughter Dance: The Temptations: “My Girl”

Cocktail Hour:
Patsy Cline: “Back In Baby’s Arms”
Sam Cooke: “(What A) Wonderful World”
Frank Sinatra: “Yes Sir That’s My Baby”
Belle & Sebastian: “Step Into My Office, Baby”
Billie Holiday: “What A Little Moonlight Can Do”
Feist: “Inside And Out”
Ella Fitzgerald: “You Give Me Fever”
The Beatles: “Something”
Grizzly Bear: “Two Weeks”
Nat “King” Cole: “L-O-V-E”
Beach House: “10 Mile Stereo”
Charlotte Gainsbourg: “Trick Pony”
Tony Bennett: “The Best Is Yet To Come”
Radiohead: “All I Need”
Nina Simone: “My Baby Just Cares For Me”
M83: “Kim & Jessie”

The Rolling Stones: “Wild Horses”
Kevin Shields: “City Girl”
Roy Orbison: “Dream Baby”
Elliott Smith: “Happiness”
The Brothers Johnson: “Strawberry Letter 23”
The Temper Trap: “Sweet Disposition”
Left Banke: “Walk Away Renee”
Feist: “One Evening”
Air: “Sexy Boy”
Of Montreal: “Wraith Pinned To The Mist And Other Games”
Blur: “Coffee & TV”
Nina Simone: “To Love Somebody”
Nouvelle Vague: “In a Manner of Speaking”
New Order: “Thieves Like Us”
Depeche Mode: “Precious”
Daft Punk: “Something About Us”
Prince And The Revolution: “Take Me With U”
Bob Dylan: “I Want You”
Nouvelle Vague: “I Melt With You”
Pixies: “Velouria”
Stevie Wonder: “Living For The City”
Band Of Horses: “No One’s Gonna Love You”
Arcade Fire: “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)”
The Beatles: “Real Love”

Post-Dinner Dancing:
First Dance: Cat Power: “Sea Of Love”
Father/Daughter Dance: The Temptations: “My Girl”

Daryl Hall & John Oates: “You Make My Dreams”
M.I.A.: “Paper Planes”
Justice: “D.A.N.C.E.”>>>
>>>Mary J. Blige: “Real Love”
Prince And The Revolution: “Let’s Go Crazy”
The Rolling Stones: “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”
Duran Duran: “Hungry Like The Wolf”
Blur: “Girls&Boys”
Le Tigre: “Deceptacon”
Michael Jackson: “Off The Wall”>>>
>>>Daft Punk: “Around The World”>>>
>>>Kanye West: “Stronger”
Dexy’s Midnight Runners: “Come On Eileen”
The Smiths: “This Charming Man”
Lionel Richie: “All Night Long (All Night)”
MGMT: “Kids”>>>
>>>Arcade Fire: “Rebellion (Lies)”
David Bowie: “Fashion”
New Order: “Bizarre Love Triangle”
The Cure: “Hot Hot Hot!!!”
Billy Idol: “Dancing With Myself”>>>
>>>The Ramones: “I Wanna Be Sedated”
Ice Cube: “Check Yo Self” (Remix)
Notorious B.I.G.: “Hypnotize”
Outkast: “Hey Ya!”
The Jackson 5: “I Want You Back”
The Knife: “Heartbeats”
Kanye West & Jamie Foxx: “Gold Digger”
The Strokes: “Someday”
Pixies: “Here Comes Your Man”
Nena: “99 Luftballons”
A Tribe Called Quest: “Steve Biko (Stir It Up)”
De La Soul: “Me Myself And I”>>>
>>>The Clash: “Train In Vain”
Morrissey: “Suedehead”
Depeche Mode: “Enjoy The Silence”
Wham!: “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”
Earth, Wind & Fire: “September”
Cee Lo Green: “F**k You”
Michael Jackson: “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)”
John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John: “You’re The One That I Want”
Simple Minds: “Don’t You (Forget About Me)”

[Encore] a-Ha: “Take On Me” (12″ Remix)

3 Responses to “Reception Playlist : The Foundry Wedding : Long Island City 2011”
  1. Melissa says:

    I was the older sister of the groom and I’m pretty sure my music tastes have influenced my brother’s over the years. I’ve been to many events incorporating music for some time and I was so impressed with the way DJ Ceremony could read an audience and get everyone- regardless of age, race, or gender on that dance floor all night! Kudos and thank you!

  2. admin says:

    Thanks, Melissa! I’m happy that you had a good time!

  3. Charity says:

    I was the bride in all of this fabulousness, and I cannot tell you all how amazing DJ Ceremony was. He had everyone dancing- young and old alike- while staying true to our music tastes and requests. He truly made our wedding- all of the moments I remember most I remember because of the music. Thank you thank you thank you!

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