Monday, August 31, 2009

So put another dime in the jukebox, baby...

Regardless of what you’re drinking, The Griffin has quickly become one of the coolest spots in town to see and be seen, but not in a pretentious sort of way. It’s the kind of bar where if you’re local, you run into somebody you know, and if you’re not a local, trust us, you’ll run into somebody you want to know – you’ll be able to tell that you want to know them when they pick out a few eyebrow-arch worthy selections on the bar’s jukebox.

-- Review by Jamie Helmick

I tell you what. I didn't even want to go to the Griffin. I told The Little One she tricked me. But I quickly noticed that I could totally get into this vibe: One of the few places in Las Vegas where you can see someone wearing a Bravery T-shirt, or a dude in a tie, or a guy with a 8 inch Mohawk all drinking a beer in a cool, dimly lit atmosphere.

They even have a DJ in back after midnight. The best thing about The Griffin is that it has, what is widely known by cool kids in Las Vegas, the greatest jukebox of all time.

Yes. A jukebox, but not filled with the music you might expect from a jukebox in your local bar or tavern.

So by the time I had heard the following selections from this juke box, I was ready to wish a Happy Birthday to our ultra-cool friend Sarah...

Made In The Dark
Hot Chip

It's My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry

Everybody Knows You Cried Last Night
The Fratellis

When The Whip Comes Down
The Rolling Stones

Black Lips

Ike & Tina
Jamie T

[Download Jamie T - Ike & Tina]

Black And Gold
Sam Sparro


Fancy Footwork

Reason Is Treason

I captured the music from this magic box of jukes with the handy iPhone app I have talked about before. Shazam. This whole list is as best as I could capture with my phone. When the drunk girls that are TLO's friends finally showed up, it was tough to let Shazam do its thing over the drunk screaming and yelling.

Sound Of Silver
LCD Soundsystem

[Download LCD SoundSystem - Sound Of Silver]

Time Has Come Today
The Chambers Brothers

Smiling Faces Sometimes
The Undisputed Truth

Clap Your Hands!
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Ride, Ride, Ride

Be My Lover
Alice Cooper

I Love Rock N' Roll
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

Slow Ride

[Listen To Digitalism - Pogo]

And the list goes on...

The Pulse

Fox On The Run

Telegram Sam

Love Is The Drug
Roxy Music

Art School
The Jam

No You Girls
Franz Ferdinand

Jerk It Out

Do You Wanna
The Kooks

Poison Arrow

Sugar On My Tongue
Talking Heads

Awesome isn't it! That range and indie-cool level is rarely reached in a dive bar, much less a Jukebox in a dive bar!

After midnight a DJ shows up in the back room to play even more great music. Granted, his technical ability was a little on the "I-don't-give-a-fuck" level, but his track selection was epic. Here is a sample of that courtesy of Shazam:

Paid In Full (Coldcut Remix)
Eric B & Rakim

Listen Up! (Mstrkft Mix)

[Download Gossip - Listen Up! (MSTRKRFT Remix)]

Over And Over (Mock And Toof Dub Mix)
Hot Chip

Great DJ (Calvin Harris Remix)
The Ting Tings

Saturdays (Kingroc Remix)
Cut Copy

[Download Cut Copy - Saturdays (Kingroc Remix)]

10 Dollar (Diplo's China Girl Mix)

As you can see, Shazam has revloutionized the concept of trainspotting your favorite DJ!

If you live or visit Las Vegas make sure to check out The Griffin. I hear there is a Griffin in California as well...that serves food!


Jess said...

I love the Griffin. ONe of the guys I used to work with dj's there alot.

Caisa Ederyd said...

Hey! The label for Gossip, Kitsune Maison is throwing a party with the neon noise project @ 31st October! You should go!!