People Get Ready for a Party

People Get Ready, a Brooklyn band containing former and current members of bands Yeasayer, Lizzie Trulie, Slow Gherkin, and A Sunny Day in Glasgow, create propellant electronic pop that, while it stands alone, is composed also to underpin the original dance choreography of their performances. The playlist they gave us may inspire a bit of dancing itself. Their new album, "Physiques" is available now.

Credit: Erin Harris
Credit: Erin Harris

Steven Reker: Hey I’m Steven.

James Rickman: And I’m James.

Steven Reker: And we are People Get Ready.

James Rickman: Steven actually hosts a fair amount of dinner parties at his apartment, and they always turn into dance parties.

Steven Reker: They do.

James Rickman: But they are nothing like the dance that we do in our shows. More like Cindy Lauper and less like strapping a guitar to your back and dragging it around to a cacophonous dinner feedback.

Takeshi Terauchi – “Sukara son Karabushi”

Steven Reker: For the first song for our dinner party I picked Takeshi Terauchi. The name of the song is “Sukara son Karabushi.” It’s an amazing Japanese guitarist from the 60′s who just rips it. He has this guitar style that I’ve completely tried to emulate since I’ve heard it. It’s just wild and frenetic and plays so hard.

I was working at a bar and some DJ put one of his tracks on and I just had to stop working and be like, “What in the world is this? This is blowing my mind!” It just makes me want to drink, so I thought, might as well start a dinner party with a few drinks. A little bit of wild guitar work and go from there.


Tom Waits & Crystal Gayle – “Picking Up After You”

James Rickman: For the next track I would like to draw from one of many many records I stole from my parents growing up. It’s a Tom Waits, Crystal Gayle duet called “Picking Up After You.”

It’s on a soundtrack to the movie “One from the Heart.” It’s a cut that I’ve never heard of outside of having this one record. It’s all these boozy and silly love duets. And on “Picking up After You,” Tom Waits says “Tell me how long have you been combing your hair with a wrench.”

Steven Reker: Crystal Gayle. That totally pristine voice. Tom Waits rasping, honking away. I don’t know. Very different universe,s and yet there they are. It totally works. There something magical about it. It’s really better for a dinner party. Not so much when you are canoodling with your baby. That’s a whole another podcast that I hope you…

Black Marble – “A Great Design”

James Rickman: The next track I chose is “A Great Design” by Black Marble which is a Brooklyn band.

Steven Reker: For me it’s kind of a late night jammer. I work at a bar and often put this record on for closing.

James Rickman: Kind of feels like a little sexy, sensual, and a little dark. It’s great.

People Get Ready – “Hot Fruit”

Steven Reker: If we were to pick a song off our new album, “Physiques,” to play at this dinner party, “Hot Fruit” would be our desert course. I once explained “Hot Fruit” as if you went to the beach and you filled glasses like, “Hey let’s play Frisbee,” and then you play Frisbee full of glass.

  • Jesse Donat

    The transcript for this is very poor. It should read play Frisbee with Philip Glass. Not full of glass. Lol, was this transcribed by voice recognition? Frisbee full of glass sounds dangerous, but I would pay good money to play Frisbee with Philip Glass