Classics Music Soundtracks

The Who – Sparks

Tommy Effect: noun  (with reference to psychoacoustics) the phenomenon whereby a single and/or multiple sounds within a complex moment or system can have immense effects which remain ubiquitous for the remainder of a lifetime.

The conversation you have with someone about the moment they fell in love with music is passionate. It feels like one of the easiest ways to get personal with someone. There are seldom stories of, “Yeah, I don’t really know. I guess I just always liked them.” Often a conversation had in a foggy room or crowded bar or end of a second date.

Mine, mine was perfect. I remember listening to Elvis Presley on a tape sitting in back of my family’s steel grey minivan on a trip across the country when we moved to America. I listened to it until it broke in my yellow Sony Walkman. I listened to it front and back, a few hundred times or until the black tape started to unravel. It was the only music I cared to know at first. I am sure it was not my mum’s intention when she threw her tape back to me that she would never again see it again, or that it would have such repercussions on me. I loved his voice. I was 8 and that is when I remember first experiencing the Tommy Effect.

Recently, I had a conversation with my boss in London who was talking about how he wanted to start collecting vinyl. For one reason or another, he craved it in his life. He was telling me about his first records he had as a kid and he lit up. Recalling the moment he fell in love with music. “The best relationship you have in your life.” It was like you could see the dusky old room he was clearly back to in his mind littered with classic records strewn about and a fervent boy rushing to put on one after the other eagerly awaiting the next track to fall in love with.

The Tommy Effect, may be a term I created just then, but recognise that everyone reading this or interested in this site has felt it. The literal reference is to Almost Famous. The moment when William gets his sister’s record collection and puts on The Who‘s album, Tommy, and finds a note in it. That’s when you hear that strumming guitar coming in, approximately 20 seconds before you get goose bumps from your reaction to the music. That scene is so personal and accurate, it makes that character instantly become you or your best friend. It’s like watching the perfect first kiss, the perfect beginning to the best relationship we can ever have.

To experience this effect once more, I will quote one of the best music movies of our time and leave you with this.

“Listen to Tommy with a candle burning and you will see your entire future.” –Penny Lane

The Who – Sparks

Classics Covers Music Remixes Soundtracks

Chromatics – Into The Black (Voxels Remix)

It’s very hard to top a classic such as Neil Young‘s rock anthem Into The Black but what Chromatics did to it and then Voxels on the cover… This is just nothing short of amazing.

Here’s the thing. I believe the original is very good, but it is only when you take it down a notch from the fast paced rock that you actually take in and the lyrics take on another colour of sorts. Now, the Voxels further dramatize the best moments of the track like a roller coaster – at times going faster and other slower. The bridge is just magical on their rendition.

I don’t want to neglect other special mentions in the covering of this song, such as Battleme’s version that soundtracked the eerily sentimental moments of the Sons of Anarchy Season 3 Finale. On this rendition Battleme stripped it naked almost completely – leaving only the wet crooning vocals over a piano.

I rated this 5 stars on my iTunes and this is probably one of the sickest remixes of a cover that I own. By far. I can’t help myself but to also share with you the original cover of Neil Young’s classic by the Chromatics and Battleme‘s.

The composition in this song is the common denominator and is as powerful as it gets:

Hey hey, my my
Rock and roll can never die
There’s more to the picture
Than meets the eye.
Hey hey, my my.

Out of the blue
and into the black
You pay for this,
but they give you that
And once you’re gone,
you can’t come back
When you’re out of the blue
and into the black.

The king is gone
but he’s not forgotten
Is this the tale
of Johnny Rotten?
It’s better to burn out
Than fade away
The king is gone
but he’s not forgotten.

Hey hey, my my
Rock and roll can never die
There’s more to the picture
Than meets the eye.”

Let these amazingly powerful lyrics –expressed in different ways– hit you and knock you out.

Chromatics – Into The Black (Voxels Remix)

Chromatics – Into The Black

Battleme – Hey Hey, My My

Music Soundtracks

Coachella 2011 Recap – Mixtape

Earlier this week I returned from my mecca in the desert, Coachella. This was my 2nd year attending as the people were beautiful, the weather was blazin, and the music was blissful. With such a loaded lineup, it’s impossible to see every artist you want to catch, as I missed plenty of good acts due to time conflicts or the stage I was at, but here are the sets I was able to catch a good portion of:

FriWarpaint, Cee-Lo Green, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, A-Trak, Afrojack, Cold War Kids, Brandon Flowers, Interpol, The Black Keys, Sasha, & The Chemical Brothers

Sat Freelance Whales, Foals, Joachim Garraud, Chuckie, Cage the Elephant, Yelle, Bright Eyes, The Swell Season, Mumford & Sons, Fedde le Grand, Steve Angello, Empire of the Sun, Arcade Fire

SunJack’s Mannequin, City & Colour, Angus & Julia Stone, Jimmy Eat World, Nas & Damian Marley, Foster the People, Ratatat, The Strokes, Leftfield & Kanye West

If you have the funds or the time to make it next year, I can’t recommend it enough. I set high expectations for the festival each year and the festival  has surpassed them every time. Here is a bunch of video highlights put together by JamBase – Coachella Highlights

Below is a mixtape of songs I enjoyed the most at the festival. Hopefully these tracks can already generate a flashback to those who were there. I’m assuming you’ve heard most of these tracks by now but just in case you haven’t. . .

Freelance Whales – Generator First Floor

Empire of the Sun – Standing on the Shore

Arcade Fire – Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

Ratatat – Mirando

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Belong

Yelle – Comme Un Enfant

Foster the People – Houdini

Cage the Elephant – Shake Me Down

Kanye West – Can’t Tell Me Nothing

The Chemical Brothers – Swoon

Mumford & Sons – White Blank Page

Angus & Julia Stone – Yellow Brick Road

– Joel

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David Bowie – All The Young Dudes


Thirty two is far too early. It seems its a rock n’ roll thing to die at a young age, quite often between the decade age span of 25 to 35. As far as music goes, a daunting age is 27. Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, and Janis Joplin, amongst several others, all past away age 27. This is what some pop critics call the Forever 27 Club.
On a current note, this morning, actress/model Brittany Murphy passed on to greener pastures. EMPT would like to pay respects to this beautiful PYT, and send our love and pesame to her family and loved ones.
World Party covered David Bowie’s All The Young Dudes for Clueless, in which Brittany’s role is crucial to the epicness of the film. They got the chorus sounding spot on, but their guitar sounds and verses are far from bodacious. So we stand by Bowie and his version. The lyrics of the song touch upon the subject of death at a young age, as well as evoking the parallels of being young in the city or stuck in suburbia. So with no further ado, this goes out to her. May she rest in peace and harmony. Enjoy.

David Bowie – All The Young Dudes

Music Soundtracks

Nancy Sinatra – You Only Live Twice

If you haven’t noticed by now, I am somewhat of a James Bond aficionado. I can’t think of another product that has managed to stay relevant across multiple generations like the 007 franchise, all while never compromising the elegance and integrity of the brand. Top notch.

Regarded in numerous circles as the best Bond theme of all time Nancy Sinatras’You Only Live Twice is truly something special. It is the most sampled/recreated Bond theme to date, you’ve heard the famous violin intro sequence in countless songs, most notably Robbie Williams’ Millennium, and the Bjork and Coldplay covers. In the original Ian Flemming novel the haiku which inspired the songs opening lyrics was

You only live twice: Once when you’re born & once when you look death in the face.

Not exactly the type of concept people like to hear. This was later transformed into the more romantic and manageable:

You only live twice, or so it seems.. One life for yourself & one for your dreams.”

P.S. for those of you who share my affection with the Marrakesh express trend check out Octopussy. It is set in India and features some very inspiring fashion and imagery.

Nancy Sinatra – You Only Live Twice

Nancy Sinatra - The Best of Bond...James Bond - You Only Live Twice

Music Soundtracks

Carly Simon – Nobody Does it Better (The Spy Who Loved Me)

So I’ve been on a James Bond binge lately and let me just say, the exotic locations, the not only beautiful but unique women, the cars, the luxury, the class, I mean it’s no wonder why it’s one of the longest running and most successful film franchises to date.

Anyways, while watching The Spy Who Loved Me last night I thought that given how my romantic exploits these day would most closely resemble those of a  007, what could be more suiting than posting a Bond theme for Valentines Day. With that said here’s Nobody Does it Better, the theme from The Spy Who Loved Me, a very classy song of admiration, submission and appreciation. I’d imagine if you were in love this would be howboth parties would feel. Timeless song.

I wasn’t looking, but somehow you found me.
I tried to hide from your love light,
But like heaven above me, the spy who loved me,
Is keeping all my secrets safe tonight…
Nobody does it better, makes me feel sad for the rest.
Nobody does it half as good as you, baby your the best.”

Carly Simon - The Best of Bond...James Bond - Nobody Does It Better

Carly Simon – Nobody Does it Better (The Spy Who Loved Me)