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Michael Jackson – You Rock My World

Well, the first week of classes came and went with happy vibes and happy music, despite the weather last weekend. I’ve been staying at a dear friend’s place for the past week since I’m moving into my new apartment today. Needless to say, we’ve been having dance parties every morning as we get ready for our days. This week has been beautiful not only because we had the chance to see everyone at school again after a tan and warm summer, but because we’ve started each and every day (or close to every day) with a really happy playlist. I will try my best to share exactly which songs were on that playlist, because I think you guys could use a little love on this beautiful Friday. The first song that really inspired me to write this post was Michael Jackson’s, “You Rock My World” a tune everyone is familiar with, especially since his birthday was just a couple of days ago.

Here’s the playlist to the best of my knowledge, or as close as I’ll be able to get it. It’s not necessarily new funky fresh music, but I think we can all agree that it’s just fun feeling.

-Ashley

Michael Jackson – You Rock My World

Eels – That’s Not Really Funny

Gladys Knight & The Pips – Got Myself A Good Man

Gladys Knight & The Pips – I’ve Got To Use My Imagination

Notorious B.I.G. – Respect

The Zombies – Time of the Season

Dusty Springfield – Spooky

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Big K.R.I.T. – The Vent

Most people stop for signs I just drive through it, if it don’t touch my soul then I don’t listen to it.

The radio don’t play the shit I use to love, or maybe I’m just growing up…”

Big K.R.I.T. – The Vent

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EMPT Presents – S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 2 b by Ryan Radler

So I’ve been stuck in the Dominican Republic since my gig on Saturday thanks to the ultra hyped junior hurricane Irene. The irony of being stuck in the Caribbean because of a hurricane in New York of all places is pretty funny but it’s beautiful down here so I’m not complaining. Saturday at Praia down here was sick, the ShaveUrLegz.com did it up with the promotion and the place was packed and bumpin’ all night. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, these guys are doing something fantastic for Dominican culture and I couldn’t feel more privileged be a part of it. There will be a lot more going on between us so stay tuned for the exciting future developments.

In case you didn’t notice, I didn’t get around to posting much this weekend, the island sun was calling me and I had no choice but to listen. However, the show much go on and today we have yet another exclusive release from the main man Ryan Radler. I’ve been partying nonstop since I got here and now I’m finally poolside in my hotel with this tape in the background and the vibe is sublime. As you can see from this website, I’m not into musical monogamy, I listen to EVERYTHING, including country and that’s one of the reasons I love these tapes so much. Ryan wonderfully balances the chilled out summer theme but is never restricted to any particular style of genre. For the musically promiscuous like myself a wonderful treat. Anyways, you guys already know this by now so I’m going to go continue enjoying DR, won’t be back for at least another two weeks so I have to make it last. Enjoy.

S U M M E R : anti-winter 2b

1. Bury Us Alive – STARF*CKER
2. For Paulina – TEEN DAZE
3. Before – WASHED OUT
4. All Around and Away – WIN SISTER (TEEN DAZE REMIX)
5. Rio – ADVENTURE
6. Mr. Lucky (Goes Latin) – HENRY MANCINI
7. Chinatown – DESTROYER
9. Coconut Milk – CHOONGUM
10. The Echo – VOXHAUL BROADCAST
11. Fairlight – COM TRUISE
12. Money – THE DRUMS (CRAFT SPELLS REMIX)
13. Kelly Watch The Hole – CCC (FEAT. BEATLES)
14. Nordic Monster – TIMMY CURRANe Go – TW
15. Joanna – LITTLE COMETS (AMTRACK REMIX)
16. Little White Doves – DIRTY VEGAS
17. Everybody – PNAU
18. Midnight City – M83
19. Something Stupid – FRANK & NANCY SINATRA

EMPT Presents – S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 2 b by Ryan Radler by Et Musique Pour Tous

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Et Musique Pour Tous @ Praia (Dominican Republic)

Sup fools, this weekend Kevin and I aka Casey Mendoza are headed down to the Dominican Republic to spin at a one of the islands top joints called Praia. Our host is the ShaveUrLegz.com crew aka the Dominican trailblazers that have made it their mission to bring some new culture to the wonderful island. I spun in DR last month compliments of these guys and it was nothing short of amazing, I couldn’t be more excited for this go around. If you’re on island hit us up, we both land today we’ll be rocking quite hard. Below is one of the many awesome playlists offered by the Space Age crew, their style is right up our alley so make sure to visit the site on a daily, enjoy.

The Same Thing – Cass McCombs

Balance – Future Islands

I Do This Everyday – Crystal Fighters

Hanging On – Active Child

Rolling Stone (Grandtheft Extended Dub) – The Weeknd

When Am I Going To Make A Living (Poolside’s Tons of Drums Edit) – Sade

Undertow (Keljet Remix) – Beta Wolf

A Long Time (Chromeo Remix) – Mayer Hawthorne

Double or Nothing (Louis La Roche Remix) – The Swiss

Spellwork (MNDR Nighttime Remix) – Austra

Mill Theme (Robotaki Remix) – Ryuichi Sakamoto

Also, be sure to join our new BBM group to stay hip to all our movements, we’ll be uploading pics, videos and all sorts of other goodies while in DR. Peace.

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Love What You Do: Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

I’ve been inspired by this guy since I was little. this is why.

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Outkast – Git Up, Git Out

Every man must endure one of two pains in life: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret…”

I was recently put on to this quote by one of my brothers, and never in my life has a group of words had such a profound impact on me. It got me thinking about my life as a whole and made me realize that there is no greater pain in the world than that of regret. I’ve been living my life by this quote recently; and have been very pleased with the results. I have taken time to begin restructuring some very important relationships with people, took a step back and have been working smarter towards my career goals and overall bettering myself as a person. Our time on this Earth is so limited and its a disservice to people to not go as hard as they possibly can in every venture and eliminate all those “What If’s?” that can burden a person as they progress in life. I’ve realized that I would rather work hard at something, even if it doesn’t pan out, than ever look back with a feeling of regret.

You need to get up, get out and get something…Don’t let the days of your life pass you by…”

I’m turning 24 this week, and similar to Hector, I feel like I’ve had enough ups and downs in the last year to last me a lifetime. However, I can’t help but feel that there are big things on the horizon, not only for myself, but for everyone around me as well. Every year around my birthday, I like to reflect on what I’ve accomplished in the last year and compile a list of goals for the upcoming year. This year, I’m aiming higher than ever and am putting my best foot forward to make everything happen. I also like to think about those who have positively impacted my life, helped me out in any capacity, or provided a source of inspiration to better myself – if you’re reading this and thinking that’s you, it probably is, so thank you for the love and support. This has always been one of my favorite Outkast joints, and I have always felt it has flown under the radar a little bit and hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves.

Outkast – Git Up, Git Out

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Alex Winston – Velvet Elvis (RAC Remix)

RAC released yet another solid remix earlier this month of Alex Winston’s Velvet Elvis. The track will surely put you in a upbeat mood despite if you’re being engulfed by Hurricane Irene this weekend or not. Enjoy.

Alex Winston – Velvet Elvis (RAC Remix)

– Joel

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Chad Valley – Now That I’m Real

As our summer of 2011 nears its end, and I’m back in effect from a slightly extended but very much needed LA hiatus, I receive an e-mail from a dear friend with a youtube link for a newer Chad Valley tune that I had not yet been exposed to, — and what a great summery golden breeze tune this turned out to be. Chad Valley’s “Now That I’m Real” single off of his Equatorial Ultravox Ep is most certainly, what I would categorize, a bright sunny summer day banger that will instantly make even the most depressed individual better.

The song features the use of some nicely placed tropical steel drums that sound as good, and almost as live, as the likes of a Jamaican band I once heard playing away on Treasure Beach in the Roatan Islands of Honduras a few years back. A sexily tucked in keyboard riff adds a tasteful touch of sonic ear candy to continue with the profound body and head bops provided by the entire atmosphere of this musical created. Waves splashing, beautiful bodies moving, and us laying back, arms behind our heads, sunglasses on, simply taking in the entire view. Perfection.

As if somehow being warped right back to that day on Treasure Beach, next to that scrumptious blond trophy date I scored, the synth pads reel me back onto the sand as we laid down glaring right back into the sunset, watching it slowly melt away into the sea all while the most perfect summer breeze seeped in from wherever the sun had dissipated gently into.

Hugo Manuel, aka Chad Valley adds some nicely placed background vocals here for that dreamscapey/chillwave sound that sits so well over the production without drowning it all out. Much like our NYC city summers that end so abruptly ever year, and seem to end even sooner and sooner every year thereafter, the song comes to an unwanted end leaving you yearning for more. More music, more cool sounds, more chilled out vocals, and more summery days with the crew, sexy ladies in tow and the simpler alcoholic concoctions, grade a weed, and tiny bikini’s to chill out to…

We timed the finish, and we timed it oh so well”

Chad Valley – Now That I’m Real

-cp’11  Cyrus Pavel on Tumblr

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Frightened Rabbit – Not Miserable

What’s up EMPT nation? Been MIA over the past few weeks as I’ve been checking out shows including Grouplove,  HARD Summer Music Festival from which Ratatat stole the show with an all-out performance and caught Death Cab for Cutie at the Greek this past weekend. I had to finally pay homage to DCFC and catch them live since their music was such an integral part of my life and a big reason why I’m a music junkie. Too bad I caught them 3 years too late. Seems Ben Gibbard now lacks the required inspiration and a driving energy for his music so it’s not shocking that their downward descent has begun. However, I was also stoked to see Scotland natives Frightened Rabbit on the bill who ended up stealing the show with an acute and passionate performance.

Ever since a good friend introduced me to them over a year ago, I was instantly hooked to FR. After catching them live, I realized how much I truly enjoy their music and felt the need to share some of their past work. If you have yet to listen to their album from last year, The Winter of Mixed Drinks, please do so immediately. I’m sure most of you know the band already from their popular track,  Swim Until You Can’t See Land but they have plenty more solid tracks worth checking out. Not Miserable is a track which reminds you that life can change in an instant but when you’re in good standing in life, take advantage and make most of those moments. Their tunes seem suited for the end of summer which sadly happens to be on the horizon. I’m sure you’ll find yourself hitting the loop button on many of their tracks and find yourself reminiscing on the great times you experienced over the past summer months.

Frightened Rabbit – Not Miserable

Frightened Rabbit – Swim Until You Can’t See Land

– Joel

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Summer Heart – Please Stay

Ahh, nothings some chill wave on a Tuesday morning…

As usual I was studying Quincy Jones when I read a passage on his belief that true freedom ultimately exists in well defined structure. That statement runs deep but basically it means that life’s possibilities are infinite as is our creative nature. Our experience is so complex and fast that without some way to arrange and harness our potential we could spend our entire exploring and never really building.

It’s hard enough to find that balance and structure but I’ve found that sometimes it’s even harder to keep it. Have you ever looked back at a point in your life where you felt like everything was on point? Good things were happening left and right and the future was looking bright. Then something happened, the thrill was gone and you no longer had that energy on your side. For most, human nature says that when we’re down we have to work hard to get up so we put in all this work, focus really hard and we finally get up but then what happens? Well, there’s no such thing as staying still, everything in the world is in constant movement so if you stop working to maintain it then you’re inevitably going down. That applies to business, love, fitness, you name it. If you don’t work on it don’t have the nerve to wonder why it’s getting bad.

Summer Heart is about a guy who finds this moment of balance and interestingly enough ask the question…

Is there a way to make it stay?

The answer is yes, but it’s going to take work. Take note of the moment and hold on to whatever momentum got you there in the first place. If you lose it you’ll have to start all over again and that’s a cycle you can end up going through your entire life. Enjoy.

Summer Heart – Please Stay

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