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The Asteroids Galaxy Tour et Justice

Last night I had the pleasure of seeing the Asteroids Galaxy Tour play a show at Bowery Ballroom. What I totally didn’t expect, was to fall in love with their opener, She Keeps Bees. A trio I had never heard of, and instantly remembered because of their unique name and 60s retro rock sound, (reminiscent of a bad ass chick singer version of The Black Keys), I was blown away. The lead singer was a swaggy, long-haired chick by the name of Jessica Larrabee, and by the time their set was over, I was both sad and totally in the mood to vibe on some even more positive energy music. Which was exactly what happened. For some reason, I decided to focus on the drummers (in both bands) all night, and I found their timing to be impeccable. Why was this my focus all of a sudden? I don’t really know. Maybe it’s just when certain music really starts to drive your soul, so much so that your entire body is moving in perfect rhythm with what’s going on on-stage, you need to take a step back for a moment and look at the technicalities.

The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, (which I’m just going to abbreviate from now because it’s really coming to be a mouthful) was probably best summed up in two words: glittery-gold. In all aspects. The music, band members, audience…I could go on. I loved it and ate up every second of it.

A really cool thing that I noticed was how the drummer from She Keeps Bees, (Andy LaPlant) would hit the symbol and then grab it really quick to mute the sound. Usually that’s done at the end of a song, for a clean finish, as you guys probably know. But he would do that, then hit a couple of other drums, (forgive my poor drummers knowledge and lingo, I can only hope you’re following) so that the sound was similar to something synthy. Definitely something electronic influenced, but so fantastic because the band is the least bit electronic. They’re totally raw and minimal with the bare necessities: a guitarist, a drummer, and a singer.

So I meant to write more about AGT, but sometimes you just have to go with what moves you most. That’s what the experience is. And then re-telling that experience in the best and most accurate way possible, is something that doesn’t need to be mastered — it just needs to be honest. Honesty with oneself, and with ones’ audience is totally key.

Anyways, dig this track recently released from Justice. It’s one of AGT’s bigger songs, and I think Justice does a pretty fabulous job of making it that much more danceable. And sexy bass-y. Funkadelic actually.

I wish I lived in a golden age…

And check out She Keeps Bees website to listen to and download their album, they deserve to be heard. You might want to specifically check out All Or None/Dark Horse, and Vulture.

The Asteroids Galaxy Tour – Golden Age (Justice Remix)

The Asteroids Galaxy Tour – Major

Cheers beauties,

Ashley

 

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Bag Raiders – Not Over

Last weekend I was at what was probably the best club in NYC, or LA for that matter, on a Saturday night. I’m saying so because the crowd of girls that existed in that space was just phenomenal. If you’re anything like me and love tall chicks with pretty faces and beautiful smiles that remind you of a Victoria’s Secret catalogue, then enough said. As I was chopping it up with Hector earlier, and discussing patterns, I figured that I wanted to get home and write. I thought to myself, ‘I’m going to write about LIFE, but before I do, one of these songs will catch my eye’; next thing I knew, it did just that.

Bag Raiders – Not Over made itself known and so I hit the play button on the iTunes and here we are. It yells party to me, something like the party the hot chick in this Run video by The Knux http://vimeo.com/28289397 was at, which brought me back to my own video like experience last weekend. I hit Abe & Arthur with a friend right after a delicious couple of rounds of drinks and appetizers over at Sea. At the bar, we ordered another round of drinks and struck up what should have been a pretty prescient conversation of the night’s route with a few rather sexy debutantes. Long story short we ended up foot pounding some of SL’s stylish couches next to some of the finest talent of aspiring models this wonderful city of ours has to offer.  One moment, as I’m being pulled over to chat with one such female, a sparkler in the distance catches my eye, which just happens to be attached to the hand of another one of Gotham’s finer beauties who seemed specifically casted as a waitress for the evening. Bottle of Ace of Spades in tow, she comes pushing through the crowd my way like an orchestrated epic movie moment. I quickly think to myself: ‘I need an epic music choi…ce’ and BAM! Before I could even finish the thought, Jay-Z and Kanye’s song – “NIggas in Paris” drops right at that very moment, everybody’s hands in the club go up in unison, and the champagne starts flowing.

We’re going to skate to one song, one song only…
Ball so hard motherf&%k3rs wanna fine me!”

I mean, come on? Those words said it all for that moment. And like a very “How To Make It In America” HBO show moment, Not Over by the Bag Raiders brings my entire night, last night, into light again. For me, this post isn’t about the Bag Raiders and there very cool song and it’s very cool sounding sounds. Nah, I decided to steer clear of that sort of didactic lecturing on this one. This post is more about the vibe and energy of things. Like my good friend Ken said yesterday at the music conference sound panel he was featured on:

I listen to where the music tells me to go”. 

For me, Not Over says: ‘because something is different, or has changed, doesn’t mean that it’s over. It is never over; it’s simply taking place in another form and continuing to exist’. That mixed with the vibe of the record make it perfect for me in this moment.

Hemingway said:

Always stop when you know what is going to happen next in the story, you go on from there”.

Thanks Ernest, but how about when it’s just the end.

-cp11

…or is it? It’s not over remember, just taken new form.

Bag Raiders – Not Over

R.I.P. Steve Jobs…

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S U M M E R: a n t i – w i n t e r Collection by Ryan Radler

Oh sounds like a dream to me…”  – Destroyer

Last week marked the end of our anti-winter series but this week we thought it be a cool idea to look back at what ended up being 9 weeks of wonderful music thanks to Sr. Ryan Radler. A few months ago I saw a humbling comment on Facebook from this Ryan Radler dude asking us to check out his mixes. Most of our relationships happen this way so I did. Now I’m an aesthetically driven person, I love details, colors, beauty, symmetry, simplicity etc. Whether it’s a work of art or a girl with nice nails, I like to look at nice things so when I saw the cover for anti-winter 1a I was immediately drawn in. Then I listened to the tape and fell in love, I wrote Ryan back and the rest is history.

The tapes are a unique musical experience meant to both entertain and at times challenge your predispositions and expectations. As a music aficionado if someone makes me feel something new through song they’ve won me over and the anti-winter series did each and every time…

With each Summer Mix, I try and push my limits and boundaries to provide at least one track that either no one knows about or has never cared to know about. – RyanRadler.com

Looking at the collage up there makes you realize just what a fine collection this is and we’re honored to have helped bring it to your attention. Someone left a comment on our wall asking where all the anti-winter tapes went. They’re all here but in honor of the series and to make them easier to find here’s the entire collection and a link to each corresponding post. This is certainly not the last we’ll hear from Ryan so stay tuned in November for a a teaser of the upcoming W I N T E R series. In the meantime make sure to check out RyanRadler.com for perviously un-released content, inspiring art, thoughts and glimpses into one of EMPT’s favorite artists, enjoy.

S U M M E R

a n t i – w i n t e r 1 a / Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011

a n t i – w i n t e r 1 b / Posted on Monday, August 1, 2011

a n t i – w i n t e r 2 a / Posted on Monday, August 15, 2011

a n t i – w i n t e r 3 b / Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011

a n t i – w i n t e r 2 b / Posted on Monday, August 30, 2011

a n t i – w i n t e r 1 c / Posted on Monday, September 6, 2011

a n t i – w i n t e r 2 c / Posted on Monday, September 20, 2011

a n t i – w i n t e r 3 c / Posted on Monday, September 28, 2011


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Treat My First Like My Last & My Last Like My First

I’m just, tryin to stay above water y’know
Just stay busy, stay workin
Puff told me like, the key to this joint
The key to staying on top of things is treat everything like it’s your first project, know what I’m saying?
Like it’s your first day like back when you was an intern
Like, that’s how you try to treat things like, just stay hungry” – Notorious B.I.G. Interview

I love hearing Biggie say that, it never fails to remind me how important it is to stay fresh, active and always pushing. Have you ever noticed how people always put their best foot forward in the beginning but when they get comfortable you’re left with a mediocre version of what you initially met. It’s amazing how we have the nerve to wonder why a boss might be unhappy or why a lover may lose interest.

The key is to treat everything like it’s your first project…”

Stability and routine are important aspects in the pursuit of happiness and success but repetition can kill you if that’s all you do. For example, remember that first time you went for a run after slacking for a while? You were dying but pushed your way to finish line and now that same run is no problem and you do it everyday. That’s good and all but if you don’t push yourself to feel like you did that first day every now and then you’re getting nowhere fast. You gotta find a way to put a little extra into the things you do because it makes all the difference. I mean if you’re going to do it just to get by what’s the point really? Also when you give something everything you have and it doesn’t work out, you don’t have to think twice about it. So don’t be afraid to show a little passion, go the extra mile or be exhausted after that workout. Always remember what the first time felt like and indulge in that feeling of newness and challenge, it will make your try harder and give more every single time and that’s where it’s at.

Anyways it’s Friday folks! I have all my boys coming to pre-game the evening, the weather in New York City is autumn bliss and there’s nothing but good music in the background, time to be unstoppable. I’ve been listening to the following collection of songs all morning and will probably continue to do so all day so I thought I’d share that with you, enjoy.

Alex Winston – Velvet Elvis (Crystal Fighters Remix)

Kavinsky – Nightcall (Feat. Lovefoxxx)

Jay-Z & Kanye West – Niggas In Paris (VOODOO FARM DUBSTEP REMIX)

Chip Tha Ripper – The Truth

Birdy Nam Nam – Jaded Future

Pompeya – 90 (Korablove Remix)

Clubfeet – Last Words (RAC Maury Mix)

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Penguin Prison – Don’t Fuck With My Money

I saw Penguin Prison perform this at Tammany Hall sometime ago, at the time the song was completely new and there wasn’t even a recorded version of it. I stood there with my girl cold chillin’ and thinking how cool the jam was when all of a sudden Chris Glover switched to that falsetto in the chorus and sang –

You fuck with my money!?!
And you’ll be sorry oh!

You know those times in life when you’re going through something and all of a sudden a song comes on talking SAME thing. I was literally in the middle of a bad business breakup with my partner, I was discouraged with the music business and my attitude had gone from let’s build something to f&$k you pay me! He sung that chorus and I immediately had chills running through my body. Music is tricky because when you’re passionate about something you’re not really thinking about money, but some of the non creative types however are always thinking about money and will take advantage of the monetarily nonchalant. My bad experience made me go from one extreme to another and I quickly developed a complex about being taken advantage of and people undervaluing music. Needless to say hearing Chris capture those feelings at that particular moment was total harmony. Nowadays I have a more balanced attitude but this song is certainly my anthem when doing any new business or working with anyone. My advice for any passionate musicians out there who don’t like to deal with money, learn to separate the business from the love. Be straight up with someone if they offer you less then you think you deserve and don’t think about it AT ALL. Money is man made, it’s cold, not alive and has absolutely NO VALUE or meaning on it’s own. People give it all this meaning but it’s just a piece of paper so treat it and talk about it that way. And for all you fools who come my way for business…

Don’t  fuck with my money!

Penguin Prison – Don’t Fuck With My Money

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EMPT Presents – S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 3 c by Ryan Radler

Today is a bittersweet story as it is with both sadness and joy that I present to you the 2011 conclusion to Ryan Radlers wonderful mixtape series, anti-winter 3 c. Week after week Ryan has given summer luxurious and comprehensive soundtrack setting a unique vibe for all our estival activities – Dear anti-winter, we’ll miss you.

When I use to perform classical music under the tutelage of the the late great Dr. Walter Turnbull we learned that clapping in between movements or grand pauses is inappropriate. That always fascinated me because Dr. T was an incredible teacher and got us sing classics like Cantata 191 with mind blowing passion, I’ve personally never connected with music more then when I use to sing under him, and I’ve definitely never heard classical music sound anywhere close to that good. When we would finish the audience would instantly forget the etiquette and start clapping before they realized what they were doing. The point is that getting into clap mode takes you away from the piece and the experience the composer was trying to create. In the age of skip everything and immediate satisfaction music is rarely given the time to develop and seduce and I think we’re deprived because of it.

Anyways, though they have little in common, Ryans work made me think of those performances because his tapes have the same beautiful structure and movement. I highly recommend just pressing play and allow yourself to be entertained. Sure you could skip around but it’s just sooo much better to sit back and let it breath, develop, settle, build back up and take you on a journey. Anti-winter 3C is yet another fantastic effort and we’re delighted to bring it to you, enjoy.

SUMMER: a n t i – w i n t e r 3 c

1. Summersun – MIAMI HORROR (CADILLAC REMIX MASTER)
2. Apollo Throwdown – THE GO TEAM (STAR SLINGER REMIX)
3. Too Much to Lose – SUN GLITTERS (NIVA REMIX)
4. Suburbs – MR. LITTLE JEANS (ARCADE FIRE COVER)
5. Was It Really Love – MARTIN DENNY
6. What Part Of Forever – CEE LO GREEN
7. Begin The Beguine – ESQUIVEL (SPACE AGE BACHELOR PAD MUSIC)
8. The Moon’s Hand – NIGHT SHINING
9. Sabali – AMADOU AND MARIAM (MIIKE SNOW REMIX)
10. Mr. Quiche – WILDCAT! WILDCAT!
11. Corduroy Swells – TEEEL (DATASSETTE REMIX)
12. Gopher It – MOON BOOTS
13. Come Together – PNAU
14. A Real Hero – COLLEGE FEAT. ELECTRIC YOUTH (PAUL REMIX)
16. Beachball – R.E.M.

EMPT Presents – S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 3 c by Ryan Radler by Et Musique Pour Tous

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Of Montreal – Gronlandic Edit

I’ve been going on night runs lately, and I can’t help but feel like it’s been putting my entire life into better perspective. We run around all day sometimes feeling lost and robotic, and then when we come home, we usually just rest up and laze. Or watch Mad Men. That’s great in theory, but I’ve found that my runs in the evening actually allow me to stop being a robot for a minute, and start thinking about the real. What’s going on? I work all day, interacting with several different types of people in different locations, and I smile and laugh and give kisses on the cheek. It’s such a formula. While it comes from a very real place, it can get really tiring and repetitive. While I always attempt to live a life of fulfillment, sometimes we just need to face the facts. We’re all working animals, and there’s little to be done about it. We need to face these realities earlier.

Daylight I’m so absent minded, night time meeting new anxieties.

That time of clarity for my mind and soul is really necessary these days, especially with the amount I’ve managed to take on. I’m happy about all the decisions I’ve made, and I’m really happy that the people in my life exist because without them, this life would be dull and uneventful. I’m grateful for the bad, the disgusting, and the sad. Those make the happy moments so remarkable, and so real.

Of Montreal does that for me. I guess they’ve just managed to put me in that kind of contemplative, reflective mood. As I’ve said countless times to friends, sometimes songs just end up being the soundtracks to your thoughts. I hope you dig this as much as I do. I’m also going to have to include a Casiokids track in here because it’s just too good to pass up.

Of Montreal – Gronlandic Edit

Casiokids – Det Haster!

-Ashley

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The Peach Kings – Little Things

It’s 5 AM and I’ve been up since 4:30 with more energy than I’ve had in years…

Winds of change they blow in my direction…”

I spent the last year of my life trying find the proper business relationship and man it’s been nothing but ups and downs. At the end of the day, you can find a million ways to view a situation but some people are simply full of crap so it can really be a waste of time to give them a chance if your guy says otherwise. We have a tendency to see things as we’d like them to be instead of what they are so these days my new mentality is reality and it’s never felt better. Life is short, I know it sounds cliche but you really can’t take that truth for granted, that’s why I’m so down with the ASAP movement right now. There’s zero tolerance for shady folks and anything getting in the way of living gloriously & full out loving A$AP doesn’t even exist. We can’t be afraid of resets, life is full of endless possibilities so embrace them…

This is my ending and my new beginning, Alpha & Omega places, it’s like a glitch in the matrix…”

With the ASAP attitude it’s nearly impossible to be bothered by anything because there’s only one option: do what is immediately necessary to fix the problem. Feeling tired, go to the gym as soon as possible, sex is boring with your girlfriend or boy friend? try something new as soon as possible, someone making your feel bad? Move on as soon as possible. Don’t be bitter, just stay active and be better.

Naturally, I’ve had Little Things by The Peach Kings on repeat for the last hour or so. This wonderful tune fits the mentality to perfection and this early in the morning it’s that much better. Alright, I’m gonna go run some hills in central park, enjoy. Live Love A$AP.

The Peach Kings – Little Things

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Kevin Casey’s Sample Saturday – Freeway et Creative Source

 

Whenever  an early ’00s Roc-A-Fella joint pops up on my Itunes I immediately get nostalgic and end up spending a good portion of my day shuffling through the endless amount of classics they dropped during that period. Just look at the lineup Dame Dash was putting on wax: Jay-Z, Memph Bleek, Cam’ron and The Diplomats, Beanie Siegel, the State Property collective, all backed by Just Blaze and early, hungry Kanye production.  An unbelievable time for East Coast hip-hop, and we as fans certainly reaped the benefits with a strong effort dropping seemingly every month. Despite the tremendous amount of talent amassed at the Roc during this time, the MC that always stuck out to me was Philly native Freeway. The first time I ever heard Freeway was on his hit single “Flipside” and I was immediately drawn to his atypical flow and aggressive delivery, it was unlike anything else coming from the Roc stable at the time. Free has also been one of the most consistent MCs to put out music over the last decade. While many other artists seemed to fade into obscurity after the Roc disbanded in the mid ’00s, Free has hustled and dropped a strong catalog of albums including the standout Stimulus Package where he teamed up with Seattle beat maker Jake One.

Whenever Free, Beans, and Hov got together on a track the outcome was always tremendous. Their chemistry was unmatched, and I believe that stemmed from them fucking with each other on both a competitive and friendly level, and no song better illustrates that relationship than “What We Do”. Arguably the strongest collab effort from the trio, “What We Do” features each MC spitting bars attempting to outdo each other all with no chorus over fire Just Blaze production — the true essence of hip-hop. I recently watched the video for this track and it got me feeling very sentimental about the early Roc-A-Fella dynasty. With crews running around these days wearing skinny jeans and women’s clothing, it’s important to look back at the Timbs and black hoodie era and remember that hip-hop wasn’t always this soft. I have it on good authority that Freeway’s next project will leave people thirsty for more gutter music. Catch Just Blaze’s dig around the 2:10 mark.

-Pete

Creative Source – I Just Can’t See Myself Without you

Freeway – What We Do

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Givers – Meantime (RAC Mix)

Don’t get stuck in the meantime, no such thing as the meantime…”

Those are the last two lines in this song and what a way to go out with a bang. I don’t know if it’s human nature or some strange pychological comfort but we have this tendency to settle with the initial intention of doing something else later. Don’t get me wrong, everything is a process so in that undertaking you’re quite likely to engage in unfavorable things but then again how many people do you know with a legit plan that they are actually following through on? So for many, the thing they temporarily settled on becomes their permanent reality and those old plans are so far so gone. This is a place known as the middle or as Givers puts it in this song, the meantime.

F#&k the middle cause the middle do a lot and a little…” – Styles P

That’s the place where people get lost in thought, live in indecision and indulge in all the comforts of doubt and insecurity. I say comforts because I’m starting to realize that anything that makes you live in your head instead of out in the world is psychologically easy, even when it feels or leads to negative results. That’s probably confusing but what I’m saying is that losing is easy and winning is hard so naturally many of us go for the comfortable and easy path. This applies to everything in life be in love, business, physical health you name it. Everything takes constant hard work, discipline and dedication. When you’re passionate or in love with something it may seem easy but in reality you’re just willingly putting in the work so it doesn’t feel like labor.

In this song for example, the girl is caught up in her world of doubt and insecurity and her self-inflicted limits don’t allow the relationship to be what it should…

All your wasted time, caught up in your mind
Your line, your mind, yes your line
All your wasted lines, caught up in your time, your time
And all this time you lost you will learn again.”

Dealing with those issues, communicating them and working them out is the hard part but she doesn’t do it. Instead she looks for the easy way out but always ends up coming back to the relationship because that’s what her heart tells her. In the meantime she’s causing her partner all this grieft but because she loves her he puts up with it. This probably sounds familiar to some of you…

If they say why, why? Tell them that it’s human nature…” – Michael Jackson

Long story not so short, get use to doing the hard thing. Popular culture hasn’t exactly been the greatest influence in helping us understand the way things really work so fight your urge to live in your thoughts, get out there and face reality. Don’t give yourself a warmup period, don’t “get ready,” life is short and then you’re on life support so get up and make the necessary changes RIGHT NOW because there’s no such thing as the meantime, enjoy.

The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now. – African proverb

 

Givers – Meantime (RAC Mix)

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