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Rostam – Wood 9-27 B

There are very few songs that do to me what this song does. Such a simple but important combination of sounds, and none could exist without their counterpart. It’s primarily instrumental, with the exception of the vocals that enter in the middle. I’ve never heard of Rostam before, but I did a little research and found out that he is the producer and keyboardist for Vampire Weekend.

I’m at the preliminary stages of the hectic chaos that is finals season, so it’s nice to hear a song that not only calms the soul, but also makes me happy. There are so many levels that build off one another in this song, and it really does wonders for one’s mood.

This song is best enjoyed on a good set of speakers or headphones. Again, I’m really into the levels of sound that build off one another here, and with a good set of headphones, it’s eternal bliss.

Rostam – Wood 9-27 B

Penguin Prison – Multimillionaire (Shook Remix)

These days it doesn’t seem to be about the game anymore, people are too obsessed with all the material things they will get out of the game. I am not just talking about Football and Basketball and all the crap that has been going on with the lockouts, thank goodness that’s all over.  I am talking about every game, game meaning what it is we love to do whether it be a professional sport or entertainment.  We have to remember why it is we are doing it and not get so wrapped up in all the material aspects of it.  Ya its great to make money and have everything, but if its making you forget the importance of your game then its not worth it!

Penguin Prison always has a way of putting things into perspective in a way that makes you feel good, plus ever since I got to see them perform I saw just from the body language how much they feel and love what they are doing..

I’m livin’ like a Muti-Millionaire, I cant explain it…

I like to feel like I am already living the dream, I feel like you  have to be able to do that before you really reach the goal line.  So on that note its Football Sunday and I need to go watch the Green Bay Packers kick some ass!  Press play on this baby and don’t forget what it is you are living for…Enjoy.

Penguin Prison – Multimillionaire (Shook Remix)

The Penelopes – Now Now Now (The C90s Remix)

Most of us live infatuated with the past, whether it be good or bad, we just can’t seem to let the past pass. It’s a weakness that makes a lot of sense though because the past is known, thus comfortable and for the most part pretty easy to understand. How does that expression go? Oh yeah, hindsight is 20/20. The present on the other hand is a lot more complicated because well, it’s happening live, not now but right now. Some people love the present and embrace it while others spend their present thinking about the past. Ever see a guy or a girl out at a bar acting all awkward for no reason? 9 out of 10 times is because they’re associating the present with the past. They got rejected before, a bad breakup recently, whatever it is they’re thinking about something that no longer exists. It’s either that or they’re thinking about the other side of the coin, the unknown future…

People fear what they don’t understand, hate what they can’t conquer, I guess it’s just a theory of man…” – NaS (Hate Me Now)

The balance of being in the moment while constantly creating a better future is one of the trickiest puzzles to solve. The moment requires your undivided attention, it doesn’t need you thinking about outcomes and results although in order to achieve goals those clearly have to be in the picture. Like the lyrics of this song say – the past is forever gone, so good or bad, the past just doesn’t matter. Your current situation is a result of your past thinking, take a moment to think about that because it means that your future is going to be a direct result of your thinking now – you’re creating the future right now!

Anyways, the concept of time in general fascinates me and this is an awesome remix by the C90s. I love dance music with good lyrics, you get to move and satisfy your intellectual appetite at the same time, best of both worlds. Alright, I’ve got a bunch of friends in town so this is set to be yet another wild night in the city, gotta get this party started, enjoy.

The Penelopes – Now Now Now (The C90s Remix)

Chris Malinchak – No Secrets (ft. Damon C. Scott)

This song is 100% NYC and it feels like it. The singer Damon C. Scott is a subway performer and producer Chris Malinchak well, we all know what he represents. Something feels good about this Friday night, a bunch of Skidmore heads are in town, I’m about to go play a set at Pulqueria and this song is making it all feel that much better, enjoy.

Chris Malinchak – No Secrets (ft. Damon C. Scott)

Coolrunnings – San Dimas Oasis

Back in the day when I wasn’t out of town doing something music related I would spend all my time riding around New York City like a madmen. My cousin and I would get up and from sun up till sundown we would be on the road and terrorizing the sidewalks and streets of NYC like no other. Looking back I don’t know how I didn’t die cutting off a cab or bunny hopping a pothole in the middle of traffic. There was no purpose to our adventures, we didn’t know where we were going and at the time didn’t know the city so well so everything was a discovery. Cell phones weren’t common yet so it was just us our BMX’s and the big city ahead of us.

There’s something about this song that brings back that feeling of being down at Battery Park hanging with all the skaters, bladers and punk girls. Nowadays I look at my calendar and everyday is planned, flight here, meeting there, there isn’t a moment when I don’t know where I’m going, what I’m doing or at least what I’m supposed to be doing. Anyways, somehow this song brings me back to that fearless era and I think it’s about time for me to focus on recreating that type of oasis…

Try to imagine a place where you wouldn’t feel scared
Try to escape to a place that you know is not there…”

Those are some very powerful lyrics right there and I could really talk about it for days but unfortunately there’s much to do on this Thursday afternoon. Press play on this one and start the process of creating whatever it is you want, enjoy.

Coolrunnings – San Dimas Oasis

Cold War Kids – I’ve Seen Enough

I like the emotion in this track, I had to listen to it for a few days to understand it for myself.  I think this is about being tired of the same old routine and I’m not just talking about for our self but the way the world has been functioning for centuries.  The same wars, same political problems which I am not even going to get into because I can’t deal with politics, fashion coming in and out but not really changing a whole lot if you look back.

We are human beings!  We have to start coming up with fresh new ideas, and stop repeating history.  I don’t know about you but I am always trying to come up with weird new ways to change the way the world is working, but its about getting people to listen to you and want to expand on your ideas, so speak up.  I definitely have new and improved ideas on music that I know is going to blow your minds, but be patient my friends, its coming!

I’ve seen enough of nothing new
The blacker stain on history or last laugh blues
Not gonna fight, not gonna cry
Not gonna shop around for one flag to fly”

This track and the drums makes me want to walk down the street in some big boots like I don’t give a damn and hold my head high, I love how the beat of a song can do that to your mood.  I wish I could go stomping around the city right now in this lovely sunshine but I gotta run to Brooklyn for a movie shoot.

I couldn’t leave you guys hangin’ another day without some good music, so press play and get your own ideas flowin’…Enjoy!

Cold War Kids – I’ve Seen Enough

Crayon Fields – All The Pleasures Of The World (Dan Block Remix)

This track has been lingering now for a bit, just trying to figure out the perfect time to post it.  The Dan Block Remix of it is great with just enough mellow and upbeat attitude mixed together to make the Sunday mood feel like Saturday night is still lingering.

I love the lyrics because they personally speak to me in such a way that I can really connect and its saying all the things I am thinking.  I think that love is initially the message here, but I think there is a much bigger message as well.  Most of us are striving for pleasure but all we are doing is clinging to hard and that’s when we get disappointed.  It’s OK to be passionate about something you want or someone you want and all the beauty but in the end you have to be passionate about yourself, trust yourself and know that your doing all you can to get the pleasures you deserve.

All of the pleasures of the world always surround you
All the adventures of the world always happen around you
I’ve offered you things knowing you’ll reject them
I have borrowed things so you’d come collect them

It’s like I’m too young to love, so I just love everything
I want to dangle from your arms, wasted, singing”
If your a passionate person like I am, don’t be afraid to be embrace that, just remember not to live for anyone but yourself, as long as your honest with yourself then you can be satisfied that your being honest with everything and everyone else…It’s OK to be young and want to love everything.

It’s been a beautiful day and the night is still as pleasurable, so clear your mind and vibe out, press play and don’t even think about the week ahead of us…Enjoy!

Crayon Fields – All The Pleasures Of The World (Dan Block Remix)

Rosemary Clooney – Corazón de Melón

Here’s for all of you digesting Thanksgiving feasts right now. Rosemary Clooney’s voice is truly enchanting (in both english and spanish), and truly fitting for what we should all be doing right now: chilling and eating watermelons. Sometimes all we need is to go back to basics: to chill and ponder on the musical  snazziness of the previous century. Like this song, the horns accompany Clooney’s voice in a suave and almost flirty way.

Your heart is a watermelon heart,
you’re so sweet, it thrills me,
you’re so cold, it chills me.

Rosemary Clooney – Corazon De Melon (Watermelon Heart)

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Dream On

I am sure everyone is winding down from yesterdays Thanksgiving feast.  I was floored by 9pm last night, absolutely “Turkey Drunk”.  Hitting the gym today seems like a “dream on” type of situation, right?  I am still contemplating whether or not its a good idea or to just chill out today.

But its Friday yet again and once I pressed play on this track it got me into a Friday night zone, you know that zone you get into when your in a cool lounge or club, and its really dark, everyone is dancing and the music takes you to another place and you forget about everything else..Ya you know that feeling, especially if your a regular EMPT connoisseur.

So forget working off your turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie the ‘regular’ way. Here is the more exciting alternative, go out tonight, dance your ass of and zone out.

Ooooo… Dream on now,
Ooooo… No use missin’ out”


Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Dream On

Penguin Prison – Don’t Fuck With My Money (Official Video)

This is still one of my favorite songs from 2011 and the theme is more relevant to the current state of affairs than most people know. I’m not really into politics as you’ve probably noticed by now, there are so many layers of power and everything is so cloudy that unless you’re hip to what’s really going on you’re pretty much just talking about nothing. However, given all the movements popping up around the country and the fact that I love this song so much I had to give my two cents about this stuff. I won’t get into a lecture about what’s really going on because we have Google but make sure to educate yourself on who prints the cash in the US. Don’t get distracted by all the nonsense and complicated explanations on TV, it’s 99% diversion, it all starts and ends with the folks who make the paper. When you understand that you’ll understand what “don’t f&%k with my money” really means, enjoy.