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Kimbra – Settle Down

“Is the sweetheart you married the husband you expected him to be?”

Spending a week in the Dominican Republic with family and then coming back to the city sure has made me realize that people here in New York seem…individualistic compared to the folks there. I don’t say this in a negative way. I’m not going to blurt out all of my family vacation here but I will share one litlle thing: every aunt/uncle/etc. I visited was curious about the same thing: “So Julia, no boyfriend in site?”

 It’s kinda funny really, how important family and marriage is for these people. There’s nothing wrong with that, I just had a little bit of trouble explaining what a liberal arts degree is and why I had to finish dealing with my studies before I uh…you know, started popping babies? Oh yeah, don’t even mention the fuss one or two made about the fact that I chopped my long locks off to a boy-cut. Ay Dios mío…

Then, since I’ve been back, I’ve started watching Mad Men for some reason, and this whole Marriage talk is being hammered into my head still. Hah, it’s like the Universe is trying to tell me something…

Overall the whole issue isn’t very serious to me, but I know it’s in the future somewhere I guess. Still, I always seem to approach the subject with humor and a bit of sarcasm. I think Melbourne-based Kimbra really gets at the subject in a quirky way with her single “Settle Down.” Kimbra loops her voice to create various beats that come and go throughout the track. The way she uses the term “settle down” (“I wanna settle down, I wanna bring you down”) sheds lights on a whole other meaning for the phrase.  The song is great, and the lyrics are quite funny I think; but the video really does it for me. Plus, this stylish lady is a delight to watch.

Kimbra- Settle Down

If a woman with a beautiful voice and a killer attitude slapped Mad Men it would look and sound like this. Don’t get me wrong though, I have no complaints about Don Draper.

Also, as a Bonus: Check out this beautiful song/video by singer Gotye featuring Kimbra; my friend linked me to this song and thus I found Kimbra, whose debut album “Vows” is due for release in September.

Gotye – Somebody that I Used to Know (feat. Kimbra)

-Julia


Scattered Trees – Four Days Straight

This end of the month has never been more insane in my entire life. I’ve never felt so overwhelmed, happy, confused, and emotional all at once. Regardless, without the end of the month, I would not have discovered these three new artists. Scattered Trees, Rubblebucket, and Caveman are all playing shows in the middle of August in New York City/Brooklyn, and I cannot be more excited. The truth is that while all of these bands have different sounds, they all kind of carry a similar chillwave vibe. I cannot think of a better way to end July than with a cool beverage in hand, some outdoor speakers, and this song playing.

If you can, check out Rubblebucket, Scattered Trees, and/or Caveman in the upcoming month. August will be a tremendous month, music wise. So much good music to squeeze in before summer starts to end, and I have faith that we’ll be hearing some of the best during this time. I’ve also just remembered that Mercury goes into retrograde tomorrow. So there’s that. Terrifying, but also totally a reason to be spontaneous and tap into some new music that you may not have necessarily listened to before. I’ve found that music has been the only thing constant in my life while I’ve had several nervous breakdowns and such in the past week over finding a new apartment to move into. And you know what? It’s not really worth it. Because when it comes down to it all, everyone who is looking for an apartment will find an apartment. It’s incredible how powerful one’s mind can be in this period of time though, completely taking control with negativity.

Listen. Reflect. React. And be cool, that’s all we can do right now.

Scattered Trees – Four Days Straight

Rubble Bucket – Silly Fathers (RAC Remix)

Bonus: Cave Man – Old Friend

-Ashley


O.C. – My World

Man listen, there’s no doubt you’re gonna bump this is in your system…”

A friend of mine and I were recently talking, and the topic of past/current/future relationships with women came up and my friend had an interesting point somewhere along the lines of “I always remember the relationship, but I never remember the build up, how we met, how I initially acted around her, or how I courted her…”  I can’t explain why, but this triggered a wide spectrum of thoughts in my head about the spontaneity and overall weirdness of life. I have always loved those spontaneous moments; whether they be hook-ups, getting a life changing phone call or text message, or getting locked on a downtown Boston rooftop at 4 am with no shoes on. There’s always a refreshing feeling when you do something out of the ordinary and against normalcy. I always remember the actual moment, but never remember the build up of how you even got to that point, it’s like the events leading up to the moment didn’t even matter. To me, that part of life is beautiful, the chance to wake up one day and unexpectedly be thrown into some sort of amazing experience that you will cherish forever is unmatched. The unexpectedness of life is truly a remarkable attribute and opportunity can knock when you least expect it.

It’s my world and I won’t stop, and if you stand in my way you’re bound to get dropped…”

Life can be tough, especially when things don’t go according to plan or work out like you want them too. It seems like sometimes you get handed more downs than ups more losses than wins and whatever other euphemism you want to use. Its times like those that truly put your will and patience to the test, and you really find out a lot about yourself. I find it odd, but awesome, that everything has a way of coming full circle and working out when you believe that you will make it and are able to overcome any hardships in your way. There’s a strange energy to the world, and I firmly believe that if you do the right thing, have humility, and treat those around you with love and respect, everything will work out.

I want the green like indo, a mansion, a car, a wife that’s never been a bimbo. Too much to ask? Well to me that’s simple. Wanna retire on a yacht call it the S.S. Minnow…”

O.C. – My World

-Pete


EMPT Presents – S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 1 b by Ryan Radler

That’s right fools, it’s Monday, you’re up early for work, you already want to go home and Friday is no where in sight. You went from cold beers at a beach to hot coffee in a cubicle, it’s the roughest of times indeed. But cheer up old chap!, we’ve got the antidote for anything remotely lame so say hello to the anti-work, anti-monday experience – Ryan Radler’s S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 1 b.

Last week we introduced you to Radler’s fine wine of a mix tape and we all fell in love. Today we’re doing it all over again with another fantastic tape sure to put some swing in those M word blues. There’s so much I can say about these tapes, I don’t even know where to start. There’s the amazing art work, with all it’s nuance and detail perfectly complimenting the sound of the tape. I’m an absolute nerd for detail and quality and after talking to Ryan about his approach it’s no surprise we would cross paths…

Artwork: I have a penchant for retro/vintage design/fashion/art. If I had it my way, I would be perpetually living back in the 60’s and 70’s. The images I have collected and treated are there to match up the audio with a visual of how I see summer. You may notice a bit of a theme with the mirrored effect. I personally have been a big fan of symmetry and asymmetrical balance… “

Yeah this is a mix tape but soon you’ll see that this labor of love is more like a timeless collectors series, you gotta love it. Last weeks tape was one of the most popular post in recent EMPT history and after listening to 1b on repeat for the last two days I suspect nothing less for this one. Like I said before, this is hands down the best summer mix tape you will find anywhere on the internet, we’re happy to presenting it and can’t wait to bring you another next week. Go check out the mastermind behind this on his Facebook page, enjoy.

S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 1 b :

1. Stay Close + Stay Close (RAC Mix) – DELOREAN
2. Siberian Breaks (Ed Banger Allstars rmx/Dj Supermarkt) – MGMT
3. This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) – TALKING HEADS
4. She Wants + She Wants (Reverse Remix) – METRONOMY
5. Crime Pays – BEAR HANDS
6. Climbing Walls – STRANGE TALK
7. Go Outside – CULTS
8. Endless Spring – HOUSES
9. SST (Soft Soul Transition) – SOFT SOUL TRANSITION
10. Sleepy Lagoon – HENRY MANCINI
11. Sunlight – BAG RAIDERS
12. India – MITZI
13. Julius – STARFUC*ER
14. Big Jet Plane (Michael Brun Bootleg) – ANGUS & JULIA STONE
15. Change Of Heart – EL PERRO DEL MAR

EMPT Presents – S U M M E R: a n t i-w i n t e r 1b by Ryan Radler by Et Musique Pour Tous


Little Dragon – Crystalfilm

It’s a relaxing Sunday for me thus far out here in LA and this track from Little Dragon has been hitting all the right notes to complement my day. The new Ritual Union album from Little Dragon is growing on me considerably over the past week and there’s a lot of keepers but the track Crystalfilm won me over on first listen. I mentioned a Ritual Union remix a few weeks ago and now I’ve got another Little Dragon track which I’m diggin’ immensly. I’ll let the song and a well-suited YouTube user video edited from The Endless Summer justify why you’ll love this track as wellEnjoy this track for a chill Sunday.

– Joel


Kevin Casey’s Sample Saturday – Kleeer et Jay-Z

Thank you to everybody who took the time to read my post on Tuesday, the love I received was overwhelming….I love hip-hop and am happy to share that love and passion with everyone else. I’m filling in for my brother Kevin Casey for this week’s edition of “Sample Saturday” and hope you all enjoy…
There’s a lot of anticipation surrounding the Jay-Z and Kanye West release, “Watch The Throne”, and although I am definitely hype about the album, but with two underwhelming singles and rumors of dub-step influenced production, I feel wary about setting my expectations too high. Before I go on, let me make it clear that this is in no means a knock against Jay-Z, he is one of my favorite rappers ever and is someone I truly look up to both as an artist and a businessman, but to be real, he’s been putting out some lackluster efforts. I understand that as an artist, you have to evolve to remain relevant, but it seems like Hov is more interested in Jay-Z the “businessman” instead of Jay-Z the “multi-platinum MC”. Hov has undoubtedly had one of the best, most consistent careers in hip-hop, and look at him now: beautiful wife, more money than most can dream about, a stacked roster of musicians, and numerous business opportunites that will pay considerable dividends. Has he lost that hunger and ambition that has made him the undisputed “King of New York”, or does he have one more trick up his sleeve and is ready to shock the world with “Watch the Throne”.

“I’m also lucky never to have needed the approval of the gatekeepers in the industry because from the start we came into the game as entrepreneurs. That gave me the freedom to just be myself, which is the secret to any long-term success, but that’s hard to see when you’re young and desperate just to get on…” – Jay-Z (from “Decoded”)

I came across this quote last night, and it got me thinking; has Jay gone against his initial principles of staying true to himself? Lately, it seems as if he is trying to keep up, instead of being the trendsetter that everyone is so used to seeing. On “Blueprint 3”, and his features since then (Drake’s “Light Up” for example), it seems as if Jay has dumbed down, and not just for his audience as he proclaimed on “The Black Album”, but because he seems tired, almost bored of hip-hop as an art. Hov’s evolution as an artist has seen him go from street hustler to ambitious MC to top of the game to…..What’s next? Once you’ve reached the top, how do you stay hungry to maintain that position?

Whenever people ask me what my favorite Jay-Z song is, without hesitation, I tell them the “Intro” from his 2000 release “Dynasty: Roc La Familia”. This, in my opinion, is the epitomie of a MC at the top of his game, you can feel the hunger through his words and the determination to destroy any competitor. In my opinion, Hov’s stretch from 2000-2004 was his prime, and one of the greatest runs for any MC ever. If we can get a few tracks on “Watch The Throne” where he spits as hard as he did on “Intro” it will further cement his legacy as one of the best to ever do it.

This is food for thought, you do the dishes…”

Jay-Z – Intro

Kleeer – She Use To Love Me

-Pete

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Givers – Up Up Up

Givers – Up Up Up

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Sia et Oh Land July 27th, 2011 @Webster Hall

Oh Land and Sia could not be a better pair for one another in a concert setting. I was lucky enough to be in their duel presence last night at Webster Hall, where Oh Land opened for Sia. Two artists who are truly revolutionary female acts, each brought their own separate game, and killed it. I was especially excited to see Sia, because she’s someone I’ve idolized since high school, a true artist and creative mind.

Oh Land performed with such power and energy, instantly getting the crowd moving. Her oversized flowy see-through romper only made her seem like more of an angel that her voice portrayed. I loved hearing White Lights” especially because I’d only heard the remixes before, and having fallen in love with those, was pleasantly surprised to find that the original was even better. Her final song was one that I’d never heard before, “We Turn It Up.” Love. Love loved it. I’m just a sucker for catchy drums and poppy vocals. It’s such a powerful tune too, which totally encouraged the audience to dance and jump as much as possible.

Sia followed this happy act with the same energy that was left on the stage, in a slightly different way. The entire stage was covered in knit apparel; knit rug, knit amp covers, even a knit microphone stand. Sia’s shoes, (a pair of really sexy and totally fabulous open toed stilettos) had little frilly pieces of knitted additions on them. Her entrance was really funny to me, because she came on stage greeted by tremendous audience approval and happiness. She smiled and shook her shoulders in a sort of shimmy, laughed, then gave the most genuine greeting ever. Throughout the concert, she was constantly concerned with her fans happiness and well-being. It was so sweet, and totally unlike anything I’ve ever seen. She accepted a couple of gifts after playing a couple of songs, one of them being a pair of fuzzy slippers signed by some fans…another one being a blue monkey. The whole moment was just too cute, and I was overcome with emotion.

As for the actual performance, when it was time to sing Sia completely tuned out every spacey tendency she might have had, and delivered a superb vocal performance. She performed a new song titled, “Hostage” which she got some help from The Strokes, Nick Valensi, to put together. My favorites were “Death by Chocolate” and her encore, “Clap Your Hands.” They were both classics and the crowd went nuts. I’ve never seen so much energy for a band that was not particularly dance music.

She shared a statistic which I found to be truly enlightening: If a person that is single were to eliminate the people within their age group, the people of their sex, religion/faith, culture, even political beliefs, there would still be approximately 14 million people in the world that could be, the “one”.

-Ashley

Oh Land – We Turn It Up

Sia – Clap Your Hands 

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Gorillaz – Melancholy Hill (Feed Me Remix)

For those who recently started following Feed Me this chilled out remix might seem a bit off. His latest dubstep and electro jams are full of emotion, technique and enough bass to make the pavement crack. Either way, great track from one of my favorite producers, enjoy.

Gorillaz – Melancholy Hill (Feed Me Remix)

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Pollyn – How Small We Are

One of my new favorite bands is Los Angeles-based trio Pollyn. Aside from having an amazing sound that blends funk, world music, indie rock, pop and just about everything else I love, they make great songs. Their latest single How Small We Are is no exception and it deals with one of my all time favorite topics – perspective…

Problems are relative so I don’t mean to undermine anyones issues but if you’re feeling like the worlds going to end because you’re girlfriend or boyfriend left you I can’t really feel sorry for you. I don’t know if it’s boredom or what but we tend to drive ourselves crazy over the most ridiculous things. Youth and inexperience has a lot to do with it, I mean if you’ve never been through a breakup then there’s no way for you to know that time heals all wounds and you’ll be fine before you know it. Some people never seem to learn though and these sultan off dooms predict apocolyse after little mishap…

Why is it always have to take a make or break for you to alter your perception.
Will we ever learn to learn from the mistakes of past generations?

Life is far from black & white but I’ve come to dwell in a very important though that pretty much eliminated all fear, doubt, insecurity and unnecessary emotion from my life – cause & effect. Now that’s not the most revolutionary concept but often times it’s the simplest things that always overlooked. Cause & effect to me means that we have all the power over what happens to us, our happiness, our love lives, our problems and our successes. Some people like to think life is this mystical thing that we have no control over and thus create this sense of inevitability which leads to the blame game and dumb concepts like fate and misfortune but all that shit is fugazi.

There’s a cause and then there’s an effect. If you sit on your ass everyday watching T.V. and eating nachos you’re health is going to suffer. If you don’t pay your boyfriend or girlfriend any attention, let yourself fall off and don’t make an effort to keep things fresh and interesting, you’re relationship will inevitably suffer. If you slack off at work you won’t advance, etc etc. Look at it this way, time never stops which means the universe is always in constant motion and you’re either moving forward or you’re moving back, NO ONE ever just stands still. Life by definition is function, activity and movement so you gotta stay on it and maintain control.

You may not see it how I do but it’s true, just a spec on a spectrum…”

Anyways, this is one of my favorite jams right now. It’s a great song all around, the video is fresh and I highly recommend getting hip to whatever Pollyn is up to, enjoy.

Pollyn – How Small We Are

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