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The Heavy – What Makes A Good Man

During an intimate performance at The Mercury Lounge on Monday night, The Heavy showcased some serious musical guns of steel for what wound up being a mind-blowing, not to mention meticulous, performance. I know you guys are familiar with the Heavy because they’re an EMPT favorite, but for anyone who’s just tuning in and doesn’t know, my friend (coincidentally named Ashley) said this the other night and I thought it was totally appropriate: “If James Brown, Cee Lo Green and The Black Keys all had a lovechild, it would be The Heavy.” The truth is that their live performance exudes just as much power and energy as you would imagine after listening to their recorded music. Front man, Kelvin Swaby, began the performance in a suave ensemble — suit and bowtie lookin’ real fresh — only to end the show sans suit jacket with an unbuttoned shirt. It’s like his appearance came apart according to how hard he was going in with each song, harder and harder with every bellowing sexy shout. That marks a true performer.

My favorite part of the performance had to be the encore. For some reason the venue was anti-encore I guess, because they almost played in total darkness. The band came back on stage greeted by cheers, but the lights remained off. They began singing, lights still out, and about halfway through the song, the lights came back on. I’m still not sure if that was planned, or if the venue people just gave in to allowing one more song…but it was awesome.

What Makes A Good Man is one of their latest singles, and I love it. I love the energy and the lyrics and how beautifully everything meshes together. No Time is just an all time favorite song off their last album, and it needs to be shared on this scorcher of a day.

Plug in and go go go to somewhere not hot!

The Heavy – What Makes A Good Man

The Heavy – No Time


Johnnyswim – Heartbeats

What I really liked about this track and that reeled me in was how the lyrics are not complicated at all in the context of feelings. Yet it expresses, in a very unique way, a feeling that most of us experience but don’t express – or don’t know how to put into words-: that moment when you feel something for that someone and you actually feel it in your heart, when it beats. As you can realize this is a feeling that can be experienced on one of those “We just shared a glance on the subway” to the “I’ve loved you all my life” moments.

Johnnyswim is a duo comprised of Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez hailing from Nashville. On the vocal side, she has a bit of Lauryn Hill and on the musical side, it’s a bit of Band of Horses meets some flamenco street band with the handclaps and all. They have a free EP called ‘Home‘ from which this track, in my humble opinion, stands out.

Johnnyswim – Heartbeats


Dillon — Thirteen Thirtyfive (Sheila Hill Bootleg)

I’d like to start this one post, my first one here at EMPT, by stating the fact and how happy I am to start contributing to a music blog that I respect so much for its quality and editorial. Don’t want to miss this public opportunity to thank Hec and Mollie. Do watch out for my posts and please do tell me your thoughts in the comments section. Without further ado, here goes my first:

The first time I heard this song I couldn’t make out the feeling it evoked and brought out in me.

It starts a cappella with the first verse — quite naked. And then, the piano comes in and the rest of the instruments follow; all the while Dillon‘s voice and the lyrics have the starring role.

For you I found a cell
on the top floor of a prison
just enough space for you to fit your feet in
if you go,
do let me know”

And while the original is good, I found this bootleg a month ago and I’ve had it on high rotation ever since. It’s faithful to the original adding just the right touch of beats and percussions. It has a special groove to it, keeps evoking feelings of melancholy with it’s mellow vibe yet you can’t avoid grooving to it when it starts kickin’. After the second time I had heard it I couldn’t get it out of my head, especially the chorus and that: cha chaa.

There are various remixes out there but this bootleg stands out. It’s a rare find and one that we, here at EMPT, truly believe you should get to know. Feel free to pair this one with those warm-up cocktails in your loft before heading out.

Dillon – Thirteen Thirtyfive (Sheila Hill Bootleg)

Dillon – Thirteen Thirtyfive


Metric – Clone

Call me out
My regret
Only makes me stronger yet

Nothing I’ve ever done right
Happened on the safe side
It’s the other way
I’m missing everyone I know now

It’s too late in the day
It’s too late in the day to take you on all the right
I was afraid to tell you that

Back to that photograph
Can you clone me?
I look like everyone you know now…”

I haven’t heard lyrics that resonate with me so well in a while, so I felt it was only right to lay these out for you all.  I think these lyrics could resonate with anyone though, I mean think about it, did you ever do anything right by not taking a leap, taking a chance, living on the dangerous wild side.  Nothing good ever comes from playing it safe, lets be real here, Metric does a great job of displaying this in the lyrics without sounding too cliche, and that’s something I really appreciate myself because you can get so stuck on writing easy lyrics, or cliche ones, but finding that right twist to set them out from the rest but still know exactly what they mean is pure talent.

I really like Metric, their new album Synthetica is fire so you should really check it out.  It’s so funny I came across this track because I was just talking about them yesterday with a Big Boss from Warner Brothers, ya that’s right people know about EMPT over there, bad ass right!?  Anyways not too get too off track in my moment of excitement, but I just adore Emily Haines deep breathy vocals which give the lyrics so much justice and power.  I am really feeling this one today so I am gonna go ahead and put it on repeat, enjoy!

Metric – Clone


Fenech Soler – Demons (Minnesota Remix)

I keep running and I don’t know why,
I see my demons and I just can’t hide.
Say no! I wanna let go!…”

I love those lyrics because  it means one thing – man up, face the facts and do what needs to be done. I’ve recently been very infatuated with the concept of making the most out of the moment. I know that sounds cliche but how easy is it to take the moment for granted. As people who naturally love comfort we tend to forget the very real fact that any of us could be here today and gone tomorrow. That’s right, some random, totally unexpected shit could change the outcome of your life at anytime. It usually takes tragedy for people to understand the meaning of that but how does that saying go?…

Wise men learn by other men’s mistakes, fools by the their own…”

This song has the right attitude and when those humongous synths come in for the hook, well that’s just euphoric. Dwelling on anything is pointless, face it now, whatever it is and keep moving forward. The past doesn’t exist and the future is yet to come. Don’t commit the ultimate crime and disrespect for the beautiful life we’ve been given by taking the moment for granted because when you think about it that’s really the only thing we have, enjoy.

Fenech Soler – Demons (Minnesota Remix)


Carrie Wilds – Stay (Feat. Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire)

The underground (The Weeknd) has changed the face of R&B forever. Hello Brooklyn, Welcome to the future.

Carrie Wilds – Stay (Feat. Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire)


Danny Brown – Grown Up (Explicit)

Alright my friends I have something a little different for you today and I am really stoked about it.  I am a huge hip-hop/rap head, if you have driven in my car with me then you already know this and we haven’t had enough of this genre on EMPT lately.  When I heard this track Grown Up by an independent hip-hop recording artist Danny Brown I was like DAMN I feel this.  I have never heard of this guy Danny until now, which blows my mind cuz he is great, and I love finding new hip-hop that blows my mind like this.  He kind of reminds me of a mix between the Beastie Boys and A Tribe Called Quest. And Seriously this video is too good, in my opinion its genius and 110 percent entertaining, yup your welcome, this is a rare find my friends, I kinda want to be this little kid in the video just not given a S*&t, HA!

Never ever quit I just kept on pursuin’
Teacher always asked me what I was doin’

Whoever thought I’d be the greatest growin up..”

Danny’s been gaining respect in the rap game for a couple years now by getting friendly with 50 Cent and Tony Yayo and eventually getting signed to Fools Gold Records where he came out with his album XXX in 2011.  This cat is on the top of my list right now, he obviously knows what is going on because he has fun catchy lyrics and a great flow which is key since I feel like hip-hop is one of the most complicated genres to master.  I think we will be seeing Danny Brown move up pretty quick.

Watch the video and press play on this magic right here, enjoy!

Danny Brown – Grown Up (Explicit)

 

 


Little Pictures – Buddy Holly (Weezer Cover)

I don’t know why it has taken me so long to post this, I feel like I am whistling it in my head every week and listening to it on my stereo in my car so I must apologize for being an air head and keeping this one to myself for so long.  But this is exactly why I love this track because it has kept my interest for so long and its such a happy tune to go skipping around your office acting like a fool, ok maybe not but you get the picture.  And Buddy Holly, one of the most iconic figures of Rock & Roll, this singer songwriter has inspired most of our favorite artists that we love so much today such as The Beatles, Elvis Costello, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, believe me the list goes on!

Little Pictures, an electronic pop duo from New Zealand, does a fabulous job of cranking up the energy meter, especially if you may not be feeling to hot after the weekend.  I always love a Female/Male duo, especially when they compliment each others voices so well as these two definitely do, the back and forth, give and take, it just blends so well and gets me so excited.  Alright well press play and get yourself in a good mood if you aren’t already, enjoy!

Little Pictures – Buddy Holly (Weezer Cover)


Snakadaktal – Dance Bear

I was drawn to this track for several reasons. Their name, first. It’s fun to say and if you’ve never listened to their music before you don’t really know what to expect. Like, is this band weird? Or really silly? Maybe metal? Then you discover that they’re Australian, so you begin to wonder if they’re like any of the other Australian bands you know. The truth is that this five piece (despite the photo only showing three) Australian band will have you drooling over their synth melodies and overlapping male/female vocals that beg to be replayed over and over again. They’ve got the perfect bit of loud cymbals and drums mashed together with intimate but hard guitar. I say hard because I think of harder rock and roll when I hear the guitar here. It’s a really divine combination of different sounds; isolated, each musical instrument/portion feels like it’s from a different musical genre. Combined, they create this really fun indie-pop rock sound that taps into that unconscious head bobbing part of your brain.

It’s been such a beautiful weekend, I hope this ties it all together in an adorable way. Enjoy, lovelies!

Snakadaktal – Dance Bear


Giselle – Silk (Cosmic Kids Remix)

I am an image person, I like to see everything, as probably most creative artists do, that’s why I got really excited when I was prowling around the internet and found the session of the original version of this track with Giselle.  Just sitting on the ground with her Korg and a microphone making it all look so flawless and effortless. Cosmic Kids do a great job of spicing up this already beautiful, sultry song, but just giving it the right kick that feels a little bit more party Saturday Savvy, enjoy!

Giselle – Silk (Cosmic Kids Remix)