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Radiohead – 15 Step (Feat. USC Marching Band)

I didn’t watch the Grammy’s but I saw this.

Radiohead – 15 Step (Feat. USC Marching Band)


Jem – Yellow (Coldplay Cover)

Ok so I heard about the Sweetheart: Our Favorite Artists Sing Their Favorite Love Songs project a while back and wasn’t too worked up about another covers album. Then I heard the Jem’s cover of Yellow and quickly changed my mind. Given how overplayed the original was I didn’t think it was possible to hear the song in a new light but cudos to Jem for making that possible. The album is due on Valentines day and is being exclusively released by Starbucks. Download.

1. Death Cab For Cutie – Love Song (The Cure)
2. Katy Perry – Black and Gold (Sam Sparro)
3. DeVotchKa – Hot Burrito #1 (Flying Burrito Brothers)
4. Department of Eagles – Love Me (Elvis)
5. Jessica Lea Mayfield – Words of Love (Buddy Holly)
6. Ben Bridwell – Your Love Is Forever (George Harrison)
7. Kate Tucker – I’m On Fire (Bruce Springsteen)
8. Rogue Wave – Maps (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
9. A.C. Newman – Take On Me (a-ha)
10. Jem – Yellow (Coldplay)
11. Richard Hawley – Early Morning Rain (Gordon Lightfoot)
12. Daniel Martin Moore – I Hear Music (Billie Holiday)
13. She & Him – I Put A Spell On You (Screamin’ Jay Hawkins)
14. Lila Downs – My One and Only Love (Frank Sinatra)


Passion Pit – Smile Upon Me

Word on the street is Passion Pit played at Bowery last night and revealed three new songs from their upcoming LP. I unfortunately missed it, instead I spent the night being a workaholic – the gift & the curse. We posted Sleepyhead last week and figured posting Smile Upon Me would make us feel better about missing the concert, enjoy. Passion Pit on the rise. Incredible sound, song & production, enjoy.

Passion Pit – Smile Upon Me


Evangelicals – Skeleton Man

Here’s some more space rock for you. Not sure if too many people know about these but their latest LP “The Evening Descends” is definitely among the noteworthy of 2008. Very creative, risky, trippy production(especially with the vocals). If you like The Flaming Lips or Mercury Rev you’ll like these guys.

Puts you in that zone. Here’s my favorite track “Skeleton Man,” very very good.

Evangelicals – Skeleton Man


It Hugs Back – Now & Again (New Video)

Here’s some Saturday morning dream pop for yah. The video was directed by Martin Rhys for Razrez Films and features a bunch of boxes running around in a warehouse, but trust me it’s a lot cooler then it sounds. Yes, It Hugs Back is an extremely creepy name. Good stuff.

It Hugs Back – Now & Again


Fleet Foxes – Mykonos (Video)

And you will go to Mykonos with a vision of a gentle coast and a sun to maybe dissipate shadows of the mess you made.”

Fleet Foxes – Mykonos


Harlem Shakes – Strictly Game

The Harlem Shake is an 80’s dance that started in Harlem and was again popularized in 2000 through a P. Diddy production called “Let’s Get It.” Watch the little kids do it in that video – fly. The extremely stylish dance was all over Manhattan during my senior year of high school, it was overdone but not done enough, it is one of the most entertaining dances you’ll see.

While these Brooklyn rockers may not exactly live up to the name, they do make some pretty good music. Strictly Game is one of their better tracks from the upcoming Technicolor Health. I was a big fan of their Burning Birthdays EP back in ‘06 but hadn’t heard from them in a while, the new stuff sounds  a little more polished for better or worse but definitely a group to look out for.

Make a lot of money, take a lot of shit. Feel real bad then get over it.”

Harlem Shakes – Strictly Game


Blind Man’s Colour – The Warm Current’s Pull

I’ll admit, these guys may be a little too experimental for some ears but if you have the imagination and interest your in for an incredibly trippy/amazing musical experience. One of EMPT’s favorite unsigned bands. High quality psychedelic pop.

Blind Man’s Colour – The Warm Current’s Pull


Ra Ra Riot – Can You Tell

I’ve probably heard about 7 or 8 versions of this song by now, doesn’t get old. Quality production and even better feel. It’s from their 2008 LP The Rhumb Line, definitely their best effort to date. Great song.

Ra Ra Riot – Can You Tell


Ezra Furman and the Harpoons – Take Off Your Sunglasses

Today’s favorite.

Well she called me up, she said I love you in the middle of the night
I said In the middle of the night everybody loves everybody else these days
She said Oh, in the middle of the day I love you very much
I said Everybody loves each other these days”