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Electric Tickle Machine – Gimme Money

This is song is bad ass. I’m gonna walk into all my meetings this week with Gimme Money playing in the background screaming gimme money bitches! Reminds of the Velvet Underground stuff, bold statement I know but certainly worthy of it.

Saw these guys perform out in Brooklyn a while back, the tambourine play is mean. Check out their Myspace for details. EMPT favorite, Wooo!

Electric Tickle Machine – Gimme Money

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Chairlift – Don’t Give A Damn

First of all, I think Does You Inspire You is a brilliant album title. Second of all, Don’t Give a Damn is my favorite song on this album. The general consensus is that the song is about two juxtaposed lovers who are sick and tired of the nonsense etc. Given the concept romantic that I am I’ve taken the liberty of interpreting it as a general attitude toward any relationship, be it business or personal.

In the words of Van Morrison,“Meet them half way with love, peace and persuasion and expect them to rise for the occasion.” When they don’t, well, listen to this song, enjoy.

Chairlift - Does You Inspire You - Don't Give a Damn

Chairlift – Don’t Give A Damn

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Department of Eagles – Love Me (Elvis Cover)

Here’s another song from the Starbucks Sweetheart: Our Favorite Artists Sing Their Favorite Love Songs compilation. This time it’s the Department of Eagles covering Elvis’ Love Me. Great song.

Public service announcement to fellow dudes… After extensive testing and research I’ve concluded that chicks dig this album. So buy it for valentines day and shit. Puck off.

Department of Eagles – Love Me

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The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Stay Alive

So, NYC’s own The Pains of Being Pure at Heart released their self titled debut album last week and I have to say it’s pretty good. I was sent a promotional copy a few weeks back but just got around to really listening to it. It a noise pop album that sounds like it’s straight out of the 90′’s, very nostalgic. Here’s are some of the albums highlights, Stay Alive, Everything With You & Come Saturday. Good stuff.

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Stay Alive

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Everything With You

The Pain Of Being Pure At Heart – Come Saturday


Bloc Party – Your Visits Are Getting Shorter

The EMPT secret weapon Steph Lund reminded me of a great but highly overlooked Bloc Party track called Your Visits Are Getting Shorter. The track is from Bloc Party’s third album Intimacy and is probably so neglected because it was released as a bonus track in the digital release of the album. Nevertheless, its actually one of the stronger tracks from the work and certainly worth a few listens. I’ve had it on repeat for the last 30 minutes or so.

Bloc Party – Your Visits Are Getting Shorter

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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