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Kid Cudi – Sky May Fall (Produit par Kanye West)

Had this song for a while now but never got to posting it. It’s from the martians upcoming album, Man On The Moon: The Guardians, which Kanye calls, “a classic in the making.” I would have to agree. Cudi’s mellow dramatic style is refreshing in the face of all the dance music dominating the market. Kanye did a great job on the production as it is simple and serves more as a canvas for Cudi than an impressive production. In typical Cudi style the lyrics are very reflective in nature, uplifting while at the same time embracing realities, the key to having true perspective, enjoy.

Kid Cudi – Sky May Fall (Produced by Kanye West)


The Go! Team – Huddle Formation

Cheerleader chants, fast drumming, 90’s guitars and great melodies. That’s The Go! Team at face value, dig a little deeper and you will find extremely creative use and manipulation of samples, ingenious blending of styles and above all, great feeling music.

There are some songs that take a few listens before really striking a chord, Huddle Formation was not one of those songs, not for me at least. Great song from a great album. Heavy of the cheerleading, enjoy. EMPT favorite.

The Go! Team - Thunder, Lightning, Strike - Huddle Formation

The Go! Team – Huddle Formation


The Buzzcocks – What Do I Get

With all my friends going from drunk party animals to grandparents overnight, I’m finding it more and more important to indulge in music that keeps things feeling young, fresh and inspiring. Face it, everything was just more magical prior to worrying about jobs and getting married before you you get too old came into the picture. With that said here’s one of my favorite i love you/hate you songs by the kings of adolescent spirt, The Buzzcocks. The song is called What Do I Get, it’s a pop punk classic from their 1978 LP, Another Music in a Different Kitchen. Great video, great song.

The Buzzcocks – What Do I Get


Bishop Allen – The Ancient Commonsense of Things

I was sent a promotional copy of Bishop Allen’s latest LP Grrr… a week ago but just got around to listening to it last night and what an unexpected surprise it turned out to be. The album is very lighthearted and high spirited, a quality not too many would mind in today’s climate. The Ancient Commonsense of Things is my favorite track for the moment, although thats bound to change as there are some close runner ups that I’ll be posting soon. This song simple, feels good and the title makes my mind wonder off into space. It also sounds great in the background as I’m writing this, enjoy.

Bishop Allen

Bishop Allen – The Ancient Commonsense of Things


Phoenix – 1901

Everyone is talking about it which usually me not want to talk about it but here’s the new record from Frenchies Phoenix. The song is a leak from their forthcoming LP Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. Looks like their sticking with the style displayed in their 2006 release, It’s Never Been Like That.

2009 is coming in strong, Grizzly Bear, Animal Collective, Andrew Bird, Beirut and it’s only February? If this is a taste of what’s to come things are looking up for the crew from Versailles. Regardless of the hype this is a great song. looking forward to the album.

Phoenix – 1901

With all the hype surrounding the new album I thought it would be nice to post something from their first album as well. So here’s Too Young, one of my favorite tracks from United.

Phoenix – Too Young


Kaiser Chiefs – Never Miss A Beat (Cut Copy Remix)

The lyrics in this song are great, very punk. I enjoyed the original but really put the song in rotation after hearing the Cut Copy remix. Good stuff.

Kaiser Chiefs - Off With Their Heads - Never Miss a Beat

Kaiser Chiefs – Never Miss A Beat (Cut Copy Remix)


“Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” & The Roots

This week, EMPT interviewed SNL star Jimmy Fallon in preparation for his new talk show “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” slated to debut on March 2nd from 12:30-1:30 AM. What’s more exciting is that the show will play host to Fallon’s new house band: The Roots.

Though Fallon is not a direct ‘replacement’ for Conan O’Brien (who took over Jay Leno’s seat on The Tonight Show) there’s been quite a stir over the fact that Fallon bumped him into the 11:30 time-slot thus alienating loyal fans.

Nevertheless, these past few months leading up to his debut, Fallon has successfully produced and hosted a video blog (aka: “v-log” …sounds dirty, no?) that runs nightly on NBC.com at 12:30 am. In our interview he said the v-log has been a great tool for him because he’s been able to “Try out skits and ideas on the website first and then use that information to appeal more to what the fans want.”

Ironically, this isn’t the first time Fallon’s stepped into the strange world of ‘vlogging.’ Do any of you guys remember the SNL skit “Jarrett’s Room” where Jimmy played “Jarrett–the college blogger” ? Well, it seems like his ‘vlog-life’ has manifested itself in a whole new light…

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Drake & Lykke Li – Little Bit

Drake is a fantastic talent, his nack for wordplay and rhymes holds up with the best. I’m not sure about all the 808’s & Heartbreak influenced singing though. This kinda feels like that part in Ray when Stevie is still trying to find his style but has yet to come to his own. Nevertheless, we all expect great things from this guy. I’d love to hear more rapping at some point. Either way, I’m a sucker for anything Lykee Li so here’s the mashup.

Drake & Lykee Li – Little Bit


Cut Copy – Far Away (Bag Raiders Remix)

So I’ve heard about 6 remixes of Far Away by now and I have to say this is by far the favorite. Bag Raiders are a production duo from Sydney who started buzz last year with their single Fun Punch. Much of their exposure comes from a steady line of popular remixes, all unique, all bangers. This remix is no exception, it never gets boring, the transitions are creative and musical and the song absolutely explodes at about 1:47. These guys know what their doing. Great party music.

Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours - Far Away

Cut Copy – Far Away (Bag Raiders Remix)


Coldplay & Kylie Minogue – Lhuna (New Single)

So it turns out all the rumors are true, the Kylie Minogue & Coldplay collaboration is a reality. It should be noted that I’m posting this to help increase awareness for the (RED)WIRE project, this track is a available as charity download for the program so go to www.redwire.com and support! It’s a great cause and you’ll be helping provide life-saving medicine for those living with HIV/AIDS in Africa. On top of all that, your getting quality music. Enjoy.

Coldplay & Kylie Minogue – Lhuna (New Single)