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The Black Lips – Starting Over

The intro to this song is noticeably similar to one of my favorite MGMT songs, Time To Pretend. However, that’s where the similarities end and an amazing song about rejuvenating begins. In martial arts there is a fighting style known as Druken Style. Dating back to the Sung Dynasty it is a style in which the fighter mimics the rolling, unpredictable motion of a drunken man to deceive his opponent into thinking he is incapacitated by a drunken stupor. The way lead singer Cole Alexander sings in Starting Over would be the musical equivalent of Drunken Style. His performance offers feelings of hope and sadness as he wabbles through the track anthematically claiming a new beginning, very cool. I think I went through my starting over phase about a month ago but I still get hyped up by the song. Flower Punk at it’s best, enjoy.

The Black Lips – Starting Over

MGMT – Time To Pretend


Kelley Polar – Chrysanthemum

In typical Kelley Polar form, this song is extremely weird, creepy and confusing but as interesting and addictive as they come. Given title “Chrysanthemum” (mushroom cloud analogy) and lyrics (”Two atoms kiss and what a funny valentine”) I think this song is about a nuclear attack on humanity, tragic. The chorus is nothing short of fu@$%d up goodness.

Make a chrysanthemum of every human head
Make a chrysanthemum and kill them in their beds
Make a chrysanthemum till everybody’s dead”

I’ll be posting more from Kelley, his latest album I Need You to Hold on While the Sky Is Falling has been in heavy rotation. Very space age, very good.

Kelley Polar – Chrysanthemum


Lykke Li – Breaking It Up

Just got an email from the good folks over at NBC informing us that Lykke Li will be performing on Last Call With Carson Daly tonight.  I’m not quite the noctambule I am during party season but I’m certainly staying up to watch this. In the mean time it looks like I’ve found an excuse to post another Lykke Li song. Here’s Breaking it Up, one of the many fabulous songs from Youth Novels. Great breakup song, I like her perspective.

Now call you baby I will and I do.
Persuade you in though I know that were through.
I let you think that I’m your but I’m not.
Keep You here though I’m ready to drop the last line…
If your going abroad I can’t help you.
If your crossing the street I might be there.”

Lykke Li - Youth Novels - Breaking It Up

Lykke Li – Breaking It Up


Marrakesh Express

I’d have to say of all the trends sprouting up recently, my eye has the biggest affinity for Marrakesh Express or in more common parlance, Ali Baba Pants. Given how all my ex girlfriends have had considerably bohemian chic infused styles, my obsession with silk bedding and overall inclination to anything that reminds me of James Bond’s Octopussy, it’s no surprise I’d be attracted to the style.

Now there are some designs I’m seeing that I think the world could do without but overall this trend has grand potential. At it’s best this artistic clothing can look loose while remaining elegant and sexy; Comfortable and classy, perhaps even regal. I’d imagine achieving all these effects at once is not an easy task for a girl. I personally find many of my aesthetic desires being met when around beautiful girls in it – fresh. Overall a glamorous and inspiring style, let’s hope it’s not butchered before it reaches it’s potential. Here are some of my favorite designs.

Would you know were riding, on the Marrakesh Express… All aboard the train.”

Crosby, Stills & Nash - Crosby, Stills & Nash: Greatest Hits - Marrakesh Express

Crosby, Stills & Nash - Marrakesh Express

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Kid Cudi & Consquence – Buggin Out 2009


New mixtape from J. Period & Q-Tip. The production quality of old school Tribe is unmatched in the laptop producer age, it’s very refreshing to hear some good old analog in the space age. Download the mixtape here.

Ayo a few new stations put me in rotation.
They’ve embraced the martian, congratulations.”

Kid Cudi & Consquence – Buggin Out 2009


Dead Prez vs. Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks Of Hip Hop

I’m not usually into mash-ups but my friend Will sent me this a few weeks ago and I thought it was great. Dead Prez is an underground hip-hop group known for their socially conscious and politically charged lyrics. Though never achieving much commercial success they’ve garnered incredible respect and street credibility from both fans and fellow artist. Hip Hop, the most well known song from their 2000 LP Let’s Get Free, is an attack on the commercialization and exploitation of hip hop. This song was written in 2000 so the downfall of Hip Hop had already begun with the questionable leadership of Puff Daddy and post Hard Knock Life Jay-Z. Two Weeks by Grizzly Bear is a great song, I won’t say much about it so the focus remains on the Dead Prez lyrics, but enjoy the mash-up, we don’t post many.

Dead Prez – Hip Hop

Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks

Dead Prez vs. Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks Of Hip Hop


Ratatat – Mirando

Anyone know what car that is? I’ve been looking for an excuse to post this picture and Mirando is more than a reasonable one. The production on this track is technical mastery. 8 Bit bounce anyone? Enjoy.

Ratatat - Mirando - Single - Mirando

Ratatat – Mirando


Telepathe – So Fine

“The future for us is about making many more records and not getting attached to any certain process of music making. We always want a good challenge. We never want to be locked into any certain genre or whatever.”

Similar to Bat For Lashes’ Daniel, Telepathe’s So Fine is the more accessible single from an album full of experimentation and avant-garde weirdness. This song, along with a few others on Telepathe’s new album Dance Mother, was produced by TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek and his influence could be more prevalent.  Haunting synths, dark landscapes and supreme creativity all while providing the essential bang bang element. Great video and great track from one of our favorite Brooklyn crews, enjoy.

Telepathe – So Fine


Le Miel du Mois: Julliet

Apparently it’s July, welcome. A lot happened for us in June, we had the most traffic EMPT had ever seen and got shut down in the same month. Our diabolical hosting company Gisol Inc. stole our website and content so we’ve had to rebuild from scratch – no easy task. But atlas there is light at the end of the tunnel and what could be more suitable to celebrate our return then announcing the July version of Steph Lund’s beloved Le Miel du Mois! With that said, here is an excerpt from Steph hinting at the masterminding that helps create this tape:

Le Miel du Mois: Juillet: With the constant rain in June and thinking about the intense heat on its way, this mix reflects the restlessness of summer.
Spotlight Track: The last track is from Paris based artist Three Leaves and a Head – a remix of Radiohead’s Reckoner, off the In Rainbows album. I first heard of Three Leaves and a Head from We All Want Someone To Shout For.
Remixes of Radiohead are a bit touchy for me, because I don’t see how most tracks can improve, however, these subtle enhances Three Leaves and a Head accomplished are really beautiful and a perfect way to end this mix. Check out Three Leaves and a Head’s Myspace page which also includes a remix of Nude.

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1. Feist – My Moon My Man (Boys Noize Remix)

Feist – My Moon My Man (Boys Noize Remix)

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2. We Have Band – Hear It In the Cans (DIY Version)
3. Sleigh Bells – Ring Ring
4. Holy Ghost – Hold On
5. James Yuill – No Surprise
6. Paul and the Patients – Blogspot Nick Seely Remix
7. The Big Pink – Velvet
8. Zambri – Easier
9. Jack Peñate – Tonight’s Today
10. Camera Obscura – My Maudlin Career
11. Breakbot – Summer Party
12. Bat for Lashes – Trophy
13. La Roux – Bulletproof (Live at Glastonbury)
14. Radiohead – Reckoner (Three Leaves and A Head Remix)


Lykki Li – Everybody But Me

The lyrics for this song are amazing, you’d be hard-pressed to find that kind of honesty in music, much less people. I’ve been partying and going to concerts so much lately I think it’s time for me to start relating to this song for a while. We’ll see how long it last, enjoy.

When everybody’s drinking (I don’t want to)
When everybody’s smoking (I don’t need more)
When everybody’s fooling (I don’t want to)
Everybody but me, yeah”

Lykke Li – Everybody But Me