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Calvin Harris – Yeah Yeah Yeah La La La

Calvin Harris’ latest album Ready For The Weekend is pretty good. I didn’t review it or release any of the songs because of a label request but now that they hype calming down I think we’re in the clear.  I find a lot of people criticizing this album for not having enough depth and poor lyrical value. This isn’t a Cat Power LP people, it’s a dance album! I mean the one of the biggest hits in ’07 was Justice’s D.A.N.C.E., a song whose lyrics consisted of the alphabet and counting from 1 to 5, get the picture. Anyway, I’m off to wrap up one of the busiest weeks in my life as I myself get ready for the weekend, enjoy.

Calvin Harris – Yeah Yeah Yeah La La La

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Tenacious D – Dude (I Totally Miss You) (Feat. G.O.V)

Ok so it’s hard to take anything Jack Black says serious and the original version of this song is certainly no exception to the rule. The G.O.V. version on the other hand adds an entirely new realistic dimension to an otherwise satirical song. His verse is about that post break-up boredom one experiences after sharing so much with your significant other.

Ok I’m an asshole, you ain’t never lie. I been lying so let me testify, that I miss you. I can’t find shit to do…”

There’s something so appealing about simple honesty, in my opinion it makes for the best lyrics in music. You can find this type of writing all over Lykee Li’s Youth Novels, Peter Bjorn & John’s Writer’s Block and countless other introspective records. There’s no place for insecurities in love so when I hear an artist express that understanding I get addicted to the feeling. What can you say about a song that speaks itself, not much. Here’s the latest G.O.V., exclusively on EMPT, enjoy. Download.

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Tenacious D – Dude (I Totally Miss You) (Feat. G.O.V.)

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Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Septembre

It’s the first of the month, so cash your checks and get up.” – Bone Thugs

Aside from the usual check cashing  and up getting, the first of the month is always exciting for us because it means a new version of Steph Lund’s Le Miel du Mois premiere’s on E.M.P.T. Since it’s inception back in May Le Miel du Mois has been downloaded over 800 times, and that’s not counting the nearly month long shut down we had to overcome. This popular mixtape displays a broad yet refined taste in countless genres, styles and feelings – quite fresh. This is one that needs to be listen to the whole way though as all the songs come together to paint a coherent experience. So without further ado, here are some words from the mastermind herself, enjoy.

Septembre. septembre. les feuilles. le vent. The beautiful feeling of fall across your neck, buzzing through your hair, down to your legs making you run faster and faster until you fall oh into fall into fall into fall. This mix is a little bit softer than the summer mixes. The second to last track is Fever Ray. I was first introduced to Fever Ray a few months ago, when I received it in the mail from The Album Club. If you haven’t heard about the UK’s TAC yet, I suggest you check it out here: http://www.thealbumclub.com/concept.php. Fever Ray is the debut solo album from The Knife’s frontwoman, Karin Dreijer Andersson. I love Karin’s voice, ever since I fell in love with Röyksopp’s “What Else Is There” released in ’05. She is eccentric and eclectic and sometimes her vocals and lyrics scare me, but nevertheless keep me wanting more:

Fever Ray’s If I Had A Heart lyrics:

This will never end
cause i want more
more, give me more, give me more”

Le Miel du Mois at work? That’s much better than work at work! Download or Download (clic droit+enregistrer sous)

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Phoenix – Lisztomania (Holy Ghost! Loves Paris Remixomania)

I saw Phoenix at Terminal 5 about two months ago and what a show it was. Unlike most bands, Phoenix actually sounds better live, the music is as loud and energetic as it is crystal clear. The French men are also quite the showmen, there was one point when lead singer Thomas Mars just laid down right next to the speakers and pretty much relaxed for a songs duration, got right back up and rocked the place all over again. The place was packed and everyone seemed to be having a blast. Great music and lot’s of pretty girls, highly recommended.

Anyways, while this post features the modern Phoenix classic Lisztomania, it is also about one of my favorite producer/remixer duo’s, Holy Ghost!.  Straight out of Brooklyn, the duo is known for their 2008 jam Hold On, after which they have gone on to remix songs for Moby, MGMT, Cut Copy and of course Phoenix. This remix of Listomania is from an awesome compilation called French Attack!, Vol. 2 that I came across while shopping on iTunes. I’m late for the airport so I’ll just leave you guys with my two favorite songs from the album. Enjoy.

Y- Hellow Bye Bye

Y – Hello Bye Bye

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Phoenix – Lisztomania (Holy Ghost! Loves Paris Remixomania)

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New Order – Temptation (7-Inch Version)

One of the reasons I’m so drawn to the 80’s New Wave period is because it represents the time when synthesizers and analog recording coexisted like they probably never will again. It was one of those rare times when the future and past lived in total harmony, i.e. freak of nature artists like Michael Jackson.

Anyways, you can’t talk about 80’s new wave without mentioning New Order, the band whose 1983 hit Blue Monday still holds the record for best selling 12-inch single of all time. Temptation, is a lesser known single released in 1892 and one of my personal favorites from the group. The 7″ single featured in this post is the more commercial and structured version. The lyrics in this song are hard to translate but the feelings of hope and despair in Bernard’s voice are as clear as day. The effect on the listener is euphoric. Here’s to a great song that captures a wonderful essence, enjoy.

Each way I turn, I know I’ll always try
To break this circle that’s been placed around me
From time to time, I find I’ve lost some need
That was urgent to myself, I do believe
Up, down, turn around
Please don’t let me hit the ground
Tonight I think I’ll walk alone
I’ll find my soul as I go home.”

New Order – Temptation (7-Inch Version)

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Klaxons – No Diggity (Blackstreet & Dr. Dre Cover)

I went out last night and next thing you know the suns out and it’s Friday morning… I’m still up and have a huge to do list before getting into the weekend so this is going to be a quick one.

Been posting a lot of new music lately, time for a throwback, a cover by the Klaxons of the 1996 smash hit No Diggity. Original performed by Blackstreet & Dr. Dre, No Diggity was such a big hit that it overtook the “Macarena” for the Billboard 100s number 1 spot. I don’t know if you guys remember how big that silly Columbian dance was but for an R&B record to knock down a world hit is a pretty big deal. Anyways, this cover was done for a BBC compilation CD entitled Radio 1 Established 1967. For this compilation artist were allow to cover a song from any year since 1967 and the Klaxons chose No Diggity – fresh. Anyways, would love to stay and chat but the day calls, enjoy.

Klaxons – No Diggity (Blackstreet & Dr. Dre Cover)


O’spada – Time

It’s official, more then half of my favorite acts right now are Swedish. O’spada, my latest muse, is a side project for Swedish song writer Julia Spada based out of Stockholm. Time, their first single is straight out of the 80’s and sounds like a cross between Quincy Jones, Prince and Justice – very fresh. The production is simple yet infectious, featuring a blasting Nord Lead synth playing the funky 2 chord progression that Julia rides with her skillfull song writing. I’ve been thinking about DJ’ing again and I can only imagine dropping this song in the middle of a set and watching people react. This is a certified banger & E.M.P.T. favorite, enoy.

O’spada – Time


Tegan and Sarah – Walking With a Ghost

From Wu-Tang Killer Bee’s to indie rocks favorite (only?) identical lesbian twin sisters Tegan & Sara. Just go with it, I think abstract but it makes sense, I promise.

I have a bunch of new music to release but as I was writing another post Walking With A Ghost came on thanks to my iTunes shuffle and I was taken back to one of my life’s favorite years – 2004. I was a senior in college at the time and so relating to any relationship songs was not exactly happening but this song made sense.

I was walking with a ghost, I said please, please don’t insist.
No matter which way you go. No matter which way you stay.
Your out of my mind, out of my mind…”

The songs lyrics are repetitive, simple yet extremely meaningful. While telling someone that being with them was like being with a ghost is a bit harsh, we’ve all been in those relationships that just don’t work but drag on and on, things aren’t exactly bad nor are they really any good. At that point you do kinda feel like your with a ghost or even stranger, you are a ghost yourself. That might not make any sense at all to some but atleast Tegan and Sara know what I’m talking about, ; ). Enjoy.

Oh yeah and here’s a new and amazing Tiësto & TS collaboration called feel it in my bones. It’s either going to be on Tiëstos upcoming Kaleidoscope or T&S’s Sainthood, either way it’s pretty damn good, enjoy.

Tegan and Sarah – Walking With a Ghost

Tiesto – Feel It In My Bones (Feat. Tegan and Sara)


The Black Lips – I’ll Be With You

I’m such a big fan of The Velvet Underground that I almost have no choice when it comes to the modern bands that are so heavily influenced by those nihilist geniuses.  ”I’ll Be With You,” is an ode to good old fashioned friendship, and I like it. I went to the premiere of “Man, I Love You” with a couple of buddies and while the movie itself is of that new dude/chick flick hybrid, I think it has a great message in terms of relationships and the ever growing blur that is the male vs female identity. Listening to this song reminded of it. Funny movie, check it out. Here’s the recently released video for “I’ll Be With You” by The Black Lips. Enjoy.

The Black Lips – I’ll Be With You


Raekwon – House of Flying Daggers (New Video!)

Wu-Tung Clan ain’t nothin’ to f*$k wit”

This video is bad ass. I don’t post too much hip-hop because it pretty much all sucks these days but this is clearly the exception. Produced by J Dilla, House of Flying Daggers is 1994 New York City all over again – gritty, gully, grimy, great. You might get slapped in the face just for listening to it and then find an empty 40 bottle on your bed with your wallet missing feeling like you have to take a shower – Clan in front, let your feet stomp.

It’s been a while since we’ve heard something this raunchy, even the mix (sonic quality) of the record is reminiscent of the pre- Jay-Z days when vocals and music were actually blended artistically. The video itself is an animation that borrows from the classic kung-fu flick The Five Deadly Venoms. This may be confusing to some since the songs title is also borrowed from a movie -  the 2004 cult classic House of Flying Daggers. It’s gory images are the perfect visuals for the machine gun flows the Wu members attack with, reminds you of those amazing lyricist we once had in the game. If this is what we have to expect from Rae’s upcoming album then I’ll be eagerly waiting for the day to come, enjoy.

Raekwon – Run Away (Feat. Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, Method Man & GZA)

Raekwon – House of Flying Dagger (ft. Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah & Method Man)