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Harlem – South of France

The Black Lips, The Walkmen, Eat Skull, The Kills, Electric Tickle Machine, The White Stripes,  I’m starting to wonder if my lo-fi obsession will ever fade. Harlem, a band a discovered about a year ago is one of my favorites in the genre. Hailing from Austin, Texas they’ve garnered many comparisons to the aforementioned but as usual just because it’s lo-fi doesn’t mean its the same. South of France is among the noteworthy tracks from their Free Drugs LP, I’ll be posting a few more. I can’t really make out most of the lyrics but its something about partying with tanned topless girls on the beach, taking drugs and drunken cabs with strangers – things all very dear to me. I’m headed to a small island 30 miles south of Cape Cod next week and this is how we set the mood, enjoy.

Harlem – South of France


Daft Punk – Nightvision (The Twelves Cover)

So I’ve been a little bored of the new stuff lately and as I was just about to head back into the comfort of the past for today’s post I got an email from Steph Lund (Le Miel du Mois) telling me to check out the latest from The Twelves. As usual, they nail the remix/cover and while not as hype as most their works, it completely holds up in quality.  If you haven’t heard of The Twelves by now I highly recommened going to town on google and checking them out. They are an extremely gifted production duo from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with a nack for making some of the best remixes you’ll hear. I skipped the A-Ha remix they did because it was getting blogged about too much but I’ll use this new song as an excuse to post it because it’s pretty damn good. Enjoy.

Daft Punk – Nightvision (The Twelves Cover)

Daft Punk – Nightvision (The Twelves Cover)

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A-Ha – Take On Me (The Twelves Remix)

A-Ha – Take On Me (The Twelves Remix)

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Jacqueline Taieb – 7 Heures du Matin

The Ye-Ye movement was emblematic of the French 60s. With singers such as France Gall, Francoise Hardy or Sylvie Vartan, they represented a musical style very French, beautiful, innocent and naive to a provocative manner. Gainsbourg (already) was behind a few of them and composed playfully lyrics for them. France Gall famously sang “Annie loves lollipops, aniseed lollipops, when the sweet liquid runs down Annie’s throat, she is in paradise” with a voice lovely of candor…

One of the lesser known artist of the Ye-Ye movement is Jacqueline Taieb. Born in Tunisia, she moved to France early and quickly became a singer. The song below was her first hit at only 19. Called “7am” it is the story of a young student waking up early (at 7am) and detailling her fascination for Paul McCartney who she wishes could help her complete her homework.

Here again, you will see the naive accent and – honestly – can you resist her when she sings Elvis Presley?

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Jacqueline Taieb – 7 Heures du Matin


Ratatat – Wildcat

Someone had this song on their Top 10 best songs to have sex to. I don’t know what kind of furry fandom kinky shit this dude is getting into to find this appropriate for naughty time but I like it! Wildcat is one of the many impressive tracks from Ratatat’s 2nd LP Classics. It was on this album that fellow Skidmore heads Mike Stroud and Evan Mast took their production to a new level, introducing a wealth of new sounds and rhythms guranteed to keep you engaged and entertained the whole way through. Enjoy Wildcat, play it for your girlfriend or boyfriend and see if you get some ideas ; P

Ratatat – Wildcat


Kelley Polar – A Dream In Three Parts (on themes by Enesco)

Kelley Polar est un ancien violoniste/compositeur classique qui a crée ce site internet et a commencer a crée de la musique Space age love. A dream in three parts est un des morceux de cet album, vraiment sorti de l’ordinaire, même si l’album ne manque pas de bons morceaux. Combinant toutes ses influences musicales, l’album est presque étrange (comme beaucoup de ses morceux précédants) mais cela dit très musical et engageant. La performance vocale peut sonner un peu fausse pour certains mais la projection des accords et les melodies nous font oublier ces petits défauts… Un des mes space age artistes favoris. Amusez-vous bien.

Kelley Polar – A Dream In Three Parts (on themes by Enesco)

P.S. Still rebuilding the site so if think you’ve seen some of these post before, it’s because you have… Trying to get back up to date after our evil hosting company Gisol Inc. stole the site from us.

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll

Certain albums/tracks get so much hype on the internet that fans end up treating the music like one night stands, they have this awesome crazy listen, wake up hung over and leave without even getting a phone number (buying a record) or apologizing for falling asleep right after listening. & that’s as far as I’ll go with that metaphor ; )

Heads Will Roll is hands down the most exciting track off the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s most recent LP It’s Blitz. The lyrics “Dance till your dead” pretty much describe the musical feel of this track. As you listen you seem to be taken over by this overwhelming feeling to dance like your life depended on it. I personally have a problem dancing to corny tracks, in fact I just wont do it. I mean you must not take yourself seriously as a man if your comfortable getting down to some sissy music. Most of my girlfriends have hated me for this conviction but give me some dark new wave like this and the outcome will be much more appealing. Anyways, you’ve heard it before and if not here’s a great dance track from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, enjoy.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll


Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Juin

It’s June and traditionally that meant warm weather in NYC but instead were still dealing with this annoying winter/spring/summer hybrid that won’t seem to go away. Fortunately, there are other things to look forward to in the new month, one of those happening is right here on EMPT – Le Miel du Mois. Courtesy of Steph Lund, Le Miel du Mois is a downloadable mixtape full of amazing songs, covers and remixes. This months is fantastic so I’m writing a post about it and highly recommending you check it out. Here’s the song list along with two of my fav’s from the tape, enjoy.

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1. The Whitest Boy Alive – Golden Cage (Fred Falke Remix)
2. Futurecop! – N.A.S.A
3. Bloc Party – Your Visits Are Getting Shorter
4. The Foals – Red Socks Pugie
5. Friendly Fires – Paris (Aeroplane Remix)
6. Paul and The Patients – Complaint 15
7. The Twelves – When You Talk
8. Phoenix – Rome
9. Sebastien Tellier – Roche (Breakbot Remix)
10. Kevin Drew – Safety Bricks
11. French Kicks – So Far We Are
12. Peter Bjorn & John – Up Against The Wall
13. The Lust Puppets – We Smoke Fags
14. M.I.A. – Paper Planes (DFA Remix)
15. DiscoTech vs Radiohead – Everything in its Right Place (Gigamesh/DiscoTech Remix)
16. Gui Boratto – Beautiful Life


Lily Allen – Not Fair

I express my deepest sympathy to the girls who may relate to these lyrics. Tragic.

“There’s just one thing that’s getting in the way
When we go up to bed you’re just not good it’s such a shame
I look into your eyes I want to get to know you
And then you make this noise and its apparent it’s all over.
It’s not fair and I think your really mean
I think your really mean
Yes I think your really mean
Oh your supposed to care but you never make me scream
You never make me scream
Well I lie here in the wet patch in the middle of the bed
I’m feeling pretty hard done by, I spend ages giving head…

Lily Allen – Not Fair

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Hot Chip – Hold On (D.I.M Remix)

This is from a Digitalism live set @ N-Joy. Sick remix, can’t listen to it enough.

I’m only going to heaven if it feels like, hell.”

Hot Chip – Hold On (D.I.M Remix)


Dungen – Fredag

Swedish psychedelic. Fresh.

Dungen – Fredag

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