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Generationals – Making Time

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I cannot figure out why we are all so busy when we keep getting more technology and better drugs that are supposed to make us more efficient.

Arguably, we are now doing much more in the same 1,440 minutes everyone has had all along. That is one thing you can never complain about. Some people have less things to do, some people may seem like they got a head start, but we all got 1,440 minutes per day to do it in.

Life is currently swelling and coming in and I feel like I am either beached or drowning in the current. I met a stranger in a bar and we were swopping stories and they had the best stories. I love stranger’s stories, it is amazing what people say in a bar when they know you are not going to exchange numbers, it is all about just enjoying being around somebody else. But you always feel alittle inadequate when you hear what other people do. Big stories in amazing places. But there is already alot to do, and trying to see it all is already on the list.

On the walk home I was going through the list of things that were past due only by a deadline in my mind. But there is never enough time. And I realised I have not done something to that I really just loved to do in a while. With the added pressure of the world seeing what you are doing, and the socials media and whatnot, we are constantly curating a life that we are proud to show others. However true it is or however happy/overwhelmed/exhausted/bored/anxious it really makes us. What you can be sure is the only thing you would “share” is that second you looked happy and time was on your side.

I look forward to the day someone invents more time. I feel like a common question at the end of the night always is “what would you do if you didn’t have to sleep?” Learn a language, build something, read every book. If those are the passions we have and what we would spend our waking hours doing, there should be a shift to add more of them in life. Wouldn’t that be a “selfie” worth taking?

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This song comes from the Wes Anderson tribute album “I Saved Latin!”, and is a cover of the classic from The Creation.The cover is a more gritty version of the original with recordings overlaid and a heavy guitar that makes you want to put your leather jacket on and get loose.

Generationals – Making Time

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Your Best Warpaint is Your Smile.

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Once upon a time several years ago I was walking down the street in Manhattan. I’d just gotten out of my 8 am class and was feeling pretty blurg, ambling and spacing as usual. Out of nowhere a Tibetan Buddhist monk crossed my path on the sidewalk and flashed me the biggest, most genuine smile. I’d never felt such warmth from a stranger– especially walking the streets of NYC. Automatically I grinned right back at him, reciprocating the love if only for a second due to the transitory nature of the experience.

After this brief encounter I found myself unable to inhibit myself from smiling at everyone for several hours. Kinda creepy, yeah. But also a really fun social experiment. Still buzzing in my mini-state of euphoria, I posted up at a coffee shop and indulged in manic writing mode for a couple of hours; suddenly the whole big city- lonely people paradigm started to make some sense to me:

A city saturated by individualistic drive and ambition, it’s easy to get lost in your own head while walking down the street. I-Me-Mine, I-Me-Mine, I-Me-Mine. We confabulate and thus, precipitate our own suffering all day err day. It sucks, but it’s human nature and the whole point is to figure this out. You are free to choose your experience— adjust your focus and take what you want from a situation whether it’s through the lens of love (or fear).

“…Why not become the one
Who lives with a full moon in each eye
That is always saying,
With that sweet moon
Language
What every other eye in this world
Is dying to
Hear.” - Rumi

 

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Freedom Fry — The Wilder Mile

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Guess we weren’t born to be lovers. 
Maybe in another time.”

This tune comes to your ears through our crafty Submissions inbox. It is a perfect reminder, to me, of what August is like in New York City: summery, smooth, and non-stop. 

The folk music production of the track provides the non-stop action throughout, made to move, made to release some endorphins, and made to feel like what good ole #Merica feels like. It’s a reminder to us music snobs out there that music doesn’t always have to be so complex, and that in its most purest forms it is simply good music with great groove, topped off with everyday vocals that sing to our hearts and speak to our souls.

Too many times we tend to complicate the most uncomplicated things. Things like work, school, relationships or just life in general. We tend to formulate these super idealistic ideas of what we think things, people, and even relationships should be like, only to fall flat on our fat faces when they turn out to be the complete opposite. Then, to make matters even worse, we don’t leave good-enough alone by just walking away or moving on. Instead, we spend our energy and time trying to forcefully adjust things as we saw them to be rather than to just accept them for what they are, and either learn to love them, or learn more about our own selves, leaving them to be.

With Freedom Fry, I get the sense that they are as non-complex as the sun, the wind, the stars, skies and the moon. They are what they are and don’t want to be, nor pretend to be, anything else. It’s music that is musical, vocals that are beautiful, and an overall great tune in a world that has quite possibly become way too abstract. It is a breath of cool air in a month known for its intense heats and unforgiving humidity.

Enjoy, and just chill.

We’ll be the people staring back at the sun
Everyone, everyone
We’ll be the people living while we’re young
Everyone, everyone”

Freedom Fry — The Wilder Mile

 P.S. catch Freedom Fry performing tonight at Bootleg HiFi in LA with Mother, and Kaneholler.
Tickets available here: http://foldsilverlake.com/event.cfm?id=162663 
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EMPT Presents: Le Miel du Mois Summer 2014

Relax your mind, and folks unwind and be kind to a rhythm that you hardly find
And off we go, let the trumpets blow
Well hold on, because the driver of the mission is a pro, 
The Ruler’s back…” – Slick Rick (The Ruler’s Back)

That’s right folksthe underground’s most eclectic, most uninhibited, most poetic, futuristic, most imitated, but never duplicated mixtape is back in action, and as expected from all tapes worthy of the name LMDMin grand fashion. We don’t release for the sake of releasing here, our intention is always to be the best, offer the best and be real at every minute in the process. So if you’re wondering why the hold-up, it’s because life has been happening and we weren’t just going to put something out we didn’t feel. As long time readers know: we don’t fake it here…

I live by the funk, I die by the funk…” – Notorious B.I.G. (Machine Gun Funk)

The last time I saw Steph she was at her wedding. We know each other and connected years ago because of music, and here I am at her weddingdamn. How does this mixtape start Steph – “So you come a long way, huh!?”

It was so inspiring to be around so much love and family. It was an honor to see her take that step, to be there amongst her most-cherished because she is certainly one of mine. On behalf of the EMPT army, congratulations!

I represent the Space Age where all institution is up for revamp, examination, and ready to be destroyed or challenged, but one thing that stays true is the importance of family. Sure, there are corny people that abuse love and family itself, but when a group of people understand the bond and importance of blood and use that as support, there is literally nothing stopping them. Believe me when I say this, the people who run the world are the tightest families you’ll never know of. The institution is being destroyed on purpose because a world without people who would die for one other is easily malleable, but we can’t let that get diluted or forget it’s value. So why was LMDM on hold? Because Steph was building a family, you basic bitches!

But we still love you all & here we are, back with LMDM Summer and like I said earlier: it’s heavenly.

As usual there’s 360 degrees of styles uniquely bound by Steph’s masterful mind. Everybody knows that no two LMDM‘s are the same, and this one is no exception, so don’t take the title for granted.

This is truly a summer-tape perfect for all your hot weather activities. I think Steph spent her honeymoon in Thailand and Cambodia or something amazing like that. Or as Steph put it…

Pure, calm and escaping love ❤️”

I can easily picture myself with my close ones bumping LMDM Summer while chilling in an infinity pool somewhere in the middle of a forest or some futuristic shit like that. As usual, I highly recommend pressing play and letting the tape rock till it stops. The adventure is beautiful, it’s custom-made for the Space Age kids, for you. Enjoy.

Relax your mind, let your conscience be free.
And get down to the sound of EPMD EMPT. – EPMD (You Gots to Chill)

Tracklisting:

  1. Jungle – Busy Earnin
  2. Coucheron – Deep End
  3. Phoria – Once Again (Layzie Edits)
  4. Haring – Us
  5. Racing Glaciers- First Light (Backstroke Remix)
  6. The Aston Shuffle – Tear it Down (GAMPER & DADONI Remix)
  7. Wild Ones – Row (Francisco Y Madero Remix)
  8. Panama – How We Feel
  9. Lykke Li – No Rest For The Wicked (Joris Voorn Remix)
  10. Peaking Lights – Beautiful Son (John Talabot’s Acetate Dub)
  11. Wild Nothing – Shadow
  12. Twin Sister – Daniel
  13. Goldfish – Moonwalk Away
  14. Sons Et Al – Day by Day
  15. Bronze Whale – Weird Dark Things (Ft. Khai)
  16. Bright Moments – Tourists
  17. SOHN – Bloodflows
  18. The Shoe – Dead Rabbit Hopes

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La Femme – Sur La Planche

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Vive l’été!

Quand je suis sur la planche, tout est bon.

Et quand nous sommes sur la planche ensemble, alors…c’est comme nous sommes le monde, et rien d’autre existe.

La Femme – Sur La Planche

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John Hancock – Left Me

Want a happy summer jam? Well here you go! Easy peasy.

But seriously, John Hancock has created this upbeat, toe-tappable track, a perfect pairing with your summer shenanigans. He somehow turned “sad” content with accompanying elements that exude pure joy. “Left Me” defies the quintessential love song about separation, adds a tropical groove, and leaves the hook for you to grab hold of.

I tried and tried to move on with my life. You keep returning so I never get it right

I’ve been a witness to this countless times. Whether it’s been friends or firsthand experience. We’ve all been that person not wanting to give up on the relationship. Having hope that maybe one more encounter will reveal one last glimmer of survival for the relationship. Maybe it will, but it could just as easily prolong the heartbreak for both of you!

Anyway, enough of that relationship stuff.. plug in your headphones and jam out to this! The video is worth a look too.

John Hancock- Left Me

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EMPT Presents: Summer Heat by Barry Poppins

I’m a fan of the Phish.

There, I said it. And it’s not because I like to bounce around rooms. It’s because of their covers. Ever since I saw The Last Waltz, I have been completely inebriated by musicians exiting their comfort zones and singing songs that they d
have been not became and singing songs that they did not create. That love carried over to my first (or second, who can remember) Phish concert when LSD and the band’s Talking Heads cover (Cities) collided and absolutely floor me. That love of covers has translated into a love of remixes and edits when it comes to electronic music, specifically: disco. From remaster of the universe Todd Terje to Greg Wilson (featured on this mix), that love has become real, and bordered on an obsession. It’s not to say that the originals don’t do the job, but simply put, I’ve got a thing for remixes and hearing the familiar tune in an unfamiliar, newfound way. From the slight edit to the total overhaul, they just do it for me. This mix is a blend of the Balearic and the Funky, but throughout, you’ll hear both old and new songs re-imagined, as they make up the majority of the 90 minute mix. From Gwen Stefani (yes, really Hector) to Bob Marley, this mix represents my personal, aural journey from the last year and a half, with a slew of artists I’ve come to admire and blast on repeat. Whether you’re at work or getting ready for the weekend, this mix is intended to bring you to the place we all wish we were: right by the beach, mon!

Tracklist:

Half Baked – Right Near the Beach
Gwen Stefani – Rich Girls (Greg Wilson Edit)
LUXXURY – Travolta Fever
Dr. Packer – Islands in the Sky
Greg Wilson – Summer Came My Way
William de Vaughn – Be Thankful For What You Got (FKJ Remix)
Falcon Punch & Roller Radio – Never Enough
Nore en Pure – Come With Me (Satin Jackets Remix)
The Whispers – And The Beat Goes On (Fingerman Edit)
Delegation – Heartache No. 9 (Breixo Edit)
Disclosure – Latch (DJ AA Ibiza Bootleg)
The Establishment – Love Like This
Bob Marley – Exodus (Drop Out Orchestra Remix)
Late Nite Tuff Guy – Do U Wanna Get Down
The Backwoods – Breakthrough
Flight Facilities – Foreign Language (Rocco Raimundo Edit)
Nora en Pure – You Are My Pride (Croatia Squad Remix)
Chris Malinchak – So Good to Me

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Banks – Drowning (Glass Animals Remix)

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The current trend in music appears to point all signs to female sirens singing the tragic tales of love. Lana del Rey, Lorde, Birdy, and Daughter are a few who come to mind who could have all been friends or dated the same guy. But if you ask any girl, we have all dated him.

Even if we are not anymore, there is something about all of these girls and their sad songs that keeps us all pining for more. I feel like it must be something we all do when you get dumped or stood up or pulled around, that you immediately put on that mix. The one that lets you feel sad because you want to. The sane thing would obviously be to listen to happy music and think happy thoughts. I think most people are little masochistic though. There is something we all get from it. Picking the scabs of those emotions. Sharing the battle scars from lovers.

This remix takes the wickedly dark and catchy track from BANKS and spins it into realness. Glass Animals have been getting quite a reputation around London with their not-to-be-missed live shows and ability to get you grooving to a sad song. Dave Baylay from Glass Animals released this track and the outcome is some funky instrumental getting you up and BANKS vocals bringing you down.

So add this one to your break-up mix.

Banks – Drowning (Glass Animals Remix)

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Greg Hvnsen — Don’t Go

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We stood on the corner of Little West 12th and Washington that day. Right after a night at a rooftop right across the street. The entire night I knew that this would be the last time I saw her. I knew that we could not be friends because I would always want more. I knew that these exact words would crush her, but I could not leave that moment without them going unsaid.

Inside, I guess I had hoped that she would stop me after spewing those very words out of my mouth, and that she would recant her request for us to be “friends forever”, but I knew that even if she did I could not live my life that way. I couldn’t live a life wondering about what things could have been—wondering if ten years down the line I would realize that I had to change the trajectory of my very own life to be all hers, and wondering if in-between that decade she would come to realize that I had always been the one. So I spit those very words, and as the tears came down her eyes and I began walking away, I heard her whisper two words: “Don’t go”. 

I,
I could walk away from you;
It isn’t that hard to do, 
I could do it if I wanted to.”

We love looking at old pictures because they remind us of moments of perfection captured in time. Moments that we think somehow that we could never get back, or that we could never replicate. Mostly, we are correct about never being able to get that exact moment back again, but what we fail to realize is that we can never get any moments back exactly how they happened. In the next five minutes you will not be able to be who you are right now again. In the next few years the love or loves of your life won’t be who they are now, even if they are the same person you are with today. So what we have to come to learn on our own is that simply because we cannot recreate one specific moment in the fabric of time, that it does not mean that all of our next moments won’t get better and better..

No two seconds in your life will ever be the same. No two moments will ever taste exactly like another, nor will you ever again live this very minute of your life.” — Paul Hudson for Elite Daily

Don’t Go is a midsummer night’s dream while your laying in the grass looking up at the sky wondering exactly what you are doing here, and wondering exactly who the next love of your life will be, and where they are going to come from. It is that moment when you jump off of a yacht into the water because you have nothing better to do than to forget someone who just walked away from you. And, it is solely just a very solidly mixed tune with a bottom-end so heavy that it reminds our hearts to beat no matter what, even when are hearts want to wither away into a dreamless state of mind, or an endless coma that we never have to face this reality again because of.

I don’t know much about Greg Hvnsen here, other than what is on the soundcloud page that he submitted this song from, but when I reached out to him to ask about the song, he wrote back: “I wrote it as therapy for myself, but hopefully other people can relate and it can help them too.“. This struck the biggest chord with me, aside from every single guitar chord on this beautiful jam because I could completely relate. It is the reason that I myself write every single day: ‘as therapy for myself‘. 

To the girl that I walked away from on the corner that day, I did hear your whispers, but if I had turned back around and ran into your arms, I would have just crushed myself, and you in the long run. I will always love you too. xx

Yeah, I’m on the move, I can-can’t look back (No way)
Screaming “No regrets, no regrets at all”
Wasting time, I can’t get that back
Uh, so everyday I go hard” —No RegretsPusha T. 
 

Greg Hvnsen — Don’t Go

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Gotye – Puzzle With A Piece Missing

I am excited to celebrate breaking 30,000 words for Et Musique Pour Tous with an exceedingly lazy post. You see, I’m caught with my proverbial pants down tonight, far from home with someone I love, at least half a bottle of Bourgogne and seven Drake’s Bay oysters settled comfortably in my belly.

Writing for this blog is truly a pleasure, but there are days where I’m like, oh shit, I have to write a post. Because, as Jalen Rose (and the O’Jays, and Jimmy Cliff) says, gotta give the people what they want. I’ve been writing for EMPT for almost exactly a year, approximately 80 single spaced pages in size 11 Cambria. Imagine if I’d devoted the hours to learning ukelele…

If I had, I’d be sitting alone or with a small group, tinkling out simple chords. Instead, I am honored to share music for all. Some people play, some sing. I write.

My love for Gotye is well established, especially for his first album, “Like Drawing Blood.” “Puzzle With  A Piece Missing” is a true masterpiece, winding the through smoky hallways behind a creepy carnival tent. I could get meta per usual, but I’ll leave it at that. Though it may be apocryphal, the oysters and fine wine serve as my cupid’s arrow tonight.

Much love to the fans, exit stage left.

Gotye – Puzzle With A Piece Missing

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