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Damien Jurado – Silver Timothy

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The end of January is a tough time. You are burnt out of winter. You may have made some New Year’s Resolution which you are still trying to commit to. You are probably over the solemn tunes of Winter in search of the delightful sounds of Spring.

Hopefully, this little number will answer that call.

Silver Timothy is a recent release from Damien Jurado. From the moment this song opens, you can feel the neo-psychedelic  tones pull you in. Reminiscent of an early 70′s tune where the soft sway of the dilapidated flower children stirs the sound waves in the room. Damien Jurado has been releasing music since the ’90s, and has just recently released his a new solo album Brother and Sister of the Eternal Son on January 21.

On this album you can find this among other soothing gems to rest your weary winter bones. My recommendation is playing this song as you pull down your dusty cut-offs and let a moment of light and Spring enter the air.

Damien Jurado – Silver Timothy

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Atlas Genius – Trojans (Lenno remix)

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This is the second article where we can show some love for Atlas Genius, the threesome from Australia. A group you can always count on to create and deliver songs with lyrics you can sink in to and dance around to. I realized I had noted the original song multiple times, then began hunting for the remix. Most good songs have a remix.

This particular remix came from Lenno. He is 18 and clearly knows his way around a good revamp. I always think of what I was like at 18 when I read about these young guns. They’re producing, touring the world, having an understanding and ability in music which leaves onlookers aghast. They are the doers and believers. It was not until my 25 year, I really felt I had the confidence of these guys where you look at something you are interested in or good at and say “I am going to do that. I can do that.”

I was feeling more like the lyrics to this song. Soaking in my first heartbreak and living on some pipe dreams. Take it in.

“Take it off
Take it in
Take off all the thoughts of what we’ve been
Take a look
Hesitate
Take a picture you could never recreate
Write a song
make a note
for the lump that sits inside your throat
Change the locks, change the scene
Change it all but can’t change what we’ve been.”

Atlas Genius – Trojans (Lenno Remix)

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The Chainsmokers – #SELFIE

I can’t tell you how excited I have been for The Chainsmokers to come out with their first original single #SELFIE!  Not only is it genius considering how obsessed this world is with themselves, but I don’t think anyone else could have done a #SELFIE track justice like Alex and Drew did.  We have been hangin’ with these guys from the beginning when they were DJing EMPT parties and man was that a fun time, it’s a beautiful thing to see your friends grow and their dreams become reality.  This track and video is hilarious, energetic, care-free, sexy, and they showed so much love to their fans and friends, making them feel completely a part of their vision…THAT’S LOVE!

This new year has been particularly different than the rest.  There is a new energy that just feels so different, maybe it’s because this world is vastly changing, the weather is as moody as ever, and what we know as art and creativity is jumping from planet to planet…KEEP UP!

In honor of hump day and the weekend approaching ever so quickly I thought it was only appropriate to post this track.  It only came out yesterday and BOOM the video came out today, believe me your going to be laughing, dancing and feeling really good after this one!  Go to itunes and purchase this track, come on people don’t be a stingy F%$k and go purchase it, I did!

Get your weekend started early, screw work, take a #SELFIE or two, enjoy!!

The Chainsmokers – #SELFIE

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Untold – Stop What You’re Doing (James Blake remix)

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Suspiria de profundis— translation: sighs from the depths. I’ve been attempting to write about this 2009 Blakean masterpiece for what seems like ages. The truth is that this //shape-shifting paradigm-driftin’\\ synth-clapping-armorphous glob of pleasure is the musical embodiment of what it means to Stop, Drop, and Roll.

Quantum like whoa, waves of sweet infinite bliss caress your brain. A cosmic interlude for the ages, this transcendent lil ditty will hypnotize your friends and infuriate your neighbors… Allow James Blakes‘ mercurial vibrations to guide you through labryinthine pastures to the field of now.

Untold – Stop What You’re Doing (James Blake remix)

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Easton Corbin – Are You With Me (Lost Frequencies Remix)

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I find that you can say you listen to any kind of weird, eclectic taste of music but the moment you mention country you stand the risk of loosing all musical credibility. Well this is for all you lovers.

There is something I find horribly overlooked about country music by the majority. Perhaps I will always have a soft spot in my heart for it due to high school nights sitting on the back of a tailgate on a Florida farm, if only for the reason that there was not much else to do in a small town. And the kids who lived “in the country”  or “out east” as we called it, always seemed to be outside listening to music with a 12 pack of Bud Heavy. But country music is nearly always danceable and nearly always a love song. Whether that is for a truck or a lady sitting right there, who doesn’t love a good love tune?

This song is for those on the fence about it. A very well-done mix with Easton Corbin‘s Are You With Me and the production work of Lost Frequencies. Leaving the dreamy twang of Corbin‘s vocals, the talented Lost Frequencies hailing from Brussels shows his appreciation for country and ability to create a build up with the tones of a guitar and synthesizer with an added delicate kick that brings this song to a groovy new level.

Stop hating and take in some country.

Easton Corbin – Are You With Me (Lost Frequencies Remix)

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Space Age Thoughts

We’re not going into the space age, we’re in the space age.

Why memorize things when you look up it in book?” - Einstein

Almost every job in existence can already be done by a robot, better than a human. We are in this point in civilization that many things we were used to doing with our minds and body are completely useless in comparison when a computer does it. Why not utilize that? Extend your abilities to be part of that computer. Make it do what you need it to do, not use it, become it.

The name of the game now is to become the architect, be one with the tool. A small percentage of us have evolved into demigods by learning how to create through machines. The age of man laboring is far behind us, don’t let the present fool you. Our time is better spent learning more to do less so we can use our valuable time on earth seeking higher truths. Learn how to code as soon as possible.

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Calvin Harris – Merrymaking At My Place

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You may have heard of Calvin Harris. The Scottish singer/songwriter/producer/DJ (born Adam Richard Wiles) made close to $50 million last year on the back of chart-busting singles, world tours and an auto-tune machine singer named Rihanna, for whom he wrote “We Found Love.”

If you just tuned in during 2013, you probably think Calvin is just another pop-douche EDM DJ, pressing play and waving his hands a lot while the kids beg for “the drop.” You and your hipster friends rag on him while you smoke American Spirits outside that bar no one’s even reviewed on Yelp yet, even though you think that one song with the singer of Florence and the Machine is pretty good.

Does that paragraph describe your opinion of Mr. Wiles? This post is for you.

I remember first coming across Calvin Harris, back in ’07, while scrolling through new music on Acquisition, an OSX Limewire clone. I was coming out of my “Only Led Zeppelin and Woodstock bands” phase and digging into underground and older electronic music, from Tune Up to Stanton Warriors. Harris’ first album “I Created Disco,” was already a hit in the UK (surprise), but was nowhere to be found in the states. My friends and I fell for it immediately, from the irreverent “Neon Rocks” to the loopy “Vegas” to the perennially underrated “Love Souvenir.” Not to mention the hits: “Acceptable in the 80s,” “The Girls” and today’s track, “Merrymaking At My Place.”

The album was an instant classic that presaged the move towards the knockoff 80s electropop that dominates the blogosphere today. It was totally raw and flippant, a kid fiddling with a computer, imbued with a real-life case of Julian Casablancas’ laconic ambivalence. It also launched Harris into the next-level, tearing him from the underground before he got settled.

He started writing, producing and remixing for a bunch of other artists, while working on his breakout follow up, “Ready for the Weekend” (2009). Standouts include Kylie Minogue’s “Heart Beat Rock,” Dizzee Rascal’s “Dance Wiv Me” and “Holiday” (from his fantastic album “Tongue in Cheek”), and The Ting Ting’s “Hands.”

In ’09, he issued this quote – “If you look at music it’s a frightening stranglehold that Simon Cowell has got over the entire music chart in the UK at the moment” – after trolling Cowell’s feel-good masterpiece of commercial dominance “The X Factor” by walking on stage unannounced while balancing a pineapple on his head. His apology: “At the end of the day, I had a pineapple on my head.”

I was lucky enough to see Harris perform live, with a full band, at Coachella in ’08. I’ll admit to leaving early (Prince was playing…) but remember thinking “Oh, this is real. He’s really good.”

Sadly, he hasn’t performed with a band since 2010, preferring to rake in the cash with solo DJ sets and a steady stream of cheeseball electro-pop offerings that show none of the range that made him such an exciting young artist. I guess $50 million can do that to you.

But this is a celebratory post, in honor of the artist that was. The artist that created a human synthesizer, aka the “Humanthesizer,” out of bikinied models (Google it). The artist that launched a web series called “JAM TV,” in which celebrities tried to open jars of jam (now unavailable on the regular internet. And if you’re like, huh, regular internet? Good, keep it that way.) The artist who “Created Disco” for a new generation of record-heads, from Dumfries to Santa Monica.

Thanks Calvin. Can’t wait to have you back.

Calvin Harris – Merrymaking At My Place

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Naughty Boy feat. Wiz Khalifa & Ella Eyre – Think About It (TWRK Remix)

The new year has brought an onslaught of goodness and balance. Which means a terrific force of both good and bad. I spent the first day of 2014 in a combination of different exercise modes. I exercised my love for food by attending a brunch that has become tradition with one of my best friends; I physically exercised with an hour and a half yoga class that really set my head straight. I think it was during that class that I started thinking about balance even more than I usually do, perhaps because the instructor kept talking about how painful positions make the not painful ones so much more intense and full of emotion. And isn’t that what we strive for? The most intense experience of happiness?

I also danced a little bit by myself at some point in that day. I dance pretty much every day, but it’s always important for me to start the day (or year, in this instance) off with a little bit of dance to myself. I love this banger of a tune because it’s not about being in the club and needing to be in that moment with those people, it’s about busting a move wherever you may be. This song makes me feel sexy. Sure, it’s sexy on it’s own sort of, but it’s more high energy than sexy. Somewhere in the translation, it places the sexy onto the listener.

Here’s to a balanced 2014.

Naughty Boy feat. Wiz Khalifa & Ella Eyre – Think About It (TWRK Remix)

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Lily Wood and the Prick – L.E.S. Artistes (Santigold Cover)

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What I’m searching for? 

To tell it straight I’m trying to build a wall
Walking by myself down avenues that reek of time to kill

If you see me keep going be a pass-by waver
Build me up bring me down just leave me out you name-dropper
Stop trying to catch my eye I see you good you forced faker
Just make it easy you’re my enemy you fast-talker.

I can say I’ll hope it will be worth what I give up
If I could stand up mean for the things that I believe
I can say I’ll hope it will be worth what I give up
If I could stand up mean for the things that I believe…

What am I here for? 

I left my home to disappear is all
I’m here for myself, not to know you, I don’t need no one else

Fit in so good the hope is that you cannot see me later
You don’t know me I am an introvert, an excavator
I’m duckin’ out for now a face in dodgy elevators
Creep up and suddenly I found myself an innovator…”

Lily Wood and the Prick – L.E.S. Artistes

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Teleman — Cristina

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The closest thing I could describe this Teleman tune titled “Cristina” to is like listening to a collaboration between modern day versions of The Beatles & The Beach Boys.  I guess you will just have to listen to it for yourself to get exactly what I mean here, but I promise you that it will be absolutely worth every second.

Cristina” is a fun track for any day or any daydreaming moment.  It’s paraded by a medley of great sounds galore that transform it into an extremely interesting, captivating and catchy  song to bop your head to, and be whisked away, for just a few minutes, to the Swinging Sixties, or something more modern yet still resembling that era.  Sort of like what a lot of recent societies around the world are becoming: societies so fed up with social inequality and failed institutions and sciences that they have begun to offer their own free health clinics, breakfast programs for schoolchildren, free clothing facilities, busing to prisons with families of incarcerated individuals, and self-defense classes for all minorities, of color or class, subjected to police harassment.  An era of that is freely deviating from the norms of the last two decades in order to enjoy life at its most basic layer.

Music, sex, weed, sex, more music, sex and the true freedom of mind, body and soul are the things in life that barely cost a thing.  In all actuality, they should cost nothing, but once again, the failed science of economics has shed some shadow on some of these things; even still, we are deviating more from the norms of control, and breaking free more and more as a globe.  Societies all around the world are breaking free and fighting until death to do so.  The incredible amount of economic disparities around the world these days have been far more noticeable than the past; blame social media, blame greedy politicians and financial institutions, blame the masters of Earth, or don’t blame anyone, it really doesn’t matter because things are changing, and changing fast.

The construct is in a panic,  meanwhile you and I are sitting here stressed about nothing, enjoying life in its purest form and mellowing out to “Cristina”.  “She’s so good”.

Lie down and let the music play 
Nothing in the way now 
Lie down and let the music play.”

Teleman — Cristina

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