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FYF Fest: Ty Segall “It” – Toro y Moi “The Man” (Billie Holiday Remix)

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With lungs full of tar and shoes soiled with the dirt of LA, I write after a weekend spent at FYF Fest. FYF Fest is LA’s signature music festival and one of the final music festivals of the season. It acts as the last hurrah of summer as we all collected in downtown LA to see an eclectic mix of new and old names in the rock and electronic scenes.

Some of the bigger names here being Yeah Yeah Yeah‘s, Beach House, MGMT, My Bloody Valentine, and TV on the Radio. I was just giddy with teenage angst. Yeah Yeah Yeah’s have been my unicorn for some time, in that I have tried to see them countless times with no avail. For a small dusty festival resting on the tail end of summer, it delivered on amazing shows. Starfucker and Dan Deacon both topping my list of acts who made the weekend for me.

This is my first year going to festivals (really going to them) and it has been an amazing experience. There is nothing like the coming together of people eager to make memories and listen to music and simply be. I love humans and watching them. Getting a chance to see such different people come together and dance and sing along together is something I wish I could capture. More articulately atleast. It’s easy to get mad at the girl on bro’s shoulders (I have wanted to throw beer at you for some time) and what looks like a sea of the same outfits recycled from one scene to the next, but let’s get over it. It should be worth it when you are wedged between the sweaty guy from Montana and the obnoxiously cringe adorable couple to your right grinding along to your favorite song that you all can take a second and appreciate the fact you all are singing along and enjoying the moment together.

As I hang up my wristbands from this season, I am already tempted to start planning next years festival trips. To round off, here are two other people I want to share with you. I think these songs will round out the season quite night. A  little rock and an amazing remix of Billie Holiday from two talented men in music from the weekend.

Ty Segall – Hardly new to the scene. Such a sexy, dirty song.

Ty Segall – It 

Toro y Moi – Sampling from Billie Holiday, this young recording artist and producer does some beautiful things to this classic song.

Toro y Moi – My Man (Billie Holiday Remix)

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Aretha Franklin – One Step Ahead

Aretha Franklin is one of my favorite musicians hands down.  The Queen of soul has been belting song after song for half a century now and her beautiful voice stays exactly the same.  This women has had quite a career, winning Grammy’s, singing for presidents, always being compared to Dinah Washington and Billie Holiday, another two of my favorite females musicians, but her voice was one that you could most definitely tell apart from the rest.  I am always trying to mimik her vocal range and do warm ups specifically to her music.  I don’t think a day goes by that you won’t hear me singing or humming one of Aretha’s tunes.  There is so much sexiness and dynamic to her voice and her presence that you just want to melt and then jump back up and laugh and dance.

The lyrics in One Step Ahead are so amazing, so thought out and right to the point.  Heartbreak is one the of the hardest things to go through.  One minute you feel like your in bliss and the BAM, your heart breaks in two and it’s like someone shot you right in the heart with a gun.  NO, I am not exaggerating!  The bottom line is, which Aretha sings so perfectly, is that as long as you are a step ahead of the pain that you are feeling then that’s a step in the right direction, you can’t go backwards and fall into the same old mess and the same old games.  Being ahead just a bit still makes the senses feel that person that deep down inside you still crave.  This is the ultimate short love story that makes the most sense, because sometimes when you love someone and you take that step ahead, just sometimes, you come back to that person and you can find that bliss again, and then it’s not always a step backwards, but a step in the right direction.

I’m only one step ahead of heartbreak 
One step ahead of misery 
One step is all I have to take 
Backwards, to be the same old fool for you 
I used to be 
I’m only one step ahead of your arms 
One kiss away from your sweet lips 
I know I can’t afford to stop for one moment 
Cos I’m just out of reach of your fingertips 
Your warm breath on my shoulder 
Keeps reminding me 
That it’s too soon to forget you 
It’s too late to be free, can’t you see? 
I’m only one step ahead of your love 
I try and yet I can’t take two 
Seems like I’ll have to take that one step backwards 
Cos one step ahead is a step too far away from you.”

Maybe on this wonderful Friday you can take this beautiful song and apply it to a person or a love you may be longing for or lost, or maybe you’re saying to hell with it, they had something great and now I am gone, gone and ready to flirt and party my ass off tonight!

Aretha Franklin – One Step Ahead

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EMPT Presents – S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 1 d by Ryan Radler

Warm enough yet? I think so and apparently so does Ryan Radler who is back in full effect with one of EMPT’s most treasured possessions, the 2012 collectors dream – S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r. Or the best warm weather mixtape you’ll hear anywhere

This is incredible compared to anything else out there, it looks like it’s from another planet! – Steve Jobs

That’s how the tape starts and I won’t be the one to disagree. I don’t say that because we’re presenting it but because the time, energy and emotion captured in it says so. While we’re on the subject of Apple…

One of the things we’ve really learnt over the last 20 years is that while people would often struggle to articulate why they like something – as consumers we are incredibly discerning, we sense where has been great care in the design, and when there is cynicism and greed. It’s one of the thing we’ve found really encouraging. – Johnathan Ivy

Translation – you can’t fake the funk. Weather it’s song selection, transitions, delightful quotes or the unexpected curve balls (THE TONY HATCH ORCHESTRA – Bedazzled?! Word) the care and effort Ryan puts in to these shows. It’s one thing to make a tape full of what everyone is listening to already but it’s another to offer something new, challenge peoples taste and enlighten them – This is incredible compared to anything else out there. I could seriously talk about this all day because it really is the best and it makes me very proud that EMPT is bringing it to you. I’ve said it before but I can’t stress it enough, let it play as it was intended. I know all you ADHD having fools like skimming through music but do yourself some justice, press play and take a ride, enjoy.

S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 1 d :

ARCADE FIRE – Sprawl II (Damien Taylor Remix)
BROTHERTIGER – Lovers (Casa del Mirto Remix)
BEACH HOUSE – Equal Mind
THE TONY HATCH ORCHESTRA – Bedazzled
ABADABAD – California Birds
MARVIN GAYE – Sunny (Mercury Edit II)
BILLIE HOLIDAY – Speak Low (Bent Remix)
PORCELAIN RAFT – Drifting In and Out
MO KOLOURS – Mini Culcha (Beautiful Swimmers Remix)
MOON BOOTS – Got Somebody
LOVER LOVER – Embers
FM ATTACK – I Saw Her Dancing
METRONOMY – The Bay (Clock Opera Remix)
RINGO DEATHSTARR – Summertime