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Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – All Wash Out (Löwenherz Bootleg Edit)

This is a good traveling song. We have fully entered a time of change for the year. Even London is sunny today. You can see all of the business people and walkers avoiding the common shadows for a stroll in the sun. Light hitting the ground of Liverpool Street. Spring has taken hold and thus has begun the yearly chance to retire the large coverups and start planning your big summer escape.

I had chosen to jump the ship earlier. This being a week of accomplishing one of my life goals I had written down on a tattered piece of paper in Florida at the ripe age of 11. I wanted to move to London. I also wanted to meet Bruce Willis, move to New York, move to Los Angeles, use a llama in a bartering system. Although, I still have yet to meet Bruce Willis or have a llama in my possession that I am free to trade as needed, I can finally tick off every place I had set out to live in landing in London on a 1-year stint. What I needed to really make the move was incentive. It is hard and expensive and feels impossible to make a move like that. Out of country. Out of arms reach of your family. Out of your comfort zone. You really have to just let it go. What would it take to drive you to make a change this big? What would it take you to make any change? What is on your list?

I wish I could give 11-year old me a high-five for making that list. I memorized it. I lived by it. I was in it for the long con. But I found my incentive 2 years ago to make a move like this. Love is a powerful drug. It makes you move mountains. Or in this case, countries. This has always been my dream, and it was harder than I thought. And took years longer. But now I know I can move mountains.  Make the list and start ticking things off.

After all is said, I think we need to invent a word that means “one is excited,scared, happy, sad, exhausted, and eager all at once”. Because that is what getting on the plane and the feeling after you decide to change your life feels like.

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This mix comes from Löwenherz, a young producer based in Tübingen. This mix adds another layer of base following the whistles and versus of the original Edward Sharpe track. Playing along with the folky tone of the original, this remix creates a punchy baseline to a song that yearns to inspire change in ones life.

“A prayer and the sea
And twenty tons of me
Crying love, love is something to believe in.”

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – All Wash Out (Löwenherz Bootleg Edit)

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Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros – Dear Believer (Timmy the Terror Remix)

Anyone up for a cult sing-along? Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros really know how to reel in a fan base, and probably a peace rally. A few years ago, we were all koombayah-ing along to the wildly successful and immensely sentimental tune Home off their debut album Up From Below.  Who could resist? A frontman with untamed locks and a bare chest peeking out of a white blazer. A frontwoman with precocious dimples and a vintage style to match. The two are part of incredible force on stage that some call a band and I call a commune. I went to a show in 2010 in which lead singer Alex Ebert literally had all 1,000 of us sit on the floor for the encore. There may have even been encouragement to hold hands.

Much of the band’s music alludes to and revolves around ideas of faith and existence. Dear Believer is one of those more explicitly spiritual songs. The lyrics pass through discussions of heaven and earth, rebirth and paradise. Timmy the Terror‘s remix takes a different road than the original, one that’s a little more macrocosmic. That is to say, the Edward Sharpe version is tactile and terrestrial while the Timmy the Terror version is ethereal and galactic.

Paradise has its hunter
Call me wise, call me fool
I don’t mind chasing thunder
I say reaching for Heaven is what I’m on Earth to do.”

Dear Believer is just one vignette of lead singer/songwriter Alex Ebert’s ideas on community, love and reverence. The message isn’t pushy, just one guy’s thoughts on things. That’s what I think made Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros so popular in the first place – this ‘come one, come all’ kind of attitude. It’s an escape from the banality of life. When I think back to watching them live, yeah, it was really weird and even a little gross sitting on a drink-spattered tile floor. But sitting there with a thousand other people, singing along with the music and lights? Yeah, that was worth it.

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros – Dear Believer (Timmy the Terror Remix)

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Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Man On Fire (Chris Carter Rework)

You might be asking yourselves why this track is being posted again, but ask no more questions because you shall see my friends.  We have had the pleasure of finding this rare rework of Man On Fire, by Chris Carter in an email yesterday.  For those of you who don’t know who Chris Carter is, he is quite the talent, spreading his gifts all over the Los Angeles community as a disc jockey as well as a film/music producer, the frontman with partner Simon Lewicki from Jump Jump Dance Dance, and now remixing under his own name!   All you readers around the world tuning into EMPT get to vibe out to this rare gem we have here for you today, its like Christmas in Summer time!

First coming together over a shared love of synthesizers, 
Australian culture and sweaty dance floors, Carter and Lewicki developed the blueprint of the Jump Jump Dance Dance sound, exploring and tweaking the happy medium between dance and rock music. The duo 
elevated themselves above the electro scene by turning JJDD into a truly organic 
live band, where instantaneous guitar riffs collide with towering synths and club energy.”

Chris definitely gives this track his own flavor that is so specific and upbeat.  If you don’t know what I am talking about then go get educated and check out Chris and his man Simon’s work, I promise you will be hooked! And make sure to add Chris on Soundcloud to get the jump on his new work.

And if you haven’t noticed the weekend is right here, Holy S*&t right!??  So what better way to start it then to be able to show all your friends how cool you are that you snagged this new and very exclusive gem from EMPT.  Your Welcome, enjoy!

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Man On Fire (Chris Carter Rework)

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Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Janglin (RAC Remix)

Alexander Ebert, lead singer of Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, will be releasing his debut solo album Alexander on March 1st via Community Music (Rough Trade will release the album in Europe on February 28th). The album will include ten brand new songs that Alexander wrote and composed entirely himself.

If Truth is any indication of what that album is going to sound like then we have something great to look forward to. Unfortunately I don’t have a copy of the album yet but were got about 2 degrees of separation from Eberts camp so stay tuned. In light of the announcement I wanted to end the week with an Remix Artists Collective rendition of Edward Sharpe’s Janglin. The first time I heard RAC and Edward Sharpe come together was on the remix of Home which is nothing short of amazing and is no different.

Well our mama’s they left us
And our daddy’s took a ride
And we walked out of the castle
And we held our head up high
Well we once were the Jesters
In your Kingdom by the sea
And now we’re out to be the masters
For to set our spirits free set free”

Alexander is a true entertainer and in my eyes you can’t hold that title without understanding the value and needs of the people you seek to inspire. Janglin is a song aimed directly at the fans. It’s a song about the bands relationship with their listeners and their goal to connect and vibe with them.

We Want to feel ya!
We don’t mean to kill ya!
We come back to Heal ya’ Janglin soul
Edward and the Magnetic Zeros”

Anyone who frequents EMPT knows how much I value putting on a grade a show for our readers so this song hits home for me. Somehow my life has led me to be an entertainer and I’ll make no compromises when it comes to it so expect nothing but the absolute best coming from my camp, you all deserve it.

I’m just an entertainer, yeah,
Out grindin’ in the rain till I make it to the top
And my buzz is getting greater, yeah
So until you know my name I ain’t never gonna stop…” – GoodWill

Alexander is easily one of my favorite song writers at the moment and the lyrics to pretty much anything he writes will tell you why, enjoy.

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Janglin (RAC Remix)

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Alexander – Truth

My favorite song right now and the lyrics say everything I want to say…

Truth
The truth is that I never shook my shadow
Every day it’s trying to trick me into doing battle
Calling out “faker” only get me rattled
Want to pull me back behind the fence with the cattle
Building your lenses
Digging your trenches
Put me on the front line
Leave me with a dumb mine
With no defenses
But your defenses
If you can’t stand to feel the pain then you are senseless

Since this
I’ve grown up some
Different kind of fighter
And when the darkness come let it inside you
Your darkness is shining
My darkness is shining
Have faith in myself
Truth

I’ve seen a million numbered doors on the horizon
Now which is the future you choose before you go dying.
I’ll tell you about a secret I’ve been undermining
Every little lie in this world come from dividing
Say you’re my lover, say you’re my homie,
Tilt my chin back slit my throat take a bath in my blood get to know me
All out of my secrets
All my enemies are turning into my teachers.
Because, lights blinding, no way dividing what’s yours or mine when everything’s shining
You darkness is shining my darkness is shining
Have faith in ourselves
Truth
Yes I want to love that’s all I’m trying to do is only love…
Truth.”

Alexander – Truth


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Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Home (RAC Remix)

When I posted the original version of Home I said that I thought it could have easily been song of the year, and after hearing this remix I’m no longer thinking, but indulging in that fact. The lyrics are pure joy, and the love and passion Alex and Jade display for each other is total inspiration…

Alex:
Man, oh man, you’re my best friend
I scream it to the nothingness
There ain’t nothin’ that I need

Jade:
Well, hot and heavy, pumpkin pie
Chocolate candy, Jesus Christ
Ain’t nothin’ please me more than you”

Despite the incredible canvas he had to work with, this could be RAC’s best remix to date, the subtle yet extremely emotional and effective additions do nothing but enhance the song. I couldn’t think of a better song for a nice Sunday morning, enjoy.

Ah, home
Let me go home
Home is wherever I’m with you
Ah, home
Let me go home
Home is wherever I’m with you”

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Home (RAC Remix)

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Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Kisses Over Babylon

I really wish I had more time to write this but I literally have a million things to get done before the holiday weekend so this will be somewhat short. I heard Home a while back and thought it could easily take the title of best song this year but just never got around to posting it. Then I heard the rest of the album and started watching the 12-part feature length movie music these guys were putting together and had no choice but to mention it. The album is full of epic and ambitious song writing, messianic concepts and simply plain ol’ good music.

One of the many reasons I love Tarrentino movies is because of his ability to marry music and visuals in such powerful and meaningful ways.  Beirut’s La Llorona was the last “music video” that really inspired me this way and now Edward Sharp has taken it somewhere totally new. Like I said, wish I could write more but the day is jam packed so check out the album, watch the videos and enjoy.

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Home

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – 40 Day Dream

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros -Kisses Over Babylon