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Feist – Caught A Long Wind (Nicolas Jaar edit)

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Nicolas Jaar‘s essential mix never gets old. It’s been over two years since its release and it still gives me the chills. To me it still completely reeks of Autumn 2012, one of the most intense seasons I’ve yet to endure— Hurricane Sandy and the End of the World all in the span of a couple months, say what? I was living in downtown Manhattan at the time, surrounded by constant stimulation and sleeping hardly at all finishing up my last semester of undergrad. Needless to say, it was already set and setting super conducive to the cray, but Sandy took the intensity to a whole new level…

This Feist track from the mix specifically conjures up memories of my hurricane tribe and the vibe we had going in our makeshift refugee camp (my apartment). There were 7 or 8 of us, mostly my Ave C homies who rolled by last minute to escape their flood zone-age. None of us realized the impending zombie apocalyptic doom we were to face in the aftermath of dear Sandy. We were in the dark. Literally and metaphorically.

Caught me a long wind
Where will we go?
Keep ourselves afloat

Venturing outside after the storm was a trip and a half. Everything was dark, much more dark than I could have ever imagined. The city that never sleeps, knocked out and unconscious for days. Blacked out beyond belief. I couldn’t be more grateful for the group I was with at the time, all creative artsy weird types. We totally thrived on the lack of electricity. I remember my friends drawing by candle light while I played my sax. Writing poetry on my typewriter, Exquisite Corpse style was something I’ll never forget. Highly recommended. In short, it was fucking cold and the most real of times. Waking up to that which endures beyond the scurf of daily existence– whether in the form of values or things, is a fucking invaluable experience. Being stripped to the bare bones of existence, you’ve no choice but to channel that inner strength in all its inexhaustible glory; survival mode does wonders for eliminating the distractions.

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Feist – How Come You Never Go There

Leslie Feist can do no wrong in my book. She has the ability to chill me out and get me going – all within two tracks of each other. She’s morning, noon, and night music – a story-teller and musician; something you don’t see much of these days. Can you believe she’s 36? Rock on girl. You do you best and I will admittedly follow you where ever you go sonically.

We carry on as if our time is through
You carry on as if I don’t love you
And so we find the way is out
To cut the heart out of the doubt now
The room’s full but hearts are empty
Like the letters never sent me
Words are like a lasso
You’re an instrumental tune
How come you never go there?

This track comes to you straight from her late 2011 album Metals. It was the first single released and sets the tone for this new era of Feist. Acoustically, it parallels her pre Reminder era; a little bluesy, a little poppy, and a hell of a lot of minimalist poetry. It’s a mellow tune that washes over you and cools ya down. Her cool “woah woah woah-oh’s” have got me transported to some local bar where the lights are at their dimmest and cigarette smoke swirls towards the ceiling while Feist herself is swaying on stage with a guitar and bottle whiskey. The crowd is hushed and hypnotized by the soothing song coming from her mouth. She croons out a story of lovers in a doomed relationship, each not meeting the other’s expectations; yet there isn’t a hint of sadness or bitterness in her delivery. It’s like she’s throwing in the towel with each “woah” and plainly walking away. There’s an air of indifference to this track that makes it work so well.

Why not relax a little before the night begins with this track. A cold beer or Old Fashion will go down just as smooth Feist’s voice will sound through your speakers.

Feist – How Come You Never Go There

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Feist – One Evening (VV Mix)

I got this album two years ago but never checked it out until shuffle landed it on it this morning and what a lost gem it is. Open Season is the remix album of Feist’s critically acclaimed 2004 LP Let It Die. If you’re not familiar with Leslie Feist Let It Die is the perfect introduction to her unique charm and sexy voice. The album is as diverse as it comes drawing from bossa nova, chamber pop, chill-out, postmodern folk, French chansons and indie rock, but no matter what style or genre every song just seems to right. I haven’t given it a good listen yet but the obvious standout is the VW remix of Feist’s one night stand story, One Evening. I’m taking it easy before our big party tomorrow and this rain is on my side, this song is making it a breeze, enjoy.

Feist – One Evening (VV Mix)

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Feist – Sea Lion Woman (Chromeo Remix)

I was watching Nina Simone perform See-Line on YouTube and got reminded of a great cover by Feist, which it turn reminded me of an even better remix by Chromeo.

Said she loved my necklace – started relaxing, now that’s what the f&% I call a chain reaction.” – Iceberg Slim

No one does electrofunk better than Chromeo, period. For this remix, Chromeo lends it’s army of Moog, Roland and Sequential Circuit keyboards to give an otherwise good but simple song some extremely interesting and head-nodding space age production. The Feist version is from her third solo album The Reminder, and the Chromeo remix is a bonus track on that album.  I like The Reminder but compared to her previous album Let It Die, there’s just not much difference so I’ve never gotten into it. Besides that the whole iPod Nano commercial kinda ruined it for me but I’m weird when it comes to commercial licensing. Regardless, great remix, enjoy.

Feist – Sea Lion Woman

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Feist – Sealion (Chromeo Remix)

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Le Miel du Mois: Julliet

Apparently it’s July, welcome. A lot happened for us in June, we had the most traffic EMPT had ever seen and got shut down in the same month. Our diabolical hosting company Gisol Inc. stole our website and content so we’ve had to rebuild from scratch – no easy task. But atlas there is light at the end of the tunnel and what could be more suitable to celebrate our return then announcing the July version of Steph Lund’s beloved Le Miel du Mois! With that said, here is an excerpt from Steph hinting at the masterminding that helps create this tape:

Le Miel du Mois: Juillet: With the constant rain in June and thinking about the intense heat on its way, this mix reflects the restlessness of summer.
Spotlight Track: The last track is from Paris based artist Three Leaves and a Head – a remix of Radiohead’s Reckoner, off the In Rainbows album. I first heard of Three Leaves and a Head from We All Want Someone To Shout For.
Remixes of Radiohead are a bit touchy for me, because I don’t see how most tracks can improve, however, these subtle enhances Three Leaves and a Head accomplished are really beautiful and a perfect way to end this mix. Check out Three Leaves and a Head’s Myspace page which also includes a remix of Nude.

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1. Feist – My Moon My Man (Boys Noize Remix)

Feist – My Moon My Man (Boys Noize Remix)

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2. We Have Band – Hear It In the Cans (DIY Version)
3. Sleigh Bells – Ring Ring
4. Holy Ghost – Hold On
5. James Yuill – No Surprise
6. Paul and the Patients – Blogspot Nick Seely Remix
7. The Big Pink – Velvet
8. Zambri – Easier
9. Jack Peñate – Tonight’s Today
10. Camera Obscura – My Maudlin Career
11. Breakbot – Summer Party
12. Bat for Lashes – Trophy
13. La Roux – Bulletproof (Live at Glastonbury)
14. Radiohead – Reckoner (Three Leaves and A Head Remix)