Music Writing

Flying Lotus – Parisian Goldfish


Having your feet set squarely on the ground is underrated.  After schooling ends, our toes lift, hover, preparing for the rapid zig zags and about faces that are inherent in the lives of twenty-somethings (and thirty-somethings lets be real). The flexibility is imperative; it takes time to figure out who you are and what you don’t want to do. The percentage of people whose first job is their career is miniscule.

After while, though, the earth looks mighty attractive. To have some security in knowing what’s next and let out the breath of anticipation. Constantly hopping from paid job to freelance to internship to unpaid blogging every week takes a psychic toll. It starts to seem that everyone else is settled into a salaried gig at Google or some New York financial titan.

There are days when steadiness is all I want. Next year, this time, I’ll still be right here.

But then I snap out of it. Ours is the zero-gravity generation, feet off the ground but floating higher than our predecessors could have imagined. Some pundits paint us as lazy or entitled, when we’re really just turning flips in the space station as they look on with envy from behind their white picket fences, infested with termites and crumbling under broken pension systems after all these years.

With the world pried open like a succulent oyster, wriggling slowly in a bath of salt water, what else to do but consume it and savor the slight discomfort that comes with a taste that lasts a lifetime. Fly for 14 hours, Skype your mom like you were down the street. Or jump into the startup game, throwing financial security to the wind for a chance at originality and responsibility so rarely afforded the associates and coordinators of the capitalist structure.

The earth isn’t going anywhere. Don’t force an early anchorage. Join me and the EMPT family as we orbit the solar system, mindful of the future but living in the moment, searching for meaning in every day experience and making sure to breathe it all in.


Flying Lotus – Parisian Goldfish

Music Writing

Flying Lotus – Parisian Goldfish


Another brushfire belches acrid smoke
into our lungs.
The city stained with ash,
gray as the sky.

Last time fourteen young men were swept up
in the blaze and killed in an instant.
The town held a candle light vigil.
Oxygen, in the end.

Red sun setting, mirrored in flames
that creep up, floor by glass-paneled floor.
From the top of the hill, the city burns,
before night’s coolness fades all to silhouette.

Poignant films are planned,
imbued with misplaced resonance
that no one is looking for.
Based on a true story.

These are the facts, or, most of the facts.
The rest we enhanced for entertainments sake.
What really happened, guess we’ll never know.
Just appreciate the artistry.

From pulp to press to printout,
curling waves of bleached wood
cut fresh from the soil
some miles away.

Clouds hang mixed with residue,
a roiling mass, a vortex turning.
In the eye of the storm a woman dances.
Doesn’t she know?

Careless how quick we forget
after the darkness has passed.

Infinite sky, space;
Hurtling out into blackness expanding
and disappearing over the event horizon,
lit by flares of gas and dust.//

Flying Lotus – Parisian Goldfish


Flume & Chet Faker – Drop The Game


Sick track. Dope production. I’m pretty much obsessed.

“I’ve been seeing all, I’ve been seeing your soul
Give me things that I wanted to know
Tell me things that you’ve done.”
Chet Faker wrote to NPR about Drop the Game… in his very own words, “Everyone has these notions of what someone else wants, and it becomes this massive game.”

That’s some Real talk, Mr. Faker. Real. Fucking. Talk.

Croon-Master Faker, whose name is an ode to jazz great Chet Baker, is one of my favorite ‘new’ faces on the music scene as of late. He’s come out with a plethora of recordings in the past couple of years; his originality is striking —  he embodies a sort of nostalgic inertia, a certain je ne sais quois, a sense of the ineffable even… he makes the foreign sound familiar and the familiar sound foreign.

Oh and Flume is fantastic.  The 22 year old Australian electronic musician is gaining notoriety as a  fresh-ass beat-maker and this track is a perfect example of his sound. He’s the kind of musician (//musician’s musician) you just want to have a conversation with (Mr. Faker is too, duh)… at least, that’s the conclusion I’ve come to after reading this interview, in which he cites Flying Lotus as a big influence and talks about how with music “you can just do weird.” Word. The weird is what’s up.

Drop the Game, recently released off Flume & Chet Faker’s Lockjaw EP is worth a listen… or maybe ~20-30 listens… in a row. Let’s be real.

Flume & Chet Faker – Drop The Game


Flying Lotus – Between Friends (feat. Earl Sweatshirt & Captain Murphy)

Last night I went to see Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs at the Music Hall of Williamsburg and it was incredible. I didn’t know about the show until yesterday afternoon when my friend asked me if I wanted to join him there. With me on the coming out of this “whatever-anymore-do-whatever” phase of life, I agreed and purchased my ticket against my better budgeting judgement. I figure, what the hell, I won’t go out to eat this weekend and other justification that made me feel okay. The show was worth everything. The set, the lights, and venue were excellent. I realized there that this is what money should be spent on – experiences like this. I left the show coasting off the T.E.E.D.’s last drop and eager to wind down.

Enter Flying Lotus, the cross-genre offspring of Steven Ellison. His newest production, “Between Friends,” sends you off into a time-warped lucid dream-like state. Earl Sweatshirt and the newest voice to hit the scene, Captain Murphy spit verses (between friends…eheh) like mercury and weave back and forth over each other so much that at times they sound like one man. The production is true to Ellison’s style and it melts seamlessly into the vocals. The switch-ups in tempo and quality can throw you at first, but those nuances are what keep me coming back to this track when I need to calm down. They’re planned imperfections to keep the listener aware that they’re listening to music and not drifting off into some repressed dimension of the mind.

As I listened to this track last night before I crawled into bed, I imagined what this would sound like live and what venue it’d be perfect in. Selfishly, I couldn’t help but think that I didn’t need a venue when a track as smooth as this one deserves to be heard intimately; experienced in shared solitude. That, or a venue with an insanely well EQ’d sound-system and lots of plush chairs. Until I find a place like that, I’ll stick with experiencing this track on my own with me and my headphones; my own private concert…kind of, and let shows where jumping around like Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs be seen live.

Happy Thursday y’all. Let this track ease you into August.

Flying Lotus – Between Friends (feat. Earl Sweatshirt & Captain Murphy)


Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Juin

Once again back is the incredible…” – Public Enemy (Bring The Noise)

There’s not much you can depend on in this world, lovers always seem to let you down, there’s never anything good on TV, the radio is lame and the Knicks never win but there is one thing that won’t let you down and it’s LMDM. And guess what, it’s back again for the 13th time with 13 new songs custom made for now, not now but right now. I was putting this tape together for Steph and couldn’t get over how in tune it is with how things feel right now. The heat is coming in, the BBQ’s are burning, the beaches are being invaded and everything is in transition. We’re halfway into 2010 and there’s no shortage of things done and things to do, but there’s no valid reason to not enjoy yourself in the process. Once again, Steph has given us a musical experience full of highs and lows as entertaining as they come. I’m in sunny LA and have to go get some breakfast then head over to Hermosa but bet your best buck I’ll be having this in the background. Here are some words from the chef herself, enjoy.

Le Miel du Mois: Juin

It’s finally summer. Le Miel du Mois: Juin is filled with new little discoveries including long walks on the beach, magic man, letting up despite great faults, home video and more. if you dont know these artists individually, check them out. you wont be disappointed. let the summer amazingness begin. sun on your face. feet in the grass. and running around with empt in your headphones a l l s u m m e r l o n g.”

Le Miel du Mois at work? That’s much better than work at work! Download
1. Flying Lotus – And the World Laughs With You (Feat. Thom York)
2. Home Video – I Can Make You Feel It
3. Long Walks On The Beach – I Didn’t Want to Make Out
4. Massive Attack – Paradise Circus
6. Safe – Twenty Years On
7. Letting Up Despite Great Faults – I Hear You Drowning But I’m Tied
8. Quadron – Slippin
9. Matthew Dear – Don and Sherri
10. Magic Man – Monster
12. Sound Team – No More Birthdays (San Francisco Bay)