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EMPT Presents – S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 3A by Ryan Radler

Ah yes Monday, Sunday’s hangover returns once again…

In recent news, the S&P downgraded the U.S. Credit and apparently no one knows what that means, the stock market is in shambles and it’s only getting worse, Big Boy from Outkast got arrested on drug charges, great times all around my friends. Thankfully, Mondays on EMPT now mean the release of a new Ryan Radler mixtape and let me tell you folk, there’s nothing like some good music to keep your perspective in these times. Last week Ryan sent me an email kicking it about the inception of these wonderful mixes and I’m posting here because it sounds like me an all of my friends every weekend and listening to the tapes it couldn’t make more sense. Anyways, I gotta go work on the music for a few restaurants but press play on another wonderful mixtape, check out Ryan on Facebook and try to ignore the 25% loss on your portfolio, it will get better as usual. Enjoy.

Back in my loft, I began dreaming of Summers-gone-by. I remembered one of my favorite summers back in 2008 in Van Nuys, CA.
1. Crashed random friend’s house + Belonged to gay x-pornstar (Scariest/Nicest guy I ever met)
2. One very clean, but very ghetto “above ground” Pool + Floating blow-up chairs
3. Blistering hot valley sun + Not a cloud in the sky! 
4. 12 pack of Corona + 12 slices of lime
5. The Bestest of Friends + One great little Basenji Dog named “Ghost”
6. The “Western Electric” Summer mix PodCast + A really powerful set of surround-sound computer speakers 
Item #1 through #5 were enough to make the day a perfect “10”, but it was #6- my friends’ Summer mix music on the stereo- that made the day live on in my mind, Without the music that made the soundtrack of my Summer, I might have forgotten all about this glorious time in my life. The mix was filled with summery Rock & Roll, Electronic, and Folk music infused with 70’s loungy vintage organs and horns with conga breakdowns and dirty jazz tones.. The podcast spoke to me. It reached out and grabbed me by the floaties and slowly drifted me around the pool. It popped the caps of my beers. It took all my calls and forwarded them to voicemail. It held my hand and kissed me on the cheek and told me everything would be alright- and it was.
I have searched high and low for this mix, but to no avail. No one seems to know where it came from or how to get it back. It was at this moment that I decided that instead dropping into my usual winter depression, I would begin my own homage to this one summer day and resurrect the Summer mix that I had loved so much back in Van Nuys. 

S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 3A :

1. Jump in the Pool – FRIENDLY FIRES
2. Make You Mine – MIAMI HORROR
3. Pacific Theme – BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE
4. Un Homme Et Une Femme (Chant) – FRANCIS LAI
5. New Theory – WASHED OUT (RAC MIX)
6. Lisztomania – PHOENIX (Classixx Version)
7. Only Love Can Break Your Heart – I BLAME COCO
8. Puppets – DEPECHE MODE (ROYKSOPP REMIX)
9. Glad to Know You – CHAZ JANKEL
10. Heaven’s On Fire – THE RADIO DEPT.
11. Rad Racer – WORK DRUGS
12. Solitude Is Bliss – TAME IMPALA (MICKEY MOONLIGHT REMIX)
13. Zebra – BEACH HOUSE (RING TRACK REMIX)

EMPT Presents – S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 3A by Ryan Radler

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Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: The Lost Tape

With high expectations, rebel citizens of the millennial generation leave the tired and corporate ruled world of radio to begin a new life in music blogs…

Raid the radio!
Cause we’re tired of hearing the same old song.
We’re gonna change the dial to something new.
Bring some truth to this town.” – General Electriks

However, the Recording Industry of America gains great military powers and soon ceases control of one music blog after another, in the name of justice and peace.

The year is 2009, the space age. In a move to counter The Industries tyranny, rebel citizens of the Et Musique Pour Tous faction scheme to bring new arsenals to the earth disguising them as mixtapes. Made to introduce innovative and traditionally oppressed styles of art and music to the world, these tapes created a problem for The Industry taking away radio spins from the likes of elemental pawns Justin Timberlake and Timbaland. However, leaders of the powerful and corrupt hosting giant Gisol Incorporated catch on to this operation and in a merciless act to maintain power destroy EMPT and any traces of these mixtapes. Once again forced into the underground, EMPT forges an alliance with a small but powerful hosting company to rebuild and continue distribution of the mixtapes. As the revolution continues the tapes have gained great popularity around the world with more and more oppressed citizens finding new ways of expression and artistic appreciation. On 1.18.2010, EMPT released The Lost Tape, the first of the series destroyed by The Industry. The release is meant to symbolize the struggle and success of the continuing revolution. The second act has just begun, we’ll be busy…

Let’s see which course the future will take. It’s up to the people whether our plans to reform will succeed, that’ll decide the future…”

Le Miel du Mois at work? That’s much better than work at work! Download

Tracklisting:

  1. Metric – Help I’m Alive (The Twelves Remix)
  2. Air France – Collapsing at your Doorstep
  3. Passion Pit – The Reeling (Calvin Harris Remix)
  4. White Rabbits – Percussion Gun
  5. Bad Veins – The Lie
  6. Royksopp – What Else is There (Ministry of Sound Remix)
  7. The Golden Filter – Solid Gold
  8. Chairlift – Planet Health
  9. Amadou & Mariam – Sabali
  10. Moby – Shot in the Back of the Head
  11. Friendly Fires – Skeleton Boy (Air France Remix)
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EMPT: Greatest Hits 2009, Vol. 1

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So I was at the W Hotel last week celebrating the announcement of their new musical director Michaelangelo L’Acqua who also happened to be the DJ for the event and let’s talk about good music cause this guy was on fire. As the night went on it seemed like every single song this guy played had been posted on EMPT! As I sat there sipping on the usual cognac Michaelangelo’s fantastic taste inspired this new greatest hits series which will be posted once a week till the end of the year. We’ve been around for over a year now and to all the friends we’ve had since day one: we love you and to all the new friends we’ve made along the way: we love you too. Here are some of our biggest hits and their original posts.

With the new year on the horizon I couldn’t think of a better song to get this series started then The Black Lips – Starting Over. This song was my new years anthem last year and I’ve yet to find a worthy replacement. I find that we look at the past so much in relation with what we want in the future which keeps you stuck somewhere in the middle, which does a lot and a little. My new thing is emptyness, everyone from the past is getting that new person treatment and the future is just going to have to manifest itself through all the day to day actions without too much thought invested in what’s not visible.

I gotta keep running! I’m starting over…”

Black Lips – Starting Over

Lights Out is one of my favorite songs for one that one line in the hook that just hits me every single time:

Darling, you don’t have to worry your locked in tight.”

I feel like people have so much doubt in relationships and sometimes it can be justified but you can’t really build with doubt in the background so how do you get someone to lose those fears? Well first and foremost you have to show them that you’re sincere but sometimes saying it is important too. Somehow that line just sounds like the ultimate sign of respect and care – “You don’t have to worry your locked in tight.”

Santogold – Lights Out (Tepr Emo Remix)

Last but no least is the incredible cover of Lykke Li’s I’m Good, I’m Gone by the Friendly Fires.

I’m working a sweat, but it’s all good
I’m breaking my back but it’s all good
‘Cause i know i’ll get it back
Yeah, i know your hands will clap”

I spent my childhood traveling around the world as a member of the Boys Choir of Harlem so when I heard this line I had one of those moments when you just feel like someone relates to you in a nearly creepy way. Our conductor use to have these epic and draining rehearsals before concerts and I never really understood the point until I got more in touch with the audience during shows and felt the energy they gave back when we did well, to this day it’s one of the greatest feelings I’ve had. So what can I say, I’m a just and entertainer, I’ll work day and night to make sure you guys get the best possible experience when you come check out EMPT… “‘Cause I know I’ll get it back. Yeah, I know your hands will clap.”

Thanks for coming out tonight, you could have been anywhere in the world. But you’re here with me, I appreciate that.”

Friendly Fires – I’m Good, I’m Gone (Lykke Li Cover)

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Friendly Fires – I’m Good, I’m Gone (Lykke Li Cover)

 
The difference a little diversity makes is immediately evident for Friendly Fires. Quite what has held back the milieu of meandering morons that make up the music scenes mid range, mid class, middlemen is probably this intelligent and creative leap; crossing genres and keeping your opus open and fresh.”
– MusicOMH.com

Big on the Friendly Fires, even bigger on Lykke Li. In fact, I think I’ve unofficially declared this Lykke Li week for EMPT. I posted this back in January and thought it be a good one to bring back whiles she’s fresh on everyone’s mind after Carson. I’ve also posted the Lykke Li cover of Knocked Up, a song I actually prefer to the original by Kings of Leon. Enjoy.

Lykke Li - Youth Novels

Friendly Fires – I’m Good, I’m Gone (Lykke Li Cover)

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Lykke Li – Knocked Up (Kings of Leon Cover)

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Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Juin

It’s June and traditionally that meant warm weather in NYC but instead were still dealing with this annoying winter/spring/summer hybrid that won’t seem to go away. Fortunately, there are other things to look forward to in the new month, one of those happening is right here on EMPT – Le Miel du Mois. Courtesy of Steph Lund, Le Miel du Mois is a downloadable mixtape full of amazing songs, covers and remixes. This months is fantastic so I’m writing a post about it and highly recommending you check it out. Here’s the song list along with two of my fav’s from the tape, enjoy.

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1. The Whitest Boy Alive – Golden Cage (Fred Falke Remix)
2. Futurecop! – N.A.S.A
3. Bloc Party – Your Visits Are Getting Shorter
4. The Foals – Red Socks Pugie
5. Friendly Fires – Paris (Aeroplane Remix)
6. Paul and The Patients – Complaint 15
7. The Twelves – When You Talk
8. Phoenix – Rome
9. Sebastien Tellier – Roche (Breakbot Remix)
10. Kevin Drew – Safety Bricks
11. French Kicks – So Far We Are
12. Peter Bjorn & John – Up Against The Wall
13. The Lust Puppets – We Smoke Fags
14. M.I.A. – Paper Planes (DFA Remix)
15. DiscoTech vs Radiohead – Everything in its Right Place (Gigamesh/DiscoTech Remix)
16. Gui Boratto – Beautiful Life

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Friendly Fires – Skeleton Boy (Air France Remix)

For those who may not know, Air France is a band from Gothenburg, Sweden. They’ve released two critically acclaimed EP’s - On Trade Winds and No Way Down, I highly recommened both. I know I posted an Air France song yesterday but I’ve been on a complete binge so naturally the blog is going to reflect that. Like most Air France stuff, this song makes your feel like your on a beach some other place, somewhere, some other time. Pretty much the only musical act that can completely change my state of mind on call is Van Morrison, but I have say that Air France’s care-free style gets pretty close. The summer couldn’t come fast enough! Enjoy.

Friendly Fires – Skeleton Boy

Friendly Fires – Skeleton Boy (Air France Remix)

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Friendly Fires – Paris ft. Au Revoir Simone (Aeroplane Remix)

I’ve heard a lot of Aeroplane stuff, but this is by far the best from the Belgian producer/DJ duo. Thanks to Steph Lund for reminding us about this. Paris, Je T’aime. Great song, great remix.

Friendly Fires – Paris ft. Au Revoir Simone (Aeroplane Remix)

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Friendly Fires – Skeleton Boy

Listen to more Friendly Fires and check out director Clemens Habicht’s website who is exceptionally talented and manages to produce great work moving freely between design, illustration, and video.

Friendly Fires – Skeleton Boy

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Friendly Fires – I’m Good, I’m Gone (Lykke Li Cover)

The difference a little diversity makes is immediately evident for Friendly Fires. Quite what has held back the milieu of meandering morons that make up the music scenes mid range, mid class, middlemen is probably this intelligent and creative leap; crossing genres and keeping your opus open and fresh.”
– MusicOMH.com

Big on the Friendly Fires, bigger on Lykke Li, incredible cover.

Friendly Fires – I’m Good, I’m Gone (Lykke Li Cover)

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