Huck Finn – Charles Dickens

As colder winds begin blowing and we hunker down for a nor’easter, it’s important to maintain a stockpile of electricity-free distractions. Forget the canned beans and dry milk. I’m talking the classics, people. Classic literature. What better way to pass the time than tackling Tolstoy by candlelight. Sure, gathering with friends around your favorite whiskey can whittle away a few hours, but ask yourself, what will you after everyone passes out?

In honor of my most favored tradition of reading when there’s nothing else, I present you with Huck Finn’s synthed-out circus ride. The Swiss outfit pays homage to both author and novel throughout the song and the bandmates. (The members are Finn, Berry, Tom and Jim, all characters from the book.) Charles Dickens, the song, is a little bit like an unwritten love story. The narrator is putting all his faith in the celebrated author’s ability to craft a plot. The playful medley of sound keeps you spinning, and, reaching across creative boundaries, is reminiscent of Peter, Bjorn & John’s Blue Period Picasso.

Another chapter that’s just begun
We have to move on to move on.
How do we move now?
Charles is the only one who knows how.

Listen girl,
I believe
In the end.
It sets us free.”

Huck Finn – Charles Dickens


EMPT: Greatest Hits 2009, Vol. 2


Round 2: Fight!

I feel bad for anyone who see’s those words and doesn’t immediately hear the Street Fighter voice in their heads, this post would have started off a lot more entertaining for you. So last week we started our greatest hits series which will be one post a week till the end of the year highlighting some of our most loved post. We’ll start off with Lose You, from Peaches’ I Feel Cream. My post on this song inspired a comment by a guy named Richard which is probably the most entertaining and passionate comment I’ve seen on this site to date. Check out the original post here and scroll down to see the comment.

Peaches – Lose You

The next song is a mash-up by Brooklyn’s own Bearbot. The song features the lyrics to Young Folks which is hands down my favorite PBJ song. I wrote a post about it back in September, check it out here.

Bearbot – Me and You (Peter, Bjrn & John vs Cut Copy)

Finally, I’d like to close off this installment of our greatest hits series with one of my favorite songs from 2009, Electric Tickle Machines – Women Are The New Men. I pretty much wrote a book report on this subject so I won’t talk much about it this time around but check out the old post here and listen to a great song about a very relevant topic, enjoy.

Electric Tickle Machine – Women Are The New Men

Covers Music

Peter Bjorn & John – Let’s Call It Off (Drake Cover)

Peter Bjorn & John’s fifth studio album Living Thing is due for release in about a week. I’ve had the album for a while now but every time I sit down to check it out I end up listening to Writer’s Block, the third studio album released by the Stockholm trio in 2006 and by far my personal favorite. Hence the Young Folks post on Friday. Anyways, I finally got around to checking it out and to be honest, I’m not a big fan. Perhaps the most notable change in this album is the heavy drum programming and minimalistic production, which at first listen sounds appealing but ends up just lacking the decorative nature and lo-fi ambience we’ve come to expect from PB & J.

The obvious standouts in the album are the first single Nothing to Worry About & Lay It Down. Maybe the whole 80’s sound is losing its edge but overall the album just lacks the eclecticism, feeling and grit we to love from PB & J. So, for the sake of preserving the good ol’ PB & J name I’m going to make the musical feature of this post Let’s Call It Off, one of my favorite songs from Writer’s Block. I’ve included the original song and a great cover by Canadian actor, rapper, singer Drake. And just for kicks here’s Lay It Down from the new album as well.

Peter Bjorn & John – Let’s Call It Off

Peter Bjorn & John – Lay It Down

Peter Bjorn & John – Let’s Call It Off (Drake Cover)