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Ace of Base – The Sign

While flipping through my music library last week, I came across Ace of Base’s “The Sign.” It’s a cheesy track, but at the time was groundbreaking in its fusion of reggae and pop melodies. This is the kind of song that everyone kind of knows, but no one knows anything about it. Let me give […]

Broken Bells – Holding on for Life

Whoever had the idea for The Shins James Mercer and prolific producer Danger Mouse to get together…give that person a fucking medal. Broken Bells, their collaborative project, has released two fantastic albums, described by Rolling Stone as “left field pop” and by the guys as “experimental, but melodic too.” “Holding on for Life,” off their […]

Monarchy – It Must Be Love

Aren’t we over the whole “hide my face to boost interest in my music” thing? Or is it, “hide my face to make a statement that no one actually gets but just nods along anyway”? Daft Punk is allowed to do it, because they invented it and have done it big. Those helmets ain’t cheap, […]

EMPT Exclusive Interview: Superhumanoids

  All band names are not created equal. The Monkees is weak. Led Zeppelin is heavy. Yes is boring, yet quirky. Thievery Corporation is genius. Superhumanoids is up there with The Flaming Lips and Arcade Fire as one of the best-named active bands. No one really knows what a superhumanoid is, but its evocative, playful […]

Little Animal – Everyday

Traditionally, a one-man band is a type of street performer or novelty act, a guy who straps a bunch of instruments to his body, and plays them all at the same time. Hands, feet, teeth…anything goes. In some respects, most classical composers were one-man bands. They just didn’t have the technology to produce music, and […]

Kate Boy – The Way We Are

The first thing you’ll notice about this song is the drums. The driving drums, while not tribal, certainly inspire tribal movement. Uninhibited swaying, limbs akimbo, and pure delight, is what I experience when I listen to this song. The lyrics are a slap to the face, but not in a negative way. They demand your […]

Vanbot — Tired

It isn’t your imagination or that your ears are going bad when you listen to a song that you want to love or that everyone around you seems so crazy about and you can’t understand a word.  No, it isn’t you.  It is actually a very bad vocal recording that someone made the decision to […]

Spin Doctors – Two Princess (G Templeton & Branded James Remix)

Children of the early 80’s that were –or so we believed– at our prime during the 90’s remember quite vividly the Spin Doctor’s album Pocket Full of Kryptonite and it’s famous hit single Two Princess. I will not go into details about the things I was trying to do to that song — many times. […]

Slow Magic – On Yr Side

I’ve been listening to this song since August, it kept me company in my walks home from the office. To listen on a good volume made not only the scenery better with a perfect soundtrack, but it also helped me construct these visions and directions of my personal and professional life—this is my business as […]

Beat Club – Something Better

“Happiness is a warm gun.”   If you’re not looking to improve then you’ve either slipped into complacency or you’ve got it made–or maybe a little bit of both (I’m looking at you, A-ROD). Cause whether you’re a 10 time all star or a homeless guy asking for a 10 spot, and not just a […]