Music Remixes

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Heart In Your Heartbreak (Twin Shadow Remix)

Will you just listen to the production on this track? Seriously, will you? It’s damn good. Twin Shadow has got everything right with this. Right off the bat we’re moving forward to the quick guitar plucking and smooth bass line. It’s the bass that keeps me coming back to this track for more. Somehow it manages to sound like summer and autumn at the same time. Perhaps its the bass’ refusal to stay on one note for too long. The line is forever in flux and as a result, the song keeps going and going until it reaches a breaking point and calms itself down allowing for the strings (which have been quietly mixing in the background) to have their way. Then bit by bit each element of the song is reintroduced.

I listen to this song and feel like I’m in Sofia Coppola’s vision of  Marie Antoinette’s Versailles. This track would fit seamlessly between New Order’s “Ceremony” and The Radio Dept. tracks on the film’s soundtrack. There’s an odd 80’s vibe to this track that maintains the fresh quality of the production. Singer, Kip Berman’s pre-pubescent voice chills the track down with his New York City aloof boredom while Twin Shadow gives the track its movement. It’s as if the production is telling Berman to give it up and move on because what’s the point in hanging on to someone whose actions have leveled them entirely?

Take a look around when you’re going down
’cause you’ll never feel so high
as when you hid her arms in the sky and the world slept.
And there’s no use to say just how much it kills
when it still kills all the same.
Every thought of her name, like a hand to an open flame.”

You know, despite the tracks melancholy lyrics I’ve found some hope within them. There’s an odd irony to the verses that are lost with the original tracks poppy-OK GO-like production. Twin Shadow switches the sonic roles up, and focuses us on the story by providing a production that stresses the very act of moving on. Sometimes it seems we get all wrapped up in the words of things and find words to describe the wrapped up feeling only to find ourselves more off-put and down than we were before the introduction of words. That’s where music and sounds truly come in to save us from the dismal cycle of defining something.

When I was in musical theater, my music director and choreographer told us that when words aren’t enough, sing; when singings not enough, dance. I like to reverse that and believe that when words are too much, listen.


The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Heart In Your Heartbreak (Twin Shadow Remix)


Music Soundtracks

Coachella 2011 Recap – Mixtape

Earlier this week I returned from my mecca in the desert, Coachella. This was my 2nd year attending as the people were beautiful, the weather was blazin, and the music was blissful. With such a loaded lineup, it’s impossible to see every artist you want to catch, as I missed plenty of good acts due to time conflicts or the stage I was at, but here are the sets I was able to catch a good portion of:

FriWarpaint, Cee-Lo Green, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, A-Trak, Afrojack, Cold War Kids, Brandon Flowers, Interpol, The Black Keys, Sasha, & The Chemical Brothers

Sat Freelance Whales, Foals, Joachim Garraud, Chuckie, Cage the Elephant, Yelle, Bright Eyes, The Swell Season, Mumford & Sons, Fedde le Grand, Steve Angello, Empire of the Sun, Arcade Fire

SunJack’s Mannequin, City & Colour, Angus & Julia Stone, Jimmy Eat World, Nas & Damian Marley, Foster the People, Ratatat, The Strokes, Leftfield & Kanye West

If you have the funds or the time to make it next year, I can’t recommend it enough. I set high expectations for the festival each year and the festival  has surpassed them every time. Here is a bunch of video highlights put together by JamBase – Coachella Highlights

Below is a mixtape of songs I enjoyed the most at the festival. Hopefully these tracks can already generate a flashback to those who were there. I’m assuming you’ve heard most of these tracks by now but just in case you haven’t. . .

Freelance Whales – Generator First Floor

Empire of the Sun – Standing on the Shore

Arcade Fire – Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

Ratatat – Mirando

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Belong

Yelle – Comme Un Enfant

Foster the People – Houdini

Cage the Elephant – Shake Me Down

Kanye West – Can’t Tell Me Nothing

The Chemical Brothers – Swoon

Mumford & Sons – White Blank Page

Angus & Julia Stone – Yellow Brick Road

– Joel

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The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – A Teenager In Love

Am I the only one that finds this song a little strage? I mean it’s pretty clear the song is about the sad story of a teenager so deeply involved with drugs that he has no friends, is willing to try anything and ends up overdosing.  The instrumentation and vocal performance however, have that hopeful shoegaze/dream pop feel so instead of a sad song about drugs I feel like I’m listening the The Rembrandts’ I’ll Be There For You, aka the Friends theme song, weird.

Despite the contrasting feel and production sound, A Teenager In Love is one of my favorite tracks from their self-titled debut LP. Does this track remind you of anything? Bowie - Modern Love maybe? Maybe a little bit. Either way, great song.

Never gonna fall for – Modern love…”

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – A Teenager In Love


David Bowie – Modern Love



The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Stay Alive

So, NYC’s own The Pains of Being Pure at Heart released their self titled debut album last week and I have to say it’s pretty good. I was sent a promotional copy a few weeks back but just got around to really listening to it. It a noise pop album that sounds like it’s straight out of the 90′’s, very nostalgic. Here’s are some of the albums highlights, Stay Alive, Everything With You & Come Saturday. Good stuff.

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Stay Alive

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Everything With You

The Pain Of Being Pure At Heart – Come Saturday