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Yeasayer – Fingers Never Bleed

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “To be yourself in world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”  Pitting our own decisions against others’ can be a very difficult task. For city dwellers there is an additional level of noise combined with our subconscious trying to make these decisions.  Internal voices of conscience mix with thousands of groaning engines.

Indie electronica band Yeasayer conveys this anxious duality on their latest release, Fragrant World. The opening track, Fingers Never Bleed, ponders surviving the metropolitan madness over an ominously club-driven beat.  Though the themes are not all dark and dreary: there is a great contrast of fear with fearlessness in the lyrics.  Singer Chris Keating triumphs over upturned cars, rattling sidewalks and burning bridges, by making a pronouncement of independence.

I know you think you could do this without me

But I know I could do without you.

Many will tell you it’s important to surround yourself with good people, and they’re right.  But even with good people around, there’s a point when it’s important to adhere to your own influences.  Taking professional and personal risks on your own account is imperative sometimes.  And with that said, are fingers that never bleed a good thing? Maybe not; fingers that never bleed are obviously not trying.

Yeasayer – Fingers Never Bleed

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Yeasayer – Henrietta

And here come the summer releases! After announcing a string of upcoming warm weather shows, Brooklyn’s Yeasayer leaked a new track from their upcoming LP and it’s all beaches and bikinis. Unfortunately the only version anyone has right now sounds like crap but that doesn’t stop the songs feel good mantra from getting across* –

Oh Henrietta, we can lay around forever…

I love what hip hop has done for all types of music, I mean just listen to the way these drums bang, might as well be the beat for Guess Whose Back. Then again I love the how mashed up all music is these days. This song alone goes from pop to psychedelic with hints Reggea/Dub flavors to chillout – how can you possibly be bored with music these days? This is one sure to make the top of many summer playlists, enjoy.

Yeasayer – Henrietta

*Link updated with better sounding version.

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Et Musique Pour Tous @ Cabarete Beach (Dominican Republic)

That’s right folks, Kev and I are headed back to the Dominican Republic tomorrow to play at Cabarete Beach after a performance that same night from Brooklyns own Dynasty Electric – fresh. If this is anything like our other parties in DR we’ll be at the Viva Whindam Resort from 10PM Saturday night till an unknown time the next day. For all our DR readers make sure to get in touch with me or someone from ShaveUrLegz.com if you want to go.

I’m so grateful for these opportunities, my life has been a non stop dream so far and only my favorite Weezy line can describe how I  feel…

If I die today, it’d be a holiday…” 

I leave on a red eye in the morning and as usual my day is stacked with things to do before our departure. That said, I‘ll leave you guys with the latest and greatest mixtape from our homies over at ShaveUrLegz, enjoy.

I Spy (Metronomy Remix) – Get Cape Wear Cape Fly

I Stand Alone (Gigamesh Sunlight Remix) – Theophilus London

Weekend – Class Actress

Madder Red (Hermanos Inglesos Remix) – Yeasayer

Getaways – Big Talk

When The Night Falls (Chromeo Cover) – Mayer Hawthorne

The Wall (Shook Remix) – Louis La Roche

Oh Bauer – Jeans Team

Paradise Circus (Gui Boratto Remix) – Massive Attack

Video Games – Lana Del Rey

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Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Julliet 2011

I know a lot of you have been waiting but I finally got the new LMDM from Steph and once again it’s nothing short of amazing. Steph is super busy these days and I know how much work goes into making something this good every single time so on behalf of all EMPT heads I’m saying thanks, a month wouldn’t be the same without a dose of LMDM.

There are many ways to listen to LMDM but I highly recommend you do as I do – press play, sit back and put your trust in Steph. A lot of thought was given to the sequence so no fast forwarding, no rewinding, no flipping, just listening…

No need to doubt, I’ll show you my way.
No need to doubt, just stick with me…” – Loud Valley

I’m always curating music for brands these days and I rarely get to sit back and just enjoy someone else’s work. That’s why I cherish these tapes more than ever because I get to just sit back and go on Steph’s adventure. This one like all the others is a trip from start to finish so check out a few words from the mastermind herself as I go indulge in LMDM Julliet, enjoy.

Two amazing albums came out recently: Beirut’s new “Rip Tide” and Hooray for Earth’s “True Loves.” I can’t stop playing them. Go buy them and support the artists,  from start to finish, they are both amazing. Both bands are also touring this (end of summer/fall) so look out to see if they are coming through your city…this mix is a much lighter summer tape – for the winding down- half falling asleep-drink in your hand- smile on your face – sun about to call it quits – type of evenings. Hope you enjoy.”

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

Tracklisting:

  1. The Soulettes – A Deh Pon Dem
  2. Chrome Sparks – Show You My Way
  3. Jonathan Johansson – Blommorna (Niva Remix)
  4. Architecture in Helsinki – City Calm Down
  5. Coma Cinema- Shy Water
  6. Metronomy – Everything Goes My Way
  7. Letting Up Despite Great Faults – Sophia In Gold
  8. Ladylike Lily – I’m Terrified of Being
  9. Four Tet – Angel Echoes
  10. Foreign Born – Vacationing People
  11. Ian Matthews – These Days (James Taylor cover)
  12. Yeasayer – 2080
  13. Rubblebucket – Silly Fathers (RAC Remix)
  14. Nightfall on Family Mountain – Minikon

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Cold War Kids – Mine Is Yours (Yeasayer Remix)

Gimme the microphone first, so I can bust like a bubble
Compton and Long Beach together, now you know you in trouble… – Snoop Dogg

Every time I hear Nothing But A G Thing I can’t help but to be amazed at just how in the zone Snoop was back in the day. I mean there’s enough style in that record to propel an entire genre to greatness ; ) Ok so this song has nothing to do with Compton, Snoop Dogg or Dre but the Cold War Kids are from Long Beach and that’s enough to make me think of the party classic. We posted the Passion Pit remix back in January but this version deserves it’s own attention. Yeasayer killed this remix, slowing things down to harness the songs message of good hearted generosity. The Passion Pit version will get your going, this one will calm you down and get your thinking. It’s all about balance, enjoy.

Cold War Kids – Mine Is Yours (Yeasayer Remix)

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