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EMPT Presents – S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 2 b by Ryan Radler

So I’ve been stuck in the Dominican Republic since my gig on Saturday thanks to the ultra hyped junior hurricane Irene. The irony of being stuck in the Caribbean because of a hurricane in New York of all places is pretty funny but it’s beautiful down here so I’m not complaining. Saturday at Praia down here was sick, the ShaveUrLegz.com did it up with the promotion and the place was packed and bumpin’ all night. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, these guys are doing something fantastic for Dominican culture and I couldn’t feel more privileged be a part of it. There will be a lot more going on between us so stay tuned for the exciting future developments.

In case you didn’t notice, I didn’t get around to posting much this weekend, the island sun was calling me and I had no choice but to listen. However, the show much go on and today we have yet another exclusive release from the main man Ryan Radler. I’ve been partying nonstop since I got here and now I’m finally poolside in my hotel with this tape in the background and the vibe is sublime. As you can see from this website, I’m not into musical monogamy, I listen to EVERYTHING, including country and that’s one of the reasons I love these tapes so much. Ryan wonderfully balances the chilled out summer theme but is never restricted to any particular style of genre. For the musically promiscuous like myself a wonderful treat. Anyways, you guys already know this by now so I’m going to go continue enjoying DR, won’t be back for at least another two weeks so I have to make it last. Enjoy.

S U M M E R : anti-winter 2b

1. Bury Us Alive – STARF*CKER
2. For Paulina – TEEN DAZE
3. Before – WASHED OUT
4. All Around and Away – WIN SISTER (TEEN DAZE REMIX)
5. Rio – ADVENTURE
6. Mr. Lucky (Goes Latin) – HENRY MANCINI
7. Chinatown – DESTROYER
9. Coconut Milk – CHOONGUM
10. The Echo – VOXHAUL BROADCAST
11. Fairlight – COM TRUISE
12. Money – THE DRUMS (CRAFT SPELLS REMIX)
13. Kelly Watch The Hole – CCC (FEAT. BEATLES)
14. Nordic Monster – TIMMY CURRANe Go – TW
15. Joanna – LITTLE COMETS (AMTRACK REMIX)
16. Little White Doves – DIRTY VEGAS
17. Everybody – PNAU
18. Midnight City – M83
19. Something Stupid – FRANK & NANCY SINATRA

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EMPT Presents – S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 1 b by Ryan Radler

That’s right fools, it’s Monday, you’re up early for work, you already want to go home and Friday is no where in sight. You went from cold beers at a beach to hot coffee in a cubicle, it’s the roughest of times indeed. But cheer up old chap!, we’ve got the antidote for anything remotely lame so say hello to the anti-work, anti-monday experience – Ryan Radler’s S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 1 b.

Last week we introduced you to Radler’s fine wine of a mix tape and we all fell in love. Today we’re doing it all over again with another fantastic tape sure to put some swing in those M word blues. There’s so much I can say about these tapes, I don’t even know where to start. There’s the amazing art work, with all it’s nuance and detail perfectly complimenting the sound of the tape. I’m an absolute nerd for detail and quality and after talking to Ryan about his approach it’s no surprise we would cross paths…

Artwork: I have a penchant for retro/vintage design/fashion/art. If I had it my way, I would be perpetually living back in the 60’s and 70’s. The images I have collected and treated are there to match up the audio with a visual of how I see summer. You may notice a bit of a theme with the mirrored effect. I personally have been a big fan of symmetry and asymmetrical balance… “

Yeah this is a mix tape but soon you’ll see that this labor of love is more like a timeless collectors series, you gotta love it. Last weeks tape was one of the most popular post in recent EMPT history and after listening to 1b on repeat for the last two days I suspect nothing less for this one. Like I said before, this is hands down the best summer mix tape you will find anywhere on the internet, we’re happy to presenting it and can’t wait to bring you another next week. Go check out the mastermind behind this on his Facebook page, enjoy.

S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 1 b :

1. Stay Close + Stay Close (RAC Mix) – DELOREAN
2. Siberian Breaks (Ed Banger Allstars rmx/Dj Supermarkt) – MGMT
3. This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) – TALKING HEADS
4. She Wants + She Wants (Reverse Remix) – METRONOMY
5. Crime Pays – BEAR HANDS
6. Climbing Walls – STRANGE TALK
7. Go Outside – CULTS
8. Endless Spring – HOUSES
9. SST (Soft Soul Transition) – SOFT SOUL TRANSITION
10. Sleepy Lagoon – HENRY MANCINI
11. Sunlight – BAG RAIDERS
12. India – MITZI
13. Julius – STARFUC*ER
14. Big Jet Plane (Michael Brun Bootleg) – ANGUS & JULIA STONE
15. Change Of Heart – EL PERRO DEL MAR

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Starfucker – Rawnald Gregory Erickson The Second

I love that quote and I think that’s something we should ask ourselves ALL the time.

Contrary to popular opinion, there are lots of good things about repetition and routine. For example, you can’t get good at something without constant practice. Some of the best songs have repetitive themes and addictive bass lines that we can never get enough of. At the same time a song can get overplayed and become stale and if you don’t push yourself during practice you may get bored or not improve as much as you should. In that case –

The repetition kills you… – The Black Ghost

Funny how the same thing that can make you good can work against you. It’s not just work either, the same thing goes for romance and if both parties aren’t constantly active, doing new things and experimenting you can rest assured someone is going to get bored. It’s so easy to get comfortable with something that’s good but the danger with that is that you may never realize that it could be better. I’m not sure why this song made me think of this but it feels good and makes me want to do something new, you should do the same. Enjoy.

Starfucker – Rawnald Gregory Erickson The Second

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Starfucker – Death as a Fetish

Starfucker (the artist formerly known as Pryamiddd & as STRFKR – for those who prefer ear muffs) officially released their album today, Reptiles. Representing the city of Portland, Starfucker have produced a few notable tracks on the newest album release with Julius, Astoria and Bury Us Alive but the track with the rather dismal title, Death as a Fetish, happen to catch my attention the most. Ironically, the track  happens to have an upbeat feel which makes you want to rock side to side, break out air drums, and blast the tune as loud as possible:

I’ll never be good enough, quietly.

No, I’ll never be good enough, just like me.”

Starfucker has something to say when you listen to their lyrics throughout the album, especially in regards to the subject of death. As it may sound grim, they actually send a message of not fearing the inevitable and embrace the life you live. The band thrives the most with songs which have a fast tempo as the rest of the tracks on Reptiles are hit or miss. However, Death as a Fetish resonates their sound to a new level and their similar tracks make the listening worth your while.

– Joel

Starfucker – Death as a Fetish

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Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Fevrier 2011

There’s a million Valentines day commercials on TV, red is everywhere and I still had no idea it was already February until Steph sent me the lastest installment of LMDM. Who can blame me though, the city’s been dark and cold for who knows how long so I’ve made it my duty to zone out on all things music.

This month Steph is a facilitator because all you want to do while listening is escape to the surreal dreamscape she creates with the song selection and sequencing. Just listening to See of Bees going to Jamie XX to Fleet Foxes will instantly change your environment and put you in an extremely relaxed, balanced and creative mindset. Don’t forget though, this is a Steph mixtape and what goes down must come up and you could start dancing at any time with little to no warning. Once again, Steph kicks it up a notch cooking up a mix fresher than the rest leading me to title Steph and LMDM as your favorite mixtape maker’s favorite mixtape, enjoy.

I discovered Sea of Bees in Rough Trade, London. The opening track on the album is Gnomes, and I thought it was perfect to open the tape with that as well. Her voice is strong and a little different and I think it sets a great tone for February’s mix. Agent A & Omae is another band I found last month that you should definitely check out more on their bandcamp and download their whole album, its amazing. I could say something about each track, but I’ll leave it at that and let you decide which are your new and maybe some old favorites..”

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

Tracklisting:

  1. Sea of Bees – Gnomes
  2. Jamie XX – Far Nearer
  3. Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal
  4. Foster the People – Helena Beat
  5. Agent A & Omae – Breathing 2007
  6. Polarsets – Morning
  7. Aydio – Deltitnu
  8. Slowwave – Pour
  9. Wine & Cheese – Make It With You
  10. The Naked & Famous – Young Blood
  11. Starfucker – Born
  12. Vadoinmessico – In Spain
  13. Candy Claws – Catamaran
  14. Tame Impala – Lucidity (Pilooski Remix)
  15. Ratatat – Mi Viejo


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STRFKR – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Cyndi Lauper Cover)

There’s not much to say about these guys, they’re from Portland, Oregon and they make extremely feel good infectious indie-pop. They blew up after a local ad agency used their song Rawnald Gregory Erickson the Second for a Target commercial and it’s been uphill since. The song was recently used by White Panda in a mash-up of Dr. Dre’s The Next Episode if you were wondering where that was from. STRFKR’s latest effort is impressive as they’ve made one of pop’s biggest girl anthems sound straight out of the underground. I like songs that tell the truth and as simple as Cyndie’s songs may seem that’s exactly what they do. For any guys that can’t figure out why their girlfriends are mad at them listen to the lyrics in this song, apply it to your situation and you’ll probably end up with a pretty accurate answer, try it…

I’m trying to free your mind, Neo. But I can only show you the door. You’re the one that has to walk through it.” – Morpheus

Any song that touches on the concept of independence and free spirit is very dear to me. In this song Cyndie talks about her parents putting pressure on her and about being in relationships with guys that try to keep her away from the world. Respecting peoples time, their space and freedom to live how they want is something we should all be aware of.

One life to live notice you get no sequel, so I truly got to live this like my last movie…” Jay-Z (Hola’ Hovit0)

Anyways, these guys have a great sound, their consistency never ceases to impress and they get one of the tightest and cleanest guitar sounds I’ve heard in a while, enjoy.

I want to be the one to walk in the sun…

STRFKR – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Cyndi Lauper Cover)