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The Black Lips – Veni Vedi Vici (Diplo Remix)

Veni Vedi Vici is probably on my top ten list of songs, let alone, one of my favorite Black Lips songs. There’s an attitude in it that I love, something about it rings true to a certain New York City attitude. And the mere fact that the words are, I came, I saw, and I conquered, feel all too present in the everyday realities of living in this city.

While I have always appreciated Diplo’s work, I’ve noticed that he’s taken a liking more recently to the genre of rock. That makes me happy. This way, the work is mellow and refined, not too dramatic and just the right amount of rework.

The whole idea of arriving somewhere, seeing it, and conquering, is general to no avail. There’s a lot of ways to look at it, though I’ve chosen to think about it in terms of other people. There is something to be said about the people that inhabit your space and time, all the time and remain that way for an extended period of time. There’s also something to be said about the people who seem like they’re going to inhabit your space forever, but really just serve a transient role that is to be filled by someone else. Both are beautiful and incredibly important, it’s just that I’ve found it harder to accept as of late that people serve temporary roles. It’s hard to imagine someone that you really love or appreciate, care about, not existing in that way in your life in the future. But circumstances occur and situations present themselves, making it impossible to continue. Whether it’s the loss of a loved one, a failed relationship, or a friendship gone sour, all of these things are sad in the moment and ultimately incredible life moves. Because they keep us in flux and remind us to stay on our feet, to not forget that we’re not in charge but that there are other forces in this universe (interpret that as you will, not saying in any one specific way), working with and against us. Keep that in mind, and every soul that crosses your path will offer themselves as a test to whether or not the two of you will come, see and conquer. And if the two of you get through all three together, perhaps it means that you will stay together in this lifetime as whatever it is you need to be for one another. And if not, what you had was beautiful.

I hope you enjoy this track, as much as I do. Go ahead and find the original and give it a listen to if you don’t already know it. It’s a good wake up call.

The Black Lips – Veni Vedi Vici (Diplo Remix)

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The Black Lips – I’ll Be With You

I’m such a big fan of The Velvet Underground that I almost have no choice when it comes to the modern bands that are so heavily influenced by those nihilist geniuses.  ”I’ll Be With You,” is an ode to good old fashioned friendship, and I like it. I went to the premiere of “Man, I Love You” with a couple of buddies and while the movie itself is of that new dude/chick flick hybrid, I think it has a great message in terms of relationships and the ever growing blur that is the male vs female identity. Listening to this song reminded of it. Funny movie, check it out. Here’s the recently released video for “I’ll Be With You” by The Black Lips. Enjoy.

The Black Lips – I’ll Be With You

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The Black Lips – Starting Over

The intro to this song is noticeably similar to one of my favorite MGMT songs, Time To Pretend. However, that’s where the similarities end and an amazing song about rejuvenating begins. In martial arts there is a fighting style known as Druken Style. Dating back to the Sung Dynasty it is a style in which the fighter mimics the rolling, unpredictable motion of a drunken man to deceive his opponent into thinking he is incapacitated by a drunken stupor. The way lead singer Cole Alexander sings in Starting Over would be the musical equivalent of Drunken Style. His performance offers feelings of hope and sadness as he wabbles through the track anthematically claiming a new beginning, very cool. I think I went through my starting over phase about a month ago but I still get hyped up by the song. Flower Punk at it’s best, enjoy.

The Black Lips – Starting Over

MGMT – Time To Pretend

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The Black Lips – Starting Over

Flower punk.

The Black Lips – Starting Over