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Washed Out | Small Black

Washed Out

Lovepump United is putting out a collaborative 7” split featuring Washed Out and Small Black, with each band remixing a single off the other’s debut EP.

Washed Out is one-man act Ernest Greene, who played his first New York City gig back in October.  At that time, BrooklynVegan wrote: “He’ll play just one NYC show (his second live show ever) one day before CMJ…I tried to get him to open the BrooklynVegan CMJ show…(one day later), but he said he can’t even stay in town that long due to personal commitments back home” – he was getting married.  So that was a good excuse.  Washed Out is balmy and atmospheric, lo-fi synthpop at its best.  Debut EP Life of Leisure was released digitally in August, followed up by a cassette-only EP High Times in September.

Small Black

Small Black is Long Island duo Josh Kolenik and Ryan Heyner, although they add Pitchfork.TV contributors Juan Pieczanski and Jeff Curtin to their live act – a nice connection for them.  At first, I wanted to say the Small Black buzz is due to the Pitchfork relationship – but after seeing them live at the VICE / VBS.TV Holiday Party, opening for Cold Cave at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, we decided to give their self-titled debut EP a good, hard listen.  Like Washed Out, it’s more of an acquired taste, but they definitely stand out.  The more I listen, the more I want to listen.

The vinyl split is out on January 26th, but you can pre-order it at Insound here.  Below are the original tracks…

Washed Out – You’ll See It

Small Black – Despicable Dogs

my heart is yearning, paris is burning

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“my heart is dreaming but paris is screaming, paris is screaming all night long” – LADYHAWKE, “Paris is Burning”

Ladyhawke is the solo project of New Zealand singer-songwriter Phillipa Brown, one of the top and best electro acts to come out of New Zealand in the past decade or so. Having just finished her tour in mid-November, plans for a second album and supporting tour have not been revealed, though a new single  “Magic,” was released in late October.

Her first, self-titled album, which debuted in 2008, yielded 13 nominations for the New Zealand Music Awards and ARIA Music Awards, with 8 total wins — a great feat for a debut album. Among the awards, Ladyhawke took home a NZMA for “My Delirium” as Best Single of the Year, as well as an award for Album of the Year, along with a win at ARIA for Breakthrough Artist. While “My Delirium” won recognition and praise, “Paris is Burning” was surprisingly a bit overlooked, but in my opinion, the best single from her debut album. While there are some great remixes of the track from Cut Copy, Peaches and Alex Metric, I find the original in its best form.

Three things you may not know about Ladyhawke: 1. She never wears women’s clothes, only menswear and boys underwear; 2. She has Asperger syndrome, and believes much of her passion and obsession with music can be attributed to this; 3. There’s a video game created in her honor, play it here.

One of my favorite quotes from Ladyhawke: “We were all once teenagers, listening to music at full volume, jumping on the bed with the door shut.”

Listen to her latest single “Magic” below and one of my favorite tracks from 2008/my favorite from Ladyhawke “Paris is Burning”:

Ladyhawke – Magic

Ladyhawke – Paris is Burning

forthebeat & EMPT Present: Top 10 Albums of ‘09

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We teamed up with Et Musique Pour Tous to bring you our Top 10 albums of 2009. (We picked a track on each for you to listen to below, but also head over to EMPT for more of our favorite tracks on these albums.)  Looking back, this was a really great year for music. So without further ado, and in no particular order…

xx

The xxxx

The xx – Islands

With spots on the majority of “best of” lists this year, even including a nod on the Fact Magazine “Best Albums of the Decade” list, is the self-titled, debut album from The xx. Each time I listen to this album, I discover a new favorite song. The first few to jump out were “Crystalized” and “Night Time.” But each time I listen, depending on my mood, my favorites change. From the song writing to the production, it’s amazing that this album is the creation of a group of now 20-year-olds, who met at the Elliot School in London, which also boasts famous alums including Hot Chip and Four Tet. Led by the production of Jamie Smith (Beats, MPC, who also goes by Jamie xx as his DJ persona) and life-long friends Oliver Sim (Vocals, Bass) and Romy Madley (Vocals, Guitar), the group lost their fourth member Baria Qureshi (Keys, Guitar) during extensive touring, which will continue well into 2010. The reason xx has such mass appeal is because of the band’s ability to brilliantly fit together influences from, according to their MySpace page, Aaliyah to CocoRosie, Rihanna to The Cure, Missy Elliott to Chromatics, The Kills to Ginuwine, Pixies to Mariah Carey, and Justin Timberlake to Tracy + the Plastics. The greatest example is The xx cover of Aaliyah’s “Hot Like Fire.” With the ability to expertly cross-genres, the band suddenly and deservedly reached critical acclaim. Perhaps just as exciting as their debut album were the Jamie xx remixes this year. My favorite of which was Florence and the Machine – “You’ve Got The Love (Jamie xx Remix),” which leads us into another breakout album of 2009… – KC

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Florence and The MachineLungs

Florence and The Machine – Dog Days Are Over

Lungs, the debut album from Florence and the Machine, is the UK’s best-selling album of 2009, with over 100,000 copies sold within the first month of release. Led by frontwoman Florence Welch, who credits influences including Annie Lennox, Courtney Love and Kate Bush, Florence and The Machine is known for raw ballads, mostly about violence and death, yet sung in a beautiful, emotion-filled voice. This juxtaposition is daring considering the vividness of each song, but listeners can’t help but get caught up in the passion conveyed. Standout tracks include “Kiss With A Fist,” “Rabbit Heart (Raise Up),” “Dog Days Are Over,” and one of my favorite songs of this year, the commanding “Cosmic Love.” What some declare as its flaws are also its strengths – Lungs is an ambitious and sometimes wild debut, but Welch is a standout among her contemporaries. From pop to soul to folk, she takes a number of influences and executes an innovative album. Florence and The Machine go back into the studio in January 2010, and we’re rooting for an equally stunning follow-up. – KC

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Yeah Yeah YeahsIt’s Blitz!

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Soft Shock

One of our favorite artists and favorite albums this year. Every song has this undeniable energy and magnetism that makes you want to dance, sing and scream like Karen O (which you will never be able to), desperate to try and mimic a fraction of what she delivers on stage in both presence and performance. The trio (Karen O, along with drummer Brian Chase and guitarist Nick Zinner) deliver an impressive record that is an emotional and beautiful tribute to the love of the dance floor, with epic tracks like “Heads Will Roll,” “Soft Shock,” “Skeletons,” “Dull Life” and “Zero,” and acoustic versions of select tracks including “Hysteric,” that evoke a different experience of the album altogether. As exciting and amazing as the rock/punk/dance sound is overall, what is equally amazing is the band’s ability to deliver unbelievable lyrics that are concise and repetitive but powerful time and time again. It’s Blitz! proves once again, that following the huge successes of Fever to Tell (2003) and Show Your Bones (2006), Grammy nominations and mass popularity won’t ever mess with the YYY’s overwhelming cool factor. – SL

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PhoenixWolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Phoenix – Lisztomania

Who would have guessed that the pop/rock star persona was born in the midst of the Modern age, midway through the 19th century? Pas moi, pas du tout. Phoenix’s fifth achieved album is somewhat of an homage to this period in history. “Lisztomania,” remixed left right and center since the album’s release, is a direct allusion to the original rock star, Franz Liszt. Contemporary to his arch-rival Wagner, this dood lived it loud, large, and luscious. B!tches n Ho’s, the benjamins in his pocket (different currency at the time, but whatever), and the industries respect. He had the full kwan. Title single, and introductory track to the UK album release, this tune oozes the good ol’ Phoenix bounce we all dig. The lyrics touch upon a touchy subject I ponder on quite often: women need to understand something. It’s all good and gold to be sentimental. But there is absolutely no need to be senti-mental. Keep in the bounds girls. We try our best.
It also evokes the EMPT gospel,

“Think less but see it grow, like a riot like a riot oh! Not easily offended … It’s time to show it off.”

What amazes me about every Phoenix album is the Dalmatian ways of the guitar sounds: spot on. It is quite insane how the two guitars synergize to forge a soundscape worth admiring. And the keys? Don’t even get me started. They make the chester cheeto crunch that makes this band so unique. Oh, but the vocals are also as unique as a four-breasted PYT with a mute button included. This band is epic. Growing up in the same environment as Air and attending the same high school as Daft Punk and Justice, there is an obvious fact at hand: there must be something in the water in the outskirts of Versailles, ‘cause their sound is crisp and shines like crystals.

Although most lyrics are not historical, the allusions are embedded. Damn straight: Franz Liszt and his crazy ways; 1901, the approach to the end of Modernism and genesis of the Post Modern realm; the importance of Rome during the Italian unification; and the all-failing attempts of armistice during both World Wars. It’s all there boys and girls. No need to hit the books, just sit back and enjoy this culturally enriching excuse for an album. For this isn’t merely an album, it’s the fifth book of a gospel being written in our modern day and age. – JOCS

Miike

Miike SnowMiike Snow

Miike Snow - Burial

I didn’t have to see the band live to know that Miike Snow’s self-titled debut would be one of my favorite albums of 2009.  But their Mercury Lounge appearance, co-headlining with Jack Peñate, solidified their place in our top 10 — the show being one of my favorite performances of 2009. Surprisingly, however, Miike Snow has been left overtly off most critics’ “best of” lists. The trio of songwriters and producers, which includes New Yorker and in-house producer for Downtown Recordings Andrew Wyatt, in collaboration with Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg, the Swedish production duo known as Bloodshy & Avant, have been the masterminds behind many pop and mainstream acts including Madonna, Britney Spears and Kylie Minogue. However, their experience doesn’t thwart our love for this album. Miike Snow is a complete pop revelation, and one of the best indie pop breakouts of the year. – KC

fever

Fever RayFever Ray

Fever Ray – When I Grow Up

Fever Ray’s self-titled debut album was groundbreaking. The electro sounds and lyrics are similar to frontwoman Karin Dreijer Andersson’s former project The Knife, yet evoke an even eerier and emotionally intense feeling that is fast-paced and experimental in sound. Karin delivers a truly unique auditory experience that blends fantasy with the nightmarish and unknown. Seeing Fever Ray perform live at Webster Hall in New York City this year was definitely unlike any other live show I’ve seen to date. “When I Grow Up,” “Seven,” and “If I Had A Heart” are among the best tracks on the album, with videos that parallel in the strange and unique. The album penetrates your curiosity, half-terrifying, half-calming, and draws you into Karin’s world — highly emotional, complex and wonderfully weird. – SL

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Passion PitManners

Passion Pit – Moth’s Wings

Passion Pit bathes in the same pool as many other artsy vigilante musicians such as MGMT, Friendly Fires and Late of The Pier. As my tutor at ACM once told me, genres are for people that work at record stores. These guys bring this concept to the next level.

Finding inspiration in a plethora of musical styles, this album grasps you from the first bar of music on the intro track “Make Light.” An indie four-to-the-floor beat with a properly produced drone bass line lays the solid ground for the guitars to slowly unfold their respective voicing. Any song that drags you through three verses of a lyrical depiction of being down in a gutter, to then insist that we have the power within to bring light into our lives is a solid introduction.

“And it’s alright
Cause tonight there’s a way I’ll make light
Of my treacherous life.”

The ‘favorite song’ pedestal for this album is a duality fought between “Moths Wings” and “To Kingdom Come.” The teasing guitar lick and epic entry of the keys sets my skin alight. I’m a fond believer in that if you don’t know what to say, write a letter. Michael addresses the entire lyric of this song to a dear friend in need of advice. Epic.

I could type a novel on each of these tunes, but for logistic reasons, I won’t. Seeing as “Sleepyhead” has been satisfactorily covered in prior posts, I’ll take the pleasure in breaking “To Kingdom Come” down to its core. Right from the beginning, this tune shines a ray of sunshine up anybody’s yo hole. Even though the lyrics oppose this idea, except for the final pair of words: Feel Alive! Yes sir, I do now. The rest of the lyrical content covers the dilemma of dealing with unnecessary and dumbfounded negative criticism from the people you expect it from the least. I think we can all relate.

All in all, this debut album, to me, is a masterpiece. They kicked the industry’s door down, and here they are, and they’re here to stay. Some people compare their sound to MGMT and call them a pastiche. I beg of you, stop skimming through albums, pay attention and you’ll see the divine difference between the two. – JCOS

laroux

La RouxIn For The Kill

La Roux – In For The Kill

Lyrics about love and betrayal, and that hair… This 80’s-inspired electro pop duo’s band name originates from frontwoman Elly Jackson’s French heritage, and of course her red hair – La Roux translates into “the red headed one.” Their debut album first hit the scene in 2007, when the debut single “Quicksand” was released on an independent record label, before the English group signed with Polydor Records, which released the full-length album In For The Kill in 2009. The second half of the duo is Ben Langmaid; Langmaid does not perform live with Jackson and refuses to be photographed or interviewed.  So Jackson holds her own as the stand out of the band. With hits including “Bulletproof,” the second single released, which debuted at # 1 in the UK Singles Chart, title track “In For the Kill,” and “I’m Not Your Toy,” the debut album threw Jackson onto the scene with a bang, her red hair gracing the pages of Rolling Stone, SPIN, NME, with hundreds of other features in UK papers, online media and the music blogs. Live performances this past year have also gained her a loyal fan base, with rave reviews from Leeds, Reading, Glastonbury and U.S. festival debut, All Points West. While 2009 was the year of red, 2010 looks like it will be the year of gold for Jackson, with her 2010 “The Gold Tour” kicking off in April. – SL

animal

Animal CollectiveMerriweather Post Pavilion

Animal Collective – Brother Sport

Who would have thought that an extremely weird, overly ambient, psychedelic pop album would be on the top of everyone’s list in ’09? An album that requires so much patience and imagination from the listener to the point that it’s borderline inaccessible. Well, pretty much every one. Since the day the album was released, this critically-acclaimed album has held title of king. Like I said though, as well received as it may be, this album is not for everyone. As much as people want new, they want familiar and if you’re always listening for something to bring you back home when you’re listening to music, then this may leave you in the dark. What impresses me the most about this work is how such eccentricity manages to provoke thought and emotion. It’s not everyday you get an album that succeeds like this one did, without the band somehow compromising their integrity, so this is truly a special one. – HMJ

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Bat For LashesTwo Suns

Bat For Lashes – Glass

Two Suns is the place where epic fantasy, mystic love, dark adventure and highly ambitious song writing seamlessly come together to take us on a dark, yet inspiring cosmic journey into the world of Natasha Khan and her hedonistic alter-ego Pearl.

“Fresh like the produce isle – that’s a Harlem for them.” – G.O.V

Like Merriweather Post Pavilion, most of the songs on this album require the listener to bring some imagination to the table. There are moments when this genre-defying work might leave you cold, if you’re not in Natasha fantasy land. Moments when abstract experimentation may have gotten the best of the music, but should you dare to escape and enjoy outside of your personal listening needs, the experience will be one-of-a-kind. My taste for all things this year has ended up at exotic, be it girls, music, entertainment — I need it to be something I’m not familiar with. Maybe I traveled too much as a kid or something, but I need the atypical, and perhaps this is why “Daniel” is hands-down my favorite song of the year. No matter how many times I listen to this song, how close to home her emotional delivery may be, I can never listen to this song and feel like it’s something I’m familiar with. And that, my friends, is priceless. – HMJ

Wake up

Crystal Antlers

Photo credit: Jonny Leather

I re-discovered this gem on my iPod the other day, and have been waking up with this song in my head ever since, so I wanted to share with you — Crystal Antlers’ “Andrew,” the first single off the LA band’s debut album Tentacles.  Perhaps because it reminds me of this past summer, this bluesy, garage rock anthem has been getting me through the last couple of cold, snowy days.

Crystal Antlers – Andrew

By the way, I pulled the photo above from Jonny Leather, who has been aggressively posting the “Best of… 2009″ in every category imaginable.  Here are the 25 Best Concert Photos of 2009, and hop on JonnyLeather.com for more on his picks for the best albums, songs, performances, etc. of the year.

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Photo credit: Sean O’Kane / Bowery Presents

Musical theater and spectacle were themes running through Friday night’s concert at Webster Hall, where Fanfarlo and supporting act Freelance Whales played the final show of their six-week North American tour.

London-based pop/folk act Fanfarlo, lead by Swedish frontman Simon Balthazar, commenced their set with a show within a show.  Before the band took the stage, two men came out to lower the light fixtures, while another man began to outfit himself in a straight jacket.  His feet were then harnessed to the lights, and he was lifted up.  While, hanging upside down, he attempted an escape.

The band then came out and began their set with “The Walls Are Coming Down.”  The crowd still wasn’t sure if this was part of the concert, and while Fanfarlo played, our eyes darted back and forth between the band and the high drama hanging from above.  It wasn’t until later that we realized the theatrics were taken from the video for “The Walls Are Coming Down,” in which one of Europe’s top escape artists performs Harry Houdini’s “Hanging Straitjacket Escape.”

Despite the night’s theatrics, which also included wind tubes for the audience to twirl along to the music and a Casanova-masked girl accompanying the band with sign language, Fanfarlo and the songs from their February 2009 full-length debut Resevoir was what truly captivated the audience.  The use of trumpet, violin and mandolin, in addition to more traditional instruments, created a sound that the New York Times has dubbed as “quasi-symphonic indie rock.”

Fanfarlo recognize themselves more as literary rockers, than rock stars, preferring sit down to discuss their latest readings, than head out for a night on the town.  In fact, the band’s moniker comes from a work by the 19th century French essayist and poet Charles Baudelaire.

Wherever they draw inspiration, it’s working.  Fanfarlo is a 2009 breakout act, and Resevoir has reached critical acclaim.  In addition to “The Walls Are Coming Down,” also check out the songs “I’m A Pilot,” “Ghosts,” Luna” and our favorite “Harold T. Wilkins, or How to Wait for a Very Long Time.”

Freelance Whales, the night’s opening act, played the first few songs off their full-length debut Weathervanes in order, before switching up the arrangement.  Mastering instruments we’ve never seen before and interchanging hands, revealing the multi talents of each member, Freelance Whales’ live show was a departure from their recorded sound, which is much more polished and epic.  However, the live renditions still brought the same sense of intimacy their album creates.

The turning point of the set was the song “Starring,” one of their more upbeat tracks.  The audience was hooked and the band members reached a level of comfort – frontman Judah Dadone bantered with the crowd and each member gave a shout out to their native New York – Brooklyn and Queens, among others.

In addition to “Starring,” highlights included the songs “Ghosting,” “The Great Estates,” and the last of the set, “Generator^2nd Floor.”  At the close of their show, the band hugged and snapped a picture of the crowd – a final momento from their tour.

Freelance Whales recently signed to Frenchkiss/Mom & Pop Records, which will re-release Weathervanes in 2010.  Since CMJ, we’ve had Freelance Whales on repeat and recommend picking up the debut album to prepare for more shows in January, including an appearance at Mercury Lounge on January 20th.

Many people have compared both Fanfarlo and Freelance Whales to the likes of Arcade Fire, Beirut and Sufjan Stevens.  At times, we definitely caught glimpses of those soaring, orchestral sounds, especially from Fanfarlo, so we’re expecting to hear a lot more from each in 2010.  Also, the pairing of the two for this tour was very strategic.  Many people in the crowd ventured to Webster Hall to see one or the other, but, as the two complemented each other so well, the audience left loving both.

During the encore, Fanfarlo invited Freelance Whales back to the stage, and Balthazar exclaimed that they were running out of songs to play, so the ensemble decided on a holiday theme – Low’s “Just Like Christmas.”  Fitting for our first snow fall in the city this weekend, where it finally feels just like Christmas.

Fanfarlo – The Walls Are Coming Down

Freelance Whales – Starring

for my girls

Animal collective

It’s Friday.  All those year-end round-ups are out.  So we’re listening to all of our favorites from 2009 and getting excited about 2010.  Here are a few lists to check out:

Pitchfork’s Top 100 Songs of 2009

Pitchfork’s Top 50 Albums of 2009

Steroegum’s Top 25 69 Most Anticipated Albums of 2010 (really, 69?)

Over at Pitchfork, Animal Collective took #1 for best song (“My Girls”) and album (Merriweather Post Pavilion), and Dirty Projectors followed up in the #2 slot on both lists (for the “Stillness is the Move” off the album Bitte Orca).

Animal Collective – My Girls

Dirty Projectors – Stillness is the Move

Stereogum has a nice round up of what we have to look forward to in 2010, which includes albums by Hot Chip, The National, MGMT, LCD Soundsystem, Frightened Rabbit, The Strokes, Arcade Fire and Sleigh Bells.  Here are two singles off of albums coming out in the next few months:

Hot Chip – Take It In

Frightened Rabbit – Swim Until You Can’t See Land

Have some good “Best of…” lists?  Send them to forthebeat@gmail.com, and we’ll throw the good ones up here…

electronics and a mic…

neon indian

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Last night, Neon Indian headlined a sold out show at Mercury Lounge with some amazing supporting acts including Electric Tickle Machine, Toro Y Moi & MNDR.

We’ve seen Electric Tickle Machine about 8 or 9 times (I think…) and every time we’re just as excited as, if not more than, the time before to see this energetic foursome get the party started RIGHT.  If you don’t have their latest album Blew It Again, get it.   The album artwork is also a pretty amazing visual for your collection – you can get it online and/or pick one up at their next show.  Here is a preview.

Toro Y Moi was up next, and although I had heard some of his remixes (like Washed Out’s “Feel It All Around”), I wasn’t sure how he would translate live.  He completely sold me 10 seconds into the first song.  A one man voice accompanying the ambient electronic beats, he had the entire crowd captivated by his performance.  It was groovy and dancey, and I can’t wait to see him perform again.

Neon Indian rocked it, delivering a stellar show.  They sounded just as good live as they do on record.  “Deadbeat Summer,” “Psychic Chasms” and “I Don’t Know If You Know” are my favorite tracks – all played last night – from Neon Indian’s debut album Psychic Chasms.  Alan Palomo’s artistry is an example of why electropop is my favorite genre right now, and probably not getting replaced any time soon…

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Neon Indian – Psychic Chasms

Toro Y Moi – Talamak

Electric Tickle Machine – Part of Me

haha don’t be like that: forthebeat’s 9 of ’09


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We’ve put together our “Best of” list — forthebeat’s 9 of ’09, featuring 9 original tracks and 9 remixes. Not all of these debuted in 2009, but this list is comprised of our favorite tunes we couldn’t stop repeating, all year long.

Our friends over at Et Musique Pour Tous have compiled the list into an 18 track, candy for your ears, end of year mixtape.  Head over to EMPT and download here.  In no particular order, the track listing:

White Rabbits – Percussion Gun
Delorean – Deli
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll (A Trak Remix)
Passion Pit – Sleepyhead
Sleigh Bells – Ring Ring
Whitest Boy Alive – Golden Cage (Fred Falke Remix)
The xx – Crystalized
The Virgins – Rich Girls (The Twelves Remix)
Miike Snow – Sylvia
Telepathe – Chrome’s On It (Gold Panda Remix)
Florence and The Machine - Cosmic Love
Sebastien Tellier – Roche (Breakbot Remix)
La Roux - I'm Not Your Toy (Jack Beats Remix)
Air France – Collapsing At Your Doorstep
Lykke Li – Dance, Dance, Dance
Florence and the Machine – You’ve Got the Love (The xx Remix)
Friendly Fires – Paris (Aeroplane Remix)
The xx – Shelter (Them Jeans Drum Edit)

One of EMPT’s fans, KIKI, left an extensive comment list that is nothing short of amazing, describing how each track makes her feel.  Some incredible highlights here:

track 3: I fucking love a-trak. and the word alchemy. at 2:28 I’m jamming with steph in a club and then we’re at the beach and then in a plane….by about 4:25 we’re at hiro.

track 6: YESSSSSSSSSS. NO WORDS. JUST PARTY MOVES AND PARTY DRESSES. SEQUIN ONES. black sequins, and spaghetti straps and champagne and a disco ball and jumping on banquettes. and falling in love or out…

track 8: I wish I could walk around nyc with songs like this blasting from a boom box on my shoulder.

track 9: saturday afternoons during ny winter with no real sunlight and rain and snow and walking down the street with a hat and mittens and loving whats in your ears and loving strangers.

track 13: repeat. repeat. repeat. repeat. repeat. repeat. repeat.

track 14: whatevsky.

track 18: dance party in slow motion. or steph doing the running man…..

<3 the twelves <3

the twelves

I LOVE The Twelves, but the Brazillian DJ duo rarely make it to the U.S.  Their December and January tour takes them to Hamburg, Geneva, London, Scotland, France, Sao Paulo and others – I might try and convince KC to come and follow them over the next month.

So many of their remixes are my favorites including:

- Black Kids: Boyfriend
- The Virgins: Rich Girls
- La Roux: In For the Kill

Here are two must-haves for your undoubtedly well-stocked collection:

Metric – Help I’m Alive (The Twelves Remix)

Alan Parsons Project – Wouldn’t Want to be Like You (The Twelves Remix)

to forget her, Walter also left….

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Electronic pop from France seems to be my favorite flavor these days.  Here’s another one to add to the list: a new duo called Walter Sobcek.

This is how Walter describes himself, in French and in English below — better in French…

“Walter Sobcek est un garcon. Il aime les filles, comme Traci Lors ou Marylin Jess.  Neanmoins, il est amoureux de Chelsea. Une fille de 20 ans. Elle est blonde, elle est belle, elle est partie……”

“Walter Sobcek is a man. He likes girls. He likes Traci Lords. However, he is in love with Chelsea. A 20 year old girl. She is blonde. She is beautiful. She left him. To forget her, Walter also left…”

One of my favorites is “Traci’s Party.”  I love the name.  I love the jam.  I am thinking I love Walter…here it is for your listening pleasure, as well as a remix of Phoenix’s “1901″:

Phoenix – 1901 (Walter Sobcek Remix)

Walter Sobcek -  Traci’s Party


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