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Music Video : MGMT “Your Life Is A Lie”

“Your Life Is A Life” An absurd and poignant music video and track that serves as a counter part of their amazing song “Time To Pretend”. It seems that the MGMT boys have grown up even more and have learned some serious Life lessons…


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MGMT x Ed Banger All Stars Remix (SO ME, Breakbot & Busy P)

The Ed Bang Clan takes MGMT’s 10 min psychedelic prog-opus and transforms it into a journey of sound and dance. It all begins with a 70s Pop ballad-esque re-working in the vain of the Alessi Brothers/The Bee Gees with a lush string part, piano, acoustic guitar and harmonica – a section of the “remix” that I assume is SO ME’s doing. Next is a classic Breakbot smooth funk section, no complaints from me on this yacht rock section of the re-visioning. The last part is Busy P’s psychedelic breakbeat section that closes out the dance-opus. Overall a very impressive and tasteful Remix by the Ed Banger Team.

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MGMT x Air

Air steps in to clean up and fix up the MGMT single “It’s Working” a tune off of their album “Congratulations” which definitely fell short for me. Air transforms the tune into a pulsating, Kraut-Pop tune especially the outro of the song with its galloping bassline and twinkling piano. Suicide would be proud as well.

Download: MGMT – It’s Working (Air Remix)

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MGMT – Flash Delirium

Finally MGMT, Blogonomics staple is back to fuel the Hypemachine. This track sounds like a a cat surfing on an 8-bit sega wave. Oh wait. A super 60s psychedelic pop surfer vibe. I definitely hear some early Pink Floyd circa Syd Barret. Definitely structurely the tune is about being more of a sonic journey than a track with hooks – proof on what you can do in a 4 min song. This is a return to their hippie/liberal arts New England roots.

This album I feel will have very little to do with Electric Feel, Time to Pretend, and Kids – instead will be about a complete journey within the dying medium, an album. A nostalgic experience when listening to a piece of music in one sitting was a privilege. I feel that MGMT is going to alienate their old fans and just win over a new fans since it will be so hard to replicate the greatness and success that was “Oracular Spectacular”.

MGMT – Flash Delirium

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Asian Dan Presents Emil & Friends “Astronaut Ice Cream Mixtape” + Interview

Emil & Friends crafted a mixtape that gives listeners a peak into his creative mind. Everything from 60s pop to 70s smooth pop and Prog rock to John Frusciante, MGMT & The Smashing Pumpkins. Sit back and enjoy this hour and 30 min musical lesson brought to you by Professor Emil.

Asian Dan Presents Emil & Friends “Astronaut Ice Cream Mixtape”
Tracklist at the end of the interview.

Here is a new track by Emil & Friends that is an introspective and folky feel good tune. The guitar work at the end reminds me of John Frusciante.
“Fame and fortune don’t mean shit to me. 0o0o0 baby now…”
Emil & Friends – The Shrine

Asian Dan Interview: Emil & Friends

1.  Who is Emil & Friends?  How would you describe your music?

Emil & friends has been called everything from a band to a boyfriend/girlfriend duo to one guy with multiple personalities. At this point, and most likely until a tour, there will just be me doing what needs to be done. So I guess its more the multiple personalities… More specifically, I play the instruments, write, sing, record, produce, mix, design strange graphics and animations (All these done usually while wearing a costume of some sort). When I decided to release something I picked the Emil & Friends label because it sounded average, showed I wasn’t taking myself too seriously, and that I wanted to collaborate and start a band in the future, should it happen that way. I figured as long as I made the music good enough it would stay afloat. It could always change to a reference from some cult movie. That seems standard these days.

A description of the music? Its kind of like buffet style servings that vacillate between nylon/electro dream fountain pop and driven crunchy disco dirt while stopping to sample flavors of soul, punk, trip hop and whatever else slips by undetected.

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Passion Pit x Emil & Friends

Here is some Boston on Cambridge remix/revision/reworking action. Emil & Friends provide their take on Passion Pit’s Blogosphere banger, “Sleepyhead”. I like this a lot more than the PP version. Time to watch this track climb the Hypemachine ranks. Emil & Friend’s version of “Electric Feel” is already at 22!
Passion Pit – Sleepyhead (Emil & Friends Reworking)

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Emil & Friends

So I got this email from Emil & Friends back in November but never checked out the tracks attached. Waves At Night and Hyperbole both posted tracks by Emil & Friends recently. I am quite impressed and am going to jump on the bandwagon. They have a MGMT vibe hence the “Electric Feel” Cover/Remix meets blogosphere’s favorites, Passion Pit, but better. I checked out their EP, Downed Economy and am really loving it. Check out the title track “Downed Economy” which has this slick electro vibe. Other tracks on the EP remind me of old John Frusciante. I’m gonna be watching out for these guys this year 🙂

Emil & Friends – Electric Feel (MGMT Cover)

Emil & Friends – Downed Economy

Here is the email I received from Emil & Friends back in November. Ha:
Hey Guys,
Just wanted to tip you all off on the hot new project of international film star Emile Hirsch. You can check out his myspace at

In case you are not privy to the superstardom that is Emile Hirsch here’s a brief bio. As a kid he attended the The Hamilton Academy of Music and The Performing Arts in Los Angeles. Now he is often seen singing karaoke alongside Lindsay Lohan, Bo Barrett, Michelle Rodriguez, Kellan Rhude and Nicole Richie at Beverly Hills hot spot “Guys”.

The Man Himself,
Emile Hirsch.

PS. Considerer yourself honored to have received a personal email from a star of my caliber.

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Soulwax x Mixmag: Part of NYE Never Dies

Download: Soulwax x Mixmag: Part of NYE Never Dies

01. The Chemical Brothers – Hey Boy Hey Girl (Soulwax Remix Edit)
02. Zombie Nation – Forza
03. Tame Impala – Half Full Glass Of Wine
04. Tiga – Mind Dimension 2 (Ghent Version)
05. Mr Oizo – Pourriture 7 (Soulwax Edit)
06. Esser – Headlock
07. In Flagranti – Business Acumen
08. Flairs – Truckers Delight
09. MGMT – Kids (Soulwax Remix)
10. Das Pop – Fool For Love
11. Eine Kleine Nacht Musik – Feurprobe (Rory Phillips Remix)
12. Mickey Moonlight – Interplanetary Melodies
13. Late Of The Pier – Random Firl
14. Ali Renault – Our World Is


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Soulwax: Pure FM Mix & The Essential Hot Mix

Pure FM provided Soulwax with a list of songs in their music collection and asked them to mix and mash them live. They had no clue what songs they were going to be given ahead of time so the mix gets a little messy at times but is still interesting and fun. I especially enjoy the fact Fleet Foxes was thrown in 🙂
Pure FM – Soulwax vs. Drugstore

Download: Soulwax Pure FM Mix

01 Chemical Brothers – Hey Boy, Hey Girl (Soulwax ‘2Many Dj’s Remix’)
02 Some tones of Yazoo – Don’t Go
03 Some tones of DR Dre – Still Dre
04 Yazoo – Don’t Go
05 Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You (theme from Rick Rolled)
06 Giorgio Moroder – The Chase (theme from Midnight Express)
07 Klaxons – Gravity’s Rainbow (Soulwax Remix)
08 Jeanne Mas – Toute Première Fois
09 101 – Rock To The Beat
10 Duran Duran – Wild Boys
11 Soulwax – E-talking (Tiga’s Disco Drama Mix)
12 U96 – Das Boot
13 Front 242 – No Shuffle
14 Hot Butter – Pop Corn
15 Cranes – Adoration
16 Sandra Kim – J’aime La Vie
17 Malvina Reynolds – Little Boxes
18 Boys Noize – & Down
19 Jean Michel Jarre – Oxygene part IV
20 MGMT – Electric Feel (Justice Remix)
21 Michael Jackson – Thriller
22 Le Grand Jojo – Le Footbaliste
23 Freeze – I O U
24 The White Stripes – Conquest
25 datA – Aerius Light
26 Dead Can Dance – Sanvean
27 Rose Laurence – Africa
28 Salvatore Adamo – Inch’Allah
29 SoMe – Decalcomania
30 Body Count – Born Dead
31 Justice – Phantom Part 1
32 Led Zeppelin – Whole Lotta Love
33 Muse feat. The Streets – Who Knows Who
34 Sonic Youth – 100%
35 Charles Aznavour – Je m’voyais déjà
36 John Dahlback – Blink
37 Cut/Copy – Hearts On Fire
38 Stéphanie de Monaco – Ouragan
39 Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal
40 AC/DC – Highway To Hell vs ??
41 André Brasseur – Studio 17
42 Enigma – Sadeness
43 Bloc Party – Fluxx
44 MGMT – Electric Feel (Justice Remix)

Soulwax crafted a little “Essential Hot Mix” for Pete Tong’s show on Radio 1. I want to get my hands on the Soulwax remix of Walter Murphy’s Fifth of Beethoven!

Download: Soulwax – The Essential Hot Mix

Soulwax – ‘Part of the Weekend Never Dies’
Kissing The Pink – ‘Big Man Restless’
Sonic Youth – ‘100%’
Wire – ‘Three Girl Rhumba’
ZZT – ‘The Worm (Erol Edit)’
Esser – ‘Headlock’
In Flagranti – ‘Business Accumen’
Lele – ‘Disco Vraiment’
MGMT – ‘Kids (Soulwax Remix)’
Simian Mobile Disco – ‘Nike Run Edit’
Todd Terry – ‘Can You Party…’
Simple Minds – ‘I Travel’
Action Man – ‘Zombie Dance’
Flairs – ‘Truckers Delite’
Chemical Brothers – ‘Hey Boy Hey Girl (Soulwax Remix)’
Beethoven – ‘Soulwax Edit’
Zombie Nation – ‘Forza’
Sheila E – ‘Glamorous Life’

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MGMT – Kids (NT89’s do you remember dance my remix)

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