Sunday, November 30, 2008

Before it hits December

I watched both of these the other day in the midst of writing a paper. The first one left me feeling a little disgusted. And the second one, which is a parody, left me trying to silence my laughter in the library. The original is way too serious for me so this video parody made me feel a lot better after watching the original.


Justice - Stress

Justesse - No Stress (Parody)

I don't care what nobody says...

This wonderful remix/cover of "Knocked Up" is from the Kings of Leon's Use Somebody single. Like stated in other blogs, it's hard to determine whether or not this is a cover or a remix. I guess it's a bit of both. But whatever it is, it's excellent.
The combination of Lykke Li's voice and Caleb Followill's voice is soothing and perfect. Whoever put this together did a good job putting a Lykke Li twist on it.
The original (which was released in 2007) is also excellent; brings back nostalgic memories.

Kings of Leon - Knocked up (Lykke Li vs. Rodeo Mix)

Kings of Leon - Knocked up

P.S. Lykke Li is taking over

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

You got me pushing imaginary buttons

In the beginning of last year, I was slurping on a caramel macchiato at the good ol' local Starbucks where I noticed a CD that had the image of a blonde girl with colourful marks all over her face. I was mostly interested in the artist, Sia, because of her unique album art. I only got to check out one of her songs, which was "I Go To Sleep". I soon forgot about her for some reason. Then, out of the blue, she surfaced again. But this was more so CSS re-surfacing and remixing her song "Buttons".
No offense to the original song but I think the CSS remix is structured a lot better. It progresses nicely and of course, there's a nice dance beat to groove to.

Sia - Buttons (CSS Remix)

Sia - Buttons (Original Video)

Recently, Sia has released the third single, "Soon She'll be Found", off her latest album, Some People Have Real Problems; this album also contains "Buttons" and "I Go to Sleep"

Friday, November 21, 2008

Any way you choose to give it (Boy 8-bit remix)


I blogged about this remix (and other excellent remixes of this song) last June. The Boy 8-bit remix has surfaced again in my music library and I'm loving it - why did McDonald's have to ruin that phrase?

First things first, I think the original song is amazing. It's mainly the lyrics and the beat that I really seem to enjoy. I also love the different interpretations/remixes of this song. I would say that this one is the most "playful" out of all of them.

I can't find much info on Boy 8-bit. All I can state is: 8-bit music consists of crazy video game sounds which is what Boy 8-bit seems to enjoy. Here is a link to his podomatic.

The Black Ghosts - Any way you choose to give it (Boy 8-bit remix)

The Black Ghosts - Any way you choose to give it

Monday, November 17, 2008

She Loves Everybody

Consisting of two people (D.A. Wallach and Max Drummey), Chester French is a band that has freshly graduated from Harvard University. They're just starting to successfully seed into the music world with their single "She Loves Everybody." Even though I'm not a big fan of the lyrics, I will admit that this song is damn catchy.

Chester French - She Loves Everybody

Thursday, November 13, 2008


I surprisingly discovered this video (and the artist, Apparat) on YouTube. I listened to the song before fully watching the video. At first, I thought the song was pretty good; it kind of reminded me of Röyksopp. Then, I watched the video which left me feeling a little confused and sad. I watched it again, and again, and again...I seriously couldn't stop watching it. Now, I can't stop listening to "Arcadia." I feel like this song and video hypnotized me into loving them (which I have no problem with at all).

Little bit of info on Apparat:

Apparat is essentially a German man named Sascha Ring. He has released three LPs (according to his official website but Wikipedia states otherwise); his LP released in 2007, Walls, features this song, "Arcadia". I've listened to the rest of Walls and it's relaxing yet full of irresistable dance beats at the same time.

The video and song are well-produced and synchronized nicely with one another. The video can be interpreted differently by different people so I won't do an analysis of it and leave that up to the viewer. All I'm going to say is; poor crow.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Sucked into the supermassive black hole

Looking for a sexy remix?
Look no further.
Muse - Supermassive Black Hole (Phones Control Voltage 7 Mix Edit)
I'm sucked into it.

Muse - Supermassive Black Hole

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Gallery Piece Remix

By coinciding the music with the lyrics excellently, this Minitel Rose remix takes this lustful Of Montreal song to the next level of intensity.

Of Montreal - Gallery Piece (Minitel Rose Remix)

Friday, November 7, 2008


"Cobrastyle" is a song originally done by a Swedish band called the Teddybears. Swedish "pop" star, Robyn, did a cover of this song. Then, the Bloody Beetroots remixed that cover. And out of all of them, I enjoy the remix the most (but that's what usually seems to happen with me - remixes rule my life). Once the remix gets past the first 3 seconds (which sound like the beginning of "Paper Planes" by M.I.A), it's blissful.

Robyn - Cobrastyle (Bloody Beetroots Remix)

Link to Robyn YouTube video

Teddy Bears - Cobrastyle (original version)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Pass this on...

"Hey cuz, wanna produce some remixes?"

John Dahlbäck and Jesper Dahlbäck are cousins from Sweden with similar interests and initials. They have created their own label (Dahlbäck Recordings) and identity (Hugg & Pepp - this name was inspired by nicknames and potential names that the Dahlbäck's fathers thought of or dreamed for the boys). Both boys are DJs and producers. John bases himself out of London while Jesper prefers to base himself out of his home country.

In this remix, they don't change the song much which I think is good. They do lessen the amount of mermaid drums in the remix which I like (mermaid drums is a false term I made-up for steel drums). They also speed the song up and add more elating sounds, which make it easier to dance to.

The Knife - Pass This On (John Dahlbäck & Jesper Dahlbäck Remix)

The Knife - Pass this on

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


Most of the lyrics of this song aren't very relevant to the current affairs of the news but I can't get it out of my head after last night's American election. And what's mainly in my head is; "Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes."

David Bowie - Changes

Monday, November 3, 2008

Excuse me while I get lost in this beat

"A heartbeat, a flicker, a line; it's just a line"

I blogged about how awesome Late of the Pier was a couple of months ago. And now, Hot Chip has provided a sweet remix of "Heartbeat."

If you aren't into this remix at first, wait until the song is about halfway through. The "Sandstorm"-like ambiance and electrified guitar riff creep up unexpectedly and really coerce you into the music (this is a good kind of coercing...). I also like how Hot Chip made the remix mainly focus on the lyrics; "it's just a line."

Late of the Pier - Heartbeat (Hot Chip Remix)

Late of the Pier - Heartbeat

One day, we're gonna live in Paris

After seeing the Friendly Fires perform with Lykke Li, I can't stop listening to "Paris"; the Aeroplane remix and the original.

I had heard the remix before I went to the concert but I had never heard the original. Until after the concert, I didn't appreciate the song/remix the way I should've.

Both the original and the remix have a surreal aura to them which goes along with the dream-like lyrics of the song. And I can totally picture someone wandering the streets of Paris with amazement in their eyes and this song (or remix) playing in the background.

Friendly Fires - Paris (Aeroplane remix feat. Au Revoir Simone)

Friendly Fires - Paris
The video's pretty trippy as well.

Friendly Fires Myspace

Saturday, November 1, 2008