Beyoncé - 4
We swear this isn't an ironic listening. We love Beyoncé and 4. OK, we might unironically skip straight to track 5, 'Party', produced by Kanye West and with rap by Andre3000, because we ain't no stay-home-mums that need all those ballads about being broken hearted and finding the right person. But, after that, the album turns into a beautiful compilation of classic r'n'b, soul and a bit of sweat-inducing booty tracks - not too many though - that sound surprisingly courageous considering the actual state of pop music. And for that, we bow down and hail Queen B. P.S. Get the deluxe version, for those extra couple of amazing tracks.
The name of this label has been interpreted in many ways; from 'bass-seekey' to 'base-ike', but the correct way describes exactly what this label is about: BASIC. Bassike delivers easily breezily cut staples with an interesting little twist that keeps them from being your run of the mill. For those that live in climates like that of Australia (where Bassike hails from) or Brazil, you'll know how easy it is to make fashion faux pas when the weather gets hot and the prospect of wearing anything but a bathing suit becomes slightly unappealing; Bassike is all and everything you need.
Game of Thrones
Before watching HBO's Game of Thrones, I assumed the series would tend a bit more towards the blood-dripping Danish movie Valhalla Rising rather than fairy-tale stories a lá 'Lord of the Rings'; and for that I didn't really like the series at the beginning. But slowly, I found myself submitting to tales of bad kings, midget juggernauts, savage warriors and... dragons. And that happened probably because there aren't exactly good guys and bad guys here, like there are in Tolkien stories - and that is, of course, a simplification of his work. Another reason I relented to this series is because of the intriguing political backstage element that leads to the ever-happening dance of thrones. Oh, and did I mention the gratuitous nekkid-ness?
The Norfolk // Sydney, Australia
Of the slew of new spots having opened up in Sydney in the last six months, The Norfolk on Cleveland St in Surry Hills has been one fated with success. Owned by some of the same kids that have brought The Flinders back to life (and currently, it's incredibly quick onset of 'The Norms'), you'll undoubtedly find The Norfolk rammed with all kinds, vying for a bite, a beer and a spot in the garden out back. The aim of the game is to cultivate Aussie pub culture at it's best; and it's doing a pretty decent job so far - if only you could get a table!
Super Sad True Love Story
Super Sad True Love Story is the third book from the writer of the best selling Absurdistan, Gary Shteyngart. Incidentally, I read him name dropped in Flavorpill's Ultimate Hipster Reading list and in the same sentence as James Franco (they're buds, apaprently) just before I finished his latest offering. Don't let any of that put you off, or take away any of the sad scary brilliance of Super Sad True Love Story; written from the perspective of one 39 year old Lenny Abramov, son of Russian immigrants and in love with the impossibly cute and cruel Eunice Park. A satire that cuts to the bone, Super Sad True Love Story is exactly it's title. And it's good.
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Ending My Cold War (Kids)

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I had the biggest boy crush on Cold War Kids back in the day. I remember watching them opening for someone (Mates of States?) at a really small club in London, in 2006, and it was such a heartbreaking performance. When the second album finally arrived, I ran to listen yet failed to connect with the new songs. I don’t think I even gave any a second listen. Now the band has a third album out and I couldn’t care less, but lately I've had a creeping feeling I should care more...


Call me hipster all you want, but it took just two good remixes for me to give the band a second chance – or to think about giving them one at least since I haven’t heard any of the original tracks yet from Mine Is Yours. But you're going to have to agree with me: the Yeasayer reinterpretation below is awesome. It has that shameless reggae feel to it that we all *hate*, but totally mellow to when heard on a sunny day. The percussion and 80s synthetic noises bring ‘Mine Is Yours’ closer to the great Odd Blood album and further from what Cold War Kids usually sound like, sad and emotional.


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Passion Pit used to be a band that would have me listening to every single remix they dropped; but then they got lazy or something and let the drummer assume the remix position in the band. Though he'd produce good shit from time to time, they just sounded nothing like Passion Pit which ruined the objective of listening to them remixing something in the first place. This time though, it sounds like Passion Pit - like good Passion Pit. It’s upbeat, fun and also incredibly 80s.


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So can you see why I’m giving Cold War Kids another chance? Watch out for my comments, but I really do think (and based on remixes only) that I’m going to like them this time round.

FESTIVAL // Planeta Terra 2010, São Paulo, Brazil
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After failing to wrangle press credentials to Brazil's premier 'indie' music festival, Planeta Terra, we had to try other routes to get to Sao Paulo's Playcenter (an amusement park). Thankfully, by the grace of our very good friends Flavia Durante, Hector Lima, Dago Donato and with a special big thank you to of Montreal's Bryan Poole, we received our golden tickets and entry to one of the most organised, punctual and civilised festivals I've ever been to.


Though for a brief moment I did feel rather like a second class citizen, as men and women were split into two queues to go through security as only girl on girl and boy on boy pat downs are allowed. The girls queue took forever and I fumed silently as all the boys just kept streaming past. For this, I should have at least tried to smuggle some verboten substances through the gates. Unlike airport security, they didn't ask me to take off my shoes (I wore my 4 inch wedge platforms. What? That extra 4 inches helps when you're standing in a crowd a billion people deep), so I might've succeded with a secret shelf inside my platform. Still there was the whiff of weed in the air and a discreet little baggie or two to be seen.


Because speaking of which, undoubtedly one of the main reasons for the civility of Planeta Terra is that there's a law (here's where my facts get hazy - Brazilians, if you know, holler at us) in São Paulo that says something like: if you have more than x amount of people in a venue, beer is the only alcohol allowed to be sold. The pros and cons are obvious, but it's in this way that you get an altogether generally more chilled and polite crowd of people ambling between the two stages and lining up for rollercoasters, bumper cars and tower of terror type rides.


We didn't manage to hop onto any rides unfortunately, as priority was to run between very prompt sets on opposite ends of the park. Our schedule went something like this:


of Montreal


Passion Pit


Hot Chip

and Empire of the Sun

Of Montreal // HIYA Kevin! WE LOVE YOU!


It's a given that Of Montreal were magnificent, with a beautiful pink sunset decorating stage left, it was a glorious way for the festival to open. We are of the opinion that they should have closed the Indie stage instead of opening the mainstage, but whatever, we were just very happy to see them at all.


Of Montreal // the epic proportions of the main stage


We scooted over to Yeasayer next. The last time I saw Yeasayer play was back in early 2008 in London. They were just really starting to break at the time; and despite thoroughly enjoying the set, I remember being a little disappointed at how much of it was playback. This time around though, they've swapped out a couple of members and have additional musicians looking after beats, electronica and percussiony type details.


Yeasayer // HIYA Anand


They played really great gig, wherein they also pulled out a lot of favorites from All Hour Cymbals. Vocalist Chris made a 'Hello Buenos Aires' faux pas, but did manage to make up for it by at least attempting to speak some Portuguese (thanks to his Brazilian wife, we're guessing).


Yeasayer // the indie stage, next to a Castelo de Horrores


We hung around for Passion Pit and Michael's heavily filtered vocals and jumped ship mid-way through the set to catch Phoenix (though to be honest, as solid performances as both did, I kinda wished I could see PS 22 do their renditions of the bands instead).


Passion Pit // Hiya Michael


Despite the rumor milling churning São Paulo into a frenzy over an alleged appearance by Daft Punk with Phoenix at the festival due to supposed appearances by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter at various hot spots around the city, we cynical unbelievers also left mid-way through Phoenix's set to catch a breather, a piss and another beer.


The Castle of Horrors next to the Indie stage


By then, Hot Chip were up and man, were they so impressive. They were probably my favourite act of the day; with that fabulous live steel drum action and Alexis Taylor's vocal warming me from the ends of my (very long) pony tail to the bottom of my platformed feet.


Hot Chip // Hiya Alexis


And last band of the night for us was arguably the most controversial act of the day, Empire of the Sun. Sure it was odd that for a synth pop band, there wasn't a synth to be seen on stage, and sure a helluva lot of it was playback, but I really enjoyed the showmanship of the performance. Some new songs were debuted and we weren't particularly impressed compared to those tracks from Walking On A Dream, but it was a fun spectacle to watch and listen to none-the-less, closing with a guitar smashing finale.


Empire of the Sun // Hiya Luke




It was, all in all, an excellent day and a festival that was well planned, polite and polished; though I guess all that makes it sound the opposite of what a traditional festival should be, really. In reality, they can be quite an ordeal, especially when music is actually the last thing on most people's minds and the festival is instead simply an exercise for a wretchedly wasted, hot-tranny-mess of a time. Which is fun too, but I was super happy to be able to hang my platforms up at the end of the day well satisfied at the whole event. Congratulations for a festival well done, São Paulo! Now on to the next one...



O. Children Remix: the album



We like O. Children. Their debut album was slightly disappointing because great songs got lost in the midst of overly dramatic and epic shit, but we sure will be giving their upcoming remix album a spin and how couldn’t we?


Based on the three remixes that we've already posted here (i.e. The Golden Filter, Jokers Of The Scene and Drop The Lime) we expect some other sensational remixes including the deeply pitched vocals from Tobi O'Kandi and all the drama of the album moderated with various reinterpretations from different musical styles.


Passion Pit’s drummer Nate Donmoyer – also known by his producer's moniker, Shuttle - is in on the remix project and gave ‘Fault Line’ an electronic face that mixes dry sounds with the original's ghostly aura. Halloween rave parties will never be the same.


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The album will be out next month via Deadly Records and features a helluva lot more producers.

Penguin Prison's Little Secrets

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Just when you thought that nothing more could be wrung from Passion Pit's 'Little Secrets', here comes a remix from our latest favourite up and coming male pop star, Penguin Prison.


Taking a softer, more echoey approach, Penguin Prison spins something altogether more pillowy (pillowy. Are you getting me with that one?) and airier than the original. Kinda arm waving, y'know? The piano line becomes the foundation and the vocals mellowed out. Penguin Prison (aka Chris Glover) does a sweet job turning 'Little Secrets' into a funky lullaby. We're waiting with bated breath to hear his debut album.


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Tegan and Sara's Alligator

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Tegan and Sara really love their song 'Alligator'. They love it so much that they just released a digital album full of different versions (remixes included) of the song and named it... Alligator! Passion Pit, VHS or Beta, Holy Fuck, Ra Ra Riot, Four Tet, Mad Decent, TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek, Toro Y Moi are only a few of the names that are part of this ode to 'Alligator', but let's go to the original version first.


'Alligator' is a perfect pop song that will stick to your brain - one that you won't complain about. It's 2 minutes and 49 seconds has a quite a simple and delicate structure created around drums, piano and sometimes by bass. The video shows a world with festive, multi-colored confetti, lots of plastic bags and a synchronized dance. Too cute!


Tegan and Sara - Alligator


As for the remixes, Toro Y Moi's makes the track smoother, prettier and less delicate than the original. The chillwave treatment suits the girls' vocals perfectly; we would not be shocked if this turns into a future album collaboration.


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And when we had almost lost faith in Passion Pit remixes, they finally release one that sounds like a Passion Pit song, not some horrible electro rave type of affair. It's like an 80s party with glittery synths and echoey drums. Nice one!


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We've heard all 17 different versions of the song and we have to say there is some great music in there - some even better than the remixes we post. So if you like these three versions, you'll be impressed with the content on this album.

Lady Alpha Passion Bits



Lady Alpha Passion Bits refers not only to a mash up of Alphabeat and Passion Pit who did the 'Telephone' remixes in this post, but also I suppose, a little bit of what Lady Gags kinda presents: an Alpha[beat] bitch, [Passion]ate about her work who's Bits are under speculation.


The very first time I encountered 'Telephone' was sometime late last year. It wasn't actually the single - it was this version below (I couldn't find the original poster/video, but here it is anyway).



Even in this form, it's sticky as shit to your shoe.


I don't look out for Gaga or go out of my way to check her, because stuff from and about her tends to smack you in the face anyway - GIRL IS EVERYWHERE (and suffering from exhaustion as you undoubtedly would be). When 'Telephone' assaulted my senses, I was floored by it's ambition and ridiculousness.


'Telephone' has been analysed, blogged and screen capped to mega-deth; and begrudgingly, understandably so, just like 'Bad Romance' was. And yet I also find these two remixes of the track fun and hair flicky enough to post. I sort of don't feel like I have that much perspective on Lady Gags; I'm a bit confused myself as to how I actually consume her/music/product/persona/poo cakes.


Either way.




Alphabeat's remix goes between a typical dance club track to a Pussycat Doll-ish segment during Beyoncé's breakdown (which I really enjoy) to taking on a touch of Robert Miles. Really not bad at all Alphabeat.


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Passion Pit's retouch immediately made me question whether I'd misunderstood who had actually remixed it. Passion Pit, dat really chu? It was more interesting to me that this was a Passion Pit product rather than anything else, in this super dancey late 90s feeling remix, though it's still pretty bangin' as well.


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I get the Madonna comparisons and all, but I really think that Gags is going to end up much more like a Cher figure/character rather than Madge-y one, y'know? What do you think?

Gotye, Learnalilgivinanlovin and Passion Pit



Do you like old funk songs that sound like they were recorded in the 70s and could make any Sunday afternoon the best you've ever had? Then you should stop reading this and press play on the video below.


Gotye - Learnalilgivinanlovin


Gotye is an Australian musician (born in Belgium) who has released some albums but finally manage to catch my attention with his latest international single. And I have to blame the fact that they asked Passion Pit to remix 'Learnalilgivinanlovin' for the American release of the single (via the amazing blog/label Neon Gold).


The remix is the best so far from Passion Pit. They kept the funk vibe of the original and added some welcome synths that balance the experimental and danceable side of the band. Hpoefully they will stop with the "I was born in a 90's rave" type of remixes that they've been releasing.


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Now let's go back to the original. 'Learnalilgivinanlovin' is a classic born hit that features all the big band elements you expect from a funk song - including brilliantly sung vocals. If played in a movie, the song would be the soundtrack for the sunny-day-at-the-park-SLASH-the-moment-I-knew-it-would-be-forever type of thing.


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Now excuse me while I go chasing for Gotye's entire discography. Don't forget to order the 7" single via Neon Gold and Puregroove. Certainly worth it.

Starsmith and Ellie Goulding rework Passion Pit



Starsmith already stole our heart with his remix for Marina and the Diamonds, now he strikes again with the help of another girl that we also love, Ellie Goulding. The target is one of the best songs of 2008, Passion Pit's 'Sleepyhead', and the result is a melodic and charismatic cover that erases the weird voices and synths from the original and introduces a more organic feel to it. Now we can finally have sweet dreams about sleepyhead.


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The producer did an exclusive summer mix for the blog of the label Neon Gold (home to himself, Ellie and Passion Pit). It's a 5 minute long mix with songs from classic artists Michael Jackson, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, newbies Little Boots and Marina and the Diamonds, and the ever awesome Destiny's Child and Will Smith. You'll want to find out who else is on this mix after the jump. So. Good!


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Calvin Harris - I'm Not Alone

Destiny's Child - Say My Name

Little Boots - New In Town

Will Smith - Wild Wild West

Heads We Dance - Sirens

Michael Jackson - Rock With You

Marina & The Diamonds - I Am Not A Robot

Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Relax

Ellie Goulding - Starry Eyed

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