A Tribute to Lykke Li: The Girl, The Glam, The Goddess. [6/1, Highline Ballroom, NYC]

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I know Lykke Li’s music. I like some of it. I knew she was playing in NYC last night. I didn’t stress too much about it. That is until a twist of events put me in a booth at the Highline Ballroom 5 minutes before she went on. Then everything changed. She came onstage with 3 dapper dudes backing her on various instruments. She ripped right into “Dance Dance Dance” and brought energy that rivals any of the remixes.

Lykke Li – Dance Dance Dance (Grandtheft remix)

Lykke Li – Dance Dance Dance (Buraka Som Sistema remix)

Lykke jumped and writhed around the stage with a presence and swagger that blew me away. At only 23 she performs like she has been doing this for years. She owns the stage and had everyone’s eyes locked on her as if blinking would somehow stop the how. I was a little bit in love.

Lykke Li – Little Bit (Death To The Throne remix)

Lykke Li – Little Bit (Villains remix)

Lykke Li – Little Bit ft. Drake & Mickey Factz

Throughout her set Lykke was armed with a drumstick (see photo above) that she would beat on anything from the mic stand to a tambourine to an actual drum. Fantastic. And then there was the Kings Of Leon cover. Ho. Ly. Smokes. If you thought you loved it in your earphones you should try it all up in your eye balls.

Lykke Li & Kings Of Leon – Knocked Up (Death To The Throne remix)

Lykke Li & Kings of Leon – Knocked Up

Lykke basically ripped through Youth Novels as if it was 2008’s top electro/disco record. Drums were heavy and sharp, synths were funked out, and Lykke just worked it. Hard. “Complaint Department” became a full on rave track.

Lykke Li – I’m Good I’m Gone (Black Kids remix)

Friendly Fires – I’m Good I’m Gone (Lykke Li cover)

All I can say about the experience is that it was epic. If Lykke comes to your town don’t miss out. I’m fully converted to the Cult of Li and if you aren’t already sold on her power then get there. Did I mention she covered “A Milli”? Yeah. Fa-resh.

Lykke Li – Breaking It Up (Pocketknife’s loosefoot remix)

She encored with “Tonight” and it was beautiful and completely moving. No surprise there.

Lykke Li – Tonight (dntel mix)

I tidied my jaw up off the floor and humbly shuffled home to dwell in the memory of it all. Anyway, that’s it for my ramblings and the remixes but here are a few more B-sides and a live Vampire Weekend cover to complete my little Lykke fest.

Lykke Li – Everybody But Me

Lykke Li – I Don’t Mind (Jump On It)

Lykke Li – Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa (Live)

Remix Roundup ∞ Vol. 3 / Now with covers!

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Oh boy, it’s straight raining magic over at TBE headquarters. I’ve thrown in a couple sweet covers to balance out the remix madness. Good luck…

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With Jenny Owen Youngs I could definitely be Led To The Sea

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whatever you say but walking away is still running

Jenny Owens Young – Led To The Sea

OK, so I totally just got chills. As if listening to Jenny Owen Youngs’ music wasn’t beautiful enough, she herself is stunning, she says “fuck,” lists Motion City Soundtrack as an influence, her tunes are on eMusic, and then to read that she is touring with TBE faves Jukebox The Ghost? Damn man, too fucking hot. I kinda can’t handle it. Ok, be strong man, talk about the song. Ok, the song, the song. I can do it….. SO, “Led To The Sea” is foot stomper of a track that showcases Jenny’s tal…. ok, I can’t do it. Sorry, I just watched this and I’m speechless. Best ever. And the goosebumps again.

Bury your face in MySpace /// eMusic too

Anni Rossi and the infectious Machine

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can’t buy these impulses from a machine

Anni Rossi – Machine

I caught this track off of Music For Ants a few weeks ago and its been growing on me more and more. Anni Rossi is some kind of viola virtuoso and crafts light yet slightly haunting little ditties that remind me of the awesome Regina Spektor. “Machine” is the perfect soundtrack to the kind of lazy Saturday I’m having over here. I’ll also throw in her cover of Radiohead’s “Creep.” Not sure what to think of it but it’s interesting nonetheless. I like the way she sings “weirdo.” Her debut LP Rockwell is out now.

Anni Rossi – Creep (Radiohead cover)

Bury your face in MySpace

[CvrUpYrRmx] Milow and Katerine are tired of using (Ayo) Technology & Nick straight remixes that jam

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got your head fucked up from the way she did it

I don’t know why but I remember exactly where I was the first time I heard 50 Cent’s and JT’s “Ayo Technology.” As Chris sped his SUV along the highway’s of San Diego I remember thinking: 1) Wow, what a combo! 50 and JT? 2) What does “Ayo” mean? and 3) I dig it. In the end I never really fell in love with the song. I am sure I enjoyed some fun moments with it at a party or something but I know I never played it at home. All that changed in December 2008 when I heard Belgium’s Milow cover it.

Milow – Ayo Technology (cover)

Milow’s intimate acoustic take gives it a seductive quality that makes it more like a love song than a lust-song. The song began haunting me as I couldn’t get the lyrics out of my head. I would catch myself mesmerized by the amazing video (poke around tbe tv :)). Then, mere weeks later, I heard Nick’s remix.

50 Cent – Ayo Technology ft. J. Timberlake (Nick’s 01110001 Radio remix)

ayo-technology-remixed-by-nickNick throws it down on this one, cranking up the dancosity to levels than were able to pull me out of Milow’s mellowness and get me dancing. Together, the two versions provided an Ayo for any mood of the day. It became my official anthem. I even confused a few not-stuck-in-2007 Facebookers with a lyric-quoting status update involving an offer to “sit on top of him.” With misunderstandings cleared up and a few moths passed I was thinking of how I could share these tracks with you when BAM!

Katerine – Ayo Technology (cover)

Today I stumbled upon this piece of magic. Like Milow, Katerine is also Belgian (weird) but we will forgive her cause she is crazy hot (awesome). We will also forgive her because her cover is great, a perfect middle ground between Milow and Nick. It’s also fun to hear such an angelic voice sing about gettin supa-freaky wit ladies in da club and use the word “bitch.” Kinda really hott.

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[CvrUpYrRmx] MGMT chills and Phoenix blows (In a good way)

mgmt_time_to_pretendBy now I am sure we are all a bit sick of MGMT and their face-invading hype train that steamed through 2008. Let’s not even get into the fact that they only have 3 good songs. Instead, let’s get into the fact that TBE has uniquely mellow covers of those 3 songs that breathe fresh life into each.

Knatterjak – Time To Pretend (MGMT Cover)

Knatterjak is Dan McGrath of Buffalo, NY and he has taken Oracular Spectacular’s album opener and turned it into a piece of haunting piano-pop that is more urgent and honest than MGMT ever pulled off. Their isn’t much on this guy’s MySpace besides a Womanizer cover and a couple demos. Let’s hope he doesn’t stop there.

Cleast Eatwood – Electric Feel (MGMT Cover)

As well as having the most-difficult-to-say band name ever (just try to not say Clint Eastwood when you read it) Cleast Eatwood are a fair pair of Swedes who make hushed and minimal pop with a tasty funk side. Their cover of Electric Feel is beautifully simple, nearly a cappella and stopped me in my tracks (key-strokes?) the first time I heard it. I highly recommend their MySpace for two tracks with a little more groove and a great hand-clappiness.

Lady Danville – Kids (MGMT Cover)

Don’t let the bare-bones video or lack of an mp3 fool you, Lady Danville means business when they introduce a Cajon and three-part harmony to this MGMT favorite. This one just gets under your skin and sets up shop like there was no crisis. These guys are always playing in the L.A. are and have some great originals as well. Check out their MySpace and go see them live.

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Phoenix – 1901 (What Kind Of Breeze Do You Blow – E mix)

Those covers too mellow for your ADD sensibilities? Well I’ve got just the cure. If you haven’t already heard, the fab Frenchies of Phoenix have an album coming out in May and have already dropped a few singles. The first, “1901,” is available free at their website and is highly recommended. Here we have a remix of “1901” by one half of the Portland, Maine duo that goes by What Kind Of Breeze Do You Blow. I have heard of people passing wind that smelled like roses, but this dance breeze beats that hands down.

[CvrUpYrRmx] Timid Tiger double-teams your ears!

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Who got the power to make a difference?

Who got the power to make a change?

Timid Tiger – Womanizer (Britney Spears cover)

Yup, that’s right, this week’s CvrUpYrRmx is being fully handled by 5 dudes from Cologne, Germany who go by Timid Tiger. Don’t be fooled  theby name, these cats (ha!) are about as timid as Siegfried and Roy’s feline friends. I first heard of them when they won PMA’s “Womanizer” cover challenge. If that wasn’t enough to convince you, then they achieved the impossible and made Lenny Kravitz actually listenable (danceable even!) with their remix of “Are You Gonna Go My Way.”

Lenny Kravitz – Are You Gonna My Way (Ft. Ludacris & Notorious B.I.G.) (Timid Tiger Remix)

As you can see/hear, German music exports have come a long way since Rammstein. If you are feeling their style on these two tracks (which you are) then you will be stoked to hear that they just released an EP! For Free! It includes the above tracks as well as 4 originals that prove these guys have chops beyond reworking other people’s material. I highly recommend you head over to PMA and check out the track-list, read a short interview, and download the full EP. Also get Gadget Girls, my favorite Timid Tiger song and for some reason not included on The PMA.EP.

Timid Tiger – Gadget Girls

Big ups to Pretty Much Amazing for all of this Timid Tiger Action * Timid Tiger on MySpace

New Calvin Harris + CvrUpYrRmx: “The Girls” Edition

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can you stay up for the weekend

and blame God for looking too old?

Calvin Harris – I’m Not Alone (Radio Edit)

So Calvin Harris has dropped his new single and it has him taking a huge departure from the throwback dance pop of I Created Disco. I was taken aback at first but this song has really grown on me. I will definitely be dancing my ass off to this in the club but I don’t know if it will get the same at-home/in-car play that his debut got. “I’m Not Alone” is a great  track but this dance-floor stuff is well-worn territory. I look forward to seeing where else Calvin takes us on his sophomore effort (due later this year) but I hope the rest of the album shakes things up a bit.

In honor of big Calvy-Calv we have a few different takes on his dude-anthem “The Girls.” First off Dragonette serves up a cover that does a little gender bending and even throws in a shout out to The Calvinator himself. Besides female vocals the cover is pretty straightforward save for a few new lyrics and a weirdly “Where’s Your Head At?“-esque chant at the end. (Anyone else but me hear that?)

Dragonette – The Boys

You might rmember Mick Boogie from his Adele 1988 project I featured a few weeks ago. Well he recently teamed up with Terry Urban for 2009: The Grammy Remix Project. They explain it best:

Ever wonder how Kanye would sound rapping on Kenna’s song?  What if The Jonas Brothers sang over some hiphop breakbeats?  What if Thom Yorke sang on Lupe’s “Superstar?”  What if Sara Bareilles bought a sampler and not a piano?  The list goes on… but the answers can be found here.

Read more on the project and get the full tracklist here. I reccomend downloading the full mixtape (torrent). While not a remix-revelation it’s a fun experiment for any kind of music fan.

Katy Perry: I Kissed A Girl (Excel Remix)

So if you didn’t already think you were sick of “The Girls” or “I Kissed I Girl” then I bet you are now, huh? The real question is which one gets old faster?

UPDATE: apparently the zshare link expired and I could find no alternate so I replaced it with a torrent link. If you don’t use torrents this is a good time to start :) I recommend Transmission.

Calvin Haris on MySpace