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Weekend Energy Preview – 12/18

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Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy. If you’ve been living in a dimly-lit soundproof cave since August and missed out on the musical madness this fall had to offer, fear not! This week is the best of Autumn and one of the best I’ve ever produced. It’s so fine-tuned, it’s like a 19th Century Argentinian guitar maker staving off cannibals with dexterous riffs, while crossing a tight-rope over a train station.


Deadmau5 & Wolfgang Gartner – Animal Rights – An unstoppable song by two unstoppable DJs. An elegant beat any Daft Punkian purist would admire.

Magic Pop Hotel – Flowers (The Micronauts Remix) – Dance pop went from nothing to something to mastery. Magic Pop Hotel is hypnotic French bliss. And The Micronauts make it funky.  Video

Markus Schulz – Dark Heart Waiting – Ranked among the best DJs in the world and yet doesn’t sound like a total sell-out. Dark Heart Waiting is as slick and polished as it gets, and yet there’s heart in it …a dark heart …waiting? Video

Familjen – Det Var Jag – See this week’s “Discovery” below. Video

(After the jump read this week’s Discovery and what Almost Made It)



Words cannot define the intense welling-up of feelings you will experience when watching the below video. Here, I’ll try it: happiness, joy, tearful joy, bliss, golden, intrigued, did I mention joy… like nothing could ever bring you down joy? Familjen is one of my proudest discoveries of the year. If for no other reason than the 3:45 masterpiece of Det Var Jag (It Was Me). I stumbled across it… here’s what I saw “Familjen – Mänskligheten – Det Var Jag” and thought can it get any more obscure than this? The language may be Swedish (apparently a southern dialect – Scanian), but the emotion in the song is universal. Familjen is the alias of a guy named Johan T Karlsson and he’s been performing for the better part of four years. If Det Var Jag sounds transcendent of any genre, it’s because his musical manifesto is a frustrated one: “I’m pretty fed up with guitar – Indie and techno can get a bit monotone after a while.” This could not come across any clearer than a listen through of his new album “Mänskligheten,” on which Det Var Jag is listed. If you’re up for a very diverse grouping of sounds, feelings and styles I recommend picking it up – I got my copy on iTunes. If you want more of the song I’m featuring in this section, check out his single: Nar Planeterna Stannat (Video). If you’re fluent in Swedish or want to give it a good try anyway, check out his web site. Or you could just do what I do and play this on endless repeat.

Almost Made It

Okay, the actual song I had in mind was the newest single by Russian synthpop trio Tesla Boy, Liberating Soul, but mainly to featuring the band in general, so below is actually the sampler to their album Modern Thrills (Liberating Soul starts around 8:18). If you’re dying to hear the entire song, here’s a YouTube link. The sampler, however, gives you a good preview of a group giving an old school nod to something entirely new and fresh. I’ve been nothing but impressed by the music these guys are making – who so obviously deserve more exposure with what they’re doing. They may not have made the mix this week, but they’ll be played …on repeat… next year.

Second Hour Rewind

The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Featured artists include Saalschutz, MAY68, Beatman & Ludmilla andThe Hundred in the Hands.

“Crank up your stereo, bust out the strobe light and kick up the bass.”

Weekend Energy has been blowing out car stereo systems, upsetting the neighbors and enhancing the night life of western Kentucky every weekend since July 2007 on WKMS. Host Matt “McG” Markgraf pours through hundreds of songs each week to create “the loudest show on public radio” featuring the best techno, dance and electronica from around the world.

Weekend Energy airs Saturdays on 91.3 WKMS from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Stream it live on Saturday nights.

Hear the show streaming online.


Written by Matt Markgraf

December 17, 2010 at 11:45 am

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