Weekend Energy Preview 1-22
Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy. This week’s show is so revitalizing, it’s like bringing back an extinct woolly mammoth and then teaching it to do ‘people stuff’ like pouring coffee, riding the bus and eating spaghetti all for our amusement.
Disco Trash Music & Madeline Puckette – Everything Is Alright – See this week’s “Discovery” below.
Breakbot – Baby I’m Yours (Aeroplane Remix) – The rollicking build-up in the beginning is enough to know this song will deliver. A great song doesn’t need much to be remixed, but the Aeroplane version is a bit more upbeat while keeping the original feel-good flair. It’s one of the peppy-indie dance songs that defined the burgeoning genre in 2010. Check out the artistic video for the original.
I’m Not A Band – I’m Not A Band – One of my favorite tunes from I’m Not A Band’s album “Electrolin.” I’m Not A Band almost made as this week’s Discovery. I appreciate the experimental sounds coming from this group (not band). Check out “Crazy” and “Trainthoughts.” I must admit, what put this song in the mix was its awesome music video of some fancy footwork in Japan. You’ll be glad you watched this.
Foster the People – Helena Beat – Here’s a group destined for greatness. Helena Beat is the catchiest song released this year. Its a winter anthem – warm and heartfelt to the core. It’s more indie than electro, but I don’t think you’ll mind. Check out another song of theirs, “Pumped Up Kicks.” You may be able to find it on YouTube, but many of the ‘videos’ have been removed by Sony, who apparently don’t want anyone to discover and share great new music.
(After the jump read this week’s Discovery and what Almost Made It)
Disco Trash Music & Madeline Puckette
It was so hard this week to pick a “discovery,” since there were so many good contenders in the mix for this relatively inconsequential category. But I’ve been featuring a lot of indie lately and this electro team-up really blew me away. Disco Trash Music has shown up on a few Weekend Energy playlists in the past and true to their name, “trashiness” defines their electro mash, bass injected ear candy. The video below features the two songs they recently released with Madeline Puckette, “Everything’s Alright” and “Get Down” both of which I picked up immediately. “Everything’s Alright” opens up the show, and you can tell why by it’s squeaky clean beginning, then the build-up to straight-up thrashing intensity. It rocks. Disco Trash Music has all kinds of streaming audio and free downloads on their web site, which I strongly encourage you to check out. Madeline Puckette was new to me, but her voice stands out as unique and fresh against the heavy beats. Check out her songs “Nobody” and “Ladykiller,” more on the poppy side, but original/edgy enough for underground success. Here’s her website.
Almost Made It
Swedish DJ Avicii first caught my attention with “My Feelings For You” with Sebastien Drums . His new single “Street Dancer” will be in the mix soon enough. The wet bassline in the beginning makes me wonder what kind of street this dancer is cutting it on, perhaps a dark alley with a lot of steam? At 1:30, the song lifts off into a sort of retro re-emergence that just sounds perfect. The song actually changes up quite frequently, with tons of unique, inspiring sounds before coming full-circle. The atmosphere is thick and wet throughout. Dance in the street, get drenched and revel in it.
Second Hour Rewind
The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Featured artists include Far Too Loud, Phonat, Heads We Dance, Plastic Operator, Vindata, Chromeo and MAY68.
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 wkms.org Saturday nights.