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Weekend Energy Preview 9-17

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Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy. This week’s show is so fiendishly difficult, it’s like soaring through a brainy tunnel obstacle course on a turbo bike, dodging split second stone walls that will smash you into smithereens like Frogger on steroids.


The Crystal Method feat. The Heavy – Play For Real (Team Awesome Remix)  -Yeah, I saw the two names on the original mix and new before even listening that this was a must-play. I’ve been a huge Crystal Method fan ever since Vegas like defined my late 90s. Also Name of the Game on Tweekend was like my summer anthem once. Play For Real is like the monolith in 2001 Space Odyssey. Team Awesome captures this even more so with a syrupy dubstep touch. It’s the opener to the mix tonight and you might as well just turn off the radio at like 11:05 and throw it in the bathtub because nothing else I will ever play will be nearly as good. So I couldn’t find any video for this song, and felt like indulging in perhaps my only chance to talk about one of my favorite “non-Weekend Energy” bands. Also, check out The Heavy’s album Great Vengeance and Furious Fire. These two videos are absolutely masterful and really showcase the absolute wickedness that is The Heavy: Watch immediately: How Do You Like Me Now and Sixteen.

Teenage Bad Girl – Tonton Funk (Les Petits Pilous Remix)  – See this week’s “Featured” below.

Toxic Avenger feat. Annie –  Alien Summer – I was immediately drawn to Toxic Avenger, when I first heard their mad remix of  Carnage by Fckn Crew a couple years ago…. They’re named after one of my top ten favorite movies! Alien Summer is their new single and apparently the original mix is hard to listen to online if you live in the States. Whatever. I guess they don’t want anyone to hear it. That’s fine though, because I’ve got it in tonight’s mix! HAHA! Unlike many of their songs, which tend to be grungy electro pop, Alien summer is etherial and sunny in its delivery. You’ll feell like “Hey I had a great summer, but why on Earth was that so?” It’s a great feeling and an awesome song I hope will carve its way into ear cavities and burrow into brainstems like aliens so often do. Oh, and in case you haven’t heard… Toxic is Dead.

Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. feat. MNDR, Pharrell, Wiley, Wretch 32 – Record Collection 2012 – When I hear the name Mark Ronson, I hear quality. Why is this? For one, he’s on the Kitsune label. Or you could check out Bang Bang Bang, The Bike Song and Somebody To Love Me. Record Collection was on the same albu, called Record Collection. It’s got a shoegazer, transcendent feel and wasn’t my favorite song on the album. Fastforward two years to 2012. This new version of the song hasn’t even happened yet. It’s got Pharrell and MNDR laying down some awesome rap, speeding up the whole song and making it one of those must-listens that goes in every iPod mix. Get the futuristic version. You’ll love it. So instead of another predictable music video link, here’s an advert for his album Record Collection, which is a way better time to spend thirty seconds.


Teenage Bad Girl

Teenage Bad Girl crept into my mixes in 2009 with the slew of other French indie-electro artists. Their single Cocotte rode swiftly on the heels of Boys Noize and honestly I thought I’d never hear another song by them. Then they released Backwash earlier this year and blew me away with an original, more sophisticated sound. You may have heard me play X Girl featuring Rye Rye over the summer. In a previous post, I said X Girl was sassy yet delicious. Also on the album is The Wave, which I rediscovered this week (and it almost made the mix). It’s a straight up electro power drill. In that other post, I wrote “if you want the inside of your head swirled around a bit and left in the sun to re-consitute, give that one a listen.” So true. Happened to me the other day. TonTon Funk is a glitchy and over-sampled banger. It’s sloppy and chaotic and so right. I was drawn to the Les Petits Pilous remix, and that’s what’s in the mix tonight, because they do what they do best, which is to turn things absolutely insane. About halfway into this remix, the beat just soars to ridiculous heights. It’s near the end of my first hour mix tonight, and is, I guess, the peak of the hour. Doesn’t get any better than their fantastically retro video for Keep Up With You:

 Almost Made It

Justice, Para One

Audio, Video, Disco is an awesome blend of a solid driving beat and ethereal, falsetto vocals. The lyrics are pretty much “Audio, Video, Disco” over and over again. Legendary literary depth! I saw the Para One remix and was blown away. Para One creates a totally different, more hammering beat and totally drowns out the vocals, creating much more of a banger track. Why wasn’t it in this week’s mix? No idea. Most definitely next week. Here’s the super slick official video for the orig. version:


Second Hour Rewind

The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Featured artists include Daft Punk, Tommie Sunshine, Morgan Page, Grum, Ananda Shake and Fedde Le Grand! Also in this mix is one of my all-time favorites, Hollywood by Marina & The Diamonds remixed by Fenech Soler. It has one of the best opening build-ups I’ve ever heard, and the best “OMG” anyone has ever uttered. The original version is nowhere near as masterful, but the official video is quite star-spangled:

“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.

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