Weekend Energy Preview 1-7
Crank up your stereo, bust out the stroblight and kick up the bass for the two hours of the best techno dance and electronica from around the world. This is Weekend Energy, I’m Matt McG. This week’s show is so out of control, it’s like a group of robot helicopters, creating skyscrapers using a suction cup mechanism to carry the bricks. What’ll they do next? Destroy humanity as we know it?
Martin Solveig feat. Dragonette and Idoling! – Big In Japan (Denzal Park Remix) – I’m a sucker for great music videos. So that’s my reason for playing this, really. Also, this remix is a killer opener. I’ve always said (to my bathroom mirror) all you need to do is make it in Japan. Forget Stateside, mega-corporo-conglomerates control that. Japanese pop-culture is outrageous. Actually, one of my favorite non-eletronic music (gasp!) is Zebrahead, which, for some reason is HUGE in Japan. Also, remember that Canadian rock group Anvil with the movie any everything? I won’t spoil the ending. Check out the the music video for Big in Japan. Sore sugoi!
Trippple Nippples – LSD – See this week’s “Discovery” below.
We Kiss You – Dancing and Everybody Lies – I really wanted this band to be the “discovery” this week, but… well see what happened below. Their EP titled Viva Le Rock is stellar from start to finish. I’m thrilled to have two songs from it in the mix this week The other song I was going to play from this is I Know You Want Me. This energetic duo blends hip French dance with ridiculously catchy choruses that will get your head rolling around like it’s a crazy metronome or something, I don’t know. I find Lunalyss’ whip-sharp vocals to be entrancing, and 6-phoniq’s rhythms to be as cool as his name. Eventually, I’ll get around to playing every track on this EP – from the hyper Dancing, to the sexyfun Everybody Lies. Here’s a great “walking around having more fun than you” video for Everybody Lies.
Katy Perry – The One That Got Away (R3hab Remix) – Yes. Katy Perry. I know, I know. If anyone’s gonna get me to play her music on Weekend Energy it’s gonna be R3hab. There’s no question the total quality of this remix. It’s some of his finest work – from a probably flawless portfolio. Don’t get me wrong, Katy Perry’s music is hilarious and fun, but them Top 40 folks play it to death. Ew, repetition. Why wait? Listen to it now.
Yes, I’ve wedged this one into the mix this week. LDS by Trippple Nippples is the greatest and most horrifying thing I’ve ever stumbled across (the second most was a perfectly good – I mean pristine – turkey sandwich in the middle of a sidewalk in downtown Chattanooga). I feel like this wicked Japanese trio “gets it,” you know? Like they have captured the moment – not for too long – but for just enough time. Like a single, life sustaining breath. The sound created by Trippple Nippples is lively, spunky, absurd, irritating, and perfect. In an art form where anything is possible, I’m thrilled to hear true innovators. Who says neo-pop trash can’t hang on the wall next to Monet? Landscapes are boring, anyway.
Wait! There’s more! Check it out below::::
Almost Made It
Yeah! The Middle Finger song! WOOO! Take THAT authority! Seriously, it’s pretty good and I have the Bingo Players Remix, which is even better according to my thoughts just now. Culturally, we’ve been long overdue for a songs featuring hand gestures. They Might Be Giants had that High Five song a few years back, obviously about Murray State men’s basketball player Lamont Sleets, high-five inventor. But who invented the middle finger? The Irish? Actually, it was the Ancient Greeks according to Wikipedia (I call it the Internet Fact-ory). They called it the ‘katapugon,’ (fun to say a few times, try it) which meant “a male (or a female) who submits to anal penetration.” Those are the friendly facts. Next time you visit a cool city and stay in a nice hotel, and find yourself looking out the window marveling at how far we’ve come, just remember that humanity really hasn’t changed all that much. Then for fun, throw some gestures in case anyone is weirdly watching you at the window. Here’s the video for the song:
Second Hour Rewind
The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Last week was the Best of 2011 Extravaganza mix, featuring Justice, Monarchy, Sneaky Sound System, Morgan Page, Kaskade… Huge mix. And I got to ring in the new year, something I’ll never get to do again (because the world will end on December 21, duh). The song that began the year???? Here it is:
“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 wkms.org Saturday nights.