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Weekend Energy Preview 12-17

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Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy.  This week’s show is so literary, it’s like Joseph Conrad’s description of an itinerant orchestra that doesn’t make music, but murders silence with vulgar and ferocious energy! …That’s so awesome, I wish I had thought of it!

Highlights

The Knocks – Brightside (Original Mix) – Brooklyn-based group The Knocks is one of those groups destined to make it big with their masterful indie-dance stylings – like Foster the People (or something). Their new EP Magic lives up to its name, with Brightside being one of the standouts. It’s got a legendary, after-the-fact sort of vibe with an incredible hook that belongs in a car commercial. Of all the songs on their new EP, this one actually reminds me of the song that initially drew me to The Knocks – Blackout, which, unfortunately isn’t on this album. I highly recommend picking up the whole thing, partially for Brightside, but also for the low-key song Magic featuring Gary Go, and the hazy shoegazer hip-hop song All We Got featuring Kardinal Offshall. Here’s a crazy love/hate video for Brightside.

Dreadsquad – Beat That Chest feat. Natalie Storm (Original Mix) – See this week’s “Discovery” below.

Kaskade – Eyes feat. Mindy Gledhill (Alvin Risk Remix) – Chicago artist Kaskade might hold the record for being the “most highlighted” artist on these Weekend Energy Previews. His music is stellar and diverse, but all share the same lush ambiance that makes them so alluring. See Turn It Down featuring Rebecca and Fiona and Fire In Your New Shoes featuring Dragonette. But more importantly, the song in tonight’s mix is absolutely beautiful. The original version of Eyes reminds me of is album Strobelight Seduction in its atmospheric, trance-like scope. All of this beauty gets ripped to shreds, of course, in the Alvin Risk remix. Beauty and the Beast literally combine into a demented, deformed creature that for all intents and purposes should be locked away in a bell tower. This version of the song will warp you in all the right ways. For a walk on the lighter side, check out the official video for the original version.

La Roux – Quicksand (AutoKratz Drags to Riches Remix) – If there’s one thing this girl’s got it’s lasting power. Quicksand was released in 2008 and its still a phenomenal in the swift, forgetful world of electronic dance. Quicksand is so good it was featured on my pals’ Chris and Georgena’s August 1st episode of Imported. This electro-thrash version by the AutoKratz minces up La Roux’s vocals like a happy Chef’s salad. I recommend listening to anything and everything by this talented artist (and the AutoKratz, too, for that matter), but her songs are quite remixable, in for example, the datA remix of I’m Not Your Toy. Check out the video for Quicksand.


Discovery

Dreadsquad

I’ll admit, Dreadsquad isn’t entirely a discovery. The adept listener might remember “Sweet Thing” by Dreadsquad and Tenor Fly in the mix a few months ago. But this week was one of those transitory moments for me when an artist leaps from “just another artist” to “a musical wizard” (like this). Beat That Chest featuring Natalie Storm is fast and furious reggae over a slick tropical bass. The release is particularly worth noting for all of the excellent remixes. I don’t remember the last time I thought each one was unique and as good or better than the original version of the song, but such is the case here. I’m especially a fan of the J Bostron remix that adds a touch of frantic dnb, also the super dope Auer – The Lordz Team Remix. Uncertain of which version to put in the this week, I threw up my hands (eww) and went with the radio edit. Also, pretty much anything with Natalie Storm is going to be outstanding. Be sure to check out Look Pon Me by Sticky and a song I featured in my Moombahton mix a couple weeks ago: Gal Where Yuh Come From by Nadastorm. Here’s a great sampler from Soundcloud:


Almost Made It

Tonite Only

I promised to a few ‘Facebook Friendlies’ that this would be in the mix this week and I’m sorry to disappoint. Truth is, I couldn’t find a less expensive version of the Nicky Romero ‘Out of Space’ Remix…. which is stellar. The original version is good too, but equally difficult to obtain…. for now. Also this week’s mix is super killer anyway, no reason why anyone would hate it (unless they hate excellence, which is actually understandable in a profound sort of way). I haven’t heard from Tonite Only since Danger (The Bomb) dropped back in 2007, so I was stoked to hear their sound again. The video below is hilarious, watch it.


Second Hour Rewind

The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Some of the artists in this mix include Nero, Trent Cantrelle, Compadre, Death from Above 1979, Stanton Warriors, Quadrat Beat, and more! Speaking of ‘lasting power’ the SebatiAn remix of “Cheap and Cheerful” by The Kills is remains one of the most classic and best songs in my library. The original version is pure-grade refined hipster trash. If you don’t feel trendy absorbing the music video below, then you might as well just perm your hair, put on a Cosby sweater, and wear some platforms. SebastiAn tears up the song a bit, giving it a bit more grunge. It’s punchy and brash and it will continue to weasel its way into future mixes for years to come.

“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.

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IMPORTED: Your favorite local international music show

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IMPORTED from WKMS-FM

If you didn’t check this show out when it aired a month ago… Check it out now because it’s loaded with AWESOME artists from abroad and you never know… this week may be your last chance to experience it, before being archived into oblivion! (LISTEN HERE)

[PLAYLIST]

Regina Spektor – Begin to Hope – Apres moi
Katzenjammer – Le Pop – Virginia Clemm
Gogol Bordello – Trans Continental Hustle – Uma Menina Uma Cigana
Humanwine – Rivolta Silenziosa – Rivolta Silenziosa
James Blake – James Blake – Wilhelm’s Scream
Dengue Fever – Broken Flowers Soundtrack – Ethanopium
La Roux-La Roux- Quicksand
The Whitest Boy Alive – Dreams – Burning
Jarabe De Palo – Bonito – Aun No Me Toca
Beto Cuevas – Miedo Escenico – Algo
Bebe – Y – Uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh
Listen Here!

I listen to IMPORTED because I’m worldly

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World Music from WKMS

 Here’s what’s playing now! (LISTEN HERE)

| PLAYLIST  (artist/album/song) |

Yelle - Safari Disco Club - Chimie Physique
Malajube - Labyrinthes - Porte Disparu
Chambao – Caminando (2001 – 2006) – Los Muchachos De Mi Barrio
Cut Copy - Bright Like Neon Love - Saturdays
Florence and The Machine - Drumming - Lungs
Arash - Arash - Boro Boro
Cyrine - Ya Msahar Aini - Law Bass Fi Aini
Despina Vandi – Come Along Now - Jambi
Vitas - Audio Visual Connect Series - Lucia Di Lammermoor
La Roux - La Roux - Tiger Lily
Monica Giraldo - Todo Da Vueltas- Todo Vuelve A Empezar
El General - No Me Trates de Enganar - Grandes Exitos
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Imported is an international music program showcasing artists from all over the world, combining an eclectic and genre-blending playlists by well-known and aspiring talent abroad.  Airing Sundays @ midnight on WKMS or on-demand here.

Written by Chris Taylor

August 12, 2011 at 5:29 pm

IMPORTED S01.E05

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World Music from WKMS
Imported is an international music program showcasing artists from all over the world, combining an eclectic and genre-blending playlists by well-known and aspiring talent abroad. 

Imported airs Sundays @ midnight on WKMS or listen to it On-Demand here.

Hey folks. This episode is a particularly fun one! (recorded late into the night)… Hear us break loose a bit with some recent favorites and our debut of Regina Spektor (Russia), James Blake (UK), and Dengue Fever (USA). As partially-mentioned during the show, Dengue has been featured in depth on NPR.

This, that, and much more! Give it a whirl and drop us a line: importedwkms@gmail.com (or leave us a comment below)

  Chris & Georgena

(LISTEN HERE)

| PLAYLIST  (artist/album/song) |

Regina Spektor – Begin to Hope – Apres moi
Katzenjammer – Le Pop – Virginia Clemm
Gogol Bordello – Trans Continental Hustle – Uma Menina Uma Cigana
Humanwine – Rivolta Silenziosa – Rivolta Silenziosa
James Blake – James Blake – Wilhelm’s Scream
Dengue Fever – Broken Flowers Soundtrack – Ethanopium
La Roux-La Roux- Quicksand
The Whitest Boy Alive – Dreams – Burning
Jarabe De Palo – Bonito – Aun No Me Toca
Beto Cuevas – Miedo Escenico – Algo
Bebe – Y – Uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh

Weekend Energy Preview 7-23

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Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy. This week’s show is so indie, it’s like  a thrift store called Nietzsche’s Nook in a field of wheat with free wifi and flavored coffee. It’s my semi-biannual indie dance blow out uhhh… for no particular reason at all!

 

Highlights

 

This weeks mix features some awesome indie sounds I’ve featured recently. There are a few more highlights than usual, and all are fantastic discoveries. Here’s some blurbs and videos and stuff from previous posts about some of the songs featured this week:

 

Yeasayer – O.N.E. (Build & Clancy Remix) – Yeasayer is probably one of my favorite bands that under normal circumstances wouldn’t get airtime on Weekend Energy (add Gogol Bordello and Snow Patrol), but Build and Clancy took the already dancy single O.N.E. and made it a club masterpiece. This remix takes the 80s vibe in the original cut and cliff dives with it. This remix totally soars. Add it your summer mix and astonish your friends. If  you’ve never heard of Yeasayer, listen to Ambling Alp immediately. If you already know why, you’re an enlightened person. Here’s the ridiculously awesome video for O.N.E.

 

Foster the People  – Pumped Up Kicks (Myndset Remix) – Here’s a group destined for greatness. Helena Beat was one of the catchiest song released over the past 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. This week’s mix features another song of theirs, Pumped Up Kicks. The verses are sung on a strained, kodachrome-esque filter and the chorus slings around as another, more summery, anthem. They’ve recently been featured on NPR!

 

 

Familjen – Det Var Jag – 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.

 

 

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IMPORTED [S01.E03]

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World Music from WKMS
Imported is WKMS’ premier international music program showcasing artists from all over the world. We combine an eclectic and genre-blending playlist with tracks by well-known and aspiring talent abroad. Hear Punjab, reggae, K-pop, indie, electronica and more from the mainstream to the culturally obscure.

IMPORTED [S01.E03]

Imported airs Sundays @ midnight on WKMS. Listen On-Demand here. (Episode 2 should be online Monday afternoon. If you missed Episode 2, check it out now!).

Yeah, this playlist is pretty fun. We have a selection from MySpace-spawned, French band Yelle; another awesome track from our (2nd) fave musical Canadians: Malajube; and we succumb to one of Georgena’s favorite artists: Florence and the Machine (watch the video).

We also have a space opera! (sortof/notreally)

| PLAYLIST | (artist/album/song)

Yelle – Safari Disco Club – Chimie Physique
Malajube – Labyrinthes – Porte Disparu
Chambao – Caminando (2001 – 2006) – Los Muchachos De Mi Barrio
Cut Copy – Bright Like Neon Love – Saturdays
Florence and The Machine – Drumming – Lungs
Arash – Arash – Boro Boro
Cyrine – Ya Msahar Aini – Law Bass Fi Aini
Despina Vandi – Come Along Now – Jambi
Vitas – Audio Visual Connect Series – Lucia Di Lammermoor
La Roux – La Roux – Tiger Lily
Monica Giraldo – Todo Da Vueltas- Todo Vuelve A Empezar
El General – No Me Trates de Enganar – Grandes Exitos

We want to hear from you! Contact us with opinions, requests, questions, anything: importedwkms@gmail.com.

❤  Chris & Georgena

Written by Chris Taylor

July 16, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Weekend Energy Preview 2-26

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Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy. This week’s show is so explosive, it’s like sling-shooting revenge-craven birds into a neglected pile of dynamite stacked against a wooden fortress inhabited by a hapless pig king and his minions.


Highlights

Yelle – Safari Disco Club  – The latest single by French singer Yelle is quirky and disjointed yet strangely alluring. It’s not a instantly catchy as some of her earlier releases like A Cause Des Garcons, Ce Jeu or Je Veux Te Voir. Not at all. Yelle is taking indie French pop into entirely different territory. We can either keep up or miss out big time.

Chapeau Claque – Platte An – See this week’s “Discovery” below.

La Roux – I’m Not Your Toy (datA Remix) – Like pretty much everyone else, I’m a total sucker for La Roux. She’s one of those singers with a universal appeal. I’m Not Your Toy is no newcomer to Weekend Energy, but every time it makes its way on to a playlist, I’m reminded of her freshness. Similarly, datA does an excellent job revving up the energy in the song, giving it more of an electro vibe you’d hear on his original tracks.  Pool parties never looked so unique than in this official video.

Tritonal – Lifted feat. Cristina Soto (Mat Zo Remix) – I can’t remember the last time I’ve played Tritonal on the show. They’re one of those trance artists that gets easily lost in the mass of similarity. The particular addition of Mat Zo and Cristina Soto have created something special with Lifted. I first heard Zo upon the release of his stellar EP “The Lost / The Found” which stood out to me as vibrant and unique. His remix of this song is as crisp and smooth as it gets. This song is like audio butter melting in your ears. Much of this effect should be credited to the delicate, breathy vocals of Cristina Soto. This song is one of the best in the trance genre. I am particularly thrilled to be sharing it with you in the mix tonight.

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

Discovery

Chapeau Claque

Chapeau Claque is  an energetic band from Germany with a thoroughly diverse sound. Their new album, Hab & Hut, is a complex blend of pop, downtempo, poetry slam and acoustic singer-songwriting – helmed by the always charming Maria Antonia Schmidt. Platte An is the one in this week’s mix, and explodes as the vibrant second track. Some of my other favorites on the album are the groovy Silhouette, the tenderly lyrical Knallt Ein Spatz and the absolutely insane Schlosshund. This group is so far my favorite find of the year. I’m sure I’ll be making that claim a lot as the year progresses, but Chapeau Claque has set the bar high. Check out the romping video below for Platte An. If your German is so-so, visit their web site and like them on Facebook.


Almost Made It

Bobby C Sound TV

If you do a search on YouTube for Bobby C Sound TV, you’ll see all kinds of hilarious retro remix videos (like the one below). I picked up a couple tracks from his new album “Future Past” and they almost made the mix. The tracks I had on the shortlist were Night Vision and The Digitalist. Both are straight up feel-good party bangers. If you’re throwing a party soon, or just want a party in your ears, recommend getting full album. The audio experience blends into itself, making a consistent good time. Check out more Bobby C Sound TV on his Facebook page.


Second Hour Rewind

The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Featured artists include  Pony Pony Run Run, Jaguar Love, Peo De Pitte, Amanda Palmer & The Young Punx, Basement Jaxx and The Sneekers!


“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.

Hear the show streaming online.

Written by Matt Markgraf

February 26, 2011 at 11:58 am