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Weekend Energy Preview 2-11

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Here’s what in the Weekend Energy mix this week! It’s such a love-filled escapade, it’s like traveling to the moon on a quest to destory a killer cyborg, only to discover an ancient human civilization in which a stranger is held captive in suspended animation. Then rescuing said stranger from the hands of angry cyborgs, blowing up their machinery and using a gun as a rocket to escape back to earth in the nick of time and to get married, only to reveal in the final moments that a cyborg came back too, determined to rebuild their body in a nearby junkyard.  You guessed it… it’s the Valentine’s Mix!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=270j3YK2YMU


Highlights

Tensnake – Need Your Lovin’ (Original Mix) –  I don’t know how many artists I’d  label “cool,” but that’s exactly how I’d describe Tensnake. Need Your Lovin’ is as slick as it gets. This indie post-house tune wraps you up and tends to your musical needs. Pick up this one for your own Valentines mix, along with his songs Something About You, Coma Cat, and Holding Back My Love.

Nero- Crush On You (Knife Party Remix) – See this week’s “Featured” below.

Fedde Le Grand – So Much Love (Original Club Mix) – Here’s one for longevity, Fedde Le Grand is one of the very first artists I played on Weekend Energy, when it began nearly five years ago, with solid tunes like The Creeps, Put Your Hand Up 4 Detroit, and Let Me Think About It. For this Valentine’s Mix, I’ve got an extended cut of one of his newer singles, So Much Love.” This is a pure progressive house banger that will put a big ol’ smile on your face. There’s not much to say about the song because it’s so simple, and a touch repetitive, but you’ll feel all warm and fuzzy hearing it, which is great because it’s so chilly outside today! Make some hot cocoa, find a loved one, watch the official video.

Human Life – In It Together (Polygon Palace Remix) – Last time I wrote about Human Life, it was for his song Wherever We Are, which i called “transcendent.” It had smooth, smart vocals and a vivacious chorus. That song was not a unique experience because it was always a factor in their song In It Together as well. In It Together is a solid nu-disco, indie dance track with great falsetto male vocals, and a captivating synth halfway through. The Polygon Palace remix is a little more nuanced, giving it a more spectacular, special quality, but without messing with the original too much. It’s another song by Human Life that will make the hair stand on the back of your neck. On his Facebook page, it says Human Life “ombines the best of the underground and the overground without contriteness or awkwardness.” So true, this music just melts. Check out the official video.


Featured

Nero

Yeahhhhh so I just featured this like a month ago on this here bloggy, but It’s too perfect for Valentine’s Day to pass up… And the video is just ridiculously awesome. I feel the need to quantify this for some reason, so here goes -> According to science, the feelings of love are located in the same area of the brain as drug addiction. This is a truly phenomenal thing to ponder. Also, the cards and chocolate and stuff is pure madness. I’m no stinky grinch though, I think it’s fantastic! That’s why this video, and all of its complexity, so perfectly captures the mood 🙂

Almost Made It

Camaro Kids

How I Feel About You isn’t a new song, but it’s one of my most favorite house tracks. It’s bold and brash with big horns, a wild beat, a smattering of vintage disco vocal samples. If it were art, it’d be expressionism, pure and simple. And isn’t that how we should express ourselves on Valentine’s Day?


Second Hour Rewind

The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. In this mix, hear heel-clicking tunes by Tonite Only, Kicks n Licks, Justice, Shindu, Boys Get Hurt, Dragonette, We Have Band, and more! We Have Band may be on the fringe of the kind of music you might on the show. Expect the unexpected my friends (me furndz). I’ve been a fan of this British trio since Oh! was featured on this here show a couple years ago. A good tune for Valentines Day is Love, What You Doing? You know what, if you like the video below, just pick up their album Ternion, it’s an indie-aural experience not to be missed. Where Are Your People is on it, but you’ll be hooked by the opener. Not every song is as catchy or hook-y, but sometimes the best music has none of that. Visionary is awesome, and Steel in the Groove is one of those great reminders that we are alive.

 

A Valentine’s Day Extra

Khan

It’s become somewhat of a tradition to play this song in every Valentine’s Day mix. This’ll be the third year now. But to really get what makes this song special is the music video. You’ll see!

 

“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 or else.

Written by Matt Markgraf

February 11, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Weekend Energy Preview 6-25

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Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy. This week’s show is so ridiculously under-dressed, it’s like a Victorian-era nudist.

Highlights

Nightbox – Pyramid – Many discoveries for me this week, including this Canadian-based band. They’ve recently dropped the uncharacteristically squishy and amorphic single, Pyramid – from their new EP. Pyramid is as light-weight as it is sharp, defined in its characteristic layering of jangly synths, reverb, rumbling drumbeat and choppy vocals. It’s warm and crisp, yet gooey indie-dance lyrics about being young and standing by pyramids, counting crystals and stuff – like a delicious quesadilla of sound. Check out the awesome video in HD!

Capital Cities – Safe and Sound – See this week’s “Discovery” below.

Tensnake – You Know I Know It – The last time I played Tensnake was about a year and a half ago when he released the disco-noir jam Coma Cat. There’ve been several good hits since then, none quite as fetching as You Know I Know It. The low-key disco vibe begins as an atmospheric piece: smokey with tinsel vines hanging down around conversing strangers. The song picks up a strut just before the two-minute mark shortly followed by chattery, drifting vocals. It’s a solid groove, totally ambient and alluring, an unparalleled five minutes and eighteen seconds.

Savoir Adore – Bodies This is another group new to me this week. Their single Bodies, begins with a brash, jungley clapping sound that immediately sounds like a wild time. This male/female duo switches off on vocals, with the occasional harmonizing, making this song frenetic and melodic. I’ve had this song on repeat all week and I’m consistently charmed by its liveliness! this is a varied 3.5 minutes, perfect music for a short attention span, which seems to be all of us, a little bit. Check out their delightful independently budgeted music video.

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

Featured

Capital Cities

Got some end of June gloom? Check out “Safe & Sound” by Capital Cities for your weekly does of uplifting music. Capital Cities totally blindsided me this week, amidst all of this great new music, these guys were a pure musical gemstone.  “Even if the sky is falling down… Even in a hurricane of frowns… Even if we’re six-feet underground,  I know that we’ll be safe and sound…” I mean, does it get any happier than that? …Oh wait, that’s only like the first half of the song! On their Facebook page, this Los Angeles duo says their music is “Synth-tastically bright, danceable and catchy, yet maintaining a depth that reflects the bands roods in San Francisco, Paris and Armenia, it’s loaded with appeal.” Appealing it is! Their other single on iTunes, titled “One Minute More,” is equally rich and vibrant. Check out “Safe & Sound” first, and if it’s not for you then chew on some metal… you robot.

Here’s a sickeningly uplifting music video for the song, with lots of great retro dancing!


Almost Made It

Chrome Canyon

Chrome Canyon was new to me this week, but their song, “Suspended in Gaffa (feat. Phoebe Oglesbee)” sadly didn’t make the final cut. The reason being that this song’s vocals are so thoroughly twisted up, it would have undone everything else on the playlist. Kate Bush originated this song in 1982, with a calliope/carnival-esque bounce and her rich, signature vocals. Her music video also happens to be quite a fascinating performance piece in insanity. Yes, please do watch it. But the subject here is not Kate Bush’s genius, but the brilliance of Chrome Canyon for modernizing the sound, adding a booming drum, rich stereo sound, and a really-really great effort by Phoebe Oglesbee for staying true to the original vocals, but with more punch. I implore you to play this song on endless repeat and dance like Kate Bush in her video as I have been the entire time typing this.


Second Hour Rewind

The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Featured artists include Designer Drugs, Kiddy Smile, The Young Punx, Data MC, Reset! Strange Talk, Teenage Bad Girl and more!


“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

June 25, 2011 at 12:06 am