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Great songs REMIXED pt.1 *Passion Pit, Matt & Kim, Foster the People and more!

May 14th, 2011 by | Remix |

I love the original to the above video and I love the remix even more, already watching it at least 8-10 times.

Anyways, best way to help lessen the many remixes/mashups I need to blog about, here’s five songs I really love that have been remixed. In some cases the original is better but other cases, the remix does add something special the original might lack. This is pt. 1 because all these remixes are kind of old and should have been blogged about at least 2 months ago.

First we got my all-time favorite Empire of the Sun track, “Walking on a Dream”, remixed by Kids At The Bar. Love how the hand-clap they throw in eventually get’s way more electronic and complex as the song progresses.
Empire of the Sun – Walking On A Dream (Kids At The Bar Remix)
Next Borgore remixes Passion Pit’s “Sleepyhead”, slowing the pace down a bit and overall making for a chill remix with cool electro and some subtle dubstep that isn’t overbearing to the beauty of Passion Pit‘s sound… sorry I love Passion Pit so much, somebody take me to see them live.
Passion Pit – Sleepyhead (Borgore Remix)
Foster the People came out with “Pumped Up Kicks” a long time ago yet the song suddenly gets mainstream radio play this year. Either way, MNDR decided to do a remix on it, adding some cool 80’s type instrumentals and keeping the vocals fairly intact for a solid remix.
Foster the People – Pumped Up Kicks (MNDR Remix)
I know remixes of Matt & Kim have gotten really old, and maybe the remixes continue to come out because all of us are dying to hear new music from them now if we haven’t seen them live. Either way, well done remix by Rusty Lazer & JJ Marshall who have some Big Freedia rapping too. The song gets taken into a different direction and the rapping almost seems like it’s not needed, but this is pretty cool to play in a dance/club atmosphere where your happy it keeps you moving.
Matt & Kim – Cameras (ft. Big Freedia)(Rusty Lazer & JJ Marshall remix)
One of my favorite groups from New Zealand, The Naked & Famous put out a wonderful track in 2010, “Young Blood” which Chiddy Bang remixed and rapped on (amazing!) and a few months back, Dave Sitek, guitarist in indie rock band, TV On The Radio, remixed “Young Blood”. I have a feeling he put some of his own guitar work on the remix, which is a great addition to the original and some electronic beats hear and there. Overall I like how Dave Sitek didn’t take hardly anything out of the original.
The Naked & Famous – Young Blood (Dave Sitek Remix)

Matt and Kim – Cameras (music video)

January 24th, 2011 by | Alternative/Indie, Music Video, Pop |

Official music video for “Cameras”, Matt and Kim’s first single from their Sidewalks album (purchase on iTunes). The video is basically Matt and Kim fighting in the recording studio, breaking a lot of stuff.

According to MTV, Matt and Kim both underwent stunt training before shooting the video but that there were still some on-set injuries during the shot.

Overall I think it’s a fun music video for a very fun song.

Download “Cameras”

(Too good for) Prospect of the Week: Matt & Kim

November 5th, 2010 by | Alternative/Indie, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Prospect of the Week |

I know, I know; How could Matt & Kim be your “prospect of the week” if they have already dropped three incredible albums and have some ridiculously awesome concerts (never been, but dying to go).

It’s my birthday so I say, fuck it, Matt & Kim deserve our blog love. Below are three of my favorites off Sidewalks, which came out earlier this week.

Block After Block

Red Paint

Silver Tiles

If you like these songs and the other Matt & Kim songs we have posted, check out Sidewalks - Matt & Kim to buy Sidewalks.

Daily Mash – Juicy Cameras

October 24th, 2010 by | Mashup |

Matt & Kim vs Notorious B.I.G. Matt & Kim personally recommended this mashup on facebook and after hearing it, I like it too.

Dave Wrangler – Juicy Cameras (Matt & Kim x Notorious B.I.G.) by davewrangler

This track will be featured on Dave Wrangler’s new mashup mixtape, “D.W.I.”. Check him out on soundcloud for tons of new mashups.

Daily Mash – Cameras vs Like A Boss

October 14th, 2010 by | Mashup |
Brand new mashup that came out earlier this week. Toronto’s Skratch Bastid mixes Matt & Kim vs Slim Thug. Enjoy!  Cameras vs Like A Boss – Matt & Kim & Slim (Thug) (a Skratch Bastid Remix) by Skratch Bastid  

Matt & Kim – “Cameras”

September 2nd, 2010 by | Alternative/Indie, Electropop, Pop, Rock |

I didn’t start getting interested in Matt & Kim until I heard “Daylight” as I hadn’t heard too much about them before that. After hearing “Daylight” and the recent song “Cameras”, I’m now a huge fan.

Matt & Kim are a dance-punk/electropop group  that formed in 2004. Currently they are in the studio mixing the follow up to Grand, their second album released in 2009 through Fader Label. They are releasing their third album, Sidewalks, on November 2.

Below download “Cameras”, the first single off their upcoming album, “Camera & Shutterbugs”, a mashup with one of Big Boi’s latest songs. Also listen and download “Daylight”.  Matt & Kim – Cameras by Brian Gaffey  Matt & Kim – Daylight by user3801503  Cameras & Shutterbugs (Big Boi vs. Matt & Kim) by dwhitehead

Check out our review of Matt & Kim at Lollapalooza!

If you like Matt & Kim, check out their website.


Lollapalooza 2010: An Event Like No Other

August 13th, 2010 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Miscellaneous |

Last week BTB went to Chicago for the sixth annual Lollapalooza festival. This great concert series brought in over 250,000 fans to Grand Park for three full days and nights of music.  BTB has a quick recap of our favorite shows.

Friday – The main headliner had to be Lady Gaga. While not a fan, BTB was amped to see her show and see what all the excitement was.  Overall, we were very disappointed in her show as she seemed to try and over do it with her crazy “statements” and over the top antics.  We also got our first live look at J.Cole at Perry’s which is pretty much just a huge dance party.  Our favorite show of the day was Matt and Kim who not only did a great job with their music, but seemed to be having as much fun as the crowd and really got them excited and amped.  From jumping in the crowd to climbing up the side of the stage their performance was wild.  Of course, they finished off with “Daylight” which was a perfect ending to a great show.  We also loved Chromeo where we got a great spot in the 10th row.  Chromeo put on a great show that was worth getting a bad spot for the Gaga show as crowds of people skipped it to see her.  Though we missed most of their show, The Strokes also did an phenomenal job from what we did see and lived up to their hype of being a great live band.  Unfortunately, the crowd was so small because of Lady Gaga so they did not get the hype they deserved.

Saturday – Saturday started with a trip to see Blues Traveler which was more of a laid back watch for us as we tried to relax after a long day before. We checked out PerryEtty vs. Chris Cox at the Perry’s (named after PerryEtty) Sound Stage which was one of the more wild exciting moments of the concert.  Though a pretty young crowd, the dancing, jumping and fist pumping were a great way to wake up the day crowd.  We also checked out one of the best shows of the weekend, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes which did the best job of putting on a performance.  Saturday’s main headliners were Green Day and Phoenix.  We decided to check out Phoenix who did not disappoint.  They played every song from the album and opened with “Lisztomania” into “Lasso.”  They closed with “1901” which was a great finish to the day.

Sunday –  I was most excited to see Chiddy Bang and they didn’t disappoint.  While the weather was super hot and the crowd at Perry’s was uncomfortably crowded, Chiddy Bang put on an awesome show, with Chiddy showing off his rapping skills by doing a solid freestyle with suggestions from the crowd.  He finished off with “Opposite of Adults” which was a perfect way to leave Perry’s for good.  The last act we saw was MGMT which we found very disappointing.  MGMT had a very poor crowd. People were crowd surfing during mellow songs, though many people didnt feel like they were into it and everyone seemed like they were there just to have something to talk about on Monday.  The main act that night were Arcade Fire and Soundgarden and though we wern’t able to hear either of them, we heard great reviews from people later.

Overall, Lollapalooza was an amazing experience. The entire event is special.  From the amazing bands to the people watching, there is not may events quite like it in the world.  I dont think anyone can describe it better than our friends from Up Chicago.

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