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6 May

Work has been so busy that I haven’t had the time to find good music during the day or the time after work to write about it. But here is good music, and a few words.

Today’s Emo: Wolf Like Me (TV on the Radio Cover) / The Holidays


‘dream me oh dreamer / down to the floor / open my hands and let them weave on yours’

There is something sexy and mischievous about this take on a TV on the Radio classic. The original is arguably untouchable, but Aussies The Holiday give this a brave go, in part releasing the cover in tribute to TOTR’s recently deceased bassist, Gerard Smith. A solid listen that has me revisiting the original.

We’re howling forever. #emo

Today’s Untz: Too Dramatic (the Kids are Radioactive Remix) / Ra Ra Riot

’cause you’re too dramatic / I don’t understand it’

My coworker Tom is a fellow music nerd and revelry lover who also has his own blog, originally named BlogJuice. It has been nice to have someone to ping during dragging midweek afternoons about shows, tracks and fun happenings… helps keep my inner untz happy amidst the cubicle dividers and florescent lights and professional speak. While some of BlogJuice’s stuff is a bit too hardcore for my day to day, it is all pretty solid, and this Ra Ra Riot remix posted earlier in the week hits the spot.

The Syracusian indie rockers get hopped up on something radioactive and I can almost taste the weekend here. So close. Giants’ first pitch is at 7:15 tonight, and I will be there on the bleachers soaking it in, hopefully a few beers deep. #untz

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25 Feb
Friday brings a chance for San Francisco’s first snow in 35 years and the Untz and the Emo’s inaugural guest post. My favorite Irish lass Laura has graciously contributed a European influence of untz. Please imagine the most delightful accent while reading about it, especially during the part where she says “then you’re sorted!” On my end, some chill inducing new TV on the Radio. Bundle up and enjoy.

Today’s Emo: Will Do / TV on the Radio
‘I’d like to collapse with you and ease you against this sound / I think we’re compatible / I see that you think I’m wrong’

Addicted. TV on the Radio quietly debuted this slow jam on Wednesday via Seattle’s radio station 107.7 The End (yes, the station that the Real World Seattle crew worked at). I am possessed by the tinkering music box opening, mellow beats, and subtle assurance the song carries itself with. Will Do perfectly depicts that uneasy feeling of getting into a new relationship when you know all too well how it can pan out. I can relate.

The Brooklyn born indie rock band re-emerges after a two plus year hiatus, with their latest album ‘Nine Types of Light’ set for release on April 12th. They face great expectations, with 2008’s ‘Dear Science’ claiming album of the year by Rolling Stone, the Guardian, and Spin, but this single suggests they are on the right track. Excited. #emo

Today’s Untz: Midas Touch (Starskee remix) / Midnight Star

‘I’ve got the┬ámidas┬átouch, baby / let me touch your body and your soul’

It was a Belgium friend who introduced me to this song– and I am forever grateful. It was during a little techno road trip that I fell in love with it. Who doesn’t love a good road trip with a well thought out playlist? For the car you need the right amount of #untz with #emo, then you’re sorted! He and his friend were singing along to this song like it was in their blood… and I’ve come to learn that those Belgians know their music! The myth behind ‘The Midas Touch’ comes from King Midas who turns everything into gold with a single touch. Not bad if you ask me! And the Starskees remix uses this metaphor when touching ones ‘body and soul’. The beat itself introduces a spell bound feeling that really adds to the lyrics. In short, this song will not have you pumping the air into a sweat, but it’s a happy go lucky, bob your head, close your eyes and wear a smile kinda tune. #untz from Laura