Tag Archives: phoenix

trying to be cool

27 Jun

Sydneysiders revel at the beach in summer's heat

Today’s Untz: Trying To Be Cool (Them Jeans Remix) / Phoenix

Check out this deep Phoenix remix!

you can’t blame it on anybody

7 Jan

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Today’s Untz: You Can’t Blame It On Anybody (Le Crayon Rework) / Phoenix

Yea today’s lyrics have nothing to do with my beloved Skins, but the title of the track is certainly relevant. I’m not one to mix sports and music, but since today is a bit dreary here in the nation’s capital… why not. Perhaps the best way to snap out of a city wide depression is to take off which I’ll be doing tomorrow. Back to the west coast.

Le Crayon didn’t intend to release this track but as a thanks for a wonderful 2012 he’s not only provided it, but done so with a free dl. Enjoy. #untz/tom

roman holiday

18 Jan

And the beat goes on and on and on and on.

Today’s Emo: Rome / Phoenix (Neighbours remix w/ Devendra Banhart)

‘I thought I couldn’t do this without you / single in this bed somewhere / ashes til it fall fall falls’

Last week I posted a song from a new band that sounds just like Phoenix, this week it is a sweet remix of my favorite Phoenix song. Phoenix, are you out there? Please?

In the meantime, digging this drawn out, slowed down version of Rome featured on the How to Make it in America soundtrack and featuring slivers of Devendra Banhart. Like most good remixes, it has me hitting repeat and then eagerly revisiting the original for another go. To position the fall of a relationship against the fall of an Empire is a pretty lofty comparison, which makes the song all the more gripping. Rome Rome Rome. #emo

Today’s Untz: Holidays / Miami Horror (Lenno & Jesse Oliver remix)

‘I don’t know just where you came from but I need you now’

Crank up the speakers and let’s make it through Wednesday with this playful little remix of one of Miami Horror’s biggest tracks, brought to us by Finnish sixteen year old Lenno and his pal Jesse. It is almost too tasty for a midweek post because it has me prematurely pining for Friday. Hold tight, listen loud, coffee. #untz

all the eastern girls dance

11 Jan

Today’s post comes from our sponsors at the San Francisco Municipal Courthouse, where I just earned a whopping $17.50 to conduct my civic duty and go through jury duty yesterday. As a girl who watched so much Law and Order as a kid that I would echo that “dun-dun” noise in my sleep, and who used to devour John Grisham books like gummy bears, I found it all pretty cool. Especially the part about me not actually being selected.

Today’s emo is a little untzy, and the untz is a little emo, but don’t judge. All is fair in love and music.

Today’s Emo: D-D-Dance / The Concept

‘always on the go / keep your head up now / dance dance dance til you get it right’

OMG new Phoenix?! Oh wait just kidding, these are some other Euros that sound exactly like my favorite French foursome. They say imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, and since Phoenix has been off radar working on new stuff, I will gladly soak in this instant dance party track from Sweden’s The Concept. D-D-Dance is so dance worthy that it took considerable restraint not to hop up on the lunch table in the jury break room and dance my face off. Can I get arrested for that? Dancey #emo

Today’s Untz: All the Eastern Girls / Chapel Club (RAC remix) 

‘only just getting to know you / running the flag up to claim it’

This remix drives me nuts. An echoed intro reminds us that this is a love song amidst trickling beats meshed with drop everything now tastes of bass. Chapel Club’s vocals sound delightfully 80’ish, but RAC’s playful twists and terms make the sound fresh, and I can’t bring myself to turn it off. I am a Pacific Northwestern girl with Norwegian heritage, which probably makes me as far from Eastern as I can get, but I still wish this song could be about me. #untz

heart list

29 Apr

The scene: Wednesday night at the Bottom of the Hill, my best friend, Blue Moons, and my favorite band. I showed up at doors, chilled for an hour, impatiently listened to the openers, and then lost myself for a couple hours in a mind blowingly amazing show. It was the first time The Head and the Heart has headlined in SF, and due to our strategic early arrival, I was pressed up front right, so close to the speakers that my legs shook with the bass, watching hands slide on strings and socked feet hop about on the stage while occasionally convincing myself I had locked eyes with the lead singers. The show sold out weeks ago, and they showed us why.

Before starting the last song Jon belted out that he was dying for a cigarette, so after last croon I booked it for the patio area, met the band, expressed my undying devotion, got snapshots, and found out that Charity is nice and shy and not in the least bit indie bitchy like I thought she might be. Then I bought too much merch, cabbed it home and went to sleep with a goofy grin, nestling into bed at one with guitar rifts still ringing in my ears. It is Wednesdays like these and the people I share them with that I will never forget when I am old and boring and thinking back when. These are the places I will always go.

Today’s Emo: Josh McBride / The Head and the Heart


‘darling this is when I met you / for the third time not the last / not the the last time we are learning / who we are and what we were’

This is a new song and it is meant for a campfire. Josh McBride (also known as Seat Beside Me) was one of several unreleased tracks performed, and it was really something – smooth harmonies, trickles on keys, steady strumming and heartfelt vocals. Most of the audience hadn’t heard it yet because they don’t stalk THATH the way I do, and there was that “oh wow” moment of hush when it ended, like people had just experienced something great for the first time and were soaking it in. And then epic applause.

The chorus of ‘you are in the seat beside me‘ makes me think of Death Cab’s Passenger Seat, and while it is unique in its own right, this song evokes similar sentiment– that peaceful comfort of companionship and conviction in who you have next to you at the end of the day. Or the want for that space to be filled. #emo

Today’s Untz: Lisztomania (Phoenix cover) / Edwin Van Cleef ft. Jane Hanely


‘these days it comes, it comes, it comes, it comes, it comes and goes’

I have been hungry for new Phoenix for some time now and thus forced to temporarily satiate myself with remixes. Luckily there is no lack of options. Classixx has a standout take on Lisztomania, and now UK DJ/producer Edwin Van Cleef has made a great go at it, twisting in female vocals from Jane Hanely to give one of the most remixed songs of the past few years new life.

This is the first I have heard of Mr. Cleef, and while I suggest he get a new stage name I will have to keep him on my radar because I want to dance to this. And dance and dance and dance. #untz