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MGMT x Air

Air steps in to clean up and fix up the MGMT single “It’s Working” a tune off of their album “Congratulations” which definitely fell short for me. Air transforms the tune into a pulsating, Kraut-Pop tune especially the outro of the song with its galloping bassline and twinkling piano. Suicide would be proud as well.

[audio:http://diestruktur.com/asianmandan/music/June%202010/MGMT%20-%20It’s%20Working%20(Air%20Remix).mp3]
Download: MGMT – It’s Working (Air Remix)

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AM

AM isn’t you typical Asian Dan type of post, an indie rocker songwriter from LA but sometimes I like to indulge in something other than the bangers or something synthetically produced. The strum of a guitar and a persons voice coming together to create a straightforward well crafted pop song is something I aspire towards as a musician and something I respect deeply. h. AM reminds me of Jason Schwartzman’s Coconut Records with a touch of Wilco and Jon Brion. AM pulls from every convention that is familiar to rock and roll and packages them into something that is his own. AM was invited by the French duo AIR to open for them on their upcoming US tour beginning this March.

[audio:http://diestruktur.com/asianmandan/music/Feb%202010/AM%20–%20Self%20Preservation.mp3]
AM – Self-Preservation

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Air x Breakbot

A slow disco-burner reworking of the heavily guitar driven Air track “So Light is Her Footfall”. Not Breakbot’s most revolutionary or impressive sounding remixes but an overall great vibe and that slap bass tone is fantastic.

[audio:http://diestruktur.com/asianmandan/music/Feb%202010/Air%20-%20So%20Light%20Is%20Her%20Footfall%20(Breakbot%20Remix).mp3]
Air – So Light Is Her Footfall (Breakbot Remix)

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Phoenix: Live In-Studio on TheAlternateSide.org


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Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix – Arrives Worldwide 5.25.2009


Woflgang Amdeus Phoenix arrives worldwide 5.25.2009. Let this fantastic cover of Air’s “Playground Love” hold you off till then.

[audio:http://diestruktur.com/asianmandan/music/Jan%202009/Playground%20Love%20(Cover%20Air).mp3]
Phoenix – Playground Love (Air Cover)

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Asian Dan Interview: Housse de Racket

Victor & Pierre of Housse de Racket were kind enough to answer a few questions of mine to shed some light on the epic pop rock that they create. Find out how they are connected to Air, Phoenix, Gonzales & Sebastien Tellier. Great guys and hope to see them on American soil sometime soon.

[audio:http://diestruktur.com/asianmandan/music/Jan%202009/Housse%20De%20racket%20-%20%20Oh%20Yeah!%20(25%20Hours%20A%20Day%20Remix).mp3]
Housse De Racket – Oh Yeah! (25 Hours A Day Remix)
Houssee de Racket Myspace

Asian Dan Interview: Housse de Racket

1. Who is Housse de Racket? How would you describe your music?

We’re two guys who grew up in suburb of Paris, city of lights. We met when were teenagers at music school. Victor was wearing a Pearl Jam tee shirt and Pierre loved it.

We play stadium music in very small rooms.

2. What are your influences, musical or otherwise?

We love black music especially Stevie Wonder, Prince and (of course) Michael Jackson… but we cannot sing like them so we play very loud with huge distorsion on the guitar and a double kick drum.

3. The French Music scene is at quite a peak now, where do you see it going and are you guys going along for the ride?

We started playing music when Daft Punk, Air or even Phoenix started to raise. We considered them as (hidden) older brothers… So, it has always been part of our vision of the french music.
Now, Justice, Yelle, The Teenagers, Soko prove that something still happens in France.

We sing in french so we’re different from these bands. The past few months we realize that it’s not a problem anymore… We recently signed with a big english booking agency (Primary Talent) and we plan to play worldwide !

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I am a Francophile

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60s French Pop is amazing. From Serge Gainbourg and the Ye-Ye Girls of the 60s like Chantel Goya, France Gall & the woman of my dreams, Francoise Hardy ::swoon:: She had the most sophisticated voice and appeal out of all the 60s Ye-Ye Girls.

Air – Jeanne (feat. Francoise Hardy)

France Gall – Toi Que Je Veux

Das Pop – Underground

Some Beligian love:
Goose – Bring It On

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