The Fredhead Weekend 10: The Fragility Of Friendships

Every Friday, Fred Hystere sends a note to fans of the site and streams 10 of his favorite songs…aaaaaand then he takes off his pants on camera and makes up a dance to each song.

13 January 2012

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve begun to realize the fragility of all relationships; life long and brand new. As unsettling of a feeling as it is to know that even the strongest of bonds can be broken by one erroneous act, I feel great about the ever revolving door that is my life and the people I keep close to these days.

I’ve learned more about people in the last 3 years than in the past 30 combined. Friends I thought would be there forever, are gone because of stupid mistakes. I’ve learned that while in baseball you get three strikes, in life you only get one; and I’ve learned that you can’t truly forgive unless you can truly forget.

As friends go, you won’t find a better one than me. I’m as faithful as can be and my ears and doors are always open for a friend in need. Sure, I have my faults like everyone; but I think I do an exceptional job of being there for friends in any way they need me to be. However, there are a few things that I can’t ignore..

I’ve never been able to relate to people who make it their mission in life to fall in love. Through the years, I’ve realized that even the closest of friends will make you second fiddle to a boyfriend (or girlfriend, I suppose) if need be. One could argue that maybe people who do that aren’t true friends. However, I like to take a more positive approach to the situation by simply saying that people who put boyfriends ahead of friends have a place in my life, but it will never be as the friend I’ll call when I need a shoulder to cry on – which is, to me, is the mark of a true friend.

I’m in a position right now where I have two friends I thought would be there forever that I’m drifting from. The common thread with these two friends is that they’re both incredibly narcissistic – something I have no time for. At the end of the day, you have to ask yourself if you’re worse off for not having someone in your life and, sadly, I don’t miss either one of them. They’re worse off for not having my friendship, and I’ve moved on from any hope of believing that they are the type of people I want in my life going forward.

Sadly, the fragility of friendships is very real, but one of the most important things is having the best support system around you possible. Often times you find what you do want, through experiencing what you don’t ; and you find who you do want, by experiencing who you don’t.

Enjoy the mix below, peeps, and I’ll see you all next week!

Oh, shit! Before I forget, here are a few site notes that I’ve mentioned on my Facebook fan page, but not yet on here:

- In the next couple of weeks you’ll be seeing new categories popping up and more posts per day.

- I’m working on an iPhone-friendly mp3 player so that you iPhone users will be able to listen to all of the music I write about on your phones.

- I’ve designed a tshirt for the 4 of you (including my mother) who mentioned you wanted one. It’ll take me a little while to set up a merchant site, but I shall.

That’s it, I think. Enjoy the music!

Nakedly Yours,

Fred Hystere

 

1. Matthew Duffy “Homosapien (The Sanfernando Sound Remix)”

 

2. Tyson “After You’re Gone (The Magician Remix)”

 

3. Stevie Nicks “Stand Back (Ren Riz Bootleg)”

 

4. DVAS featuring Kid Static “Society (The Hood Internet Remix)”

 

5. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs “Trouble (Chad Valley Remix)”

 

6. Fiorious “Elevator (Scuola Furano Remix)”

 

7. Boy Friend “Egyptian Wrinkle (The Whendays Remix)”

 

8. Escort “Why Oh Why (Pound Sterling Remix)”

 

9. Quentin Mossimann “Gimme A Break (Mosimann Remix)”

 

10. Morgan Page featuring Tegan & Sara “Body Work (Club Mix)”

Fred Hystere’s #10 EP Of 2011: Futurecop! “The Adventures of Starpony”

Believe it or not, 2011 was one the best years ever for new talent in the music industry. Of the many great things to happen in music this year, the emergence of the EP was one of the most interesting. The EP (which stands for ‘extended play’) is basically a mini-album, and it’s become a way for major labels to test the waters and wet the whistles of an artist’s fanbase. But it’s also the best (and most affordable) way for independent artists to release their music. These are my Top 10 EPs of 2011. #10 is Futurecop! “The Adventures Of Starpony.”

Futurecop is the mastermind of Manchester, UK-native Manzur Iqbal and London-based Peter Carrol. Out of every track I listened to this year, Futurecop’s “Dreams” featuring Keenhouse probably had the most profound effect on me thanks to instantly motivating lyrics such as “Up up up is the only way!” But this autumn Futurecop proved why they can pretty much be named  the Kings Of Nu-disco with the release of their excellent new EP, The Adventures Of Starpony.

Each track picks up where Dreams left off, delivering the type of fist-pumping  motivation via song that will have you bypassing minute 10 on the treadmill and training for a marathon in no time – and I HATE running! Seriously though, if nothing else, you’ll be dancing your face off while fondly remembering the days of raving it up with fellow nu-disco hippies. (Did I really just say that? Kill me.)

Favorite songs Futurecop songs: Star Worshipper, Dreams featuring Keenhouse, Is It A Crime, Far Away

*Futurecop!’s latest EP, The Adventures Of Starpony, is out now via The Sleepover Party.

http://www.facebook.com/futurecop.universe

 

Futurecop! “The Adventures Of Starpony”

 

Futurecop! featuring Keenhouse “Dreams”

 

Futurecop! “Star Worshipper (Ren Riz Remix)”

 

The Hotness: Filur, Steed Lord, Queen Of Hearts

The Hotness is your daily look at 3 new songs that are amazing, essential, and are sure to make you horny. Ok, the last part isn’t necessarily true. But if you don’t like at least one of these three songs, you need to check 1) Your testosterone levels 2) Your estrogen levels 3) Your hearing.

Filur is a Danish dance music duo, comprised of Tomas Barfod and Kasper Bjørke, who has seemingly come out of nowhere to release yet another dancetastic record to make feel guilty for not going to the gym. It’s called “Faces” and features different vocalists on all eight of the album’s tracks. The only artist I was already familiar with is a Danish singer named Nabiha, who released her own pretty groovetastic pop album earlier this year (which you MUST remind me to give a few more spins). Because I’d never heard of Filur, I didn’t know what to expect and should’ve probably read the press release BEFORE popping the album in at just after 2am last week — but I hate being influenced by anything other than my own opinions when it comes to listening to a piece of music for the first time. Still, listening to music while lying in bed that makes you want to dance your face off is certainly not ideal when you need to wake up at 7am the next morning. Truthfully, it took me all of 10 minutes listening to Faces before I leapt out of bed in my underwear, turned on the lights, grabbed the nearest prop I could find and danced until 6am. Yea, that’s one whole hour of sleep. Fun. Check out Shadow Boxing below.

*Filur’s excellent new album, Faces, is out now via Disco Wax.

 

Filur featuring Nabiha “Shadow Boxing”

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Steed Lord are an Icelandic trio residing in LA and comprised of ‘vocal diva extraordinaire’ KALI; and producers DEMO and MEGA. If you’re a fan of disco and not yet listening to these cats, you’ll want to lace-up those dancing shoes and hop to it, because these jams are as hot as anyone else’s I’ve heard all year. The production is right up there with some of the best disco tracks of the last few years and KALI’s vocals are as soulful and powerful as those of legendary dance diva, Billie Ray Martin. The first track I ever heard by Steed Lord was for their ace single, Bed Of Needles; but after doing a little digging, I realized that they’d just released a brand spankin new EP and, as my buddy Jon at OutSpokenNYC would say, it is ‘everything.’ My favorite song is called “You” and it features a hook that has been holding me hostage for well over a week and beats that recall some of my favorite tracks by up-n-coming Australian wizard, Ren Riz. Check it out below.

*Steed Lord’s new EP, The Eddie House, is out now and self-released.

http://www.facebook.com/steedlord

 

Steed Lord “You”

 

Queen Of Hearts is a UK solo artist and she has FINALLY released her debut EP, Arrival! Those of you that have been reading FH all year will know that I have been a HUGE supporter of her music since the very beginning. For the last few years, my music taste has shifted from Alternative Rock, Britpop & Trip-hop to left-of-center dance pop — and, of all the artists I write about, 99% of them don’t even come close to holding a candle to Queen Of Hearts as it relates to the definition of left-of-center dance pop. I’ve said before that her sound is more 2012 than 2011, which is a testament to her smooth gorgeous vocals and the bevy of producers lining up to work with her — which reads like the musical equivalent to a Fred Hystere-gasm: Johan Agebjörn, Ercola, DREAMTRAK, Diamond Cut, Monarchy, Fabien Waltmann, Fear of Tigers, StardonE, Bright Light Bright Light, Devil’s Gun and more . Originally my favorite QOH track was her first single, Freestyle, and while that song is in the running for my song of the year, her latest jam, Shoot The Bullet, is giving it a serious run for a its money. The song was produced by another Fred Hystere fave, The Sound Of Arrows. Check out the vid below and GET.INTO.QUEEN.OF.HEARTS.NOWWWWWW!

*Queen Of Hearts’s debut EP, Arrival, is out now via NightMoves.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Queen-Of-Hearts/141481409204014

 

Queen Of Hearts “Shoot The Bullet”

The Fredhead Weekend 10: Faith

Every Friday, Fred Hystere sends a note to fans of the site and streams 10 of his favorite songs…aaaaaand then he takes off his pants on camera and makes up a dance to each song.

7 October 2011

Hello everyone and welcome to The Fredhead Weekend 10!

Every week, Friday is the one day I choose to write about something a little off-topic. Today, my off-topic subject of choice is.. FAITH — no, not the religious kind, but the ‘life’ kind.

Unlike my 20s, thus far my 30s have been kind to me in the most important of ways, and frustrating in the least. As I’ve said before, it’s been a long struggle for me to get to the point where I am now, mentally. I’m lucky enough to be an optimist – even in the worst of times (of which there have been many). But, aside from having very special people in my life and more friends than you could imagine, I’m most thankful for the ability I’ve developed to reflect and learn from mistakes quickly.

Besides growing up a little, the two main reasons why I’ve been able to do this are 1) the honesty I’ve developed with myself and 2) the faith I have in the process of life.

I’ve always been one of those people that’s longed for consistency between family, friends, jobs, etc. This may end up making me sound like a fuckin hippie, but I tend to look at life as a formula; because I’ve learned that the best experiences, relationships, friends, jobs and more, are those that develop organically and without any type of forced pressure attempting to make them grow.

People come in and out of your life for different reasons. But, nowadays, because of the faith I have in life’s process, I’m finally able to move on, look forward-to and prepare-for what lies ahead faster and more calm than ever.

Whew. That was heavier than I anticipated it to be. I never truly know where my writing is going to take me.

Annnnnyway….

Time for some music! Below are the best remixes I’ve discovered in the last few weeks. Buy them, stream them or download them. But whatever you do, make sure to bring your laptop into the bathroom, crank up the volume and dance your penisvaginatittiecock-ka off in the shower!

That’s all for me. Have a great weekend and I’ll see you all next week!

Nakedly Yours,

Fred Hystere

 

1. Coldplay, Swedish House Mafia vs. Dune, Alesso “Every Teardrop Is A Valentina (Jason Ross Mashup)”

http://www.facebook.com/DJ.JasonRoss

 

2. Kaskade featuring Rebecca & Fiona “Turn It Down (Extended Mix)”

http://www.facebook.com/kaskade

 

3. Pnau “The Truth (Chris Lake Remix)”

http://www.facebook.com/pnaupnau

http://www.facebook.com/chrislake

 

4. The Whip “Keep Or Delete (Blue Satellite Remix)”

http://www.facebook.com/thewhip

http://www.facebook.com/bluesatellitemusic

 

5. Starling “Dark Arts (The SanFernando Sound Remix)”

http://www.facebook.com/starlingband

http://www.facebook.com/thesanfernandosound

 

6. The Magician featuring Jeppe “I Don’t Know What to Do (Plastic Plates remix)”

http://www.facebook.com/themagicianmusic

http://www.facebook.com/plasticplatesmusic

 

7. Digitalism “2 Hearts (Ren Riz Remix)”

http://www.facebook.com/digitalism

http://www.facebook.com/renriz

 

8. Shake Aletti “Inside Out (In Flagranti Remix)”

http://www.facebook.com/ShakeAlettiPage

http://www.myspace.com/inflagranti

 

9. Kites “A Flower Is All That Remains (The SanFernando Sound Remix)”

http://www.facebook.com/wearekites

http://soundcloud.com/thesanfernandosound

 

10. S.C.U.M. “Summon The Sound (Grimes Remix)”

http://www.facebook.com/SCUM1968SCUM

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Grimes/133232266718746

 

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