YDP In The Know: Emil & Friends

30 Jun

downed economyToday is my last day on the job. In celebration, I’m not only mailing it in, I’m providing my first contribution to a blog I frequent daily: Yuppie Dance Party. My friends call me Lord B.

Now, I’m not a Yuppie, but those people are some of my best friends. And if there’s one thing Yuppies like, it’s underground stories that they can confidently whisper to their friends, proving that they’re In the Know. Like, “let’s hit this place in Alphabet City, I hear Sid Vicious used to chill there,” or, “this bar is where the good acts come on off-nights just to screw around,” or even “Hey man, I hear there’s this club downtown where ?uestlove dj’s on Wednesday nights, just for gits and shiggles.”

That’s what it was like when news hit the intarwebs (and blogs only slightly more famous than this rising star) just this past  winter, that a new group called Emil & Friends (please check the myspace for a listen!), was actually the side project of actor Emile Hirsch. The press release sent out to music bloggers around the country with their first single, Downed Economy, said the following:

Hey Guys, Just wanted to tip you all off on the hot new project of international film star Emile Hirsch.

You can check out his myspace at myspace.com/emilandfriends. In case you are not privy to the superstardom that is Emile Hirsch here’s a brief bio. As a kid he attended the The Hamilton Academy of Music and The Performing Arts in Los Angeles. Now he is often seen singing karaoke alongside Lindsay Lohan, Bo Barrett, Michelle Rodriguez, Kellan Rhude and Nicole Richie at Beverly Hills hot spot “Guys”.

-The Man Himself, Emile Hirsch.

PS. Considerer yourself honored to have received a personal email from a star of my caliber.

And thus, the internet Yuppie feeding frenzy was set off. People In the Know were nudging their friends and saying “Hey man, you heard Emile Hirsch’s band yet?” And it helped that the music included was really freaking dope. But like life in Jurassic Park, truth too, will find a way (remember that with your ladies fellas). The other shoe dropped, and skeptics were validated when the group sent out a follow-up email:

So without any further ado, Emil & Friends has nothing to with Emile Hirsch. That was actually the actor attempting to take credit for music he did not create to make his career a little edgier and attract young hipster women. Emil & Friends is comprised of one 23-year old, production-wizard/musician named Emil.

But as much as Yuppies hate finding out the Great and Powerful Wizard of Oz is just some 23-year old and they aren’t In the Know after all, they love great music even more. So let’s forgive the kid for his duplicity and take a look at some songs off the Downed Economy EP. The filters on the voices are sometimes a little meddlesome, but the beats have a great feel. Not quite dance party music, but it’ll have you bobbing your head. Would love to see him live though, get a better feel.

-Lord B

MGMT-Electric Feel (Emil Remix)

Emil and Friends-Downed Economy


One Response to “YDP In The Know: Emil & Friends”

  1. schuyfi July 1, 2009 at 1:47 AM #

    ?uestlove Dj’s Thursday nights in NYC not Wednesday. Idiot.

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