Even though I haven’t seen them live since long before I started The Burning Ear 6 years ago, I am pretty sure Brand New is still the band that I’ve bought tickets to see more than any other band in my life. And I get to see them again in 2 weeks. It will either be wildly euphoric or deeply disappointing. Or, more likely, an roller coaster that flirts with both emotional poles. Either way, this doped up remix of the later catalog Brand New classic “Jesus Christ” is treating me right as I gear up for the big reunion show (me reuniting with my buddy Ted and our old “homies” Brand New, not the band actually reuniting. Although that is kind of happening too since its been so damn long).
An over-caffeinated Ben Khan returns with this jitter jumper of a synth and drum pad groover. Our silk-voiced boy got the girl and now he is taking her out for a night on the damn town. Get on board or get out of the way.
Is it weird to think that a song about a girl can also be a song about the band singing the song about the girl? Don’t think too hard on that one, it was just my very real experience watching AVAN LAVA tear the roof off our showcase at SXSW. OOO EEE is about all I could think as they rocked matching white outfits, confetti cannons, and a room full of dancing fans. And then the horns!!
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During the weeklong music conference marathon, the lyric “Don’t stop it baby, work that body, keep it goin!” became an anthem of sorts. Now that I’m back home, it can take on other meanings… Happy Friday ;)
Go, man, go! You thought you were so smart ordering pizzas before we got home and now the pizza guy is gonna get home before we do and I’m hungry as shit and my teen angst is flaring up and I need sustenance, man!
The Teen Age hold a special spot in The Burning Ear history: They formed when members of their previous bands (TBE faves The Denzels and Fast Years) read about each other right here on the site, realized they were both in Brooklyn, and got in touch. The rest is raw guitar rock history.
Well folks, this is it. The moment you have all been waiting for since I foolishly started this multipart post during SXSW. Make sure you have read Part 1 (60-41) and Part 2 (40-21) before diving into these jams. But without further ado, I present the top 20 Best Underrated Songs of the past 6 years. Listen to them closely and frequently. They deserve the love. Read more
With all the love an respect for Genesis and Phil Collins, their jams haven’t always been bedroom music for our generation (especially if you grew up listening to them with your parents). So cheers to TBE faves Basecamp for crafting this sexed up cover that puts a super smokey spin on the original. Phil and I just may be dimming the lights together sometime soon…
“Please explain what angels mean to you?” is a great question to ask anyone you meet when you wake up from a post-swim nap in an alternate textile based reality that is both exciting and a little itchy. Speaking of alternate realities, dive deeper in Boh Doran’s with her stripped back cover of Børns “Electric Love”. These two songs are all we have so far but I’m liking where they are headed.