The moment I hit the “publish” button on this post, that counter above (that I see on the backend of this blog) will turn to 3,000. Three-motherFing-thousand. That’s a lot of posts. That’s a hell of a lot of music. But just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, that number took 6 years and 1 month to reach. So happy birthday to The Burning Ear. Happy 3,000th post to new bands. Happy remaining sanity in my music addled brain. And to celebrate those happys, I would like to revisit the same concept as this blog’s very first post and pay special attention to songs that I feel went under-appreciated. These are the jams that are considered stadium worth in my ears, even if they only ever garnered a few thousand plays on Soundcloud, YouTube, or Myspace (yes, this blog is that old…).
So read on for Part 1 of what I’m cleverly and succinctly titling The Best Underrated Songs of the Past 6 Years (3000 Posts) Feb 2009 – March 2015. Part 2 drops tomorrow (here), and Part 3 the next day. And then after that, look out for some stylistic changes here on The Burning Ear. It’s exciting times and I’m beyond stoked to share it with all you crazies. But now, some weird thoughts on these songs!
Love & Jams,
p.s. There is a playlist of all the songs at the bottom of the post so you can listen to them straight through.
I’ve been hard at work on setting up a home for all the download goodies here at TBE and it is finally live! Head over to the Bonus page for a ZIP download of the Best Party Songs of 2013! The TBE Bonus Page will be the home of all future downloads for Remix Roundups, mixtapes, and Best of lists.
PLUS, I set up a contest over there for some sweet TBE swag. Share the post with people and win rad goodies.
Oh boy! The “Best Of” lists begin and as always I’m kicking off mine with the Best Party Songs of the year. Anyone still in need of some last minute NYE playlist inspiration will find plenty within! Songs about drinking, dancing, loving, living, boys, girls, and everything that happens on a dirty night out with not enough clothes on.
As usual I’ve broken the list into 3 parts. One for each escalating phase of a proper dance party. Gotta ease the guests into full arm flailing… Enjoy! ANd Happy New Year!
So it’s Monday and your feet are cold and you are staring at your second cup of coffee wondering if you’ve just become immune. You need some Kid Cadaver in your head! These LA live show-favorites have been on TBE before but I feel strongly that their self-titled EP deserves its own post. 6 tracks of instantly energizing and infectious indie rock jams. EP closer “Stick Around” has been my favorite lately. But I don’t ever skip a track to get there. Enjoy the ride!
and now i’m letting you know
New Zealand’s Lorde is not just another indie-pop-girl riding the trend (even though she is Grimes-approved). Even though she is just 16, I feel like something great is going on here. This post is weeks late because I couldn’t figure out which track I liked best. So dive into her waves of tiny swagger and get funky with the chopped beats of “Million Dollar Bills,” the slow burn of “Royals,” or the laid back synth bounce of the title-track. Its all good in Lorde’s hood.
Man oh man. Could we be in a better world for fun remixes of great songs? Some of the old guard has been slacking in quality lately (RAC, where you at?) but new talent is cropping up in droves. Cyril Hahn practically made his name from that Destiny’s Child remix. Noah Hyde is on the map with amazing work. Manu el Chino nabs his second spot of 2012. Too many great tracks. Get on it for the weekend and check out all the bands and remixers you may have missed through the years. And especially listen to that Years & Years remix. What a genre flip. Mmmm…..
Be sure to catch all the 2012 “BEST OF” lists!
- Best Albums
- Best EPs
- Best Songs – Pt. 1 (Jan-June)
- Best Songs – Pt.2 (July-Dec)
- Best Remixes – Pt. 1 (Jan-June)
- Best Remixes – Pt.2 (July-Dec) — YOU ARE HERE!
- Best Music Videos
- Best Cover Songs
- Best Party Songs
[Artwork by Jacob Youngblood Ziegler]
Screw the Oscars! Now that the site is back up we can continue the (very late) Best of 2012 Awards!
So many great songs last year. The second 6 months of jams did more than stand up to the first. So many genres colliding in this list. Beautiful songs. Funny songs. Innovative songs. Simple songs. Dance songs. Rock songs. All songs that Read more
when i had my eye, staring at the sun, growing old and wise, but staying young and dumb
We’ve already been massaged by the jittery bongo & guitar shuffle of American Royalty’s mellowed out single “Honey & Queen” and now the LA group has dropped the Prismatic EP which has 4 more tracks of their psyched-out groove rock.”Hungry” follows EP-opener “Honey” and is the real party starter. Gutars shred over whiplash a rhythm section and it makes me want to rock. Then they get tender on “Mariah” before bringing the slow burn weirdo funk on “EVO.” Its an excellent document of the band’s continually evolving sound and proof that there are more ideas going on in their heads then they will ever be able to record. Get on this adventure while you can.
Cover songs are still my favorite way for emerging bands to put their own sound on a hit song and get easy attention. However 2012 was for some reason a slow year for cover songs. Luckily a handful of bands did them well and left us with flipped and twisted takes on old classics and net hits alike. Here are my 10 favorites (#1 at the bottom). What did I miss? Read more