Pr0file’s “Money” is a song to sink into over repeated listens, with everything from the lush pads to the self-conflicted lyrics offering more every time you hear it. I’m a strong proponent of melancholy summer songs, and this deserves a prime spot on any road trip playlists. Delve even deeper into Pr0file’s work with “Forgive” from VINYL MOON Volume 001: Orbiting.
Another big night at The Spare Room tomorrow night!
Returning champs Le Swish will kick things off with their funked out indie pop grooves designed to move. I recommend bringing your own cocktail umbrellas for these guys.
Then Brandyn Burnette and Molly Moore return with a full band to bring the heat and grooves. Two great talents in their own right are even better when combining forces in one set.
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.Â And to celebrate those happys, I would like to revisit the same conceptÂ asÂ this blog’s very first post and payÂ 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 UnderratedÂ 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 youÂ crazies. ButÂ 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 soÂ 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 LAÂ live show-favorites have been on TBE before but I feel strongly that their self-titled EP deserves its own post. 6 Â 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!Â
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. AndÂ especiallyÂ listen to that Years & Years remix. What a genre flip. Mmmm…..
Be sure to catch all the 2012 â€œBEST OFâ€ lists!
- Best Albums
- Best EPs
- Best Songs â€“ Pt. 1 (Jan-June)
- Best Songs â€“ Pt.2 (July-Dec)
- Best Remixes -Â Pt. 1 (Jan-June)
- Best Remixes â€“ Pt.2 (July-Dec)Â â€” YOU ARE HERE!
- Best Music Videos
- Best Cover Songs
- Best Party Songs
[Artwork byÂ 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. HoweverÂ 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
i see you hidden in the night
- Who:Â Keegan DeWitt (TBE alum!) &Â Jeremy Bullock
- What: Danceable indie rock, like Generationals, Kisses, Young Empires
- Where: Nashville, TNÂ + Facebook
- When: Buy debut LP Youth now.
- Why: First of all, I’m sorry. Sometimes I find an album that takes me by such surprise, that makes me so satisfied with it’s sounds, that I keep it to myself for far too long. I’m caught between the disbelief that it is as good as I think, and the nerves that come with writing a review of an album I love. It’s all illogical and foolish at best, but its the way I am. I’m like the partner that loves you so much that they don’t even know how to show it. Sorry Keegan and Jeremy, I do love you. And I love the beautiful baby Youth you’ve raised into this world.
My recent favorite tracks “Thunder Clatter,” “Straight No Turns,” and “Jonti” are are the perfect triangulation of their sound somewhere between the shaggy indie rock appeal of Generationals and the synth dance shades of Kisses. Hell, “Wishing Well” even throws some 80s nods to classic Peter Gabriel. Wild Cub draw rich water from a variety of wells but the cocktail they mix is undeniably their own.
but all your sighing heavily and semi-silent mutterings are another guarantee that it’s too late to stop me
Peter & Kerry’s “Knees” is one of my favorite sad-sack breakup folk songs in recent years so it was a pleasant surprise to hear them pepping things up for the sonically fun yet still break-up-y “Split For The City.” The fun kept coming when months late I finally got my hands on their debut fullÂ lengthÂ La Trimouille. The album takes the elements of “Knees” that made it so infectious and blends them with a variety of fun and quirky songs stylings and a dash of hip-hop delivery that all adds up to andÂ endlesslyÂ pleasing album. Even though the lyrical content is oftenÂ classicallyÂ English and mopey I can’t help but Read more
we loved and we laughed, thought we would last
It’s been a yearÂ since we heard from Sweden’s sneaky sex-groove masters Newtimers so it’s about time we got some more magic. The Ego EP just dropped and if you and yours need some heat during these frosty times then throw these jams on the fire. It’s like Prince, only relevant. Like The Weeknd, only Â less depressing. Like sex itself, only less complicated. Even breakup songs like “Heavy Weather” are bound to inspire one last hurrah. Oh, and we get a dance-off video cut to “She’s A Gun”? Sexy women. Sexy outfits. Sexy dancing. The band can even be in it. In the background.