SingStreet-DVD

[WIN!] Sing Street DVD & Shure Earphones

John Carney makes great movies. His breakout hit Once turned the world onto the fantastic band Swell Season and was definitely one of my favorites of 2007. Then his 2013 film Begin Again starred Mark Ruffalo and a pre-late-night James Corden. So when I heard I got the chance to give away a DVD copy of his latest film Sing Street AND its a feel-good, coming of age story featuring the ultimate soundtrack of the 80s I was pretty stoked.

TO ENTER:

Head over this Instagram post and comment with both of the following:

  1. The name of your favorite 80s song
  2. Tag a friend who loves that song too
  3. Use the hashtag #SingStreetDVD

One (1) winner receives:

(Winner will be chosen at random from the qualifying entries on Tuesday August 9th at 12 PST)

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Rywolf video

[PREMIERE] Rywolf – “Like You” Video

When I posted about Rywolf’s killer debut dance jam “Like You” back in August I paired it with a great photograph from Signe Pierce. That got a ball rolling that connected Signe and Rywolf and ended up in the photographer art-directing the video for Like You. Needless to say I’ve been pretty stoked since I heard the news. And now, seeing the final product, even more so. A home run on all fronts, the “Like You” video touches the heart (and legs) of anyone who just wanted to leave it all on the dance floor. Dive in a bust a move of your own in the final scenes.

Karl Kling postcards

Karl Kling: The VINYL MOON Interview

The Burning Ear and Karl Kling go waaaaaay back. As an integral member of RAC, Karl has been on our radar both through his remixes and contributions to the live show. Watching him branch out into solo stuff was exciting to say the least. Perhaps the only thing more exciting was being able to feature one of those tracks,  “I Will Wait”, on VINYL MOON. Karl has been playing on the RAC/Big Data tour and I recently caught up with him before a huge LA show.

Vinyl Moon: Volume 001
Artist: Karl Kling
Track: “I Will Wait”

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Kelly Reemtsen

[PREMIERE] Dresses – “Please Don’t Go” (Cheat Codes edit)

The wonderful Dresses have made a simple plea here. The sweetheart voice set to a caffeinated sidewalk-skipping beat from Cheat Codes makes this seem like something you’ve been asked before. And probably ignored. But don’t. She’s asked you nicely. At this point it would be rude to go. Seriously, she means business…  Read more

Jean-Pierre Roy

[PREMIERE] Inspired & The Sleep – EYELID KID EP

San Diego’s wonderfully weird Inspired & The Sleep just released their 6-track Eyelid Kid EP. If you have been following songs like “Sleeps Well On Knives” and “In my Labyrinth Mind” then you know we are stoked to premiere this collection on The Burning Ear. Eyelid Kid weaves some lovely and interesting soundscapes for your escapist pleasure. Flowing somewhere between a  sci-fi movie and a high-school drug trip, you’ll have plenty of mental company as you drift off with them. “Peripherals” may be my favorite of the new jams but its hard to pick when each one has so much going on. Dive in and explore for yourself.

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RKCB Postcards

RKCB: The VINYL MOON Interview

For a band whose music is tailor made for nighttime activities it made sense that there wasn’t much revealed about them in the early days. No photos, no website, and no live show until pretty recently. For some bands that feels like a gimmick, but now that those things have emerged it is clear that Riley and Casey are simply all about the music. They weren’t going to put energy into anything that detracted from the songs. And it shows. Its been an honor to hear them evolve and reveal over this past year and I’m proud to present this Interview I recently had with them to celebrate the inclusion of “Baptize” on VINYL MOON Volume 1.

Vinyl Moon: Volume 001
Artist: RKCB
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Pr0files Postcards

Pr0files: The VINYL MOON Interview

When you have been running a blog as long I’ve been doing The Burning Ear you see a lot of bands come and go. Grab your ear and then give it right back as they drift along the various paths life sets up. If you are lucky, you get to catch these bands as they reform into new projects down the line. Tacking on the extra years of life experience and refined vision to create something even greater than before. And so it was with great joy when I first heard about a project that featured Danny from one of TBE’s favorite bands, Baby Monster. The new project was in major infancy but there was something very magical there. Well, you already know what I mean if you have heard Pr0files’ debut jam “Call Yourself A Lover”. And here we are. Years later and with a handful of fog-filled dance parties under my belt I’m proud to present a Pr0files jam on the first edition of Vinyl Moon. It was a long time certainty on my end. I’m just glad they said yes.

Vinyl Moon: Volume 1
Artist: Pr0files
Track: “Forgive”  Read more

LBC postcards

Lostboycrow: The VINYL MOON Interview

Lostboycrow only had 2 tracks released when I first heard of him. But just a few listens to “HiyHiy” and I knew I wanted to feature it on Vinyl Moon. That was in January. What a treat its been to watch Lostboycrow evolve from then to the impending powerhouse he is today. Half a dozen songs later and each one reveals a new layer to this deeply layered artist. And then there is the live show…. just go. But first stick around for our Twitterview with the man himself below.

Vinyl Moon: Volume 1
Artist: Lostboycrow
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Rose Quartz: The VINYL MOON Interview

The first time I ever even heard of Rose Quartz was when I saw them open for Generationals in the middle of the SoCal desert. I was so stoked by what I saw and heard that I invited them to be on Vinyl Moon on the spot. They are a powerhouse of songwriting, live charisma, and good vibes. I am honored to be releasing a very special instrumental version of their mega jam “Leaving Now” on VINYL MOON Volume 1. To celebrate I got to catch the band for a bit as they head out on tour.

Vinyl Moon: Volume 1
Artist: Rose Quartz
Track: “Leaving Now” (Instrumental version)

Catch Rose Quartz ON TOUR NOW!

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Robyn Sherwell Postcards

Robyn Sherwell: The VINYL MOON Interview

My favorite Robyn Sherwell track is also the title track to her debut EP Islander. As Vinyl Moon members know, “Islander” is a fierce foot stomper of an anthem that takes stands up and demands attention. However, dive into the rest of Robyn’s catalog and you will uncover a much tenderer side. Songs like “Love Somebody” and “Tightropes” are gentle and soulful, drifting closer to indie-folk than rock anthem. But thats just what I love about Robyn. She has a lot to express and isn’t afraid to let it out in different ways. So whatever your gateway Robyn Sherwell song is, make sure you stick around for the full ride. Its a beautiful one.

Catch Robyn on tour and pick up her debut EP Islander which is out now. And read on for our Twitterview with her.

Vinyl Moon: Volume 1
Artist: Robyn Sherwell
Track: “Islander”

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Amanda Ringstad

[PREMIERE] Mexico City Blondes – “First Cut” + S/T EP

Mexico City Blondes has sure made us wait for it but today they finally release their debut EP. Anyone who has heard the blissed out “Fade” or more funked out guitar groover “Colors” will be as excited as I am. And even more exciting, TBE gets to premiere new single “First Cut”. Pairing Greg Doscher’s spaced out guitar work with Allie Thompson’s silky vocals, “First Cut” is a perfect reintroduction to the band and a killer song to open the EP. Crank it loud today and let it turn your mundane tasks into epic film sequences with hotter actors and better lighting.

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The Griswolds press

[TICKET GIVEAWAY] The Griswolds & Urban Cone @ The Toubadour 6/30

If you have ever seen The Griswolds live then you know that the EP above doesn’t do them justice. These Australians bring a damn rocking party. And they are bringing it to Los Angeles tomorrow night with Urban Cone. The show is sold out but we have a pair of tickets to giveaway!

ENTER TO WIN 2 TICKETS

  1. Post about the show on Facebook and/or Instagram (double your chances!)
  2. In the post, name which Griswolds song you most want to hear live.
  3. Make sure to tag @thegriswolds and @theburningear.

The winner will be chosen and notified Tuesday June 30th at 12pm.

Pierre Schmidt

[PREMIERE] LANY – “4EVER!” (Shoffy Remix)

If the original “4EVER!” was a memory of a young love fading into memories, then Shoffy’s throbbing sunset rework is waking up from a late afternoon nap and trying to cling to a dream of that love. As you prepare for a night out, you can’t shake the feeling from the dream. You know the images are fading fast so you try and savor every flash that echoes in your mind.

Download the remix for free.

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Stevie Listens to his Playlist

A Playlist for Stevie’s Postcard Project

So my little buddy Stevie is embarking a pretty big journey tomorrow and I’m trying to help him calm his nerves. He started this Kickstarter project to build some friends to send postcards to. If thats confusing you can check out his project because he explains it better than me. However, I did make him a playlist for his travels and figured I would share it with you guys!

When I played him the playlist he had a few comments I’ll include here. Enjoy and please do check out his project!

1. Coldplay – Postcards From Far Away

Yeah, thats me sending postcards from far away!

2. Paula & Karol – Goodnight Warsaw

Well not “Goodnight” because I haven’t met Warsaw yet so I’m gonna sing “Hello Warsaw!”

3. Rogue Wave – Postage Stamp World

Yea I think thats my new world…

4. Joywave – London

Its dark and weird but I like it. Did I just describe my future feelings on London?

5. Fake Blood – London

Even darker! Woah!

6. RDGLDGRN – Lootin In London

I’ll certainly try not to… and I’ll give stern looks to any looters I see!

7. Jukebox The Ghost – Postcard

A love song about Postcards! My favorite kind of love song!

8. Friendly Fires – Paris
9. Magic Man – Paris
10. Explosions In The Sky – Postcard From 1952
11. Little Dragon – Paris
12. Kate Nash – Paris

Wow its Paris overload time! I was just dancing!

13. Jens Lekman – A Postcard to Nina

Yeah you gotta explain to Nina’s dad whats going on. Sounds confusing!

14. Is Tropical – Berlin
15. The Young Professionals – Fuck Off Berlin

Strong feelings about Berlin! I wonder if my feelings will be that strong…

16. Peter Bjorn And John – School Of Kraut

Its like German surf music! But I don’t think I will be surfing in Berlin…

17. Beirut – Postcards From Italy

I’m not going to Italy but I appreciate the mention of postcards.

18. Bayside – Phone Call From Poland

They should have called this song “A Postcard from Poland” but maybe that never happened to them. I could fix that!

19. Maximo Park – Postcard Of A Painting

I prefer postcards with pictures of rivers or trees or buildings. Just my personal preference.

20. Europe – The Final Countdown

GAH! The countdown is real and I only have hours to pack! Gotta go!