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.
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
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.
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
Track: “Baptize” Read more
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
Track: “Forgive” Read more
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.
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!
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.
Vinyl Moon: Volume 1
Artist: Robyn Sherwell
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.
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
- Post about the show on Facebook and/or Instagram (double your chances!)
- In the post, name which Griswolds song you most want to hear live.
- Make sure to tag @thegriswolds and @theburningear.
The winner will be chosen and notified Tuesday June 30th at 12pm.