[MP3/LIVE] The Good Natured – “Video Voyeur” (+ recent LA shows)

just give me what i want, don’t leave me hanging til the morning light

♫ The Good Natured – Video Voyeur

Try to contain your jealous rage when you hear that I got to catch The Good Natured live this week… and last week. Yeah, pretty radical. And the fact that they absolutely smashed both shows doesn’t hurt either. New stand-alone single “Video Voyeur” opened their set both times, kicking things off tight and right. An audio freight heading for partyville. The trio rocked hard, with Sarah alternating between jaunts into the heart of the audience for “Be My Animal” and wailing on a big drum for “Skeleton.” Hot. What she didn’t alternate doing was having some of the finest legs to ever grace a stage. I guess “flaut ’em if you got ’em” goes for jams and gams. Nice.

Check out more photos of Monday’s School Night show (which also featured Evan Voytas and Har Mar Superstar) here.

[EVENT] Hyundai Re:Mix Labs Roundup: Anamanaguchi, Cut Chemist, & Jason Reitman

♫ Anamanaguchi – Airbrushed (RAC Remix)

Whew. What a busy week! Hyundai’s Re:Mix lab was a wild success and kept my evening full and free. The best way to be. Friday night was a ripping live set from Anamanaguchi and their 2 on-stage Nintendo consoles (above). After people reassembled their faces from the Read more

[EVENT] Re:Mix Labs Update: Skrillex, DJ Premiere & College PLUS Anamanaguchi still to come!

♫ Skrillex vs Capital Cities – Kill Everybody vs Safe and Sound (Soft Spoken mashup)

I can’t really stand Skrillex (aside from the great mashup above) but seeing the dude that draws tens-of-thousands blow his bass in an intimate venue was pretty cool for sure. Thats him next to DJ Premiere on stage at the Re:Mix labs event from Wednesday night. I missed Erykah Badu and some other big guests but heard it was pretty sweet. The night before had been DJ sets from College and a killer live show from Caught A Ghost (researching them now). So, I don’t know what you L.A. based slackers have been doing but I expect to see you foolios out tonight for Anamanaguchi and tomorrow for what looks to be a very interesting talk between director Jason Reitman (Juno, Thank You For Smoking) and turntablist Cut Chemist (Ozomatli, general awesomeness). Until then!

[MP3/LIVE] Y LUV – “Keep It Rollin” + Live at Silverlake Lounge 12/7/2011

so here we are, me and myself now

♫ Y LUV – Keep It Rollin

One of the year’s best EPs was just followed up with this fantastic track. “Keep It Rollin” is a bit of a slow-burner as churns along with signature Y LUV momentum, vocals soaring high and wide as guitars noodle underneath and my brain softens with joy. The band released another jam earlier this month called “Earthquakes” which you can grab for free at their Bandcamp. The sweetness continues.

LA’s Y LUV are not getting nearly the attention they deserve and that was very apparent at their criminally under-attended show tonight at Silverlake Lounge. The guys ripped the house down, blasting through airtight renditions of all the jams on the How Chill Can You Let Go EP. They are clearly talented musicians who definitely deliver a show worth catching. I can easily see these guys working a crowd into a frenzy of jumping and singing along.  Damn Wednesdays.

Artist links: Facebook / Bandcamp / Amazon

Mad scientists

The mad scientists of indie music, Part 1: Chad Valley, James Vincent McMorrow, Active Child and Royal Wood

Mad scientists

Photo by crowolf

They all have something really unique about their style, like they’ve pulled together obscure pieces of the past and invented something new. Why did I pick these four? Well, I saw all of them perform in the span of a week recently, and the whole time I felt like I was on a freakish ride through the minds of some of the most fascinating men in music today.

This is my debut article for The Burning Ear as their new concert reviewer for Vancouver, so I thought I’d do something a little different and pull all these artists together into one big article. Read more

CONTEST: Win a pair of 3 Day Passes to Austin City Limits 2011

To get the word out about the new way to buy and sell tickets, TKTHOUND is giving away a pair of 3 day passes to the upcoming Austin City Limits 10th annual music festival. This promises to be the best ACL festival ever! Don’t miss out on this opportunity for free tickets.

To enter please visit their Facebook page and enter the contest by posting your funniest caption to picture of the dog. The winner will be determined by fans who “like” each caption. The caption with the highest number of “likes” at 5pm Central time on September 9th wins the pair of 3 day passes.  You can either pick up your passes or have them mailed to you.

Good luck and thanks for entering. May the best caption win.

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[LIVE] When Saints Go Machine @ Tauron New Music Festival 8-26-2011

This live review is courtesy of Arletta Przynoga, friend of TBE and mastermind behind Danish music blog Good Because Danish. A native of Poznan, she made the trek to Katowice for the Tauron New Music Festivallast weekend to see the band I was most bummed I couldn’t see: When Saints Go Machine. Cheers to Arletta for the review and double cheers for writing it all in her second language. Read on for her review, some photos (by Agnieszka Wojtaszek) and their great new video for the fantastic “Kelly.”

Over a 5 hours in a boiling trian from Poznań to Katowice. The hottest day of summer in Poland. And I almost missed what I wanted to see and hear so much!

Last Friday, Danish sensational band, When Saints Go Machine, played a wonderful gig on Tauron Nowa Muzyka festival in Katowice.

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[LIVE] The Burning Ear at The Great Escape Festival

The Burning Ear has landed in Brighton UK for The Great Escape Festival and will be seeing countless bands from May 12-15! Follow the action here and if you are at the festival than use the hash-tag #TBE-TGE to get in the mix!

THE GAY BLADES are a must see live

If you have been following TBE for awhile you may, like me, have seen Brandon feature The Gay Blades once or twice.  Subsequently, when I saw they were coming to Austin, I of course asked Brandon “what’s up with these guys?”  He told me they are a “cant miss” live.  Well, last night I was properly introduced to The Gay Blades and I gotta be honest,… they F’n killed it.  Their stage presence and crowd interaction showed me that these dudes seriously fancy putting on a show.  The Gay Blades are still a relatively unknown band, and the crowd or lack there of was proof.  It didn’t take long though, for them to capture every bit of attention in Emo’s indoor bar.  By the end of the night, that joint was rocking tough.  The highlight of the show was when The Blades invited the crowd on stage like Girl Talk so infamously does.  Below I have included their tour schedule… you’d be crazy to miss them in your city.

December 15th-  Thirsty Hippo- Hattiesburg, MS
December 29th – The Barbary w/ Me Without You- Philadelphia, PA
December 16th – Drunken Unicorn –  Atlanta, GA
December 18th – Slim’s - Raleigh, NC
December 19th – The Red Palace –Washington, DC
December 31st – NYE PARTY – Asbury Lanes – Asbury Park, NJ

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Miike Snow: The Band, The Facts, The Music

miikeI just got home from seeing Miike Snow for the 3rd time. As my mind recovers from their fantastic live show I figure we should go over the facts…

• Miike Snow is a band, not a man. They are made up of American Andrew Wyatt and Swedish producers/multi-instrumentalists Christian Karlsson & Pontus Winnberg (Bloodshy & Avant).

♫ Maroon 5 – Little Of Your Time (Bloodshy & Avant remix) ♡

• Andrew Wyatt, at 18, formed the Funkraphiliacs with Greg Kurstin (the “geggy” in Geggy Tah and Read more

Kid Cudi live in Hollywood (w/ B.O.B. & Asher Roth): In which expectations are lowered and anticipation is transferred

Photo by Keith Mokris / keithmokris.com

7/17 in Clevand. Photo by Keith Mokris / keithmokris.com

A funny thing happened on the way to this post… I’m rereading my Head’s Up ’09 post looking for my first hype-filled words on Kid Cudi and, well, he isn’t there. I never actually hyped Kid Cudi for 2009, despite later statements that I had. One week ago this discovery may have left me scratching my head, however after seeing his performance at The House Of Blues on Sunday night I am left nodding my head. “Good call” I mumble to myself, “Dude is on some seriously whack shit.” If hearing disparaging words like that directed at “yer boy” Cudi makes you mad/annoyed/cry then walk away now, it only gets worse.

Now let’s keep one thing in mind, I am not a negative dude. Readers of TBE will know my vibe is enthusiastic and positive and although I have not loved everything I have heard from Cudi some of his tracks are great and I was really looking forward to his live show selling me on his flavor. That was my mindset going in. In an effort to keep this as simple as possible I am going to just give you the play by play of what happened next. Start after the jump…

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The Rural Alberta Advantage: Interview/live show at The Bell House, Brooklyn, 5/29/09


This is a post where I recap a lot of exciting things so prepare yourself accordingly.

The Rural Alberta Advantage is Nils, Paul, and Amy. They self-released a record called Hometowns which was one of my favorites of 2008. Having just signed to Saddle Creek they will be re-releasing that record on July 7th. This is exciting for many reasons, not the least of which is that it makes Hometowns can be on my favorite albums of 2009 list (which it most certainly will).

Before the show the band was gracious enough to sit down with me for a bit and talk about their album, touring, music videos, Subway sandwiches, self-googling, the origin of their name, eMusic, NYC audiences, and a bunch of other fun stuff. They were funny, gracious, open, and generally fantastic. I apologize for my over-use of “like” – I was a bit nervous – but otherwise it is an interesting interview. I learned a lot about the band. Before I get into that I want to talk about their live show. It’s amazing. Go see them. Seriously, I am not gonna freak out on you again like I did with Lykke Li but that’s only because The RAA’s awesomeness was not such a surprise. Look at photos of their live shows here or watch videos here but actually don’t bother because you should just go see them. Oh, but buy Hometowns first! Deal? Good.

Interview and a few other goodies after the jump…

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A Tribute to Lykke Li: The Girl, The Glam, The Goddess. [6/1, Highline Ballroom, NYC]


I know Lykke Li’s music. I like some of it. I knew she was playing in NYC last night. I didn’t stress too much about it. That is until a twist of events put me in a booth at the Highline Ballroom 5 minutes before she went on. Then everything changed. She came onstage with 3 dapper dudes backing her on various instruments. She ripped right into “Dance Dance Dance” and brought energy that rivals any of the remixes.

Lykke Li – Dance Dance Dance (Grandtheft remix)

Lykke Li – Dance Dance Dance (Buraka Som Sistema remix)

Lykke jumped and writhed around the stage with a presence and swagger that blew me away. At only 23 she performs like she has been doing this for years. She owns the stage and had everyone’s eyes locked on her as if blinking would somehow stop the how. I was a little bit in love.

Lykke Li – Little Bit (Death To The Throne remix)

Lykke Li – Little Bit (Villains remix)

Lykke Li – Little Bit ft. Drake & Mickey Factz

Throughout her set Lykke was armed with a drumstick (see photo above) that she would beat on anything from the mic stand to a tambourine to an actual drum. Fantastic. And then there was the Kings Of Leon cover. Ho. Ly. Smokes. If you thought you loved it in your earphones you should try it all up in your eye balls.

Lykke Li & Kings Of Leon – Knocked Up (Death To The Throne remix)

Lykke Li & Kings of Leon – Knocked Up

Lykke basically ripped through Youth Novels as if it was 2008’s top electro/disco record. Drums were heavy and sharp, synths were funked out, and Lykke just worked it. Hard. “Complaint Department” became a full on rave track.

Lykke Li – I’m Good I’m Gone (Black Kids remix)

Friendly Fires – I’m Good I’m Gone (Lykke Li cover)

All I can say about the experience is that it was epic. If Lykke comes to your town don’t miss out. I’m fully converted to the Cult of Li and if you aren’t already sold on her power then get there. Did I mention she covered “A Milli”? Yeah. Fa-resh.

Lykke Li – Breaking It Up (Pocketknife’s loosefoot remix)

She encored with “Tonight” and it was beautiful and completely moving. No surprise there.

Lykke Li – Tonight (dntel mix)

I tidied my jaw up off the floor and humbly shuffled home to dwell in the memory of it all. Anyway, that’s it for my ramblings and the remixes but here are a few more B-sides and a live Vampire Weekend cover to complete my little Lykke fest.

Lykke Li – Everybody But Me

Lykke Li – I Don’t Mind (Jump On It)

Lykke Li – Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa (Live)