[MP3] Joseph & David – “I’m Here”

your heart burning from the love that you found

♫ Joseph & David – I’m Here

  • Who: Ummm…
  • What: Ambient folk, kinda like Arrange, Youth Lagoon, Peter & Kerry
  • Where: Leeds + Facebook / Bandcamp / Amazon
  • When: The Rise Up The Sun EP is out now
  • Why: If you feel like your entrance to the office on Monday’s could use a bit more super-slow mo and an epic soundtrack then this may be the perfect track. When the horns and the “ooohh”s and everything culminate towards the end right as you make it from the parking lot to te front door it will be mind blowing. Or just listen to it calmly in your car and get lost in the way the instruments and vocals play so beautifully with each other. The rest of the Rise Up The Sun EP is more tender. Same for this free Leonard Cohen cover. But it’s still all delicate and gorgeous stuff.

[COVER] Nathan K – “My Leather, My Fur, My Nails” (Stepdad Cover)

you think she had enough, its not enough, she always wants more 

♫ Nathan K – My Leather, My Fur, My Nails (Stepdad Cover)

Any excuse to listen to the severely underrated Stepdad is a good one, especially a sleepy-afternoon acoustic version of their freak-pop masterpiece “My Leather, My Fur, My Nails.” Use this version to ease you into Monday morning and then go back to the original for a mid-day pick me up. Thanks Nathan K!

[COVER] The Limousines – “Call Me Al” (Paul Simon cover)

if you be my bodyguard i could be your long lost pal

♫ The Limousines – Call Me Al (Paul Simon Cover)

The Limousines were in the pipeline for a post on their jam “Internet Killed The Video Star” (and it’s fun video) a few years back but somehow never made the cut. Leave it to a fun Paul Simon cover to get them back in the mix! Although, any excuse to resurrect this track is a good one. People would go off if they put this in a live set.

[COVER] Birdy – “1901” (Phoenix cover)

♫ Birdy – 1901 (Phoenix Cover)

  • Who: A 15 year old girl. I know, right?
  • What: Girl-with-pipes-singer-songwriter, like young Ellie Goulding, Florence & The Machine.
  • Where: UK + Facebook / Soundcloud / Amazon
  • When: Her self-titled album of covers (+1 original) is only out in the UK.
  • Why: More rewards reaped from the comments of the Best Covers post! Apparently I totally missed the phenomenon of Birdy that happened last year as the girl covered a who’s-who of TBE favorites like The xx, The Postal Service, Bon Iver, and The Naked & Famous. Thank goodness I’m caught up to speed because while pared down covers of modern classics are always good for a listen or two, this delicate and emotional re-imagining of “1901” gives the original a run for its money. Birdy folds herself into the song while making it her own, keeping instrumentation perfectly sparse but not getting too empty. The slowed beat and her little voice give the song a weight that the original (nor its myriad remixes) ever achieved. Well done. I just wonder if she can emerge as well formed in her own songs. Sample more of those covers below. Read more

[MP3] ANR – “Millionaire” (Kelis w/ Andre 3000 Cover)

where there is cheese there are rats, where ever there are rats there are cats, where ever there are cats there are dogs, if you got the dogs you got bitches, bitches always out to put their paws up on your riches 

♫ ANR – Millionaire (Kelis cover)

Just because Christmas is over doesn’t mean that the giving spirit doesn’t live on! TBE alums ANR dished out a 2-song gift over holidays and while their cover of “Little Drummer Boy” may have to wait a few months to dip into rotation, their take on Kelis & Andre 3000’s “Millionaire” is something else. There is weight here. Not many of us can identify with the pain of being rich but now we can know what it sounds like. And who doesn’t want to hear Andree 3000’s verses slowed to an easily followable speed? Plus they take on a whole different feel when they are sung with more heavy emotion. Well played, ANR.

[VIDEO] Daniel and the Lion – “Holocene” (Bon Iver cover)

Yesterday’s Best Covers of 2011 list sparked some suggestions from you guys and one of them was this stunning version of “Holocene” by a band I know nothing about but damn if this Daniel guy doesn’t have a voice like a lumberjack angel. And can we get a collective jaw drop for that xylophone work!? Plus props to Ross for diving in uninvited.

The 15 Best Cover Songs of 2011

Welcome to the end of the year. A time for reflection, for resolutions, for binge drinking, and for me telling you what was good in the TBE hood! Kicking things off are my 15 favorite covers spanning all genres and damn near all instruments. Guys! Girls! Guys singing girls’ songs! Girls singing guys’ songs! It’s mayhem! Strap in, rock on, and Read more

[COVER] Capital Cities – “Holiday” (Madonna cover)

holiday, celebrate

♫ Capital Cities – Holiday

In honor of the.. oh forget it. This song is for the holidays, about holidays, and honestly Capital Cities should just have a holiday named after them they are so jamming. It’s a cover of the Madonna song that I wasn’t so keen on; let’s just say I am now keen. If you missed it, their EP dropped this year and you can also check the video for the cover here.

Artist links: Facebook / iTunes

[VIDEO/COVER] Taylor Berrett feat. Vita Chambers – “Take Care” (Drake cover)

The Take Care highlight gets a delicate acoustic reworking thanks to some tender souls with great voices that nobody has heard of.

[COVER] Sunday Girl – “Where Is My Mind” (Pixies cover)

with your feet in the air and your head on the ground, try this trick and spin it, yeah

♫ Sunday Girl – Where Is My Mind (Pixies cover)

Holy smokes. Silence everything and let this one play loud against the hollow air of winter. If all the attention this song has gotten since Fight Club has worn it a bit thin then this will breath life right back in. Sunday Girl strips the Pixies classic to a bones of keys and strings and then laces the whole thing with the lean meat of her crystal pipes. It’s sparse. It’s gorgeous. It’s the beautiful sound of losing it at the holidays. It is also soundtracking a touching UK travel commercial.

Artist links: Facebook / Soundcloud / Amazon

Brandon’s TBE Digest 31 – [12.11.2011] New Jams, Remixes, & Covers!

Artwork by Jacob Youngblood Ziegler

Brandon’s TBE Digest is a place where I gather up all the recent jams that are worth a listen (or 10) but don’t necessarily need their own post. Here you will find new tracks by known bands, remixes, covers, and even mashups if they are interesting. My favorites of the lot are in bold.

This may be the last Digest I do like this. I’d really like to take the time to give the best of these tracks the solo post they deserve. If anyone feels strongly about this news leave it in the comments below. Otherwise rock on Wayne and rock on Garth.

For more jams by any of these artists use the ‘tags’ links at the bottom of the post!

NEW RELEVENT JAMS

♫ Saint Motel – At Least I Have Nothing / New Saint Motel jam. I like. Lets get a full album out, guys!

♫ Arrange – Sun Showers / New Arrange track is as blissfully beautiful as you would expect but I still prefer hearing this guy in full albums. Getting lost in it.

♫ Gotye – Showdown Below My Sombrero / This instrumental bonus Read more

Brandon’s TBE Digest 30 – [11.3.2011] New Jams, Remixes, & Covers!

Artwork by Jacob Youngblood Ziegler

Brandon’s TBE Digest is a place where I gather up all the recent jams that are worth a listen (or 10) but don’t necessarily need their own post. Here you will find new tracks by known bands, remixes, covers, and even mashups if they are interesting. My favorites of the lot are in bold.

A big batch of goodies this time round. Plus, since it’s a nice round number Jacob Youngblood Ziegler hooked us up with a fancy Anniversary Edition of the TBE Digest art. Stare at it in awe as you listen.

For more jams by any of these artists use the ‘tags’ links at the bottom of the post!

NEW RELEVENT JAMS

♫ Phantogram – Don’t Move / Phantogram return with the Nightlife EP and this is a great sign of the continued sexiness these two are working with.

♫ Body Language – Seeds of Sight / More spaced out sex funk from one of Brooklyn’s finest.

♫ Vacationer – Gone  While not nearly as good as previous track “Trip” this shows good promise of more magic to come from this Body Language collaborator.

REMIXES

♫ Katie Herzig – Free My Mind (RAC Remix) / Like I said yesterday, there is no Read more

Brandon’s TBE Digest 29 – [10.11.2011] New Jams, Remixes, & Covers!

Artwork by Jacob Youngblood Ziegler

Brandon’s TBE Digest is a place where I gather up all the recent jams that are worth a listen (or 10) but don’t necessarily need their own post. Here you will find new tracks by known bands, remixes, covers, and even mashups if they are interesting. My favorites of the lot are in bold.

It’s a big one folks. Proceed with caution (and good speakers). Also note the new Digest logo that will be here to stay. Enough of that little weird cartoon guy we had for so long, amiright!? Cheers to new beginnings! And new jams!

For more jams by any of these artists use the ‘tags’ links at the bottom of the post!

NEW RELEVENT JAMS

♫ Toro y Moi – All Alone / Toro y Moi continue their Digest domination with this great jam off their new EP Freaking Out.

♫ ROSTAM – Wood / Vampire Weekend’s resident production whiz goes solo.

♫ Sigmund Droid – Night Race / Sigmund Droid return!

REMIXES

♫ The Rapture – How Deep Is Your Love? (A Trak Dub aka Dub For Mehdi) / The tragic loss of DJ Mehdi last month is Read more

[MP3] RAC – “1979”

I don’t even care to shake these zipper blues

♫ RAC – 1979

Celebrating reaching ten thousand (count ’em!) fans on Facebook, RAC has released this great cover track of The Smashing Pumpkins’ “1979.” Since I cannot explain it any better than the artists themselves, here is what RAC had to say about it:

Many many years ago my buddy Filipe gave me a burnt cd with this file on it. It was this new thing called mp3 and apparently it was the future. I happily installed winamp (2.9 for lyfe) and listened to this particular song on repeat. It’s all I had. That might not mean much, but it was just the start of what became my musical journey. I obviously liked music before that, but access was always a serious barrier. Napster came along and suddenly I had access to a lot more (On a 56k connection). A lot of people whine and whine about piracy but forget about the obvious benefit. I’m able to do music for a living today because mp3’s opened the door for independent music. It leveled the playing field. People are far more musically educated today than they were 10 years ago. It seriously educated me. There’s still a lot of horrible music today, but at least you know about the good stuff.

The song was 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. I figured it would be cool to do a cover. It had been a while since I did a track with my wife, so this seemed like a great opportunity for that. We tried to keep it relatively close to the original but definitely putting our own spin on it.

Congratulations guys! Here’s to ten thousand more fans, and plenty beyond that!