Even though I haven’t seen them live since long before I started The Burning Ear 6 years ago, I am pretty sure Brand New is still the band that I’ve bought tickets to see more than any other band in my life. And I get to see them again in 2 weeks. It will either be wildly euphoric or deeply disappointing. Or, more likely, an roller coaster that flirts with both emotional poles. Either way, this doped up remix of the later catalog Brand New classic “Jesus Christ” is treating me right as I gear up for the big reunion show (me reuniting with my buddy Ted and our old “homies” Brand New, not the band actually reuniting. Although that is kind of happening too since its been so damn long).
Music for… reaching for those damn headphones and giving your full attention to the beautiful interplay of bass, percussion, guitar and drop dead gorgeous vocals that is happening here. Vallis Alps are working with some truly majestic talent here.
Location: Canberra, Australia + Seattle, WA
Music for… blissing out to thoughts of sun-soaked days turning to sweat soaked night. The dry heat on your face of too much time outdoors. But most importantly, that beat you hear for the first time but instantly feels so welcome and comforting.
Location: Bucharest, Romania
Future: All kinds of funky soulful remixes here, like this great one of TLC.
Music for… people who enjoy big smiles, loose limbs, and friendly mosh pitting. Wild Party are one of the longest loved bands here at TBE and continue to be under appreciated. “OutRight” is just another example of their killer indie-pop prowess off their debut album Phantom Pop. Get into it and then get into Carousel’s remix for a sunnier rump shaking flip on things.
Location: San Antonio, TX
Future: Phantom Pop is out NOW yo.
Music for… people who have been waiting all week for Friday but before they can even think about socializing, or dancing, or even talking to any-damn-body, they need to chill F out before they FLIP! Enter Patrick Lite and his perfect last name (actually spelled Leijte)which tenderly eases the mind into gentler pastures that can sooth away the tension and get us ready to treat the weekend – and most importantly, ourselves – right.
Future: Better blood pressure. More beautiful jams.
Music for… starting the weekend’s dance party a day early! Ghost Beach dial up the funk on Fickle Friends’ vocal powerhouse of a jam “For You”. Crank this one and really kick up the Xmas tree decorating festivities this year!
Location: Fickle Friends from Brighton, UK. Ghost Beach from Brooklyn.
Future: More jams like this coming from Ghost Beach’s label Crazy Heart Records.
Sounds like… a weird and wonderful trip through a demented forest of circus creatures suffering from Eggnog hangovers. And then the flute… Marcapasos leads with some odd sounds and I’m more than willing to follow.
Future: Dive into this remix below for some smoother grooves, and then his Spotify for more killer remixes and originals, all in their full non-snippet glory!
Music for… slowly easing my ears back into the swing of life at home after a whirlwind week of trekking through Europe. It was a great time but I’m glad to be back and sharing music with you all again.
Location: Filous and James Hersey are both from Vienna, Austria, a city I actually didn’t visit last week.
Future: Keep an ear on young Filous. I’m sensing big things.
I love me some Sir Sly but they can lean a bit dark and gloomy so cheers to Salda for kicking yup the grooves and adding a touch of sunshine. Even if it is just a fading ray of sunshine drifting over the mountains as daytime slowly slips away.