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Is it weird to think that a song about a girl can also be a song about the band singing the song about the girl? Don’t think too hard on that one, it was just my very real experience watching AVAN LAVA tear the roof off our showcase at SXSW. OOO EEE is about all I could think as they rocked matching white outfits, confetti cannons, and a room full of dancing fans. And then the horns!!

During the weeklong music conference marathon, the lyric “Don’t stop it baby, work that body, keep it goin!” became an anthem of sorts. Now that I’m back home, it can take on other meanings… Happy Friday ;)



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The Teen Age – “Low Cunning”

Go, man, go!  You thought you were so smart ordering pizzas before we got home and now the pizza guy is gonna get home before we do and I’m hungry as shit and my teen angst is flaring up and I need sustenance, man!

The Teen Age hold a special spot in The Burning Ear history: They formed when members of their previous bands (TBE faves The Denzels and Fast Years) read about each other right here on the site, realized they were both in Brooklyn, and got in touch. The rest is raw guitar rock history. 

Low Cunning

Memoryy – “Eternal Sunshine”

Sounds like… slowly waking up from a coconut concussion on the same tropical island you remember being on earlier except now everything is a bit shinier and you can’t help but feel the after taste of pina coloadas. What happened after that coconut hit you on the head!? Is your memory fading? Is your memory faaaading? Just dance through the pain and ignore the sun beating down on your un-suncreened back. You can’t get sunburned in dreamscapes. Or can you…?

Location: Brooklyn, NY. Dream islands.

Future: You wake up. Or if you are lucky, you don’t. And its pina colada hangovers and expert hip movements until the end of time.

Body Language – “Really Love”

Sounds like… TBE faves Body Language went off the rails a bit and I’m loving it. This slightly unhinged drum n bass jammer is THE track for getting the party started this weekend. And next. Etc.

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Future: Single is available on vinyl and digital on Feb 17, 2015 via B3SCI.



PHONY PPL – “Why iii Love The Moon.”

Music for… people who love soulful piano grooves that blossom into funked out beats and cinematic storytelling. The only thing “phony” about these guys is the telephony you should be picking up to tell everyone about this jam. Ya heard!?

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Future: The new album Yesterday’s Tomorrow just came out. Get it!

Zach Hurd – “Wasteland City”

Music for… rocking your way through the tough times, knowing that if it doesn’t kill you, it makes you stronger. And if you don’t know all the lyrics, you can sing the ooo-00hs. And if you don’t have struggles now, you will someday. Thats life in Zach Hurd’s beautiful acoustic folk jammer “Wasteland City”.

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Future: The album A Million Little Lights is available now.


Cookies – “Go Back”

Music for… people who miss Cookies in their life. Not just the little sweet things, but also the sweet thing of a band we covered in 2011 and 2012. They are finally back with a full album called Music for Touching and ever more funky indie swagger. “Go Back” is my official jam for this weekend’s festivities.

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Future: The album is called Music For Touching. You know what to do!

Memoryy – “The Beast”

Music for… getting pumped for Halloween and other nocturnal transformations to pulsing synths, handclaps, and a spooky build-up of a confessional jam.

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Future: The Young Oblivion EP is out now.