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The 20 Best ALBUMS of 2011

We all know I hate Best of Lists that come out before the year is over so nearly 4 weeks into 2012 I finally present my best albums of 2011! (Still a day faster than last year!) Below are the top 10 albums from my 2011 followed by 10 honorable mentions. The list was compiled by weighing total play counts along with longevity. Not only did I Read more

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Dubstep Roundup Vol. 27 – 12.19.2011 [Adventure Club, Dada Life, Amy Kuney, ATB, and more…]

Roses are red, Violets are blue,

Bass is sweet, and if you fiend,

heres a solution, and its just for you…

Welcome to Dubstep Vol. 27

Let the night sweats end my fiending friends because below is a hot steaming pile of bass bombs

Attention: For those in the Seattle area- I’m throwing a huge party at The Tacoma Art Museum on New Years Eve.  You can find all the info you need HERE.  Warning:  Bass slaps in that face of yours will be frequent.  WORLD!!

For more jams or by any of these artists use the ‘tags’ links at the bottom of the post!  Follow @JoelAlbers on Twitter for updates on remixes, dubstep and all things Nurdy.

♫ Metric – Collect Call (Adventure Club Remix)

♫ Cherub – Love You Right (Cry Wolf Remix)

♫ Skrillex – Breathe ft. Krewella (Vocal Edit)

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Dubstep Roundup Vol. 24 – 10.19.2011 [Silver Medallion, Calvin Harris, Feed Me, Britney Spears and more…]

Its always a special occasion when we drop a sick-nasty-wobbly-wobblefest on our TBE peeps.  Super-obvi today will be no exception.  Rest assured, your worldwide dub dealer has got your fix…  So, get that change of cloths and that extra pair of undies ready.  The BASS is back.

I figured this picture fit in nicely with Halloween steadily approaching.  Just don’t stare too long.  Side note: I like my bass swollen, not my women.

For more jams or by any of these artists use the ‘tags’ links at the bottom of the post!  Follow @JoelAlbers on Twitter for updates on remixes, dubstep and all things Nurdy.


♫ Fytch, Captain Crunch, Carmen Forbes – Raindrops / No explanation required for this level of choonage.

Silver Medallion – All I Ask (Lazy Ants & Norihito Ogawa Remix) / Bass infused filth may send you into wet-robot convulsions.  I once new a wet-robot, his name was Steve.

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[QUICKIE] Jay-Z & Kanye West – WATCH THE THRONE

i pledge allegiance, uh, to my grandma, for that banana pudding, our piece of americana 

The boring “Otis” song/video made hopes low but jams like “Ni**as in Paris” & super ballad “Made in America” bring heat. I’m down. 6/10

[Quickies are mini-reviews that can fit into a 140 character tweet. They are of albums that people already know of but perhaps are curious about our take on it. What did you think of the disc?] Read more

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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

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[MP3] J. Cole – “Mr. Nice Watch” ft. Jay-Z

if we ever go broke girl then time is all we got

♫ J. Cole – Mr. Nice Watch ft Jay-Z (Clean)

J. Cole impressed me last year with his tight rhymes and beats but subsequent tracks seemed to lack fire. Then this track landed in my skull. Aaaaand now the hype makes sense again. That stutter beat comes straight from the future to hovercraft Cole’s versus straight to infectiousville. The Jay-Z verse is nothing but a side dish here, adding extra street cred to the Fayetteville, N. Carolina, native’s debut LP Cole World: The Sideline Story which dropped today. If it’s full of jams half this jamming then I’m all over it.

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[LP] Hugo – OLD TYME RELIGION (w/ “Old Tyme Religion” & “99 Problems”)

a little taste of the forbidden so sweet it made me deaf and blind

♫ Hugo – Old Tyme Religion

You all remember Hugo from his twangy “99 Problems” cover and his solid original jam “Bread & Butter.” Well he finally dropped his debut LP on Jay-Z’s label and if that sounds odd then you haven’t heard the thing yet. Hugo is distictly soulful and folksy but with a bit of grit in the mix, the title track of the album being a prime example. It’s got funk, bounce, and backwoods flavor all rolled into one. Cruise over to his MySpace for a few more samples off the LP. “Rock n’ Roll Delight” is a slice of his sensual side and “Hopelessly Stoned” is more of that funk rock that makes the whole album so solid and enjoyable.

Previously – ♫ Hugo – 99 Problems (Jay-Z Cover)

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Remix Roundup Vol. 38 – 2.12.2011 [Empire Of The Sun, Anoraak, Phoenix, Tiga and more… ]

Hot Jamz overlooooaaaad!!!! Like we said people, your weekend is going to sound oh so good!  So, as always, here is a collection, a roundup, a gathering, or gaggle of stupendously awesome tunes!  Hit up that zip and jump in that whip and let this music take you on that adventure you’ve been dreaming of.

For more jams or by any of these artists use the ‘tags’ links at the bottom of the post!  Follow @JoelAlbers on Twitter for updates on remixes, dubstep and all things Nurdy.

♫ The White Stripes- Seven Nation Army (The Glitch Mob Remix) / The Glitch Mob will be inducing Nurd faces all over the world to this chunky TUNE.  This mix should come with a warning.

♫ Empire The Sun- Walking On A Dream (Colteur Remix) / Unlike Phoenix we are not tired of Empire Of The Sun remixes, and shit we really hope you aren’t either. If you dare take the blissful sounds of Empire and improve em, we welcome your work, always!

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The Best Cover Songs of 2010

This year saw quite a few bands taking cracks at covers of songs both new and old. From bare bones beautiful interpretations of The Smashing Pumpkins, Miike Snow, and LCD Soundsystem to full on genre flipping of Jay-Z and Justice, to a different blend of herbs and spices on Band of Horses and Beyoncé, it’s clear that there is no magic formula to a great cover. These are the one’s I loved the most this past year. You?

10. ♫ ceo – Halo (Beyoncé Cover)

9. ♫ Jackson Harris – Empire State Of Mind (Jay-Z cover)

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The Best Songs of 2010 for Shaking Your Ass/Rump/Donk/Moneymaker/What Your Mama Gave You: A New Years Eve Collection

The year comes to a close tomorrow and it’s time to start compiling those “Best Of” lists we all love. What better way to kick things off than with a mega-mix of the year’s best ass-shaking jams. Those tracks that just take a hold and force you to dip that hip, and just in time for New Year’s Eve!

Some are originals, some are remixes, and some are mashups. It’s no means a definitive list nor are the tracks in any sort of ranking. These are the tracks that have gotten my blood pumping all year long and so what better way to celebrate them than letting them ring in the new year! More specific lists coming once the year actually ends!

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Brandon’s TBE Digest 17 – 12.23.2010 [The Get Up Kids, Bon Iver, Tokyo Police Club, Local Natives, Lykke Li, Chromeo, …]

It’s Christmas time. I’m in a cabin in the woods. My stolen internet connection is worthless. My family is going through some stuff. I love you all but I’m just not able to give this post all the detailing that it deserves. I hope that you are too busy with your own holiday festivities to care and can just kick back and enjoy this collection of jams for the interesting mix that they are. Dive in and enjoy. I know I’ve been.

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

NEW RELEVENT JAMS

The Get Up Kids – Regent’s Court / It’s no “Mass Pike,” “Red Letter Day,” or “Hannah Hold On” but it’s good that that the boys are back in town.

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[LP] KANYE WEST unleashed a MONSTER that should be maxing ALL OF THE LIGHTS on everybody’s equalizer

i did that time and spent that bread, i’m heading home, i’m almost there

Kanye West – Monster (Ft. JAY-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj & Bon Iver)

I’ve never really liked Kanye West. By that I mean both his music and him as a person. Neither really appealed to me and all his stunts from ’09 only confirmed the feeling. There were certainly a lot of laughs had at his expense. Then something very interesting happened. He disappeared. No new music. No new scandals. Nothing. When news surfaced of his self-imposed exile in Hawaii where he was working on a new direction for both his music and his public persona, I was intrigued. When he started releasing a free track every week with his GOOD Friday project, I was impressed. However, when I heard first single “Power” I was disappointed. It seemed he wasn’t going to be bringing anything special to the table. Then I heard “Monster” (above) and was blown away. We all were, but for me it was a tangible moment. The moment when I realized that I may be underestimating Kanye West. Before long I was watching his stunning 35 minute mini-film and album-teaser Runaway (below) and soon after found myself addicted to the rousing “All Of The Lights” (below) and it’s fantastic arrangements. At this point I was officially stoked to hear the album.

Kanye West – All Of The Lights

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[MP3] KANYE WEST unleashes a MONSTER in two senses of the word

pink wig, thick ass, give em whip lash, i think big, get cash, make ’em blink fast, now look at what you just saw, i think this is what you live for

Kanye West – Monster (feat. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj & Bon Iver)

If this is your first introduction to this track then take an extra second to let it all sink in. Read that guest list again. Ummm… yeah. So Kanye spent some time in Hawaii on his next album and if you are hearing this beat then you know it was time well spent. He has also been unleashing all kinds of treats on us the past few weeks (including “Power” from 2 months back). So we all know that Kanye West is an odd dude, but he really let’s shit get crazy on this jam. Bon Iver is auto-tuned, Jay-Z is rapping about movie monsters and being addicted to love, and Ye himself makes questionable sexual innuendo involving Egyptian mummification rituals. As if all that wasn’t enough to make your head spin, Nicki Minaj then gets on the track and makes the big boys look like a bunch of schoolyard hacks. She absolutely destroys her verse (see lyric above), tearing up the beat with maniacal voices and what can only be imagined is a terrifying fire-eyed stare. I’m kind of afraid of her. In a good way. I guess… While we still have to wait a while for the full LP, Dark Twisted Fantasy, I’m not sure I even care. This may the only Kanye jam I need all year. In the meantime, Kanye is dropping more jams every Friday as a part of his Twitter’s weekly G.O.O.D. Fridays series.

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