Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff may be in the polarizing and radio burned fun. but before that he was the frontman of TBE Faves Steal Train (Remember “You And I Undercover”?) and for that I’ll always love him. And damnit if “I Wanna Get Better” isn’t the best anthem of the summer. Now Wild Cub has given us a version with a little less sugar-rush and a little more spaciness. A lot of good things intersecting here.
so lets set the world on fire, we can burn brighter than the sun
- Who: Former members of The Format and Steel Train
- What: Buoyant indie pop, like Steel Train, Hooded Fang, Wildlife
- Where: New York, NY + Facebook / Amazon
- When: 2nd LP Some Nights is out on Tuesday Feb 21st.
- Why: Janelle Monae adds absolutely nothing to this track but if her guest spot gets more people listening to fun. then I’m all for it. Their debut album was a highlight of 2009 and after bandmember Jack Antonoff’s band Steel Train tore up 2010 its time these guys finally got some more music out. (Especially since I hear Steel Train is no more!) “We Are Young” contains all the hallmarks of a fun. song. Nate Ruess’ silky grand storytelling, the peppy rhythm section, and the bouncing keys, are all signs you are having fun. I would write more about how I am exited for this album but the thing is streaming here so I have to go listen to it now.
After months of gazing out the window and cursing the wintery grey sky we have finally been blessed with the warmth that thaws the bones in a most electric way. This is a mix for celebrating that moment that you open your front door and are slammed with the blinding sunshine that sparks your insides and makes you want to skip all the way to wherever you are going. I’ve kept in lean and mean at under an hour so add your own tracks as needed. Enjoy with reckless abandon. Read more
Oh 2010, what a year you were. Not only were you The Burning Ear’s first full calendar year, but you bombarded us with so much amazing music. Great albums from old favorites, fresh faces, and even genres we didn’t even knew we liked. Thanks 2010. You were awesome and we won’t forget you. Cheers to Read more
I’m trying something new with this weeks Digest! Peep the tidy Soundcloud player above for individual tracks and comments from me (beginning of each track). Zip file is still downloadable below!
Please let me know what you think of this tighter, sleeker, TBE Digest experience! A massive pain in the ass or a step in a good direction? (It’s certainly a hell of a lot easier to put together…)
Remember, for more jams or by any of these artists use the ‘tags’ links at the bottom of the post!
ZIP FILE—>>> Mediafire: Brandon’s Digest Vol. 16 – 11/23/2010
moving all alone, i won’t attach now, growing like a wave, to anywhere far
Two facts: The song above is one of my favorite songs of the year and the LP it comes from (at right) is one of my favorite albums of the year. So there’s that… Anyone who knows Steel Train knows how much these guys have evolved since their days as the “non-pop-punk band” on Drive Thru. Weirdly enough, I’ve been fond of them since their first EP and even caught an under-packed and under-appreciated live show during a 2006 Pianos NYC residency. So what I’m trying to say here is that despite the fact that I have been following these guys since 2003, nothing prepared me for this album. On this self-titled second LP Steel Train has stepped out of appreciable and into danceable, rock-able, and straight up lovable territory. I. Can’t. Stop. Playing. This. Album. Seriously, I’m so impressed here. “Turnpike Ghost” was a pleasant enough introduction that grew on me quickly before “You And I Undercover” (above) swooped in and blew me away. And now the whole album is rocking and I’m swooning.
Since I have already posted 2 of this album’s 12 tracks I was hesitant to put up another but “Children of the 90s” is so instantly epic that I had to sneak it in. These two tracks trace the spectrum of this album’s energy and if you are feeling either then you need to do yourself a favor and get on board the Steel Train. Join me in the first car for an open-windowed sing-along!
As I’ve been compiling this best songs list I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be a great track. Last year I went by play counts to determine what songs I “loved” the most but this year I noticed that the list that came out didn’t really match my perception of my favorites. A lot of my top played songs this year are indeed great songs, but they also happen to be on a great album so they get played by themselves as well as in the course of the album. So I got to thinking about which are the tracks that I seek out, that I crave, that I have to hear every night before bed or every morning to wake up. Those are the songs that make up this list. Songs that for whatever reason hooked me to the point where I need(ed) them in my life this year. Those great albums (and their highlight jams) will get their moment but for now we celebrate the song, or as Read more
Woah, so things got a bit out of control with this Digest, there are just a lot of new jams coming out and it’s tough to keep track of them all. I also decided to include a new section of new songs from bands I have already written about but who have something new. Anyway, dive in and gimmie your two cents in the comments!
For more jams or by any of these artists use the ‘tags’ links at the bottom of the post!
NEW JAMS FROM OLD FRIENDS
my friends are gonna leave me if they don’t believe that they can save me
Steel Train’s last album, 2007’s Trampoline, is feisty soundtrack to sunshine and optimism with pounding piano and endless guitar hooks. “Turnpike Ghost” is the the latest jam from Steel Train and it seems not much has changed. The guys are still having a blast as they careen through this bouncy anthem, instrument barely keeping up with their energy. It’s the kind of meticulous mayhem that I love. Singing music. Dancing music. Driving music. “Turnpike Ghost” apparently comes from a tour-only EP and sadly I’ve got no word on a forthcoming album. In the meantime I’ll let you soak in these previous favorites of mine. The latter dates back to their first EP and that fantastic other voice is Scott Irby-Ranniar who is no longer in the band. I can’t say that their recent stuff makes me miss him though.
♫ Steel Train – Firecracker / Trampoline, 2007
♫ Steel Train – Blown Away / For You My Dear, 2003
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