SLEIGH BELLS TELL it hard and sweet and ya gotta love ‘EM for it

you’re just a weatherman, we make the wind blow

♫ Sleigh Bells – Tell ‘Em

If pressing play on “Tell ‘Em” (above) causes instant repulsion then Sleigh Bells are not for you. However, if even one tiny little part of your brain is intrigued or moved by these face melting (see victims at right) sonic blasts then stay with me and hold on tight. When Sleigh Bells first ripped onto the interwebs late last year I was by no means amused. It just sound like loud for loud’s sake. Well shit, I still don’t know why, but now know I am into this business. I stewed on first album leak “Tell ‘Em” for a while and now that their debut Treats is out I have been letting it pound my ears in pleasure as I slowly come to terms with how great these jams. “Tell ‘Em” opens like a national anthem fighting with a jackhammer-possessed drum machine  and the rest of the album follows suit as it brilliantly blends hyper-crunched beats, distorted samples, and delicate female vocals. It’s like how I would imagine top 40 radio sounding in some future dystopian universe.

♫ Sleigh Bells – Rill Rill

“Rill Rill” is the album’s calmest moment and fits the best with the album’s cover art as Alexis Krauss sings about friends and trends over a great Funkadelic sample. Don’t get lulled too deep though ’cause next on the album is the epic “Crown On The Ground” which stomps and shreds so hard that you will think your speakers are blown out. They aren’t. Well not yet anyway, although if you are enjoying this music at the appropriately extreme volume then they soon will be. Get started now by giving the whole album a listen! Read more

THE JOY FORMIDABLE drop colorful rock gems on our AUSTERE lives

i’d rescue you now but i know that you’ll drown

♫ The Joy Formidable – Austere

So I already mentioned what a jam The Joy Formidable’s “Whirring” is and since then you’ve had a fantastic Brahms remix and some time to ruminate on it all. Well I’ve been staying busy by acquiring – and then rocking out to – the rest of the bands awesome EP, A Balloon Called Moaning. It was not easy business to pick which great track I wanted to share here. “Austere” is obviously a rocker with it’s shredding guitars and “ooh ohh oooh oh”s that together could probably deliver enough energy to power the amp needed to blast them. “Cradle” is also epic. “While The Flies” grinds like a middle school dance floor. I could go on, but you get the picture.

Previously: ♫ The Joy Formidable – Whirring

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RAC scores a film? HOLY hell yeah! He only deals in rockers and ROLLERS!

If you have been reading TBE for longer that 4 minutes than you know I love myself some RAC and now my man Andre has upped his game by scoring a film. A film score? Yeah, apparently not as snooze inducing as you might imagine. The movie is Holy Rollers and features up and comer Jesse Eisenberg (Adventureland, Zombieland, and other films that don’t have land in the title) as a naive young hasidic Jew who finds himself involved in all sorts of stuff that doesn’t fit within his faith. Andre’s job was to make all the music that represents that “outside culture.” I’m gonna refer to it as the “Sex, drugs, and rock n roll” elements and as you listen you’ll hear that he captured it pretty brilliantly. Anyway, RAC’s contributions to the film are now available to purchase and if you have never bought a soundtrack or score before than this is the moment to start. I have been playing these jams non-stop since I shelled out my dollars a few days ago. All of these tracks are more than strong enough to stand on their own. Just hit play on “Dark Side” below and prepare for a journey. This is bright lights big city, baby!

RAC x HOLY ROLLERS by Remix Artist Collective

The whole album only costs $7 but Andre has been nice enough to hook up TBE readers with a little promo of %20 off! Just enter the code “theburningear” at checkout and get the whole album for $5.60! Or get the remix EP of the gorgeously ethereal “If You Forget Me” single for $3.20! Paying for music has rarely been this worth it!

Buy the music HERE, and see the movie HERE.

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GERMANY GERMANY is my HOME base on this RADIOWAVE of dance madness

one day i need you to believe that i am still so far from free

♫ Germany Germany – Home

First of all, Germany Germany’s second EP Electrolove is fucking brilliant and I hope you all paid attention when I mentioned it earlier. Seriously, that guitar soloing in “Home” is unreal! That it’s layered over such gorgeous vocals and that perfect beat makes it impossible to believe that this Canadian based sound factory has only been around for 6 months. But speaking of unbelievable, here is Germany Germany’s latest track also featuring the always excellent Jessica Morgan. “Radiowave” is a massive banger that is fresh from the oven and hot as hell.

♫ Germany Germany – Radiowave

I have a feeling that if this guy’s jams keep improving at this pace they’ll end up saving mankind. Seriously though, hold on to your panties, people. This jam gave me chills the first time I heard it. It’s an out-of-the-gate sprinter but then somehow manages to keep intensifying until around the 1:14 mark when it blows up so big that I usually faint. Truthfully, I haven’t even heard the whole track (not truthful). I am gonna need you all to crank this as loud as you can and do your best at blowing out your windows in hail of glass and giddy smiles. I expect photos. So really, Germany Germany has two full EPs out for your listening pleasure and they cost a big fat stack of nothing so get over there and start downloading cause Saturday night isn’t going to party itself away!

“Radiowave” is also featured on the also-oven-fresh Poule d’or Compilation Vol. 3 that my man Henny just dropped. Get on that business!

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NAS AND DAMIAN MARLEY flow like hot lava AS WE ENTER their musical world

who want it? tuck your chain, we’re due coming, renegades that’ll peel you back like new hundreds

♫ Nas and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – As We Enter

I don’t really listen to hip hop and I don’t really listen to reggae so you can imagine that I’ve never really listened to Nas nor Damian Marley aside from tracks encountered passively. Well, passivity ends right here. The two heavyweights of their respective genres have teamed up for the collaborative album Distant Relatives that showcases the best of both worlds and I’ll be damned if this isn’t some hot shit. Press play on album opener “As We Enter” (above) and tell me that the pistol-quick lyrical sparring and elastic beat doesn’t immediately put a little swagger in your step. The freshness on this track just doesn’t stop! I gotta be honest, this is the best track on the album but definitely not the only one worth getting pumped for. As Pitchfork griped in their review, the album is a bit glossy and seems aimed at some Grammy action but for me over-produced just means accessible and I’ll take it. Sure the album is freshest when these two masters are spitting fire from the heart (“As We Enter,” “Nah Mean” & and the head turning close of “Strong Will Continue.”) but the more calculated moments still work for me. “Tribal War” is straightforward rallying cry for universal education but it’s strings, tribal drums, and gutteral “UUHH”s are hugely powerful and get me moving for sure.

♫ Nas and Damian Marley – Tribal War Ft. K’naan

Even the album’s most blatant radio bait “My Generation” is still grooveable and I would definitely turn it up if it came on my car radio. So seriously people, even if you are not fans of the genres, get on these tracks and give this album a listen. I am really curious to hear what you all think of these jams! Holler in the comments!

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KATE NASH sings DO WAH DO all the way to PARIS

you said you’d lend me anything, i think i’ll have your company

♫ Kate Nash – Paris

From the first few seconds of album opener “Paris” (above) it’s clear that Nate Nash hasn’t fallen off the wagon as hard as previous leak “I Just Love You More” led us to believe. I discussed my disappointment in the latter song here and it’s great to find that it is the black sheep of Kate’s new album My Best Friend Is You. The good news is that the LP’s 14 tracks are generally very solid, some even great (It was not easy to pick tracks to share with you all). Just an hour ago I was dancing around my kitchen to “Paris” and first single “Do-Wah-Do” (below) can easily have the same effect with it’s handclaps, ‘bum ba dums’ and universally relatable story of thinking that “other girl/guy” is a bitch.

♫ Kate Nash – Do-Wah-Doo

Other songs are equally spunky and upbeat but a few tracks are reserved for Kate’s mellower side. “You Were So Far Away” is just Kate and her guitar sorrowfully yearning for a lover. “I Hate Seagulls” starts off with a laundry list of ‘hates’ before switching gears to count all the things she loves about ‘him.’ It’s sincere, honest, tender and these are some of Kate’s most endearing qualities. On some tracks she gets a bit angsty and angry and even takes a misguided detour into spoken word during the intro to “Mansion Song.” Her passionate delivery is appreciated but I came for the tunes! I wouldn’t even bring it up except for that fact that this in an album I plan on listening to many times so lets focus here. All in all, My Best Friend Is You is more solid and even than Made Of Bricks and shows us that Kate has grown as a woman, a musician, and an artist and luckily we get to enjoy the fruits of that growth. I am only shocked at how little coverage of this album I have seen. Get on it everyone!

What is your favorite track on the album? Are you liking this better than Made Of Bricks?

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THE NATIONAL make me AFRAID OF the thought that EVERYONE might not love High Violet

with my kid on my shoulders, i try not to hurt anybody i like

♫ The National – Afraid of Everyone

Every album by The National contains one or two songs that just grip me in an indescribable way. I still remember falling in love with “Apartment Story” and that song hasn’t lost an ounce of magic. “Bloodbuzz Ohio,”(below) The National’s first single from High Violet, hit my iTunes less than 2 months ago and has already become my most listened song of the year. It’s brilliant, sweeping, deep, and I can’t tell whether it speaks to me or for me. Second leak, “Afraid Of Everyone” (above) was initially nothing special but it was living in quite a shadow. So yeah, expectations were high when finally letting the rest of High Violet wash over me. I’ve been soaking in the album for a while now and am struggling to come up with anything negative to say about it. It is different from Boxer. Less energetic. Less driving. The band has toned things down slightly and while the vocals and perfectly simple rhythms are still there, the whole thing is a slightly mellower affair. What’s so interesting is that in the context of all 11 tracks “Afraid Of Everyone” has taken on a whole new significance. Any second-favorite is going to be distant to “Bloodbuzz Ohio” but this just may be it. The way those ‘ooohs’ weave in between that one distorted guitar line while the drums plod along creates a beautifully haunting backdrop to the story of a father struggling to sort himself out while protecting his family. But don’t get too wrapped up in the stories here. Instead, let the music inspire your own adventures and tales. This isn’t dance music. This isn’t rock music. This is life music.

Previously: ♫ The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio

I’d write more about individual tracks but neither of us have all day. Just get the album.

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THE FUTUREHEADS get my HEARTBEAT going with this SONG and others on The Chaos

every time i listen to my heart it’s like a cartwheel in my head

♫ The Futureheads – Heartbeat Song (removed by request but catch the video below!!!)

The Futureheads latest album, The Chaos, is good stuff. Some songs are even great. However, 2008’s This Is Not The World is still my favorite Futureheads album. Futureheads fans will find this information relevant to indexing my opinions on the band. Those new to these British rip-rockers can take this trip down memory lane with me…  The Futureheads debut album was one of the few I had on hand while working at a chocolate shop back in 2005. I didn’t really burn out on it so much as get really comfortable with it’s spastic energy on my slow days. When 2006’s New & Tributes came out I was interning for the record label that put it out and still remember asking the label boss if he actually liked the album. Aside from “Skip To The End,” I did not. Then This Is Not The World came along and wiped the slate clean with 12 tracks of tight, energetic, ADD indie rock. This band was having fun and “The Beginning Of The Twist” announced it right from the album’s start. When “Struck Dumb” (below) came out in December I immediately fell for it.

Previously: ♫ The Futureheads – Struck Dumb

This was The Futureheads doing what they do best, pounding, shredding, and bouncing their way through sub-3-minute anthems with a solid helping of “ohh ohh ohh ohh”s to sing along to. The Chaos continues this vibe on a number of super tracks like “Heartbeat Song” (top) and the Friday evening kick-off jam “Sun Goes Down.” Half the album’s tracks clock in at under 3 minutes and the LP plays with enough brisk energy that spinning it twice in a row is an easy decision. Anyway, yesterday Minus The Bear and now this, I gotta stop writing about bands that I have been following for more than 1 one album cause I just get long winded here. The point is The Chaos is not these guys best but it’s a solid jam-fest and if you are on board with these tracks you will be getting on the right train. (Just make sure you stop by This Is Not The World-ville if you have never been.)

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