[EP/LIVE] Harlan – NATIVE SON (w/ “The Come Down”) + @ The Echo, May 21

the choices that surround you are only yours to make

♫ Harlan – The Come Down

  • Who: Harlan Silverman & friends
  • What: Funky soul pop, like Mayer Hawthorne, Seye, Prince
  • Where: Los Angeles + Facebook
  • When: Native Son EP is out now (Stream it below).
  • Why: Big, bold, and undeniably dripping with sultry grooves is the name of Harlan’s game. Jams like “The Come Down” are instant ear pleasers, getting you to sing along before the first listen is through. Other tracks go slower, establishing a mood or feeling with Harlan’s super-tight musicianship (he plays all instruments). Native Son concludes with “Dancing On The Bed,” a perfectly named funkmobile that celebrates all the best things about Harlan. All the things he celebrates in his live show.

While Harlan’s debut EP Native Son is varied, textured, and showcases a broad new talent. Harlan’s live show, however, only has one setting: dance party. His touring band The Powers may be a motley crew of style but they all take care of business like pros. The real talent is Harlan himself. Watching him shred on the guitar is a total treat. He is clearly a man with both immense love and skill for his instruments. Anyone who can get an LA crowd dancing on a Monday is surely some Read more

[LP] Acollective – ONWARDS (w/ “Girls” & “Stolen Goods”)

why don’t you try to sleep alone

♫ Acollective – Girls

I just realized that after my post-Israel obsess-fest over “Stolen Goods” (below) I never gave a proper album review of Acollective’s Onwards LP. Well, this won’t be it. Consider it more of a friendly reminder to pour yourself a stiff drink and dive into the rollicking gypsy folk rock of these live-show beasts.

♫ Acollective – Stolen Goods

[MIXTAPE] The Hood Internet – THE MIXTAPE VOLUME SIX

don’t play the game that i can’t win

  • Who: ABX and STV SLV
  • What: Indie/rap mashups, like Bearbot, Invisiboy, It’s Overture
  • Where: Chicago, IL + Facebook
  • When: Sweet mashups served weekly.
  • Why: The Hood Internet are the gold standard in indie/rap mashups but the Burning Ear hasn’t featured a new jam of theirs since Christmas 2010. I was beginning to think they done fell off.

♫ The Hood Internet – Beastie Boys x Santigold x Weird Tapes – Don’t Play No Trash

Then they dropped Volume Six of their mixtape series and all worry was washed away by the most seamless collection of genius mashup choices this year. Just scroll through the tracklist here to see what I mean. From the unexpected (Wiz + Phantogram, Mayer Hawthorne + M83, Tyga + Neon Indian) to the predictably balanced (Whitney + Chromeo, Ma$e + Notorious B.I.G. + Penguin Prison) The Hood Internet live up to that album art of deftly concocting dance party magic.

♫ The Hood Internet – Tyga x Neon Indian – Polish City

I highly recommend you do not start a party this year without this mix on hand. Stream the whole thing below and download it free here.

♫ The Hood Internet – Whitney Houston x Chromeo – When The Night Knows

[QUICKIE] Tanlines – MIXED EMOTIONS (w/ “All of Me”)

pardon me for asking, pardon me for thinking, all of me is asking, all of me is thinking

♫ Tanlines – All of Me

Tanlines once had promise. They have now delivered big time with a solid, textured album & even better 2-piece (!) live show. Hello summer.

[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?]

[EP] Tiny Victories – THOSE OF US STILL ALVIVE (w/ “Mr Bones”)

i’ve been trying to get in but all i can say is they’ve got a million different ways to make you pay

♫ Tiny Victories – Mr Bones

Remember when Tiny Victories gave us “Lost Weekend” and we fell in love with it’s big propulsive beat and sweet vocal hooks?  Remember when we bought the EP with real money and were so stoked to find out that all 5 of the songs work perfectly with the repeat setting? Remember when we fell in love with “Mr Bones” and its sunrise synth stomp grooves? Remember when we say that Tiny Victories played a Brooklyn show with Black Light Dinner Party and we were bummed we couldn’t be there? Remember when we read the post on The Burning Ear that said Those Of Us Still Alive was one of the best EPs of the year so far and that Brandon has had it on loop for weeks?

[LP] Black Taxi – WE DON’T KNOW ANY BETTER (w/ “Do What You Gotta Do”)

i want food, shelter, sex, money, dont be shy

♫ Black Taxi – Do What You Gotta Do

If you didn’t take notice when I wrote about Black Taxi‘s epic SXSW set or their airtight jam “Tightrope” then this is your last warning. We Don’t know Any Better is a perfect resume of Black taxi’s various talents. The bouncy groovers like “Do What You Gotta Do” play well with stompers like the title track, spaced rock like “Hands” and tenderer fare like “Vultures.” It;s a sprawling album but fir me it just means there are new favorites to uncover with each spin. I highly doubt you will be disappointed.

[EP] Haim – FOREVER (w/ “Forever”)

go get out of my memory, no not tonight i dont have the energy

♫ Haim – Forever

  • Who: The Haim sisters Danielle, Alana, and Este. Plus a guy suspiciously named Dash Hutton.
  • What: Rhythm-and-folk pop, like Jenny Owens Young, Regina Spektor
  • Where: Los Angeles, CA + Facebook
  • When: The 3 song Forever EP is free now.
  • Why: Is it folk? Is it funk? Wait, is she rapping? Damn I just dont even know anymore. As if it wasn’t hard enough looking at 3 of the same person in that album art I have to explain what makes Haim’s blend of folk rock so irresistibly catchy that I’ve had Forever on repeat all week. I think this bio from Last.fm says it best: Haim are three sisters from Los Angeles. They play rock music. They play it well.

[QUICKIE] Mona – MONA (w/ “Lean Into The Fall”)

is it sex or is it love, hoping you don’t call my bluff

♫ Mona – Lean Into The Fall (Piano Version)

Listen to “Lean Into The Fall” “Shooting The Moon” or “Listen To Your Love” & you know there is heart. And rock. And roll. Underrated magic.

[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?]

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