Remember when Tiny Victories gave us “Lost Weekend” and we fell in love with it’s big propulsive beat and sweet vocal hooks? Â 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?
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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 BetterÂ 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 newÂ favoritesÂ to uncover with each spin. I highly doubt you will beÂ disappointed.
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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 soÂ irresistiblyÂ catchy that I’ve had Forever on repeat all week. I think this bio from Last.fm says it best:Â Haim are three sisters from Los Angeles. They play rock music. They play it well.
Why: Sometime early this year when Trust was getting blog buzz I saw that album cover and decided they weren’t for me. Then Scott played them for me in the car on the way to The Firehouse one day in Austin and suddenly this dark wall of base had taken over my ears and I was hooked. I’ve been doing gothy variations on The Creep to their debut album ever since. ThatÂ decrepitÂ old goth’s face says a lot of things but not many of them have to do with how good this album is. TRST is music for Read more
Why: For a second try to ignore the sweet moniker, killer shoes, topless babe, and baller eagle. Ok, now stop that nonsense and focus on all of them at once as you listen to theÂ sultryÂ sex-disco of Baron von Luxxury. All those things are part of his package (!) and feed flesh-on-flesh dance party vibe that The Baron would surely approve of.
While it’s easy to dismiss Luxxury as a gimmicky act, it’s worth noting that his day job is a writer for Razor & Tie records and he hasÂ contributedÂ to songs from artists like The Mae Shi, HEALTH, and Little Boots. He also produces for TBE alums Bullet and Snowfox. The dude is serious about his music and straddles and interestingÂ line between underground and mainstream. You can see some of that pop culture winking at play in the goofy video for “Terry Richardson.”Â (Like anything related to Terry Richardson it is NSFW) Grab The Last Seduction for whatever you think it’s worth but after scoping other album highlights like the title track and big closer “I’m Not Bad, I’m Just Drawn That Way” I think you’ll find a few dollars for eagle food.
https://www.theburningear.com/media/2012/04/Baron-Von-Luxxury-The-Last-Seduction.jpg617617Brandonhttps://www.theburningear.com/media/2015/03/TBE-Header-Logo-2015-stack1.pngBrandon2012-04-30 00:54:362012-05-02 22:04:40[LP] Baron Von Luxxury - THE LAST SEDUCTION (w/ "Terry Richardson" & "That Disco Beat (feat. Little Boots)"
Why: If you rearrange the letters in “Gamble & Burke” you get “Hearth-side seduction with dirty martinis and Reebok Pumps.” It’s dance floor music for making love. Or making love music for the dance floor. Or walking music. Thats generally what I’ve been using it for. Previous jams like modern classic “Isolated With You” and “Lay Low” are fleshed out by some hot stuff like album opener “Time For Love.”Â Every track is a skin-tight concoction of bouncy grooves and dimmer-light vocals that turns any sidewalk into that Big piano. For extended dance routines see “Let’s Go Together (Baltic Chill Remix),” and their cover of “It Must Be Love.” Also, all theÂ usuallyÂ annoying interstitial movie bits are really well done. Could be cause they are from classics like Groundhog Day, From Russia With Love, etc.
I have to admit I’ve been selfish. The Cold War Mixtape has been putting pep in my step for over 2 months but it just got lost in the SXSW shuffle and I am way overdue in posting. It’s criminal really, Gamble & Burke have treated us too right for me to treat them so wrong. Help them forgive me by makingÂ beautifulÂ babies to this album and then naming them Gamble & Burke. 1st names please. Pairs only.
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Why: I can’t place what 90’s alternative rock jam “Another Me” kicks off like but it doesn’t really matter because things quickly diverge into a swirl of beats and grooves that set this track in the now. That kind of twist on your expectations is all over Godwolf’s debut EP as they spin from electro tenderness like “Another Me” to harsher rhythms like “Reaching For The Dark” to screechy bangers lie “Dead Weight” or even some dubstep dabbling on their stellar cover of “Crosses.”
These two Australians are clearlyÂ wieldingÂ some sharp talent and I’m looking forward to more tight jams. Grab the other 4 tracks on the EP free from their Soundcloud..
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