Happy 2nd Birthday to The Burning Ear! – A Shirt Pack Giveaway, Merch Sale & A Mixtape!

Happy 2nd Birthday to The Burning Ear!

Holy cow. It was exactly 2 years ago (!?) today that I launched The Burning Ear from the butt wedge of my old couch. Since then it’s been nothing but a pleasure to share all of these great jams with you guys and gals. To all you regular readers and commenters, I love you all and look forward to another two! However, we all know 2 years olds don’t have patience for speeches so lets get right to the presents! I’ve got three gifts for you all, of which the first TWO are based on the number 2! Read more

[WIN] NAKED AND FAMOUS 7″ Vinyl of “Young Blood” and an autographed album poster!

Enter to win a 7″ Vinyl of the “Young Blood” single with a B side of “Crazy? Yes. Dumb? No!” and an autographed Passive Me, Aggressive You poster!

♫ The Naked and Famous – Young Blood

The Naked and Famous’ first album Passive Me, Aggressive You has already debuted at #1 in their native New Zealand. They are now poised to invade North American shores with a March 15th US release date and to celebrate we are giving away a nifty little prize pack to one lucky fan! Drop your name and favorite Naked & Famous track in the comments! The winner will be picked at random on February 15th and the package will be mailed to any US address!  Good luck!

♫ The Naked and Famous – Young Blood (The Sound of Arrows Remix)

They are on tour as well! Check their pages for more!

Website / Facebook / Twitter / “Young Blood” on iTunes / Album on iTunes

Bury your face in MySpace /// Amazon too

UPDATE: Congratulation to Aaron Wang who was selected by random.org as the winner! Thanks to everyone who entered, it was interesting seeing everyone’s favorites and surprising how few people picked “Girls Like You.” That’s my jam!

[CONTEST] Win 2 Tickets to the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival! – Dec 18th

♫ Penguin Prison – The Worse It Gets

♫ Javelin – Intervales Theme

If you live anywhere close to New York City then on December 18th you are going to want to be at the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival. TBE favorites like Penguin Prison, Javelin, Brahms, The Knocks, and Treasure Fingers and more will be rocking socks with full voltage. One night, two venues (around the corner from each other!), 29 acts (and counting!), and only $35! I will be stateside for the holidays and am making a special stop in NYC on that weekend so expect to see a super tall dude with a TBE shirt flailing about somewhere. If you would like to get your flail on as well then here is your chance to win 2 tickets to the festival! Read more

WIN! Signed Telecaster Guitar from TIRED PONY! What’s Your Dream SUPERGROUP?




If Tired Pony doesn’t ring a bell then perhaps Snow Patrol, REM, and Belle & Sebastian do? Yes? I thought so! Well, Tired Pony is the new supergroup from Gary Lightbody, Peter Buck, and Richard Coburn (respectively) as well as acclaimed producer Jacknife Lee. Their debut album The Place We Ran From is out now and features guest vocals from M. Ward as well as his cohort Zooey Deshcanel. See the video for that track here!

The real reason you are here is to win a guitar! Yes, Tired Pony and MOG Music Network have teamed up to offer 1 winner a signed Fender Classic Series ’72 Telecaster Deluxe! How sweet is that axe? All you have to do is leave a comment (with valid email!) with your fantasy supergroup line-up! Is it Lars Ulrich on drums, Mark Hoppus on bass, Carlos Santana on guitar, and Katy Perry on xylaphone? Or maybe it’s a supergroup that wold actually make sense! Give us your line-up and tell us why your supergroup is the best! Be smart and be creative because I’ll be picking the best entry from The Burning Ear who will then go up against the best from 3 other sites. Tired Pony and MOG will then pick the winner from those 4 finalists. It’s not just about a guitar, it’s about TBE pride! Let’s represent team TBE and kick some ass here! Entries on TBE will be accepted until Tuesday 11/9 at midnight PST. The grand prize winner will be announced Friday 11/12!

Go forth and rock! I can’t wait to read the entries!

UPDATE: Maybe I wasn’t 100% clear but I will be picking the entry from TBE to go on to the finals. So I’ll tell you right now that just naming your supergroup’s lineup and saying one sentence of why is not going to cut it. THIS IS A BIG competition, act accordingly! As far as I’m concerned this is not just a test of musical nerdiness, but also of writing ability, creativity, humor, and overall like-ability. I wan’t one of you guys to win so I will be selecting our finalist based not only on my personal opinion of their entry, but on whether I think it has a shot at the title! Just so you know, our competition is here and here.

Anyone who has already entered should feel free to add to their entry by just replying to it below. Let’s do this, people!


You all are a stubborn bunch (or you just don’t read)! After reading through the entries that bothered to include the ‘WHY’ with their ‘who’ I have chosen 3 finalists to move on and be judged by MOG and Tired Pony. These are people who put together interesting and thoughtful combinations of people as well as explaining their choices convincingly. Congratulations and good luck to SROPER, Michael, and  Flego_420! I hope one of you win and brings the glory home to The Burning Ear! The winner will be announced on Friday!


The winner has been announced. Congratulations to Spencer who submitted his excellent entry over at Live4Ever. Check it out here. We gotta step up our game next time, TBE!

WIN a Poster, T-Shirt, and Vinyl 3-Pack from HOT Chip and LCD Soundsystem!








The Burning Ear has been given another opportunity to hit you guys up with some free swag! This time it’s a tag-team goodie bag of sweet stuff from LCD Soundsystem and Hot Chip! LCD Soundsystem’s It’s Happening is on sale at Amazon ($5.99) and iTunes ($7.99) and both bands have a couple vinyl singles out. The total winning package includes:

(1) LCD Tour Poster (Photo at right)

(1) Hot Chip Tour shirt (Amazing graphic above!)

(1) Hot Chip “One Life Stand/Don Not Want” 7″

(1) LCD “I Can Change” 12″

(1) LCD “Drunk Girls/HG! Rmx” 12″

I am really bummed I can’t win that shirt. Sooo fresh! All you have to do to win this sweetness in leave a comment (with VALID email address!) with your favorite Hot Chip song and your favorite LCD Soundsystem song. I’ll start us off with my favorites!

♫ Hot Chip – My Piano / This was a tough choice but I went with this pre-Made In The Dark non-album jam that is actually my most played of theirs.

♫ LCD Soundsystem – All My Friends / No brainer.

I’ll pick the winner at random on Wednesday at midnight (PST). (Anyone in the world can enter but the prize can only be sent to a US address so keep that in mind.) It’s not required to enter but I’m curious which band you guys like more. Can we get a little battle of the fans going on here?  Good luck!

UPDATE: Random.org and I have selected a winner! Congratulations Bbolman! He wrote:

Hot Chip – Thieves in the Night
LCD Soundsystem – New York I Love You, But You’re Bringing Me Down
Too mainstream? Screw ya, those are fantastic songs.

Thanks to everyone for entering. There was a crazy range of favorite tracks, with no single jam getting more than 2 or 3 votes. What a testament to the quality of both bands!

WIN an iPod Nano from The Burning Ear and State Farm!

So the Austin City Limits festival is this weekend and unless you have stumbled upon this site looking for ear rash treatments (it happens) then a handful of your favorite bands will be ripping up 8 stages over 3 days! In celebration of the event the good people at State Farm are sponsoring a contest where TBE readers can win one of those fresh new iPod nano’s with the touch screen and futuristic spy wristwatch capabilities! As if that wasn’t enough, a second place prize of an iPod Shuffle is also up for grabs!

You can thank the people at State Farm this weekend by stopping by their Club 17K Tent at the festival where they will be providing all kinds of ameneties to the musically ravaged, including free chair massages, wi-fi access, and giveaway opportunities. Sounds the place to be to me! Club 17K is open to everyone, but the fastest way to get VIP Access is to download the “Like a Good Neighbor State Farm is There” ringtone via the State Farm Facebook page (www.facebook.com/StateFarmNation) and play it for the representatives at the Club 17K tent to get instant VIP access and special perks! Check out the State Farm Club 17K event on FB for more info: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=128524277198492&index=1


Tweet the following line:

Win an iPod Nano at www.TheBurningEar.com & visit @StateFarmNation’s #Club17K tent 4 rock star treatment at Austin City Limits this weekend!

And then write a comment (with a valid email) below and leave a link to your tweet so I can randomly draw the winners this Sunday at midnight!

Good luck to all and anyone going to ACL should look out for our man Joel of various roundups fame. And if you’re going to Voodoo Fest in New Orleans, look out for State Farm’s Club 17K tent there too!


And the winners are! (Random selection provided by www.random.org)

iPod Nano: geekmommy

iPod Shuffle: Nathan

You have both been emailed with instructions!

Thanks to everyone for entering! Although, I am pretty shocked at how few people entered. These are tough economic times! Who doesn’t want a free Nano??? I would have entered if it was ethical! Anyway, I think I’ll be doing more of these contests in the future. What kind of stuff you guys want to win? CDs? iTunes gift-cards? Fruit baskets? Random cool shit you didn’t even know you wanted?

[Contest!] 2 tickets to Fanfarlo in Brooklyn, Tuesday 9/22

Being deaf/busy the past few weeks I was forced to take an unfortunate break from TBE. I may have been away from the site, but many of you weren’t. I was pleasantly surprised with the daily traffic, despite a lack of new posts. I imagine that many of you regulars were a bit miffed or confused and it’s for you people that this is for. A bit of a thank you for sticking with me and the music. I guess, it’s really not for all of you though since this contest is only really relevant to residents of the NYC area. Sorry rest of the world, I will work on getting something up your alley soon. But in the meantime!


♫ Fanfarlo – Luna

Fanfarlo (original post) is touring the US and this Tuesday they will be in Brooklyn at the beautiful Bell House (where I saw/interviewed RAA back in May). Their live shows are reputed to be fantastic and I have 2 tickets to the show for you! Just shoot an email over to ihopeiwin@theburningear.com and let me know your favorite song you have found on TBE. I don’t get much feedback around here and I’d like to know what you are digging! I’ll select the winner at random on Sunday night. Don’t forget to include your name and a contact phone number (just in case you don’t check your email that day!).

1. Email ihopeiwin@theburningear.com

2. Your favorite track/artist discovered off TBE. (Other words/stories encouraged but not necessary.)

3. Name & Phone

4. Send before Midnight on Sunday (NYC/Eastern Standard Time)

It’s just that easy! Good luck to you all.