[MP3] Capital Cities – “Safe and Sound”

in a tidal wave of mystery you’ll still be standing next to me

♫ Capital Cities – Safe and Sound

Ok yeah, just another upbeat synth pop jam that sounds li… WAIT, those horns! Hot diggity. This jam gets on some sort of magic carpet and gets some serious altitude, soaring and swooping with all kinds of glittery goodness. LA’s Capital Cities take roots in San Francisco, Paris, and Armenia and blend them into sonic gold that makes me need to rush out and get their self-titled EP like right now.

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[MP3] Pictureplane – “Post Physical”

i’m here, you’re not inside of me

♫ Pictureplane – Post Physical

Pictureplane dropped a much hyped album back in ’09 but I was never feeling it. This new ear lubricant, however, is warming on contact.  This jam works just as well for running through the sprinklers at sunset as it does for hazy hip dancing at sunrise so don’t think too much about it and just get sexy.

Thee Physical is Pictureplane’s new album and it is out now. I may just have to pick this one up.

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[MP3] Jenny Owen Youngs – “Great Big Plans” & “Since You Been Gone (Kelly Clarkson cover)”

i just can’t get done with you, kiss me ’til we’re black and blue

♫ Jenny Owen Youngs – Great Big Plans

Jenny Owen Youngs is no stranger to a great song, whether a cover or her own. Her song “Led To The Sea” as well as her Nelly cover both captured my attention back in the early months of TBE and we’ve had to wait a damn long time for new stuff from her. While too many singer-songwriters rely on their voice and a guitar to make their music, Jenny knows how to make a song, building and shaping it into something you can feel as well as hear. “Great Big Plans” starts small but like the title suggest, ramps into something bigger and more powerful. Sounds like Jenny is shedding some dead weight in her life and if this is the result then shed away. Also, Jenny raised $38,000(!) on Kickstarter to record her new album so expect that sometime soon. Nice.

BONUS ♫ Jenny Owen Youngs – Since U Been Gone (Kelly Clarkson cover)

A slow and tender version she recorded in 2007 but just released this year.

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[MP3] Galapagos – “Do Ittt” & “Actin Up”

i’d like to know

♫ Galapagos – Do Ittt

Galapagos is an artist I’ve read about in a couple places and it’s no surprise why. He spins loopy electronic wind swells that rise and and fall and dance on your ears with tiny feet. You can hear it in the summer fun of “Do Ittt,”* where he twists and tweaks a vocal sample so much it becomes it’s own unique instrument.  And you can also hear it in the more spaced out Beyonce sampling “Actin Up” from his Big Cat EP. Awesome.

♫ Galapagos – Actin Up

*”Do Ittt” is from the Save MJMJ Records compilation (Small record label got tons of stuff stolen. Support them.)

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Brandon’s TBE Digest 25 – [7.25.2011] New Jams, Remixes, Mashups & Covers!

What better day to drop the 25th Digest!? Chew on these and fire off some thoughts in the comments.

Right-click link to download. For more jams by any of these artists use the ‘tags’ links at the bottom of the post!


♫ Frank Ocean – Dreamkilla / New (or maybe old) Frank Ocean produced by the Midi Mafia who also did one of the best songs of the year so far, “Swim Good.” Butter.

♫ Boots Electric – Boots Electric Theme / The first single from Eagles Of Death Metal’s frontman Jesse “Boots Electric” Hughes. Hmm… I wanna love it but it’s just no EODM track.

♫ Wale – Lacefrontin’ / Remember when this guy was supposed to be the big thing? Just not feeling it. So much going on here but kinda nothing going on.

♫ Star Slinger – Dutchie Courage / Star Slinger bringing the Read more

[LP/RMX] Foster The People – TORCHES (w/ “Call It What You Want” & various remixes)

well i’m just gonna do here what i gotta do here ’cause I gotta keep myself free

♫ Foster The People – Call It What You Want

When I saw Foster The People kill their show at The Great Escape 10 weeks ago I couldn’t have been more excited for a full album from these LA indie-pop rockers. When Torches finally arrived at my ears a few weeks later I can’t say I was filled with near the same energy that their live show dished out. A few tracks caught my ear (like “Call It What You Want”) and the rest are honestly good jams, but after the triangulated foreplay of “Pumped Up Kicks,” “Helena Beat” and “Houdini” I was ready for a big climax. Anyway, get the album if you haven’t, it’s certainly worth a listen or five. However, what I am more intrigued by is the myriad remix treatments these guys have got. Whether it’s their “buzzworthy” status or they have struck some sort of common chord among the indie-sphere, they have been attracting remixes from all kinds genres and DJs. As a sort of case-study on one of the most hyped bands (and let’s be honest, songs) of the past year or two, I’ve compiled a collection of remixes below. I kick things off with a few new ones and then dig through the archives for ones we have posted before. Enjoy. And of course, leave your thoughts in the comments… if you have any.

♫ Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks (Chrome Canyon Remix)

♫ Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks (Alcala Remix)

♫ Foster The People – Helena Beat (The 14th Minute Remix)

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[MP3] CSS – “Hits Me Like A Rock”

we have too many bruises from too much kissing, and the only pain would be from too much missing

♫ CSS – Hits Me Like A Rock (ft. Bobby Gillespie)

3rd album. 1st single. Featuring singer from Primal Scream. None of those facts are really relavent here cause it’s Saturday and who has time for details? CSS are back and they are sounding a hell of a lot better than they did on their last album so I’m pumped. Find a friendly shoulder to throw an arm around and head into the night together while this one plays out in the background.

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Remix Roundup Vol. 48 – 7.22.2011 [CSS, Theophilus London, Yelle, Wolf Gang and more…]

We,Joel and Scott, welcome you back.  This time we bring you Remix Roundup Vol. 48.  Damn, that’s a lot.  We can’t believe we’re almost at 50.  Time flies…, too fast these days.  On that note, its time to play a little catch up.

Below we have a mix of mostly new, but some tunes we just missed out on.  Hope you’re hungry, because this is going to take you up a waste size.  Be smart though…  No dancing for at least thirty minutes after ingesting this madness.

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For more jams or by any of these artists use the ‘tags’ links at the bottom of the post!  Follow @JoelAlbers on Twitter for updates on remixes, dubstep and all things Nurdy.

♫ CSS – Hit’s Me Like A Rock (Dillon Francis Remix)

♫ Mighty Mouse – Between the Pavement and the Stars (Edwin Van Cleef Remix)

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