Passion Pit’s new single has me Reeling

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and here I am, oh here I am, oh when will someone understand

Passion Pit – The Reeling

You may remember Passion Pit from my Head’s Up ’09 mix (or from every blog in the galaxy). Well now is that time, folks, that moment of truth when all the hype and anticipation come crashing down on the head of their first single from the upcoming debut LP Manners. First things first, if you aren’t familiar with “Sleepyhead,” the track that grabbed the blogosphere by the ankles and pulled, then cancel your bikini wax and get on it ASAP. Ok, ready? Good. So “The Reeling” has been getting some harsh reactions and I am not feeling their negative vibes, man. In addition to a sweet children’s choir, the track has danceability, rockability, funkability, (drinkability?) and is generally groovy, MAN! I liken those harsh vibes to the dude that complains about his new girlfriend because she is not as hot as his last girlfriend. First, every lady (song) should be treated individually and not compared, that’s just rude, and second, you know if you had never met your Ex (Sleepyhead) you would totally bone this babe (The Reeling) if she came onto you in a bar. And you would love it. So don’t fron’t, you negative Nellys. Anyway, all convoluted sexual metaphors aside, I am feeling this track and am looking forward to more from my favorite vaguely vaginally named band.

Passion Pit – Sleepyhead (Kids At The Bar remix)

If that was too much reading then how’s a ’bout you get dancing with my favorite “Sleepyhead” remix. This one is a “put your drink down, shout “I LOVE this song!” and squeel your way to the dance floor” kind of remix. You know. Oh, you know.

Bury your face in MySpace.

Tigercity is in fact Sensation(al). *Poland Tour!*

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when my mind is giving up and my body keeps on moving

Tigercity – Are You Sensation?

If the image above conjures thoughts of sex then the music within could possibly conjure the act itself. Despite hailing from Brooklyn and looking like the next kings of hipster-metal, Tigercity make mellowed-out, sexed-up, funk jams that make it hard not to gyrate your hips in obscene ways. They have an EP out now (click album art) which is dripping with hot lovemaking jams and at 29 minutes is just perfect for a trimmed down session. As if all that wasn’t enough to get your music juices flowing, Tigercity will be touching down in Poland for 3 dates in April. OK, so maybe YOU don’t care, but I do. I’m growing my chest hair, working on my disco moves, and packing my bags because on April 16th I’m moving, baby, moving to Tigercity! (Otherwise known as Jadlodajnia Filozoficzna on ul. Dobra in Warsaw) Want one more for the road? OK, just a quickie.

Tigercity – Other Girls

Bury your face in MySpace.

[CvrUpYrRmx] MGMT chills and Phoenix blows (In a good way)

mgmt_time_to_pretendBy now I am sure we are all a bit sick of MGMT and their face-invading hype train that steamed through 2008. Let’s not even get into the fact that they only have 3 good songs. Instead, let’s get into the fact that TBE has uniquely mellow covers of those 3 songs that breathe fresh life into each.

Knatterjak – Time To Pretend (MGMT Cover)

Knatterjak is Dan McGrath of Buffalo, NY and he has taken Oracular Spectacular’s album opener and turned it into a piece of haunting piano-pop that is more urgent and honest than MGMT ever pulled off. Their isn’t much on this guy’s MySpace besides a Womanizer cover and a couple demos. Let’s hope he doesn’t stop there.

Cleast Eatwood – Electric Feel (MGMT Cover)

As well as having the most-difficult-to-say band name ever (just try to not say Clint Eastwood when you read it) Cleast Eatwood are a fair pair of Swedes who make hushed and minimal pop with a tasty funk side. Their cover of Electric Feel is beautifully simple, nearly a cappella and stopped me in my tracks (key-strokes?) the first time I heard it. I highly recommend their MySpace for two tracks with a little more groove and a great hand-clappiness.

Lady Danville – Kids (MGMT Cover)

Don’t let the bare-bones video or lack of an mp3 fool you, Lady Danville means business when they introduce a Cajon and three-part harmony to this MGMT favorite. This one just gets under your skin and sets up shop like there was no crisis. These guys are always playing in the L.A. are and have some great originals as well. Check out their MySpace and go see them live.

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Phoenix – 1901 (What Kind Of Breeze Do You Blow – E mix)

Those covers too mellow for your ADD sensibilities? Well I’ve got just the cure. If you haven’t already heard, the fab Frenchies of Phoenix have an album coming out in May and have already dropped a few singles. The first, “1901,” is available free at their website and is highly recommended. Here we have a remix of “1901” by one half of the Portland, Maine duo that goes by What Kind Of Breeze Do You Blow. I have heard of people passing wind that smelled like roses, but this dance breeze beats that hands down.

[CvrUpYrRmx] Timid Tiger double-teams your ears!

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Who got the power to make a difference?

Who got the power to make a change?

Timid Tiger – Womanizer (Britney Spears cover)

Yup, that’s right, this week’s CvrUpYrRmx is being fully handled by 5 dudes from Cologne, Germany who go by Timid Tiger. Don’t be fooled  theby name, these cats (ha!) are about as timid as Siegfried and Roy’s feline friends. I first heard of them when they won PMA’s “Womanizer” cover challenge. If that wasn’t enough to convince you, then they achieved the impossible and made Lenny Kravitz actually listenable (danceable even!) with their remix of “Are You Gonna Go My Way.”

Lenny Kravitz – Are You Gonna My Way (Ft. Ludacris & Notorious B.I.G.) (Timid Tiger Remix)

As you can see/hear, German music exports have come a long way since Rammstein. If you are feeling their style on these two tracks (which you are) then you will be stoked to hear that they just released an EP! For Free! It includes the above tracks as well as 4 originals that prove these guys have chops beyond reworking other people’s material. I highly recommend you head over to PMA and check out the track-list, read a short interview, and download the full EP. Also get Gadget Girls, my favorite Timid Tiger song and for some reason not included on The PMA.EP.

Timid Tiger – Gadget Girls

Big ups to Pretty Much Amazing for all of this Timid Tiger Action * Timid Tiger on MySpace

New Calvin Harris + CvrUpYrRmx: “The Girls” Edition

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can you stay up for the weekend

and blame God for looking too old?

Calvin Harris – I’m Not Alone (Radio Edit)

So Calvin Harris has dropped his new single and it has him taking a huge departure from the throwback dance pop of I Created Disco. I was taken aback at first but this song has really grown on me. I will definitely be dancing my ass off to this in the club but I don’t know if it will get the same at-home/in-car play that his debut got. “I’m Not Alone” is a great  track but this dance-floor stuff is well-worn territory. I look forward to seeing where else Calvin takes us on his sophomore effort (due later this year) but I hope the rest of the album shakes things up a bit.

In honor of big Calvy-Calv we have a few different takes on his dude-anthem “The Girls.” First off Dragonette serves up a cover that does a little gender bending and even throws in a shout out to The Calvinator himself. Besides female vocals the cover is pretty straightforward save for a few new lyrics and a weirdly “Where’s Your Head At?“-esque chant at the end. (Anyone else but me hear that?)

Dragonette – The Boys

You might rmember Mick Boogie from his Adele 1988 project I featured a few weeks ago. Well he recently teamed up with Terry Urban for 2009: The Grammy Remix Project. They explain it best:

Ever wonder how Kanye would sound rapping on Kenna’s song?  What if The Jonas Brothers sang over some hiphop breakbeats?  What if Thom Yorke sang on Lupe’s “Superstar?”  What if Sara Bareilles bought a sampler and not a piano?  The list goes on… but the answers can be found here.

Read more on the project and get the full tracklist here. I reccomend downloading the full mixtape (torrent). While not a remix-revelation it’s a fun experiment for any kind of music fan.

Katy Perry: I Kissed A Girl (Excel Remix)

So if you didn’t already think you were sick of “The Girls” or “I Kissed I Girl” then I bet you are now, huh? The real question is which one gets old faster?

UPDATE: apparently the zshare link expired and I could find no alternate so I replaced it with a torrent link. If you don’t use torrents this is a good time to start :) I recommend Transmission.

Calvin Haris on MySpace


[CvrUpYrRmx] The Fray on Kanye / Miike Snow vs. Vampire Weekend

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The Fray – Heartless (Kanye cover)

I guess you could say I enjoy The Fray just as much as the next guy. Never fell in love with ’em but Ted and I definitely belted out a few drunken renditions of “Over My Head (Cable Car)” back in day. Well the good times continue with their cover of Kanye’s “Heartless.” At first it seems like an odd choice but listen to how Isaac Slade’s voice beautifully emotes Kanye’s heartbreak while still maintaining the swagger and the groove. And all that without that damned vocoder. I had no idea how much I hated that vocoder until I heard this song sung without it. Well done dude.

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Vampire Weekend – The Kids Dont Stand A Chance (Miike Snow remix)

Miike Snow is 3 dudes who:

1) Are not named Miike or Snow. I dont think.

2) Appear to be from Stockholm and/or NYC.

3) Have been remixed by TBE super-crush Crookers.

4) Have an antlered-rabbit logo that I don’t think they realize looks more like a vibrator-head-rabbit.

5) Remixed Vampire Weekend’s album closer into a quite pleasing blend of beats and bleeps and bloops. (The bloops are my fave.)

For You? Only The Very Best!

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I was thinking ’bout you and me and everything we’ve been through

The Very Best – Dinosaur on the Ark

This weekend’s MixTape is not TBE-produced but you will dig it nonetheless. If the name didn’t already give it away, it is not to shabby. Wondering how a dude with a name like Mwamawaya got mixed up (ha!) with a group who goes by the moniker “Radioclit?” Yeah, me too. Their official story tells it best.

Esau Mwamwaya was born in Mzuzu in Malawi, East Africa. He grew up in the capital, Lilongwe, and played drums in various bands, including Masaka Band.  In 1999 he moved to London, and ran a second-hand furniture store near Radioclit’s old studio.  After the Radioclit boys bought a bike from Esau they invited him to one of their house warming parties, made friends, and started making music together. Two years later the project has gotten it’s name, The Very Best.

Good thing Radioclit found him because I hear they are wicked hard to find. I mean,  of course I know where it is they are. Duh.

The track you have been no doubt feelin’ has guest vocals by Ben Brewer, the dude responsible for the newly minted MIA Jr. Yeah I know, what is it with all these shlubs boning the hottest talent of ’08 and then getting love on my blog.?

The Very Best on MySpace and Track list after the jump…

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Cover Up Your Remix! [New Weekly Feature]

Monday’s are hard. That’s not a revelation, just a fact. TBE is here to make that workweek transition a little more pleasureable. Every Moday will be a new installment of Cover Up Your Remix! which will include 1 cover song and 1 remix. Maybe hot off the presses, mabe from the vaults, you will have to wait and see. You will also have to come you with a better name for it.  Seriously, leave them in the comments.

Ruby Isle – Skinny Love (Bon Iver Cover)

Just how exactly does one go about covering one of the most tender and beloved songs of 2008? Ruby Isle wisely sidestep a straight cover – and guaranteed criticism – and take the song in a whole new direction. I can dig it. What do you think? (Read more about Ruby Isle’s cover project here and listen to their single with Tay Zonday of “Chocolate Rain” fame here.) (Thanks to I Guess I’m Floating)

Adele & Mick Boogie – Tired (6th Sense remix)

You have probably heard Adele and her solid pipes before. You have probably not heard of Mick Boogie. I hadn’t either until I got a hold of this mix. Mick Boogie took Adele’s album 19 and along with a team of remixers added a fresh 1988 vibe that gives the tunes a whole new life. Adele’s music was always a bit to downer-mellow for my tastes but this mix fits right into my chill-out moods. Get the track list and download the whole album after the jump. (Thanks to PMA)
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