Discovery rock the Osaka Loop Line


as bullets passed behind your back

Discovery – Osaka Loop Line

Who knows what an “Osaka Loop Line” is but it certainly makes for a great song. It starts slow and glitchy, and ends up fast and glitchier, kinda like riding some 121 year old rail-road or something. I dunno, I’m just not feeling my analogies today. It’s kinda no surprise that the song is so good, Discovery is a collaboration between Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij and Ra Ra Riot’s Wes Miles, two bands that rocked my 2008. Here’s to Discovery rocking our 2009.

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Junior Boys like it when you wear just Bits and Pieces

beyonddullcareremember the words, the lighting cues, it’s all up to you

Junior Boys – Bits and Pieces

Junior Boys are back with their follow up to 2006’s So This Is Goodbye. Begone Dull Care is short (8 tracks) and sweet. The Boys have taken their sex music simple and infectious rhythms and let them linger a bit, letting most tracks run past 6 minutes (Take time at the neck!). It’s definitely an album for specific moods or actions. (*Wink!*) Anyway, “Hazel” is the first single from Begone Dull Care (get it free at their MySpace) but “Bits and Pieces” is my favorite. The throbbing (tee hee!) bass-line and breathy vocals are sure to raise your temperature a bit (and piece? ha). If you like what you hear (feel) then I recommend you scoot over to eMusic and pick up the album. Don’t let its bargain of 8 tracks fool you, it still runs 47 minutes. Plenty of time for foreplay (I’m serious about the neck).

Junior Boys – In The Morning (from their first LP So This Is Goodbye)

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Generationals introduce Angry Charlie


if you won’t sing it with me, then i’ll sing by myself

Generationals – Angry Charlie

Generationals are fantastic. I emphasize that right off the bat because it might not be immediately apparent by just one track. Luckily their whole debut album Con Law is streaming for free right here. That’s how I first listened to them and I encourage you to do the same. It’s perfect lo-fi jangly pop that will perfectly soundtrack laundry folding or spring sunning. “Angry Charlie” is a great track but its not even my favorite. That honor goes to “Wildlife Sculpture”… or to “When They Fight, They Fight?” Damn, can’t really choose. Further reason to just go stream the whole shebang. Anyway, these guys are so fresh that mp3 options were limited. (Thanks to Citizen Dick for this one) No word on a release date yet but I’ll be sure to let you know.

Bury your face in MySpace /// Stream album

Chester French are finally like C’mon!


you should never try to walk until you learn to crawl

Chester French – C’mon (On My Own)

Spin Magazine hyped Chester French as a band to watch this year and that their debut LP Love The Future would be “Out this spring.” That was in February…of 2008. Yeah, well a third of the way into 2009 and we finally have it. When a band gets that kind of hype and then take that damn long it’s always a dangerous game. Will CF live up to their signed by Pharell, Harvard graduate, Spin heads-up hype? Will the album be as good as “She Loves Everybody” and the other few long-leaked tracks? Will anyone even care anymore? Well, I care, but that’s what I do. I care about you, and I’m touched to say I care about Chester French. Love The Future is not perfect, but it definitely adds a few more excellent tracks to the CF canon. There is a little too much self-indulgent noodling but overall the album is redeemed by standouts like “C’mon,” “Bebe Buell,” “Beneath The Veil,” and “Neal.” And don’t forget the recently posted excellent RAC remix of “She Loves Everybody.”

Bury your face in MySpace /// Buy the album/sleepover/African safari

Just Burn It! The Upbeat Beatdown mix

Download the Upbeat Beatdown mix.

I know it’s been a while since the last Just Burn It! mix but you may have noticed all the changes to the site instead. Well as site tweaking settles down I’ll be making more mixes for y’all. Lets start with this one!

As spring arrives there are often days that turn out to be less warm than we would have hoped. I often find these days to be the most depressing. At least in winter you know what to expect but during these transitional times it can be tough. Hope is often higher than the mercury. On these depressing days it helps to have a soundtrack to pick you back up, and what’s better than a solid hour of upbeat music! There are dance-offs, face-offs, walk-offs and now an upbeat-off! Wait, that doesn’t sound right. Anyway, here are 19 tracks that are guaranteed to get you amped! From hand-claps to fist-pumps, it’s 60 minutes of pure upbeat psyched motivation! Make it your soundtrack to spring cleaning! Your place has kinda been looking like a dump…

Track list after the dump. I mean jump.

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you could look deep into my eyes like i was a super-model

The Refreshments – Banditos / 1996

Tempe, Arizona, based The Refreshments broke out big time with this Captain Picard referencing 1996 hit. I guess they had a follow up album in 1997 but that’s news to me. Also news is that this song was featured in Guitar Hero 2, so there’s that. Guitar Hero appreciation or not, this song is just awesome. Catchy as hell and perfect for driving to. Would go well on a 90s edition of the High Speed Chase mix.

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Röyksopp need to get Happy Up Here


it’s what i want that’s easy, it’s getting it that’s complicated

R̦yksopp РHappy Up Here

I had never really listened to Röyksopp before but all the blog buzz about Junior made them pretty hard to ignore. First single “Happy Up Here” kind of washed over me with a ‘meh’ feeling at first. Then I listened to it once walking down a sunny street and it appealed much more. It’s the perfect sunny day soundtrack, which is an odd contrast to the doomsday arcade vibe of the video you might have seen in the TBE TV box. Listening to the rest of the album I was left a little confused as to why these guys are so popular. I guess their brand of gloom-pop is just not really my thing. Though maybe that’s why they are so big in Europe. My other favorite on the album is “It’s What I want” which along with “Happy Up Here” are the only tracks under 4:30. This is pop guys, why the endless songs? Like you said, “All that I want is keeping it easy.”

Röyksopp – It’s What I Want

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Basement Jaxx make me wet with Raindrops


just like a waterfall straight through the heart of me

Basement Jaxx – Raindrops

Whaaaa! New Basement Jaxx!!! If you are all like “Why you flippin? Their last few albums weren’t even any good, bro.” Then you haven’t hit that little play button yet. Push it! The guys that brought us “Red Alert,” “Romeo,” “Take Me Back To Your House,” and awesome videos like this, are back with beautiful artwork to a beautiful song. “Raindrops” doesn’t even have their usual steez of guest vocals, that’s Felix Buxton (one of the Jaxx) and some vocal processor spitting crystal beauty at us. The epicness of this song is undeniable Jaxx but it does seem like they are changing up their game big time. Their MySpace has been stripped of all songs but “Raindrops” and the album field of the MP3 is labeled “The Return Of Basement Jaxx.” Snap! The actual name of their forthcoming LP is Scars and it supposedly features vocals from Santigold, Sam Sparro, Lightspeed Champion, Grace Jones, Yoko Ono, Yo! Majesty, and Cyndi Lauper. Fresh ta def.

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