DRINK UP BUTTERCUP don’t EVEN THINK about slowing down

Drink Up

you touch yourself however and you watch what you want anyway

♫ Drink Up Buttercup – Even Think

This song is like a demented carnival ride that is shaking with so much energy it could unhinge at any moment. At first you know it’s a little off but then that become the magic. Its dirty and fun and makes you want to yell along. Drink Up Buttercup are the second band on TBE in as many days and I’m stoked to see Philly stepping up it’s game. These guys have some earlier less-listenable jams, but it’s “Even Think” that sounds like a milestone is evolving awesomeness. My ears are perked!

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BOY CRISIS are a FOUNTAIN OF epic jams for today’s YOUTH (not ‘kids’). They also taste like STRAWBERRIES.

Boy Crisis Fountain

every single part of you is built like a weapon

♫ Boy Crisis – Fountain Of Youth

A part of me feels like Boy Crisis might be my new favorite band. Why reserve hesitation on the subject? Because I can’t find their debut album any-fucking-where! I scoured the interwebs and dug up a few jams but I want more damn it, more! I want to review the album! (you listening guys?) Boy Crisis only made their way through my ears recently when “Dressed To Digress” was hyped as the dancey side project of one half of Das Racist. (I’m sold already.) Upon falling hard for that track, and then even harder for “Fountain Of Youth,” I now feel like a tween girl when I yell “I’m having a Boy Crisis!” on the walk to work in the morning. I guess I should phrase it differently but I am too busy busting fresh dance moves and kissing other people’s grandmas. Yeah, this music is that good. As are both versions of the video.

♫ Boy Crisis – Strawberries

Boy Crisis went to Wesleyan University MGMT and have been drawing unfair comparisons to the art-douche duo. Lest you think Boy Crisis are a similarly educated 3-hit wonder I have included the sex-fest “Strawberries” and can also vouch for the gritty magic of “L’homme.” Oh, and “Strawberries”  includes the lyric “don’t you know I wanna smack that like it owes me money.” Epic. MGMT’s crowning lyric was “Shock me like an electric eel.” Ouch. I think “PWNED!” is what the kids are saying these days? Anyway, MGMT-boners can get bent because I don’t care about your tears, these guys make everyday a party and that’s where I want to be.

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«Flashback« Five Iron Frenzy – ’79 Blue Comb

FIF Upbeats

something that was thrown out that window was the last great symbol of my youth

♫ Five Iron Frenzy – ’79 Blue Comb / 1998

This one might be kind of obscure for those of you not into the Christian Ska/Punk scene in the 90s, a category that would not normally include me but I got into this one off the Ska compilation, Cheap Ska. Five Iron Frenzy’s debut, Upbeats and Beatdowns, doesn’t have “’79 Blue Comb” on it, nor did anything else on the LP stick with me. If you are really interested in the band there here is their Wikipedia. I’ll be chilling here, content with this fantastic ska jam and the tale of a boy and his comb. Lost innocence has ever been so fun. I never had siblings close enough in age to fuck with my stuff so I can only imagine, but I’m sure some of you have similar memories.

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FREE ENERGY, oh FREE ENERGY, you are a DREAM to me in this gloomy CITY


i wanna believe but i’m out of control

♫ Free Energy – Free Energy

When Free Energy’s “Dream City” (below) hit the scene back in May I was intrigued but not sold. “Something In Common” followed in September and quickly became a steering-wheel-drumming favorite, but somehow I felt I had missed the boat on writing about the Philadelphia quintet. Then I saw and heard their video for “Free Energy” (above) and was sold/on board/in/stoked. The three tracks together are an aural ménage à trois that gets me super pumped for their 2010 LP slated through James Murphy’s DFA (he produced “Dream City”). The horns, the lyrics, the energy, the cowbell; it’s impossible to not get happy. Sam over at Balloon Of The Mind likens them to Girls, but I’m feeling way more fun and good times coming from these guys, and with none of the mopey grumblings.

♫  Free Energy – Dream City

Of the five members, Scott Wells and Paul Sprangers used to be in the band Hockey Night. A search through my iTunes dug up a few overlooked jams and since then I have been listening to “Rebel Fever” on repeat. There are so many great things happening here. The dual guitars just rip it up over the bouncy vocals and propulsive rhythm section. Throw this whole post on your next driving mix-tape and you wont regret it.

BONUS:  ♫ Hockey Night – Rebel Fever (Who We Are)

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Remix Roundup Vol. 12 • 11-6-09


Do I even need to write intros to these things anymore? I’m trying to keep these things leaner and meaner so let’s get on with the show!

♫ Prairie Cartel – Cracktown (Hey Champ Remix) / Umm, did you read who is on this track? Yeah, its fresh, but you knew that already. Bust out the strobe light and get freaky. [original post / more HC]

♫ Fool’s Gold – Surprise Hotel (Mad Decent’s Toadally Krossed Out Remix) / Toad croaking! Yes! Leave it up to Mad Decent (Diplo from Major Lazer, as far as I know) to come up with that stroke of brilliance. [original post]

♫ Major Lazer – Jump Up (Laza Beam Remix) / Speaking of the Major, how’s this jam for a “Jump Up” remix. Nothing mindblowing but it’s hard to mess up the banger-ocity on this track.  [original post]

♫ Mike Posner – Cooler Than Me (Gigamesh Remix – FINAL Version) / Mike Posner is back with a new mixtape full of his stoner hip-hop jams. There is an early version of this Gigamesh remix on it but ignore that business cause this is the version that you are supposed to be loving. If you are listening then you know why. [original post / more Gigamesh]

♫ Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll (A-Trak Remix) / It’s A-Trak on the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, no surprise it’s a goodie. Better late than never.

♫ Phoenix – Armistice (YACHT Remix) / My favorite new remixers thrown down on this Phoenix jam (from their Wolfgang remix album.) If only they could make their own jams this listenable. [more Phoenix / YACHT]

♫ Passion Pit – Little Secrets (Hey Champ Remix) / Hey Champ put this one through the discofier for a jam worth of your best head bobbing, finger snapping, dance moves.  [more PP / HC]

♫ Just Jack – Doctor Doctor (Fred Falke Remix) / Fred Falke mellows this jam right out, turning it into one of those walking-home-at-twilight jams. [original post / more FF]

♫ Sean Bones – Dancehall (Bodega Girls Remix) / This one gets a bit repetitive but I’ve also found myself zoning out to it.  [original post / more BG]

♫ The Hood Internet – Just A Friendomania (Biz Markie vs Phoenix vs Classixx) / The Hood Internet are back again with this decade-mixing mashup that is inspired, to say the least. [more HI]

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DARWIN DEEZ has been caught in my RADAR DETECTOR

darwin deezit’s only been a week but i know that you are mine to keep

♫ Darwin Deez – Radar Detector
Darwin Deez – Radar Detector (Radio Edit) by LuckyNumberMusic
I know absolutely nothing about this guy* and I am not going to do any research either because that shit would dilute the pure joy I experience when I hear this song. You know how much I like hand-claps! “Radar Detector” reminds me of Kyle Andrew’s “Sushi” but I’m not sure if that’s cause they are both similar or they are both epic. Anyway, that’s Darwin himself on the right and this is his fantastic love song to some foxy lady. I’ll figure out more about this guy when I stop hand-clapping so know I’ll keep you updated!

* Not true. I actually know he is on tour with Bishop Allen and Throw Me The Statue.

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ELLIE GOULDING has got me STARRY EYED over her cover of BLACK & GOLD


you look at me, it’s like you hit me with lightning

♫ Ellie Goulding – Starry Eyed

I dare you to tell me that the voice you hear in this song evokes the same face you see in this photo. But that’s exactly it! The track has merit, sure, but there is a gloss to it that I tend to slide off of. “Starry Eyed” has ben bouncing around my iTunes for months but was never posted because I never felt certain that Ellie was worth the notice. Then I heard her cover of Sam Sparro’s “Black & Gold” and knew there was something here. With a little research I think I might even like her new single “Under The Sheets” even more than “Starry Eyed.” It has a bit more gravitas. But whatever you think of her solo stuff, she is clearly working on some real shit here. Besides “Black 7 Gold” she has recorded an amazing cover of Bon Iver’s “The Wolves (Act I and II)” as well as Passion Pit’s “Sleepyhead.” Get over your post-Sleepyhead self and check them bot out at PMA because they are serious business. Her fantastic producer Starsmith is due credit as well. I’m hoping for big things from Ellie because i’ve definitely got my eye on this one.

♫ Ellie Goulding – Black & Gold (Sam Sparro cover)

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YEASAYER have me rAMBLING with pALPable excitement!

Yeasayer - Ambling Alp

raise your hand and wear your wounds with pride

♫ Yeasayer – Ambling Alp

“Bam! What’s up now, dummies?” That’s basically what Yeasayer are saying with their new single. Some never fell in love with their 2007 debut (me), and some wondered if Chris Keating’s vocals would up their game after their tour de force on “Audacity Of Huge.” (Me again.) “Ambling Alp” speaks for the band again: “We don’t give a shit about your doubts and wonderings, we came to kickstart your day with a sonic roundhouse and leave you with an ego inflated enough to float you to the stars.” Amen, brothers. Their sophomore album, Odd Blood, drops in February but that’s like a million blog-years away so you know I’ll have them back up in your grill around then.

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