Gil Mantera’s Dreamscape Discussed

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don’t run away, come back

Gil Mantera’s Party Dream – Waking Vision

If you know me then you know my undying love for Gil Mantera’s Party Dream, the super-duo from Youngstown, Ohio who have been rocking my world ever since I stumbled into one of their legendary live shows 3 years ago. Gil (keyboards/beats/vocals/hyper-sexual dancing) along with step-brother Ultimate Donny (guitar/over-emotive vocals) play a brand of in-your-face and up-your-ass dance-rock that can only be seen to be believed/understood/fathomed. They are by far my most recommended live band, however it was when I saw them last August that I began to worry about their long-awaited follow-up to 2005’s epic Bloodsongs. The awesome dancing and minimal clothing was still there but the new songs just didn’t bring the heat. The usual frenetic jumping seemed to be replaced by (gasp!) swaying! My suspicions were further confirmed with the December release of The Ballerina EP. The title track didn’t hold a candle to Bloodsongs standouts like “Alligator Missions” (below) or “Elmo’s Song.” Hopefully you have been listening to “Waking Vision” (above) from their new LP Dreamscape so now tell me what you think. (For even more new stuff check out the weirdo cyber-sutra video for “Dreamlovers” at the GMPD website.) How does this compare to Bloodsongs favorite “Alligator Missions?”

Gil Mantera’s Party Dream – Alligator Missions

Am I flipping my wig over nothing? Is this just GMPD “maturing”? Should bands like GMPD ever mature? If you are an ol’ school GMPD fan then I want to hear what you think of this new direction. If you are new to Gil & Co then listen to “Alligator Missions” (above) and watch the fantastic Elmo’s Wish video and then let me know which makes your tits tingle.

–  Click on album art above to buy or peep GMPD on MySpace –

Iglu & Hartly will rock your sleeves off

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lock and load, soot that sky ’till the moon explode

Iglu & Hartly – In This City

If Dan Black already established the viability of skinny white hipster rap, then its Iglu & Hartly that actually make me think (falsely) that I could do it too! Besides their glammy synth-rock they represent the SoCal vibe with a solid surfer bum look. Imagine the Dogtown & Z-Boys plus 10 years and a junior college degree… and minus any sleeves. Awesome. Anyway, get on this track and just try not to to sing along by the end. I know I can’t wait to see them live. “In This City” (L.A. what what!) has been infecting my brain for the past few months now and having recently got their full LP & Then Boom, I can happily recommend the whole shebang. Throw it on as the perfect soundtrack to your BBQ party… or BBQ party fantasy.

Iglu & Hartly on MySpace

Iglu & Hartly will rock your sleeves off

igluandhartly

lock and load, soot that sky ’till the moon explode

Iglu & Hartly – In This City

If Dan Black already established the viability of skinny white hipster rap, then its Iglu & Hartly that actually make me think (falsely) that I could do it too! Besides their glammy synth-rock they represent the SoCal vibe with a solid surfer bum look. Imagine the Dogtown & Z-Boys plus 10 years and a junior college degree… and minus any sleeves. Awesome. Anyway, get on this track and just try not to to sing along by the end. I know I can’t wait to see them live. “In This City” (L.A. what what!) has been infecting my brain for the past few months now and having recently got their full LP & Then Boom, I can happily recommend the whole shebang. Throw it on as the perfect soundtrack to your BBQ party… or BBQ party fantasy.

Iglu & Hartly on MySpace

The Gay Blades bring it with O Shot

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and the courage to change the things i can

The Gay Blades – O Shot

OK, where do I even start?  The Gay Blades are two dudes from the NYC area that have developed (and perfected) what they call “Trash Pop.” Don’t ask what that means, just listen to “O Shot,” the album opener off their stellar debut LP Ghosts. I withheld The Gay Blades from my What Up ’08? mix for only one reason: they are so good I didn’t want them to get lost in the shuffle. Grab this track, grab their album, and grab a hold of your eyeballs as you ponder this piece of music video wonderment which was made by some dear friends of TBE.

The Gay Blades on MySpace

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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Heads Up 2009! TBE's Hot Acts to Watch.

2009-Heads Up

Is anyone still writing 2008 on their checks? Does anyone still use checks?

Less talk, more rock. Besides, I have said enough in the track notes so all you “readers” can just continue down there. And yeah yeah, I know we are like 1/6 done with the year but you are already here so just quit complaining and download the damn thing already.

Heads Up! ’09 <—- Click it!

Track notes after the jump!

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Heads Up 2009! TBE’s Hot Acts to Watch.

2009-Heads Up

Is anyone still writing 2008 on their checks? Does anyone still use checks?

Less talk, more rock. Besides, I have said enough in the track notes so all you “readers” can just continue down there. And yeah yeah, I know we are like 1/6 done with the year but you are already here so just quit complaining and download the damn thing already.

Heads Up! ’09 <—- Click it!

Track notes after the jump!

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Little Boots is Meddling with my ears

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cause she’s a mixed up girl in a mixed up world

Little Boots – Meddle

So I sat down to post the Watch Out ’09 mix and I was suddenly paralyzed by a fear that my beloved Little Boots would be lost in the shuffle and go under appreciated. That’s why I have decided to hold off on the mix until tomorrow. Until Then…

Bask in the diminutive glory that is Little Boots! If you haven’t heard of this wee synth powerhouse yet then you clearly haven’t been eavesdropping on my iPod (or reading any music blog with a pulse). Besides sweeping awards all over the damn place she has a fantastic YouTube page where she takes viewer requests for songs to cover and then does so with a variety of bleepy-blippy-flashy instruments. I highly reccomend you sink your aural teeth deep into this one. And if Meddle doesn’t put a little swagger in your scroll then let this remix drop on your dome.

Little Boots – Meddle (Designer Drugs 80s Coke Jam Remix)

Get your downloading fingers flexed and an iTunes playlist ready cause tomorrow you are getting a muy caliente mix.

Little Boots on MySpace