About a year ago Sia did a guest spot on a track for Lauren Flax called “You’ve Changed.” It was blogged about. People enjoyed it. Life moved on. BUT! Apparently Sia enjoyed it A LOT, cause she jacked the song for her forthcoming LP We Are Born, kicked the jam up 8 notches, and then leaked it for the world to enjoy. That’s how you do it, girl! This thing is dance beast that will get you hyped for sure. That guitar riff is epic and the delivery of “for the be-teh-errr” is on point. Kinda hard to believe this is the same Sia that had everyone crying during the season finale of Six Feet Under. Anyway, I’m stoked on her newfound energy and am looking too see what else she has cooked up for us.
https://www.theburningear.com/media/2009/11/sia.jpg412398Brandonhttps://www.theburningear.com/media/2015/03/TBE-Header-Logo-2015-stack1.pngBrandon2009-11-27 00:54:002011-04-10 19:03:58SIA has taken a song YOU'VE heard before and CHANGED it. For the better.
First Ted & Francis and now these guys? I guess there are just better things to do in Australia than name your band something awesome. Well, when that band makes music like this I’m ok with it. What a catchy mofo huh? Take one of these every morning and call me when you are awesome. The crazy thing about Tim and Jean is that they are only 15 and 18 years old! I am going to interpret their dearth of jams to mean that they are busy being fresh dudes and getting their wee swagger on all over High School. Get some, dudes! But when you come back, spend less time covering granola-pop hits and more time kicking out your own jams. I know you got the chops.
https://www.theburningear.com/media/2009/11/Tim-and-Jean.jpg619600Brandonhttps://www.theburningear.com/media/2015/03/TBE-Header-Logo-2015-stack1.pngBrandon2009-11-26 01:40:092009-11-26 01:40:09TIM & JEAN may be on the prowl but they will COME AROUND
Two Door Cinema Club don’t have a debut album yet but I certainly hope they get one out soon because by the sounds of it these guys are gonna be hot shit in 2010. “Something Good Can Work” (below) was my jam back in March but somehow never made it on TBE. Then the other day I hear “I Can Talk” (above) and woah boy. That’s what I’m talking about. Good to see these Irish lads aren’t stuck on one speed either. Keep it interesting and keep it coming. We’re waiting. The video for “I Can Talk” is over at their MySpace and is pretty fresh.
https://www.theburningear.com/media/2009/11/TwoDoorCinemaClub.jpg437600Brandonhttps://www.theburningear.com/media/2015/03/TBE-Header-Logo-2015-stack1.pngBrandon2009-11-25 01:08:412009-11-25 01:08:41TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB are a band I CAN jam to and TALK about at the same time
Fyfe Dangerfield might not be his real name but that’s just fine because he is kicking out the jam with this one. Fyfe is also the singer for the Mercury Nominated band Guillemots, but early next year will see the release of his solo debut, Fly Yellow Moon. “When You Walk In The Room” is the first leak off that disc and so far so good. “When You Walk” is one of those love songs for parading down the sidewalk, pumping your fists in the air and kissing babies. Put it on the next mix-tape for your lady and you can bank on some extra lovin.
https://www.theburningear.com/media/2009/11/Fyfe.jpg270300Brandonhttps://www.theburningear.com/media/2015/03/TBE-Header-Logo-2015-stack1.pngBrandon2009-11-25 00:46:492009-11-25 00:46:49FYFE DANGERFIELD wonders WHEN YOU gonna WALK him cause he's been IN THE same damn ROOM all day
https://www.theburningear.com/media/2009/11/thesweetserenades.jpg15001490Brandonhttps://www.theburningear.com/media/2015/03/TBE-Header-Logo-2015-stack1.pngBrandon2009-11-24 02:25:212009-11-24 03:10:36THE SWEET SERENADES have an album called BALCONY CIGARETTES. Get it. Now.
These Men are from the UK and should not be confused with the MEN we featured back in April. With that said, this British three piece are all men and quite frankly, rock like men. No funny business rock jams for drinking and fist pumping, preferably at the office. “Big Fucker” is their standout jam with a solid title and riffs, but others hold their own in both fields. (“RE: YOUR REBRANDING” and “Texting The Internet” would be stops 2 and 3 on my Men tour.) Besides being the sonic equivalent to Office Space, the dudes also seem to be awesome. They are giving away their music for free over at their mp3.com page. Download ’em on company time/bandwidth!
https://www.theburningear.com/media/2009/11/Men-UK.png658541Brandonhttps://www.theburningear.com/media/2015/03/TBE-Header-Logo-2015-stack1.pngBrandon2009-11-24 02:05:492009-11-24 02:05:49MEN, BIG, and FUCKER all in the same headline? Oh, boy...
Soul Coughing grabbed attention in 1996 with “Super Bon Bon” but despite the song’s fresh approach, it is a bit grating and annoying. 1998 saw the Â band come back with El Oso, an collection of tracks that blended M. Doughty’s sing/rap/talk vocals with everything from drum n’ bass beats to typical indie guitar and percussion. El Oso is one of my favorite albums of that era and listening to it now I can’t help but feel that (unlike a lot of the jams in this column) it would sound just as fresh today. “Rolling” is one of the best songs ever for driving through the city at night, while “Circles” is better suited for a stroll through the park or a summer BBQ. But whatever, do what you want while you listen to these jams. I don’t care. Just get the album if you don’t have it. Solid business.
I can’t say it any better than Andrew Gaerig‘s over at Pitchfork, so I wont. Here is the first line of his review, a bit of background on the band.
The xx are four 20-year-olds from South London who make predominantly slow, furtive pop music, mostly about sex.
If you didn’t know, now you know. His brilliance, however, is in his closing line where, alluding to their youth and relative inexperience, he really nails it on the head.
The xx didn’t need a gestation period, though xx is nuanced, quiet, and surprising enough that you might.
Amen, Andy. I might, and I definitely did. The xx is a band I have been resisting for 6 months now, having initially felt their music too boring and uninspired. When after hearing their relative ‘hit’ “Crystalised” (below), my cousin asked me what I thought of them. I quickly dismissed them as another talentless bore-band with an accidental good song.
After months of being quite self-satisfied with my assumption, it was PMA’s reevaluation of their album reviw that made me think twice as well. Damn was I wrong. I think a lot of us were. The xx definitely know what they are doing here, I had just never slowed down to their pace so I could appreciate it. Now that winter is here and I’m in much more of a mellow-music study mode, xx is the perfect soundtrack. The music is never aggressive but always has a perfect little beat running through it. Intimate and sexy with just a hint of dance in it. “Islands” (above) has become my favorite track but others standout with each listen. “Basic Space” is gaining on it quick and that guitar that closes out the song is just perfect. OK, enough rambling from me, I have a cousin to email an apology to.
BONUS: Because The xx are such mood music it’s best to have quite a few tracks on hand to keep that mood going. Here are 2 songs not featured on xx that I am into. (Anyone know where exactly these came from? B-Sides? EP?)
There, now you have 4 great tracks. If you are still a cheap bastard and don’t want to buy the album yet then go find their Aliyah cover and another one of Womack & Womack (whoever they are). And then just get the album.
https://www.theburningear.com/media/2009/11/the-xx.jpg600600Brandonhttps://www.theburningear.com/media/2015/03/TBE-Header-Logo-2015-stack1.pngBrandon2009-11-22 01:57:062009-11-24 03:11:12THE XX's track ISLANDS has CRYSTALISED my love for them
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