Esser thinks we can Work It Out. I hope so.


i’ve not worked hard for much
but i know that you’re worth working for

♫ Esser – Work It Out

Oh boy Esser, I hope you are right. I know that when I first heard your jams I thought you were a band but now I know better. I apologize. I need this song. I do. I don’t need your wife-beater or excessive hair product but I do need this song. In fact, your whole album is pretty fresh. You probably don’t know, but my first jam of yours was “I Love You.” It’s another great track but I just don’t think I’m ready to post it here…

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Remix Roundup /// Vol. 8 – Reflect & Unwind

I can’t believe it’s August already. I can’t believe TBE is almost 6 months old. I can’t believe this is the 8th roundup of remixes. I can’t believe you are still reading this. OK, now I really can’t believe it. I cant. Seriously, nothing you say can make me believe you are still reading this. It’s called belief dude, it’s personal, I don’t have to explain or justify it. I mean, yeah, I guess if I saw you reading it I would ‘believe’ but that’s not even the point. The point is that there are so many fresh remixes down there and you are still reading this garbage. Some people, man, some people.

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Major Lazer’s album will make you Jump Up and down. Possibly pass out.


be advised everybody thumbs up

♫ Major Lazer – Jump up feat. Leftside & Supahyp (Co-Produced by the Crookers)

The wait is over, every one’s favorite one-armed Zombie War veteran has finally released his debut album. With the help of Diplo, Switch, and a host of guests, Major Lazer has cooked up the kind of insane album that you would expect from cover art like that. Take special note of the Parental Advisory sticker, these jams are not for the faint of heart. First single “Hold The Line” had mention of donating sperm and it only gets more crazy as we get strippers (“Bruk Out”), graphic boning (“What You Like”), mad weed smoking (“Mary Jane”), mammary glands, testicles, and auto-tune (Baby”), and hardcore drugs AND cunnilingus (“Zumbi”). Don’t worry, there’s more but I wont ruin it now. Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do is not an easy album to sum up in a few sentences. Each track has a vibe as distinct as it’s guest vocalist(s), making it touch for you to not 1) laugh at least a few times, 2) be shocked at least once, 3) find a few jams you will want to listen to again. I don’t feel like I will be listening to the whole album much more but I will definitely be coming back to specific tracks. “Jump Up” is my hands down favorite for it’s no-holds-barred, get wiley in the club vibe. If this jam came on in the club at 2 am I would lose my mind, not to mention injure numerous innocent bystanders with my best attempts to “Jump up! Jump up!” It is an interesting note that “Jump Up” was co-produced by Crookers, a fact I didn’t notice until writing this post, but it explains a lot about it’s danceability, a factor that takes a backseat to wild beats and funny lyrics on the rest of the album.

♫ Major Lazer – Keep it goin’ louder feat. Nina Sky & Ricky Blaze

Speaking of danceability, Pitchfork fave “Keep It Goin Louder” is fun, but in that sort of mindless, silicon & spray-tan kind of way. The kind of song you can make eyes at a drunk girl from across the club to. You probably wont remember it the next day but you’ll know you had fun.

My final thoughts on the album is that you should definitely hear it. Weather you decide to buy it after is up to you but it is worth a listen. And definitely watch the video for “Pon De Floor.” Weekend is coming up and you may want to show that girl from the club a few new moves…

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Friendly Fires haters can just Kiss Of(f). Life is too short to not be On Board.


a thousand butterflies from your lips to mine

♫ Friendly Fires – Kiss of Life

One of the the things that has always impressed my about Friendly Fires is their ability to craft songs of a variety of vibes while still keeping their ‘sound’ or ‘voice’ or whatever. None of the songs on their debut LP sound alike and any one could stand alone as a single. Well then, it’s a treat to have bonus track of sorts. “Kiss Of Life” was released/leaked recently and it looks like it will be one of three new tracks on their album re-release set for August 31st. At first listen I brushed it off but after a few more spins and a look at the simple yet effective video I was sold. And come one, at 2:30, when the drums snap it all back together just try not to air-drum. Ba ba ba ba ba ba ba… ta ta ta TATATATA! Hell yeah! More like “Kick Of Life.” In your pants!

♫ Friendly Fires – On Board

“On Board” is the first track I discovered by FF and an underrated early single off of the album. Comparing it’s goofball video to the one for “Kiss Of Life” is an interesting study in the evolution of the band’s public persona. Maturity? Hype = pressure to be hip? Passion for color replaced with desire to wear all black in the desert?

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Generationals’ debut ‘Con Law’ is a Wildlife infused Sculpture of a perfect album


know that your old friends overestimate your demise

♫ Generationals – Wildlife Sculpture

Oh boy! Finally! Generationals debut album Con Law (which I wrote about back in April) is out and those of you who streamed it back then know it is fantastic. Don’t let the terrible album art fool you, Con Law is a varied and addictive album that wont be leaving my regular rotation anytime soon. The 10 tracks span all different styles and no two songs sound the same. “Wildlife Sculpture” sounds like a whole different band than on previously featured “Angry Charlie,” but they share a common thread of solid craftsmanship, perfect energy, and great hooks. “Wildlife Scultupre” was my first favorite track off the album so I am hoping it will hook you too. Over at their MySpace you can stream 5 others including first single “When They Fight They Fight” and a few others. How they pick a single out of such a solid and filler-less album is beyond me. Do yourself a favor and pick up Con Law. It is definitely on my short list for top albums of the year and more people need to recognize.

Previously – ♫ Generationals – Angry Charlie

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Throw Me The Statue’s new LP isnt sounding as good as their Ancestors


Throw Me The Statue – Ancestors

When I heard that TBE super faves Throw Me The Statue had a new album out, Creaturesque, I was pretty excited. When “Ancestors” was the first track I heard off of it I was fist pumping and may have even squealed. However, much like spotting a swimming pool through the bushes on a hot day and then running closer only to find out out it is filled with muck, Creaturesque dissapointed upon further listening. Now let’s be clear, it could very well be a fantastic album but I am a huge fan of their debut, Moonbeams, and had high hopes. Sean from eMusic is into it and saysCreaturesque sways and swings where it needs to.” I feel like a lot of the beats are familiar from Moonbeams and the variety of vibes and energy levels are missing. I guess the fact that TMTS has chosen the uninspired “Hi-Fi Goon” (get it here) as the lead single (and not Ancestors) just shows we are on different pages this time around. Anyway, Ancestors is so good that I will still wear my TMTS shirt with pride (It’s also super freakin soft).

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Temper Trap’s debut is no sonic Fader [album thoughts]


words don’t sink, they swims

The Temper Trap – Fader

Ever since I tipped The Temper Trap as a band to watch in 2009 I have been hungrily searching for new material from them. “Sweet Disposition” has not lost any of it’s magic and still hooks me every listen. Needless to say I was pretty excited to get an advance copy of their debut LP, Conditions, a few weeks ago. I was even more exited when the next day I saw 500 Days Of Summer where “Sweet Disposition” serves as a sort of theme song for the character’s love. A perfect choice for a near perfect movie (Seriously, see it). While I can’t say that Conditions is perfect, it is definitely worth picking up if you like what you have heard so far. Nothing transcends like “Sweet Disposition” but there is plenty of propulsive and dreamy guitar rock (the best being “Fader”) It’s hard to live up to a song like “Sweet Disposition” but I just don’t think this album would be on anyone’s radar without it. With that said, there is enough talent in the mix that I can easily imagine these Australians straight murdering it on their next outing and/or this album growing on me more and more. Conditions is out now in Australia and drops on Monday in the UK. Ah-hem? US release please?

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Why? Cause these earnest hands are holding The Blackest Purse

Eskimo Snow

i wanna speak at an intimate decibel with the precision of an infinite decimal

Why? – This Blackest Purse

Right on the heels of their TBE debut, Why? drop this beautiful track of their upcoming LP Eskimo Snow. Apparently the 10 tracks were recorded during the sessions for their last LP, Alopecia, an album I never got into. Also apparently, Why? are considered hip-hop, a fact that went completely over my head when I was trying to get into Alopecia. Now that I have read (here) frontman Yoni Wolf say that Eskimo Snow is “the least hip-hop out of anything I’ve ever been involved with” I’m not really sure what to expect. I am just going to assume that all the songs are as fantastic as “The Blackest Purse” and get psyched for it’s September 22 release.

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