THE COOL KIDS X HEY CHAMP = something we WE ARE digging. CHAMPIONS of remixing can do that to us.


both heels clickin’ like they runnin’ in the same race

♫ The Cool Kids x Hey Champ – (We Are) Champions

The Cool Kids make hip-hop, and they exist in the world. I’m fine with that. I’m just not that into their stuff. Bring Hey Champ into the mix and now you have my attention. Apparently “Champions” is a track by The Cool Kids that I have never heard before and I’m guessing Hey Champ found it while Googling themselves and decided to make it awesome. It worked. They are champions. Woo. This jam won’t blow you out of your seat but it will make you sink into it a littler cooler and a little sexier. As long as you resist that urge to pop your collar.

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SILVER COLUMNS may have raised my BROW, but they haven’t yet BEATEN the hype.

silver columnsyou could be singing, singing, singing

♫ Silver Columns – Brow Beaten

Look, nobody knows who Silver Columns are but that’s completely irrelevant when we know what their music sounds like! And even less relevant when their music sounds like this. I don’t care if my asshole I makes noises this awesome, I will still dance to them. So let’s move beyond, people, and focus on what we do know. “Brow Beaten” is propulsive, beautiful, and epic. (Easily the best song by a band with “silver” in their name since yesterday.) Silver Columns haven’t released any other jams to the world (or their 34 day old MySpace) yet, but I have a feeling that excellence is the name of their game and we are about to get played. Hard. And rhythmically.

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GOLDEN SILVERS messed up my game by titling this jam TRUE NO.9 BLUES.


make time to get lucky and find favour with the freaks

♫ Golden Silvers – True No. 9 Blues (True Romance)

Golden Silvers released True Romance earlier this year but it’s infectious finger-snappers are just now making it to me. Better late than never! “True No. 9 Blues” is instantly lovable and ups the game of the life-lesson jam. (The lyrics are recommended reading.)  Another album highlight is “Arrows Of Eros,” which the band recently re-recorded with Chicago’s Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, making it even better. True Romance was spinning consistently this weekend and although the album is not perfect, it definitely has it’s share of great tunes. “Magic Touch” are “Please Venus” also favorites but some of the mid-album tracks get a bit too somber. I think these guys could really kill it if the keep the energy high and harmonies big.

♫ Golden Silvers – Arrows Of Eros (with Hypnotic Brass Ensemble)

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«Flashback« Wyclef Jean – Gone Till November


i had to flip nuttin’ and turn it into somethin’

♫ Wyclef Jean – Gone Till November / 1997

Yeah, I know it’s a cheap move to feature this on in November but just deal with it. It’s pertinent. Wyclef’s solo debut, The Carnival, was my jam back in the day. I haven’t heard it in years and perusing the tracklist I can barely remember it. I stayed with ‘Clef through his follow-up, The Ecleftic, but lost him after that. Apparently he has a new album that dropped last week. Anyone heard it? Quality?

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} TBE Digest 2 • 11/14/09

DigestThese jams aren’t worthy of their own post but I know I was curious. You might be too.

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MILLIONYOUNG make me want a HAMMOCK. And a beverage.


what’s there to love as you smile up at me?

♫ MillionYoung – Hammock

MillionYoung is pretty magical. Whether you are into his more spaced-out dreamscapes (“Chlorophyl,” Sundreamn”), or his more beat-heavy dreamscapes (“Weak Ends,” “Hammock” – above) you are gonna get some dreamscapes. What sets these dreamscapes apart from all the other ones that have been making the rounds this year? Well, I like these ones, they work for me. In a big way. And that opinion is why you come here, right? MillionYoung is Mike Diaz who makes music in Florida and has one EP and a few Bsides floating around. Follow through on those links and you just might get all his magic gems for free…

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THE AVETT BROTHERS have tapped into the KICK DRUM of my HEART


there’s nothing like finding gold within the rocks hard and cold

♫ The Avett Brothers – Kick Drum Heart

Ok, so I’m super late to The Avett Brothers. The North Carolina trio (only 2 of which are Avetts) have a million albums out already but I only heard them recently. It was my mother on the phone, she was telling me to find a radio to hear this song about Brooklyn (where I used to live). Needless to say, I wasn’t near a radio at the time turns out it was “I And Love And You,” (below) the first single from the album of the same name. Although beautiful, its a little too melancholy for me and I wasn’t sold right off the bat. After hearing it’s praises sung elsewhere, I eventually picked up the album and was pleasantly surprised to hear that these guys can jam when they want to. “Kick Drum Heart” (above) is one of the albums energetic highlights as it thumps out it’s tale of dizzy love and frigid weather. The album has a weight that can feel alternately sad and joyous, and is definitely growing on me. The vocals are beautiful and the instruments all play perfectly together. I just wish that album art wasn’t such a downer.

♫ The Avett Brothers – I And Love And You

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♫ Do Make Say Think – Do

A 10 minute and 40 second song? Are you kidding me? That’s half an episode of The Simpsons! 8 viewings of this hilarious laughing baby clip! Few songs over 5 minutes can keep my interest, let alone double that and without lyrics! Well, leave it up to the Canadians to figure out a way. Toronto’s Do Make Say Think have been fiddling with experimental rock since 1995 and although I’ve heard their name thrown around I didn’t know their tunes. “Do” is the perfect sonic adventure for letting your mind wander. Let it soundtrack your thoughts as you get lost in the moods and movements. Their recent album, Other Truths, contains 3 other appropriately titled jams. “Make,” “Say,” and “Think” are just as sprawling but not nearly as infectious but at 4 tracks long the album is a super-bargain from eMusic or iTunes.

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