ROUGUE WAVE’s new jam is a GOOD way to start your MORNING

the future isn’t what it’s supposed to be, i’m not surprised

♫ Rogue Wave – Good Morning

Rogue are back with a vengeance in 2010! A freak back injury left singer Zach Rogue on his back for months and upon recovering he not surprisingly felt to need to make ore poppy and dancey music. Behold the new Rogue Wave! “Good Morning” is a fingersnappin and foot-tappin preview of the bands optimistically named forthcoming LP, Permalight. Rogue Wave is one of those bands I have always been peripherally acquainted with but just never got too familiar. I have a feeling that this album is going to bring us a lot closer together.

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PLANETS PLANETS filled with GIRLS girls! Yes yes!

i feel like a hand that’s missin a glove

♫ Planets Planets – Girls

Got this gem from Luis over at PMA and the dude is definitely onto something. Planets Planets are a NYC crew making some pop magic that nobody is listening to. “Girls” is a fresh piece but only has a grand total of 67 listens on their MySpace. People! Get on these guys! I meant to post this jam in time for the weekend but I’ve had my head shoved pretty far up my 2009 roundups. Anyway, better late than never cause the next weekend is only days away!

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«Flashback« The Chemical Brothers – Hey Boy, Hey Girl

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♫ The Chemical Brothers – Hey Boy Hey Girl / 1999

This one snuck up on me at a bar last night and instantly brought be back. Damn, what a great song. And I had totally forgotten about the video. Humping skeletons was where it was at back in ’99! This whole album is solid business and definitely reminds me that I need to dip back into The Chemical Bros back catalogue. In the meantime just download this jam and practice the lyrics all week so you can be on point come Friday night!

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The 29 Best Remixes of 2009

I don’t know about you but 2009 was the year I fell in live with remixes. Starting TBE opened up my world to so many amazing reinterpretations of both great and not so great songs. Having always been more of a cover song guy this was new territory for me but I dove in headfirst and have been enjoying the ride so far. Good music is a personal thing and messing with great music is even more so. This is very much a subjective list and is based on nothing besides how much I love and respect the work done. Oh, and the numbering system is pretty much bullshit but I had to put them in some kind of order. Anyway, enjoy. I certainly have.

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The 25 Best Songs of 2009… Since Then / July-Dec.

Here is my list of the best songs of the second half of 2009. Be sure to read the first half’s list here and treat the two posts as a tag team of epic jams.

Wow, what a year. TBE is a month shy of it’s first birthday and now I have to wrap it’s whole existence into a short list? Tough times. Well, since objectivity is a myth, I am gonna keep my Best 20.9 Songs Of 2009 So Far list as the gold standard for my pre-July opinions and instead focus on the year’s latter half here. Why let time revise my previous favorites when the same fate will never befall these tracks? After all, it’s just a calendar. Anyway, I hope this list serves as a reminder of some forgotten jams or, if you are new to TBE, introduce you a new favorite jam. Whoever you are, and however you ended up here (Hi freeloaders!), may you enjoy the shit out of your time here (and there).

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YAWN make music that sounds like TOYS

looks like like something, tastes like something, feels like nothing

♫ Yawn – Toys

Yawn are a Chicago four-piece whose music sounds a lot like they just bang some stuff on other different stuff and somehow it turns into a weird kind of pop song. However, when you really listen you can hear how well crafted these songs are as they burst with new sounds. “Toys” is title track of their new EP and if you can dig the vibe then I recommend you head over to IGIF and download the whole EP. 5 tracks of equally odd and catchy jams that promise big things from a band so on point at such an early stage.

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THE BRAVERY are making it hard to work HATEFUCK into a title without offending my mom. It would be like SLOW POISON for her.

if I put my fingers in your mouth would you bite them?

♫ The Bravery – Hatefuck

I just think the lyric above is pretty funny when taken out of context. What kind of question is that? Anyway, as far as comeback-singles go, “Slow Poison” (below) is poised for a TBE Digest but unnfortunately I had to go and listen to the album and got into the unfortunately named “Hatefuck” (above). Speaking of unfortunately, Sam Endicott is still singing in that constipated voice of his and most of the album is pretty grating but somehow “Hatefuck” overcomes it’s many adversities and rocks my business. Get on it. Or not. The Bravery aren’t for everyone.

♫ The Bravery – Slow Poison

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«Flashback« Soundgarden – Spoonman / Black Hole Sun

tired friend, times are gone for honest men

♫ Soundgarden – Spoonman / 1994

As you may have heard, Soundgarden are reuniting. What is crazy about the whole thing is how little I have thought of (or listened to) them in the 12 (!?) years since they broke up. And I guess I never realized that they only had one album after their 1994 breakthrough Superunknown. Anyway, enough about the shit I didn’t know. What I do know is that “Spoonman” is still as much of a jam as it was 15 years ago and that the opening chords of “Black Hole Sun” instantly transport me back to middle school. I was never a huge Soundgarden fan but always got down with “Spoonman” on the radio and the weird ass “Black Hole Sun” video on MTV. It is weird to think that before today I had never actually chosen to listen to either of these songs yet I know them so well that I can rock along with them no problem. They were so ingrained in me during my adolescence that I will probably die having heard these songs more times then my favorite song of 2009. That era of radio just doesn’t exist anymore and it’s crazy to think about since KROQ was pretty much my best friend growing up. Yes, we now have the power to choose our own niche musical identity but there is really something beautiful in knowing that you are listening to the same jam at the same moment as thousands of other people. Anyway, some food for thought as we enter this new decade and The 90s officially becomes the Flashback era of today.

♫ Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun / 1994

Also crazy that these guys broke up so long ago that they don’t have a MySpace (that I could find). Not even a bullshit placeholder one. Just fan sites. Crazy.

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