The Big Pink are more fun than watching old dudes play Dominos

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as soon as i love her it’s been too long

♫ The Big Pink – Dominos

It’s not often that Pitchfork and I agree, heck even when we do it’s usually for different reasons. Luckily one of those occasions popped up the other day when upon their recommendation I gave a listen to The Big Pink’s “Dominos.” Woah, be careful listening to this while driving. Before you know it you will be doing 95 down a coastal highway in an awesome convertible, arm around ‘the girl,’  as the camera slowly pulls back to reveal the skyline and the end credits to the next summer blockbuster roll. What I am saying here is “Dominos” is epic. Can we get more summer anthems with a quick and easy chorus that we can be singing along to by the end of the song? Enough of this lo-fi fuzz-bore “summer anthem” bullshit, I want fist-pumpers! The other two songs I have heard off of The Big Pink’s debut, A Brief History of Love, unfortunately fall flat for me but the LP comes out September 14th and I am hoping for at least one more gem/jam.

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«Flashback« Arrested Development – Mr. Wendel

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he gives me some knowledge, i buy him some shoes

♫ Arrested Development – Mr. Wendal / 1992

Tennessee” may be the more famous/respected song but “Mr. Wendel” holds a more special place in my heart. I was definitely pretty fresh as a youngster, able to sing every word with my sweet-ass white boy rhythm. You will be pleased to know I still haven’t lost it. In 2004 some magazine called “Q” named “Mr. Wendal” the 9th worst rap song of all time which I think says more about their quality as a publication than it does about the dope style that Speech and company were bringing in 1992. Gangsta rap was all the rage and they were dishing up positive vibrations and social consciousness. Well, until they sued FOX over the awesome “Arrested Development” TV show in 2003. Oh well.

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Miami Horror want to Make You Mine

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girl you know i’ll find the time on the dance floor of devine

♫ Miami Horror – Make You Mine

I guess I am about 50 million blog-years late on this one but I just discovered this jam-o-rama and it’s Saturday night and perfect for getting funky to. The dude that goes by Miami Horror is neither from Miami nor particularly horrific. ‘Australia Awesome” would be a more accurate name but whatever. Apparently he made a name for himself remixing a bunch of other artists and then graduated to his own solo effort. I haven’t heard the rest of his debut EP Bravado (besides the great “Don’t Be On With Her“) but as soon as I’m functional tomorrow I plan on tracking it down. I see a Sunday afternoon dance party in my future…

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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