I wont even get into too many details here lest those of you not in Austin this week flip out with jealousy. If you feel strong enough then dip down below for some teasers. I hope to see some of you come and rock out! Don’t forget to say hi and high-five!
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Just because Christmas is over doesn’t mean that the giving spirit doesn’t live on!Â TBE alumsÂ ANR dished out a 2-song gift over holidays and while their cover of “Little Drummer Boy” may have to wait a few months to dip into rotation, their take on Kelis & Andre 3000’s “Millionaire” is something else. There is weight here. Not many of us can identify with the pain of being rich but now we can know what it sounds like. And who doesn’t want to hear Andree 3000’s verses slowed to an easily followable speed? Plus they take on a whole different feel when they are sung with more heavy emotion. Well played, ANR.
See that nifty little intro in italics up there? Yeah, it was brought to my attention that these Digests didn’t come with much in the way of explanation and even dedicated TBE readers may not really understand what the heck these are considering I haven’t explained them in about 22 volumes. Oops. Anyway, this Digest has some real jam-a-roonies so quit reading my baloney and get in there!
For more jams by any of these artists use the â€˜tagsâ€™ links at the bottom of the post!
NEW RELEVENT JAMS
â™«Â Toro y Moi – Saturday LoveÂ / Toro y Moi gave us a Summer present! Thanks Chad!
â™« ANR – Stay Kids
You may remember Miami’s ANR from when they went by Awesome New Republic andÂ helped us ring in TBE’s 2 month anniversary almost 2 years ago. Since then they dropped a few more EPs and an underwhelming LP before diving under the radar for a bit. Cut to 2011 and they have emerged leaner and meaner than every before. They’ve not only streamlined their name, but tightened their sound and honed in on the hooks and heart. It’s not
“Stay Kids” is the title track of their forthcoming LP and starts the disc off right, easing us into the new sounds of ANR. It’s a little more delicate, a little more precious, a little more rocking, and suddenly, it’s a lot more appealing. It’s an ironic title because you can almost hear the duo coming growing up.
Stay Kids continues with “Big Problem,” a speaker blasting reminder that these guys mean business. Crunching guitars and fingersnaps hold on as tight as they can to that freight train beat thatÂ careens around the dance floor at top speeds. This one is for rolling down windows and blowing out stock speakers.
The rest of the album’s 10 tracks balance the soft and soulful with the catchy and polished in a way that sets ANR apart in this years crop of buzz bands. They’ve dug deeper and it shows. No two songs sound remotely the same yet all of them are clearly branched of the same quickly maturing indie rock tree. Songs like “Holes” and “A Year Of Solitude Pays Off” show a band comfortable with baring some soul through sparse arrangements. Others like “It’s Around You,” and “This Is The Timing” are instantly catchy and memorable but in quite different ways. Cheers to ANR for kicking of 2011 with such a solid bang! Stay Kids is out digitally on March 15h. You know what to do.