[MASHUP] The Hood Internet – “I’ll Be Country (Big KRIT vs Passion Pit)”

let me tell you bout this old school, pourin’ lean, candy yams and collard greens, pocket fulla stones ridin’ clean

♫ The Hood Internet – I’ll Be Country (Big KRIT vs Passion Pit)

In lieu of posting a whiny and dissapoined review of the new Passion Pit album I’m gonna go with this kicked up K.R.I.T. mashup courtesy of kings of the genre Hood Internet. One of my favorite songs of 2010 perfectly spices up one of the more disappointing ones of 2012. Time travel on the dance floor!

[VIDEO] Big K.R.I.T. – “4evaNaDay (Theme)”

I kinda fell off the K.R.I.T. train after post-KRIT Wuz Here material felt limp but this goofball cartoon rap world is a good fit for the whip-smart lyricist who sometimes gets bogged down in his own seriousness. Best part is the “day day day day!” bits.

Brandon’s TBE Digest 22 [4.10.2011] New Jams, Remixes, Mashups & Covers!

Watch out! ITS A BIG ONE! Bold is gold.

For more jams by any of these artists use the ‘tags’ links at the bottom of the post!


♫ Jamaica – 1324 Jericho / New Jamaica track from their debut album I’ve yet to be inspired to listen to. Anyone heard it? This one is kinda basic but fun.

♫ Operator Please – Catapult / Australia’s Operator Please dropped a couple super-fun jams a few years back. Their latest has some spunk to it too.

♫ TV On The Radio – Caffeinated Consciousness / Well, it’s certainly no “Wolf Like Me.” New album is Read more

The Best Albums of 2010 (LPs, Eps, & Honorable Mentions)

Oh 2010, what a year you were. Not only were you The Burning Ear’s first full calendar year, but you bombarded us with so much amazing music. Great albums from old favorites, fresh faces, and even genres we didn’t even knew we liked. Thanks 2010. You were awesome and we won’t forget you. Cheers to Read more

Brandon’s TBE Digest 18 – 1.18.2011 [Passion Pit, Kanye West, Big K.R.I.T., RAC, Das Racist, BRAHMS, Kid Cudi, and more!]

It’s a new year and a lot of good stuff piled up over the holidays. Considering it’s the 18th Digest, today is the 18th (close enough…), and I have 18 tracks, I think this is some kind of perfect Digest or something. Dig in. But really, dig. There are some real gems in the mix down there.

For more by any of these artists use the ‘tags’ links at the bottom of the post!


♫ Passion Pit – All These Trees / Passion Pit drop a new one through American Express ZYNC. I keep waiting for the song to start but it ends up being all build, no climax. Still nice to hear our boys back in the mix.

♫ BRAHMS – Add It Up / New BRAHMS track isn’t my favorite of theirs but I have to say, seeing them at The Brooklyn Electronic Music Festval last month was a Read more

The 25 Best Songs of 2010… Since Then (July-Dec.)

Here it is, for better or worse, for agreement or not, my list of the top 25 jams that rocked and/or rolled my ass during the second half of 2010. This is the 4th such list in TBE history and by far the most quality collection. There were  so many tracks that didn’t make the cut, and so many more that I think should be ranked higher. Can’t put ’em all in the top 10, now can I? Anyway, like all my lists, the ranking is loose. The quality, however, is tight as a drum… a tom-tom drum, perhaps…

25. ♫ Wiz Khalifa – Black & Yellow / Annnnd, this is why we don’t do year end lists before the YEAR ENDS. A late entry to my iTunes and an instant favorite. Swagger city up in this one! Push to start!

24. ♫ Fabolous – You Be Killin Em / Naw, Fabo, YOU be killen ’em. Niiice.

23. ♫ Muscles – Girl Crazy Go / Should be called “Brandon Crazy Go” cause that’s what happens. It’s like Read more

Remix Roundup Vol. 26 – 9.18.2010 [Ra Ra Riot, Big K.R.I.T., RAC, The Ting Tings, Crystal Castles, ARMS, The Ting Tings, etc…]

So props to Joel & Scott for dropping some of their remix knowledge on us last week. Look forward to more from them as I slowly relinquish my iron grip on this site’s content and open us all up to more sweet sweet jams! In the meantime I have a fresh batch of remixes from my own satchel of fun to share with you all! Quick, get to it, it’s Saturday!

For more jams or by any of these artists use the ‘tags’ links at the bottom of the post!

♫ Clare Maguire – The Strangest Thing (Bloodshy & Avant Version) / Bloodshy & Avant continue their time honored tradition of making sounds I love. Spooky in the best way.

♫ The Hundred In The Hands – Gigantic Tom Tom / The Hundred In The Hands serve up a different version of my favorite Read more

[LP] BIG K.R.I.T. deserves a RETURN OF attention 4EVA body who dismissed this HOMETOWN HERO

a superhero in the flesh, even at my worst i’m the best

♫ Big K.R.I.T. – Return of 4eva Feat. Big Sant

It’s pretty simple really, I totally underestimated the powerhouse that is Big K.R.I.T. I initially brushed off his blog-storming “Country Shit” as passable and moved on but something kept nagging me to listen further. After all, I kept running across rave reviews of his K.R.I.T. Wuz Here mixtape. So I finally got the damn thing and was immediately greeted with album opener “Return of 4eva.” Talk about perking up the ears! The beat is an instant winner, K.R.I.T.’s flow is like swagger flavored butter, and those record scratches are about as throwback fresh as it gets. “Return” is followed by “Country Shit” and suddenly the track is immense! A dominating rap track that is quickly stuck in the head. Did I mention that K.R.I.T. produces all his jams as well? Yeah, dude is fresh. K.R.I.T. is also a dedicated crate digger, diving so deep for his soul and R&B samples that he is offering $1000 if anyone can name them all. K.R.I.T. is also from Missippi, a state with no marquee rap names to brag of, a fact he is well aware of. Doesn’t seem like that fact will last long, though.

♫ Big K.R.I.T. – Hometown Hero

“Hometown Hero” is the track that solidifies K.R.I.T. as a bonafide superstar as he takes things down a notch for one straight from the heart. The production is so perfectly balanced that it’s almost silly that this is only a mixtape. In fact, the whole thing runs more like what I would expect from his forthcoming Island Records debut than the mixtape that got him the deal. I’m more and more impressed with each spin. Listen closely to “Viktorious” and tell me this doesn’t have his eye fixed on the prize. He sure as hell has the skills to get him there. Get K.R.I.T. Was Here.

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