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Remix Roundup Vol. 49 – 8.6.2011 [Skrillex, Penguin Prison, Shiny Toy Guns, Dev, and more…]

Welcome, welcome…

I hope you are in desperate need of some fresh melodies, because this roundup will dig in your brain 26 chunes deep.

With more and more submissions its getting tough to keep up, but I’ve been burning the midnight oils to bring you RR Vol. 49.  (Almost 50!) Don’t forget TBE was one of the first to bring remixes in the roundup format.  Don’t forget to show us some love and as always GET NURDY as all hell.

 Hey, by the way I’m getting my Twitter fired up.  Follow me @JoelAlbers to get updates on TBE Roundups and all things Nurdy!

For more jams or by any of these artists use the ‘tags’ links at the bottom of the post!  Photo is the Lolla dance tent.

♫ Calvin Harris – Feel So Close (TABS Bootleg Remix) / I have a hard time seeing anyone topping  this TABS rework of “Feel So Close”.  This is the kind of remix that puts a fat grin on my face and a wiggle in my hips.

♫ Pendulum – The Island (Madeon remix) / Madeon is a 16 year old producer from France,… a wait, 16?!  Are you F’n kidding???  This kid, ain’t a kid at all.  Dude is a pro.  Props.

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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

[LP] BRUNO MARS is not JUST THE guy with WAY too much radio play who YOU ARE sick of

and when you smile, the whole world stops and stares for awhile

♫ Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are

Look, I get it. You hear a song too much on the radio and it’s ruined. You hate it. I get that. But the thing is that while overplay of “Just The Way You Are” may have you hating Bruno Mars, there are others of us out there. Others like me who had never heard the song until 2 weeks ago. Others who may never have heard it yet. This post is for us.

Chalk it up to being so buried in this blog or chalk it up to living in Europe, but I’m usually out of the loop when it comes to radio hits. So when I read about some guy I’d never heard of being nominated for 9 Grammys I figured I’d better check him out. Enter piano man Bruno Mars and his debut LP Doo Wops & Hooligans. This lean 10 song collection had me floored from the first listen. Something about both Mars’ production and voice is so simple and streamlined that it’s endearing. Not a lot of over-production here. And the simple lyrics are instantly relatable. It’s how pop music is supposed to be done. The formula for success on “Just The Way You Are” (above) is simple: crisp and funky beat, delicate piano line, and Bruno’s pipes dropping some saccharine loving on his girl. That’s it! Clean, simple, and beautiful. That’s the way of Bruno Mars. Sure, the majority of these tracks are sappy love songs sung directly to the girl but that’s part of his charm. He’s a simple guy in love with a girl and he just wants to sing about it. It’s a story as old as time and I can get down with that.

♫ Bruno Mars – The Other Side (ft Cee Lo Green & B.O.B.)

Other album highlights are “Grenade,” “Runaway Baby,” “Marry Me,” and “Talking To The Moon,” but album closer “The Other Side” wraps the whole thing up nicely. Cee-Lo and B.o.B jump in to help Bruno kick things up a bit and send us off in style. And that’s when I start the album over again.

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Remix Roundup Vol. 21 – 5.6.10 – EPIC!!!!

I feel like we know each other well enough that I can be honest with you, right? Well I gotta say that sometimes I put a remix in one of these roundups that I am not totally in love with but is interesting/unique/whatever. I just want you to know that even though this is the longest roundup ever at 17 tracks this is not one of those cases. All these jams are going off and I am soooo stoked to be delivering them to you! Dive in! The water is hott!

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

♫ Tegan and Sara – Alligator (RAC Mix) / Awww yeah, Tegan, Sara, and RAC! If funky grooves were a fruit then they this remix is them being dipped in the sweetness of my favorite Canadian Read more