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CROOKERS collaborate with everyone except the count of TRANSILVANIA

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♫ Crookers – Transilvania (feat. Steed Lord)

Crookers are best know for their chart-devouring remix of Kid Cudi’s “Day N Nite” and have spent the past year trying to get out from under their own shadow. Track after track has drifted through my speakers and still nothing to write home about. Until now. “Transilvania” is definitely not their best work but it is the first jam from their upcoming Tons Of Friends LP that has got me pumped for it. Steed Lord joins the epic cast of collaborators, lending a weirdo vocal track that perfectly complements the foreboding beat-fest that is best enjoyed towards the later end of a substance-filled evening. In other news, Miike Snow collaborated on Crookers’ debut and I’ve found the track and included it below. Crookers’ themselves tell the story of the track’s inception but fellow Miike fans will find it a curious read, especially when you consider that Miike Snow’s version includes no credit to Crookers in the liner notes. Regular readers can guess which version I prefer.

♫ Crookers – Remedy (Feat. Miike Snow)

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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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} TBE Digest 4 • 12/30/09 [Hot Chip, Ted Leo, Crookers, Wiley, R Kelly, Smashing Pumpkins, & more]

Because sometimes good songs have no place in a post of their own. But mostly, just because I am not down with a jam doesn’t mean you shouldn’t hear it too.

Get caught up with the last tidbits of 2009 after the jump.

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Miike Snow: The Band, The Facts, The Music

miikeI just got home from seeing Miike Snow for the 3rd time. As my mind recovers from their fantastic live show I figure we should go over the facts…

• Miike Snow is a band, not a man. They are made up of American Andrew Wyatt and Swedish producers/multi-instrumentalists Christian Karlsson & Pontus Winnberg (Bloodshy & Avant).

♫ Maroon 5 – Little Of Your Time (Bloodshy & Avant remix) ♡

• Andrew Wyatt, at 18, formed the Funkraphiliacs with Greg Kurstin (the “geggy” in Geggy Tah and Read more

Major Lazer’s album will make you Jump Up and down. Possibly pass out.

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♫ 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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[JBI!] TBE Presents: Fever For The Flavor – A Mix for L.A.

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Los Angeles, the city of a million legends and a million disappointed tourists. Its too big to take in by foot and too confusing and traffic-packed to really see by car. It really isn’t a city at all, but more of a collection of cities that all happen to touch each other and give the illusion of being unified. However, while the city/ies may be sprawling and disjointed, they share a role as muse for great music. As I have simmered here this past two weeks I have been compiling my list of great L.A. songs. Some tribute, some complaint, but all about L.A. The mix’s title comes from Bran Van 3000’s “Drinking in L.A.” whose lyrics seemed strikingly poignant during this 26th year of my life. Oh, and it also reminds me of all the good eatin’ I miss when I’m away from L.A. Mmmmm, tacos…..

What is your favorite L.A. song/story/riot/natural disaster/celebrity sighting?

Download “Fever For The Flavor – A Mix for L.A.”

Tracklist and individual downloads after the jump.

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TBE Exclusive! DJ be and the Slow Burn Summer mix

Big moves are being made over at TBE HQ and one of them is this, The Slow Burn Summer mix, our first DJ mix by local favorite “DJ be” who was kind enough to blend up a fresh-to-death 60 minutes of straight fire. Put in on your iPod, cell phone, CDR, or whatever and then slip on your shimmy-shoes.

The mix is a single file because this thing is too fresh to be skipping tracks. I have, however, embedded a timecoded track-list in the lyrics section of the ID3 tag so you can at least know where you are at (or jump to your favorite part, if necessary). Let me know what you think of this method.

Download DJ be’s Slow Burn Summer Mix

Track list after the jump…

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Miike Snow are still a (weird) Animal

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nobody knows it but me when i slip, yeah i slip

Miike Snow – Animal

Does our antlered furry friend here look familiar? Well that’s cause it’s the logo of Miike Snow, the Sweden/New York based trio of guys not named Mi(i)ke who remixed Vampire Weekend a few weeks back. I ran across “Animal” back then but was so focused on their remix magic that its infectious groove didn’t, well… infect. Fast forward to this past weekend where events out of my control thrust this song back to the forefront of my consciousness. “Damn,” I thought upon hearing it, “This is one of my favorite songs! Why can’t I remember who it is?” “Well dummy, that’s because it’s not one of your favorite songs! You totally ignored it and are only now grasping its awesomeness!” my subconscious yelled at me the next day when I finally tracked down its source. Now that my minds are on the same page they agree that you shouldn’t make the same mistake I did. They are also telling me to tell you that there are two great remixes available at Miike Snow’s RCRD•LBL page: a mind blower by Treasure Fingers and one by the Italo-awesome Crookers.

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