Foals – “Bad Habit” (Alex Metric remix)

Foals - Bad Habit

Foals last effort left me wanting more. Alex Metric delivers it here. Boom.

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

Dubstep Roundup Vol. 6 – 12.3.2010 [FOALS, ZEDS DEAD, NERD, and more..]

Welcome to your bi-weekly dub-slap in your noise maker

Yeah, “WE”, Joel & Scott like to turn to that wicked sauce when its time to get a little mad weird.  So, obviously, we were a little perturbed when we caught wind of the Four Loko banishment.  There is light at the end of the tunnel though….,  we still got that “Crunk Juce”.

Ok peeps,  its getting a little late on this brisk December night, but as always promised, we got the shit that makes you put your Nurd’ Face on.   Without further adieu, we introduce Dubstep Roundup Vol. 6.

For more jams or by any of these artists use the ‘tags’ links at the bottom of the post!  Follow @JoelAlbers on Twitter for updates on remixes, dubstep and all things Nurdy.

♫ Skepta- Sunglasses At Night (Prime’s Eyes On You Remix) / Lets just say there is almost no circumstance for ever wearing sunglasses at night.  That is unless you are listening to this dirty dubber.

♫ NERD & Daft Punk- Hypnotize You (Nero Remix) / The Queen was spotted last week embracing her countrymen’s work on Hypnotize whilst cruising some tea!

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Brandon’s Digest Vol. 14 – 10.21.2010 [Hot Chip, RAC, Penguin Prison, Foals, Kisses, Duck Sauce, Temper Trap, and more!]

Now that Joel & Scott have joined Team TBE and are piloting the Remix Roundup train to partyville on the regular I have updated the Digest format to act as a roundup of all sorts of goodness coming my way! Hopefully this will be a more regular and timely than it was. Orient yourself below and enjoy!

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


♫ Sensual Harassment – Boss / Dare I say this song is boss? I probably shouldn’t. It’s definitely rad, though. Sensusal Harassment go 3 for 3 with their limited catalog!

♫ Mayer Hawthorne – No Strings (Prod by Classixx) / New Mayer Hawthorne produced by Read more

Remix Roundup Vol. 28 – 10.11.10 [Miike Snow, Tokyo Police Club, RAC, Naked & Famous, …]

Because sometimes Monday is a good day for a fresh batch of remixes. And because sometimes you know Joel and Scott are right around the corner with their set of bangers and you gotta act fast. And because sometimes I just love you all and want to spread the sonic goodness.

For more jams or by any of these artists use the ‘tags’ links at the bottom of the post!  Follow @JoelAlbers on Twitter for updates on remixes, dubstep and all things Nurdy.

♫ The Dance Party – Sasha Don’t Sleep (Pance Party Remix) / I can’t guarantee that listening to this song will make you as hyped as this crowd but it certainly couldn’t hurt. I love that one of 2009’s best jams is getting more love!

♫ Something a la Mode – 5 AM ft K. Flay (Pance Party Remix) / Did someone say Pance Party? Yeah, I DID! These guys rock the wheels right off on this jam. Something a la Mode are some crazy classical-electro outfit that wisely brought Read more

FOALS have THIS great album out that should be heard from here to the ORIENT

do you know you give me, you give me, this western feeling?

♫ Foals – This Orient

Foals last album, Antidotes, was all high paced herking, jerking and spastic beats and it was pretty great. I was naturally a little surprised when I heard first leak “Spanish Sahara” from their follow-up, Total Life Forever. The nearly 7 minute song takes over 4 of them to get anywhere and when it does it’s still a pretty chill affair. I wanted to be impressed… but I wasn’t. Then – per usual these days – I heard the whole album and suddenly “Spanish Sahara” made sense. Suddenly it all made sense. Foals hadn’t just slowed down this one song, they had slowed down their whole sound. Total Life Forever, and it’s perfectly chosen album art, is a shimmering and spacey tapestry of delicate beats and tender vocals that ultimately add up to an album that I like a lot more than Antidotes. The spazz-beat gimmick is gone and in it;s place is a grown up band that is flexing their chops in a much subtler manner. Many jams are still quite danceable (“Miami,” the title track), some take their time to get simmering (“Blue Blood,” After Glow”) and some soothingly simple (“Alabaster,” “Two Trees”). And then there is the straight whipping-wind summer anthem “This Orient,” above. Right off the bat you know big things are going to go down and it doesn’t take long for things to prove you right. It just makes me want to turn it up to 11 and sing along at the top of my lungs! I would totally post more of the great tracks I mentioned but honestly, between these two jams you’ve got a pretty good spectrum of the vibes to expect so just get into it and pick up a copy!

♫ Foals – Spanish Sahara

Super bonus for Uhh Yeah Dude fans: The album’s title track is all about singularity. That shit is happening, yo.

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TBE Digest 7 – 3.27.10 [MGMT, Foals, Born Ruffians, LCD Soundsystem, The Very Best, …]

If this is your first time to the Burning Ear then welcome to The TBE Digest, a place where I take a break from my usual gushing enthusiasm and cover some recent tracks that I am not so in love with but are still interesting/relevant/whatever. I’ve also started throwing covers in as well because, well, because I love covers. Dive in!

♫ MGMT – Flash Delirium / The first single from MGMT’s follow-up, Congratulations, which is streaming for free at their website. I haven’t heard it yet because frankly, “Flash Delirium” doesn’t really make me want to. It’s not that it’s even “not as good as “Kids”/”Time To Pretend”/”Electric Feel,” it’s just not very listenable.

♫ Born Ruffians – Sole Brother / The first taste from Born Read more