The Happy Birthday TBE Album – With exclusive covers and remixes from Noah Hyde, Pr0files, Lincoln Jesser, Parade of Lights and more…

This is just a teaser to get you all as excited as I am. To celebrate the 5th birthday of The Burning Ear I’m putting together an album of exclusive remixes of covers of the best TBE jams of the past 5 years. Contributing artists like Pr0files, Noah Hyde, Lincoln Jesser, Y Luv, Wiley Webb, Memoryy, Germany Germany, and more will be remixing or covering songs by Miike Snow, Twin Shadow, Scavenger Hunt, Yeasayer, Phosphorescent, Rhye, Frank Ocean, and more.

The list goes one and makes my heart skip a beat every time I read it. And dont even get me started on heart skips when I LISTEN to these jams. Holy cow. You guys are in for a treat.

AND THEN, there is the epic album artwork above created by the amazing Meghan Ellie Smith. I’m basically a mess of excitement over here.

Stay tuned. The project rolls out next week….


[MP3] Trails and Ways – “Lost” (Frank Ocean Cover)

Trails and Ways take Frank Ocean’s fantastic “Lost” on a trip down south, flipping the lyrics to Portugese and changing the story to a “back-and-forth between young lovers on forking paths, one winding through northern Brazil, the other up the office towers of San Francisco, each calling the other lost.” Sounds good to me!

[PLAYLIST] The Best SONGS of 2012 – Part 2 (July-Dec)


Screw the Oscars! Now that the site is back up we can continue the (very late) Best of 2012 Awards!

So many great songs last year. The second 6 months of jams did more than stand up to the first. So many genres colliding in this list. Beautiful songs. Funny songs. Innovative songs. Simple songs. Dance songs. Rock songs. All songs that Read more



Cover songs are still my favorite way for emerging bands to put their own sound on a hit song and get easy attention. However 2012 was for some reason a slow year for cover songs. Luckily a handful of bands did them well and left us with flipped and twisted takes on old classics and net hits alike. Here are my 10 favorites (#1 at the bottom). What did I miss? Read more

[COVER] Jhameel – “Thinking About You” (Frank Ocean cover)

we’ll go down this road ’til it turns from color to black and white

Jhameel has been on his cover game for a minute now but this one is out of the park. Do we credit his recent move from SF to LA? Yes we do. Yes. We. Do. Welcome, man.

[QUICKIE] Frank Ocean – CHANNEL ORANGE (w/ “Lost”)

too weird to live, too rare to die

I love Frank but besides “Lost” I just cant get into the newer jams. A lot of underproduced half ideas. He singing or talking? & what about?

[Quickies are mini-reviews that can fit into a 140 character tweet. They are of albums that people already know of but perhaps are curious about our take on it. What did you think of the disc?]

[MP3] Frank Ocean – “Pyramids”

our war is over, our queen has met her doom, no more she lives no more serpent in her room

♫ Frank Ocean – Pyramids

New Frank Ocean is smooth, sexy, and long. And if all that innuendo wasn’t enough, it is also definitely about sex, infidelity, power, and features heavy references to Cleopatra and other mythology. And it features John Mayer on the closing guitar solo. Yup, a lot going on. A lot of Ocean goodness to keep us tied over until new LP Channel Orange is out on July 17th. Frank Ocean is clearly upping game beyond “Song for Women” while still keeping his smooth production and oddball vision. Dig it.

[REMIX/MP3] Frank Ocean – “Thinking About You (Erol Sabadosh Remix)” & “PDA”

remember at the beach we brought the sheets, we were harassed by police, good thing we didn’t go too deep

♫ Frank Ocean – Thinking About You (Erol Sabadosh Remix)

Just because Frank Ocean’s Coachella set was underwhelming and easily forgettable doesn’t mean I don’t still love the guy. What better way to celebrate Odd Future’s resident smooth operator then a spiced up remix of “Thinking About You” (snap ya fingers!) and a reference track he laid down for The Backstreet Boys’ “PDA” (grab a booty!) back when he was operating under the pseudonym Lonny Breaux (real last name, fake first name).

♫ Frank Ocean – PDA