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Germany Germany – “Lux” // Shinri Tezuka

It’s been a long time since we heard from TBE fave Germany Germany!

“Lux” would be the soundtrack to the Stranger Things on Sega Genesis. Retro synth worship at a cinematic, yet not excessive, scope.

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[FREE DOWNLOAD] The TBE 5 Year Anniversary Album

Well, its finally here! The full album download of The Burning Ear’s 5 Year Anniversary Album! A big thank to you all the bands that made such amazing jams for this project. It is a hug honor to have my name stamped on the cover of this but the real props go to the musicians. You all killed it!

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[PREMIERE – MP3] Germany Germany – “Radiowave” (Germany Germany 2014 Darkwave Edit)

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Germany Germany has been underrated and under-appreciated since day 1 but his 2010 super-jam “Radiowave” is an absolute favorite of mine. When the Vancouver Groove-master volunteered to re-edit his own song for the TBE 5 Year Anniversary project I was excited to hear what he had cooked up for us, 4 years later. Its a rare occasion to hear an artists second take on their won music. In this case things got, darker and more twisted. Probably a lot like us compared to 4 years ago. Get into it.

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Stay tuned for the rest of 5 Year Album Project…

Feb 12 // Memoryy & Brothertiger > Cover > Yeasayer – “Ambling Alp”
Feb 14 // Lincoln Jesser > Cover > Twin Shadow – “Run My Heart”
Feb 15 // Don Loemax > Remix > Kid Cadaver – “Stable”
Feb 19 // Scavenger Hunt > Cover > Disclosure – “Latch”
Feb 21 // Germany Germany > Remix > Germany Germany – “Radiowave”
Feb 24 // Manu el Chino > Cover > M83 – “Midnight City”
Feb 26 // Wiley Webb > Remix > Rhye – “Open”
Feb 28 // Y Luv > Cover > The National – “Bloodbuzz Ohio”
Mar 1 // Noah Hyde > Remix > Scavenger Hunt – “Lost”
Mar 3 // Pr0files > Cover > Phosphorescent – “Song For Zula”
Mar 5 // Christopher Norman > Remix > Miike Snow – “Cult Logic”
Mar 7 // Parade of Lights > Remix > Chvrches – “Mother We Share”
Mar 10 // Da French Connexion > Cover > Drake – “Hold On We’re Going Home”

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….

 

[PREMIERE] Germany Germany – “On Your Own” + “1978”

I can’t think of a better way to ring in the new year then with new Germany Germany! The dancey, spacey, synthy, and magical sounds of Vancouver’s Drew Harris have been longtime favorites of mine so it’s an honor to premiere “On Your Own.” This jam opens Germany Germany’s new album Reconnect which comes out tomorrow. “On Your Own” is a gorgeous belnd of elastic throwback synthesizers and grinding guitar licks that whip up a groove perfect for partying, driving, dancing, or just reflecting on that last year. However you spend New Year’s Eve, spend it with some Germany Germany.

BONUS: I just got word I can include the dance party monster “1978” here too. For part of the night after the ball drop when everyone is 3 sheets and ready to get weird! Get weird!

[LP] Germany Germany – BLANK MIND EMPTY HEART (w/ “With You ft. Kotomi”)

what do i do? i’m in love with you and i feel like a fool

♫ Germany Germany – With You ft. Kotomi

  • Who: Drew Harris
  • What: Bedroom space pop, like Arrange, Youth Lagoon, The xx
  • Where: NYC via Vancouver + Bandcamp
  • When: Buy Blank Mind Empty Heart now.
  • Why: While Germany Germany has been a Burning Ear favorite for years, Drew Harris and his beautful electronic sounds have gone under-appreciated among most. It’s understandable, though. Harris doesn’t bow to anyone’s expectation or genre boundaries. He follows his heart and has evolved down more pathways than any other artist I have followed on this site. With that said, his latest album is another journey through a mellower and more ambient sound than some of his previous dance jams. I just put on the album to write this review and 90 seconds in heard my friend say “This is nice! Who is this?” One more fan!

[LP/COVER] Bear Mountain – LIVE AT THE CHINA CLOUD (w/ “Sing” & “Take Me Home” Germany Germany cover)

♫ Bear Mountain – Sing

  • Who: Ian, Doug, & Kyle.
  • What: Soulful loop-pop, like Germany Germany, Ray Lamontagne, Gotye.
  • Where: Vancouver, BC + Facebook / Bandcamp / Amazon
  • When: Live At The China Cloud is out now. A proper LP is slated for Spring.
  • Why: Live albums are generally rubbish for for diehard fans of outdated bands. And then there are the odd discs that actually turn you on to a new band, making you forget you are listening to a live recording long enough that when you remember you are, you say “Woah, all that was live?” Meet Bear Mountain. They make big (and often instrumental) swirling indie rock jams with a soulful heart and a pop edge. They also cover Germany Germany. Twice. Radical.

♫ Bear Mountain – Take Me Home (Germany Germany cover)

Second best song on the album is “Two Step” but you have no excuse not to get the whole thing because its free at their Bandcamp.

[LP] Germany Germany – ADVENTURES (w/ “Too Fast” & “Take Your Time”)

but after all i am, i’ve lost the purpose

♫ Germany Germany – Too Fast

Germany Germany is baaack! Ok, perhaps thats not such a dramatic statement as Drew Harris never really left. TBE’s most prolific artist never stops toiling and boiling in his laptop laboratory of swirling beats and bubbling treats. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed with the guy’s output, never having enough time to get into an LP/EP before being hit with the next one, so I really gave his latest album, Adventures, a while to sink in. And a while it took. The double edged sword of Germany Germany is that if you know epic bangers like “Radiowave” or the instant classics like “Home” or “Lena” then it can be easy to expect such face grabbers. But I tell you this, expectations are a dangerous thing when you are dealing with such a young and continually evolving force as GG. If last years Last Summer LP taught us anything it’s that sometimes GG just wants us to relax and take a breather. And you know what? He is right. But that kind of chilling doesn’t apply to every moment and that’s where Adventures comes in. At a heavy 17 tracks it has a lot of options. I find cracking into such dense albums to be quite difficult so I was thankful to The Mill digital studios for using “Too Fast” in their latest show-reel because if that jam doesn’t fit the mood just perfectly then I don’t know what does.  Read more