[QUICKIE] Hot Chip – IN OUR HEADS (w/ “These Chains”)

my love is kind to you, my love is blind for you, my love is right for you, i know it is, my boo

“These Chains” & “Let It Be Him” are top but nothing touches the heights of magic on their last 2 LPs. Great listening but feels a bit safe.

[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?]

[VIDEO] Hot Chip – “Night & Day”

I am generally excited about all things Hot Chip but the first taste (“Flutes“) of upcoming LP In Our Heads felt uninspired. “Night & Day” feels like it’s definitely moving in the right direction and even has this weirdo fun video too. Love the muscle dudes’ moves. Are we gonna get a sequel?

[QUICKIE] The 2 Bears – BE STRONG (w/ album stream)

come on party with the bears tonight, we’ve got the funk of 40 thousand years for your delight

It’s no Hot Chip goofball party vibes or solo Goddard deep grooves but this sideX2 project is bouncy house fun. Im loving “Ghosts & Zombies”

[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?]

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[MP3] The 2 Bears – “Work”

to do what i’m doing right now i really must be blessed

♫ The 2 Bears – Work (Radio Edit)

  • Who: Joe Goddard from Hot Chip and some guy called Raf Rundell
  • What: Key driven spazz funk, like Hot Chip, Hot Chip, Hot Chip
  • Where: London + Facebook / Amazon
  • When: Debut LP Be Strong is out Jan 30th.
  • Why: Apparently while Joe Goddard was stealthily making sweet jams under his own name, he was also making slightly less secretive tracks as one of The 2 Bears. Their remix of Death Cab (below) made the rounds earlier last year and now their single “Work” is geting bodies moving worldwide. I don’t know why Goddard is such a side-project slut but if all the illegitimate musical love babies sound this good then do it, Joe.

[EP] Joe Goddard – “Gabriel” (feat. Valentina)

the sum of all the parts that you have taken are a fraction of the parts that make me whole

Joe Goddard’s Gabriel EP is only three tracks but when you are dealing with one of the Hot Chip frontmen that’s all that’s needed to lay down some serious song. The guy’s last solo album, Harvest Festival, meandered a bit and didn’t really sink in but this leaner and meaner release is all bite. The title track (above) packs serious punch, weaving Valentina’s epic vocals over an unstoppable beat that steamrolls through my speakers. “All I Know” takes nearly 10 minutes to run it’s course but with Goddard doing his signature love-song crooning over minimalist production that slowly evolves to be maximally transfixing, it is really OK. Meditative, even. “Jump” lives up to it’s name and gets a bit bonkers but at that point I’m so blissed out I don’t even care. Then the dub mix of “Gabriel” is just a victory lap for the short loop of great sounds.

Artist Links: Amazon

Happy 2nd Birthday to The Burning Ear! – A Shirt Pack Giveaway, Merch Sale & A Mixtape!

Happy 2nd Birthday to The Burning Ear!

Holy cow. It was exactly 2 years ago (!?) today that I launched The Burning Ear from the butt wedge of my old couch. Since then it’s been nothing but a pleasure to share all of these great jams with you guys and gals. To all you regular readers and commenters, I love you all and look forward to another two! However, we all know 2 years olds don’t have patience for speeches so lets get right to the presents! I’ve got three gifts for you all, of which the first TWO are based on the number 2! Read more

Dubstep Roundup Vol. 5 – 11.19.2010 [Professor Green, The Naked & Famous, Hot Chip, Bloodhound Gang and more…]

Here we have a little T.G.I.F.F. slap in the face to make sure you’re still breathing.

Welcome back to our bi-weekly freak show we put on at T.B.E.  Its been 14 days since we got our last dub face on and we’re looking to get funky.  So, here is to bringing that little monster out in you.  And no, we aren’t talking about Gaga’s monsters, we’re talkin about that grimey nurd’ face you put on when shit gets a little wicked cool on the D-floor.


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.

♫ Professor Green- Monster (Camo & Krooked Remix) / Österreich’s Camo & Krooked turn this tune into a real pant shitter! Can you smell it?

♫ The Naked & Famous- Young Blood (Pink Ganter Remix) / We fell in love with The Naked & Famous back in early July….. now we are fisting through all the remixes.  Pink Ganter’s bassy version of Young Blood definitely stood out!

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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