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[LP] Alexander – ALEXANDER (w/ “Truth” feat The RZA & “A Million Years”)

i’ve grown up some, different kind of fighter, and when the darkness come let it inside you

♫ Alexander – TRUTH Feat. The RZA

From the normal sized band of electro poppers Ima Robot, to the oversized collective of Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes, frontman Alex Ebert did the only thing left and released a solo album this year. Yeah, yeah, many of you know about it already but if you are late to it like I was then I recommend you give it a spin or two. Main single “Truth” was featured on this season’s premier of Breaking Bad (yes!) and also got itself a remix with The RZA on it (above).

♫ Alexander – A Million Years

“A Million Years” is another choice example of the soulful folk that makes this album a great choice for the whole family. The Magnetic Zeroes acted as backing band on the album and there are plans for similar projects for band members Jade Castrinos and Christian Letts before we get a second Edward Sharpe album. At least the stuff in the meantime is sounding plenty nice.

Band links: Facebook

Brandon’s TBE Digest 15 – 11.10.2010 [Kanye West, Cold War Kids, Two Door Cinema Club, The Drums, Twin Shadow, Mark Ronson, etc]

Loosen those belts because this Digest is quite the spread and you’re gonna need some breathing room to get through all 18 of these morsels. Bear with me because, save for the last two, this is all great stuff and there are a few “Best ___ of 2010” shoe-ins lurking below. Once again, the jams are broken into “courses” for your convenience. Enjoy!

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

NEW ORIGINAL FRESHNESS

♫ Kanye West – All of the Lights (Ft. John Legend, The-Dream, Ryan Leslie, Tony Williams, Charlie Wilson, Elly Jackson, Alicia Keys, Fergie, Kid Cudi, Rihanna, & Elton John) – Besides all the gems at in Kanye’s GOOD Fridays free mp3 program, this guest-crazy jam from the forthcoming My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy also dropped recently. It’s a memorable moment from the “Runaway” film and sure to be a centerpiece of the album.

♫ Trophy Wife – Microlite (acoustic) / Trophy Wife’s latest single “Microlite” may be even better than “Take This Night” and it definitely has a Read more

EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROES just woke me from 40 DAY DREAM

edward-sharpe-up-from-below-covershe got gold doorknobs where her eyes used to be

♫ Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes – 40 Day Dream

Edward Sharpe and his Los Angeles collective of (up to 12) instrument janglers have been getting some attention lately, even getting airplay/hype on L.A.’s KCRW. Their debut’s first single, “40 Day Dream,” is the album’s best by far, sounding like Arcade Fire with smiles. “Home” is the other standout from Up From Below, a boy-girl love song that sounds decades late but timelessly fun. I can get down with a few of the other tracks on Up From Below but the hippie-jam-session thing loses my interest, especially in the latter tracks. Anyway, I am down with Edward’s vibe and imagine that seeing these guys live would be a treat. Especially since Edward Sharpe (Alex Ebert) is no stranger to huge live shows, having toured with Duran Duran in 2006 with his other band, Ima Robot. If you remember them then you are probably as shocked as me to learn its the same dude. If you never heard them then just listen.

♫ Ima Robot – I’m A Bitch For You ♫ Ima Robot – Black Jettas

It’s kinda funny because Ima Robot was a band that I never got fully down with either. I loved these two tracks but felt most of their stuff was half-baked. I do remember reading that they were epic live. Anyway, Edward/Alex and Co. are also presenting the album as a 12-part feature film. Part 1, for “Desert Song,” is just as tripped-out as you would imagine and gives me a new appreciation for a previously disliked song. I hope keep their shit together and finish the other 11. I want to see “Home.”

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