A Playlist for Stevie’s Postcard Project

So my little buddy Stevie is embarking a pretty big journey tomorrow and I’m trying to help him calm his nerves. He started this Kickstarter project to build some friends to send postcards to. If thats confusing you can check out his project because he explains it better than me. However, I did make him a playlist for his travels and figured I would share it with you guys!

When I played him the playlist he had a few comments I’ll include here. Enjoy and please do check out his project!

1. Coldplay – Postcards From Far Away

Yeah, thats me sending postcards from far away!

2. Paula & Karol – Goodnight Warsaw

Well not “Goodnight” because I haven’t met Warsaw yet so I’m gonna sing “Hello Warsaw!”

3. Rogue Wave – Postage Stamp World

Yea I think thats my new world…

4. Joywave – London

Its dark and weird but I like it. Did I just describe my future feelings on London?

5. Fake Blood – London

Even darker! Woah!

6. RDGLDGRN – Lootin In London

I’ll certainly try not to… and I’ll give stern looks to any looters I see!

7. Jukebox The Ghost – Postcard

A love song about Postcards! My favorite kind of love song!

8. Friendly Fires – Paris
9. Magic Man – Paris
10. Explosions In The Sky – Postcard From 1952
11. Little Dragon – Paris
12. Kate Nash – Paris

Wow its Paris overload time! I was just dancing!

13. Jens Lekman – A Postcard to Nina

Yeah you gotta explain to Nina’s dad whats going on. Sounds confusing!

14. Is Tropical – Berlin
15. The Young Professionals – Fuck Off Berlin

Strong feelings about Berlin! I wonder if my feelings will be that strong…

16. Peter Bjorn And John – School Of Kraut

Its like German surf music! But I don’t think I will be surfing in Berlin…

17. Beirut – Postcards From Italy

I’m not going to Italy but I appreciate the mention of postcards.

18. Bayside – Phone Call From Poland

They should have called this song “A Postcard from Poland” but maybe that never happened to them. I could fix that!

19. Maximo Park – Postcard Of A Painting

I prefer postcards with pictures of rivers or trees or buildings. Just my personal preference.

20. Europe – The Final Countdown

GAH! The countdown is real and I only have hours to pack! Gotta go! 

[SXSW INTERVIEW] RAC & Joywave talk collaborations, touring, and the art of the remix

RAC is one of my all time favorite remixers who is finally coming into his own with a solid set of original jams. Joywave is one of my all time favorite bands who evolve in fantastic ways with each release. Needless to say, sitting down with both artists was a big honor. We talked about touring, remixing, and how all of them ended up collaborating recently.

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SXSW Recap – March 11 & 12

[tps_header] SXSW has been too crazy to give you guys a proper recap but here are the highlights from The Burning Ear Instagram from the first 2 days. I’ve partnered with the awesome guys at California Limited and been down here cooking up some really cool stuff for you guys. I caught some great shows and had some awesome breakfasts. Stay tuned for the full interviews coming soon and make sure you are following The Burning Ear on Instagram for all the action!


Tuesday – 3/11

Hunter Hunted

[MP3] Kool Head – “Stick Up Kids” (Produced by Joywave)

Kool Head

Kool Head are a Brooklyn-Atlanta collaboration self described as “black wave” and “Stick Up Kids” is produced by Joywave. So you don’t even need to press play to know we got a jam here. But you really should press play. Like right now.

Big Data – “Dangerous”

Big Data - Dangerous

Big Data is Daniel Armbruster (vocals, from Joywave) and Alan Wilkis (producer). Both are TBE faves/regulars and have finally got together for some official collaboration. It is both familiar and new in great ways. A creeping bass heavy groover for the whole family! More please!

[MP3] Joywave – 88888 MIXTAPE [w/ “Tongues” (feat. KOPPS)]

JOYWAVE - Tongues (feat. KOPPS)

TBE faves Joywave have never got the love they deserved and their latest stuff is as awesome as ever. They have taken a more dancey and electronic slant since “Golden State” and the 77777 Mixtape but damn it sounds good. “Tongues” features fellow Rochester, NY, peeps KOPPS and sounds like they spent a Red Bull fueled night in the studio with Miike Snow. Damn fresh. Their new 88888 Mixtape features other highlight like “London”, a dark and entrancing piece of ghost-glitch that welcomes movement in the darkness. Dive in and download it all free. Then get into the RAC remix of Tongues for even more delicious funk.

Alan Wilkis – “Old-Fashioned Girl” (feat. Joywave)

Alan Wilkis - Old-Fashioned Girl (feat. Joywave)

In addition to being long time TBE faves, both Alan Wilkis and Joywave are severely underrated. Cheers to the team-up that produced this dialed back Summer groover that is perfect for sunshine and coastal breezes.

[MP3] Joywave – “True Grit”

you should have loved me all the time

♫ Joywave – True Grit

  • Who: The one, the only, Joywave
  • What: Synth laden goodness, like Monarchy, M83
  • Where: Rochester, New York + Facebook / Bandcamp / Amazon
  • When: Koda Vista EP releasing hopefully in March
  • Why: What is there really to say about these guys. If you’ve been around our humble music blog for some time, you know we are down with the fantastic group of guys that is Joywave. Aiming for a darker, more atmospheric feel with “True Grit” they still manage to hit the nail square on the head perfectly. No thumb smashing happening here. Stick around if only for the piano at 2:17; but I’m positive you’ll enjoy the two minutes and sixteen second leading up to it as well.