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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

Brandon’s TBE Digest 18 – 1.18.2011 [Passion Pit, Kanye West, Big K.R.I.T., RAC, Das Racist, BRAHMS, Kid Cudi, and more!]

It’s a new year and a lot of good stuff piled up over the holidays. Considering it’s the 18th Digest, today is the 18th (close enough…), and I have 18 tracks, I think this is some kind of perfect Digest or something. Dig in. But really, dig. There are some real gems in the mix down there.

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

NEW RELEVENT JAMS

♫ Passion Pit – All These Trees / Passion Pit drop a new one through American Express ZYNC. I keep waiting for the song to start but it ends up being all build, no climax. Still nice to hear our boys back in the mix.

♫ BRAHMS – Add It Up / New BRAHMS track isn’t my favorite of theirs but I have to say, seeing them at The Brooklyn Electronic Music Festval last month was a Read more

The Best Cover Songs of 2010

This year saw quite a few bands taking cracks at covers of songs both new and old. From bare bones beautiful interpretations of The Smashing Pumpkins, Miike Snow, and LCD Soundsystem to full on genre flipping of Jay-Z and Justice, to a different blend of herbs and spices on Band of Horses and Beyoncé, it’s clear that there is no magic formula to a great cover. These are the one’s I loved the most this past year. You?

10. ♫ ceo – Halo (Beyoncé Cover)

9. ♫ Jackson Harris – Empire State Of Mind (Jay-Z cover)

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The Best Songs of 2010 for Shaking Your Ass/Rump/Donk/Moneymaker/What Your Mama Gave You: A New Years Eve Collection

The year comes to a close tomorrow and it’s time to start compiling those “Best Of” lists we all love. What better way to kick things off than with a mega-mix of the year’s best ass-shaking jams. Those tracks that just take a hold and force you to dip that hip, and just in time for New Year’s Eve!

Some are originals, some are remixes, and some are mashups. It’s no means a definitive list nor are the tracks in any sort of ranking. These are the tracks that have gotten my blood pumping all year long and so what better way to celebrate them than letting them ring in the new year! More specific lists coming once the year actually ends!

I’ve broken them down into three parts for easier navigation. If these lists were hot sauces they would Read more

[MP3] FRIENDS ELECTRIC have a GOLDEN jam that gets in your BLOOD

every time you call i will be there just to catch you if you fall

♫ Friends Electric – Golden Blood

So what if the opening moments of “Golden Blood” are almost identical to Miike Snow’s “Horse Is Not A Home,” more bands should be biting the brilliant Snow crew, especially if it results in more spacey pulsating synth dance magic like this. Friends Electric hail from the former mining town of Neath in Wales and are clearly aiming for higher ground as they craft sparkling jams like this and their previous single “Wall Of Arms.”  Grab this crunchy Dirty Tees remix of “Golden Blood” and go forth into the weekend with fully loaded speakers! Read more

[LP] MARK RONSON & THE BUSINESS INTL have managed to RECORD a damn superb COLLECTION of jams here!

don’t you wanna take a joyride on my tandem? humming on a huffy, don’t i look so handsome?

♫ Mark Ronson & The Business Intl – The Bike Song (ft. Kyle Falconer and Spank Rock)

I never got into Mark Ronson’s last guest-filled album, Version, so I really wasn’t expecting much from this effort (especially after Dave Sitek’s mostly disappointing Maximum Balloon project). The fact is, this is hands down one of the year’s best albums, front-to-back. Ronson blends all kinds of eclectic production with a string of amazing vocalists that all bring their A-game. It’s really not even worth getting into the details of this magic, you just have to dive in! Each song is catchy, danceable, fun, and special in it’s own way. Even the instrumental “filler” track “Circuit Breaker” is so damn solid that I would be writing about it on it’s own. Instead it’s surrounded by such standout indie anthems as “The Bike Song” (above) and “Introducing The Business” or stormy hip shakers like “Somebody To Love Me” (below) or “Glass Mountain Trust (featuring D’Angelo).” It’s pretty damn great to hear my main man Wyatt (from Miike Snow) on a few tracks here. He kills it, as usual.

♫ Mark Ronson & The Business Intl – Somebody To Love Me (ft. Boy George and Andrew Wyatt)

As if orchestrating such a fantastic record wasn’t enough, Ronson has dropped 3 standout videos to go along with them. Start with album opener “Bang Bang’s” retro/future lazer-filled talk show performance and then follow that “story” into “The Bike Song”‘s endlessly sexy romp on wheels. And then there is the “found-footage” compiled clip for Boy George’s “Somebody To Love.” Wow. Well done, Ronson. Well done.

Hit those videos after the jump! Read more

Remix Roundup Vol. 28 – 10.11.10 [Miike Snow, Tokyo Police Club, RAC, Naked & Famous, …]

Because sometimes Monday is a good day for a fresh batch of remixes. And because sometimes you know Joel and Scott are right around the corner with their set of bangers and you gotta act fast. And because sometimes I just love you all and want to spread the sonic goodness.

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.

♫ The Dance Party – Sasha Don’t Sleep (Pance Party Remix) / I can’t guarantee that listening to this song will make you as hyped as this crowd but it certainly couldn’t hurt. I love that one of 2009’s best jams is getting more love!

♫ Something a la Mode – 5 AM ft K. Flay (Pance Party Remix) / Did someone say Pance Party? Yeah, I DID! These guys rock the wheels right off on this jam. Something a la Mode are some crazy classical-electro outfit that wisely brought Read more

[MP3] SKY FERREIRA has ONE of my favorite production duos behind her

i feel like i’m about to rust, ruin my heart i’ll buy another one

♫ Sky Ferreira – One

Sky Ferreira’s big solo single is a ar cry from her tender-to-tears cover of Miike Snow’s “Animal” but it’s still got a certain magic that may or may not be the direct result of that band’s production duo; Bloodshy & Avant. OK, who are we kidding, it’s definitely Bloodshy & Avant working the magic here and if it wasn’t for those signature glitchy bleeps and bloops I wouldn’t be spending these precious minutes on a Friday night squeezing this post out. Speaking of which, it’s FRIDAY, why am I thinking this much about anything at all! Time to just crank it up and get funky. You too Sky, keep your chip up and your dance moves fresh. At a wee 18 years you have plenty of time to win our respect.

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