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[VIDEO] Music Video Roundup – 2.04.13

Music-Video-Roundup

The website is still giving me (and thus the world!) some troubles. Turns out it may be related to traffic from dumb sites like Beemp3. I didn’t think anyone actually cared about mp3s anymore… Anyway, so while I keep tinkering under the hood you guys kick back with some great music videos that have come through the pipeline! Read more

The 25 Best Songs of 2010… So Far (Jan-June)

As I’ve been compiling this best songs list I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be a great track. Last year I went by play counts to determine what songs I “loved” the most but this year I noticed that the list that came out didn’t really match my perception of my favorites. A lot of my top played songs this year are indeed great songs, but they also happen to be on a great album so they get played by themselves as well as in the course of the album. So I got to thinking about which are the tracks that I seek out, that I crave, that I have to hear every night before bed or every morning to wake up. Those are the songs that make up this list. Songs that for whatever reason hooked me to the point where I need(ed) them in my life this year. Those great albums (and their highlight jams) will get their moment but for now we celebrate the song, or as Read more

MINUS THE BEAR HOLD on to an old fan: ME. I’m DOWN with Omni..

hold me down, baby, or the wind will catch me out again

♫ Minus The Bear – Hold Me Down

Six weeks ago we got a taste of Minus The Bear’s first single off of their 4th LP Omni. That song, “My Time” (below), has quickly become one of my favorite songs of the year so I was both excited and nervous to hear the rest of the album. I’ve been sitting on it for a week now and can happily say that this is some good stuff. A lot less angular and jagged than 2005’s Menos El Oso and more upbeat than 2007’s Planet Of Ice, it’s the smoothest and most polished offering we’ve heard from these guys. Their quirky guitar noodling and odd beats are still their, they just aren’t the driving force anymore. Omni kicks things off right with “My Time” and while it’s solid until the finish it’s “Hold Me Down” that always catches my ear. It’s got that signature Minus The Bear guitar sparkle/crunch combo and you gotta love that churning ‘I’m giving you up’ chant towards the end! “Secret Country” and “Animal Backwards” are two other standouts that you can luckily listen to right here as you stream the whole album below. Don’t forget to catch up on their other classics in the last TBE post!

Previously: ♫ Minus The Bear – My Time
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MINUS THE BEAR rips some jams more than worthy of MY TIME

it’s what you want, it’s what you need, and i’m just the same, baby

♫ Minus The Bear – My Time

Minus The Bear’s “Pachuca Sunrise” (below) is hands down one of my favorite songs of the last 10 years and so it’s no surprise that the band’s follow-up album left me underwhelmed. Expectations were high. True, the angular dance riffage of the fantastic Menos el Oso had given way to a darker side on 2007’s aptly named Planet Of Ice but their signature sound was still loud and clear. You see, Minus The Bear are a band who are here to rock but you have to meet them halfway. Their beats are equal parts catchy and spastic as ripping guitars and pounding drums herk and jerk alongside Jake Snider’s smokey-smooth vocals. Anyway, I clearly have a dirty thing for Minus The Bear and you should too so get caught up with a few favorites below. I’ve already mentioned my passion for “Pachuca Sunrise” and if you have ever floated high on a cloud of love then you may feel the same way. “Absinthe Party…” is from their first LP – and a time when they tended toward absurd(ly) long titles – and was, until recently*, the best tale of touring Europe with a lover. Listening to it now it’s clear how much these guys have evolved and honed their sound. There is no better example then the recently released “My Time” from the forthcoming Omni. Fuzzed out bongos lead the way into a bouncey/bendey soundscape of classic MtB noises that are deftly held together with those unique vocals. The aural treats abound as “My Time” goes on to show that these guys are back and ready for good times. I’m liking this return to their more upbeat vibe and definitely looking forward to Omni.

♫ Minus The Bear – Pachuca Sunrise / Menos el Oso, 2005

♫ Minus The Bear – Absinthe Party at the Fly Honey Warehouse / Highly Refined Pirates, 2002

*(Title now held by Local Natives’ “Camera Talks”)

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