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[#60-41] The 60 Best Underrated Songs of the Past 6 Years (3000 Posts)

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The moment I hit the “publish” button on this post, that counter above (that I see on the backend of this blog) will turn to 3,000. Three-motherFing-thousand. That’s a lot of posts. That’s a hell of a lot of music. But just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, that number took 6 years and 1 month to reach. So happy birthday to The Burning Ear. Happy 3,000th post to new bands. Happy remaining sanity in my music addled brain. And to celebrate those happys, I would like to revisit the same concept as this blog’s very first post and pay special attention to songs that I feel went under-appreciated. These are the jams that are considered stadium worth in my ears, even if they only ever garnered a few thousand plays on Soundcloud, YouTube, or Myspace (yes, this blog is that old…).

So read on for Part 1 of what I’m cleverly and succinctly titling The Best Underrated Songs of the Past 6 Years (3000 Posts) Feb 2009 – March 2015. Part 2 drops tomorrow (here), and Part 3 the next day. And then after that, look out for some stylistic changes here on The Burning Ear. It’s exciting times and I’m beyond stoked to share it with all you crazies. But now, some weird thoughts on these songs!

Love & Jams,

-Brandon B.

p.s. There is a playlist of all the songs at the bottom of the post so you can listen to them straight through.

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Brandon’s TBE Digest 21 [3.10.2011] New Jams, Remixes, Mashups & Covers!

Bing, bang, boom, it’s that time again! Strap on your toddler bibs and dive into this digest with abandon because there are some steamers cooking in this jam-stew! My top picks are in chunky-eat-it-with-a-fork boldface. Mmm mmm good!

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

NEW RELEVENT JAMS

♫ The Dodos – Dont Stop / New Dodo’s album, No Color, is out on Tuesday. “Don’t Stop” is definitely closer to the Dodos I love from Visiter but I’m not sold by the whole album yet. Stream it here.

♫ Project Jenny Project Jan – Nadine / PJPJ were one of the first bands TBE ever covered exactly 2 years ago (tomorrow) so it’s about damn time we got some new stuff from them! I’ve streamed the whole album and it’s Read more

The 20.9 Best Songs of 2009… So Far / Jan.-June

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Art by Odili Donald Odita

How freaking crazy is it that 2009 is already halfway over? What a crazy year so far, in so many ways, the least of which is all of the fantastic, surprising, and sometimes disappointing music that has come our way. TBE will be 5 months old in a week and we have been chronicling most of the year’s jams. Here are my top 20.9. I guarantee you wont agree with all of them but doesn’t that just make our friendship that much more deep and meaningful? Just so we are clear how I arrived at this particular order, I’ve selected my favorites from my top listens each month and then ordered them purely by total play count. I know that’s confusing but whatever, the list is after the jump.

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The Rural Alberta Advantage: Interview/live show at The Bell House, Brooklyn, 5/29/09

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This is a post where I recap a lot of exciting things so prepare yourself accordingly.

The Rural Alberta Advantage is Nils, Paul, and Amy. They self-released a record called Hometowns which was one of my favorites of 2008. Having just signed to Saddle Creek they will be re-releasing that record on July 7th. This is exciting for many reasons, not the least of which is that it makes Hometowns can be on my favorite albums of 2009 list (which it most certainly will).

Before the show the band was gracious enough to sit down with me for a bit and talk about their album, touring, music videos, Subway sandwiches, self-googling, the origin of their name, eMusic, NYC audiences, and a bunch of other fun stuff. They were funny, gracious, open, and generally fantastic. I apologize for my over-use of “like” – I was a bit nervous – but otherwise it is an interesting interview. I learned a lot about the band. Before I get into that I want to talk about their live show. It’s amazing. Go see them. Seriously, I am not gonna freak out on you again like I did with Lykke Li but that’s only because The RAA’s awesomeness was not such a surprise. Look at photos of their live shows here or watch videos here but actually don’t bother because you should just go see them. Oh, but buy Hometowns first! Deal? Good.

Interview and a few other goodies after the jump…

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Just Burn It! The Upbeat Beatdown mix

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I know it’s been a while since the last Just Burn It! mix but you may have noticed all the changes to the site instead. Well as site tweaking settles down I’ll be making more mixes for y’all. Lets start with this one!

As spring arrives there are often days that turn out to be less warm than we would have hoped. I often find these days to be the most depressing. At least in winter you know what to expect but during these transitional times it can be tough. Hope is often higher than the mercury. On these depressing days it helps to have a soundtrack to pick you back up, and what’s better than a solid hour of upbeat music! There are dance-offs, face-offs, walk-offs and now an upbeat-off! Wait, that doesn’t sound right. Anyway, here are 19 tracks that are guaranteed to get you amped! From hand-claps to fist-pumps, it’s 60 minutes of pure upbeat psyched motivation! Make it your soundtrack to spring cleaning! Your place has kinda been looking like a dump…

Track list after the dump. I mean jump.

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Project Jenny, Project Jan team up with Fujiya & Miyagi!!

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I got needles and pins and I hear the sound of violins

Project Jenny, Project Jan – Pins and Needles (w/ Fujiya & Miyagi)

Oh boy, where do I start? First of all, if you are familiar with both bands on this track then proceed freely. For those needing the back story it goes like this…. Project Jenny, Project Jan are two dudes from Brooklyn who are named neither Jenny nor Jan. Their debut album XOXOXOXOXO (above) is filled with quirky danceable pop fun that should appeal to people who can smile. “Pins and Needles” is their latest single and sees them collaborating with Fujiya and Miyagi. (Again, nobody named Fujiya or Miyagi in this group. Just three white Brits. Kids these days.) This song is a definte departure for PJPJ as Fujia & Miyagi seem to have exerted a mellowing influence on the typically spastic laptop-rockers. (Song topics include alcoholic zoo-animals on “Zoobar” and the frustration of board-games on “Games.” Just to be clear, I highly recommend this album. Here are two of my favorite tracks from XOXOXOXOXO.

Project Jenny, Project Jan – Train Track

Project Jenny, Project Jan – 320

If you like “Pins and Needles” then you should definitely get “Collarbone,” the sneaker-centric funk-fest that rocked just about every hipster BBQ last summer.

Fujiya & Miyagi – Collarbone

I never fell in love with their full albums but the power of “Collarbone” is undeniable and I like vibe F&J have sewn into PJPJ. Definitely curious to hear new releases from all these misnamed dudes.

Project Jenny, Project Jan on eMusic / MySpace

Fujiya and Miyagi on eMusic / MySpace