[QUICKIE] Serenades – SERENADES EP & “Earthquakes”

Not drooling for it like I was but Serenades are delivering solid sweeping & dramatic indie pop jams with big appeal.”Miracles” is new best.

[Quickies are mini-reviews that can fit into a 140 character tweet. They are of albums that people already know of but perhaps are curious about our take on it. What did you think of the disc?]

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[STREAM] Serenades – “Birds” & “Oceans”

gentle whisper in my ear, oh sadness disappear

Yup. Sweden again. But this time it’s courtesy of some Swedes we already know. Adam Ohlenius from Shout Out Louds and Markus KrunegÃ¥rd make-up their poppier side project Serenades and damn if it isn’t some smooth stuff. “Birds” is all kinds of blossoms and happiness on a sunny Sunday while “Oceans” gets a bit more sunset melancholy. However, both are gems and serve as a reminder that talented people make great music, no matter what genre they are dabbling in.

SERENADES – Birds by serenadesofficial

SERENADES – Oceans by serenadesofficial

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Joel & Scott’s Top 50 Remixes of 2010

Welcome back party peeps.  We, Joel & Scott are proud to bring you our Top 50 Remixes of 2010.

Totally wish we could think of some rad shite to introduce this wicked cool Top 50 list with, but we’re both having some serious writers block here.  Typically in this situation we would just drink or get some sort of major caffeine stimulation (often both).  Not gonna lie, we enjoyed the hell out of our super strong energy/alcoholic beverages, but thanks to Central Washington University students the shite is outlawed.  Please, we’d love to hear your side of the story.   Anyway,… by now if you are a TBE follower you know that we are two dudes (Joel & Scott) originally from Seattle that just love to get Nurdy’ and melt our faces on that dirty d-floor.   And yeah, remixes to us are what platinum haired Bunnies are to Hugh Hefner.

Lastly, you might think its a little late for a “Best of List”, but that was a deliberate move on our part.  We at TBE don’t believe in a  “Best of List” before the New Year and we really wanted to take our time.  2010 was an incredible year for DJs and remix artists around the world.  Our top two remixes this year may very well be two of our top remixes of all time.  Its amazing to see the support DJs are now getting around the globe.  Don’t forget that they’re the ones that keep us dancing.

Keep dancing all, and if any of the following songs change your life YOU’RE WELCOME.  (Don’t forget to check out our Top 10 Dubstep Remixes of 2010)

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.

1. ♫ Marina and The Diamonds- I Am Not A Robot (Clock Opera Remix)

2. ♫ The Good Natured- Your Body Is A Machine (Baby Monster remix)

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SKYLIT SUMMER /// A Summer Mix, Vol 3

In true summer fashion this 3rd installment is coming a week later than promised but it’s all good cause you been chilling so hard that nobody noticed. Well get out of the pool, dry your hands, and get downloading cause the sun will be setting soon and you’ll want this sun-mellowed summer mix to close out your day. Throw your arm around your summer fling, settle into a chilled beverage, and let the sunset burn into your retinas. Don’t forget volumes 1 & 2!

1. ♫ Jay-Z – 99 Problems (Prince Ballard Royal Edit feat. The Dap Kings)

2. ♫ Miike Snow – Animal (Mark Ronson Remix/Cover)

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The Best Remixes / Mash-ups of 2010… So Far (Jan-June)


Best Remixes 2011 – PART 2 (July-Dec)

Joel & Scotts Top 50 Remixes 2010 

More links at the bottom! ///

Ok, so we’ve got some remixes here! I have to say, I haven’t been blown away by a lot of remixes this year. A handful have been on repeat but most others have just lasted a few listens. Anyway, RAC is back in full effect, basically dropping pure gold. Don Diablo is doing his thing, turning so-so tracks into epicness. The Soundmen are back with another super-infectious remix. The Hood Internet (and Jay-Z??) are dominating the little Mashup section at the bottom. Some familiar names, some fresh faces, all great jams. I’m going to leave these without comments for now because frankly, they don’t need them and I want to get this list out in time for Friday night! Rock on! Read more

Remix Roundup Vol. 21 – 5.6.10 – EPIC!!!!

I feel like we know each other well enough that I can be honest with you, right? Well I gotta say that sometimes I put a remix in one of these roundups that I am not totally in love with but is interesting/unique/whatever. I just want you to know that even though this is the longest roundup ever at 17 tracks this is not one of those cases. All these jams are going off and I am soooo stoked to be delivering them to you! Dive in! The water is hott!

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

♫ Tegan and Sara – Alligator (RAC Mix) / Awww yeah, Tegan, Sara, and RAC! If funky grooves were a fruit then they this remix is them being dipped in the sweetness of my favorite Canadian Read more

SHOUT OUT LOUDS’ new album won’t FALL out of rotation soon. It’s not HARD to like.

gimmie a secret and i’ll tell you i need memories to keep

♫ Shout Out Louds – Fall Hard

Two of last years most disappointing albums for me were Throw Me The Statue’s Creaturesque and The Dodos’ Time To Die and both were produced by Phil Ek. There are many reasons that I like to blame Mr. Ek for these underwhelming follow-ups but mostly ’cause it’s easier than believing that bands I love have done fell off. Needless to say, I was a bit nervous to hear that Ek was producing Shout Out Louds’ follow up to 2007’s fantastic Our Ill Wills. First single, “Walls”, assuaged that fear a bit but it’s decided shift in sound (no more strings or bells) — coupled with that “we hate fun” album cover — left me a little nervous. Well, the verdict is in and Work is solid solid stuff. Yeah, it’s different that Our Ill Wills but by the end of the album you don’t even think about those differences any more. It’s the same band we know and love and their signature earnestness and energy is firmly in place. Take second single “Fall Hard” for example, that opening guitar brings me right into the song and before I know it those tight drums and Adam Olenius’ unique voice have me flying right with the music. It’s a hard song not to enjoy, and the video (below) is pretty great too. The rest of the album ranges in intensity but always packs enough hooks to keep me jamming along and Olenius’ lyrics always tell an interesting story as he bares his soul over tales of love, relationships, and his own stubborn personal baggage.

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SHOUT OUT LOUDS have been doing solid WORK

SOL Work

to get to know yourself you’ve gotta run away

♫ Shout Out Louds – Walls

Hells yeah. Shout Out Louds debut, Our Ill Wills, was one of my favorites of 2007 and now we are getting a follow-up in 2010. After hearing that Phil Ek was producing (the guy who turned the Dodos latest album into a bore), that there wouldn’t be any more strings or bells, and being initially disappointed with “Walls”, I was pretty skeptical about the whole affair. Then I listened. And listened. And watched. And listened. And now I am pretty damn into it. “Walls” is definitely a step in a different direction for the band, but at the same time it’s still a huge anthemic fist pumper that has their stamp all over it. February 23rd is when we get to hear Work and I emphasize hear because I think they could have stepped up their game with the album art. Our Ill Wills was so on point and now this makes them look like a bunch of sad-sacks instead of one of the most sincerely fun bands around.

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