Brandon’s TBE Digest 29 – [10.11.2011] New Jams, Remixes, & Covers!

Artwork by Jacob Youngblood Ziegler

Brandon’s TBE Digest is a place where I gather up all the recent jams that are worth a listen (or 10) but don’t necessarily need their own post. Here you will find new tracks by known bands, remixes, covers, and even mashups if they are interesting. My favorites of the lot are in bold.

It’s a big one folks. Proceed with caution (and good speakers). Also note the new Digest logo that will be here to stay. Enough of that little weird cartoon guy we had for so long, amiright!? Cheers to new beginnings! And new jams!

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


♫ Toro y Moi – All Alone / Toro y Moi continue their Digest domination with this great jam off their new EP Freaking Out.

♫ ROSTAM – Wood / Vampire Weekend’s resident production whiz goes solo.

♫ Sigmund Droid – Night Race / Sigmund Droid return!


♫ The Rapture – How Deep Is Your Love? (A Trak Dub aka Dub For Mehdi) / The tragic loss of DJ Mehdi last month is Read more

Best Albums of 2009 /// Honorable Mention & EPs

I’m too tired and you’re too anxious. Let’s get this show on the road. I’ll drop some kind of ’09 wrap up speech in “The Best Albums of ’09 / The Top 15” which should be out soooon. In the meantime, nibble on these biscuits. And leave your comments! You guys have piped up louder than ever lately and I love hearing what Team TBE thinks. Cause if two brains are better than one, well than imagi…. ok, we get it, let’s do this!

Oh, and since ranking albums is for wieners (songs are OK) I just alphabetized these lists. I don’t believe in favorites so it would be dishonest of me to attempt some sort of ranking system here. These joints are just the business, each in their own way.

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SIGMUND DROID are not so big on the IMPLIED rock. I feel like real rippage is more their forte.

i try to say goodbye and she kisses me hello

♫ Sigmund Droid – Implied I

Sigmund Droid first found they their way to my ears a few years back when their faux-British full-crunchy jam “Liverpool Sluts” (below, from their Interpretation of Screams EP) was my go-to fist pumper. I even jacked that intro guitar lick as my ringtone for a while. Pretty epic times. Well fast-forward 3 years, and one curiosity inspired Google search, and here we are. The duo just released the Maximum Grind EP, which contains the fantastic new version of “Implied I” with it’s swinging bassline, solid set of Oh-ohs, and lyrics any guy can relate to. In fact, these guys are tighter and fresher across the board. The whole EP is definitely worth 5 dollars from your X-Mas haul.

♫ Sigmund Droid – Liverpool Sluts

Bury your face in MySpace /// eMusic too

>>> BONUS! Back story used as an excuse to include more good music! <<<

Some of you might know the underrated and recently disbanded Apes & Androids, of which one half of Sigmund Droid was a member. Their only album, Blood Moon, is a semi-overstuffed collection of funky jams that mix elements of pop, glam, and punk. I have a few favorites but “Nights of the Week” got the arbitrary pick.

♫ Apes & Androids – Nights of the Week

Rewind even further and you will encounter two Apes & Andorids members’ previous group, Call Florence Pow. Their jam “Preparation” has been a longtime instrumental favorite of mine, even soundtracking a scene of one of my 16mm film school joints.

♫ Call Florence Pow – Preparation