Stepdad – “Running (Does That Mean You Care?)”

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Its been too long since we heard from TBE faves (and SXSW alums) Stepdad but damn it sounds good to have them back and swinging for the fences of the sweaty basement dance party. Grand Rapids, Michigan, be proud!

[EVENT] The Burning Ear’s FREE 2012 SXSW Parties

Yes, the rumors are true. The Burning Ear is in full effect at this year’s SXSW. With the help of Joel’s Lights & Music Entertainment and the awesome people at The Firehouse Lounge & Hostel we have cooked up the biggest blog curated lineup Austin has ever seen. Plus, it’s FREE!  Seriously. Sit down before you click through to the full event page.

I wont even get into too many details here lest those of you not in Austin this week flip out with jealousy. If you feel strong enough then dip down below for some teasers. I hope to see some of you come and rock out! Don’t forget to say hi and high-five!


4 Days  |  3 Levels  |  40+ live shows | FREE

FEATURING: Jukebox The Ghost – Gigamesh – Gemini Club – Polarsets – DWNTWN – Slow Club – ANR – & many more!

[COVER] Nathan K – “My Leather, My Fur, My Nails” (Stepdad Cover)

you think she had enough, its not enough, she always wants more 

♫ Nathan K – My Leather, My Fur, My Nails (Stepdad Cover)

Any excuse to listen to the severely underrated Stepdad is a good one, especially a sleepy-afternoon acoustic version of their freak-pop masterpiece “My Leather, My Fur, My Nails.” Use this version to ease you into Monday morning and then go back to the original for a mid-day pick me up. Thanks Nathan K!

Joel’s Summer/Birthday Mix 2011 [Calvin Harris, LMFAO, Empire of The Sun, Lady Gaga, and more…]

Ahhh the wonders of summer.  A time for great tunes, butterflies, unicorns, puppies, summer flings, confetti birthday cakes, cookies and all your favorite things.

Maybe most importantly, its for Getting Nurdy and Party Rock Shuffling your faces off.

This special time of year begs for a soundtrack.  So, I thought, what better day to post something as monumental and life altering as my summer mix, then on the most important day of the year.  MY BIRTHDAY!


For more jams or by any of these artists use the ‘tags’ links at the bottom of the post!  Follow my newly launched Twitter @JoelAlbers

♫ Calvin Harris Feat. Kelis – Bounce

♫ YACHT – Dystopia

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[EP] STEPDAD stole MY LEATHER jacket and then bought MY mom a FUR coat and now MY mom NAILS him

she’s got style, she rips it off my back and puts it on a coat hook

♫ Stepdad – My Leather, My Fur, My Nails

Sure they are boning your mom but Stepdad is possibly the coolest thing to come out of Grand Rapids, Michigan. They are making fans all over the world with their weirdo blend of synths, beats, and oscillating vocal pitches. Weather you get into their lyrics or their videos it’s immediately clear that these dudes came to have fun. The Ordinaire EP is out now and at 8 tracks will do just fine tying me over until the release of their in-progress debut LP next year. Listen to and grab the whole thing at their bandcamp for $1! Worth it for 2nd standout track “Squares.”

Bury your face in their website /// Amazon too