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Tegan and Sara – “I Was a Fool” (SPEAK Remix)

Music for… Tegan and Sara fans who wondered what Heartthrob would have sounded like with a bit more edge. The wonderful dudes in SPEAK give us a taste by taking “I Was A Fool” through the back door of the madhouse and letting it play with the slightly unhinged.

Location: Austin, TX

Future: SPEAK will be opening for RAC on his upcoming tour, PLUS a show opening for Future Islands here in lucky-ass LA. See dates here.

Remix Roundup Vol. 69 – Approx. Jan 2013

100-bolt-paddedDamn, these have been rocking my iTunes for months now but laziness/selfishness has kept them from being wrapped and gifted for your ears. No time to talk. Get down to the rock.

[EP] THEOPHILUS LONDON makes me wonder WHY people would EVEN TRY not to get down to these jams

what if there’s not a simple way out, reception is bad and you’re calling me now

♫ Theophilus London – Why Even Try (Ft. Sara Quin)

Theophilus London is an interesting character. Not only does he have a unique personal style and some great music videos, but his music so far has varied from sublime to sub-par. After 3 mixtapes we are finally getting a proper release from the guy and while early sample “Flying Overseas” didn’t win me over like “Humdrum Town” (a high bar, I admit) it has grown on me and I’m feeling it much more on this funky little EP. Lovers Holiday starts off with “Why Even Try” and Sara Quin (of “Tegan &” fame) brings a nice vocal balance to London’s loose rhymes. It’s a solid funk jam, perfect for getting that head bobbin and awkwardly singing along to. “Strange Love” ups the ante a bit, adding a more ambitious rhythm while “Girls Girls $” is a bass thumping dance jam that makes me want to pop bottles of swagger from beat 1. “Wine and Chocolates” reigns things back in for a minute for some strangely Kudi-esque rhyming before closing things out with “Flying Overseas.”

My problem with London was always that his mixtapes were often meandering and seemed half baked. Tracks like “Humdrum Town” were instant classics while others made me reach for the skip button for their lack of polish or fresh ideas. Lover Holiday is definitely a more polished affair that one could argue betrays it’s major label heritage but to me that’s just fine. I’m a big fan of this EP and would definitely take 5 more tracks like these and call it a solid debut LP. None of these tracks may have the raw staying power of “Humdrum Town” but when the music’s this groove-able, why would anyone be arguing?

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Brandon’s TBE Digest 16 – 11.23.2010 [Theophilius London, Passion Pit, Girl Talk, Tegan & Sara, …]

TBE Digest 16 by the burning ear

I’m trying something new with this weeks Digest! Peep the tidy Soundcloud player above for individual tracks and comments from me (beginning of each track). Zip file is still downloadable below!

Please let me know what you think of this tighter, sleeker, TBE Digest experience! A massive pain in the ass or a step in a good direction? (It’s certainly a hell of a lot easier to put together…)

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

ZIP FILE—>>> Mediafire: Brandon’s Digest Vol. 16 – 11/23/2010

Remix Roundup Vol. 20 – 4.16.10 [Bloc Party, Tegan & Sara, Neon Indian, Brahms…]

Some real gems up in here. A couple ass-shakers, mood setters, and a trifecta of hip-hop sampling mashups to round things out. Get in!

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

♫ Marmaduke Duke – Kid Gloves (Electrically Charged Boy remix) / It’s this remix that inspired me to track down Marmaduke Duke’s jams and if you’re listening then you know why. I can’t stop grooving to Read more

TEGAN AND SARA have one HELL of a lead single here

TS Hell

when you get up and over it and over them

♫ Tegan and Sara – Hell

1998 was a big year for twins. Ahhnuld and DeVito taught us about the fraternal kind, and Tegan and Sara started their musical legacy in Calgary, Alberta (that’s in Canada). I’m gonna go with Tegan and Sara for the “Ongoing Relevance Award” on this one. Doubly so, since their new album, Sainthood, drops today and lead single, “Hell,” is better than anything Arnold has done this decade. This jam shows a bit of hardening for the Quin sisters. Their tradition of melodic indie-pop is stomped on with “Hell”s crunching guitars and bouncing lyrics that are perfect for the mosh pit. You might already know I’m a big Tegan & Sara fan, you may not know this is their sixth (!) album AND is being co-released with their photo-book triptych IN/ON/AT. The books document their last American tour (ON), recording in New Orleans (IN), and general band photos/journals/etc (AT). Watch The sisters introduce it here. Anyway, Tegan and Sara are such a band that I just don’t see “Hell” being a fluke-jam on Sainthood. The album is gonna rock for real. Anyway, Sainthood is out today so I won’t have to wait too long to find out, and I bet you wont have to wait too long to get another positive post on it. Don’t wait for it, though. Just get the album. And get So Jealous and The Con if you don’t have them. Your ears (and Canada) will thank you. (Canada most likely in person. They’re cool like that.)

BONUS: Just came out of a cave/coma and don’t know Tegan and Sara? Here is a recap.

♫ Tegan and Sara – Where Does The Good Go? (So Jealous)

♫ Tegan and Sara – Back In Your Head (The Con)

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