The 15 Best Cover Songs of 2011

Welcome to the end of the year. A time for reflection, for resolutions, for binge drinking, and for me telling you what was good in the TBE hood! Kicking things off are my 15 favorite covers spanning all genres and damn near all instruments. Guys! Girls! Guys singing girls’ songs! Girls singing guys’ songs! It’s mayhem! Strap in, rock on, and Read more

Brandon’s TBE Digest 18 – 1.18.2011 [Passion Pit, Kanye West, Big K.R.I.T., RAC, Das Racist, BRAHMS, Kid Cudi, and more!]

It’s a new year and a lot of good stuff piled up over the holidays. Considering it’s the 18th Digest, today is the 18th (close enough…), and I have 18 tracks, I think this is some kind of perfect Digest or something. Dig in. But really, dig. There are some real gems in the mix down there.

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


♫ Passion Pit – All These Trees / Passion Pit drop a new one through American Express ZYNC. I keep waiting for the song to start but it ends up being all build, no climax. Still nice to hear our boys back in the mix.

♫ BRAHMS – Add It Up / New BRAHMS track isn’t my favorite of theirs but I have to say, seeing them at The Brooklyn Electronic Music Festval last month was a Read more

[MP3] Crystal Castles ft. The Cure’s Robert Smith

i saw your picture hangin’ on the back of my door, won’t give you my heart, no one lives there anymore

I am a big Crystal Castles fan. I am an even bigger fan of The Cure (Robert Smith).

When The Cure was dominating airwaves I was too young to understand the emotion Robert Smith was conveying but by no means did I let their sound escape me. The Cure is a band that has been and always will be a part of my library.

Ok, enough with the fan boy nostalgia.

A Crystal Castles and Robert Smith collaboration isn’t something I or anyone ever really imagined and this potentially could have been disastrous, but for this track, opposites attracted, got married and made a beautiful trashy goth baby.

This song is really as good as it could possibly be, with a perfect balance of Crystal Castles obscurity and Roberts Smiths legendary new wave romantic soul we have an epic song of love and heartbreak. The base track originally given to us by 80′s Canadian new wave band Platinum Blonde, has been transformed by Crystal Castles’ trashy synthesizer grind, making it a song they can call their own.

It may have taken three bands and three attempts, but the end result gives us one of the best electronic love/heartbreak songs I have heard in years.

♫ Crystal Castles- Not In Love ft Robert Smith

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