[LP] Gaslight Anthem – HANDWRITTEN (w/ “Handwritten”)

i’m in love with the way you’re in love with the night

So I’m definitely one of those Gaslight Anthem fans that says The ’59 Sound is their best album but that’s probably because that’s the first one I heard so it hit much harder. American Slang grew to be one of my favorite albums of the year and Handwritten is making strides up my charts with every listen. Sometimes I think my expectations are perhaps too high but then the music wins out in the end and I feel ok just rocking out. Stream Handwritten here if you somehow haven’t heard it yet. Read more

[STREAM] The Gaslight Anthem – “45”

and all my friends say, turn the record over, see you on the flip side

  • Who: Brian, Ben, Alex & Alex
  • What: Raspy rock n roll, like Bruce Springsteen, Steel Train.
  • Where: New Brunswick, NJ + Facebook
  • When: “45” is out today. New LP Handwritten is out July 24th.
  • Why: Even though The Gaslight Anthem’s The ’59 Sound was one of my top albums of 2008, it took me a while to warm up to 2010’s American Slang. There will be none of that foot dragging this time. The boys from New Jersey have blasted out of the gate with guitars blazing on “45.” The fast parts, the slow parts, the singing parts, its all just about perfect rock n’ roll. I can not wait until July 24th when summer will arrive in all it’s convertible-loving glory with Handwritten.

[LP] The Horrible Crowes – ELSIE (w/ “Behold The Hurricane” & “Black Betty & The Moon”)

silhouettes they haunt this house like a memory haunts me now as if it were a dream

♫ The Horrible Crowes – Behold the Hurricane

Brian Fallon is the lead singer of New Jersey’s awesome The Gaslight Anthem. Brian Fallon is also the lead singer of his mellowed out side project (with his guitar tech Ian Perkins). I’m really shocked at how little press this album got from all the same outlets that usually gush over Gaslight. Anyway, that’s exactly why I’m so late to the game but you know I wouldn’t leave you guys without a heads up. If you have ever been down with Gaslight’s vibe but wanted an album that you could play without risk of lead-footing the gas pedal or singing along at inappropriate volumes then Elsie is your LP. It’s like Gaslight lite, if you will. Fallon called it something like “sleeping music” or “chilling music” or something. I just call it rock n roll. Whatever works really, although some of these jams like “Behold The Hurricane” and “Go Tell Everybody” definitely get a bit rowdy.

♫ The Horrible Crowes – Black Betty & the Moon

Anyway, these two jams definitely give you a sense of the album’s range. Elsie took a while to grow on me and while it’s not as gripping as a Gaslight album, I’m down.

Artist links: Facebook / Website

The Best Albums of 2010 (LPs, Eps, & Honorable Mentions)

Oh 2010, what a year you were. Not only were you The Burning Ear’s first full calendar year, but you bombarded us with so much amazing music. Great albums from old favorites, fresh faces, and even genres we didn’t even knew we liked. Thanks 2010. You were awesome and we won’t forget you. Cheers to Read more

THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM are a heavyweight BOXER of an AMERICAN band and SLANG is a solid round two

you found the bandages inside the pen and the stitches on the radio

♫ The Gaslight Anthem – Boxer

The Gaslight Anthem’s debut full length was one of those discs that hit me from left field and completely dominated my driving playlist for most of the summer of 2008. The band managed to channel an American legend like Bruce Springsteen without sounding derivative or cheap. The ’59 Sound was a powerful, life affirming, gas pedal pushing, testament that rock music was alive and well. So needless to say, after being somewhat disappointed by their follow-up’s lead single, and titular track, “American Slang,” I was hesitant about this sophomore effort. And at first listen, my fears were confirmed. The album seemed limp and rather same sounding. Here we get to a problem with how I digest albums. When I identify an album’s standout track I can then use it as my anchor with which to return to the album and get pumped about listening to it. I need that one track to suck me in and I can’t find it on American Slang. However, I’m now in the middle of my 7th pass through the album and it’s a completely different beast than when I first heard it. That lack of peaks and valleys has revealed itself to be an exercise in a tight track-list that didn’t let any filler in. Every song is a solid jam that carries it’s fair share of rock n’ roll charm. And that standout track? Well I never found it because instead of 1 there are 5. “American Slang” has grown on me and has been joined by “Stay Lucky,” “The Queen Of Lower Chelsea,” “The Spirit of Jazz” and “The Boxer.” All 5 of these jams fought for their place in this post and “The Boxer” won just because it reminds me the most of those great times two summer ago, driving fast with the windows down and the volume up. Anyway, point of the story is that this album is growing on me every day and I have a feeling we’ll be spending some good times together this summer. I cordially invite you to join us for the ride. And for the love of all that’s holy (i.e. Rock n Roll), get The ’59 Sound if you haven’t yet. Seriously.

♫ The Gaslight Anthem – American Slang

Bury your face in MySpace /// eMusic too

} TBE Digest 8 – 4.30.10 [Blur, Hole, Hot Chip, LCD Soundsystem, Passion Pit, Nada Surf…]

How-dilly, ho-dilly, neighbors! I’m currently cooking up all kinds of excitement behind the scenes here at TBE so I’m not gonna stick around and chat. You know the deal, these are the jams that are more ‘newsworthy’ then ‘noteworthy’ so that you can stay up to speed on all the latest music hitting the web without reading as many damn blogs as I do. To cleanse the palette I’ve got a bundle of covers to close things out. Enjoy!

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

♫ Blur – Fool’s Day / Record Store Day is an annual thing and it happened not too long ago. Blur released their first new track in forever and this is it. It’s a good little jam but I imagine that If I had ever loved Blur then I would be into this more. Read more

The Rural Alberta Advantage: Interview/live show at The Bell House, Brooklyn, 5/29/09


This is a post where I recap a lot of exciting things so prepare yourself accordingly.

The Rural Alberta Advantage is Nils, Paul, and Amy. They self-released a record called Hometowns which was one of my favorites of 2008. Having just signed to Saddle Creek they will be re-releasing that record on July 7th. This is exciting for many reasons, not the least of which is that it makes Hometowns can be on my favorite albums of 2009 list (which it most certainly will).

Before the show the band was gracious enough to sit down with me for a bit and talk about their album, touring, music videos, Subway sandwiches, self-googling, the origin of their name, eMusic, NYC audiences, and a bunch of other fun stuff. They were funny, gracious, open, and generally fantastic. I apologize for my over-use of “like” – I was a bit nervous – but otherwise it is an interesting interview. I learned a lot about the band. Before I get into that I want to talk about their live show. It’s amazing. Go see them. Seriously, I am not gonna freak out on you again like I did with Lykke Li but that’s only because The RAA’s awesomeness was not such a surprise. Look at photos of their live shows here or watch videos here but actually don’t bother because you should just go see them. Oh, but buy Hometowns first! Deal? Good.

Interview and a few other goodies after the jump…

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What Up ’08? (part 1)

2008 was a great year for music, blah blah blah. In fact it was a fucking santoGOLDEN year for music but you probably read some “Best Of 2008” lists like Forever Ago in some other Day & Age. In fact, you probably still remember when we got our Sex set On Fire, someone Lykked our Li, Hercules had a Love Affair, and it all happened over one big Circus of a Vampire Weekend. Well there were at least A Million crazy good songs/albums but I dont want to just Feed The Animals and Cut and Copy what some other blog said. You dont need that kind of Heartbreak on your new favorite music blog. As the Management of this here music blog I want to talk about my favorites, the ones that you may not have heard too much about but that certainly called out to me and said “Dear Science…” oh wait, I mean “DearBrandon, love us like you love chips!” And I did. Hard.

WHAT UP ’08? (part 1) <— Click to go to download page!

Notes on each track after the jump. (Mom, that’s the “continued…” below)

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