[REMIX] Naked and Famous – “Young Blood” (Strange Talk Remix)

the motive changes like the wind, hard to control when it begins

♫ Naked and Famous – Young Blood (Strange Talk Remix)

The last thing any of us need is another remix of a jam from 2010 but oh wait never mind apparently we do. Strange Talk get all 80s-suspense-action on this jam, setting the perfect mood for some mustachioed crime fighting. Or an Axel Foley chase scene through a dance club. Try and live those dreams this weekend as you have this on max volume. I know I will.

Brandon’s TBE Digest 30 – [11.3.2011] 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.

A big batch of goodies this time round. Plus, since it’s a nice round number Jacob Youngblood Ziegler hooked us up with a fancy Anniversary Edition of the TBE Digest art. Stare at it in awe as you listen.

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


♫ Phantogram – Don’t Move / Phantogram return with the Nightlife EP and this is a great sign of the continued sexiness these two are working with.

♫ Body Language – Seeds of Sight / More spaced out sex funk from one of Brooklyn’s finest.

♫ Vacationer – Gone  While not nearly as good as previous track “Trip” this shows good promise of more magic to come from this Body Language collaborator.


♫ Katie Herzig – Free My Mind (RAC Remix) / Like I said yesterday, there is no Read more

Remix Roundup Vol. 47 + Video – 6.24.2011 [The Toxic Avenger, Gorillaz, AXXE, Junior Boys and more…]

Its friday night and this is how TBE does it.

Shake your booty down and get as funky as we would…  WE DARE YOU.  Seriously, triple dog dare you.

Nurd on.

RIGHT-CLICK TO DOWNLOAD MP3s –For more jams or by any of these artists use the ‘tags’ links at the bottom of the post!  Follow @JoelAlbers on Twitter for updates on remixes, dubstep and all things Nurdy.

♫ The Toxic Avenger – Angst Two (Drivepilot Remix)

♫ Arthur Russell – Walk On The Moon (Labyrinth Ear Remix) / Creepy good rework by Labyrinth Ear.  Check the video below.

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Remix Roundup Vol. 42 – 4.15.2011 [MADONNA, GUCCI MANE, MNDR , FOSTER THE PEOPLE, BON IVER and more…]

Remix Roundup Vol. 42 is just about as smooth as a baby’s butt.

For more jams or by any of these artists use the ‘tags’ links at the bottom of the post!  Follow @JoelAlbers on Twitter for updates on remixes, dubstep and all things Nurdy.

♫ Madonna – Miles Away (Morgan Page Remix) / This Morgan Page mix of The Material Girl’s Miles Away is the T.  I.  T.  S. Titties.

♫ The Naked And Famous – Young Blood (White Sea Remix) / M83’s Morgan Kibby shows us that Dave Sitek isnt the only one who can properly mix this near perfect tune.  World!

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Brandon’s TBE Digest 21 [3.10.2011] New Jams, Remixes, Mashups & Covers!

Bing, bang, boom, it’s that time again! Strap on your toddler bibs and dive into this digest with abandon because there are some steamers cooking in this jam-stew! My top picks are in chunky-eat-it-with-a-fork boldface. Mmm mmm good!

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


♫ The Dodos – Dont Stop / New Dodo’s album, No Color, is out on Tuesday. “Don’t Stop” is definitely closer to the Dodos I love from Visiter but I’m not sold by the whole album yet. Stream it here.

♫ Project Jenny Project Jan – Nadine / PJPJ were one of the first bands TBE ever covered exactly 2 years ago (tomorrow) so it’s about damn time we got some new stuff from them! I’ve streamed the whole album and it’s Read more

[WIN] NAKED AND FAMOUS 7″ Vinyl of “Young Blood” and an autographed album poster!

Enter to win a 7″ Vinyl of the “Young Blood” single with a B side of “Crazy? Yes. Dumb? No!” and an autographed Passive Me, Aggressive You poster!

♫ The Naked and Famous – Young Blood

The Naked and Famous’ first album Passive Me, Aggressive You has already debuted at #1 in their native New Zealand. They are now poised to invade North American shores with a March 15th US release date and to celebrate we are giving away a nifty little prize pack to one lucky fan! Drop your name and favorite Naked & Famous track in the comments! The winner will be picked at random on February 15th and the package will be mailed to any US address!  Good luck!

♫ The Naked and Famous – Young Blood (The Sound of Arrows Remix)

They are on tour as well! Check their pages for more!

Website / Facebook / Twitter / “Young Blood” on iTunes / Album on iTunes

Bury your face in MySpace /// Amazon too

UPDATE: Congratulation to Aaron Wang who was selected by as the winner! Thanks to everyone who entered, it was interesting seeing everyone’s favorites and surprising how few people picked “Girls Like You.” That’s my jam!

The 25 Best Songs of 2010… Since Then (July-Dec.)

Here it is, for better or worse, for agreement or not, my list of the top 25 jams that rocked and/or rolled my ass during the second half of 2010. This is the 4th such list in TBE history and by far the most quality collection. There were  so many tracks that didn’t make the cut, and so many more that I think should be ranked higher. Can’t put ’em all in the top 10, now can I? Anyway, like all my lists, the ranking is loose. The quality, however, is tight as a drum… a tom-tom drum, perhaps…

25. ♫ Wiz Khalifa – Black & Yellow / Annnnd, this is why we don’t do year end lists before the YEAR ENDS. A late entry to my iTunes and an instant favorite. Swagger city up in this one! Push to start!

24. ♫ Fabolous – You Be Killin Em / Naw, Fabo, YOU be killen ’em. Niiice.

23. ♫ Muscles – Girl Crazy Go / Should be called “Brandon Crazy Go” cause that’s what happens. It’s like Read more

[LP] NAKED AND FAMOUS are how i like my GIRLS and how i LIKE YOU

everything you say is higher, all the things that make you lighter

♫ The Naked And Famous – Girls Like You

After seemingly the whole world fell for The Naked and Famous’ breakout single “Young Blood” I was ready and willing to dive head over heels into their full length debut, Passive Me, Aggressive You. I’ve been sitting on the album for over two months now and each listen is a struggle to reconcile what went wrong. These Kiwi’s are often compared to MGMT and it seems that their similarities extend to their spotty debut LP as well. Of the 13 tracks, exactly 4 are fantastic and the rest seem to wander a bit, not knowing exactly what they are or how to turn themselves into infectious synth rock jams like “Young Blood,” “Punching In A Dream,” “All of This” or my hands down favorite, “Girls Like You.” If the whole album was on par with “Girls”‘spine-tingling slow build and epic apex of sing-along-ability then we would have a year topping LP on our hands. It’s definitely a disc that rewards repeated listens but it could have benefitted from some heavy editing and a tighter sonic direction. Meanderings into full distortion 90s grunge on tracks like “Spank” and “Jilted Lovers” and the unnecessary thrash in “A Wolf In Geek’s Clothing” just seem ill fitting and cause the albums final stretch to drag. Thank goodness they close things out with “Girls Like You,” reminding me that they have some serious skills and that hopefully their next album will benefit even more from them.

Bury your face in MySpace /// Amazon too