Brandon’s TBE Digest 17 – 12.23.2010 [The Get Up Kids, Bon Iver, Tokyo Police Club, Local Natives, Lykke Li, Chromeo, …]

It’s Christmas time. I’m in a cabin in the woods. My stolen internet connection is worthless. My family is going through some stuff. I love you all but I’m just not able to give this post all the detailing that it deserves. I hope that you are too busy with your own holiday festivities to care and can just kick back and enjoy this collection of jams for the interesting mix that they are. Dive in and enjoy. I know I’ve been.

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


♫ The Get Up Kids – Regent’s Court / It’s no “Mass Pike,” “Red Letter Day,” or “Hannah Hold On” but it’s good that that the boys are back in town.

♫ Estelle & John Legend – Shiny Suit pt.2 / They dropped a whole EP of free jams like Read more

Remix Roundup Vol. 28 – 10.11.10 [Miike Snow, Tokyo Police Club, RAC, Naked & Famous, …]

Because sometimes Monday is a good day for a fresh batch of remixes. And because sometimes you know Joel and Scott are right around the corner with their set of bangers and you gotta act fast. And because sometimes I just love you all and want to spread the sonic goodness.

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 Dance Party – Sasha Don’t Sleep (Pance Party Remix) / I can’t guarantee that listening to this song will make you as hyped as this crowd but it certainly couldn’t hurt. I love that one of 2009’s best jams is getting more love!

♫ Something a la Mode – 5 AM ft K. Flay (Pance Party Remix) / Did someone say Pance Party? Yeah, I DID! These guys rock the wheels right off on this jam. Something a la Mode are some crazy classical-electro outfit that wisely brought Read more

TBE’s Summer In Hi-Fi /// A Summer Mix, Vol 1

Ahhh, summer… If mine wasn’t currently operating as the antithesis of all this relaxing and peaceful I would definitely have had this mix up sooner, but alas, it wasn’t to be. However, seeing as tomorrow I head out on an 18 day family vacation (never too old!) it’s time to get these summer jams pumping! Today is Volume 1 and the next two Fridays will bring Volumes 2 & 3 respectively. I’ve never understood the concept of an all-encompassing summer mix because like all things amazing, summer has many facets and is home to many moods. So I’ve gone and put together 3 full mixes of summer-themed goodness, each with it’s own sun-soaked vibe. Seeing as how this year’s summer was perhaps the most highly anticipated (and deserved) clump of warm days in Polish history I decided to kick off this summer mix series with a big rousing 54-minute high-five to the summer sun. Summer In Hi-Fi is a mix that celebrates summer with all the energy and eagerness of that first day at the beach or pool. Take a gander at the track list after the jump and download the whole mix right below!

zip file —> TBE’s Summer In Hi-Fi (Tracks 9 & 15 are switched in the filenames. Wont be able to fix that for a while. They are correct in the post, though!)

Most of these songs have Read more

The 25 Best Songs of 2010… So Far (Jan-June)

As I’ve been compiling this best songs list I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be a great track. Last year I went by play counts to determine what songs I “loved” the most but this year I noticed that the list that came out didn’t really match my perception of my favorites. A lot of my top played songs this year are indeed great songs, but they also happen to be on a great album so they get played by themselves as well as in the course of the album. So I got to thinking about which are the tracks that I seek out, that I crave, that I have to hear every night before bed or every morning to wake up. Those are the songs that make up this list. Songs that for whatever reason hooked me to the point where I need(ed) them in my life this year. Those great albums (and their highlight jams) will get their moment but for now we celebrate the song, or as Read more

TOKYO POLICE CLUB don’t WAIT or give UP, their BOOTS are made for rocking jams OF DANGERous proportions

i’m on your side, but only for a while, of course, you never use words you can’t afford

♫ Tokyo Police Club – Breakneck Speed

I don’t even know where to start with this one. One of my favorite bands is releasing a new album after dropping an epic first single? (above) Yeah, expectations were high. After getting the album I didn’t even listen to it right away, had to wait for the perfect moment. Days or even a week later I finally turned it on and listened pensively as the 11 tracks churned through my ears. Well, the verdict is in and this is one of the years best albums, for sure. Yeah, their firecracker energy of their early EPs is gone but in it’s place is a diamond hard band delivering an announcement that they are older, wiser, and can craft the shit out of some spiky indie rock. I should also probably mention that Dave Monks lyrics are awesome as usual and worth paying a bit of extra attention to. Nearly every track has been starred in my iTunes as my album “fave” (most albums get 1, 2 at best). “Favorite Food” warms us up for the album with it’s lyrical balance of youth and maturity and musical balance of slow and fast. “End of A Spark” trots out thumping drums and twangy guitars for a medium paced foot-stomping fest. “Gone” is sharp guitars and breezy oohs for a beach trip. “Big Difference” kicks out out of the gate and doesn’t stop as it hurtles through signature TPC guitars. “Not Sick” is a big burst of a late album anthem that is impossible not to groove to. And then, there is “Wait Up (Boots Of Danger)” which is the latest single as deservedly so. Love those Ooh oohs!

♫ Tokyo Police Club – Wait Up (Boots Of Danger)

The “Wait Up” video is out now, as well as some other goodies like an RAC mix (hells yeah!). So get the album and let’s make it a TPC summer!!

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Remix Roundup Vol. 23 – 6.18.2010 [Oasis, RAC, Crystal Castles, Tokyo Police Club, Major Lazer]

Damn. This roundup is huge. I been slippin on my pimpin and sooo many great tracks have piled up. Dive in.

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

♫ Oasis – Wonderwall (Questions Version) / Jay-Z fucked up his attempt and Ryan Adams’ cover is beautiful. Now we have this remix to add a little gritty funk to these timeless lyrics. Sweet. Read more

TOKYO POLICE CLUB infect my ears with typical BREAKNECK SPEED

it’s good to be back/bad, super fun at the movies, drunk and young

♫ Tokyo Police Club – Breakneck Speed

Tokyo Police Club burst onto the scene in 2006 with the A Lesson In Crime EP. The seven song collection kicked the door open with “Cheer It On,” a jam that starts with the lyric “Operator, get me The President of The World/ This is an emergency” and goes on to name check themselves. Now that is how you start your career in rock music, people. A Lesson In Crime was such raw and powerful rock that a lot of people started a downer-parade over their admittedly less shredding but pretty damn great 2008 debut LP, Elephant Shell. I never like parades and to me, Tokyo Police Club have rarely slowed or released anything that I don’t still get an ear-boner listening to now. This is prime time rock n’ roll and from Canada no less. Eat it 48! Anyway, now that I have got that out of my system, it’s time to talk about how excited I am for Tokyo Police Club’s second LP, Champ, which comes out June 1 on Saddle Creek and features that beautiful new jam up top, “Breakneck Speed.” It;s got their characteristically sparse use of synths, rolling drums, and guitars, guitars, guitars! Catch up on some of my favorite TPC jams below! And see them live if they are anywhere near you! A great show! Read more