TBE Digest 12 – 8.25.10 [Civil Civic, The Knocks, Wale, Pete Yorn, Weezer, Passion Pit, …]

A month away from high speed internet will do a lot to a man so while I readjust myself to city living let me drop this round of Digest jams on you. Some of them aren’t the most timely but thankfully you understand. Some great tracks in here! Nice to see new freshness from Civil Civic, Young Empires, and The Knocks. Plus Passion Pit cover Smashing Pumpkins? Hot dog! Rock on and drop a thought in the comments!

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

♫ Civil Civic – Run Overdrive / One of the year’s best EPs gets followed up by this rollicking single which is B-sided by a track called “Fuck Youth.” Read more

WE ARE SCIENTISTS feel that the RULES DON’T apply so STOP now if you hate good times

if there’s no victim then there’s no crime, just try another if you think we’ve crossed the line

♫ We Are Scientists – Rules Don’t Stop

We Are Scientists’ 2005 debut, With Love And Squalor, was one of my favorites of the year with it’s perfect blend of indie-rock, intellect, and danceability. However, 2008’s Brain Thrust Mastery felt a bit sterile and lacked a lot of the spazzy energy of their debut. Well, Chris and keith are back with a new album, Barbara, and “Rules Don’t Stop” is the first leak/single. It doesn’t exactly scream of a return to form but it has certainly been growing on me. Those thundering drums and mantra of a title are the perfect start to a Friday evening! Take that, and the fact that these two guys are the funniest dudes in Rock (more their writing/videos than lyrics), and and I have to say I am getting pretty pumped for Barbara! Make sure to peep their website for hilarious restaurant reviews and useful features like new jokes and brutal dismissals! The video for “Rules Don’t Stop” is here and catch the ‘sick sk8ing video’ for other new track “Nice Guys” below. Try and sing along with the lyrics!!

♫ We Are Scientists – The Scene Is Dead // With Love And Squalor, 2005

It was not easy picking a favorite from their debut but let’s just go with this classic night-out-at-the-bars anthem! Read more

Fool’s Gold and their Surprise Hotel


long after

♫ Fool’s Gold – Surprise Hotel

Blog vultures like myself will be well acquainted with this jam by now, but some of you TBE readers may not have heard it. While it is not mind-blowing or repeat-button demanding, “Surprise Hotel” has been pleasing my ears every time it has come up the past few weeks. Weather turning a sunset-drenched drive home into a tropical dance party or just providing a little upbeat funk to a dreary day, the funk is there. Fool’s Gold is an L.A. based project started by two friends who wanted to explore their shared love of African music. Recruitying with members of We Are Scientists (can we get a new album please?), Foreign Born (never been sold on them), and The Fall (don’t know ’em), they formed Fool’s Gold. The singer, Luke, sings in both English and Hebrew if you were wondering why you couldn’t understand some of those lyrics. I can’t understand any of them but maybe that’s just me. Their debut comes out sometime with only one other track on their MySpace it’s hard to tell what to expect.

Bury your face in MySpace