Saturday, December 10, 2005

Two most innovative albums of the year.

A special note is necessary to talk about two albums which shirk the convention of the music industry as it stands.

MF Doom and DJ Danger Mouse (two of the biggest names in underground hip-hop, DangerMouse is responsible for the grey album, a mash-up of The Beatles "White Album" and Jay-Z's "The Black Album") combine their talents to create Danger Doom and their first album "The Mouse and the Mask."

The biggest thing that makes this album innovative is that it is inspired by Cartoon Network's Adult Swim which is home to the funniest cartoons on TV. The album contains character voices and skits from Adult Swim's most popular original shows, including Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Sealab 2021 and Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law.

The second innovative album is from Mark Kozelek (from Red House Painters, he also played the bass player in Almost Famous, a great Cameron Crowe flick). Kozelek's newest project, Sun Kil Moon, attempts an entire album of Modest Mouse covers. I use the word "attempt" because it's not entirely successful. Modest Mouse songs are quirky, off-kilter, and a little rambunctious (thanks spell check), Kozelek's music tends to be subdued, melodic, often sleep-inducing. Maybe it's the inherent opposition that makes this project so compelling to a fan of both...even if it isn't that GOOD.


Dan said...

I will agree that the Sun Kil Moon idea is innovative. But in this case, innovative does not mean good.

I have been curious about MF Doom. But Adult Swim...ugh! Can't stand it. If I'm up late, I'll still opt for some Letterman, or pop in a Futurama DVD (why should Adult Swim tell me which Futurama to watch?) or download an episode of The Office.

Brandon & Jennifer said...

I once bought a Sun Kil Moon CD - pretty mellow.

Hey, it looks like we'll be coming to HA this summer (hopefully!)