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Max Tannone/Ghostfunk- “Make it N.Y.” by jason
July 18, 2011, 10:00 am
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To Eleven loves Max Tannone, the mastermind behind Jaydiohead and Mos Dub. Now, he’s taken Ghostface Killah and mixed him with some ’70s funk and psychedelia. It’s pretty amazing.


Mash-up Monday: Mos Dub- “History Town” by jason
April 4, 2011, 2:00 pm
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This is the lost mash-up from last week. It didn’t post because I accidentally told it to “save” instead of post the Internet ate it. We’ve talked about Max Tannone’s Mos Dub project before. Just go download it, already.

Review: Richard Rich & Max Tannone – Selene by ymatto
March 17, 2011, 10:14 am
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Hip-hop, for all its popular reputation for being the music of gangstaz and pimps, has a seriously geeky undercurrent.  If you scratch it deep, it bleeds kung-fu, comic books, and science-fiction.  Even when it’s not as explicit as the Wu-Tang clan, MF DOOM, or Deltron 3030, the themes are often there:  alienation, conspiracy, identity, good vs. evil, and rising above one’s origins.  So even though we’ve seen things like RZA’s swaggering samurai hip-hop soundtrack for Ghost Dog, maybe it’s surprising that we’ve never gotten hip-hop directly inspired by an existing film such as Max Tannone’s Selene, inspired by 2009 hard sci-fi film Moon.

Moon is the right basis for the project, as it’s a kind of hip-hop mashup in its own right.  Seriously, if you’ve seen it, hang with me here.  (If you haven’t, you may want to skip forward to avoid spoilers — or just go watch the damn thing now; it’s good.)  Moon is very much a mashup of the style and themes of other hard sci-fi films, notably 2001 and Solaris (the more recent Soderbergh one).  The clean style comes from that 2001 vision of the future, but with a corporate twist, and a little bit of Alien mining ship grime.  Gerdie is a corporate-designed HAL, with a Korean emoji face in place of all-seeing red eye, that has fixed the mission-first homicidal bug — and has that fact used against it.  The intertwined themes of cloned identity and love explored in Solaris are flipped 180 degrees here and become less about what it means to love someone as it does what it means to be someone who is loved.  And tying all this together is the Sam Bell character(s), rising above his intended role, fighting the company that would enslave him for profit.  Hip-hop as hell.

All of those elements from other sci-fi are, in Moon, flipped and recombined to make something new and more than just a collection of references, much like Tannone’s approach to mashup music.  With Selene, Tannone pulls from the single source of Moon — musical elements of the soundtrack, and thematic elements used for the basis of Richard Rich’s original lyrics — and creates something that’s more of a companion for the film than an alternate soundtrack for it.  Any of the songs here could run over the credits as an emotionally appropriate way to play you out of the theater.  The lyrics drift between Sam Bell’s plight and more general exploration similar situations and emotions through the eyes of others.

At some points, I’m not sure the tracks are completely successful on their own, although the first track You Are Here is fully proper.  But as a meditation on the film, it’s an overall compelling piece of work that I’ve found myself listening to more than once.  I think that’s pretty remarkable, and a tribute to the unofficial union of hip-hop and sci-fi.

You Are Here

Download it here.

– Matt

Mash-up Monday: “Back in the Dark”- Max Tannone and Richard Rich by jason
March 14, 2011, 10:00 am
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I recently saw Duncan Jones’ Moon, and one thing that was striking about it (besides Sam Rockwell’s performance) was the music, composed by Clint Mansell. Well, Max Tannone of Jaydiohead fame got together with Richard Rich and made an EP using the music from Moon. It’s not a mash-up per se, but it is a derivative work, and a damn good one at that.

Mash-up Monday: Jaydiohead- “Wrong Prayer” by jason
February 21, 2011, 10:00 am
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Well, Radiohead’s new album, “The King of Limbs” dropped digitally this weekend. In celebration, here’s a mash-up of Radiohead and Jay-Z by one of To Eleven’s favorite producers, Max Tannone.

My…um…list for 2010 by jason

Well, Jayson posted his best of list, which means it’s that time of year again. I’m going to do my list like I did last year, where I’m rating these albums not by how good or bad they were, but how they met my expectations. Because you can look anywhere on teh interwebz for numbered ratings and all that. And away we go:
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Mash-up Monday: Beastie Boys vs. Beastie Boys- “Jimmy Namaste” by jason
October 18, 2010, 1:00 pm
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This mash-up is from Max Tannone’s Doublecheck Your Head, in which he mashes up th Bweastie Boys with the Beastie Boys. Go download this piece, STAT!