Remix artist, Max Tannone released a new free album earlier this week so this week’s song is an easy choice. The Mic Check 1234 project fuses socially concious hip hop lyrics with classic punk rock and as a result you’re probably gonna either love it or consider it to be the death knell of music. I’m firmly in the former catagory and have had the album on repeat pretty much since it dropped.
I’m 50/50 on whether I like this track or the Tupac/X track the best, but given our rather broad readership I’ve gone for the moderately less sweary track.
As with all of Max’s work, you can stream or download the entire album for free by going to his official site.
I’m gonna skip Dropping Science today in favour of remembering Beastie Boy Adam Yauch aka MCA, who passed away yesterday. I talk a lot about music that inspires the work we do here but the Beasties are about as central to our comic as any band. Back when Paul Wade and I were writing the original Moon sketch back in 2008 we watched Sabotage on a loop and the original brief for the short was basically “Let’s do that with a guy with a Moon head”. Obviously we weren’t the only ones. Sabotage is pretty much the perfect cop parody and has been riffed on so many times by so many people that it’s kind of amazing.
The comic has moved on from its simple cop parody roots and the feel is quite different now but without the Beastie Boys it’s unlikely that we would have ever hit upon the idea in the first place. Add to that the staggering debt that modern music owes to the band and you have a very special artist.
Adam, thanks for the music, the inspiration and the SABOTAGE!
I know it’s a bit early to be showcasing another Max Tannone track, but this video literally went live yesterday and Moon wanted to get it out there while it was still fresh.
Johnny Too Beef comes from Max’s Mos Dub project, an album which fuses the lyrical genius of Mos Def with some classic dub reggae. It’s probably my favourite of the Tannone projects and this fan made video for the album’s stand-out track is long overdue.
It’s made by youtuber Goodfear and you can check out the rest of his stuff here.
You can also download all of Max Tannone’s albums for free from his website.
Moon’s keeping it real (whatever that means) this week. It seems criminal that we’ve been running this site for over a year now without talking about the work of the mighty Max Tannone so it’s good to finally rectify that oversight. Max Tannone is a remix artist from New York who shot to fame with is remix project “Jadiohead” which fused the back catalogues of Radiohead and Jay Z together with stunning results.
Perhaps unsurprisingly however, Moon’s personal pick comes from Max’s 2011 project “Seline”, a concept album featuring hip hop remixes of the Clint Mansell’s score for the Sci-Fi movie “Moon.” Mansell’s score is beautiful enough on its own and Max’s re imagining of the music brings a whole new level of enjoyment.
You can pick up all of Max’s projects for free from his website.