Monday, May 18, 2009

dark night of the soul

the biggest buzz this week was not who won 'amerikan idle', it was over an album by three unlikely collaborators featuring a cast of support singers that will probably never get a proper release.

danger mouse, (he of the band 'gnarls barkely' and the controversial beatles/jay z mash-up 'grey album'), mark linkous, (he of the uber-sad 'sparklehorse'), and david lynch, (he who made 'eraserhead' and 'twin peaks'), have teamed up to produce a captivating piece of lush, near hypnotizing music. the songs are sung by various artists such as iggy pop, wayne coyne of the flaming lips, julian casablancas from the strokes, jason lytle, frank black of pixies , suzanne vega, vic chesnutt, james mercer of the shins, gruf rhys of the super furry animals, nina peerson from the cardigans and even david lynch (or so it says).

the announcement of the release later this summer of a book of photos by lynch that was to include the album was dampened by the fact that emi records has put the kibosh to the music part of the project...

as stated on
An unnamed spokesperson for Danger Mouse says that "due to an ongoing dispute with EMI" the book of photographs will "now come with a blank, recordable CD-R. All copies will be clearly labeled: 'For legal reasons, enclosed CD-R contains no music. Use it as you will.'" When contacted, EMI declined to comment and wouldn't confirm whether the label is even involved in the project.

the record was leaked earlier this month and is now all over the net. the problem is that a lot of the files are misnamed or tagged. so i took great pains to fix it up so i can put it on the blank cd when i get the book. i just thought i'd spread the love and this fine record while i was at it... so enjoy!

and here, in its entirety, ripped from, in the correct order, with all the tags fixed, is the album in 128kps mp3 for a week or whoever gets to it first, via yousendit.

danger mouse & sparklehorse - Just War (Gruff Rhys of The Super Furry Animals)

danger mouse & sparklehorse - Jaykub (Jason Lytle)

danger mouse & sparklehorse - Little Girl (Julian Casablancas of The Strokes)

danger mouse & sparklehorse - Angel's Harp (Frank Black of The Pixies)

danger mouse & sparklehorse - Pain (Iggy Pop)

danger mouse & sparklehorse - Star Eyes (I Can't Catch It) (David Lynch)

danger mouse & sparklehorse - Everytime I'm With You (Jason Lytle)

danger mouse & sparklehorse - Insane Lullaby (James Mercer of The Shins)

danger mouse & sparklehorse - Daddy's Gone (Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse and Nina Persson of The Cardigans)

danger mouse & sparklehorse - The Man Who Played God (Suzanne Vega)

danger mouse & sparklehorse - Grim Augury (Vic Chesnutt)

danger mouse & sparklehorse - Dark Night Of The Soul (David Lynch)

the official 'dark night of the soul' site
(go order the book now! after all you'll need a blank cd to put these tunes on. right?)


Kimmie "Assunto" (by proxy) Thomas-Griffin said...

Leave it to my Daddio to rummage through the debacle of the world wide web and retrieve a list of musical jewels for everyone to enjoy...Once again we all benefit from his tenacious ability to entertain purely by finding productive ways to entertain himself...By the way, I read a Harpo quote today that strangely reminded me of you..."She's a lovely person. She deserves a good husband. Marry her before she finds one"

Tim said...

A little bird told me you was blogging again--a little bird who also said she was your wife! Great to have you back. I promise to hit here often to keep up with you (as if that's even possible).



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