moods are a thing for cattle and loveplay
January 23, 2017 8:05 PM   Subscribe

Neil Cicierega has released a new mashup album, and it's called Mouth Moods, and you should start listening to it immediately and never stop.

Previously: Mouth Sounds; Mouth Silence.
posted by cortex (73 comments total) 71 users marked this as a favorite

 
God, I love everything Neil puts out and this is no exception. There isn't a bad track on this!
posted by flatluigi at 8:12 PM on January 23 [3 favorites]


I was crafting a big post for this album and was beaten to the punch by, well, I don't mind, because this album is amazing (and I'm only about halfway through)...

Come for Let The Bodies Hit The Floor mashed with Popcorn, and stay for EVERYTHING ELSE.

Oh shit, did he just do Korn with In The Summertime by Mungo Jerry, and then take the track to even more unholy wonderful places? Yes, yes he did.
posted by tclark at 8:12 PM on January 23 [2 favorites]


oh HELL yes
posted by naju at 8:13 PM on January 23


Effing A
posted by mikemacman at 8:25 PM on January 23 [1 favorite]


Maybe 2017 is gonna be ok after all
posted by Itaxpica at 8:26 PM on January 23 [6 favorites]


OMG OMG OMG
posted by bigendian at 8:32 PM on January 23


Update: Listened straight through the entire thing, downloading to put it on loop. Brilliant stuff.
posted by flatluigi at 8:32 PM on January 23


...makes me feel good...
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 8:35 PM on January 23 [1 favorite]


::kermit flail::
posted by Faint of Butt at 8:38 PM on January 23


moods are a thing for cattle

Which reminds me of one of my favorite country-jazz mashup songs ever, "The Cow Chewed Blue Grass and Moo'd Indigo".
posted by Greg_Ace at 8:42 PM on January 23


At least the Trump era is already producing great art.
posted by ghharr at 8:48 PM on January 23


Haven't cracked up this hard since Girl Talk mashed "Hotel Room Service" with Depeche Mode's "Just Can't Get Enough". Great stuff.
posted by JoeZydeco at 9:16 PM on January 23


Unsure whether this is for you and in need of a sample that isn't the full album? I'd recommend track #8, Bustin, which has been on Neil's youtube for a while.

After the first play-through: I love all the in-references to the previous two records (obvious ones like All Star aside, there's also stuff like Will Smith singing about bees again! :D) and of course, the heavy feature of The Barenaked Ladies' One Week.
We all wanted it, and we got it.
posted by bigendian at 9:26 PM on January 23 [1 favorite]


It's genius from minute one. Thank the Lord for Neil C
posted by sleeping bear at 9:37 PM on January 23


For people who don't want to download the album to see the song titles, here you go
posted by flatluigi at 9:38 PM on January 23


Oh man, Tiger is so good.
posted by JDHarper at 10:05 PM on January 23 [5 favorites]


Oh good, I can't wait to see which parts of this album my husband and I will suddenly start singing to each other randomly for the next several years... (TO-day-d-day-d-day-day...)

At least the Trump era is already producing great art.
posted by ghharr at 11:48 PM on January 23 [+] [!]

Except "Piss" was on the last album...
posted by ilana at 10:10 PM on January 23 [3 favorites]


JDHarper: "Oh man, Tiger is so good."

Damn your eyes for making me skip tracks!
posted by Samizdata at 10:12 PM on January 23


I'm just itching for the list of samples.
posted by KChasm at 10:52 PM on January 23 [1 favorite]


MOUTH SOUNDS (a Prequel)
MOUTH SILENCE (a Squeakquel)

This makes no sense, a squeakquel shouldn’t come before. If Mouth Silence is a squeakquel, then Mouth Moods has to be a threequel, and then Mouth Sounds can’t be a prequel. This is all wrong.
posted by Going To Maine at 11:06 PM on January 23 [2 favorites]


If you'd told me yesterday I would be getting extremely emotional about a mashup involving YMCA, I would probably have been extremely skeptical, and yet
posted by ilana at 11:17 PM on January 23 [7 favorites]


Anything works because Neil Cicerega has no equal.
posted by oneswellfoop at 11:19 PM on January 23 [3 favorites]


I found his previous efforts a little heavy on the doesn't-quite-work and the annoying-on-purpose, but this -- especially since it uses so much of the same source material -- makes every second of even the most torturous and self-indulgent of that stuff worth listening to. It all pays off.

Incidentally, having grown up in the eighties and nineties with ADHD, this album is an excellent approximation of what the inside of my head sounds like at all times.
posted by Sys Rq at 12:02 AM on January 24 [2 favorites]


I am delighted by "Wallspin", with an embarrassing amount of unironic sincerity. I'm too busy dancing to it to pay attention to whatever humorous juxtaposition is going on with the sampling.
posted by NMcCoy at 12:12 AM on January 24 [4 favorites]


This makes me very happy
posted by motdiem2 at 12:25 AM on January 24


C'mon, man, I had sleeping to do
posted by Pronoiac at 1:49 AM on January 24 [1 favorite]


This is truly excellent.
posted by Happy Dave at 2:05 AM on January 24


Whenever I get down, I just think of the music from BRODYQUEST to perk up and go about my day. Kind of like meth in that way.
posted by benzenedream at 2:50 AM on January 24


So many tigers!
posted by progosk at 3:49 AM on January 24


Walk the Dinosaur / Dear Prudence?

What?
How?
Gimme more.
posted by DigDoug at 5:18 AM on January 24 [2 favorites]


A. May. Zing.
posted by tocts at 5:33 AM on January 24


My first-thirty-seconds reaction was basically Jesus, this is going to be loud and obnoxious and will probably turn out to be an elaborate goddamn RICKROLL, let me just close that...tab...wait, that's interesting, I'll give it another minute...

Right now I'm halfway through "Bustin'" and convinced of this man's genius.
posted by middleclasstool at 5:34 AM on January 24 [4 favorites]


what's that title from? I guess Heinlein...it's deep
posted by thelonius at 5:42 AM on January 24


thelonius: what's that title from? I guess Heinlein...it's deep

Dune. One of Gurney Halleck's bits of wisdom.
posted by Brackish at 6:04 AM on January 24 [2 favorites]


I'm already on record as saying that I personally believe with the strongest possible conviction that Neil Cicierega might be the Mozart of Internet humor, just in terms of the sheer concentration of genius material, and the fact that he's been consistently producing it for more than half of his 30 years.

Mouth Sounds/Silence were the weirdo soundtrack of my summer a couple of years ago. Cicierega's latest non-mashup album, Spirit Phone (prev. on MeFi) might have been my most-played album of 2016. If this new one is even half as good as all of those, it might be what'll get me through these mid-winter life-under-Trump doldrums. Can't wait to listen!
posted by Strange Interlude at 6:19 AM on January 24 [5 favorites]


Message just sent to my brother:

why yes, of course YMCA should be overlayed on the inception theme

that makes perfect sense


This man is a genius.
posted by damayanti at 6:21 AM on January 24 [2 favorites]




For months now my spouse and I have found ourselves singing very quietly to each other as we turn in for the night: I ain't afraid of no sleep... I ain't afraid of no bed... and I worry we will for the next fifty years.
posted by monster truck weekend at 6:47 AM on January 24 [12 favorites]


Dear family: play Floor Corn at my funeral, ok thank you
posted by Itaxpica at 6:49 AM on January 24 [2 favorites]


Yeah, I've been listening to Bustin' nearly on loop for months as well.

FREAKY GHOST BED!
posted by tocts at 6:54 AM on January 24


I'm only halfway through the first listen but has anyone found any easter eggs?
posted by cmfletcher at 7:03 AM on January 24


Good Lord, that AC/DC-Vanessa Carlton thing
...no words, should have sent a poet...
posted by anthom at 7:26 AM on January 24 [3 favorites]


Wonderwall over you spin me right round. Wow. I just lost it. Oh my, Cortex, thank you for posting this.
posted by enfa at 7:39 AM on January 24


This day is threatening to be even more Monday than Monday was, but now I am listening to this and I just don't care! This is perfect!
posted by rtha at 8:23 AM on January 24


Smash Mouth is to Cicierega what Nixon was to Hunter Thompson
posted by logicpunk at 8:32 AM on January 24 [17 favorites]


Oh man, looks like neilcic.com is getting DDOSed right now by everyone discovering the new record. Here's the plain ol' Soundcloud link for those who may need it in their earholes right now. LIKE ME.
posted by Strange Interlude at 8:47 AM on January 24


I have actual laughed out loud like five times so far, and I'm only about twelve minutes in. Thank you cortex. I needed this today!
posted by augustimagination at 10:14 AM on January 24 [2 favorites]


Came for clever hilarity, then Neil zagged on me with Wallspin and Wow Wow, some of these tracks are legit Girl Talk level contenders. Holy shit this album.
posted by jason_steakums at 12:04 PM on January 24 [5 favorites]


This is so so good
posted by Greg Nog at 12:22 PM on January 24


then Neil zagged on me

It's interesting to note that Neil recognized the trickster-god qualities of Colin Mochrie long before the rest of us, in this year of TwentySerpentine. Keep 'em guessing!
posted by Strange Interlude at 12:41 PM on January 24 [4 favorites]


Also up on the internet archive now, if you'd like to be able to stream track by track instead of Soundcloud's all at once:

Mouth Moods
Mouth Silence
Mount Sounds
posted by vibratory manner of working at 12:50 PM on January 24 [1 favorite]


I've been looking for the title of Popcorn for the longest time. Got close with Jean Michael Jarre, whose "Oxygene" comes close (same melody, slowed down), but not close enough, until now. So thanks! (/derail)
posted by kurumi at 2:46 PM on January 24


Popcorn is kinda the closest thing the electronic music world has to a traditional folk song. What Neil's done to it here would be illegal in any rational society.

(listens to the illegal song again)
posted by neckro23 at 3:45 PM on January 24


I did not think I would love this. I was wrong.
posted by travertina at 4:09 PM on January 24


"Annoyed Grunt" is by far my favorite track, not only because it reaches and even exceeds the standards set by its spiritual predecessor ("D'oh" from Mouth Sounds), but because it is a banger, even more so than one of his best bangers ("Best" from Mouth Silence). Plus, it uses the Yoshi mounting sound from Super Mario World!
posted by dhens at 5:09 PM on January 24 [2 favorites]


Annoyed Grunt was a delight. It's ridiculous how Neil can take ironic memey things that should be played out by now like the Home Improvement theme and All Star and One Week and what have you and make them transcendent because he gets that ironic appropriation of outdated cultural flotsam is actually funny when the person using it is funny and it's not entirely ironic. It's why I keep coming back for more Neil C but I don't even know why I ever subscribed to stuff like r/ComeOnAndSlam or r/ThomasTheDankEngine since the shine wore off those in like a day. Also, importantly, he seems to genuinely love this stuff too in an infectious way (see "Aaron" and know joy).

(and this is the part where I remember that Mouth Sounds/Silence/Moods is like only 1/10th of a body of work that's consistently amazing in ways totally unlike this project and I'm like, damn)
posted by jason_steakums at 6:05 PM on January 24 [4 favorites]


I didn't know how badly I needed this until I heard it and needed it so badly. Thanks, Neil!
posted by teslacoilswoah at 7:15 PM on January 24 [1 favorite]


You ever listen to this and wonder if it's exhausting to be Neil? Like to be hearing all the time how this stuff can be mashed together, and maybe unable to appreciate it for what it is any longer?

Oh well, I'll just enjoy the harvest of his suffering. For free, even.
posted by komara at 7:19 PM on January 24 [1 favorite]


So good!

I haven't kept up with Neil's creations since Mouth Sounds, so this was a fantastic surprise.

Now I get to think of the new meaning of "Bustin makes me feel good!" anytime I hear the Ghostbusters theme.
posted by macbot3000 at 8:01 PM on January 24


You ever listen to this and wonder if it's exhausting to be Neil? Like to be hearing all the time how this stuff can be mashed together, and maybe unable to appreciate it for what it is any longer?

I just want somebody to play "Jack and Diane" around him so he gets that wormed into his mind, because the lyrics are begging to be run through Cicierega's machinations.

CHILI DAWGS
posted by jason_steakums at 8:03 PM on January 24 [3 favorites]


[SPOILER]

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[also what kind of album/mixtape needs spoiler warnings?]

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[I guess one with embedded jokes, so as not to blow the punchline]

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The back-to-back doubleshot of One Week is just *makes chef kissing fingertips gesture*. The comedic timing of the Smooth fadeout, cutting over to the Stand By Me instrumental intro, and then *wham-o* "It's been" ... it's just perfect.

On one of the podcasts I listen to, the hosts were discussing the mixtapes they used to make and how much thought and care went into each one. One of the hosts mentioned that on one of her mixtapes, she not only included one song twice, she put them in back-to-back (possibly as the first two tracks on the tape, if my memory serves). She said that was the perfect number of times for that song for that mix. I remember thinking that move was some kind of next-level, mad genius shit.
posted by mhum at 9:12 PM on January 24 [3 favorites]


You ever listen to this and wonder if it's exhausting to be Neil? Like to be hearing all the time how this stuff can be mashed together, and maybe unable to appreciate it for what it is any longer?

If he was exhausted by it, he wouldn't still be doing it. It's not like releasing freely-downloadable mashups is a paying gig that he can't afford to walk away from. What you're listening to is perhaps the purest labor of love.
posted by Strange Interlude at 6:13 AM on January 25


and this is the part where I remember that Mouth Sounds/Silence/Moods is like only 1/10th of a body of work that's consistently amazing in ways totally unlike this project and I'm like, damn

I remember being mildly amused by "Mouth Sounds" but not really giving it the time or credit it deserved. But this blew me away. And then in clicking around I find out he's the guy who did The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny... and then I just watched Aaron, thanks to your link, and... well. I have a lot of catching up to do.
posted by Roommate at 6:41 AM on January 25


Take a close listen to "Mouth Pressure." Notice that the guitar line from Under Pressure has been replaced with the guitar line from...Ice Ice Baby.

On relisten I'm wrong, it's just Under Pressure, but I might have been right.
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 11:40 AM on January 25


I'm gobsmacked at how simultaneously hilarious and listenable this is. Neil is without peer. Dear Dinosaur is my favorite track so far.
posted by DrAstroZoom at 3:00 PM on January 25


The whole album is amazing (I've now listened to it like 5 or 6 times through), but in terms of pure mashup goodness without a hint of a joke, both Busta and T.I.M.E. are mind-blowing.

Fuckin' mashups, how do they work?!
posted by tocts at 10:35 AM on January 26


This thread is already three days old, BUT: I just listened to a talk by Neil Cicierega and he mentioned Metafilter in connection to an old animation he made in 2001.

And would you believe it...
http://www.metafilter.com/7297/
http://www.metafilter.com/7321/

"There's been two threads in the pretty recent past about the 14-year-old kid who made the animation, Hyakugojyuuichi -- some pro, some con. Let this be the third of such threads. [...] I, for one, give a big congratulations to the kid. I hope it's only the beginning for him."


:)

(Let's include this as a "waaay previously" on the next post on Neil Cicierega!)
posted by bigendian at 1:56 PM on January 26 [8 favorites]


Love this.
posted by defenestration at 7:24 PM on January 26


There is no one on earth that loves Smash Mouth the way Neil Cicierega loves Smash Mouth. There should be a collary to Poe's Law that states sufficiently devoted mocking is indistinguishable from genuine fandom.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 5:28 PM on January 27 [4 favorites]


If the next album is Mouth Smooth I'm not going to be held responsible fro my actions.
posted by figurant at 11:22 PM on January 27 [1 favorite]


... why?
posted by Going To Maine at 1:18 AM on January 28


Sleepin' makes me feel good.
posted by Bangaioh at 1:19 AM on February 5


If the next album is Mouth Smooth I'm not going to be held responsible fro my actions.

I wouldn't worry, clearly the next title is Mouth Feels.
posted by pwnguin at 10:35 AM on February 8 [1 favorite]


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