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Danger Doom The Occult Hymn EP available free from Adultswim.com
June 9, 2006 10:16 AM   Subscribe

Danger Doom "The Occult Hymn" EP available free from Adultswim.com [More Inside] but that is pretty much it.
posted by ND¢ (40 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
Last year emcee MF Doom and producer Danger Mouse (previously) collaborated on the adult swim themed album “The Mouse and the Mask” under the name Danger Doom. Now they’ve released a free, download-only EP of remixes, plus one new track.[via] If you enjoy it then you might want to check out Danger Mouse’s other collaboration.
posted by ND¢ at 10:18 AM on June 9, 2006


Nice, thanks!
posted by everichon at 10:23 AM on June 9, 2006


See also MF Doom's other collaboration.
posted by kaytwo at 10:27 AM on June 9, 2006


Overrated.
posted by dead_ at 10:32 AM on June 9, 2006


That slow version of "Crazy" really puts the studio release to shame.
posted by Galvatron at 10:34 AM on June 9, 2006


This is good.
posted by JPowers at 10:35 AM on June 9, 2006


Galvatron, are you referring to the Top of the Pops video link? If so, heck yeah, if not, which audio track are you referring to?

It gives me so much joy to find artists like Ceelo and Big Boi and Andre 3000 still willing to put the "ENTERTAIN" into entertainment without resorting to the tired affair of girls in skimpy outfits.
posted by cavalier at 10:41 AM on June 9, 2006


Yeah, I'm talking about the Top of the Pops performance. The studio version sounds downright sterile in comparison.
posted by Galvatron at 10:53 AM on June 9, 2006


128kbps? psshhhhh...
posted by afx114 at 11:20 AM on June 9, 2006


128kbps? psshhhhh...

Originally they had put up 128s, then dropped then down to 64s for a while. Be glad they at least put the 128s back up.
posted by Remy at 11:27 AM on June 9, 2006


Hate to say this, but Dangerdoom would've been a much better album without the Adult Swim garbage. There are some great tracks in there, but then you have to listen to some lame sample that isn't fit into the album nearly as well as the bits on Take me to your Leader or similar records.
posted by selfnoise at 11:30 AM on June 9, 2006


I dunno, I liked the cartoon skits and stuff, besides, MF is rapping about cartoons practically the whole time, so it thematically fits.
posted by sonofsamiam at 11:33 AM on June 9, 2006


Yeah, but IMHO the appeal of the skits on Operation Doomsday, Vaudeville Villain, etc, is that the source material isn't some kind of goofy hipster-stoner ironic cartoon parody thing: it's apple-pie american cartoons that Doom is fitting into his weird world. When the Adult Swim actors appear on The Mouse and the Mask, it sounds like they're trying too hard, or just don't "get" Doom.
posted by selfnoise at 11:38 AM on June 9, 2006


selfnoise: I'm with you. A lot of the stuff on The Mouse and the Mask plays like a contrived ad for Adult Swim, as opposed to MF simply rhyming about cartoons. In between the shill moments, however, are some fantastic tracks, particularly the collaborations with Ghostface ("The Mask"), Talib Kweli ("Old School") and Cee Lo ("Benzi Box," which, by the way, was the genesis of Gnarls Barkley).

I've spun Occult Hymn about five times in the past week, and really like the "El Chupa Nibre" (the Pitchfork reviewer spelled it wrong) and "Sofa King" remixes. "Korn Dogs" is interesting. All in all, however, it sounds lazy, particularly next to Doom's other, often dazzling work.
posted by kosem at 11:43 AM on June 9, 2006


I like Adult Swim, I like DJ Dangermouse, MF Doom seems like something i should like, why don't I like this?
posted by Artw at 11:49 AM on June 9, 2006


I'm totally with you, selfnoise.

All in all, however, it sounds lazy, particularly next to Doom's other, often dazzling work.

I fear that DOOM is close to being played out. Obviously I'd like that to not be the case. Perhaps the problem is that in the shadow of Madvillain, Take Me to Your Leader, Operation Doomsday, and Vaudeville Villain, anything he does will sound lazy.

If he only releases one more album that can stand with those listed above, it'd be gravy.
posted by rocketman at 11:50 AM on June 9, 2006


Digest a group, sell the poop on Ebay.



I love doom and I always will.
posted by Divine_Wino at 12:02 PM on June 9, 2006


EP? Those look like MP3s to me. I hate it when people use "EP" as a synonym for "album"
posted by delmoi at 12:13 PM on June 9, 2006


D-Wine: I really love your tape, but I hate your inventions.

Doom's my favorite, too. I just really hate the "A.T.H.F." and "Spacehoes" tracks---possibly the only ones in the whole MF corpus I can say that about.
posted by kosem at 12:15 PM on June 9, 2006


I liked The Mouse and The Mask more than this EP, but it is free so I can't complain that much. Some of the Master Shake skits get old, but I liked the Moonites bit, and Spacehoes is probably my favorite DangerDoom track.
posted by stifford at 12:20 PM on June 9, 2006


Like others have said: the duo makes for a cool collaboration, but the concept (god forbid MF Doom had a concept-free album) is a novelty at best. Then again, Doom puts out so many releases that a small percentage of them are bound to be bad.
posted by Ekim Neems at 12:26 PM on June 9, 2006


I thought The Mouse and the Mask was great but I love MF Doom, Dangermouse and ATHF a ton. I think this EP (I think that term works here) is good but not great. I like that the beats are very different from the album. And Skit 2 is hilarious.
posted by supertremendus at 12:37 PM on June 9, 2006



Overrated.


Yeah, on the mic Doom reminds me of Guru -- no energy behind his delivery whatsoever, so he might as well be rhyming about his tax returns.

I'm not feeling Danger Mouse at all and I think he's been overhyped since the days when people shat themselves over the Grey Album.

As for producer albums, I cannot fucking wait for the upcoming album from Stoupe the Enemy of Mankind. People have been talking about this album for two years and it's supposed to drop some time in the fall but there still isn't a release date. Supposedly later this year...we'll see.
posted by Alexandros at 12:43 PM on June 9, 2006


Alexandros - listen harder. It's introspection.
posted by selfnoise at 12:46 PM on June 9, 2006


I don't know if it introspection so much as good ole fashioned coolness. Its like, 'Yeah I'm making incredibly awesome turns of phrase, but I don't get all excited about it, because that is just what I do'. You know, like how you do something really cool, and then you act like it wasn't a big deal, because that makes it seem even cooler. That is how I interpret his somewhat emotionless delivery.
posted by ND¢ at 12:51 PM on June 9, 2006


I have a bunch of MF Doom albums. I have almost all of the Gangstarr albums, too, since I'm comparing Doom to Guru. I respect both emcees for their writing skills, I just personally like an emcee who attacks the mic with energy rather than one who has no cadence, and it's pretty much universally agreed in the hip hop community that Doom and Guru are both monotone MCs. Guru has semi-legendary status and people still recognize that.

Give me a 'Bis, a Nas, a Pazienza, a Richard Raw, a Kamachi, an Immortal Technique or a Pharaoh Monch...hip hop can be introspective, political and intelligent and still energetic.
posted by Alexandros at 12:54 PM on June 9, 2006


Yeah, I guess I sort of agree with you, ND. I'd say it's the introspection of a guy that's a little older, that's fairly chilled out, and that has a sense of his own mortality.
posted by selfnoise at 12:58 PM on June 9, 2006


"Doom is nervous large / you can tell by his blooming room service charge."
posted by sklero at 12:59 PM on June 9, 2006


Haters will be haters, but this is good.
posted by mullingitover at 1:06 PM on June 9, 2006


If you're gonna hate, might as least get your rumors straight.
posted by kosem at 1:09 PM on June 9, 2006


I'm not feeling Danger Mouse at all and I think he's been overhyped since the days when people shat themselves over the Grey Album.

Hey, the production on that Gorrilaz albulm was pretty rocking!
posted by Artw at 1:14 PM on June 9, 2006


"[More Inside] but that is pretty much it."
Ahh.. That's so sweet. Don't worry my dear that's plenty, and don't let them other kids tell you different.
posted by econous at 2:12 PM on June 9, 2006


«Alexandros writes "Give me a 'Bis, a Nas, a Pazienza, a Richard Raw, a Kamachi, an Immortal Technique or a Pharaoh Monch...hip hop can be introspective, political and intelligent and still energetic."


Yeah but how many of these dudes ever released a cohesive album? (besides Illmatic, obviously) I'm not a huge fan of Doom's, but his albums seem to have a tight flow that makes them listenable from front to back. Plus Doom can make hot beats himself, we all know Guru is worthless without Primo.
posted by anomie at 2:30 PM on June 9, 2006


thanks for posting this NDcent. I've been meaning to d/l this, but had forgotten.

I'm not feeling Danger Mouse at all and I think he's been overhyped since the days when people shat themselves over the Grey Album.

DM gave a great interview (along with Cee-Lo) at Pitchfork recently, and spoke at length about his growth as a producer since the Grey Album days.

also worth note is his work with Jemini, Ghetto Pop Life.
posted by carsonb at 4:19 PM on June 9, 2006


if I could weigh in on MF Doom...he's my favorite*. if, on occasion, the volume of material he produces dictates lapses in quality I can overlook that as long as he keeps it coming at 2005's crazy pace. for instance, Mm...Food was top-notch about exactly 1/2 of the time--the rest was filler. to the mushmouth vs. mic-attack debate, I can only point at the fact that there's no accounting for taste. in other words, your favorite mc sucks.

also, any word from you hip kids about the Doom/Ghostface project?

* here I swoon, like a little girl
posted by carsonb at 4:27 PM on June 9, 2006


I can only point at the fact that there's no accounting for taste. in other words, your favorite mc sucks.

you talk a lot but you ain't sayin' much..
posted by foot at 4:48 PM on June 9, 2006


I think this EP (I think that term works here) is good but not great

Eh, it's 19 minutes long. I didn't realize the tracks were so short. They do call it an album on the page, though.
posted by delmoi at 4:52 PM on June 9, 2006


The beat on Space Ho's is the last track off Madlib's latest Beat Konductor LP, called "Outlimit" I think. Both of the Beat Konductor records are amazing.

also, any word from you hip kids about the Doom/Ghostface project?

It's coming, but Tony Starks has to finish touring and promoting the Fishscale LP before Swift & Changeable (tentative title) comes out. I heard November, but who knows.

I don't know if it introspection so much as good ole fashioned coolness. Its like, 'Yeah I'm making incredibly awesome turns of phrase, but I don't get all excited about it, because that is just what I do'. You know, like how you do something really cool, and then you act like it wasn't a big deal, because that makes it seem even cooler. That is how I interpret his somewhat emotionless delivery.

That's a lot of it, but it's also the production. Like Guru with Premiere, Doom almost exclusively works with Madlib and Dangermouse (except the Viktor Vaughn albums which were all farmed out to production teams) and their beats, along with his own, don't lend themselves to really aggressive deliveries.

Doom, like Guru, just sounds best when he's mellow and with the right producer.
posted by SweetJesus at 5:53 PM on June 9, 2006


rappers suck, when they spit, I doubt 'em--the crap they sing about, you want to slap the fuckin shit out 'em.
posted by carsonb at 5:54 PM on June 9, 2006 [1 favorite]


also, any word from you hip kids about the Doom/Ghostface project?

I've been peeing myself about that for months now. Is it possible for something with the potential to be so amazing to exist in this blighted world? Will me listening to track one of that album be the final trump? Will we all be called to glory?

Might be worth it.

Fuck I loved doom when he was in KMD.
posted by Divine_Wino at 6:36 PM on June 9, 2006


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