December 31, 2009 4:48 PM   Subscribe

The Kleptones, mashup artists behind previously-posted albums such as A Night At The Hip-Hopera and 24 Hours, have just released their newest entitled Uptime/Downtime. In a word, it rocks.
posted by flatluigi (28 comments total) 40 users marked this as a favorite
YES! I've been waiting for this to come out, can't wait to hear it.
posted by mathowie at 4:52 PM on December 31, 2009

Only downside is that the burn version isn't out yet. Much love for the Kleptones, though. Voodoo Sabotage, which they released while they were working on this, made it onto the Best of Bootie 2009 mashup compilation.
posted by immlass at 5:07 PM on December 31, 2009 [1 favorite]

I'm new to this Kleptones stuff, but that didn't stop me from posting that link to their mashup of dozens of versions of Bohemian Rhapsody some months back.

(Since then, I've seen both the Daily Show and the Muppets do versions. Maybe they should revise their compilation?)
posted by JHarris at 5:08 PM on December 31, 2009

Oh boy! New Kleptones! Santa got my letter after all.
posted by Spatch at 5:27 PM on December 31, 2009

Thank you so much for posting this!
posted by mireille at 5:33 PM on December 31, 2009

Thanks for the heads up, I am excited to give this a listen as well. I am giving it bonus points because the cover art was photographed about a kilometre from my house.
posted by fearofcorners at 6:07 PM on December 31, 2009

320kbps? is that really necessary? You know I'd rather not sacrafice my SD Sticks for your vanity.


Listening now.

What was the monologue from in "Call to Mind"? (the first track on uptime)
posted by delmoi at 6:35 PM on December 31, 2009

I like this a lot. I'm a little sad that Girl Talk has so trashed my attention span that I get impatient after, like, 5 seconds of a new hook.
posted by chinston at 6:54 PM on December 31, 2009 [1 favorite]

You know what? I'll tell you: this is incredible.
posted by boo_radley at 7:40 PM on December 31, 2009

Fantastic. I'm liking this better than any of the older albums.
posted by adamk at 9:05 PM on December 31, 2009

I'm extremely happy that Girl Talk has destroyed my attention span. Five seconds and new stuff, wooo!

That said, new kleptones is hot stuff. Also looking forward to next stereogum album.
posted by enkiwa at 9:07 PM on December 31, 2009

Oh sweet Voodoo Sabotage you woo me so.....
posted by Senator at 9:11 PM on December 31, 2009

God damn this is AWEsome.
posted by WolfDaddy at 10:08 PM on December 31, 2009

Yay! Yay! Yay! Been waiting all week for this!
posted by eyeballkid at 10:27 PM on December 31, 2009

Just finished the album. I want the sample list so bad right now just to explore some of what he's put together; so much of it is unfamiliar.
posted by flatluigi at 11:08 PM on December 31, 2009

Whhoooh whooh! New Kleptones is always a good thing.
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 6:06 AM on January 1, 2010

delmoi: What was the monologue from in "Call to Mind"?

That's "Love, Death, and an American Guitar" by Mr Subtly, Jim Steinman.
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 6:17 AM on January 1, 2010

This is pretty much awesome.

The thing about songs, or at least recordings of songs is that at least for me I can only hear it so many times before I get sick of it. But when music is remixed like this (or re-done with enough difference) it's like you get to enjoy it all over again because it's unfamiliar again. Plus a lot of this stuff I haven't heard in a long time, which is cool.
posted by delmoi at 6:45 AM on January 1, 2010

I had to exclude The Kleptones from my random playlists. It was just too jarring when one of their mashups showed up. Plus, I think that their releases are best listened to in order, like a concept album.

But, there is no way I want anything from "Night..." coming up while I'm trying to clean the house.

Then again, I wouldn't deliberately listen to most of the recordings they reinterpret anyway, so that's something. Perhaps their stuff is like sonic graffiti art -- I like it and get the zeitgeist (more or less) but I wouldn't want much of it in my house. I might decorate with it for a party, though.
posted by clvrmnky at 8:11 AM on January 1, 2010

Plus, I think that their releases are best listened to in order, like a concept album.

This is why I'm waiting for the burn version. It's much less jarring on random play when the whole album comes up at once.

I was at a NYE part last night and the music on the host's iPod ran out, and I realized that what I probably would have done was scheduled a bunch of mashup mixes (probably the Kleptones' 2008 mixes, which I love) and I'd've been set for longer than most parties I ever throw.
posted by immlass at 9:19 AM on January 1, 2010

SO super excited for this!
posted by transporter accident amy at 9:39 AM on January 1, 2010

Oh hell yeah.
posted by Afroblanco at 3:51 PM on January 1, 2010

Holy shit this is good.
posted by deadmessenger at 5:07 PM on January 1, 2010

Well, THIS is a fine Happy New Year!
posted by mgrichmond at 12:32 AM on January 2, 2010

flatluigi, the wikipedia entry for the album has sprung up. 12 hours ago, it wasn't there, then Eric tweeted this morning to say he's impressed.
posted by knile at 6:21 AM on January 2, 2010

wow, Siouxsie's "The Killing Jar".. did not see that one coming. Late to the party, but yeah this is great.
posted by hypersloth at 1:14 AM on January 3, 2010

For those, like me, who wanted it, the burn version is now available on the website.
posted by immlass at 8:25 AM on January 7, 2010

No sir, I don't like it.

So I've listened to it a couple times since it came out, and I think I'm just missing the entire Kleptones boat. I can appreciate the technical skill that goes into their song matching, but I rarely enjoy their mashups. I love a good mash, but the Kleptones are not that for me.
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