Free (legal) music | My favorite Mashups

So last week Max Tannone released a new set of tracks called “Mic Check 1234!”  Max is the artist that released Jaydiohead (possibly my favorite all time Black album remix). I got a lot of response from people about how much they like the album, Jaydiohead, and the rest of his stuff, which I enjoy but thought was sort of “old hat”. I mean Jaydiohead is 3 years old. So I thought I’d take a second to share some of my favorite mashups, all of which are legally provided for free download by the artists who created them.

I love The Grey Album, and most everything by The Legion of Doom, but that is a little more questionable when it comes to legality.

DJ Dangermouse: The Grey Album.  A mashup of Jay-Z's Black Album with The Beatles White Album

DJ Dangermouse: The Grey Album. A mashup of Jay-Z’s Black Album with The Beatles White Album

E-603: 

E-603: Live in NYC. His newest album

E-603: Live in NYC. His newest album

E-603: Smoke Show

E-603: Smoke Show

E-603:Torn Up

E-603:Torn Up

He also has an album “Something For Everyone” that I really like, but I can’t find a direct download for it.

There are days where E-603 is all I want to listen to. He is less vulgar than GirlTalk, just as creative, but not quite as intricate.

Girl Talk: 

Girltalk: All Day

Girltalk: All Day

Girltalk: Feed The Animals

Girltalk: Feed The Animals

Girltalk: Night Ripper. This album was my first real introduction into the world of mashups

Girltalk: Night Ripper. This album was my first real introduction into the world of mashups

Girltalk: Believe in Magic Instrumental

Girltalk: Believe in Magic Instrumental

A couple of things I should probably mention about GirlTalk:

1) The first two are free albums, the others are “pay what you want” which means you can download them for free or pay for them. I recommend downloading either Feed the Animals or Night Ripper for free first, wrap your head around the complexity and awesomeness of what is going on and then consider paying for the other albums.

2) The content of these albums can be vulgar, but I guess what do you expect when 80+% are mixed samples from popular rap music.

3) I saw GirlTalk live at Bonaroo a few years ago. It was EPIC!

Max Tannone: 

Max Tannone: Jaydiohead. A mashup of Jay-Z's Black album with Radiohead

Max Tannone: Jaydiohead. A mashup of Jay-Z’s Black album with Radiohead

Max Tannone: Double Check Your Head. The beastie boys mashed up with... the beastie boys!

Max Tannone: Double Check Your Head. The beastie boys mashed up with… the beastie boys!

Max Tannone: Mic Check, a rap punk mashup

Max Tannone: Mic Check, a rap punk mashup

Max Tannone: Ghostfunk, pairs hip-hop artists, Wu-Tang member Ghostface Killah, with vintage African funk, high-life, and psychedelic rock music.

Max Tannone: Ghostfunk, pairs hip-hop artists, Wu-Tang member Ghostface Killah, with vintage African funk, high-life, and psychedelic rock music.

Max Tannone: Mos Dub

Max Tannone: Mos Dub

Max Tannone: Dub Kweli

Max Tannone: Dub Kweli

Enjoy, and please share any other mashup artists you like. Or any other artists that offer up their music for free download.

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The popular minority. The not-so-target market.

Last night I went to a ‘Hack Night’ in downtown NOLA. As the ‘new guy’ to the group, and not being a programmer by profession, I was curious to find out how many people there didn’t program for their job.

5 out of the 17 people there didn’t program as part of their job, in any way. Myself included. I’ve noticed that in a lot of the things I do I am what I refer to as “the popular minority”. Meaning that I don’t fall into what I perceive as the target ‘market’, but I am seldom alone. Like last night, Hack Night was an open forum for anyone, but the target audience was programmers look for help, or collaborating on projects. I’m not assuming that, it is actually the advertised purpose of the group. But as it is one of the few tech meetups in the NOLA area certain personality types from other interest areas have gravitated to the group. I know some of you marketing types are probably going to correct me about how adjacent demographic bla bla bla….

My point is that I’ve noticed a similar trend with my immediate circle and social media. I have A LOT of friends, followers, etc. that use social media daily (many use it constantly) as part of their jobs, or to fulfill some function of their role. Aside from those people the ‘general public’ use of social media is perceived to be entirely social; they talk to their friends and family, etc. end of story. But I’ve notice more than a few of the people I interact with on twitter and other social media channels use these as tools for their profession even though it is not part of their job description. They don’t get paid for it. And even at times have someone higher up the ladder that would oppose them doing what they were doing if he knew what RSS means.

Often times I fall into that category, and more often than not it has been to my advantage. Please respond to the poll, describe your situation if you can spare the characters, and if you are so inclined feel free to argue or agree with anything I’ve said here.