Back in 2004, after Jay-Z released the complete set of acapellas for The Black Album, budding production auteur and soon-to-be household name Danger Mouse embarked on a project that would end up breathing new life into an old idea – as well as launch one of the most lucrative and varying careers in recent memory. Unquestionably the most infamous mash-up album ever (and arguably the only infamous mash-up album ever), The Grey Album – made up of instrumentals culled from White Album samples matched with Black Album vocals – gained notoriety for the controversy surrounding its release, the cleverness of its concept, and the sheer quality of the music: Danger Mouse’s “Helter Skelter”-sampling version of “99 Problems” is still the definitive version of the song.
Eight years later, engineer John Stewart has re-mastered the entire original release and offered it up, like Danger Mouse did for the original project, for free – cop the download here via mediafire or here via Stewart’s website and then watch an amazing experimental promotional clip for the original album (The Grey Video) down below.
Plugging away since 1999, The National finally hit mainstream success with the release of their 2010 album High Violet. Of course, this entailed their first world tour, but in the new documentary Mistaken For Strangers, it’s only the backdrop for the relationship between lead singer Matt Berninger and his younger brother Tom, who had no idea that these short videos he was shooting would turn into a public document of their troubled, if still loving brotherhood.
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