Nine Inch Nails, Year Zero, feat. Thavius Beck and Saul Williams, 2007
Saul Williams? A legend in spoken word. And Trent Reznor? Homeboy gets better with age, really. Thavius? The man is one of my favorite underground hip-hop producers.
A friend of mine turned me onto Thavius Beck a long time ago, but not before Thavius turned her on. She claims to have had the some of the best orgasms of her life while leaning her wooden stool against a nightclub wall in Los Angeles, listening to the cat's stuff blaring through speakers and vibrating her barstool just... oh gawd ... right.
I have a feeling, given the fact that the woman in question is also a huge NIN fan, there are a lot of violated barstools in the Greater Los Angeles area. I don't think I'd touch her washing machine, either...
DAMN IT FEELS GOOD TO BE A GANGSTA [VIDEO]
Geto Boys, Uncut Dope: The Geto Boys' Best (Rap-a-Lot, 1992)
How is it that I'm one of only a handful of people left who fucking remembers this song before it appeared in Office Space?
STRIPPED (HEAVY MENTAL REMIX)
Rammstein, Stripped single (Motor Music, 1998)
Remixed by Charlie Clouser, this cover of a Depeche Mode classic has been scaring the living out of the ZenFo Pro student neighbors for weeks now.
HEY JOE [VIDEO]
Body Count, Born Dead, (Virgin/Rhyme Syndicate, 1994)
You know, this is probably one of my all-time favorite covers of a Jimi Hendrix recording ("Hey Joe," itself, was actually a cover, mastered by the legendary guitarist).
Here's a piece of random trivia: Body Count vocalist Ice-T remains the only artist to ever perform guest vocals on a Black Sabbath studio album, their last studio recording, 1995's lackluster Forbidden. That album was, coincidentally, produced by BC guitarist Ernie C.
PARANOID [LISTEN TO THE COMPLETE ORIGINAL VINYL!]
The Dickies, 7" release (1978)
Speaking of Black Sabbath... how 'bout a Sabbath cover?
REIGN IN BLOOD [MP3]
Terrorfakt, via artist web site.
Yes, this is a grindcore/sludge remix of classic Slayer sounds. Terrorfakt's remixes are generally dark, brooding - a lot of that is tied to the act's history. According to the artist's web site, the project first formed on Sept. 11, 2001, as a sort of club tribute to those who lost their lives in NYC, Washington, and Pennsylvania that bloody day.
GOT UP THIS MORNING [VIDEO]
Sage Francis, Human the Death Dance (Epitaph, May 8, 2007)
This WILL be the be one of the most important hip-hop songs of 2007.
This track, leaked via YouTube, well, yesterday, was produced by Canada's hip-hop version of Tom Waits, Buck 65. The video features super-hot alt-folk contributor Jolie Holland and just about every major white underground emcee of the past five years.
Holland's voice gave me an erection. I'm not going to lie. June Carter and Bonnie Raitt's voices do the same thing.
Glad I'm not wearing sweatpants.
PROBLEM CHILD (AC/DC VS. THE SCAR REMIX) [MP3]
The Scar, via artist MySpace, 2006
This London-based (via Sidney and New York) remix artist has been a favorite of mine for some time now. I don't remember who first turned me on to the guy, really.
But trust me... He's very good at turning on women who find his work buried in your computer's music directory.
For Wombat and Shayna.
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