Thursday, May 28, 2009

Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse & David Lynch & More

Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse have gotten together (along with David Lynch!) to produce an album and book. The book is now available. Unfortunately, due to a legal problem with EMI, the CD is not included.

Therefore, you should buy the book and then, well, you know what to do. Go here for a download site:

Download (rapidshare)
192kbps / 65mb

I’m listening to it right now. It’s a wonderful album.

In addition to Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse (Mark Linkous), who wrote the songs, other artists appearing on Dark Night of the Soul (mostly to sing) include:

James Mercer of The Shins
The Flaming Lips
Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals
Jason Lytle of Grandaddy
Julian Casablancas of The Strokes
Frank Black of the Pixies
Iggy Pop
Nina Persson of The Cardigans
Suzanne Vega
Vic Chesnutt
David Lynch
Scott Spillane of Neutral Milk Hotel and The Gerbils

In total, the sound of Dark Night of the Soul, seems more like a Sparklehorse album than anything else by the contributors, though each track pairs well with the contributing singer/ band, and the lyrics are much more straight-forward than Mark Linkous usually comes up with (in other words, this really sounds like a collaboration). Standouts for me, not surprisingly, include the opening track (with The Flaming Lips), and the Jason Lytle contributions (which, more than any other contributor, sounds more like Grandaddy tracks than collaborations). But really, the whole thing is quite arresting. It was great, for instance, to hear Iggy Pop thrashing, singing “Look at Jesus and his hair—”and then, “I’m a mix of God and Monkey.” Good stuff. And David Lynch sings!

What are you waiting for?


At 5/28/2009 11:01 AM, Blogger Oliver de la Paz said...

Those EMI guys are still pissed at D'Mouse.

At 5/28/2009 11:51 AM, Blogger John Gallaher said...

Indeed they are, and Dark Night of the Soul might never be released because of it.

So download away!

At 6/01/2009 1:57 PM, Blogger Dustin said...

EMI sucks, although this doesn't really seperate them from record companies in general. I listened to this album last night and loved it. It'll be in my CD player awhile.

Also, I don't know if you use Soulseek. It's a great P2P network if you want to download entire albums (not that I condone that sort of thing, of course).

At 6/01/2009 2:06 PM, Blogger John Gallaher said...

Hey Dustin,

Nah, I don't do the P2P thing, except in cases such as this. I have some friends who do, though.

"I know this guy . . ."


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