I was passed a copy of the new X-Pistols album, thinking, “oh great. Yet another rap/rock mashup album” After listening for a bit, I realized “That’s right1 I love rap/rock mashup albums!”
The way Suburban Noize crunches out these alternative albums and main group albums at such an incredible pace, I’ve been consistently amazed at the consistency in quality. X-Pistols has that fast paced feel that makes me feel like no time has passed before the album’s done. (It does clock in at 52 minutes with 18 tracks, though). For Kottonmouth Kings fans, it really feels that if you stripped all of the hip hop influence out of their albums, you’d have X-Pistols.
I wasn’t very aware of the punk legends D.I. when they were signed to Suburban Noize last year, but if this is the sort of mash up craziness we’re going to get from new signees, I’m happy to have them. It makes me wonder what more we could see in the future with mashup groups including groups like hed pe, who I’ve been a fan of for ages.
If I never make a dime from this podcasting thing over the years, it’s at least given me a lot of really cool memories. The day before Podcamp Pittsburgh 5, I had the chance to sit down, finally, with ALL of the Kottonmouth Kings on their bus for a quick interview for my Music Funtime Show. I’ve had the fortune to talk with The Dirtball, Daddy X, and Richter in the past, most over the phone. These are guys that I genuinely enjoy over the past several years. It’s really good mash up music with a positive, though somewhat anti-establishment, message.
Of course, despite all these years, I still confuse Richter and D-Loc…to their faces. It was a longtime nightmare realized. But there it is. You can’t be afraid to put your faults out on the line, and dammit, I’m bad with faces/names, and for all the hours logged listening to them, I’ve not frequented the music videos and DVDs to really know the two apart.
Here is an excerpt of the Music Funtime Show for those simply interested in the interview:
In one of my many hats I wear, I fancy myself a music reviewer. I’ve moved that practice to the site for my Music Funtime Show. The following was reviewed there.
According to the recent press going out, Johnny Richter has been working on a solo album since Kottonmouth Kings’ Capitol Records days. Finally, so many years later, we have it in hand and on the shelves.
For those into the Suburban Noize sound, you will be in some familiar territory here. A collection of songs about partying, smoking weed, and enjoying life round out this album, as they do other Kings and Kingspade albums. It’s always to hear these solo albums, as it was with Daddy X, and now, if you go back to pre-KMK Dirtball tracks. You get an idea of what the artist brings to the group when you single them out from the rest of the collaboration. In this case, the party songs seem to be missing something. I don’t know if it’s the selection of beats or production, but the songs seem to missing some intangible layer that I loved the Kingspade albums for. Even so, this solo album isn’t as much of a 180 as Daddy X’s solo venture.
The highlight to me was the lighter tracks, such as “Remember That Summer” and “Nice Cold One”. Nice reminders that these albums aren’t always about rebellion and illegal (or illegalish in California) substances all of the time. While the subject matter of these albums over the years may be loosing their variety, I’m rarely ever disappointed of the quality of the disc as a whole. And while not the best release in the bunch, it’s still a great album to pop in for these hot summer days with a lemonade in hand on the front porch.