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Usually the vibe in Decomposed is low key and fairly serious. That is, unless a Rivers runs through it. And after a year full of hootenannies, incongruous collaborations, and breaking world records, this is surprising absolutely nobody. A few weeks ago he put out a call for a pianist and an a cappella group to help decompose some tunes for us. Along with those folks, he brought a pretty enthusiastic up-and-comer named Jermaine Dupri (!). Throw in a cowboy flutist and three tunes from Alone II: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo (including a Beach Boys cover) and you have a Rivers-sized holiday spectacle.

The session unfolds in three parts: first there’s “I Was Scared,” on which Cuomo’s joined by his hand-selected pianist Sonya Lee and five members of the Dartmouth Aires, an a cappella group from Dartmouth College. For the Beach Boys’ “Don’t Worry Baby,” Rivers goes sans piano and full-on a cappella with the Dartmouth quintet on backing harmonies. And then there’s the grand jam of “Can’t Stop Partying,” which features five acoustic guitarists and three percussionists (from bands Crash Kings, Alkaline Trio, Yellowcard, Melee, Reeve Oliver and Ozma), big-hatted flutist Greg Vail, and Mr. Dupri. Fresh for ’08.

Comments (11)
  1. Molly  |   Posted on Dec 22nd, 2008 0

    Rivers is the bomb. I love him.

  2. Nate  |   Posted on Dec 22nd, 2008 0

    This is kind of amazing. Maybe the best thing Rivers has been involved in since Pinkerton, or that celebrity soccer game last year.

  3. NaySay   |   Posted on Dec 22nd, 2008 0

    I echo Nate’s comment. If Rivers is smart, he will head in this direction.

  4. teenager  |   Posted on Dec 22nd, 2008 0

    Sounds great. Who knew Spike Lee could sing like that?

  5. Nick  |   Posted on Dec 22nd, 2008 0

    Oh my god…I can’t stop partying? Jesus.

  6. This is fantastic. Anyone rips this into an mp3, I so want to know!

  7. Kimmie  |   Posted on Dec 31st, 2008 0

    Rivers, I love you! Is this version available for download???

  8. TheGrudgeX  |   Posted on Jan 3rd, 2009 0

    Jermaine Dupri is not an “Up-And-Comer…” You retards should do your music homework sometime.

  9. TheNoodgeX  |   Posted on Jan 3rd, 2009 0

    oh, grudgeX. humor, motherfucker, humor.

  10. Jake  |   Posted on Feb 18th, 2009 0

    wow, i didn’t think jermaine dupri could sing. this video is soo sick

  11. “Jermaine Dupri is not an ‘Up-And-Comer…’You retards should do your music homework sometime.” Thank you TheGrudgeX!

    hahahaha I know this is an old post but stereogum…y’all truly disappointed me w/ that one.
    calling my boy an “up-and-comer” like he hasn’t been making hit records and selling millions since ’92.

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