You know the red tracksuits, but you haven’t heard the Kissy Sell Out remix of “Give It Up” from the Norwegians’ aptly titled forthcoming sophomore album Red. Screw subtlety! On it, they tried nailing a late ’70s and early ’80s rock feel (’76-’83, specifically, “the peak of cultural evolution”), only using equipment made prior to 1983 and replacing inspirations Talking Heads, Devo and Happy Mondays with Fela Kuti, Afrika Bambaataa and Kraftwerk. We asked the band for their thoughts on Kissy’s very modern take on “Give It Up,” which premiered in this week’s ‘Gum Drop. You can read the response while you take a listen. And, for your calendar: The non-remixed “Give It Up” single is out 4/14 via Nettwerk. Expect a single EP with various remixes on 5/18. Red is out late summer.
Speaking of the ’70s (prog this time), this week we also offered the chance to win a limited-edition deluxe Mastodon Crack The Skye prize pack!
While Crack The Skye is busy converting non-metal heads and reinvigorating longtime fans, you can nab a limited-edition Mastodon prize pack to show your support of the crusty (and now proggier than ever) Atlanta quartet. It includes: A Crack The Skye limited-edition ‘Tunnel Book” CD/DVD and lithograph, a limited-edition “Oblivion” t-shirt/CD single bundle, and for the older-timers, a Blood Mountain hoodie. (As far as the clothing goes, the winner picks his or her size, from S to XXL.) This is what it all looks like:
Most of the goods are self-explanatory, but here’s some more more on the currently sold out “Tunnel Book”:
[The] super-deluxe version of Crack The Skye will come housed in a hard box case featuring a third dimension worm hole design that will contain exclusive and additional album art by long-time Mastodon artist, Paul Romano. The special package will include the full-length Crack The Sky album on CD, plus a DVD containing The Making of Crack The Skye with photo gallery, Track by Track band commentary and more by director Jimmy Hubbard.
If you want more info on the other stuff, you can do that at www.mastodonrocks.com. One winner gets it all. To be that one winner, enter here to get the Mastodon goods. Also, there’s still time to nab last week’s Pearl Jam-packed Rock Band 2 prize.
CONTEST ENDS 04/15/09 AT 12PM EST.
[Datarock photo by Tom Oxley