“First thing we do, let’s kill all
the lawyers.” — Shakespeare.
“The party is over with. Grab your
stuff and go and nobody goes to jail.” — A cop.
If the mash-up is “passé,” djBC — co-proprietor, with Lenlow, of the popular Mash. Ave. night at the
Independent — hasn’t heard about it. (Neither have the legions of aural alchemists at
GYBO.org, the global bootleg
clearinghouse that recently escaped legal trouble by agreeing to only link to
its members' mash-ups rather than linking to the MP3s directly.) BC’s mixology
makes for a twitchy tension between McCartney’s dulcet piano swells and the screeching bravado of those nasty
little men (“Let it Beast”), Lennon’s spectral voice hovering above
lounge-louche organ/bongo funk (“A Day in the Life of a Beastie Boy”). Even
George’s sitar-hazy mystic warblings get pumped up with scabrous scratches and
manic breakbeats (“Love You to Check It Out”). Think George Martin as the third Dust Brother.
And let’s be real: “Looking Down the Barrel of a Warm Gun”
is a title that writes itself.
If that Brady Bunch-style cover looks familiar, it’s
because it’s drawn by famed cartoonist Josh
Neufeld (American Splendor,
World War III Illustrated,
Duplex Planet). It’s downloadable
as a PDF to make nifty jackets for the CDs burned by the iPod-less. Hell, even
vinyl fetishists can find satisfaction in the digital age. “Whatcha Want,
Lady?,” from the first Beastles record, can be found on a wax compilation here.
LISTEN: “Belly Movin” (MP3)LISTEN: “Electrified Kite” (MP3)LISTEN: The Beastles debut (torrent)