And What You Give Is What You Get
(Paul’s Boutique B-side)



Proof that patience and persistence pay off when it comes to record shopping, I was rewarded with a trip to Half Price Books earlier in the week, when I snagged two N.W.A. 12-inches and a six-song Beastie Boys 12-inch for Shadrach: An Exciting Evening at Home with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. All three are in damn near mint condition, too.

The Shadrach 12-inch contains two Paul’s Boutique tracks – Shadrach and Car Thief – and four non-LP goodies, including And What You Give Is What You Get. In the insanely thorough 33 1/3 book on Paul’s Boutique, author Dan LeRoy writes of the track:

The instrumental version of “Shadrach” boasts a laundry list of new samples, including the riff from Black Flag’s hardcore anthem “Rise Above,” soundbites from various dancehall records and an interjection from comedian George Carlin. Yet although it only appears at the tail end of this mix, the snippet of the Jam’s “Start!” that gives the track its title is the most intriguing lift.

It’s a classic Paul’s Boutique-era cut – just a wild orgy of samples and scratches pieced together perfectly. Makes me wanna revisit the album.

Below is a rip from the 12-inch:

(Images swiped from the late, great B-Side Wins Again.)

The Electronic Anthology Project (aka Built to Spill)

If you’ve ever thought, “Hey, I wonder what Built to Spill songs would sound like re-imagined as synth-filled, 12-inch remixes from the 1980s” – and who hasn’t?? – then you’re in luck.

TwentyFourBit points us in the direction of The Electronic Anthology Project, the rather odd but really awesome brainchild of Built to Spill singer/guitar god Doug Martsch and bassist Brett Nelson (not to be confused with guitarist Brett Netson). Quite simply, the duo has re-recorded seven BtS songs “in the vein of the 80′s 12-inch remix.” Each song even has a new title that is an anagram of its original.

From listening to the three songs available on MySpaceEels (aka Else), What If Your Dull (I Would Hurt a Fly) and Age I Felt (Get a Life) – this is as fun as it is totally unexpected. The only thing that would make it any better would be for an actual 12-inch pressing of one of the songs, perhaps backed with the original.

Short of that, you can buy the 7-song EP for $10 at CD Baby or at Built to Spill shows, like the one on Oct. 26 at Marquee Theatre.

Check out Eels and the tracklist below (via TwentyFourBit):

The Electronic Anthology Project:
1. I Dim Our Angst In Agony (Goin’ Against Your Mind)
2. Age I Felt (Get A Life)
3. At The Where (The Weather)
4. Eels (Else)
5. What If Your Dull (I Would Hurt A Fly)
6. A Gloss Siren (Israel’s Song)
7. Far Path Tall Sign / (Things Fall Apart)