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That sneaky Brian Burton. Among Danger Mouse’s greatest hits in pissing off the RIAA and other members of the music industry are the following:

1) The pressing up of limited edition Jay-Z & The Beatles Grey Album vinyl LP’s, numbering them, and then sending them to his friends. After the whole fallout and cease of desist letters, DM got creative in how he would release the vinyl, which was being pressed prior to all of the legal shit going down. Keeping tabs on who had been assigned each numbered copy, if any escaped into the wild (i.e. Ebay), he could then track down who sold their copy, and then… I don’t know, write them a nasty email, take them off his Top 8, whatever.

2) Teaming up with mysterious graf-artist-turned-mainstream-acceptable-artist, Banksy, for his Paris Hilton remix project. Here, Banksy altered the artwork of Paris Hilton’s CD inserts with song titles like “why am I famous”, “what have I done”, etc, while Danger Mouse replaced the CD’s with his own remix interpretation of the album. Apparently these CD’s were mixed in on record store shelves among the real Paris CD’s.

In his latest stunt, Danger Mouse has gone around the corporate machine to release his collaborative album with indie rocker Sparklehorse and director David Lynch, Dark Night Of The Soul. The package was released as a mail order set available through the project’s official website www.dnots.com. The now sold out project (5000 copies pressed, sold at $50 each) included a massively packaged CD, including a 50 page booklet with photography by David Lynch, whom also sings on the album. However, the CD inside was blank and recordable, with a sticker on the packaging reading, “For legal reasons, enclosed CD-R contains no music. Use it as you will.”

Obviously, this was a tongue-in-cheek way to distribute the album without breaching his legal contracts with EMI, Lex Records, or any other labels affiliated with him or the other artists involved with this album (Iggy Pop, Flaming Lips, Julian Casablancas of The Strokes, Suzanne Vega, etc). Sure the CD was blank, but the album is widely available online for download. He’s crafty!

You can also listen to the album streaming at NPR.Org if you don’t want to risk getting sued for $2 million dollars. - DJ Pizzo

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