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Clams (aka Mike Volpe) was interviewed last year for Red Bull Music Academy by Noz of Cocaine Blunts, and although it is high on the beats junkie dork factor, it is definitely interesting to see his interests, how he managed to garner attention for his beats, and just a bit about how he crafts beats centered on such extraterrestrial vocal samples. It’s definitely worth the hour of your time it takes to get through it, especially if you dig his stuff as much as I do.
I usually like hearing Danny Brown over any beat, even some of the oddball electrified beats that made up XXX, but it’s good to hear him over some old, soulful sounding drums; in this case John Schroeder Orchestra (even if they may have actually been pulled from a Gorillaz sample).
My coworkers are typically too annoyed by his voice for me to play him out loud, but ever since he floored me with a snarling performance of “Positive Jam” when opening for Les Savy Fav back in 2004, Craig Finn’s lyrics have been ones that I give my full and undivided attention to. One of my favorite Hold Steady lines is in “Multitude of Casualties”