Hi folks. On January 5, 2012, I took the Twenty Song Challenge. Ever heard of it? It’s where you try to write, record and mix 20 songs in one day, from 8am-8pm. You play the game with a small group of friends — all working individually — then get together at 8:30pm to order takeout and listen to everything you each did that day. It’s the most fun I’ve ever had being at my wits’ end. The Jan 5 crew consisted of Matt Dabrowiak, Nick Jaina, Dave Depper, and myself. If you know those other guys, beg them to hear their results, because the music they came up with is incredible.
It’s my second attempt at The Challenge. A couple years ago, I made it to like 13 songs before promptly passing out. This time, I set out to make 20 little parts that were supposed to play together as one long seamless piece. Of course, I ran out of time and had to make all sorts of irrational mixing/lyrical decisions to finish the darn thing. But whatever. Chinese Democracy, it’s not (and I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing).
Anyway, I decided to release the resulting piece for free here as my 11th Lackthereøf album, in hopes that it will inspire you to take the Twenty Song Challenge yourselves. It’s a great exercise to cleanse the ol’ palette and to feel like you’ve accomplished something in a day, even if you’re just recording twenty different farts with your fancy iPhone recording app. There are no rules in Challenge Club. Just make sure the flatulence is tonally diverse!
Speaking of hot air, Menomena is in the final two weeks of recording our fifth record. More news on that front coming soon, I hope. In the meantime, check out the music below, complete with front and back covers. Have fun!