DJ/illustrator/Tower Records clerk Matt Loomis and M.C./Gangsta Rap Coloring Book creator Aye Jay Morano together have created a another artistic hybrid with the release of the CD Unindie Listening, “a DJ mix of indie rock and hip-hop.” In the past, they’ve collaborated on such eclectic projects as their “Li’l Ol’ Dirty” comic strip (which inserts a toddler version of Ol’ Dirty Bastard into the world of “Family Circus”), as well as a live-art visual interpretation of Sleep’s 52-minute sludge-metal epic “Jerusalem.” This time Aye Jay brought the idea and the vinyl, Loomis (DJ Goodburger) did the turntable work and local drummer (The Imps, Death Star) and home recording aficionado Jim Rizutto brought it all together. Introduced with a phone message definition of indie rock by über-engineer Steve Albini, Elliott Smith’s “Son of Sam” fades in and is joined by a simple break beat providing a glimpse of what’s to come. Violent Femmes, Flaming Lips, Sonic Youth and more all get scratched and layered upon by samples from SNL skits, classic hip-hop beats and even a few local rappers.
Unindie CD Release Party, with the Becky Sagers, Asskickers, Rev. Shelby Cobra and DJ Goodburger, Sat., Sept. 11, 9 p.m. at Fulcrum Records.