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Mash It Up

By chicago_chris in Arts & Entertainment on Jul 23, 2004 6:25PM

Everybody loves his mashup albums these days. There have been countless revolving around Jay-Z and his "farewell" The Black Album, from The Slack Album (Jay-Z meets Pavement) to The Black and Blue Album (Jay-Z meets Weezer, a.k.a. Rivers Gets a Cap in his Ass) to Danger Mouse's justly heralded Jay-Z meets the Beatles project The Grey Album. (Chicagoist thinks these albums come into being when the DJs behind them think up a clever album title.) There was even the Jay-Z-Metallica mashup The Black on Black Album. Jay-Z – we're getting real tired of typing "Jay-Z" – ever the brilliant marketer, made all this possible by making a-cappella versions of Black Album tracks readily available.

Well, someone at least has had the good sense to leave Jay-Z behind – we can't wait for the Jay-Z-Jay-Z mashups, though – and they are Beatallica. Combining the hard-rock of Metallica with the pop brilliance of the Beatles, they play tonight at the Cubby Bear. With admission at only $6, that's like getting to see two famous bands in one! Plus, it costs even less than the admission price to that Metallica gets therapy documentary. So check that out down in Wrigleyville, and try not to let debris falling off the ballpark hit you. And as a side-note, Chicagoist will still stand by "A Stroke of Genius" – the brilliant mashup of The Strokes' "Hard to Explain" and Christina Aguilera's "Genie in a Bottle" – as our favorite song of the genre.