Danger Mouse – The Grid (5.19.11)

My first music column for the newly minted Toronto city magazine, The Grid, in which I explore the Gladwelliean genius of Danger Mouse.

Before he became bona fide pop royalty, New York–based Brian Burton, a.k.a. Danger Mouse, made a name for himself producing albums for indie-bands Sparklehorse and Gorillaz. He also created the legendary Jay-Z/Beatles mash-up The Grey Album in 2004—one of the biggest viral mash-ups in history—which had music critics swooning and EMI’s lawyers shaking their fists. But it’s what he does with his popularity that’s really interesting. Rather than spending time cementing his personal brand, he chooses projects that are challenging and unexpected, and often ultimately very successful. Now, he has teamed up with modern Italian film composer Daniele Luppi to create Rome, a glossy, indie-rock take on the spaghetti western soundtrack, proving that nobody is better at turning obscure artists and/or musical tangents into pop gold.

Read the entire article here.

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