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Gnarls Barkley's 'St. Elsewhere'

Okay, so why did I just bore you talking about my sad, empty life consumed by creating music mixes?

Two things. NPR uber-blog guru Ben Brudevold-Newman just alerted me to the fact that St. Elsewhere, a CD by Gnarls Barkley (I always thought he was great when he played for the 76ers), has been released today in the U.S. The amazing part is that the British sensation soared to the top of the U.K. music charts earlier this year with his single 'Crazy', which was available only as a download. Apparently, so many people have listened to Gnarls Barkley's music on the Web — even more than the number of people who read this blog, if possible — that 'Crazy' continues to top the charts across the Atlantic!

I've never reviewed music before, certainly not via the written word, and it's hard to start now. But it's good stuff. You can hear 'Crazy' here.

And yes, I know the former basketball player's name is Charles Barkley.

NPR's Big Ben also told me about something that's apparently been around for years but something I've never heard until today. It's a pretty amazing CD by Gnarls Barkley's musical mastermind, Danger Mouse (truth be told: I never heard of Danger Mouse before today), that combines The Black Album by rapper Jay-Z with tunes from The Beatles' 1968 White Album. The finished product: The Grey Album. It's far more interesting and controversial than the Rudin Music Mixes. And it's really good stuff. You can preview that here.

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