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At The Mall: Remixes

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Baron Zen Theme (Danny Breaks Remix)
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Gotta Get Rid Of Rick (James Pants Remix)
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Night In Jail (M80 Remix)
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When I Hear Music (J Rocc Remix)
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At The Mall (Peanut Butter Wolf Remix)
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Money (Arabian Prince Remix)
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Shoes (Madlib Remix)
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Burn Rubber (Dam Funk Remix)
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Fucking Bored (Romes Remix)
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Electronic (Tek Blazer Remix)
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Walking On Sunshine (Jonny Manak Remix)
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Turned Around (Peanut Butter Wolf Remix)
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No More (Selector Dub U & Tek Blazer Remix)
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Walked In Line (Blu Jemz Remix)
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Walked In Line (M80 Remix)
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 15   Total Length: 49:40

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Recorded by college friends between 1988 and 1992, Baron Zen’s At the Mall sounds, well, a lot like something some music-loving kids would record between 1988 and 1992. The Joy Division, Black Flag, and Dead Milkmen influences are all there, as are the early hip-hop, pop, and even disco ones. It’s clearly music made by people who liked a lot of different styles (one of Baron Zen’s members, Chris Manak, aka DJ Peanut Butter Wolf, though he doesn’t show up on every song on the album — only Sweet Steve, the band’s songwriter and main performer, has that honor — went on to form the Stones Throw record label), and who have some fun toys (a four-track and drum machine, as well as a keyboard and some guitars) and a lot of free time. The covers of Joy Division’s “Walked in Line” and Debbie Deb’s “When I Hear Music” (which takes an almost industrial spin, and is actually pretty cool) are unpretentious and catchy, and the original pieces, albeit a little purposeless and messy, are guiltily enjoyable. Which means that although At the Mall isn’t a great record, it’s still a fun record; it’s about having a good time, not taking yourself seriously, hanging out with friends, and simple, fuzzy guitar riffs. No, the musicianship is not mind-blowing, the lyrics are not particularly inventive (an exception being “Shoes,” which has Sweet Steve rapping about how he loves the accessory “more than the behind of a female”), and the raw attitude and anger that often define the work of young male artists and make it exciting even when it’s lacking in other areas is instead replaced by a more suburban apathetic — or at least bored — view of the world, but somehow this renders it all the more charming. It’s a glimpse into the life of some college students having fun and making a little fun of themselves and things around them in the process, and it’s worth checking out. [Stones Throw issued a version of the album in 2007 that contained an extra disc of remixes.] – Marisa Brown

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