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Notebook Noise decided to cash in on the iconic artwork of 2012’s release Strange Tongue that featured front man Thaddeus James riding the neck of a giraffe. This was followed by The Giraffter Party Acapellas & Instrumentals. The online response from producers remixing the acapellas was far greater than Thaddeus could’ve ever anticipated. Remixes have been coming in from all over the planet on a regular basis. A solid representation of this response can be seen on the final installment of the Strange Tongue trilogy: Giraffter Hours. Graphic artist Joe Sampson did an amazing job on all three albums. And of course it’s free.
Thaddeus James has also released #PhenomenalCake. It’s not quite an album, but bigger than an EP and in the style of a mixtape. Instrumentals for the project were plucked or carefully selected from Soundcloud and Bandcamp. #PhenomenalCake features a two track intro by Burt the Turtle. He raps into a tin can and loves a turtle named Ruby. The remaining 7 tracks play out like a soundtrack to a really great party at their lake house. While Thaddeus wasn’t writing as a turtle or rapping as himself about cake, breast milk and being too old to yolo he was also working on some really great new stuff. Long time collaborator Asa Phelps had been sending a steady stream of instrumentals and Thaddeus wrote the songs as quickly as Asa sent them. In about 1 months time the guys had the tracks and storyline for what they’re dubbing Shits Creek. Expect to hear the introspective, soul-searching rhymes you’ve grown to love from Notebook Noise. It will definitely be a main focus of 2014.
The group has come a long way from Snares, Hooks and RhymeBooks, the debut that landed them on URB’s Next 1000 list back in 2008. The guys followed that up with 2009’s Debonair Wit, which earned them ‘leak of the week’ accolades from ThePier.org for the song “The Art of Throwing ft. Knowledgeborn07”. In February 2010 Notebook Noise started officially playing live and by October they had landed on WGN for a morning spot promoting the event Fashion Mash that took place at Double Door and Flat Iron Art Institute. With the release of 2012’s Strange Tongue; Notebook Noise was featured on several music blogs and even some food blogs for the daddy/daughter duet Cookies ft. LULUTRON. The music has also made the band a mainstay on music website Hulkshare’s homepage as a featured artist. Releasing the acapellas has even gotten Thaddeus’ vocals mashed up with Polish emcees and an emcee from Japan. You can even catch some kids from the UK skateboarding on youtube to NN instrumentals. Here’s to the future.
All music can be downloaded for free at www.notebooknoise.com