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20Mar/14

VIDEO OF THE DAY: “ALL YOUR BASE” BY DALE EARNHARDT JR. JR.

You never know quite what you’re gonna get from Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., which is exactly how the band likes it. From the curious appellation to their wide-ranging mix of EPs and LPs and live shows, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.’s Daniel Zott and Joshua Epstein have continued to defy classification, refusing to be pigeonholed into genre categories. DEJJ’s output is sprinkled with indie and dance pop, electronica, hip-hop, and more with a distinctly DIY aesthetic and a spry sense of humor, as evidenced by the 2013 LP, The Speed of Things, which, as Zott and Epstein explain, “centers around the accelerating pace at which ideas, feelings, trends, and communications seem to be moving these days”; it also slyly references the band’s namesakes, NASCAR drivers Dale Earnhardt and his son, Dale Earnhardt Jr. In addition, DEJJ recently released a crazy mixtape, Produce, that is all over the map, in a good way, including samples of Paul Simon, the Beach Boys, Paul McCartney, and Randy Newman while getting help from Quelle Chris, Chuck Inglish, Slim of 112, Asher Roth, Tunde Olaniran, and others; you can check it out here. And as seen above, even the duo’s videos are unpredictable and unusual. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. will be concluding its spring tour on March 26 with a show at Webster Hall with Chad Valley.

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