Freeload: Nick Catchdubs and Mr. Ducker’s Radio Friendly Unit Shifter

September 02, 2008


For years The FADER's current deputy editor Eric Ducker and former associate editor Nick Catchdubs have threatened to put together a hip-hop style mix of ’90s alterna-rock filled with killer crossovers, outstanding album cuts, shameless in-jokes and Mr. Show snippets. And now it's finally finished and in bloom on the internet as Radio Friendly Unit Shifter (and it's under 120 minutes long). Grab the audio below and get Catchdub's full explanation plus the tracklist after the jump.

Download: Nick Catchdubs and Mr. Ducker's Radio Friendly Unit Shifter





My good friend Mr. Ducker isn’t a DJ, but he always wanted to make an ultimate ’90s tape, something that brought a mixshow vibe to alt nation sounds. When he asked me to get down with his dream and collaborate, we delved deep into our middle and high school record collections (and used CD bargain bins) and brainstormed new ways to present all the alternative music we grew up on. We were inspired by DJ Spinbad’s impossibly fun ’80s pop mixes: big hits next to unexpected favorites with lots of movie dialogue and interludes for jokes, all smashed up in a dance party megamixxx. Picking from hundreds of beloved Buzz Bin jams was easier said than done (sorry Superdrag, you’ll make Vol. 2!), but with the Mishka crew’s annual trip to Magic in Las Vegas giving us an actual deadline, we finally finished this badmotorfinger as a giveaway CD for their new season. Even with double digit-old tunes, Radio Friendly Unit Shifter feels right on time, connecting the dots between Sonic Youth breakbeats, weeded Lollapalooza rap, gloriously fuzzed-out one hit wonders and much more. No irony, no empty nostalgia, just a lot of music we love that shaped what we do today. They used to play King Missile on the radio! In America! Download and enjoy.

- Nick Catchdubs

1. L7 - Pretend We’re Dead

2. Sonic Youth - 100%

3. Folk Implosion - Natural One

4. King Missile - Detachable Penis

5. Beck - Beercan

6. Diinosaur Jr - Start Choppin’

7. Meat Puppets - Backwater ‘

8. Pavement - Cut Your Hair

9. Nirvana - Sliver

10. Foo Fighters - I’ll Stick Around

11. Porno For Pyros - Tahitian Moon

12. Temple Of The Dog - Hunger Strike

13. Tripping Daisy - I Got A Girl

14. Primus - Wynonas Big Brown Beaver

15. Body Count - There Goes The Neighborhood

16. Offspring - Come Out And Play

17. Rancid - Roots Radicals

18. Supergrass - Caught By The Fuzz

19. Weezer - El Scorcho

20. Green Day - Longview

21. Harvey Danger - Flagpole Sitta

22. Rage Against The Machine - Bulls On Parade

23. Bjork - Army Of Me

24. Soundgarden - Outshined

25. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Suck My Kiss

26. Tribe Called Quest - Oh My God (Live @ The Tibetan Freedom Concert)

27. Cypress Hill - How I Could Just Kill A Man (Live @ Woodstock ‘94)

28. House Of Pain - Shamrocks and Shennanigans

29. Cibo Matto - Know Your Chicken

30. Breeders - Cannonball

31. Smashing Pumpkins - Today

32. Butthole Surfers - Pepper

33. Sublime - Doin’ Time

34. Soul Coughing - Super Bon Bon

35. Faith No More - A Small Victory

36. MC 900 Foot Jesus - If I Only Had A Brain

37. Everclear - You Make Me Feel Like A Whore

38. Toadies - Possum Kingdom

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Freeload: Nick Catchdubs and Mr. Ducker’s Radio Friendly Unit Shifter