I'll Sleep When You're Dead
|I'll Sleep When You're Dead|
|Studio album by El-P|
|Released||March 20, 2007|
|Genre||Hip hop, industrial hip hop|
|Drowned in Sound||(8/10) 2007|
|Entertainment Weekly||(B+) 2007|
|The New York Times||(favorable) 2007|
|Pitchfork Media||(8.0/10) 2007|
|Stylus Magazine||(A) 2007|
|URB||March 2007 (p. 95)|
I'll Sleep When You're Dead is the second full-length studio album by New York hip hop artist El-P, released on his own Definitive Jux label on March 20, 2007. The album comes almost a full five years after his critically acclaimed debut solo album, Fantastic Damage.
The album's first single, the Trent Reznor-featuring "Flyentology", was released as a digital download via the iTunes Store on February 20, 2007. The song "EMG" appears as the B-side, and an animated video was made by the Adult Swim team. A video was also shot for "Smithereens", featuring images of torture and imprisonment reminiscent of US prison facilities like Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib.
El-P previewed an unmixed version of "Tasmanian Pain Coaster", the album's opening track, on British DJ Gilles Peterson's WorldWide show on January 26, 2006 on Radio 1. A version of "EMG" with the extended title "Everything Must Go" was given away on a covermount CD mixed by DJ Big Wiz, along with the Def Jux-themed July 2005 issue of British hip hop magazine Hip Hop Connection; the same track was also offered as a paid download at Def Jux's online store. Also the songs "Smithereens" and "Poisenville Kids No Wins" featured on the teaser of the third season of The Boondocks.
The album features guest appearances from core "jukies", most prominently Cage and Aesop Rock, as well as contributions from several notable alternative rock artists, including Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, Omar Rodríguez-López, Isaiah "Ikey" Owens and Cedric Bixler-Zavala of The Mars Volta, Daryl Palumbo of Glassjaw and Head Automatica, James McNew of Yo La Tengo, Chan "Cat Power" Marshall, and former Chavez and Zwan guitarist Matt Sweeney. Despite his usual dislike of "records that have a bunch of (featuring so and so) after every song title", El-P has explained the more organic nature of the collaborations on I'll Sleep When You're Dead:
My collaborations for the most part come from friendships I have with people who happen to be in the vicinity while I'm making my shit. Little splashes of other peoples voices, talents, energy used in subtle ways is the way I usually like to freak it. Rob does some back ups, Sweeny plays some guitar, Aes drops a verse, James plays some bass... whatever works at the time. It's the South Park theory: when George Clooney appeared on South Park it was as a gay dog. That's the type of shit that makes my day.
El-P has compared the overall sound of the album's music to "a psychedelic Boogie Down Productions record", and like "Scott LaRock and Ced Gee take acid". Though he has stated that while the album is not "a political album per se, but... an honest one", some of the lyrics include comment on the September 11, 2001 attacks and the response of the Bush administration.
The song "Flyentology" was featured in an episode of Breaking Bad.
Track listing 
All songs written and composed by El-P, except where noted.
|1.||"Tasmanian Pain Coaster" (featuring Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala of The Mars Volta)||6:56|
|2.||"Smithereens (Stop Cryin)"||4:34|
|3.||"Up All Night" (Drums adapted from the Pink Floyd track "Saucerful of Secrets")||
|7.||"Run the Numbers" (featuring Aesop Rock)||
|8.||"Habeas Corpses (Draconian Love)" (featuring Cage)||4:36|
|9.||"The Overly Dramatic Truth"||4:32|
|10.||"Flyentology" (featuring Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails)||
|12.||"The League of Extraordinary Nobodies"||2:36|
|13.||""Poisenville Kids No Wins / Reprise (This Must Be Our Time)" (featuring Chan "Cat Power" Marshall)||
- "Poisenville Kids No Wins / Reprise (This Must Be Our Time)
- "Hammerhead" by Simon Haseley
- "Run the Numbers"
- "My Philosophy" by Boogie Down Productions
- "Smithereens (Stop Cryin')"
- "Tasmanian Pain Coaster"
- "Fire On High" by Electric Light Orchestra
- "The Overly Dramatic Truth"
- "Devil in the Dark" by The Manhattans
- "Up All Night"
- Executive Producers: El-P and Amaechi Uzoigwe
- Mastering: Michael Sarsfield
- Mixing, engineering: Joey Raia
- Layout and design: Brad Smith
- Photography: Timothy Saccenti
- Project Manager: Jesse Ferguson
- "DefinitiveJux.net - Watch the brand new video for "Smithereens"".
- Katie Hasty, "Modest Mouse Steers Its 'Ship' To No. 1 Debut", Billboard.com, March 28, 2007.
- Christopher, Roy (March 15, 2007). "El-P: Wake Up. Time to Die.". RoyChristopher.com. Retrieved November 9, 2010.
- "I'll Sleep When You're Dead Blog - a brief list of some of the people who appear in some form on my record...".
- "I'll Sleep When You're Dead Blog - SCOTT LAROCK AND CED GEE TAKE ACID".
- Definitive Jux Official Website
- Definitive Jux - El-P
- El-P on Myspace
- El-P's blog chronicling the album's recording process