I'm really enjoying the new Jason Forrest record Shamelessly Exciting, released on Mouse on Mars's German label Sonig. Imagine the offspring of a typical Tiger Beat 6 record and D.J. Shadow's best work of the 1990s: less piecemeal than the former, less laid-back than the latter. Forrest, who used to go by the name Donna Summer, reminds us how much hip-hop culture has lost with the turn away from sampling. My present favorite, for obvious reasons, is the track "My 36 Favorite Punk Songs," comprised of bits and pieces from -- you guessed it -- 36 different songs. More than a few of them are pretty easy to recognize. Nifty. For a taste of Forrest's approach to sonic collage, download this track from his previous album, The Unrelenting Songs of the 1979 Post Disco Crash, or, though it is perhaps less representative of his sound, this remix of "Nightclothes and Headphones," another track from Shamelessly Exciting, featuring Laura Cantrell. And if you really must hear "My 36 Favorite Punk Songs," send me an e-mail to my LJ address and I'll arrange to play it for you over the phone.