Warm And Scratchy: A Definitive [adult swim] Discography

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The masterminds behind Aqua Teen Hunger Force have relocated the fast-food crew to Seattle and changed not only the name, but also the structure of the show after deciding that they were unhappy with the pilot. They even made a new theme song, recruiting Queen of the Stone Age Josh Homme and Alain Johannes for the daunting task of replacing the Schooly D's still-catchy original.

[adult swim] is known for its expert use of music during the "bumpers" or "bumps": The few-second pauses between commercials and programming. The eyelash-quick announcements and anecdotes are usually set to the music of Stones Throw Records artists, and [adult swim] is incredibly subtle about their love of late producer J Dilla.

At bumpworthy.com, Adult Swimmers can rummage through an inventory back to 2001 by artist, black and white cards-the most recent format for bumps, or tags. Over the past few years, [adult swim]'s Stones Throw partnership and frequent collaborations with Williams Street Records has led to several compilation albums.

Most are free to download on the Web site, so we've made a compilation of compilation albums for you to check out after the jump.

Warm and Scratchy

Williams Street Records, 2007

This album was more rock-conscious and put out after a string of mostly hip-hop releases.

Artists Featured: Broken Social Scene, The Raveonettes, TV On the Radio, The Rapture

For Fans Of: The Venture Bros.

Chrome Children

Stones Throw Records, 2006

The CD+DVD package includes footage from MF Doom's SXSW 2006 performance in Austin.

Artists Featured: MF Doom, Dudley Perkins, J Dilla

For Fans Of: The Boondocks

Definitive Swim

Definitive Jux/Williams Street Records, 2007

Definitive Swim came out at the same time as El-P's video release for "Flyentology," which was animated by animators from Williams Street.

Artists Featured: Aesop Rock, El-P, Mr. Lif

For Fans Of: Robot Chicken


Williams Street Records, 2009

Flying Lotus, El-P, SALEM, and HEALTH all took some ATL hits and remixed them. Check out the "Patna Dem" and "Is That You God" remixes.

Artists Featured: Gucci Mane, Young Jeezy, Goodie Mob, Shawty Lo

For Fans Of: Aqua Teen Hunger Force - er, Aqua Unit Patrol Squad One - and Superjail!

Metal Swim

Williams Street Records, 2010

The most metal of metal, no doubt best suited for fans of Metalocalypse.

Artists Featured: Death Angel, Black Tusk, Black Cobra, Jesu

Adult Swim Singles Program

Williams Street Records, 2010

Artists Featured: Freddie Gibbs, Black Lips, LCD Soundsystem, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Flying Lotus feat. Mike Bigga

For Fans Of: Squidbillies

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