Shitake Monkey clearly is a trio who have knows their laughter: besides taking two from the funniest terms in human vocabulary while their name, the brand new York Town trio named their debut recording Street Meat, after a legendary John Chocolate sketch on SCTV back the first ’80s. Yet, for all your goofiness of their work, these three music artists have reputable real-world chops aswell: DJ and keyboardist Electric powered Pete is definitely Peter Wade, a mentioned engineer and remixer for works which range from Wyclef Jean and LL Great J to Jessica Simpson and Jennifer Lopez. Bassist Johnny Rodeo may be the Texas-born John Hill, that has documented and toured with modern dub reggae/drum’n’bass celebrity Dr. Israel and fresh influx revivalists Stiffed. And vocalist, guitarist, and conceptual head Chuck Brody is normally Caleb Shreve, that has constructed and blended albums for a number of gangsta rappers and R&B superstars while also making the gimmicky hip-hop novelty North Condition. Those hip-hop and R&B affects are prominent in Shitake Monkey’s music, however in the way that they are prominent on albums by Beck and Gnarls Barkley: though partly rooted in hip-hop, Shitake Monkey is normally a quirky, experimentally minded pop music group in mind. Their debut record, Street Beef, premiered in Apr 2007; within an uncommon move, Shitake Monkey alerted potential brand-new fans which the album was obtainable, completely and authorized with the music group, on every one of the major file-sharing systems.