T.J. Miller

The Extended Play EP

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The Extended Play EP Review

by David Jeffries

If one of your smart friends dropped out of society and surfed, smoked (dope), and snarked his way into his own private world, you'd immediately assume he had become T.J. Miller. His standup comedy is hard to connect with, but it's oh-so-attractive to certain tastes, so consider that before considering this, because The Extended Play EP is a conceptual piece from a guy who stared death in the face (he had an arteriovenous malformation) and came out the other side overflowing with a wackadoo spirit. Besides messing with the whole "EP" concept (it's 41 tracks), T.J. does just the tiniest bit of standup here, preferring to fill these cuts with a slacker, suburban rap alter-ego that's like if Asher Roth, the Bloodhound Gang, Andy Milonakis, Kool Keith, and Tom Green had a love child named "DJ Stop 'N' Talk", aka T.J. Miller ("… aka the Stone Cold Killer, worked with all the big fives, still waitin' on Stiller/Been hustlin' since 03, got money for days, weeks even"). In this world, the voice of fellow comedian and regular guy Doug Benson could shatter the whole freakout, but his appearance on "SKIT - Voicemail #1" is some kind of time-bending, dimension-shifting trick, dropping listeners right in middle of the Twilight Zone. Word-play freak Bo Burnham ("king of the YouTube when you were on your mom's boob") is right at home here, joining for an absurd posse track and a lunatic rap battle, but bona fide rap group Ugly Duckling get the album's MVP award, hitting the sometimes actor with "I saw you in Superbad, you're a star," which is brilliant, because he wasn't in it. He was, however, in Cloverfield and decides to give up all the film's secrets within the album, right between all the rap stuff (most of the album), everything else (the nostalgia piece "Sometimes You Cry" is like the Squirrel Nut Zippers stalking you), and the short, surprisingly rich music ("Ritonello" is beautiful, rustic stuff). If it all sounds like Manna for weirdoes, The Extended Play EP will still baffle even those who frequently crave strange, and when "Balsa Wood" closes the album with just those two words in a deadpan delivery by Miller, it seems done only for Cloverfield-starring, arteriovenous malformation-surviving him. Still, these are in jokes some will really want in on, so check your ass and kiss your head goodbye.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 T.J. Miller 00:11 SpotifyAmazon
2 T.J. Miller 03:27 SpotifyAmazon
3 T.J. Miller 04:17 SpotifyAmazon
4 T.J. Miller 01:12 SpotifyAmazon
5 T.J. Miller feat: Johnny Polygon 02:19 SpotifyAmazon
6 T.J. Miller 02:04 SpotifyAmazon
7 T.J. Miller 04:32 SpotifyAmazon
8 T.J. Miller 00:40 SpotifyAmazon
9 T.J. Miller 02:01
10 T.J. Miller 01:54 SpotifyAmazon
11 T.J. Miller 00:04 SpotifyAmazon
12 T.J. Miller feat: Pete Holmes 01:55 SpotifyAmazon
13 T.J. Miller 03:45 SpotifyAmazon
14 T.J. Miller 00:56
15 T.J. Miller 02:08 SpotifyAmazon
16 T.J. Miller 03:43 SpotifyAmazon
17 T.J. Miller 00:16 SpotifyAmazon
18 T.J. Miller 02:30
19 T.J. Miller feat: Bo Burnham 01:17 SpotifyAmazon
20 T.J. Miller 04:41 SpotifyAmazon
21 T.J. Miller 01:17 SpotifyAmazon
22 T.J. Miller 03:51 SpotifyAmazon
23 T.J. Miller 00:51
24 T.J. Miller 00:20 SpotifyAmazon
25 T.J. Miller 02:28 SpotifyAmazon
26 T.J. Miller 00:24 SpotifyAmazon
27 T.J. Miller 00:18 SpotifyAmazon
28 T.J. Miller feat: Ugly Duckling 02:17 SpotifyAmazon
29 T.J. Miller 03:30 SpotifyAmazon
30 T.J. Miller 01:51 SpotifyAmazon
31 T.J. Miller 00:56
32 T.J. Miller 03:14 SpotifyAmazon
33 T.J. Miller 03:32 SpotifyAmazon
34 T.J. Miller 00:21 SpotifyAmazon
35 T.J. Miller 00:49 SpotifyAmazon
36 T.J. Miller 00:04 SpotifyAmazon
37 T.J. Miller 00:04 SpotifyAmazon
38 T.J. Miller 00:04 SpotifyAmazon
39 T.J. Miller 00:04 SpotifyAmazon
40 T.J. Miller 00:04 SpotifyAmazon
41 T.J. Miller 00:04 SpotifyAmazon
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