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    Once upon a time, about 10 years ago, it seemed plausible that Kanye West could appear on a song with the Minneapolis underground rap institution Atmosphere. Kanye was bringing backpack-rap aesthetics to the mainstream, and Atmosphere were, for a while there, the greatest and most popular backpacker group in the world. It didn’t happen. And now, 10 years later, Atmosphere have a new song called “Kanye West” on their forthcoming album Southsiders (which also features the single “Bitter“). The song isn’t about Kanye West at all; instead, as rapper Slug says, it’s about “loving something so much that you submit to the moment.” In classic Atmosphere, it’s a weirdly cathartic piece of emotionally incisive boom-bap, and you can hear it below.

    Southsiders is out 5/6 on Rhymesayers.

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    Indie rap kingpins Atmosphere released the one-off track “Bob Seger” back in July and now have visuals to accompany the moody, evocative piece, one of their strongest individual songs since 2008’s When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold. Slug had the following to say about the Andrew Melby-directed clip:

    "(The video is) about how the legend of Paul Bunyan began. Babe wasn’t really a blue ox, it was a blue axe. But the northern accent made it sound like ‘ox’. Blue from the blood of the evil Canadian soldiers. It was filmed on the northern Minnesota iron range."

    Atmosphere is currently in the middle of their annual Welcome to MN Tour alongside Toki Wright, Big Cats, No Bird Sing, deM atlaS and Jimmy2Times. Catch the remaining dates below.

    2.13 - Duluth, MN @ Clyde Iron Works (sold out)

    2.14 - Rochester, MN @ Mayo Civic Center Auditorium 

    2.15 - Fargo, MN @ The Venue at the Hub 

    2.17 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue (sold out)


    The Ganzobean-produced “Plan C” is taken from Abstract Rude + Musab’s debut collaboration, The Awful Truth.


    Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson's debut collaborative LP, Hokey Fright, has spawned some cool videos. This one might be the best.


    As they get ready to kick off their summer tour, Atmosphere has released a new track by the name of “Bob Seger”. Stream below.

    Tour Dates:

    July 10, 2013 – Albuquerque, NM – Sandia Amphitheatre | Buy Tickets
    July 11, 2013 – Phoenix, AZ – Mesa Amphitheatre | Buy Tickets
    July 12, 2013 – Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre | Buy Tickets
    July 13, 2013 – Las Vegas, NV – Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan | Buy Tickets
    July 14, 2013 – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl | Buy Tickets
    July 18, 2013 – Stateline, NV – Montbleu Outdoor Stage | Buy Tickets
    July 19, 2013 – Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre | Buy Tickets
    July 20, 2013 – Chula Vista, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheater | Buy Tickets
    July 24, 2013 – Eugene, OR – Cuthbert Amphitheatre | Buy Tickets
    July 25, 2013 – Boise, ID – Idaho Center Amphitheater | Buy Tickets
    July 26, 2013 – Missoula, MT – Big Sky Brewery | Buy Tickets
    July 27, 2013 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Great Salt Air | Buy Tickets
    August 1, 2013 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom | Buy Tickets
    August 2, 2013 – Kansas City, MO – Crossroads | Buy Tickets
    August 3, 2013 – Council Bluffs, IA – Stir Cove | Buy Tickets
    August 4, 2013 – Des Moines, IA, Simon Estes Amphitheater | Buy Tickets
    August 8, 2013 – Boston, MA – Bank of America Pavilion | Buy Tickets
    August 9, 2013 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summerstage Lot | Buy Tickets
    August 10, 2013 – Philadelphia, PA – Festival Pier @ Penn’s Landing | Buy Tickets
    August 11, 2013 – Baltimore, MD – Pier Six Pavilion | Buy Tickets
    August 14, 2013 – Richmond, VA – Pocahontas State Park | Buy Tickets
    August 15, 2013 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues | Buy Tickets
    August 16, 2013 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater | Buy Tickets
    August 17, 2013 – Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre | Buy Tickets
    August 21, 2013 – Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle | Buy Tickets
    August 22, 2013 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre | Buy Tickets
    August 23, 2013 – Cocoa Beach, FL – Cocoa Riverfront Park | Buy Tickets
    August 24, 2013 – Boca Raton, FL – Sunset Cove Amphitheater | Buy Tickets



    On a humid Saturday night in Brooklyn, Hamell on Trial loosened up a sweaty, enthusiastic Knitting Factory crowd with 1937 Gibson-fueled anarchist punk ballads about media manipulation and alternative lifestyles. Between songs, the middle-aged showman spoke of a Syracuse bartending gig in which he dealt with all manners of drunkards and junkies and was once called to the restroom to remove a pregnant woman who had been smoking crack in the stall. Hamell does not judge the lost and doomed though, as evidenced by a set highlight in which he sang: “I love sluts / Crazy, drugged up sluts that stab your guts.”

    The Uncluded’s fourth official show brought New York natives Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson back to familiar Brooklyn stomping grounds alongside multi-instrumentalist James Lynch for an hour-plus showcase of their debut album Hokey Fright. Lynch provided bass, ukulele and practically everything else save for an acoustic guitar and xylophone handled by Dawson.

    If there’s a thesis on Hokey Fright, it comes in the form of Aesop’s proclamation on “Earthquake”: “There’s been a fundamental loss beyond comprehension.” There are no reliable maps to find one’s way out of grieving, something Aesop explores vividly on his debut collaboration with Kimya Dawson as well as last year’s Skelethon. The Uncluded project brings out a different side of Aes, with Dawson’s next level quirkiness extracting much of the same from the Def Jux veteran. Five years ago, it would have been hard to imagine the über-abstract emcee rapping “Here’s where it goes from bad to worse / I heard meow meow meow that cat has worms.” A catalogue of songs about death warrants a comedic intermission here and there.

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    You should be excited about The Uncluded. Why? Because the duo is composed of indie hip hop maestro Aesop Rock and notable indie rock iconoclast Kimya Dawson of Moldy PeachesJuno soundtrack and all of her awesome solo albums fame. The group released a couple tracks during Record Store Day last year and now have their debut album Hokey Fright coming out May 7 on Rhymesayers. Catching Kimya sing and Aesop flow over acoustic guitar is a hard to describe aural treat that we’re looking forward to more of.

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    Earlier this week, premiered Brother Ali's new video for “Work Everyday.” Watch the new video above, featuring Tom Morello, Jackson Browne, BK-OneSlugP.O.S.I Self Devine, and members of the community.


    Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson will be releasing their debut collaborative LP, Hokey Fright, on May 7 via Rhymesayers. Aesop's delivery meshes surprisingly well with acoustic guitar.

  10. P.O.S. - “WEIRD FRIENDS”
    P.O.S. premiered a brand new video for “Weird Friends (We Don’t Even Live Here)” feat. HOUSEMEISTER over on today.  The video was directed by Ryan Kron Thompson and Daniel Hoffstrom and produced by Picture Machine Productions.  This single can be found on the critically acclaimed album We Don’t Even Live Here, which also features appearances by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, Astronautalis, and fellow Doomtree members Sims and Mike Mictlan.  Past singles include “Bumper,” “Fuck Your Stuff” and “Get Down.” 
    Thematically, WDELH is a natural progression from the anti-establishment fury of previous releases Ipecac Neat (2004), Audition (2006) and Never Better (2009). It marks a new stage in the evolution of the unchained artist once known as Pissed Off Stef.  One thing’s sure: P.O.S. is comfortable in his own skin — even as the world burns around him.

    Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson Form Band the Uncluded, Announce Album, Share Video

    Photo by Chrissy Piper

    Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson are not strangers. Dawson appeared on Aesop’s 2012 album Skelethon. Aesop made several appearances on Dawson’s 2011 album Thunder Thighs. The duo have formed a band: The Uncluded. Their debut album is called Hokey Fright, and it’s out May 7 via Rhymesayers. Watch the video for first single ”Earthquake” below.

    Hokey Fright is 16 tracks long recorded entirely by Aesop and Dawson, though James McNew of Yo La Tengo appears on one track, “Delicate Cycle”. 

    The band name the Uncluded is inspired by Michael Bernard Loggins’ book Imaginationally. It means “to keep the things you don’t appreciate out of your life,” according to a press release. ”This record helps to tell the story of two people who are finding therapy through making art together.”

    Here’s the album cover for Hokey Fright:

    Hokey Fright:

    01 Kryptonite 
    02 Delicate Cycle 
    03 TV on 10 
    04 Earthquake 
    05 Organs 
    06 Superheroes 
    07 Jambi Cafe 
    08 Bats 
    09 Scissorhands 
    10 Eyeball Soup 
    11 The Aquarium 
    12 Teleprompters 
    13 Alligator 
    14 WYHUOM 
    15 Boomerang 
    16 Tits Up

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    On Saturday night, indie rap heads traversed the post-blizzard snow drifts surrounding Union Square and packed Irving Plaza from merch booth to balcony for Aesop Rock’s second NYC gig in the past six months.

    Juggaknots, a New York hip hop crew in existence since the mid-90′s, were a surprise late addition to the lineup. Emcees Breeze Brewin and Buddy Slim split the crowd down the middle for some 90s’ style call-and-response interspersed with old tracks from the Clear Blue Skies days and newer material such as the unreleased “Road Rage.” Breeze Brewin ran through his verse from Company Flow’s “The Fire in Which You Burn” and rapped about Molly Shannon’s Superstar (yes, an ecstasy reference) before Juggaknots’ 30-minute set was up.

    Los Angeles underground hero Busdriver kicked off his set, oddly enough, with “NoBlacksNoJewsNoAsians” from last year’s Beaus$Eros record. While he is a rapper prone to abstraction and obscure references that can generally be deciphered after a couple listens, “NoBlacksNoJewsNoAsians” is a song I could listen to for the rest of my life and still have no clue what the hell it’s about. Right off the bat, you could see Busdriver was happy to be in New York. He appeared far more animated than he was at his marginally attended summer performance at Santos Party House, while diving into songs from his Anti- releases Roadkill Overcoat and Jhelli Beam. “The Troglodyte Wins” poured from the speakers as a paint-like psychedelic backdrop danced across the projection screen.

    “I’m so ill that I’m more than often ill-received,” Busdriver spit on the glitchy, punchline-heavy “Fire Hydrant.”

    If his tongue wasn’t so firmly in his cheek, you might mistake some of his one-liners as misogynistic. Though his Flash Bang Grenada track “Moisturizer” does encourage one to rub lotion on their buttcheeks, it’s all metaphors and giggles at the end of the day.

    Busdriver’s experimental post-rap catalogue continues to evolve and get weirder, with love-it-or-leave-it results. Downtempo tracks like “Take This Step with Me and Never Come Back,” from Arguments with Dreams, pay dividends on the risks being taken, and “Werner Herzog” is downright hilarious. The acoustic guitar of “Unemployed Black Astronaut” and “Split Seconds” highlighted a diverse, high-octane performance from Busdriver. His blistering, machine gun cadence on “Me Time” wowed the audience before he closed his set with the flute bounce of “Imaginary Places.”

    One of the dopest album intros in recent memory, the misanthropic “Leisureforce,” announced the arrival of Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz. A lively crowd obliged the SF emcee’s request for crow SFX at the end of “Crows 2” and one brave individual submitted his dome to Busdriver’s electric clippers during “Racing Stripes,” now a staple at Aesop gigs. Speaking of bad haircuts, Aesop came through New York sporting an unapologetic art school mullet, which he noted his mother has given him grief for. He traded bars with Rob Sonic on “Dokken Rules,” a Skelethon b-side set to lo-fi funk with rap’s first (and hopefully last) Guy Fieri reference. “Nickel Plated Pockets” and “None Shall Pass” were welcome additions, as attested to by pretty drunk girls rapping along while sitting on dudes’ shoulders like Spring Break ‘97.

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    Atmosphere's Welcome To Minnesota Tour is now sold out in Minneapolis (in one hour!), St. Cloud & Duluth! To celebrate, Atmosphere has decided to release a double feature video for “Millennium Dodo 1 & 2” from their most recent album The Family Sign. Video directed by Jake Handegard.



    This March, Rhymesayers and Atmosphere bring you the Third Annual “Welcome To Minnesota Tour”, with performances from AtmosphereBrother AliGet CryphyCarnageand Haphduzn. The tour begins Friday, March 1st in Bemidji, MN and makes subsequent stops in Duluth, St. Cloud, Mankato, and Minneapolis.

    In support of the tour the billed artists recorded an exclusive song, “It Ain’t The Prettiest”. Check it out below.

    3.1 - Bemidji, MN - Sanford Center Ballroom
    3.2 - Duluth, MN - Clyde Iron Works 
    3.3 - St. Cloud, MN – Red Carpet
    3.4 - Mankato, MN - Verizon Wireless Center
    3.5 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue


    cycle to gehenna

    Aesop Rock has shared a new video, this time for the Zavala remix of Skelethon track ”Cycles to Gehenna”. The clip features a ballerina dancing in the shadows.

    Below the video, check out Aesop Rock’s upcoming tour dates. 

    Aesop Rock:

    01-19 Oakland, CA - The Parish
    01-21 Ashland, OR - Ashland Armory
    01-22 Bend, OR - Domino Room 
    01-24 Portland, OR - Roseland 
    01-25 Seattle, WA - Neumos  
    01-26 Vancouver, British Columbia - The Venue
    01-28 Missoula, MT - Palace 
    01-30 Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot

    via pitchfork