The Uncluded’s new music video for first single “Delicate Cycle”

The Uncluded – Delicate Cycle video

Video directed by Pete Lee and Ben Fee.

Here is the brand new Pete Lee-directed music video from The Uncluded (Aesop Rock & Kimya Dawson) for their single “Delicate Cycle,” which premiered today on MTVu. The video features ‘perma-kitten’ cat superstar Lil Bub.

“Delicate Cycle” is the first official single from The Uncluded’s upcoming debut album Hokey Fright, out on May 7th on Rhymesayers. One of 16 songs on the new album, “Delicate Cycle” is the only song on the record to feature a musician other than Kimya Dawson or Aesop Rock, in the form of guest drumming by James McNew of Yo La Tengo.

Kimya Dawson is a Grammy winning, platinum selling singer songwriter most widely known for her work on the JUNO soundtrack and her former band, The Moldy Peaches. She has released 7 solo albums, including a children’s album “Alphabutt”.

Aesop Rock (aka Ian Bavitz) is a critically acclaimed hip hop artist/producer, recognized for his dense and abstract word play. He has released six solo albums, three EPs, and a 45-minute piece of music designed for runners, commissioned by Nike. Lyrics have been published in the New York Times Best Seller Hip Hop Speaks to Children, as well as Yale University’s Anthology of Rap (Nov. 2010). Aesop is also co-founder of 900bats.com, a creative resource of arts, information, and oddities.

The Uncluded (Aesop Rock & Kimya Dawson) Debut Album Hokey Fright To Be Released on May 7th Duo Releases New Viral Music Video for “Scissorhands”

The Uncluded, featuring rapper Aesop Rock and folk singer/songwriter Kimya Dawson are releasing their debut album Hokey Fright May 7th on Rhymesayers. The band recently made a viral video for the album track “Scissorhands.” To watch the video, click the link below:

When the pair collaborated on both Aesop’s Skelethon (Rhymesayers) and Kimya’s Thunder Thighs (Great Crap Factory), the two decided that they wanted to continue making music with each other as a group. The band name, which means to keep the things you don’t appreciate out of your life, is based on an excerpt from Michael Bernard Loggins’ book Imaginationally. This record helps to tell the story of two people who are finding therapy through making art together.

Hokey Fright’s 16 tracks were written, performed and recorded entirely by Aesop and Kimya, except for a guest drum appearance by James McNew of Yo La Tengo on “Delicate Cycle”. The album artwork was also done by illustrator/artist Travis Millard. While the record retains Aesop’s signature dense wordplay and Kimya’s soft spoken and innocent lyrics, the album has a dark feel, as the record was recorded in the wake of recent personal losses. While it may seem like an unusual pair, each artists’ best qualities shine through making an enjoyable listen for fans of both.

Kimya Dawson is a Grammy winning, platinum selling singer songwriter most widely known for her work on the JUNO soundtrack and her former band, The Moldy Peaches. She has released 7 solo albums, including a children’s album “Alphabutt”.

Aesop Rock (aka Ian Bavitz) is a critically acclaimed hip hop artist/producer, recognized for his dense and abstract word play. He has released six solo albums, three EPs, and a 45-minute piece of music designed for runners, commissioned by Nike. Lyrics have been published in the New York Times Best Seller Hip Hop Speaks to Children, as well as Yale University’s Anthology of Rap (Nov. 2010). Aesop is also co-founder of 900bats.com, a creative resource of arts, information, and oddities

Hail Mary Mallon – Smock video (Live From The Burgundy Camry)

Hail Mary Mallon – Smock video (Live From The Burgundy Camry)

June 7th on Rhymesayers, Hail Mary Mallon (Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, and DJ Big Wiz) will drop the physical debut of Are You Gonna Eat That? for fans to spin. If you haven’t listened yet- the charming trio take you from angst to buffoonery with ease. They’re relaxed- as if they were driving you around SF telling you stories from the past years, oh wait- they kind of already did that (re: smock video).

AESOP ROCK, ROB SONIC, AND DJ BIG WIZ FORM NEW GROUP HAIL MARY MALLON

AESOP ROCK, ROB SONIC, AND DJ BIG WIZ FORM NEW GROUP HAIL MARY MALLON

RHYMESAYERS TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM ARE YOU GONNA EAT THAT? ON MAY 3RD DIGITAL AND JUNE 7TH PHYSICAL

LATE APRIL AND MAY TOUR ANNOUNCED WITH KIMYA DAWSON

WATCH VIDEO FOR FIRST SINGLE SMOCK (LIVE FROM THE BURGUNDY CAMRY) HERE

Rhymesayers has announced the signing and release of Hail Mary Mallon’s debut record, Are You Gonna Eat That? for digital release on May 3rd, 2011 and physical CD and double colored, etched vinyl on June 7th 2011. The trio comprised of Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, and DJ Big Wiz will premiere tracks from the upcoming record this April and May while on tour with Kimya Dawson.

After years of touring together and collaborating in the studio, Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz joined forces to create their new group, Hail Mary Mallon. The groups name pays homage to Mary Mallon aka Typhoid Mary, the first person in US identified as a carrier of the pathogen associated with typhoid fever. The trio plans to spread their infectious blend of powerful production and back-forth rhyme schemes all over the world.

The 12-track album’s production is as detailed as the raw lyrics both Aesop and Rob spit. Thick, underlying bass keeps a strong backbone to the breaking drums and high-distorted guitar that comes and goes as songs climax. The ultimate compliment is DJ Big Wiz’s scratching ability that pops through while Aesop and Rob pass verses with ease. Their first single, Smock, adds synthesizers and ambient tones that subtlety rest atop the dark beat while Breakdance Beach keeps focus on the tight kickdrum and distorted handclaps. The contrast of production-heavy tracks with punching lines and stripped down bangers with light-hearted hooks allow the album to never lose your attention.

Hail Mary Mallon’s first video, Smock, features Aesop Rock and Rob Sonic performing the song live while driving around San Francisco. Look for cameo appearances from DJ Big Wiz, Kimya Dawson, and artist/illustrator Alex Pardee. Alexander Tarrant and Justin Metros directed the video.

ARE YOU GONNA EAT THAT? TRACKLISTING:

1. Church Pants
2. Garfield
3. Grubstake
4. Meter Feeder
5. Smock
6. The Poconos
7. Breakdance Beach
8. Table Talk
9. Mailbox Baseball
10. Holy Driver
11. Knievel
12. Plagues and Bacon

AESOP ROCK WITH ROB SONIC AND DJ BIG WIZ

4/28 Anchor Bar Anchorage AK (with Murs)
4/29 University of Alaska Fairbanks AK- Spring Fest (with Murs, etc)
5/7 Greek Theater Berkley CA (supporting Atmosphere)

A NIGHT WITH AESOP ROCK AND KIMYA DAWSON featuring Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz:
5/10 Terrace Club Princeton, NJ
5/11 Middle East Boston, MA
5/13 Rock N Roll Hotel Washington DC
5/14 Bowery Ballroom New York, NY
5/16 Altar Pittsburgh, PA
5/17 Outland Columbus, OH
5/19 Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL
5/20 High Noon Saloon Madison, WI
5/21 Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, MN

A Night With Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson

“A NIGHT WITH AESOP ROCK AND KIMYA DAWSON” TOUR ANNOUNCED FOR MAY

Indie-rap surrealist Aesop Rock has announced tour dates with Olympia based singer/songwriter Kimya Dawson. “A Night with Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson” will feature a solo acoustic set by Kimya Dawson and a full set from Aesop Rock with Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz, who will perform both Aesop Rock and Rob Sonic solo material as well as new music. Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson are currently collaborating and will also join each other on stage to perform their new material throughout the night.

Aesop and Kimya’s first performance together was a free in store at artist Alex Pardee’s Zero Friends pop up shop in Los Angeles January 29, 2011. Their second show was a February 25, 2011- a sold out Noise Pop show at Great American Music Hall. Artists Jeremy Fish and Alex Paree designed the stage, assembling two 15ft walls of hand painted boxes. The artists, along with Aesop, Kimya, Rob and Wiz, threw all of the boxes to the fans at the end of the show.

FAN FREAK OUT DURING BOX HAND OUT:

A NIGHT WITH AESOP ROCK AND KIMYA DAWSON:

5/8 Greek Theater Berkley CA w/ Atmosphere
5/10 Terrace Club Princeton, NJ
5/11 Middle East Boston, MA
5/13 Rock N Roll Hotel Washington DC
5/14 Bowery Ballroom New York, NY
5/16 Altar Pittsburgh, PA
5/17 Outland Columbus, OH
5/19 Lincoln Theater Chicago, IL
5/20 High Noon Saloon Madison, WI
5/21 Triple Rock Minneapolis, MN

Bosico (butchered by Aesop Rock) Video

Aesop Rock has released a ‘butchered’ version of Grimace Federation’s first single Bosico. Video makers/900bats contributors Alexander Tarrant and Justin Metros shot a video in SF for the track with the help of Aesop Rock, Cage, artist Jeremy Fish, and Jeremy’s badass van.

Bosico (butchered by Aesop Rock) Video

Original and Remix of Bosico available at 900bats

Aesop Rock creates an art site- 900 bats

Check this out- it’s really great. Aesop Rock just launched a new website called 900 Bats- a creative resource for arts, information, and oddities. It shows his breadth as an artist- it’s video, audio, art, photos, etc. It’s not his own artist site- it goes way beyond something like that.

www.900bats.com

Aesop’s first post describes the concept:

“In an effort to supply a sandbox for what I hope proves to be a multifarious and growing mix of contributors, I, with the help of Alex Tarrant and Justin Metros, have created 900bats.com. Original writing, photography, artwork, audio, and video content from varying sources will be posted regularly.”

Contributors for the site so far include: Aesop Rock, Alex Pardee, Alexander Tarrant, Chrissy Piper, Colin Evoy Sebestyen, Coro, DJ Big Wiz, Jeremy Fish, Justin Metros, Kimya Dawson, Nick Flanagan, and Rob Sonic.

Jeremy Fish did the illustrations for the site, Alex Pardee supplied the logo.

The site was named for the 900 bats that were killed by renovation workers at Bala Fort in Alwar district who put them on fire to avoid disruption in work. Read the story here

Aesop Rock and Jeremy Fish Present – Ghosts of the Barbary Coast / Tomorrow Morning (Definitive Jux)

Aesop Rock and Jeremy Fish Present – Ghosts of the Barbary Coast / “Tomorrow Morning” (Definitive Jux)

Aesop Rock is giving fans an early holiday present today with a new free track called “Tomorrow Morning” and a bundle of extras available on DefinitiveJux.net. The free Ghosts of the Barbary Coast download pack includes the new song, an instrumental version, lyrics, and a Quicktime slideshow of artwork by Jeremy Fish, the artist who illustrated Aesop’s last full-length, None Shall Pass.

“Tomorrow Morning” and the accompanying extras were first given away at a Jeremy Fish art opening in San Francisco attended by more than 2,000 fans of the Bay area artist. All who attended received a USB keychain pre-loaded with the new Aesop Rock track and the Ghosts of the Barbary Coast project. Now Aesop’s made it possible for fans nationwide to download the bundle straight to their desktops.

Download the “Tomorrow Morning” and the Ghosts of the Barbary Coast project free here