A Night with Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson also featuring Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz, Aesop Rock, Kimya Dawson

A Night with Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson also featuring Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz

Aesop Rock

Kimya Dawson

Fri, June 17, 2011

8:00 pm

$18.00 - $20.00

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This event is all ages

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A Night with Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson also featuring Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz
A Night with Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson also featuring Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz
A Night with Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson also featuring Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz
Aesop Rock
Aesop Rock
Responsible for all but revolutionizing the entire face of underground hip-hop in the early portion of this decade with a slew of potent and influential releases such as 2000’s Float LP and 2001’s monumental Labor Days LP to his most recent EP, 2004’s Fast Cars, Danger, Fire and Knives, Aesop Rock (aka Ian Bavitz) has proven that resting on his past laurels is all but forbidden. Following his Fast Cars EP, Aesop defied convention and collaborated with visual artist Jeremy Fish on “The Next Best Thing”, a short story posing as children’s book documenting the cathartic process taken to overcome a creative block. He also scored original music for two short films, “Fishtales” directed by Jeremy Fish, and “Walleyball,” released by McSweeneys Wholphin series. Early 2007 saw the release of Aesop’s unique and invigorating “All Day”, a 45-minute continuous mix commissioned by Nike+ for their Original Run series created specifically to enhance a runner’s workout with varying changes in tempo and instrumentation. Constantly finding new ways of innovation goes hand in hand with the dense verbosity and ethereal stutter-funk that codifies Aesop Rock’s output, and None Shall Pass is no exception.

Created over a 2 year period following his last release, None Shall Pass unravels retrospectively, documenting not only much personal change Aesop experienced over these years, but also scenes and stories indicative of all ages of life. This album touches on the experiences all humans encounter as they reach the age of adulthood: being judged independently, moving to a new place, the relationships that one builds with others no matter how big or small. Snapshots of life from all viewpoints are brought to the forefront here; “39 Thieves” tells the tale of high school mischief, “The Harbor is Yours” embodies the viewpoint of a children’s story, “Fumes” examines the ever too common story of relationships gone sour due to drug abuse. Forgoing the typical stance of braggadocio everpresent in underground and mainstream hip-hop alike, Aesop Rock investigates and examines himself and others on this album, likening the title phrase to the inevitable judgment that everyone must encounter by their peers based solely on their actions.

Production on None Shall Pass also is a vital strong point, with the majority of production duties handled by Aesop’s longtime partner Blockhead, labelmate and friend Rob Sonic and Aesop confidently producing a large portion of his own tracks, not including a trademark dystopian banger by Def Jux label-head El-P (“Gun For The Whole Family”) and features the Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle on the album closer “Coffee”. DJ Big Wiz also has a large presence on the album, appearing on 13 out of 14 tracks and offering a devastating rebuttal to those that say the art of scratching is dead. The duality of Aesop’s hectic stream-of-thought coupled with the complex production on this album makes no exception to Aesop Rock’s consistent pedigree, blazing a trail far ahead of his peers with an album that will be followed for years to come.

Past critical acclaim on Aesop Rock:
“Aesop Rock is indie rap’s surrealist, a spewer and sneerer given to oblique code and artfully jumbled syntax. His voice is a bassy, agile instrument that rhymes “evil” gracefully with “amoeba.” -BLENDER

“Even among the hip-hop heavies who record for his local label, Def Jux, rapper Aesop Rock manages to stand out thanks to a vulnerable storytelling style that’s all too rare among the genre’s tough guys.” - NEW YORK MAGAZINE
Kimya Dawson
Kimya Dawson
Singer/songwriter Kimya Dawson is best known as part of the New York City anti-folk outfit the Moldy Peaches. In 2002, Dawson released her debut solo album, I'm Sorry That Sometimes I'm Mean, a collection of spare tunes sung to an acoustic guitar and Dawson's voice, which breaks with hurt over tales of abuse and longing.
The 30-year-old songwriter was born and raised in Bedford Hills, NY, where her parents run a day-care center from their home. Dawson and fellow Moldy Peach Adam Green met in 1995 at a record store in Mt. Kisco, NY, where she worked. For the next four years, Dawson moved back and forth between New York and Washington, but she and Green had become friends and began writing songs together. In 1999, Green followed Dawson to Washington, where they formed the Moldy Peaches. After a year, Green returned to New York, with Dawson following later. Eventually, the Moldy Peaches -- Dawson, Green, drummer Strictly Beats, bassist Steve Mertens, and guitarists Jack Dishel and Toby Goodshank -- began playing the anti-folk circuit.

In 2001, they released their self-titled debut to critical acclaim. All the songs were co-written and sung by Dawson and Green. The band toured in the States as well as Europe. Dawson contributed backing vocals to Ben Kweller's 2002 debut solo album, Sha, Sha. Later that same year, the Moldy Peaches began a hiatus of indefinite length when both Dawson and Green's (Garfield) solo albums were released. I'm Sorry That Sometimes I'm Mean was well received by critics and Dawson embarked on a tour of Europe and the United States. In 2004, Dawson released two more albums of material culled from her bedroom sessions: Knock-Knock Who? and My Cute Fiend Sweet Princess. Later that year, Hidden Vagenda arrived on K Records. Dawson resurfaced in 2006 with the Kimya Dawson/Matty Pop Chart EP and Remember That I Love You full-length.
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

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