Anticon founder Brendon ‘Alias’ Whitney (RIP) tribute in NY this week, unreleased music released
Anticon Records co-founder Brendon Whitney who also released records as Alias, was sadly taken from us earlier this year. As a Gofundme started in his memory explains:
Brendon very suddenly and tragically passed away Friday, March 30. Those of you who had the pleasure and joy of knowing him understand what a loss this is for his family, his friends, our music community and, frankly, the whole damn world. A husband, a dad, a son, a brother, a beat-maker, a man who loved deeply, who was kind and ferociously compassionate, who was funny in the both the darkness and the light, who taught us how to be more kind, to be more generous, more understanding, more loving and how to completely nail the perfect social commentary IN ALL CAPS. He was a f**ing inspiration and we are so lucky to have known him. We love him and will miss him terribly.
Brendon was a co-founder of the independent record label Anticon and released music under the moniker Alias. He collaborated with many artists and musicians, including his brother Ehren. We are grateful that we will always be able to visit Brendon through his music.
Brendon leaves behind so many people, family and friends, that he has encouraged and inspired during his short life, including his wife Jenn and two girls, Aiko and Inara. By creating this memorial fund which goes directly to Brendon’s family, we hope we can try to help with the family’s financial burden and incredible amount of stress that will come because of losing this amazing man, this light, so suddenly. Any contribution is greatly appreciated.
Love you, Bren.
Recently there was a tribute show held in Los Angeles. A second one, featuring many of his friends and collaborators, is happening at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC on Tuesday (7/10). Tickets are still available. A new mix featuring unreleased music was released to help get the word out and you can listen to that above. Its tracklist and the poster for the NYC show below:
A Celebration of the Life of Brendon ‘Alias’ Whitney
with Pictureplane, Sole, B. Dolan, Buck 65, Astronautalis, Passage, Lady Lamb, Ceschi, Kirby Dominant, Spose, MC Lars, Therese Workman, K The I, Scott Matelic (DJ) & DJ Thanksgiving Brown
– Alias ‘Bits & Pieces’ CDR intro
– So Called Artists interview w Kevin Beacham
– various samples
– Alias ‘Divine Disappointment’ instrumental
– stage banter from Anticon’s 1st Annual 10 Year Anniversary, Los Angeles 2002
– So Called Artists ‘Postmodernist Contemporary Existentialist Binary Anthem’ instrumental (prod. by Alias)
– Alias unknown/unreleased instrumental
– Alias ‘Pick The Poison’