Posted in hiphop | music | tour dates on April 1, 2009

by Andrew Frisicano

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Dose One (Adam Drucker) and Jel (Jeffrey Logan) = Themselves...
Themselves

[At the Force Field PR SXSW day party,] Themselves followed [Anticon labelmate Yoni Wolf of Why?] and deserve mention in their own right. The duo of Dose One (of Subtle fame) and Jel just droped the excellent FreeHoudini tape last week, and live, their performance was everything you'd expect from a Scribble Jam vet signed to Anticon. Ferocious double-timed raps performed by a guy in a Mohawk and argyle vest. I understand (and don't really blame) people who are put off by that, but if you can get past the aesthetic challenges posed, this is highly progressive hip-hop, and for once, I don't mean that as a perjorative.[LA Weekly]
On April 1st, Themselves will set out on a nearly-three-week tour, with two NYC shows: Friday, April 3rd at Union Pool and Saturay, April 4th at The Studio @ Webster Hall. (The Webster Hall show has advance tickets on sale.)

Both NYC dates are with Stabbing Eastward (featuring Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio) and DJ Thanksgiving Brown. The Union Pool shows will also feature Zizek.

Themselves' theFREEhoudini release, "a 40-minute, guest-packed mixtape" and limited-time free download, came out on March 16th on Anticon. The label says it'll host the free record for 90 days (till June 14th). A "deluxe version" CD copy of theFREEhoudini, with bonus material, came out on March 25th. Anticon reports that another LP from the band, CrownsDown, will be out later this year.

Themselves will also play Coachella in April. All tour dates, NYC-shows flyers, and a Themselves behind-the-scenes video below...

Doseone behind-the-scenes recording video

Themselves

Themselves - 2009 Tour Dates
Wed, Apr 1. Great Scott - Allston, MA
Thu, Apr 2. Terrace F. Club at Princeton University - Princeton, NJ
Fri, Apr 3. Union Pool - Brooklyn, NY %
Sat, Apr 4. The Studio at Webster Hall - New York, NY %
Mon, Apr 6. The Barbary - Philadelphia, PA
Tue, Apr 7. DC9 - Washington D.C.
Wed, Apr 8. The Lantern - Blacksburg, VA
Thu, Apr 9. 529 - Atlanta, GA
Fri, Apr 10. Bottletree Cafe - Birmingham, AL
Sat, Apr 11. Spanish Moon - Baton Rouge, LA
Mon, Apr 13. Hailey's - Denton, TX
Tue, Apr 14. Mohawk - Austin, TX
Thu, Apr 16. Rhythm Room - Phoenix, AZ
Sun, Apr 19. Coachella - Indio, CA
Tue, May 5. Ancienne Belgique - Brussels, Belgium
% w/ Stabbing Eastward
# w/ Pattern Is Movement

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Comments (11)

Stabbing Westward should take these jokers to court.

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2009 10:53 AM

I don't like Stabbing Westward but I think they could easily whip any east coast hipster's a$$

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2009 11:02 AM

This is one of those groups that I want to like, but Doseone's voice is super f$%&ing annoying.

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2009 11:26 AM

ah, stabbing westward. saw them in 1996 with god lives underwater, garbage and noel gallagher of oasis in a parking lot of some ski resort in the middle of winter. noel, unsurprisingly, played like three songs and walked off because it was too cold.

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2009 12:00 PM

"Stabbing Westward should take these jokers to court."

Because getting lawyers involved solves all problems, right?

Posted by Aaron | April 1, 2009 12:04 PM

"Stabbing Eastward" is probably the best band name i've heard in the past 20 minutes.

Posted by Isfet | April 1, 2009 12:30 PM


Thanks for putting this up, we've been on the road for 3 weeks already and the show gets tighter and better each night. Jel
and Dose re-create all their music live, impromtu on two MPC's.
So things aren't as structured as Subtle's live shows were, which
makes for a good amount of freedom from song to song.

I'm stoked for Tunde's band too, as I believe this is the one with
my man Ryan Sawyer from Tall Firs/StarsLikeFleas on the drums,
if I'm not mistaken.

Definitely try and make it out to these shows. I'll be DJing on both
as well.

NOTE: The Sat show is a bit on the early side ...
Doors 7PM! SETS 8pm and 9pm!! Don't be late!!

These guys go straight to Europe and then Japan for a month the day after Coachella, and will return to another fuller- US
tour after their formal full length, CrownsDown, drops in August! It's their first Themselves album since 2002.

Thanks again
Peter

Posted by Thanksgiving Brown | April 1, 2009 12:32 PM


these guys killed it at the Anticon showcase at SXSW ..

Posted by jamie | April 1, 2009 12:41 PM

i like stabbing westward

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2009 5:30 PM

totally underrated duo.

you gotta give dose's vox a little more time, they'll grow on you...

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2009 6:08 PM


who cares about Stabbing Westward
Tunde's duo is super sick
I'll be at both shows! 2 nights w/ THEM
AND Tunde is hella sick

Posted by Mike Nice | April 1, 2009 6:23 PM

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