Posted in hiphop | music | pictures | tour dates on December 8, 2011

photos by Amanda Hatfield & Dominick Mastrangelo, words by Andrew Sacher

Talib Kweli w/ Idle Warship @ BV-CMJ @ Public Assembly (by Dominick)
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Idle Warship (Talib Kweli and Res), who played our CMJ day party with their full backing band, and who were just added to SXSW, have a few shows coming up this month and next. One of those shows is in Talib's hometown of NYC this Friday (12/9) at Southpaw with Jah C & Jaison Spain, Kyle Rapps, ILLUSTRATE, and The Band Called Fuse. Tickets are on sale. After a short break in their schedule, they'll play NYC again on January 4 at SOB's. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates and more pictures from our CMJ show are below.

In related news, Talib Kweli is readying his album Prisoner of Consciousness, which he's been working on for four years, for a 2012 release. He recently spoke to The Boombox about the album:

"Prisoner of Consciousness' is a record I've been working on for the better part of four years," Kweli tells The BoomBox. "I wasn't happy with my last album with Warner Brothers [2007's 'Eardrum,'] and I knew I didn't want to give them 'Prisoner of Consciousness.' I knew the project was too important for me, so I opted to get out of my deal."

The omnipresent Kweli released the follow-up, 'Gutter Rainbows,' earlier this year. The effort was his first solo album off his own imprint, Blacksmith Music. "I'm a touring artist," he admits. "Prisoner of Consciousness' wasn't ready but I still had a bunch of great songs that were timely; a lot of the songs on 'Gutter Rainbows' were songs that work for that time, but if I held on to them, were going to have to be updated. So, I was like let me put together a project and put it out myself and that was what 'Gutter Rainbows was."

However, the 36-year-old rhymer didn't just craft his last project from leftovers from his forthcoming LP. It was all a part of a bigger picture. "'Gutter Rainbows' was not necessarily the outtakes from 'Prisoner of Consciousness,' but 'Gutter Rainbows' was started with the spirit of 'Prisoner of Consciousness' and became its own thing, almost like a prelude to 'Prisoner of Consciousness,'" he explains.

All Idle Warship dates and a belated set of pictures from our CMJ party below...

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Idle Warship - "Rat Race"
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photos by Amanda Hatfield...

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Idle Warship -- 2011/2012 Tour Dates
DECEMBER 9TH BROOKLYN, NY @ SOUTHPAW
JANUARY 4TH NEW YORK, NY @ SOB'S
JANUARY 6TH SAN FRANCISCO, CA @ YOSHI'S
JANUARY 7TH SAN FRANCISCO, CA @ YOSHI'S
JANUARY 11TH LOS ANGELES, CA @ KEY CLUB
JANUARY 15TH SACRAMENTO, CA @ HARLOW'S

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Comments (5)

Wasn't this concert last month?

Posted by Really? | December 8, 2011 3:25 PM

Sadly, 3:25 doesn't know what the word belated means.

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2011 4:31 PM

I gangsta limped my ass outta this show 1.5 songs in.

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