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Photo: Yo La Tengo @ Town Hall 12/4/14 (via @ironic_hashtag)
Town Hall

Then came the guests of honor: guitarist Ira Kaplan, drummer Georgia Hubley, and bassist James McNew. They began with "Ohm," off of their 2013 record, Fade. Normally a rather innocuous and--per its name--meditative track, here it was reincarnated as abrasive and noisy, with Ira flailing along with his guitar. They truly ripped the song to shreds, and this for their opening number. The rest of the set took the audience on a tour through Yo La Tengo's thirty years, featuring bygone gems "The Cone of Silence" from their debut album Ride The Tiger (with longtime YLT pal Dave Schramm on guitar) and "Upside-Down" from 1992's May I Sing With Me, as well as crowd favorites "Hey Mr. Tough" and an outstanding, nearly fifteen-minute-long version of "I Heard You Looking" with Feelies' guitarists Glenn Mercer and Bill Million along for the ride. Ira, in his classic striped t-shirt and jeans uniform, commented at one point that "the idea that we get to play with [The Feelies] in this century is so special to us," and the crowd heartily agreed. [Audiofemme]
Indie veterans Yo La Tengo celebrated 30 years as a band at Town Hall this month. They played two shows -- 12/3 with their old pals Antietam, whose members (and 9 ex-YLT bassists) joined them for covers of Urinals' "Surfin' With The Shah" and Neil Young's "Prisoners of Rock 'n Roll"; and 12/4 with another band of old pals, The Feelies, whose members joined them for several songs, including a few YLT originals and covers of Neil Young's "Time Fades Away" and Psychedelic Furs' "Pretty in Pink." Former member Dave Schramm and past contributor Chris Nelson also joined them for a few songs on night 2, including a cover of The Scene Is Now's "Yellow Sarong."

The Feelies' 11-song opening set on night 2 included a handful of their old favorites, and the following day they played a headlining show in NJ at Asbury Lanes with a 31-song set that included two new songs and covers of The Velvet Underground, The Stooges, The Doors, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. Setlists from both Feelies show and both nights of YLT at Town Hall, below.

Yo La Tengo and Antietam also played The Troc in Philly on 12/6 after the NYC run, and you can listen to an audio recording of Antietam's full set over at NYC Taper. One song from it, "Hands Down," can be streamed below.

YLT's Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley also just performed this week at Jon Spencer and his wife/Boss Hog bandmate Cristina Martinez's holiday party. Bust was there and posted this Instagram, as was Jon Spencer producer Chris Maxwell who posted the one above.

Yo La Tengo's next show is New Year's Eve in Boston at the Hynes Convention Center. Tickets for that are on sale now.

James McNew of YLT also posted his favorite albums of 2014. You can find out who made his list, along with the YLT/Feelies setlists and the Antietam recording, below...

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Hail Mary Mallon

Aesop Rock and Rob Sonic's group with DJ Big Wiz, Hail Mary Mallon, released their second full length, Bestiary, this week via Rhymesayers. Now, Aesop and Rob have announced they'll be supporting the album on a winter tour in early 2015 with Homeboy Sandman opening. That tour hits NYC on February 14 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/14) at 10 AM with Live Nation and Music Geeks presales starting today (11/12) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed, with a full stream of the new album, below...

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Aesop Rock in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Aesop Rock

Hip hop producer RJD2, who was last in NYC for a New Year's Eve show, will be playing a few US shows this month, including a return to NYC this Saturday (2/9) at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are on sale now. All RJD2 dates are listed below.

That show is the same day that fellow Def Jux associate Aesop Rock plays his previously discussed NYC show at Irving Plaza (2/9), which is part of his tour with Rob Sonic, DJ Big Wiz, and Busdriver. Tickets for the NYC show are still available. He recently had to postpone some dates on that tour due to a broken rib, but he's since recovered and has rescheduled those shows. An updated list of his upcoming dates is below. Aesop is also one of the few rappers playing Coachella.

In related news, Illogic (who is a member of Greenhouse Effect along with Blueprint, who is a member of Soul Position along with RJD2) and Blockhead (who has contributed production to much of Aesop Rock's discography) are set to release their first collaborative album, Capture The Sun, on April 16 via Man Bites Dog Records. The album will feature guest spots from Slug, Blueprint, and Abstract Rude. The album art is below. The duo haven't released any music from the album yet, but Illogic did upload two free EPs to his bandcamp that he did with Blockhead to "prepare for Capture." You can stream both EPs below or download them at bandcamp (name your price).

All lists of dates, album art, and streams below...

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Aesop Rock in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Aesop Rock

As mentioned, Aesop Rock was set to kick off a tour this month, which included some rescheduled dates that he had to cancel due to Hurricane Sandy. Now, he's unfortunately had to cancel some shows again, this time due to a broken rib. However, his East Coast shows in February, including the NYC show on February 9 at Irving Plaza, are still on. Tickets for the NYC show are still available.

Support on the tour comes from Rob Sonic, DJ Big Wiz, and Busdriver. A list of all cancelled dates and another list of all remaining ones, along with the video for "Cycles to Gehenna," are below. We hope you have a quick recovery, Aesop!

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by Andrew Sacher

Aesop Rock in Austin in August (more by Tim Griffin)
Aesop Rock

Aesop Rock released one of the best (and by the looks of these year end lists, apparently underrated) hip hop albums of the year with Skelethon, his first solo release since 2007's None Shall Pass and easily his strongest since at least 2003's Bazooka Tooth. He supported that record with a tour which did make it to NYC, but had to be cut short due to Hurricane Sandy. He's rescheduled dates in many of the cities he cancelled on his recently-announced 2013 tour, which also hits NYC for a show on February 9 at Irving Plaza. The tour is with Rob Sonic, DJ Big Wiz, and Busdriver. Tickets for the Irving Plaza show are on sale now.

In honor of the new year, Aesop Rock revealed a previously unreleased song from the Blockhead-produced days around year 2000. The track is called "Hall of Game" and you can download it for free, plus check out a list of all tour dates, below.

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Adam Green & Binki Shapiro
Adam Green & Binki Shapiro

As discussed, founding Moldy Peaches member Adam Green is releasing a collaborative album with Little Joy singer Binki Shapiro this January and the duo are playing some shows before then, including one in NYC on November 5 at Le Poisson Rouge with Computer Magic. Tickets for that show are still available. Adam and Binki have added some other shows happening around the same time, most of which are over in Europe except for another NYC area gig which happens on Friday (11/2) at Maxwell's. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

In related news, fellow founding Moldy Peaches member Kimya Dawson has a few shows coming too, including one at Brooklyn's Europa on December 2 with Rob Sonic and Sir Jarlesburg (tickets), and the next day she'll be the special guest at "A John Waters Christmas" at Tarrytown Music Hall (12/3) (tickets).

Lists of all Adam Green & Binki Shapiro and Kimya Dawson dates, and a song stream from Adam & Binki's album are below.

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DOWNLOAD: Aesop Rock - "Zero Dark Thirty" (MP3)

Aesop Rock at McCarren Pool in 2008 (more by Jason Bergman)
Aesop Rock

Aesop Rock is set to release his sixth full length album, Skelethon, on July 10 via Rhymesayers. It includes guest appearances from Kimya Dawson, Rob Sonic, DJ Big Wiz, Hanni El Khatib (who recently played two NYC shows), and more. The video for album single, "Zero Dark Thirty," is below and you can download it above or stream it below too. The album art and tracklist, and two album trailers are also below.

Aesop Rock will be touring in support of the album with Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz this summer after playing Rhymesayer's Soundset Festival later this month in Shakopee, MN. That tour includes Seattle's Capitol Hill Block Party and a NYC show happening on August 3 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale today, Friday (5/11) at 10 AM. All US dates, including the Irving Plaza show, are with San Francisco producer Edison, who remixed a Hail Mary Mallon track (stream below) and Seattle duo Dark Time Sunshine, which is made up of Onry Ozzborn of Rhymesayers group Grayskul and producer Zavala. Aesop, P.O.S., Peegee 13, and DJ Zone were featured on the track "Primor" off their 2010 LP, Vessel. You can stream that track below.

All dates, video, streams, album art and tracklist below...

Continue reading "Aesop Rock releasing new LP, going on tour w/ Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz again (dates & MP3)"

by BBG

2/3 of Hail Mary Mallon (Rob Sonic and Aesop Rock)
Hail Mary Mallon

Aesop Rock will head out on tour in May with Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz, and though they are billed separately, it means we're getting Hail Mary Mallon aka the crew formed by the trio. The NYC show will happen at Bowery Ballroom on 5/14. Tickets go on sale at noon on Thursday (3/3). All dates and the video for HMM's "D-Up" are below.

Hail Mary Mallon is one of a few active projects for Aesop Rock. He also wrote beats for the San Francisco band Dirty Ghosts (his wife Alyson is a member). Dirty Ghosts, who played their first show last week, will kick of a string of dates with Datarock next week on the West Coast leading up to an appearance at SXSW. Check out a video for "Shout It In" below.

In addition, Aesop Rock has contributed material to the forthcoming Kimya Dawson LP, Thunder Thighs due this summer. Check out "Miami Advice" with Aesop Rock at K Records. Other contributors to Kimya's new album include Nicolai Fraiture, John Darnielle, Thao Nguyen, MURS, Jonah Matranga, Jack Dishel, Angelo Spencer and many other who are all listed below.

All tour dates and some video with the credits for Kimya's Thunder Thighs, below....

Continue reading "Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz (Hail Mary Mallon) -- 2011 tour dates, new Kimya Dawson & Dirty Ghosts too"