REVIEW: Doseone’s “G is for Deep”

Photobucket While I can’t say I’ve listened to everything of his, it’s a trip to realize I have heard him in some capacity for about 15 years. While I can’t say I listened to every little Anticon variation and derivative, I was a huge fan of cLOUDDEAD, in which Adam Drucker was a member . As Doseone, he releases a brand new album called G Is For Deep and anyone who has been a fan of his since way back in the 1990’s will enjoy his faithful return.

The songs are just as adventurous as anything he has released over the years, singing in that kind of style that might be irritable to some but I take on as being one of Doseone’s voices. He can get rough, smooth, and occasionally sound like a drunk, but when he sings with that voice that may make some swoon, while others may say they become nostalgic for computerized voices, it becomes the Doseone I know and love musically. It’s freaky and goofy at the same time, and because of that, it’s cool. If you remove his voice, these tracks could easily be applied to songs by Drake, Mariah Carey, and Lady Gaga. In fact, why can’t Doseone be that guy who has the big pop hits and not these fools?

G Is For Deep is music where pop execution is dead, and it’s all about putting out your voice because it is you speaking without corporate forces telling you to sound like everyone else. The tracks tell unique stories about the difficulties and struggles of modern day living, and how friendships need to be maintained before we lose the concept of friendship so… it’s more of the clever trickery Doseone likes to do. It may come off funny to some, but a deep listen within his cooky madness shows there’s a kid with heart who isn’t afraid to be himself, at least within the guise of one Doseone. In a better world, “The Bends” would be an anthem for a generation.

FREE DOWNLOAD: Isaiah Toothtaker’s “Sea Punk Funk”

Isaiah Toothtaker is giving his fans the goods in the form of Sea Punk Funk, an 8-song album that also features Murs, Western Tink, ShowYouSuck, and Antwon helping him and producer Sixtoo out. This one is for free, so have at it.

SOME STUFFS: New Beans means a new means (of music)

Beans had released three albums and all was well until word surfaced that he was signed by Anticon. All of a sudden, kids went rowdy. Okay, maybe not rowdy but many were excited about this Brooklyn rapper joining forces with the Anticon family. The fruit of that label has resulted in Beans’ fourth album called End It All, released last month. With productions from DJ Nobody, Tobacco, Son Lux, In Flagranti, Four Tet, and That Kid Prolific among others, this is not your ordinary hip-hop album but as the saying goes, “Beans is not your ordinary MC”. He will prove this with an appearance at this year’s SXSW in two weeks, which will lead to a month-long tour across the U.S., the tour dates listed below:

03/16 – 03/19 Austin, TX (SXSW)
04/11 Denton, TX Conferette !
04/13 Ann Arbor, MI The Blind Pig #!
04/14 Kalamazoo, MI The Strutt #!
04/15 Chicago, Il Lincoln Hall #!
04/16 High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI #!
04/17 Seattle, WA Triple Rock Social Club #!
04/22 Chop Suey – Seattle, WA #!
04/23 Holocene – Portland, OR #!
04/25 Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT #!
04/26 Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO #!
05/03 Club Dada- Dallas, TX #!
05/04 Norman, OK Opolis #!
05/06 St. Louis, MO Off Broadway !
05/07 Lexington, KY Cosmic Charlie’s #!

# = w/ Tobacco
! = w/ Shapers

RECORD CRACK: Tobacco opens up his “Maniac Meat” for giggles

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What you see here is the official album cover artwork for Tobacco‘s forthcoming album, Maniac Meat (Anticon). Just as his music is a combination of synthesized and sampled sounds, the album cover artwork mixes up “found images” with something else. I say this because it is that “something else” that keeps fans coming back for the works of Tom Fec, in whatever costume he chooses to put on for the day.

This is the album Beck will appear on. Tobacco had expressed interest last year in working with Biz Markie, and I actually sent Biz a message via MySpace in the hopes a collaboration will happen. No word on if Biz actually wrote to Tobacco or if he decided to find more Jamaican 12″ singles of American 45 edits, but who knows.

Maniac Meat is scheduled for release on May 25th. Pre-orders for the vinyl and CD will be had very soon over at

SOME STUFFS: Josiah Wolf tours for two

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Last month I posted news on the first solo album by Josiah Wolf, and mentioned on how he would be doing double duty when he would go on tour to support his solo album and the works of his group, Why?. Wolf has just announced a number of new concert dates, most of them being Wolf on his own with supporting artists, while a block of shows in late May/early June will be a Why?/Josiah Wolf double feature.

02/27 Covington, KY Mad Hatter
03/05 Cincinnati, OH The Monestary ** RECORD RELEASE SHOW**
05/21 Chicago, IL Schuba’s
05/22 Minneapolis, MN 7th St. Entry
05/25 Missoula, MT The Palace
05/26 Seattle, WA The Vera Project %#
05/27 Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret *#
05/28 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom *#
05/30 Eugene, OR WOW Hall *#
05/31 Eureka, CA Nocturnum #$
06/01 Reno, NV Biggest Little City Club #
06/02 Oakland, CA New Parish of Oakland *#
06/03 Pomona, CA Glass House *#
06/04 La Jolla, CA Che Cafe
06/05 Tucson, AZ Solar Cultural Gallery
06/08 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
06/09 Denver, CO Hi Dive
06/11 St. Louis, MO The Firebird
06/12 Bloomington, IN The Bishop

* = w/ WHY?
# = w/ The Donkeys
% = w/ AU
$ = w/ Citay

As announced previously, Jet Lag will be released on March 2nd (next week Tuesday).

SOME STUFFS: Tobacco + Beck = a slice of “Maniac Meat”

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Black Moth Super Rainbow has spawned a lot of interesting things, with primary member Tobacco doing a lot of interesting music and video projects, while The Seven Fields Of Aphelion recently coming out with her debut solo album (review from me coming very soon).

As for Tobacco, he is about to release his brand new album in May on Anticon called Maniac Meat, and it has been revealed that Beck is making an appearance on it, or make that two appearances, “Grape Aerosmith” and “Fresh Hex”. Anyone who has heard of Beck’s B-sides or more obscure tracks will know that this is a perfect match, so perhaps it means Tobacco has or will be doing some Beck remixes.

Meanwhile, Tobacco will be coming out with Fucked Up Friends 2, a DVD featuring many of his video projects. You can only purchase this at his shows during his late winter/early Spring 2010 tour, dates were posted here.

Still no word on if Tobacco and Biz Markie will collaborate. I’ll keep you posted.

SOME STUFFS: Why? on tour? Because!

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Anticon artists Why? will be doing a small handful of dates in the West in late May/early June. If you are a fan of their last two albums (Eskimo Snow and Alopecia), you’ll want to see and hear the music translated in a live setting.

As mentioned on this site a few weeks ago, Why? member Josiah Wolf has a solo album coming out in March, and he will be opening up for his own group on this tour. Also joining them on tour are The Donkeys.

May 27… Vancouver, BC (Biltmore Cabaret)
May 28… Portland, OR (Wonder Ballroom)
May 30… Eugene, OR (WOW Hall)
June 2… Oakland, CA (New Parish of Oakland)
June 3… Pomona, CA (Glass House)

WHY? – These Hands / January Twenty Something from anticon. on Vimeo.

SOME STUFFS: Dosh and Anticon Records unite once more

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The fifth album from Martin Dosh is entitled Tommy, and will be released by the healthy folks at Anticon. Why Tommy? That’s unknown, but what is known is this: if you like the unique mixtures, arrangements, and sounds Dosh has created with previous efforts, Tommy will be an album that you will definitely welcome with open ears.

With guests that include Andrew Bird, Ryan Francesconi, J.T. Bates, Todd Sickafoose, Mike Lewis, Jeremy Ylvisaker, it will be filled with many colors and audio possibilities, if the song “Subtractions (free MP3 download) is any indication.

You’ll want to hear more, but for now you’ll have to wait until the album is released on April 13th. Or catch Dosh on tour with Eyedea & Abilities as they head towards SXSW. The last few dates of the tour will be back home for him in Minneapolis, where I’m sure some album release parties will be held. Here are the confirmed dates:

01.28.10 Duluth, MN Pizza Luce *
01.31.10 Missoula, MT The Palace *
02.02.10 Calgary, AB Republik *
02.03.10 Edmonton, AB Brixx Bar *
02.05.10 Vancouver, BC The Biltmore Cabaret *
02.06.10 Seattle, WA Nectar Lounge *
02.07.10 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater *
02.08.10 Eugene, OR WOW Hall *
02.10.10 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill *
02.11.10 Los Angeles, CA Echoplex *
02.12.10 Scottsdale, AZ Chasers *
02.13.10 Flagstaff, AZ Green Room *
02.15.10 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad *
02.16.10 Denver, CO The Marquis Theatre *
02.18.10 Lawrence, KS Jackpot Saloon *
02.19.10 St. Louis, MO Firebird *
02.20.10 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon *
03.17 – 03.20 Austin, TX SXSW
04.09.10 Minneapolis, MN 7th St. Entry
04.10.10 Minneapolis, MN MacPhail Center For Music
04.11.10 Minneapolis, MN Bedlam Theatre

* = w/ Eyedea & Abilities

World of Dosh “subtractions pt1” (stereo, vimeo) from Chumm® on Vimeo.

SOME STUFFS: …and one answer to Why? is Josiah Wolf

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Josiah Wolf is one part of the equation that is the group Why?, whose last two albums have been on many best-of lists for the last few years and the decade as a whole. Wolf is taking on a new adventure which coincides with a recent move in his life (he returned to the midwest after years of living in California), and that adventure is a true solo album appropriately titled Jet Lag (Anticon).
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I’m not going to copy the bio for the album verbatim, but I will say this. Judging from the description, it is an album that digs deep into Wolf’s life of the last few years, revealing emotions, thoughts, and ideas that music fans enjoy listening to. Ut not only helps open the door slightly towards the artist, but fans are able to say “yes, I can relate to this”. Now when I say “true solo album”, it means that he played every instrument on the album, so perhaps he’s honoring the 40th anniversary of Paul McCartney‘s first “true solo album”, McCartney, or maybe he’s pulling a Todd Rundgren, or maybe he’s just being Josiah Wolf.

Pitchfork states that it’s a chance for Josiah to move away a bit from the shadow of his younger brother Yoni Wolf, who has been known for his work with Reaching Quiet and cLOUDDEAD. No need to make Kinks comparisons, there’s still brotherly love here and as the album hits real and virtual streets on March 2nd, Josiah will perform solo before joining the rest of his Why? bandmates on a spring tour.

You can listen to one of the tracks from the album by clicking here and looking for the link. “The Trailer And The Truck” sounds like one of those songs you don’t want to share with anyone, because you feel a wider audience would only help to water its intensity. Share it anyway, and bring a durable umbrella just in case.