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Sharing the new video “Get Out Of The Car” off The Impossible Kid, Aesop Rock issued a statement regarding the song and video. It revolves around another seminal Hip Hop/Electro artist Camu Tao, whose album King Of Hearts (Definitive Jux/Fat Possum) was released posthumously in 2010.

This May 25th marks 9 years since the death of my friend Camu Tao, an event that serves as an emotional and narrative anchor in both this song and my life. I wanted to reflect on things that had changed since, and try to connect some events I hadn’t realized were potentially related.

“I asked my long-time friend and collaborator Coro to create some drawings that would accent parts of the lyrics, and director Rob Shaw was able to guide and weave the video into what it is here.

“Camu was entirely singular as an artist and human.  You may notice those who knew him speak of him often still – his presence and humor and imagination and energy and impact.  It’s all still right there.  I hope some of you that may not be familiar go check out his music.  This man was something special.

“Unrelated factoid: This song was originally called “The Impossible Kid,” titled after the line in the song that employs the phrase.  I ended up liking the name and moving it up the ladder.  I then settled on “Get Out of the Car” borrowed from the last line – which, while a somewhat clunky title, felt like it got to the point nicely.”


Here’s Camu Tao album, King Of Hearts.




This year I’ve had the incredible honor of becoming super involved with the best music publication around.  Thanks so much Ghettoblaster Magazine for pretty much letting me do whatever I want over the past year! Me and my dear dear cousin Luke oversaw the features The Monday Rewind, Future Sounds and Past Sounds for much of the year.  As of late we have transitioned our focus to the Best Song Ever Podcast, which has been a dream come true! This year I’ve listened to hundreds upon hundreds of albums and below you’ll find my top 20 albums of 2016.  Thanks for reading!


a1346728317_1020. Greys – Outer Heaven 

Outer Heaven opens with a subdued, seemingly standard indie-rock track inspired by the murder of a teenager in Florida and then on track two covers the recent terrorist attacks in Paris over ferocious post-punk rock, which is to say, this is a heavy hard hitting album. The serene music of the opening track mixed with its bleak lyrics giving way to the utter chaos that follows is a great illustration of how Greys seems to see the world we live in now. Musically speaking this is a fantastic post-punk album filled with dissonance, chaos and even some memorable and catchy choruses. There are also occasional flashes of Fugazi’s Guy Picciotto in the vocal performance of the heavier leaning punk songs on the album. All around this is a heavy, angry album that feels totally in line with the frustrating, anger-inducing landscape we currently find ourselves in.

Listen: Greys – No Star




a1300815586_1019. Dogbreth – Second Home 

Dogbreth is a criminally under-known band that makes fantastic power pop music, which is equal parts sugary sweet and a punch in the face. Their new album, Second Home, is a short, tight set of 10 songs that span the spectrum of rock music, yet maintains one cohesive voice. Classic guitar rock mixes with punk and power pop in the most balanced way that makes you scratch your head and wonder how they were able to pull this off. There are saxophone and synth parts spread over the album but what really shines is the guitar work and songwriting. The guitars shimmer, effortlessly pounding riff after memorable riff over the course of the album. Songwriting is also a key strength as all songs on the album are sing-a-long-able and will stick with you well through the day. Seriously, please listen to this album.

Listen: Dogbreth – Do You Really Want Me




covdifeuiaiv__f18. Noname – Telefone 

Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper, Anderson .Paak, Noname. Yes, she belongs in the same conversation as those seminal acts who have hijacked RnB and Hip-Hop over the past couple years. Telefone is a beautifully poetic piece of art and is just a joy to listen to. It’s spacey and soulful to the tenth degree and Noname’s vocal delivery is fascinating to listen to. She pulls off the spoken/sung/rapped vocals that are popular right now but in her own way. She doesn’t use auto tune, giving this album a very organic feel. If you’re a fan of where Kendrick, Chance and Anderson have started to take music, you’d be wise to add Noname to the list.

Listen: Noname – Diddy Bop




ch132-goon-sax-rgb17. The Goon Sax – Up to Anything 

Australian jangle-pop is a style of music that has been done time and time again, yet The Goon Sax are able to breathe new life into the genre on their debut album Up to Anything. The album is full of the classic sonic territory covered on your typical jangle pop album. The guitars, how they jangle! What is really endearing when it comes to The Goon Sax is their songwriting sensibilities. The lyrics are at times painfully earnest and cover such topics as worrying about your sweaty hands, wanting someone to notice you and eating ice cream on your own. The songs could have easily been too much, but they are all done with the right amount of self-deprecation that The Goon Sax really pulls it off.

Listen: The Goon Sax – Up To Anything




a1949295813_1016. Muncie Girls – From Caplan to Belsize 

English trio Muncie Girls make incredibly catchy and lyrically challenging feminist pop-punk music. Over the course of just 30 minutes they take on misogyny, praise suffragette heroes, and give a searing indictment of a culture that seems content to forget about it all. Musically speaking this is a tight and technical set of songs with intricate verses and soaring choruses, which reminds us just how enjoyable really well executed pop-punk can be. From Caplan to Belsize is a truly special debut album from a talent that will be fun to watch in the future.

Listen: Muncie Girls – Gas Mark #4





cw30bbjuaaabeny15. Childish Gambino – “Awaken, My Love!” 

Awaken My Love! makes absolutely no sense. How in the world does this album work so well? I’m not sure that I can explain. Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, has always been more interesting to me as a comedian and actor than as a musician, as I’ve never thoroughly enjoyed any of his past albums. Honestly, when I heard that Donald Glover had put out an album that sounded like Funkadelic, I thought it would be a total train wreck. What Childish Gambino has put together instead is a mesmerizing and modern take on classic funk music. I wish that it had come out earlier in the year so I could have spent more time with it as I believe it would have ranked higher on this list.

Listen: Childish Gambino – Redbone




a1855127492_1014. Aesop Rock – The Impossible Kid 

The Impossible Kid is the most personal record Aesop has made, delving into dealing with depression and attempting to mend strained family relationships, while also focusing on mundane aspects of everyday life with fantastic surrealistic wordplay. Not only is The Impossible Kid Aesop Rock’s most personal album it is also one of his strongest outputs yet. Aesop Rock’s production is mostly post-apocalyptic boom bap, murky and somewhat mechanical with a strong breakbeat. There are some variances on that theme, but overall the production is solid and complements the vocal performance perfectly.

Watch: Aesop Rock – Rings





a3312050880_1013. Frankie Cosmos – Next Thing 

Frankie Cosmos is totally unassuming music that sneaks up on you and sneakily digs its claws deep. On the surface this a collection of simple singer-songwriter songs sung over clean electric guitar. Yet, when you dig more the layers reveal themselves in wonderful succession. Sure, the songs are simple, yet the execution of melody, lyricism and guitar work combine in a way that truly make Frankie Cosmos something special to behold.

Listen: Frankie Cosmos – Sinister






kero-kero-bonito12. Kero Kero Bonito – Bonito Generation Kero Kero Bonito is a British band who are inspired by video games and J-Pop music, all of which definitely shines brightly through on Bonito Generation. The music often has video game-esque sound effects of lasers over trap beats, straightforward pop and tons of other stylistic diversions. It’s an interesting combination that will have your head bobbing. Super pop female vocals alternate between singing and awkward rapping in English and then Japanese; again, it’s a combination that strangely totally works. It’s an absurdist and cartoonish album in the best way possible and should inspire anticipation for what is to come from Kero Kero Bonito.

Watch: Kero Kero Bonito – Break





c5e3089711. Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book 

How is this not a top ten album in 2016 for me? That’s how good this year was. Coloring Book is a masterful tour de force of an album. Ok, it’s not an album, it’s a mixtape or whatever. Chance the Rapper just keeps getting better and better with each new collection he releases. It’s hard to think that he would be able to top this. It isn’t easy to have a wholly original delivery in hip hop anymore, but this is where Chance’s main appeal is. The interplay of his singing and rapping is way better than anyone else who is trying to do the same. Coloring Book also has some of the most interesting music that I’ve heard on a hip-hop album in a long time. Gospel and modern rap are melded together flawlessly in a truly breathtaking manner that is something new and exciting for the genre.

Watch: Chance The Rapper – Angels




maxwell-blacksummersnight10. Maxwell – blackSUMMERS’night 

blackSUMMERS’night is probably the surprise album of the year for me as I really wouldn’t have thought I’d be this into an album by Maxwell. I have never really given him a chance until this year, and I am very happy I did. This is maybe the most spacey and beautiful albums of the year and is great for zoning out or really paying attention to the intricacies. Musically the intricacies begin in the stunning opening track and never let up throughout the remainder. Also, Maxwell has a pretty awesome voice in case you didn’t know. Again, this one took me by surprise and I’m so happy that it did.

Watch: Maxwell – Fingers Crossed





a2431309183_109. Owen – The King of Whys

The King of Whys, the eighth album former American Football member Mike Kinsella has released under the name Owen, is a beautifully tense album from start to finish. “Empty Bottle” opens the album up with this tension on full display as a loud guitar chord is struck over and over again as Kinsella sings a melancholy melody over otherwise pretty music. This sense of duality is carried on throughout the album, which finds songs diving headfirst into beauty and aggression. There are several seemingly straightforward acoustic guitar led Emo singer songwriter songs, yet the instrumentation makes the tracks much more interesting than they could have been. Sometimes it is flourishing strings and sometimes fantastic drumming, yet the backbone of all the songs remains Kinsella and his ability to pull off melodramatic songwriting with ease. This is easily one of the most beautiful albums of the year, yet it still surprises and leaves you with a sense of unease at the same time.

Watch: Owen – Settled Down



5918926e8. Twin Peaks – Down in Heaven 

Twin Peaks’ new album Down in Heaven is the type of album that is steeped in various influences, yet wholly original. The overall sound is classic rock mixed with elements of jangly country all with the DIY spirit Twin Peaks has had since their inception. There are ballads, straight up rockers and various other turns over the course of the 12 tracks, resulting in an endlessly entertaining and unique album. There are shades of The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and T. Rex throughout. Twin Peaks member Caiden James describes the direction for the new album in the following way: “We wanted to make a record that employed the restraints of our favorite artists from yesteryear. It was about trying to simplify and hone in on the things that are important to our music and ethos.” This direction and the resulting album are extremely successful and definitely worth listening to.

Watch: Twin Peaks – Getting Better



dinosaur_trim7. Trim – 1-800 Dinosaur Presents Trim

1-800 DINOSAUR Presents Trim is not your normal grime album; everything in Trim’s world is wonderfully off-kilter. There are staples of grime music here, the heavily accented British rapping and dirty sounding electronics, yet it’s like an alternate reality version of grime at the same time. The music sounds as if it could have been lifted straight off of an Aphex Twin album as the album is full of atmospheric and sometimes meandering electronic music. Trim raps and doesn’t rap at the same time, sometimes settling into a quasi-rap / quasi-spoken word delivery, which is incredibly poetic and fascinating. “Man Like Me,” the albums latest single, is by far the most “normal” or “accessible” song on the album, which means the listener is in for a heady listen. If this at all sounds interesting then this album full of art-house grime is definitely for you.

Listen: Trim – Man Like Me



c3ad8a769406b97880d7c3368aadda5d-1000x1000x16. Vince Staples – Prima Donna

Vince Staples and Kendrick Lamar are quite different talents, but in the same orbit and are probably the best two rappers currently making music. Last year Staples released Summertime ’06, his debut full length, which was only out shadowed by Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly. This year, both Staples and Lamar have released EPs that seem to take the greatness of their previous releases and progresses their sound in fascinating ways. Staples has always made music that is aggressively grimy and murky, yet never in an alienating way. He has somehow been able to keep his music incredibly accessible and challenging at the same time, which is quite a feat to accomplish, especially with hip hop music. Prima Donna somehow finds Staples pushing these conflicting aspects of his music to their limits, making this at times the most challenging and most accessible music he’s made to date. Although there are only six songs on the EP and it’s a short listen, Staples covers more sonic territory than most hip hop albums do in eighteen tracks. These beats are simply mind blowing from start to finish with some real artistic bangers going on. It’s an incredible EP from a real rising star in the hip hop world that simply can’t be missed.

Watch: Vince Staples – Prima Donna


a3806482547_105. PUP – The Dream is Over 

PUP’s lead singer found out that his vocal chords were incredibly damaged due to the amount of abuse he had been putting them through on long, grueling tours. When referencing his future as a rock singer his doctor said “The dream is over.” Instead of listening to that advice, PUP named their next album after the phrase. This is an incredible set of super powerful and hard hitting rock songs done with just the right amount of pop sensibilities. Imagine Weezer’s Blue Album but with way way more muscle. It’s a truly magnificent feat.

Listen: PUP – Doubts





09e256ce885fe6b3cf181239c3b3231c-1000x1000x14. A Tribe Called Quest – We got it from Here … Thank You 4 Your service 

Runner up for surprise album of the year has to go to A Tribe Called Quest. When I first heard that they were going to be releasing a new album I was obviously intrigued, but never imagined it would be as good as this. Especially considering they have evolved their sound to fit into the modern rap landscape. It’s a move that does not often work for a well-established group, but they pulled it off wonderfully. Obviously the best hip hop album of the year. Also, I could straight up listen to Q-Tip rap the dictionary and be completely content.

Watch: A Tribe Called Quest – We The People…





mannequin-pussy-romantic-14773442273. Mannequin Pussy – Romantic 

11 Songs in 17 minutes. I still cannot get over how much terrain this crazy band covers in that short of time. Seriously, this album has a few movements in it; shifting from hard to soft, both musically and thematically, Mannequin Pussy have crafted the best rock album of the year. Yet, it’s still going criminally unnoticed. That’s right, I said criminally, and in my America those who were unfamiliar with this album would be jailed. It’s that good. There are some great straight up scuzzy hard punk moments mixed with tender spacey rock and a great amount of really great pop punk as well. Why are you reading this? You could have listened to half the album by now. Seriously, stop and listen!

Listen: Mannequine Pussy – Denial




a1285209301_102. Eric Bachmann – Eric Bachmann 

After years creating music as the front man of indie rock legends Archers of Loaf and then Crooked Fingers, Eric Bachmann is back with an absolutely stunning self-titled album. Eric Bachmann is filled with nine songs centered around impeccable lyricism, bright piano and dazzling harmonies, making for a truly beautiful album. There are several stylistic ventures along the way, including country, doo-wop and alternative rock, but the songs are perfectly paced throughout the album so they never seem out of place. If you’re a fan of great lyrics sung in intricate melodies, you should definitely check out this album.

Listen: Eric Bachmann – Carolina




solange_cover-1475240092-1000x10001. Solange – A Seat at the Table 

For most of the year I was convinced that Eric Bachmann’s album would be my favorite of the year. I had a hard time envisioning an album that could dethrone his and did not think it would happen. Then Solange put out A Seat at the Table and I knew after one listen through that this was the best album I’ve heard in a very long time. The subtle yet complex music consisting largely of piano and drums is beautiful, interesting and the perfect backdrop to the stellar vocal performance from Solange. This album wasn’t made for me as the themes largely cover loving and being proud of being Black and depending upon yourself and the Black community to help one prosper. This album is a microcosm of 2016 and I find myself leaning very hard on the optimism that pulsates throughout because I have a hard time finding things to be optimistic about. Again, it wasn’t necessarily written for me, but the beauty in these themes and the craftsmanship that Solange displays is absolutely universal.

Watch: Solange – Cranes In The Sky



Every Monday, Ghettoblaster is looking back to new albums released the previous week. Below you’ll find several albums released on Friday April 29th that we believe are definitely worth a listen.

Aesop Rock – The Impossible Kid (Rhymesayers)

Aesop Rock never intended to be a rap artist when he began making beats in his bedroom somewhere near 20 years ago, it was just a hobby to pass the time.  His true passions were creating art in a different form, mainly by drawing and painting.  Yet, here we are, a couple decades and several classic albums later, with another Aesop Rock album.  It has been four years since his last album, and a lot has happened in that time, culminating in Aesop leaving his home in San Francisco and moving into a barn in the woods, where he would begin working on The Impossible Kid.  The past four years has found Aesop Rock collaborating a lot with other people for not strictly his own work.  For the new album he decided to take total control.  There are no guest rappers, singers or producers, this is truly a singular voice saying what he wants to say.  The Impossible Kid is the most personal record Aesop has made, delving into dealing with depression and attempting to mend strained family relationships, while also focusing on mundane aspects of everyday life with fantastic surrealistic wordplay.  Not only is The Impossible Kid Aesop Rock’s most personal album it is also one of his strongest outputs yet.  Aesop Rock’s production is mostly post-apocalyptic boom bap, murky and somewhat mechanical with a strong breakbeat.  There are some variances on that theme, but overall the production is solid and complements the vocal performance perfectly.  Hearing that Aesop Rock was a drawer and painter before his hobby of hip hop took off is not a big surprise.  He brings an artistic approach to his version of hip hop, and paints vivid pictures with his lyricism instead of paints or paper.  The soul of the artist never left Aesop Rock, he simply changed canvases.

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity (ATO Records)

Nonagon Infinity is being billed as the “world’s first infinitely looping album,” which at first sounds like some sort of strictly promotional technique.  Yet, despite all that could go wrong with an album that loops over on itself, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard pull something truly original and fresh off and deliver an incredibly solid album in the process.  Nonagon Infinity starts in the middle of something already in progress and ends abruptly out of nowhere and if you put the album on repeat it will seamlessly continue playing in a stream of never-ending chugging metal music.  This is like Mad Max: Fury Road in album form, all pedal to the floor car chase that somehow produces an emotional, wonderful and truly original piece of art in the process.  Overall this is riff heavy metal music, yet the more you listen the more diversity you find in the music: there are recurring riffs that could act as musical themes throughout and Eastern influences give way to some psychedelic shifts.  King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard have packed a ton of great music over the course of just 41 minutes, or is it 82 or infinity?

Pity Sex – White Hot Moon (Run for Cover)

White Hot Moon is an emotional ride, dealing with love and loss with harshness and beauty.  Ann Arbor band Pity Sex make shoegaze music that also reads as pop punk.  These are catchy songs with walls of heavily distorted guitars, sung by a tandem of male and female vocalists.  The male and female vocal dynamic works especially well with Pity Sex as Brennan Greaves performance is low and monotone, which plays off of Britty Drake’s higher and more expressive vocals. Thematically, the album covers the terrain of being in love and also what it’s like to lose those people that you love.  Overall, this is a loud and catchy album, which covers universal territory we can all relate to.

Freeway – Free Will (Babygrande Records)

Freeway rips and roars his way through Free Will, mixing his aggressive rapping with huge beats to result in one of the most fun hip hop albums of the year. Freeway’s vocal delivery is reminiscent of Ghostface Killah circa Fishscale in the best possible way.  Free Will features production from S. Frank, Scholito, L.E.S, Money Alwayz, Girl Talk and Tryfe, resulting in a varied yet cohesive set of hard hitting bangers, which complements Freeway’s intense vocals well.  Freeway summed up his new album perfectly in an interview with XXL: “I feel real good about the project. I feel like it’s probably my best album to date. I put a lot into it and I was in a good space when I recorded it. This project, the fucking beats are incredible, the energy is incredible.  Free Will sounds and feels like where I’m supposed to be.”

Other Noteworthy Releases


Chuck Inglish and Blended Babies – Ev Zepplin (BBMG)


Kyle Craft – Dolls of Highland (Sub Pop)


West coast denizen via NYC’s Aesop Rock quick tongue probably moves more than a mile a minute and has released a number of projects within the last few years. His new LP The Impossible Kid is his first full-length album in 4 years, following 2012’s critically aclaimed Skelethon. His wizardry has extended beyond the mic, going behind the board on his self-produced recording.

The Impossible Kid delves a bit deeper into Aesop Rock’s psyche as he becomes self-reflective within the album. He’s released videos for singles like “Blood Sandwich,” “Lazy Eye,” and “Rings” which have lead up to his upcoming release of the album this coming Friday on 4/29/16 on Rhymesayers. You can listen to the full stream of the album here.


Aesop Rock just dropped a new song/video from his forthcoming album The Impossible Kid (out 4/29 on Rhymesayers). In “Blood Sandwich” Aesop shares two intense stories about his brothers growing up and the video brings them to life in vivid detail.


Tour Dates with Rob Sonic, supported by Homebody Sandman:

5/5 – Bellingham, WA – Wild Buffalo
5/6 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
5/7 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
5/9 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
5/10 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
5/12 – Los Angeles, CA – The Novo
5/13 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up
5/15 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
5/16 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
5/18 – Las Vegas, NV – Fremont Country Club
5/20 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
5/21 – Durango, CO – Animas City Theatre
5/23 – Denver, CO – Cervantes
5/24 – Ft Collins, CO – Aggie Theatre
6/2- Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
6/3 – Chicago, IL – Metro
6/4 – Grand Rapids, MI – Pyramid Scheme
6/6 – Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot
6/7 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
6/8 – Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar
6/10 – Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater
6/11 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
6/13 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
6/15 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall
6/16 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
6/17 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
6/27 – Richmond, VA – The National
6/28 – Washington, DC – 930 Club
6/29 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
7/1 – Charlotte, NC – Visualite
7/2 – Knoxville, TN – The International
7/3 – Atlanta, GA – The Loft
7/5 – Orlando, FL – The Social
7/6 – Ft Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
7/8 – St Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
7/10 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
7/11 – Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theatre
7/13 – San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger
7/14 – Dallas, TX – Trees

MC Aesop Rock has announced a US tour in support of his new album, The Impossible Kid, dropping April 29 on Rhymesayers Entertainment. The trek takes the indie-rap mainstay across the country on an extensive headlining tour with Rob Sonic and DJ Zone, supported by friend Homeboy Sandman (whose new album is due out May 6 on Stones Throw), whom Aesop collaborated with last year on the free self-titled release, LICE. The announcement arrives in conjunction with the third episode in Aesop’s ongoing weekly video series on Funny Or Die, which depicts the rapper deep in the Oregon woods in an ongoing therapy session with a cartoon bear, talking through the inspirations and impetus for the new album. The MC also just dropped a new freestyle over Pusha T’s “Untouchable” beat yesterday via Pigeons and Planes.

The Impossible Kid marks Aesop’s first solo venture in four years, during which he has maintained an impressive creative streak via collaborative albums with Kimya Dawson (The Uncluded’s Hokey Frightin 2013), Rob Sonic (Hail Mary Mallon’s Bestiary in 2014), and with Homeboy Sandman (LICE’sself-titled EP in 2015). On the new album Aesop continues to find ways to improve on the skills that have made him one of the figureheads of indie hip-hop, including a newfound willingness to go deep on his personal history while also indulging in moments of levity, as he taps into the funny side of his persona that he previously suppressed. All in all it makes for a landmark album in a catalog already deep with unparalleled excellence. Watch the video for the album single “Rings.”

Tour dates:

Aesop Rock Tour





With a career that began as a solo artist, Onry Ozzborn also cut his teeth with the northwest collective Oldominion and then later moving on to form Grayskul and Dark Time Sunshine, Ozzborn releases his 9th solo album (10th if you count his release as the Gigantics) March 25, 2016 on Fake Four, Inc.

Last month Onry Ozzborn did something this writer hasn’t seen before, creating “Duofilm,” a video medley of tracks off of his forthcoming Duo, his album which features duets on every track. He’s reached into his phone book listing and hit up his friends to make an album of crazed tracks which feature Rob Sonic, Aesop Rock, Sadistik, Pigeon John, Terra Lopez (Sister Crayon), Eligh, P.O.S. and so many more.

This is an album you just shouldn’t, or rather can’t, ignore.


Aespo Rock shares new video for “Rings” and announces new album The Impossible Kid on Rhymesayers April 29, 2016. While it’s been four years since his last solo album, Aesop hasn’t slowed down. He released collaborative album with Kimya Dawson, The Uncluded’s Hokey Frightin in 2013),), with Rob Sonic (Hail Mary Mallon’s Bestiary in 2014), and with Homeboy Sandman (LICE’s self-titled EP in 2015). All this as well as crafting beats & working with Nike for their skateboarding video series as well as production film soundtracks.

Going back to his roots has proven useful in processing everything that’s happened in his life over the past couple decades, and maybe to figure out the person he’s become: The Impossible Kid, a person who’s spent his life doing things that seemed unthinkable before he just went and did them, blazing a visionary trail all his own. Two decades in, he’s still out there pushing it forward.


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1. Mystery Fish
2. Rings
3. Lotta Years
4. Dorks
5. Rabies
6. Supercell
7. Blood Sandwich
8. Get Out of the Car
9. Shrunk
10. Kirby
11. TUFF
12. Lazy Eye
13. Defender
14. Water Tower
15. Molecules


Grimace Federation’s brand new EP release, The Measure in Mixture, featuring Aesop Rock, is out now!

Unlike anything they have ever done, this limited 12-inch was pressed on transparent clear vinyl with a cloudy, white haze effect, and comes packaged with a free digital download card. Digital versions also available at iTunes, Fifth Element, Amazon and Google Play!

For those unfamiliar, Grimace Federation’s sonic collages create a symphonic, cinematic, and immense sound. The band’s musical foundation could be discovered in the grooves of records from post-rock legends such as Jaga Jazzist, Tortoise, and Stereolab, while latter day influences, like Mogwai and Black Sabbath, and a lifetime of collecting obscure underground hip-hop records notably seep into their symbiotic chaos. The Measure In Mixture combines spastic krautrock beats with the grandeur of an Ennio Morricone soundtrack on a Boards of Canada sonic landscape. Features two bass-heavy remixes from Aesop Rock, one of which he also graces with his distinguished brand of dense wordplay and dark sense of humor!


  1. The Measure In Mixture
  2. Strange Hours
  3. Strange Hours (Aesop Rock Remix)
  4. Steamboat (Aesop Rock Remix)

Listen to The Measure In Mixture on Spotify Now! http://bit.ly/MIMspotify

Ask for the vinyl at your favorite local record store, and if they don’t have it, check out FifthElementOnline.com, but hurry– this limited vinyl won’t be around for long!