Eyedea & Abilities’ “By The Throat”

By The Throat

Underrated Minneapolis duo Eyedea & Abilities will release their new album By The Throat on July 21. Set for release via Rhymesayers, it’s the group’s first album in five years.

Here’s a bit from the bio:

Their first album since the breakout 2004 release E&A, By The Throat’s songs range from intensely personal topics to the more esoteric (quantum mechanics). The end result is leaps and bounds beyond what MC Eyedea is perhaps best known for, his prowess as a battle rapper (winner of HBO’s Blaze Battle, Scribble Jam and several others). DJ Abilities, also a well-known battle vet and contributor to El-P’s now-classic Fantastic Damage, adds heavily to the sonic soundscape of this album, which advances beyond boom-bap hip-hop into rock-fueled guitar riffs, gritty production and melodic songwriting.

Eyedea and Abilities were instrumental in the wave of independent hip-hop that includes Atmosphere, El-P, Aesop Rock, Living Legends and several other seminal acts. By The Throat is their most progressive and refined effort to date.

Here’s the track listing:

  • 1. “Hay Fever”
  • 2. “Spin Cycle”
  • 3. “Time Flies When You Have A Gun”
  • 4. “Burn Fetish”
  • 5. “Sky Diver”
  • 6. “Junk”
  • 7. “Forgive Me For My Synapses”
  • 8. “This Story”
  • 9. “Factory”
  • 10. “Smile”
  • 11. “By The Throat”

Eyedea & Abilities have landed a slot on the upcoming Rock the Bells tour. Here’s that itinerary, in case you haven’t seen it a gazillion times already:

  • 6/27: First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL
  • 6/28: DTE Energy Music Theatre, Detroit, MI
  • 7/05: Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto, ON
  • 7/12: Merriweather Post Pavilion, Washington, DC
  • 7/18: Comcast Center, Boston, MA
  • 7/19: Jones Beach Amphitheatre, New York, NY
  • 8/01: Deer Lake Park, Vancouver, BC
  • 8/06: Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver, CO
  • 8/08: San Manuel Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, CA
  • 8/09: Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA

“This Story”

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