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It’s a time-honored tradition. Take a gazillion years to make album. Release album to critical acclaim. Go on tour…a lot.
That’s the tentative plan, it seems, for Ian Bavitz, also known as Aesop Rock. Already anticipating good reviews and solid sales (for an indie record) for his first full-length album in four years, None Shall Pass, Aesop has devised a two-month itinerary of gigs that will take him across the country twice. DJ Big Wiz will back him with the trusty one-and-twos. Blockhead (who will release Uncle Tony’s Coloring Book via Ninja Tune on August 14) & DJ Signifiy and Rob Sonic (whose Sabatoge Gigante comes out this fall) will open most dates. Cage, indie-popsters the Octopus Project and Black Moth Super Rainbow will drop in on select gigs.
Now, the dates. And don’t forget that None Shall Pass drops via Definitive Jux on August 28.
It’s been four long years since Aesop Rock issued his last album, 2003’s Bazooka Tooth. In the interim, he’s kept busy with an EP (2005’s Fast Cars, Danger, Fire and Knives), an installment for Nike’s +Original Run series (the recently released All Day Nike Original Run), an audio/visual project with artist Jeremy Fish (last year’s The Next Best Thing) and guest spots on several Definitive Jux and underground hip-hop joints. According to his press bio, he even completed soundtracks for two short films (though I’m having trouble finding out about that stuff).
So dude has been busy. Still, everyone’s been waiting for the album statement, particularly since Bazooka Tooth drew mixed reviews from fans and critics. So how will his sixth effort fare? All will be revealed on August 28 when None Shall Pass hits stores via Definitive Jux. The title track was recently leaked to the Internet, and hey! It’s pretty dope. That bodes well for the new album. Track listing is below.