Sole & the Skyrider Band roams the land


It might seem crazy now, but way back in 1999 Anticon Records was the Animal Collective of the indie world. Nerdy backpackers studied the label’s output like paint studies a wall. And none of the sprawling crew generated as much controversy as Tim “Sole” Holland. He took on Company Flow in a classic war on wax, issued the brilliantly bitter Selling Live Water, and became the prototypical angry white “emo” rapper (alongside Slug, of course), paving the way for dozens of others to follow.

Today, whenever I mention the word Anticon to people, they kinda turn up their nose, like, “Ugh! That’s so over.” (And then they go back to studying their Lil Wayne mixtapes.) But Sole’s career isn’t done by a longshot. Last year he formed a new ensemble, the Skyrider Band, and the crew issued a self-titled album. He also issued an instrumental album as Mansbestfriend, Poly.sci.187.

In January, he’s confronting his skeptics with a two month tour, and he’s taking the Skyrider Band with him. Guests include Anticon associate Telephone Jim Jesus and, on select dates, Washington, D.C. rockers the Apes. He also dropped a new video for the track “Stupid Things Implode on Themselves.” Directed by Ravi Zupa, it finds a group of people wandering around the Arizona desert. Good stuff.

The tour schedule and the video is posted below.

  • 01/16: Casbah, San Diego, CA
  • 01/17: Glasshouse, Pomona, CA
  • 01/18: Knitting Factory, Los Angeles, CA
  • 01/21: Plush, Tucson, AZ
  • 01/23: High Mayhem, Santa Fe, NM
  • 01/24: The Roadhouse Saloon, San Antonio, TX
  • 01/25: Emo’s, Austin, TX
  • 01/26: Proletariat, Houston, TX
  • 01/28: Spanish Moon, Baton Rouge, LA
  • 01/29: Sluggos, Pensacola, FL
  • 01/30: PS 14, Miami, FL
  • 02/01: Lenny’s Bar, Atlanta, GA
  • 02/02: Bottletree, Birmingham, AL
  • 02/05: Black Cat, Washington, DC
  • 02/06: Talking Head, Baltimore, MD
  • 02/07: Khyber Pass, Philadelphia, PA
  • 02/08: Knitting Factory, New York, NY
  • 02/09: Glasslands, Brooklyn, NY
  • 02/10: Soundlab, Buffalo, NY
  • 02/12: SUNY Purchase, Purchase, NY
  • 02/14: The Space, Portland, MN
  • 02/15: Harper’s Ferry, Boston, MA
  • 02/16: The Living Room, Providence, RI
  • 02/18: Bug Jar, Rochester, NY
  • 02/19: Garfield Artworks, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 02/20: Scrummage University, Detroit, MI
  • 02/21: Mac’s Bar, Lansing, MI
  • 02/22: Abbey Pub, Chicago, IL
  • 02/23: The Uptown Club, Minneapolis, MN
  • 02/24: The Picador, Iowa City, IA
  • 02/26: Hi-Dive, Denver, CO
  • 02/27: Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City, UT
  • 02/28: Badlander, Missoula, MT
  • 02/29: Nectar Lounge, Seattle, WA
  • 03/01: Rotture, Portland, OR
  • 03/02: W.O.W. Hall, Eugene, OR
  • 03/06: Bottom of The Hill, San Francisco, CA
  • 03/07: Howie and Sons Pizza, Visalia, CA

1/16-3/07: w/Telephone Jim Jesus
2/12, 2/15-2/16, 2/22: w/the Apes

And here’s the video link to “Stupid People Implode on Themselves”:


Photo by Yasamin Holland.

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