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Tag Archives: Sole
Apologies for not posting for so long. Yes, an actual human writes and posts this information. Here’s an item that should have went up two weeks ago — another run by Anticon co-founder Sole & the Skyrider Band. They’ll be … Continue reading
This morning, Sole announced in a post on his website, Soleone.org that he is leaving Anticon, the company he co-founded in 1998. It wasn’t unexpected. Rumors had spread that Sole was leaving Anticon, especially after his last album with the … Continue reading
Tomorrow, October 13, Anticon icon Sole drops his second album with the Skyrider Band, Plastique. Unlike previous efforts, which all came out via Anticon, this one arrives courtesy of Fake Four Inc. To promote Plastique, Sole is embarking on a … Continue reading
Here’s a clip for the Battlefields EP, which you can download for free. Directed by Ravi Zupa, it features lots of paramilitary imagery and puppets. Interpret what you will. Also, Sole has a new album, Plastique, out next week on … Continue reading
Here’s another late pass courtesy of the illustrious Sole and Awol One. Both are on the Outsiders tour, the former without his group the Skyrider Band, the latter with frequent collaborator Factor. Ceschi and Scotty Six & Cainam fill out … Continue reading
On February 3, Sole & the Skyrider Band will release a remix album for 2007’s self-titled debut on Sole’s Black Canyon imprint. It includes remixes from Anticon associates Telephone Jim Jesus, Son Lux, Dosh and Odd Nosdam as well as … Continue reading
For the next two months, you can find Tim “Sole” Holland and his Skyrider Band on the Red Carpet Tour. It’s just for kicks, although there’s a remix album of the band’s self-titled album coming shortly. Here’s the word from … Continue reading
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.
Bad boy icon Tim "Sole" Holland has kept a low profile over the past few years. He lived in Spain, issued an album in 2005 (Live from Rome), and nurtured his Anticon emblem from a pioneer for underground hip-hop into an outpost for indie-pop mordancy.
He’s back in the States, living in Flagstaff, Ariz., collaborating with Skyrider and preparing to issue a new album. First, though, comes a instrumental joint under his pseudonym, Mansbestfriend. On May 29 he’ll issue Poly.sci.187, which translates to Political Science 187: "Political Science: This Shit’ll Kill You."
A press release from Anticon describes it as "filled with such sonic explorations. The album is an accomplished work that testifies not only to the fine art of experimentation, but to the aural abilities of Tim Holland, instrumentalist?may he be loud even in silence."