Aesop Rock Speaks On Hail Mary Mallon- An Interview

May 31, 2011

Hail Mary Mallon is the new Hip Hop super group which features critically acclaimed mc’s/producers Aesop Rock and Rob Sonic, along with DJ Big Wiz. Their debut album “Are You Gonna Eat That” drops June 7th thanks to the good folks at Rhymesayers Entertainment. I was lucky to receive an advance copy and can tell you in good faith that the album is nothing short of amazing. In fact, I find it to be a necessary album for today’s Hip Hop. Aesop Rock was kind enough to take some time out of his insane schedule to answer some questions I had for him via email about this new project. Enjoy! 5/31/11

 

Aesop Rock On Hail Mary Mallon

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A Thousand Clones- An Interview With Blueprint.

May 1, 2011

Blueprint’s highly anticipated sophomore release  Adventures in Counter-Culture finds him focusing on the unexpected while experimenting heavily with his musical past.  First trained in his church choir, Print played in R&B bands in high school and later developed a rep as a standout rapper.  Here, he experiments with the synths, keyboards, and drum machines that connected the musical dots of those early days.

Print began pursing his career as a musician in 2001, working on several hip hop projects including his collaborative project  Soul Position with DJ/Producer RJD2.  Releasing The Unlimited EP 8,000,000 Stories on Rhymesayers Entertainment with RJ, Blueprint began work in 2004 on what would become his first solo album,  1988.  The success of that album allowed him to tour extensively throughout North America and Europe, before returning home to focus on writing and recording his next album.

When he sat down to work on this sophomore effort, Print began with the dark, soulful and sample heavy hip hop of the early 90’s, but soon found himself hitting a creative wall. What shook him loose was a new mission: to create an album that encompassed every facet of music he knew, blurring genre lines and bringing it back home as one cohesive listening experience.  The more he worked to pair new found interest in rock & electronic music with his love of hip hop, the more he was able to break down that creative barrier.

Thus began his Adventures in Counter-Culture, a monumental undertaking that would involve reinventing himself as a musician and person. His growing cynicism with the world, his disdain for pop culture, the state of politics, and an apathetic, uninspired society, all worked as fuel to inspire this sophomore album.  Moved by the impact that sampling lawsuits were having on the music community, Blueprint also decided return to his roots and began writing and producing his own original content. 

After a five year musical journey and experiment, Blueprint has emerged with his greatest effort to date.  A culmination of self discovery and societal critique.

The Blueprint Interview

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Jesus And The “F” Word- An Interview With Underoath’s Grant Brandell

February 21, 2011

It was a brutally cold evening in New Haven, CT as my friend Ruth and I waited to board Underoath’s tour bus to sit down and chat with Bass player Grant Brandell. As we waited, I noticed the ceiling mirrors in the bus reflecting the guys engulfed in a game of Halo while eating potato chips. We cracked some jokes about the interview turning confrontational as the cold began to ware our patience. After a few minutes we were greeted by their tour manager Brent, who was a rather nice fella and got us on board to make with the interview. 

*Note- Animals As Leaders blew my mind during their opening set and Thursday was amazing as they played their Full Collapse album in it’s entirety!

The following was conducted on 2/20/11.

The Grant Brandell Interview

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Condivisione Di Sentimenti, O Non, Con Kaki King – Un Colloquio.

January 25, 2011

Some guitarists reach levels many others will spend their entire lives aspiring to, but won’t. Kaki King is one of those guitarists, though if you tell her that, she’ll be quick to disagree. Kaki’s style is as eclectic as her Brooklyn surroundings, ranging from jazz to flamenco, folk, rock, percussive and more, all fused with various non-traditional tunings and even some lap steel guitar just for good measure.

Ms King was kind enough to take some time out of a recent trip up to Woodstock, NY to talk to me about the past, present, and future of all things Kaki. So without further ado, I give you…

The Kaki King Interview

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Jeffrey Cain and the Romance of the Deep South- An Interview.

December 11, 2010

You may know Jeffrey Cain from his band Remy Zero, and thier contribution of the song “Fair” on the Garden State Soundtrack. Or if you were lucky enough, you may have even caught them opening for Radiohead on the “Bends” tour. You may also have heard the Emmy Nominated theme song to FX’s Nip/Tuck… also his.

The following is an interview I conducted on 12/6/10 with Jeffrey, a man who is equal parts humble as grateful.   

The Jeffrey Cain Interview

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