Aesop Rock to tour North America this summer like it’s his freakin’ JOB. Oh wait…

Aesop Rock to tour North America this summer like it's his freakin' JOB. Oh wait...

It’s been nigh on five years since rapper/producer/my total bro-dog Aesop Rock has done the whole “make an album and tour on it” thing as a solo artist. Maybe that’s because doing all of that stuff totally sucks and the music industry is a soul-crushing, creativity-vaporizing, family-and-friends-alienating sham-machine whose sharp, rusty, metal implements are oiled by the hot blood of a declasse group of bound and gagged musical pack mules and all that stuff. Or maybe it’s just because he’s been busy working with other artists and chillaxing with some kombucha. Personally, I don’t really know or care which, as long as all music everywhere is always readily available, high quality, and free!

Speaking of which, dude’s putting out a new record on July 10 via Rhymesayers called Skelethon that I should probs totes find a good rip of somewhere. It features Kimya Dawson, Rob Sonic, DJ Big Wiz, Allyson Baker of Dirty Ghosts, Hanni El Khatib, and some other dudes, maybe. I don’t know. Who cares, right? Where’s the MP2’s for my Winamp? Oh, and then a few days later he’s hitting the old dusty trail to promote the thing, backed up by Rob Zombie and DJ Big Whig or whatever their names are (and p4k sayz the openers are Edison and Dark Time Sunshine). I’ll probs go to one of the shows and kick it with a beach ball and whatnot, if my buddy that works security at Chicago’s Metro can hook it up, of course. Anyway, here’s a vid for one of the new tunes. I’m out.

Skelethon tracklisting:

01. Leisureforce
02. ZZZ Top
03. Cycles to Gehenna
04. Zero Dark Thirty
05. Fryerstarter
06. Ruby ‘81
07. Crows 1
08. Crows 2
09. Racing Stripes
10. 1,000 O’Clock
11. Homemade Mummy
12. Grace
13. Saturn Missiles
14. Tetra
15. Gopher Guts


05.27.12 - Shakopee, MN - Soundset Festival
07.13.12 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
07.15.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
07.19.12 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
07.20.12 - Vancouver, BC - Venue
07.21.12 - Seattle, WA - Seattle Block Party
07.23.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue
07.24.12 - Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall
07.27.12 - Madison, WI - Barrymore Theatre
07.28.12 - Chicago, IL - Metro
07.30.12 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club
07.31.12 - Montreal, QC - Corona Theatre
08.02.12 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
08.03.12 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
08.04.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
08.05.12 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
08.07.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Loft
08.09.12 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
08.10.12 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s
08.11.12 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
08.13.12 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theater
08.14.12 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theater
08.15.12 - San Diego, CA - Belly Up

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