Dawson met Aesop Rock a few years later during the creation of the arts-and-oddities blog 900Bats, which in turn sparked the pair’s collaborative musical efforts.
Dawson and Aesop then decided to work with one another on their respective solo projects – Dawson’s Thunder Thighs and Aesop’sSkelethon.Now, the two are collaborating under the moniker The Uncluded.
The Uncluded’s debut album Hokey Fright (May 7th release) was recorded by correspondence over a year using voice memo recorders and various recording studios. Though the two artists have two divergent sounds – Hip-Hop and Folk – Dawson and Rock’s oddball humor plays an integral part in Hokey Fright. Aesop and Kimya wrote, performed, and recorded the whole album, with the exception of the drums on “Delicate Cycle”, which were played by James McNew of Yo La Tengo.
This unlikely pair are able to make things work on Hokey Fright, because Rock’s “Suess” like rhymes which work perfectly with Dawson’s child like singing and her whimsical guitar play.
Wheel is Stevenson’s third album with her band, The Cans. After two solid records they’ve really honed their scrappy, largehearted indie pop sound by steering away from the lo-fi approach. Credit is certainly due to Kevin McMahon, a producer who’s worked with Frightened Rabbit and Real Estate in the past.
“Runner” is an exciting three-and-half minute slice of indie-pop heaven with a kitchen-sink mentality. The chiming guitars, swooping strings, and Stevenson’s elevated voice all work together to create a shimmering pop song.
You can catch Laura Stevenson at the Mohawk on Wednesday May 1, 2013.
ZZ Top co-founder and legendary guitarist Billy Gibbons chats with Texas Music Matters host David Brown, telling stories of run-ins with Roky and Jimi, and dropping a few surprise announcements. Edited by Hady Mawajdeh of the Texas Music Matters team.
David Ensminger, co-author of ‘Mojo Hand’ out from UT Press, talks about the legend of Lightnin’ Hopkins. This is an extended version of the interview broadcast on Texas Music Matters 4/12/13. Produced by Hady Karl Mawajdeh.