It's been a minute since we've heard much from furiously wordy MC Aesop Rock, but from the sound of it, there won't be much of minute two to wait out before that changes. In a recent MySpace blog post, Aesop notes that, with all the "guest spots, collabs, writing, and production gigs" he's been involved in of late, "it's been a busy 'break' from touring, and I should have a bunch of shit popping up in different places soon. See you all soon." Indeed we will: Aesop, along with Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz, are headed out on the road in the States come August and September before they return to New York to work up their next records.
Aesop did let one product of his brief hiatus loose recently: over at the Def Jux blog, he crafted a top ten list of his favorite cereals as of early Tuesday morning. A choice passage: "Many a night have I wept into a salad bowl full of frosted flakes yelling 'I hate you Dad!!!!!' hmf. Shit's tight." Required reading, for sure.
Oh, and there's this, too: Aesop Rock designed a sneaker for Upper Playground's Adidas Originals series, which also features designs by artists Sam Flores, David Choe, and Herbert Baglione. Each Thursday evening beginning July 17, a new pair of shoes designed by one of the aforementioned folks will be made available for purchase through the Upper Playground website and at their retail stores. No word yet on what the Aesop kicks will look like, but it's kinda cool that the guy can hang design-wise with a bunch of folks who do this sort of thing for a living, don't you think? A brief teaser for the shoes can be found here.
08-15 Boston, MA - Roxy Theatre
08-16 New Haven, CT - Toad's Place
08-17 Brooklyn, NY - McCarren Park Pool *
08-19 Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero Theater
08-20 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
08-22 Columbus, OH - Skully's
08-23 Chicago, IL - Abbey Pub
08-25 Sioux Falls, ID - Nutty's
08-26 Duluth, MN - Pizza Luce
09-12 Pomona, CA - Glasshouse
09-13 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
09-14 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
09-15 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
09-17 San Diego, CA - Belly Up
09-17 Fresno, CA - The Exit
09-19 San Luis Obispo, CA - The Brewery
09-20 San Francisco, CA - Treasure Island Music Fest
09-22 Bend, OR - Domino*
* with Panther, Chin Chin