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AMERICAN TOUR w/ Shiftee, & Angel Davanport

10/16/18 Omaha NE - Slowdown
10/17/18 Kansas City MO - Riot Room
10/18/18 Ft. Collins CO - Hodi's Half Note
10/19/18 Colorado Springs CO - The Black Sheep
10/20/18 Denver CO - Marquis Theatre
10/21/18 Salt Lake City UT - Urban Lounge
10/23/18 Portland OR - Doug Fir Lounge
10/24/18 Seattle WA - Nectar Lounge
10/26/18 San Francisco CA - Bottom of the Hill
10/27/18 Los Angeles CA - The EchoPlex
10/28/18 Phoenix AZ - Valley Bar
10/29/18 Tucson AZ - 191 Toole
10/31/18 Austin TX - Barracuda
11/1/18 Dallas TX - Deep Ellum
11/2/18 Houston TX - The Studio at Warehouse Live
11/3/18 New Orleans LA - One Eyed Jack's
11/4/18 Atlanta GA - Aisle 5
11/6/18 Raleigh NC - King's
11/7/18 Washington DC - DC9
11/8/18 Philadelphia PA - Boot & Saddle
11/9/18 Brooklyn NY - Rough Trade
11/10/18 Boston MA - Sonia
11/13/18 Pontiac MI - The Pike Room
11/14/18 Cleveland OH  - Beachland Ballroom
11/15/18 Columbus OH - The Basement
11/16/18 Chicago IL - Empty Bottle

EUROPEAN TOUR w/ Subp Yao

9/1/19 Brno Czech Rep 🇨🇿Kabinet Muz
10/1/19 Olomouc Czech Rep 🇨🇿Jazz Tibet Club
11/1/19 Bratislava Slovakia 🇸🇮Hopkirk
12/1/19 Trencin Slovakia 🇸🇮Kino Luc
13/1/19 Prague Czech Rep 🇨🇿Lucerna Music Bar
15/1/19 Amsterdam Netherlands 🇳🇱Sugarfactory
16/1/19 Glasgow United Kingdom 🇬🇧The Hug & Pint
17/1/19 Manchester United Kingdom 🇬🇧Soup Kitchen
18/1/19 Bristol United Kingdom 🇬🇧Hy Brasil
19/1/19 London United Kingdom 🇬🇧Birthdays
22/1/19 Winterthur Switzerland 🇨🇭Kraftfeld
23/1/19 Berlin Germany 🇩🇪Urban Spree
24/1/19 Dresden Germany 🇩🇪Groovestation
25/1/19 Darmstadt Germany 🇩🇪Oetinger Villa
26/1/19 Hamburg Germany 🇩🇪Hafenklang

 

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I am really excited to announce that I will be giving a talk on Friday, as a part of the Creative Mornings lecture series.  Creative Mornings, if you don't know, is a giant international organization that connects creatives and creative minded people, through monthly talks centered around a set theme.

So, get up early, come on out to the Commons in downtown Minneapolis, enjoy some free coffee, and listen to me talk about my career, and creative commitment!

HERE FOR MORE INFO: https://creativemornings.com/talks/astronautalis

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I couldn’t find any pictures of Bren/Alias that i took, they’re probably all trapped on some broken hard drive somewhere?  So, I did my own rework on photos Matty took on the Alias & Tarsier tour back in 2006.  That was Bren’s last tour, and i am pretty sure he lost money on it, because he let me open up for them.  I am almost 100% certain he KNEW he was going to lose money on it IF he brought us out, and asked us to join them anyway.  I think, he saw how hungry we were, and he gave us that chance...at his own expense.  That was just the kind of guy Bren was. 

I couldn’t find any photos i took on that tour, but i did find this one video of me, Brock, and Bren trying to get the vibrating bed to work at the Thunderbird Motel in Missoula, MT...yes, the motel from “Secrets On Our Lips”.  I put this crappy video up, because of Bren’s deadpan delivery of “you need to go ask for your fuckin’ money back”.  Kills me every time.  Bren was as funny as he was giving.  I wish i had audio of him doing his “leather hats & Hennessy” voice, or his “DUDE! TURN IT DOWN!” impression of Brock.  Those still make us laugh so hard, that we do impressions of his impression...over a decade later. 

Bren became my friend, but before that, he was basically a hero.  Beyond what he and the entire Anticon crew did to enable people like me to want to push boundaries in rap, I remember listening to his music specifically and thinking, “god, if i could only get beats like THAT!” The way he layered his drums, mixing breaks with drum machines, his understanding of melody, his contrasting live instruments with samples and synths, making beautiful music that KNOCKED!  There is so much i learned from obsessing over his work, from Deep Puddle, all the way into his instrumental stuff, straight on to his last album.  You can’t listen to people like Tycho, Washed Out, etc, without understanding that Bren did a lot of that, over a decade before them.  Listen to the album “Muted” (from 2003), and tell me i’m wrong.  I have literally listened to everything he has ever released, not just because he is the homie, but because first and foremost, I am a fan.  When he put out “Unseen Sights” with Markus Acher (from The Notwist), i must have listened to that song for hours and hours on end...like I was trying to absorb it’s power, perhaps?  “Well Water Black” still may be one of my favorite songs that Yoni has ever been involved with.  It is such an incredible collaboration between the two of them.  So when Bren sent me the beat that would later become “Dimitri Mendeleev”, it felt truly unbelievable.  I was amazed that my career had brought me to this point, where i could just text Alias, ask him for a beat, and he would give me one.  I was in Berlin, and woke up in the middle of the night to see the email from him on my phone.  I shot out of bed, scrambled to find headphones, and stayed up till dawn, in the dirty living room of Brunnenstraße, playing the beat over and over till the song was done.  A lot of songs, feel wobbly once they’re written, like one false move between the writing and recording, could send them toppling, like Bambi, trying to walk on the ice.  That one, i knew was strong, the second i finished it.  Writing it felt magical, like maybe i HAD absorbed some of his powers?

I was planning on hitting him up for music for my next record, because i loved the direction he went on his last solo album, “Pitch Black Prism”.  
So, it goes. 

Right now, a lot of people are telling these stories, thinking these thoughts, running over these memories, because Bren really was that guy.  Funny as hell, supportive beyond belief, relentlessly giving, and true as they come.  A giant man, full of giant love.  So many of our favorite musicians have gotten so much from Bren; from beats, to laughs, to beers, to an opening slot on a real tour playing real clubs for the first time; and all of that pales in comparison to what his friends and family got from him.  In the last 10 years, his focus was on them, still making music, but his life was about making a life, making a family, and being with his wife Jenn, back home in Maine.  All of which, I know, presented it’s own fresh challenges, and victories, but every time i made my way up there, and got to see him, he looked happy.  Always ready with a giant hug, gray now streaking his beard, kids were the conversation, and he was every bit the proud and funny father.  Some musicians, when they leave the road, it feels a bit like defeat, like a cowboy hanging up the spurs, with Bren, it felt like success.

This is such a loss.

For as much as Bren meant to me, for as lucky as i feel, to have counted him as a friend, I barely saw him anymore.  Lives diverge over time, I come through Maine less than i used to, we mostly spoke on social media, through jokes.  So, I can’t imagine, can’t even conceive what the loss must be like for people who got to see him all the time.  What pain must be felt right now, by those that got to share a life Bren.  His close friends, his family, his wife, and his kids.  I am really having a hard time finding the words to describe how much he brought to the world, i can’t find something big enough, or positive enough, there are no words filled with enough love to describe Bren.  Maybe in time, i will find those words, but for now, all i can picture, all i can think of, is the size of the hole that is left in the universe now that he is gone. 

What a great musician, what a great man, and what a loss. 

Rest In Peace, Bren

NOTE: if you would like to donate to his memorial fund, to help support his wife Jenn, and their two beautiful children, you can visit this page: https://www.gofundme.com/brendonwhitney

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Really excited two things! 

1. As you can see from above, I am finally returning to Canada on tour!

annnnnd...

2.  I just put out a new song with the big homie Factor Chandelier!  The song "The Dirtbike" is based on a dream i had about finding a dirtbike in Syria. 

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Both are available, with all the info thanks to the fine folks at EXCLAIM!! 
give it a look, and a listen:

http://exclaim.ca/music/article/astronautalis_plots_canadian_tour_shares_the_dirt_bike

 

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65 SHOWS! THREE MONTHS! ALL 50 STATES!
 

FEATURING SUPPORT FROM:
#: THE OXYMORRONS
%: CESCHI & FACTOR
¥: YONI WOLF
Æ: ADAM & THE FLOOD
₽: TRANSIT

Sep 07: The Aquarium - Fargo, ND #
Sep 08: Icon Lounge - Sioux Falls, SD #
Sep 09: Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL #
Sep 10: The Cactus Club - Milwaukee, WI #
Sep 12: Blue Moose Tap House - Iowa City, IA #
Sep 13: The Hi-Fi - Indianapolis, IN #¥
Sep 15: The Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH #
Sep 16: Pike Room at The Crofoot - Pontiac, MI #
Sep 17: Rumba Cafe - Columbus, OH #¥
Sep 18: Studio at Waiting Room - Buffalo, NY #
Sep 20: Higher Ground - South Burlington, VT #Æ
Sep 21: Port City Music Hall - Portland, ME #Æ
Sep 22: Fete Music Hall - Providence, RI #
Sep 23: Great Scott - Allston, MA #Æ
Sep 24: 3S Artspace - Portsmouth, NH #Æ
Sep 25: Boot & Saddle - Philadelphia, PA #
Sep 27: Ballroom at the Outer Space - Hamden, CT #
Sep 28: Brooklyn Bowl - Brooklyn, NY #Æ
Sep 29: Wonder Bar - Asbury Park, NJ # Æ
Sep 30: World Cafe Live - Wilmington, DE #
Oct 01: DC9 - Washington, DC #
Oct 02: Baltimore Soundstage - Baltimore, MD %
Oct 03: The Camel - Richmond, VA %
Oct 05: V Club - Huntington, WV %
Oct 06: Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC %
Oct 07: Tin Roof - Charleston, SC
Oct 08: The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA %₽
Oct 10: Will's Pub - Orlando, FL %₽
Oct 11: Churchill's Pub - Miami, FL %₽
Oct 12: The Orpheum - Tampa, FL %₽
Oct 13: Jack Rabbits - Jacksonville, FL %₽
Oct 14: Trim Tab Brewing Co - Birmingham, AL %₽
Oct 15: 12 & Porter - Nashville, TN %₽
Oct 17: Proud Larry's - Oxford, MS %₽
Oct 18: Zanzibar - Louisville, KY %₽
Oct 19: The Firebird - St Louis, MO %₽
Oct 20: The Waiting Room - Omaha, NE %₽
Oct 21: The Vanguard - Tulsa, OK %₽
Oct 22: The Bottleneck - Lawrence, KS %₽
Oct 24: Stickyz Rock n Roll Chicken Shack - Little Rock, AR %₽
Oct 25: The Parish Room at House Of Blues - New Orleans, LA %₽
Oct 26: The Studio at Warehouse Live - Houston, TX %₽
Oct 27: Paper Tiger - San Antonio, TX %₽
Oct 28: The Kessler - Dallas, TX %₽
Oct 29: The Sidewinder - Austin, TX %₽
Oct 31: Sister - Albuquerque, NM #
Nov 01: Black Sheep - Colorado Springs, CO #
Nov 02: Gryphon Theater - Laramie, WY #
Nov 03: Marquis Theater - Denver, CO #
Nov 04: Kilby Court - Salt Lake City, UT #
Nov 05: The Bunkhouse - Las Vegas, NV #
Nov 06: Valley Bar - Phoenix, AZ
Nov 08: The Casbah - San Diego, CA #
Nov 09: The Wayfarer - Costa Mesa, CA #
Nov 10: Saint Rocke - Hermosa Beach, CA #
Nov 11: The Roxy - Los Angeles, CA #
Nov 12: Thee Parkside - San Francisco, CA #
Nov 13: The Catalyst - Atrium Santa Cruz, CA #
Nov 15: Barbosa - Seattle, WA #
Nov 16: Doug Fir - Portland, OR #
Nov 17: Reef - Boise, ID #
Nov 18: Eagle's - Ballroom Bozeman, MT #
Dec 02: Koot's - Anchorage, AK
Dec 08: The Republik - Honolulu, HI
Dec 17: Triple Rock - Minneapolis, MN

 IT IS FINALLY HERE!!! 

IT IS FINALLY HERE!!! 

At midnight last night, the album came out at, and debuted at #8 on itunes hip hop, and #57 on itunes over all.  By the time i woke up in the morning, we had passed damn near everyone, on the hip hop charts and a ton of big names on the main charts, and now we are holding steady at #3 on Hip Hop and #28 on itunes all over all!

Last i checked, we were at #23 for hip hop in the UK, #11 for hip hop in Russia, and #1 for hip hop and #3 over all in the Czech Republic!

I am so proud of how this has climbed in america, and even more proud to see how it has climbed in other countries.

This record was written all over the world, about my adventures all over of the world, and it really means a lot to me, to see people supporting my work, all over the world.

It is a nerve wracking thing at times, to be an artist for a living, and i can't explain to you the kind of affirmation i get from seeing so many people riding for me.

Thank you for all you do for me,  for me letting me get to do this for a living, and for being the beautiful and kind people you are.

Now...LET'S FUCKING BEAT DRAKE!

CLICK HERE TO BUY/STREAM MY ALBUM

CLICK HERE TO COP CDS IN EUROPE

 CLICK HERE TO COP THE VINYL IN EUROPE

OR HIT UP YOUR FAVORITE LOCAL MUSIC STORE, OR MY MERCH BOOTH, AND COP THEM THANGS!

thanks again! 

GO STREAM MY ALBUM FOR FREE, FROM NOW TILL RELEASE ON MAY 13!

After the way you guys came through on that MTV voting a few weeks ago, (80,000-90,000 VOTES?!) it got me to thinking. 

I thought about when my last album came out, and debuted at #19 on iTunes hip hop and I watched all day, as it climb up the charts to #9...all because of y'all.  People wrote me, saying they bought my album just to see it go up the charts, people who never buy stuff from itunes, and people who bought my album MULTIPLE TIMES...just because they wanted to see me win.

I thought about so many conversations i have had with you guys, online, at the merch booth, in the street, and even in the middle of the GAT DAMN dance floor at 5AM, during the Prince memorial dance party at first ave last week!  Having total strangers come up to me, and tell me, what a song of mine, or an album of mine means to them.  Or how it helped them get through a rough patch, or how a couple fell in love to my song, or met at my show, or walked down the aisle to "oceanwalk"...it means the world to me.

You guys have given me SO MUCH over these years, rode SO HARD for me, and supported me, my music, my friends, given me a platform to stand on, and always taken the time to listen to my records, as i bounced through genres, and styles, and grown into the artist i am today. 

After i did some thinking, i got talking with my labels, and my team, and we all agreed, that we were tired of waiting, and tired of making you guys wait, and you guys have been so good to me, that we thought, "Fuck it!  Let's give it to 'em early!"

So, as a small token of our appreciation for everything you have done, from now, until its release on May 13th, we are going to make my new album available to stream for free, from my soundclound.

This album is a big step for me, as an artist, and a human, and honestly, i think it is the best thing i have ever made.  And it would have never have been possible for me to make this record, to live this life, to see the things i have seen, to tell these stories...if it wasn't for y'all.

So thanks, for the support, for showing me your world, for sweating, and for singing your god damned lungs out at so so so many shows.  This is going to be an exciting year, an exciting release, and this is just the beginning. 

I am so happy that you guys are here, to be apart of it all.

Thanks again,

   *andy

ENJOY: https://soundcloud.com/astronautalis/sets/cut-the-body-loose

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     My first time in New Orleans was in the spring of 2006, six months to the day after Katrina hit.  A couple of my dear friends had made plans a year before to get married in the Crescent City, and, despite logic and all good sense, they remained undeterred.  Even after hell and high water had come to Louisiana.

    Now, I am from Florida, i have seen Hurricanes, but i have never seen anything like that, even six months after the storm had come and gone.  Beyond the simple difficulty of trying to navigate and city with no street signs or stop lights (without a GPS or a smart phone), there was far more shocking scenes of destruction, none more shocking than the miles and miles of destroyed cars that had been intentionally deposited, and organized under the elevated highway of interstate 10.  Cop cars crushed flat, a stretch limousine filled with mud, and ambulances with high water marks.  It was a truly overwhelming, and unsettling symbol for everything that city had been dealing with.  Yet, through all of this destruction, you saw people working, struggling, and fighting to get their lives back, to build their homes back, and in the case of the happy couple, start their life together, despite the forces outside themselves, working against them.

    Years later, i found myself in an old Slovak mining town called Čadca, which didn't need a hurricane to bring it to it's knees.  The mines took care of that when they went bust years before.  But, when i got a Facebook message from some guy named "Twiggy" asking me to play a show there, I, of course, said yes.  They cleared out the top floor of a coffee shop, set up a little PA, and folks packed into that little sweat box and got the fuck down!  This isn't the kind of show you take for the money, prospects are low in rural Slovakia, and folks are more inclined to scrape their euros together for Beer and Tatransky Caj (a local liquor made of herbs)...not merch.  And who could blame them?  And still, despite an economy collapsing under them, and a town declining around them, people came out, danced, drank, sang, made out, made do, and made the best of what they had.

    Later, on that same tour, (or perhaps the next one?  They blur together sometimes) we were booked to play a show in a really legendary squat in Bern, Switzerland called the "Dachstock".  The Dachstock has been putting on shows in it's main room (which holds 2000 people) since 1987, in addition to the small room, the cultural center, the restaurant, and the artist housing, it is quite an astounding compound...and it is entirely illegal.  Think of the nicest big venue in your town, and the Dachstock probably has better sound, a better paid staff, and takes far better care of their artists, and again, IS ENTIRELY ILLEGAL.  To an American, this seems impossible to conceive, and so naturally i was full of questions.  Which i dumped on the club's front of house engineer after soundcheck was finished.  I asked her if the government has ever tried to shut them down, to which she casually replied, "Ja, every few years, some politician will send the cops to try and stop us".

"Well, what do you do?!"  I asked, naively.

"We lock them out", she responded, as plain as can be.

Realizing, i was already looking like a dumb American, and there was no point in trying to cover my tracks, i doubled down, and asked, "Well what do they do, when you lock them out?"

"Most of the time, they get bored, and they go home, sometimes they try to come in"

"And when they try to come in?"

"We fight them!", she said in a tone, that translated in any language as "DUH!"

Coming from America, at a time when established, iconic venues in Seattle, and Austin, where getting shut down because of gentrification and condo expansion, the idea that a club would not only ignore the protests of the city officials, but repeatedly fight the cops to keep their doors open, and WIN?!  All of this because they want to keep outsider music and art thriving in an otherwise, very conservative city.  This is was nothing short of mind-blowing.

     The more i tour, the more I travel, the more i see things like this, people working against, or around, the large forces pushing them down.  People sidestepping the rules, ignoring their kings, killing their masters, and instead of running to the arms of their gods for help or comfort, they are running away.  They don't let the size of the storm drown them, or the depth of the void swallow them whole, and the cops don't have weapons strong enough to crush them.  Everywhere i go, i see people who are undeterred, unwavering, and in turn unstoppable in their relentless pursuit of a full and happy life.

     And that is the most inspiring thing i have ever seen.