Premiere: "Fuck Google" & World Tour Commencement

Download "Pattern of Life" EP FREE here  Get CD here

Purchase Sole & DJ Pain 1's Debut LP Death Drive here

Catch Sole & DJ Pain 1 on tour in the US, Canada & Europe: Dates

"Fuck Google" should be self explanatory, but for many its not.  In a short time Google has gone from a search engine to being one of the most powerful forces on earth.  Google's  popularity has risen tremendously though its "free" services, which are actually not free but mapping and selling your "pattern of life" to the highest bidder.  Its commodification of daily life, its collaboration with the US spy agencies, its collaboration with the military industrial complex, and most notably its recent forays into finance, health, robotics and artificial intelligence should give most folks a reason to ditch their products.  If you are still using gmail, get off it, here is a list of privacy conscious email services.

World Tour:
08/29 London, On - APK Live
8/31 Montreal, Quebec - Brasserie Beaubien
9/2 New Haven - Cafe 9 w/ Ceschi Ramos
9/3 Cambridge - Middle East Upstairs w/ Ceschi & Speaker For The Dead feat Shane Hall
9/4 Philadelphia - The Barbary w/ Ceschi
9/5 Pittsburgh - Rex Theater w/ Ceschi & Lord Grunge
9/6 Brooklyn - Glasslands w/ Ceschi & Pictureplane
9/8 Detroit - Magic Stick
9/9 Cleveland - Beachland Tavern
9/10 Milwaukee - Mad Planet
9/11 Chicago - Empty Bottlew/ V8
9/12 Minneapolis - Nomad w/ Moodie Black
9/14 Madison - The Frequency
9/17 Oakland - The New Parish w/ Open Mike Eagle
9/18 Santa Cruz - Atrium at The Catalyst w/ Open Mike Eagle
9/19 Los Angeles - The Echo w/ Ceschi
9/20 San Diego - Soda Bar w/ Ceschi
9/21 Denver - Riot Fest and Sideshow

 

 

New Leak, "I'm Happy" off Pattern Of Life EP

Here's a new track from DJ Pain 1 and I's new EP, "Pattern Of Life" which drops on 8/26.

Recently I've been getting a lot of strange feedback from people who listen to my music, "you sound so angry," "why are you so pissed all the time," etc.  The truth is, I'm not angry.  Sure I get pissed about things here and there, but after all is said and done I love my life and feel really blessed to be able to do what I love for a living while addressing shit I'm concerned about.  To put it simply, I'm not angry... I'm at war with the world lightheartedly. 

Pre-order "Pattern of Life" EP here and receive a digital download by 8/26, or purchase it from us on our forthcoming world tour:  

08/29 London, On - APK Live  *
8/31 Montreal, Quebec - Brasserie Beaubien *
9/2 New Haven - Cafe 9 w/ Ceschi
9/3 Cambridge - Middle East Upstairs (buy tickets) w/ Ceschi & Speaker For The Dead
9/4 Philadelphia - The Barbary (buy tickets) w/ Ceschi
9/5 Pittsburgh - Rex Theater (buy tickets) w/ Ceschi & Lord Grunge
9/6 Brooklyn - Glasslands w/ Ceschi & Pictureplane
9/8 Detroit - Magic Stick
9/9 Cleveland - Beachland Tavern
9/10 Milwaukee - Mad Planet
9/11 Chicago - Empty Bottle (buy tickets) w/ V8
9/13 Minneapolis - 7th Street Entry (buy tickets) w/ Kill The Vultures & Moodie Black
9/14 Madison - The Frequency (buy tickets)
9/17 Oakland - The New Parish w/ Open Mike Eagle
9/18 Santa Cruz - Atrium at The Catalyst (buy tickets) w/ Open Mike Eagle
9/19 Los Angeles - The Echo (buy tickets) w/ Ceschi
9/20 San Diego - Soda Bar w/ Ceschi
9/21 Denver - Riot Fest and Sideshow (buy tickets)

Europa:

10/9 Clermont Frd (FR) – Raymond Bar
10/10 Montpellier (FR) – Blacksheep
10/11 Toulouse (FR) – Métronum
10/14 Metz (FR) - tbc
10/15 Beauvais (FR) – L’Ouvre Boîte
10/16 Nantes (FR)
10/17 Marseille (FR) – Le Poste à Galène
10/18 La Rochelle (FR) – L’Alibi
10/21 Paris (FR) – Petit Bain
10/23 Périgueux (FR) – Sans Réserve
10/24 Biarritz (FR) – L’Atabal
10/25 Limoges (FR) – Zic à Zinc
10/28 Lyon (FR) - Le Périscope
10/29 Dijon (FR) – La Vapeur
10/30 Vendôme (FR) – Festival Rockomotives
10/31 Strasbourg (FR) – La Laiterie
11/01 Montreuil (FR) – La Pêche -
11/06 Hamburg (DE) – Hafenklang
11/07 option at Klub Spartakus Postdam (DE)
11/08 Chemnitz (DE) – Pyro Catharsis
11/09 Klub Re , Krakow (PL)
11/10 Cross Club, Praha (CZ)
11/11 Zoro, Leipzig (DE)
11/13 Genève (CH) – L’Usine
11/14 Zürich (CH) – Rote Fabrik
11/15  Bern (CH) – Dachstock

 

* Solo sole performance

Death Drive Feedback

 

On 6/10 Sole & DJ Pain 1 independently released DEATHDRIVE, a collaboration that seeks to combine the pop-hip-hop aesthetic with  revolutionary, anti-capitalist sentiment.  Sole, indie hip-hop pioneer and certified platinum producer DJ Pain 1 created an album that Spin Magazine says, " forge a strong partnership that finds Sole at his most clear-headed and sharp-tongued, spitting agit-prop anarchist heat over trapped percussion, chopped soul snippets, and classic turntable scratch."  

 

The Death Drive is a concept thought up by Sigmund Freud who wrongfully attested that human beings race towards their own destruction to return to a state of non-being.  While on the surface this reading of the Death Drive may ring true to some, but the Death Drive theory that is represented here is the one put forth by Beaudillard, that it is civilization, not man that imposes this suicidal nature.   

 

The first real shots fired for DEATHDRIVE was the near viral success of DIY video; "Fuck Alex Jones" which is an attack on right wing libertarianism and conspiracy culture.  Sole's essay about "The Alex Jones Industrial Complex" has been shared over 13,000 times.   Fuck Alex Jones appeared on the "Warfare" EP which was released as a primer for DEATHDRIVE.  

 

While DEATHDRIVE evokes golden era political rap records like X-Clan, Boogie Down Productions or Public Enemy, its clearly an update on what a socially conscious rap record can sound like in 2014.  The approach of Death Drive is  not cheap sloganeering or pandering, its challenging and analytical, and that is why it is embraced by radical movements, organizers, and academics worldwide.  From making dance songs about the Iraq War (Baghdad Shake),  ballads to the death of the liberal class (Hey Liberals), refutations of rap's culture of competition over cooperation (Rap Game Darwin), to reflections on religion (Old Gods Ain't Dead), Death Drive proves that critical reflection can actually make for unique, necessary and engaging music, that bumps on the battlefield and in the club. 

 

Much has been made of the fact that this album is a sort of "collision of worlds." The truth is both artists have radical views and are engaged in local activist projects designed to empower people.  Both artists grew up on music like NWA and Public Enemy, and both seek to maximize the medium of rap for the public good.

 

Since the album's release, Sole was featured on RT's Breaking The Set for a in depth interview and performance of "Baghdad Shake" and "Hey Liberals."  Death Drive has also been featured in Spin, Tinymixtapes, Alarm Magazine, Skinny UK, Rap Reviews, Penny Black MusicGet Your Buzz Up, and more.

 

world tour

 

US

9/3 Boston at Middle East Upstairs (buy tickets)
9/4 Philly at The Barbery (buy tickets)
9/5 Pittburg at Rex Theatre
9/6 Brooklyn at Glasslands (buy tickets)
9/8 Detroit at Magic Stick
9/9 Cleveland at Beachland Tavern
9/10 Milwaukee at Mad Planet
9/11 Chicago at Empty Bottle (buy tickets)
9/13 Minneapolis at 7th Street Entry (buy tickets)
9/14 Madison at The Frequency (buy tickets)
9/17 Oakland at The New Parish w/ Open Mike Eagle 
9/18 Santa Cruz at the Atrium w/ Open Mike Eagle (buy tickets)
9/20 LA at The Echo  w/ Open Mike Eagle (buy tickets)
9/21 Riot Fest, Colorado (buy tickets)

EU:

Oct 23rd Périgueux Sans Reserve (FR)
Oct 24th Biarritz Atabal (FR)
Oct 25th Limoges Fede Hiero Zic à Zinc (FR)
Oct 29th Dijon La Vapeur w/ Sage Francis (FR)
Oct 30th Vendome Rockomotive Festival (FR)
Oct 31th Strasbourg La Laiterie w/ Sage Francis (FR)
Nov 01th Montreuil La Pêche (FR)

many more TBA

 

US Booking Agent: chris@autonomousmusic.com
EU Booking Agent: val@artik-unit.com