Showroom: Cat's Cradle Presents - WHY?
Date: Saturday, September 15, 2012 Show Starts: 9:00 pm
With: Doseone / Serengeti / DJ Thanksgiving Brown
TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR
WHY? For what? Which reason, cause or purpose? What unnamed goal?
In abstract, WHY? is the process of adapting to the somehow simple business of existing. WHY? is the searching for something clearly unreachable, with hopes of finding small significance along the way. The attempt to understand what’s really going on by observing, neither by telescope nor microscope, but by naked eye, the intimate details in the most mundane of life’s happenings. The attempt to describe the gist of the feeling of the tiniest modicum of The Great Universal Unutterable Joke we are all always not laughing at—except when we are. WHY? is living out the set-up of that old gag over and over, until we finally reach a punch-line. Or we die and we don't.
WHY? is also a trio of handsome Cincinnati-born men who fiddle with skins, strings, bells and microphones and present their findings to the listening public. Singer Yoni Wolf grew up the second son to an art book editor and a rabbi. He got his start recording bad poems and sloppy beats on the family synagogue’s 4-track. In junior high he discovered hip-hop. At art school, he learned how to drop out. Yoni’s brother Josiah played drums at Rabbi Wolf’s worship service as a kid, became a band geek as a teen, and fell in love with Thelonious Monk on his way to study music at University of Cincinnati. Doug McDiarmid would eventually get expelled from that same school for carrying a stun gun, but first he was raised by two French teachers and taught piano while in kindergarten. He also went to high school with the Wolfs, where he played in Steve Miller cover bands.
In various permutations together and with other now-notables (i.e. Doseone, Odd Nosdam, Mr. Dibbs, Atmosphere’s Slug), these three created and/or contributed to several freewheeling rap and lo-fi rock-related projects including Greenthink, Miss Ohio’s Nameless, Reaching Quiet, and the seminal cLOUDDEAD outfit. Their wildest dreams were achieved when they relocated to Oakland to make pop-inflected psychedelic folk-hop.
Drawing from emo, indie rock, avant electronica, and more, Chicago-based indie rapper Serengeti earned a reputation as being an immensely prolific writer for his barrage of long-players, all imbued with his oddball personality and abstract rhymes. Born David Cohn, the whimsical MC spent most his youth in the Chicago suburbs and began writing rap lyrics around the same time he moved into the city at age 16. His eccentric inclinations developed under his divorced parents' two schools of thought: his mother was a political activist and self-styled socialist, but his father led an uppity middle-class way of living. When Cohn went off to college, he met fellow classmate DJ Crucial, who had similar hip-hop ambitions. Crucial eventually founded F5 Records and issued Serengeti's 2003 debut, Dirty Flamingo. It was the first of practically a dozen albums that he released through various independent labels within the next few years. Noteworthy standouts were the experimental rock-leaning Gasoline Rainbow (2006), released via MF Grimm's Day by Day imprint, and the imaginative, blogosphere-approved Dennehy (2006) on Bonafyde. Signed to Audio 8, Serengeti collaborated with glitch-hop producer Polyphonic for Don't Give Up (2007), but then revisited Dennehy a year later, issuing an expanded version of Dennehy (Lights, Camera, Action!).
Born in Napa, ID, Adam Drucker, or Doseone, one of the founders of the group Themselves (Jel was the other) and a main player in Subtle and cLOUDDEAD, spent much of his youth in Philadelphia and New Jersey perfecting his battle raps. However, after he moved to Cincinnati to attend college, he began focusing more on his poetry and how it could be applied to music. He self-released his first album, 1998's Hemispheres, and the same year began recording as part of Deep Puddle Dynamics (along with Jel, Slug from Atmosphere, and Sole and Alias from Live Poets) for their debut album, The Taste of Rain...Why Kneel? In 2000 Themselves released their first album, Them, under the Anticon label that Dose had helped form, and in 2002 the duo issued The No Music and later added a third member, Dax Pierson, on keyboards, theremin, Dr. Sample, and background vocals. Besides working and touring with Themselves, Dose has also been involved in projects with Prefuse 73, Aesop Rock, Buck 65, and others.
In the Showroom
Doors @ 8:00 PM
Show @ 9:00 PM
Drop by Motorco to buy advance tickets and save the service charge!