September 26, 2012

Open Mike Eagle’s “Self Medication Chant” is a rosary for the downtrodden and dizzy, the sarcastic and the sneering. Those who find themselves disenchanted for vague reasons but find that their votives go unanswered. To those stressed and overworked and angry. It is dedicated to his friends losing his minds. It is a Howl and a good one.

There is more. Neither Eagle nor Busdriver nor Hellfyre Club Viceroy, Nocando are so self-serious that they all they do is wallow. Sometimes they write blistering acerbic raps that contain the funniest bars this side of Danny Brown. If you’ve ignored them prior, head into the woods with “Wernor Herzog,” from Busdriver’s new Arguments with Dreams EP. Eagle wins by calling himself the “Marc Maron of dark-skinned art barons.” Busdriver says that he’s making “witch house at your bitch’s house.” And Nocando compares himself to Vigo the Carpathian from Ghostbusters II. So it is one of the best songs of the year. Argue with that and they will cover you in a river of toxic pink slime.

Dates for the Open Mike, Busdriver and Nocando tour below the jump, along with miscellaneous MP3s and paintings of Carpathian dictators.


MP3: Busdriver ft. Open Mike Eagle & Nocando – “Wernor Herzog

ZIP: Busdriver – Arguments (Left-Click)

Tour dates: Open Mike Eagle, Busdriver, and Nocando

Oct 11 – Oakland – New Parish
Oct 12 – Los Angeles – The Bootleg
Oct 13 – San Diego – The Griffin
Oct 14 – Tucson, AZ – Plush
Oct 16 – Austin, TX – Mohawk Jr.
Oct 17 – Denton, TX – Rubber Gloves
Oct 18 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
Oct 19 – Baton Rouge – The Spanish Moon
Oct 20 – Atlanta – Club 529
Oct 22 – Norman, OK – Opolis
Oct 23 – ABQ, NM – House Party @ 316 Harvard Dr. SE Albuquerque NM 87106
Oct 24 – Phoenix, AZ – The Rhythmm Room
Oct 25 – Riverside, CA – Mission Tabacco Lounge
Oct 26 – Fullerton, CA – Sidebar
Oct 27 – Sacramento, CA – The Blue Lamp

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