Pipeline has a pair of tickets to see analog synth master Tobacco on Saturday, April 23 at Holocene. To win, comment on this post why you would like to attend. Winners will be drawn and emailed on Friday, April 22.
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Tobacco sometimes runs with a group called Black Moth Super Rainbow. With his Tobacco mission, he works alone. Tobacco’s tools are analog synths, tape machines, and deformed incantations from throats unknown. His music is a wash of distortion and melody over jagged beats. It amalgamates hypnotic, cosmopolitan pop, gritty, propulsive hip-hop and a night full of fevered dreams. It buoys the spirit, braces the nerves, and smuggles disoriented paranoia deep into the subconscious. These are anxiously driven, effortlessly smooth and unapologetically badass sounds of inner nature. The man has established a one-man genre.
Joining Tobacco will be Beans, a founding member of legendary left-field rap act Anti-Pop Consortium. Accomplished abstract poet. Early architect of electronic-infused beatscapes. Childhood Kiss fan. As an emcee, Beans has very few peers outside his circle. Within the Consortium, his rapid staccato and distinct lyrical bent — a mix of classic rap braggadocio and fractured new school narrative — helped vault that group into cult and critical favor circa ’99 alongside artists from Anticon and Def Jux.
Beans also honed his own beat-making style in the group, citing seminal No Wavers Suicide as his main influence (with nods to Sun Ra, Mantronix, Sonic Youth, Public Enemy and Autechre). Together with High Priest, M.Sayyid and Earl Blaize, Anti-Pop made four albums for labels as acclaimed as Warp Records and Big Dada, opened for Radiohead on the band’s Amnesiac tour, and broke up in 2002. Over the course of three solo albums, Beans mastered his craft, and eventually released his 2010 Anticon debut, End It All.