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Blast from the past: Rosebuds + Aesop Rock climb the charts

Posted by on Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 11:50 AM

click to enlarge "Fraggle rock your four-figure watch/ I clock ninety-nine cent wristbands/ And still know the time when your record flops"
  • "Fraggle rock your four-figure watch/ I clock ninety-nine cent wristbands/ And still know the time when your record flops"

Way back in August 2008, just when Raleigh's The Rosebuds were about to released their fourth album, Life Like, Chicago mash-up duo The Hood Internet pitted "Get Up, Get Out," the hit from The Rosebuds' prior album, against "None Shall Pass," the title track from the fifth album by mechanical-mouthed rap slayer Aesop Rock. (That album also featured Durham dude John Darnielle, of The Mountain Goats.)

The Internet seems to have mostly missed that mash-up, though, and paid more attention to the subsequent Hood Internet take on The Rosebuds, which put the duo up against, uhh, T-Pain. But "None Shall Get Up Get Out" is, in the end, the winning take of the two, washing Aesop's strings of syllables—"To my people who keep an impressive wingspan/ Even when the cubicle shrink/ You gotta pull up the intruder by the root of the weed"–against Kelly Crisp's waves of synthesizers. And when Aesop crawls into his diorama of a chorus, Ivan Howard is right there with him, singing his song's title just as the rapper repeats his.

On Monday, the blog Earmilk posted the old mix with about a dozen others, and, surprisingly, "None Shall Get Up Get Out" has taken a new life: This morning, the song climbed to No. 4 on the Hype Machine's weekly charts, alongside a bunch of remixes and well ahead of "Odessa," the new tune from Merge labelmates Caribou. It's odd but appropriate, given that, you know, it's a pretty good look for both songs.

As for new material from either The Rosebuds or Aesop Rock, that's all up in the air: The Rosebuds are, indeed, working on new songs, and we've heard talk of a release later this year. Kelly Crisp mentioned it via Twitter earlier this week: "My horoscope= Feb 27 biggest day in 10 years for career. Ivan's= Feb 27 "crowning jewel" for his career. Make a record right now?!?!?" Meanwhile, Aesop Rock seems to be an ace without a label. Def Jux closed its shop doors earlier this month, and he's yet to announce future plans. Again, to your source for news, Twitter: "HUGE thanks to everyone inquiring about future Aesop Rock releases. The ifs, whens, whats, and wheres, are difficult to answer at this time."

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