Monday, August 13, 2007
Aesop Rock-”The Next Best Thing” 7” (Upper Playground)
Let’s get one thing straight. If you’re buying this record, you’re NOT buying it because it’s an Aesop Rock 7” (who has been in a downward spiral ever since the phenomenal “Float” LP), you’re buying it because the artwork was all done by Jeremy Fish. Some of you might remember Jeremy Fish from his work at Think Skateboards a few years ago. He’s got a really unique, politically aware, yet cartoony and accessible style. This record is a collaberation between Aesop Rock and Jeremy Fish that takes the form of a children’s book/phonograph picture disc combo like you can still find in thrift stores from the 60s. The main idea is that it follows a story about the creative process from the minds of these two semi-schizophrenic geniuses.
The liner notes are the actual book that Jeremy Fish illustrated, and the A side of the record is the audio track that follows it. The song isn’t so hot on it’s own, but it’s no supposed to be, it’s supposed to follow the story, which it does. The B side of the record is a newer Aesop Rock track that was only released as part of a video fro Element Skateboards, and is surprisingly good.
This thing, as far as I know, is not being distroed in record shops or through the usual channels, and you can only get it from art dealers.