Atmosphere - Sad Clown, Bad Summer / Bad Fall / Bad Winter
Atmosphere - Sad Clown Bad Winter Number 11
(CD/12") Rhymesayers Entertainment, 2007-12-18
What do you do when you record too many songs for your new album? How about drop an EP of that material for each season leading up to it's release. The midwestern duo is back at it to warm you up with their release of Sad Clown Bad Winter 11. With the shortest days and lowest temperatures upon us, this EP will make you forget all about those dark cold nights.
A1. Don't Stop | MP3
A2. They All Get Mad At You
A3. 66th Street
B2. Ha, This One Is About Alcohol Too
Atmosphere - Sad Clown Bad Fall Number 10
(CD/12") Rhymesayers Entertainment RSE0090, 2007-10-16
Slug and Ant clearly can't wait for the release of their new album, because the Midwest duo has returned with more new music to hold fans over. Riding on the heels of their Sad Clown Number 9 release, Atmosphere marks the transition from Summer into Winter with the release of the Sad Clown Bad Fall 10. Vol 10 of the group's rare and limited Sad Clown series is all about those shorter days and colder nights that make up the Autumn season. Can't wait to see what Winter holds...
A2. Party Over Here
A3. Makes The Sun Come Out
B1. The Rooster
B2. Lyndale Avenue User's Manual | MP3
Atmosphere - Sad Clown Bad Summer Number 9
(CD/12") Rhymesayers Entertainment RS0089, 2007-08-21
Just in time for some Summer fun Slug and Ant drop an Atmosphere appetizer while they put the finishing touches on their 6th studio album, When Life Gives You Lemons... due early next year. Until then enjoy 5 new sun filled summer inspired songs from Atmosphere, so get 'em while it's hot and this gem is still available...
A1. Sunshine | MP3
A2. The Number One
B2. Don't Forget
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Slug - Rhymes
Ant - Producer/Tour DJ
Touring Band :
Nate Collis - Guitar
Brett Johnson - Bass
Erick Anderson - Keys
Brian McLeod - Drums
Felipe Of Los Nativos - Percussion
Imagine how many cigarettes, beers, tour dates, international flights, all-night drives, backstage shenanigans, countless hours in a van, low-budget hotel rooms, notebooks filled with lyrics and endless hours of recording sessions have been consumed, experienced and sustained by Atmosphere over the course eight years?
Lets count to eight.
Remember 1997, the year beginning the next phase of independent rap artists and a new era of imprint-based record labels with the major label exploitation; the dividing period of: Mos Def, Jay Z, Company Flow and 2 Pac. Our story begins at this time in Minneapolis, MN. Eight years ago, when Atmosphere released their debut album Overcast!, on the artists collectively owned Rhymesayers label. Slug, Ant, with then member Spawn, delivered the premier staple album defining Minnesota Hip Hop. It would introduce a small audience to Midwest rap, not music from New York or California, but Minneapolis, MN. Atmosphere, a group built on Hip Hop principles influenced from the pioneering years of rap music, but with their own personal, honest and original mid-western contribution.
A year had passed and Atmospheres song, "Scapegoat", received national play on college radio and mix tape support in: Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. Atmosphere was becoming discovered outside of the Twin Cities; the secret was out. During this time, both Slug and Ant were also involved in one of independent raps first underground super groups, The Dynospectrum (Slug, I Self Devine, Ant, Musab, Gene Poole), and had featured tracks on Industrial Warfare (volume six of the legendary Headshots four-track cassette series). For Atmosphere, 1998 was a year of collaborations (including recording Deep Puddle Dynamics) and a year well spent crafting their live performance at venues like First Avenues 7th Street Entry.
In 1999, a year that brought one of Princes songs back heavily on the airwaves and made Eminem a rap icon, Atmosphere created the final Headshots cassette, Headshots: SE7EN. The four-track recorded tape contained, "Abusing The Rib", Atmospheres classic ode to Hip Hop. The fan base slightly expanded throughout the central time zone, with Atmosphere beginning to tour (with DJ Abilities and Eyedea) to: Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota, Missouri, Kansas and Texas.
Ford One and Ford Two, the vinyl singles distributed by Fat Beats, included such songs as, "Party For The Fight To Write", "Woman With The Tattooed Hands" and "Nothing But Sunshine". With these two pieces of wax, Atmosphere began to break down the regional Midwest barriers. It was in the year 2000, that Atmosphere increased their travels with the twenty-date Ford One Tour that brought them to the East coast for the first time. Without a solid distribution system, and remaining on the independent path with their co-owned Rhymesayers label, Atmospheres approach to bring their music to the people was decided- in a van, on the road, one show at a time selling the music hand to hand.
In the winter of 2001, the Ford and Lucy EP's were combined to create the second official Atmosphere album, Lucy Ford: The Atmosphere EP's, the only Slug and Ant album with external production: El P, Jel and Moodswing 9. This was the year Atmosphere took to the road heavier than ever performing on three separate tours: Ford Two Tour, Who Killed The Robots Tour and Fill In The Blanks Tour (with Mr. Dibbs for the first time). Atmosphere had now performed throughout North America and Europe. The circle was developing steadily and album sales increased with endless time spent living in a van. It had been four years, but kids were starting to know the words to the songs.
The sixth year of Slug and Ants career produced, Godlovesugly, the third Atmosphere album. Godlovesugly, which was licensed through Fat Beats, would go on to sell over 130,000 copies in the U.S. Festivals in England, Denmark and Sweden, tours as far from home as Japan, sold out release parties coast to coast and their biggest tour to date (sixty shows in seventy-one days), Atmosphere finally had distribution to support their exhaustive touring schedule. This was 2002, a year that brought: Interscope, Sony, Warner Brothers and a slew of other major labels to the table offering anything and everything to Atmosphere. Theres a rule that states, it takes five years to become successful. For Slug and Ant, it was becoming a well-earned reality.
The year was now 2003, and Atmosphere released their third album in three years, making the conscious decision to remain independent by licensing the album through legendary punk label Epitaph. The album, Sevens Travels would go on to sell over 150,000 copies in the U.S alone, putting Atmosphere at the top of the niche underground-independent rap genre. From all night drives to play in front of only twenty five people, to multiple sold outs shows at: First Ave. in Minneapolis, MN, The Fillmore in San Francisco, Chicago at The Metro, Irving Plaza in New York, Emos in Austin, TX, Seattle, WA at The Showbox and the Henry Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, Atmosphere has continued to grow, staying true to early indie, D.I.Y ethics and their original grass roots approach.
The seventh year of Atmospheres career (2004) was once again spent on the road; a live television appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, an interview on the nationally syndicated radio program Love Line, a live performance at the Coachella music festival, European tour spanning across the continent, spot date performances throughout North America and Vans Warped Tour for the second year in a row. When it was all said and done, there were well over two hundred tour dates performed for the Sevens Travels album. This would be the first autumn Atmosphere would take off since 1999.
In January of 2005, Rhymesayers reissued Headshots: SE7EN on CD and Vinyl, seven years after its original cassette-only release. Atmosphere celebrated this re-release with eight shows at the 7th Street Entry. In the eighth year of their career, Atmosphere sold out all eight shows in a row beating the original (five) sold out shows held by the Replacements in 1986. Just days after the Entry performances, Atmosphere toured with the Big Day Out festival in New Zealand and Australia. Starting March 1 in Madison, WI Slug hit the road in the U.S for their two-month tour that sold out forty-nine of the fifty-two shows. The summer months of 2005 were spent putting the final touches on the new Atmosphere album, You Cant Imagine How Much Fun Were Having, Slug and Ants greatest recorded effort to date.
On this album, Atmosphere's Slug and Ant have upped their game yet again and brought their music back to where they drew their influences from in the first place. While the previous Atmosphere outings have carved them a niche of their own, this album is simultaneously a progression and a throwback. Slug's rhymes on this record have just as much in common with old LL Cool J and Run DMC as they do with some of Atmosphere's contemporaries to whom they are often compared. Ant's production on this record is by far his most complex and powerful work to date. Paying tribute to those that influence you, while evolving the art form at the same time is a difficult task, one in which Atmosphere pulls off without a hitch, without a hint of irony or a trace of insincerity.
How much fun has Atmosphere had over eight years time? Imagine all the cigarettes, beers, tour dates, international flights, all-night drives, backstage shenanigans, countless hours in a van, low-budget hotel rooms, notebooks filled with lyrics and endless hours of recording sessions to get here. Imagine hearing the album on October 4, 2005. Now the fun begins you can only imagine.
"Fuck a classic album, give my life five mics" - Slug of Atmosphere
"One can feel Atmosphere loosening modern hip-hop from its moorings and yanking it into some weirder and far more interesting place." - ROLLING STONE
"This Minneapolis indie rap hero has potential to spare, delivering taut, complex rhyme narratives with everyman earnestness." - ROLLING STONE
"Like it or not, Slug is reluctant king of emo-hop, the emerging alt-rap scene." - BLACKBOOK
"After their last album went indie triple platinum, these guys got offers from every major label in the business, but the chose to sign to Epitaph just to prove how punk rock they are. Ant's got beats, Mr. Dibb's got skills, Slug's the nicest guy in the world and the ladies, they love him." -Vice
"With passionate inflection and pristine delivery, Slug toggles neatly among the poetic, preachy, and provocative, sometimes hitting all at once." - Entertainment Weekly
"In this era of the hip hop anti-hero, there's no more unlikely candidate for universal stardom in the rap game than a gangly kid from Minneapolis.Slug is bringing a new DIY spirit and, gulp, emotional vulnerability to a hip hop scene currently orbiting out of control in a materialistic galaxy." - XLR8R