posted on May.31, 2013
This past Thursday I had the opportunity to see The Uncluded at the World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. After battling traffic, we were able to get to the venue on time for the
interview and Dalton and I suppressed our fangirling for long enough to meet Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson. We got to sit down with them to talk about this new project, how it differs from their past solo work and where the inspiration comes from for a lot of this record, Hokey Fright. Both musicians were so kind and really answered all of our questions and are just all around nice people. Afterwards, the show was fantastic. Their opener, a friend ofKimya Dawson’s, Ed Hammel of Hammel on Trial, was one man and his acoustic guitar and he was funny, wildly inappropriate and very raw. He was so lively and really got the crowd excited. In fact, everyone should go check him out now at hamelltv.com. Once The Uncluded came out, we learned this was their second concert together as a group and even though they said they were nervous, you couldn’t tell. They played almost every song off the album, a single they did together in the past, and had a rap off about sandwiches. The crowd of about 100 people may not have known all the words, but anyone could feel how the whole audience was captivated. They finished their set and came out to give hugs and sign merch for all fans. This is a group who isn’t in the music industry for the money but because they have messages and ideas and feelings (and hugs) they want to share with everyone and that is what makes them so amazing.