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1) A band from Cincinnati Ohio and Oakland California, who play both indie rock and alternative hip-hop
2) A folk rock band from England active in the 1990s.

1) A trio of Cincinnati-born men who fiddle with skins, strings, bells and microphones and present their findings to the listening public. Singer Yoni Wolf grew up the second son to an art book editor and a rabbi. He got his start recording bad poems and sloppy beats on the family synagogue’s 4-track. In junior high he discovered hip-hop. At art school, he learned how to drop out. Yoni’s brother Josiah played drums at Rabbi Wolf’s worship service as a kid, became a band geek as a teen, and fell in love with Thelonious Monk on his way to study music at University of Cincinnati. Doug McDiarmid would eventually get expelled from that same school for carrying a stun gun, but first he was raised by two French teachers and taught piano while in kindergarten. He also went to high school with the Wolfs, where he played in Steve Miller cover bands.

In various permutations together and with other now-notables (i.e. Doseone, Odd Nosdam, Mr. Dibbs, Atmosphere’s Slug), these three created and/or contributed to several freewheeling rap and lo-fi rock-related projects including Greenthink, Miss Ohio’s Nameless, Reaching Quiet, and the seminal cLOUDDEAD outfit. Their wildest dreams were achieved when they relocated to Oakland to make pop-inflected psychedelic folk-hop.

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  • Cheezdude

    no kidding... it's slowly but very surely settling in as a real hip-hop masterpiece. A real shame they could never reach those heights again.

    21 Sep 4:56pm Reply
  • viniciuskoch

    after all this years, alopecia still sounds so fresh

    21 Aug 9:32pm Reply
  • tobacconist

    https://yoniwolf.bandcamp.com/album/divorcee

    5 Aug 5:37pm Reply
  • jewdea

    this works for me

    3 Jul 7:43am Reply
  • mister_tussin

    totally dood

    22 Jun 1:20am Reply
  • automatonomous

    To those howling a paper moon...well fuck you. This goes out to all the hating faith fading filth wading bitchy switching team jumping ship whipped kids and all those earth bound supplanted support pulled...In Last FM I read a few men SUCK in the dark corner of a kangaroo court, just the faint sound of favorite band changing.

    4 Jun 12:04am Reply
  • automatonomous

    Eskimo Snow rivals Alopecia IMHO. They could almost be considered disc 1 and 2 of one double album. Definitely different, definitely similar. Sort of like the 2 albums on Bitches Brew. Some love the first album and some the second. I prefer the 2nd. FYI, before you hate, I'm using the Miles analogy as simply that; an analogy. I am not placing either WHY? release mentioned here anywhere near the importance or brilliance of Brew in the pantheon of ground breakers and earth shakers. Although, I do love both WHY? releases and wonder if all commenting here realize they were released mere months apart. I'd say they were conceived and recorded during their "Alopecia period" which renders the whole "Alopecia era WHY? is never to be heard from again" argument flawed. I think they are still super relevant and expect a few mind blowers in the future. Have faith!

    4 Jun 12:03am Reply
  • bethanypwns

    can the why? cover bands first album be called yonilicous ???

    21 May 8:46pm Reply
  • yspyg

    yes vvvv

    18 May 4:41pm Reply
  • mister_tussin

    proposed WHY? cover band: bECAUSE

    16 May 2:21pm Reply
  • DamPoc

    Why the name of WHY is WHY? Y?!!!!111?!!?!?1

    9 May 9:55am Reply
  • Dr_MoonOrGun

    If anyone would be willing to pick up a copy of Old Dope, I will totes pay for it.

    7 May 11:58pm Reply
  • yspyg

    http://yoniwolf.bandcamp.com/album/old-dope-rap-tape

    5 May 10:30pm Reply
  • yspyg

    https://soundcloud.com/thewanderingwolf/bad-entropy-buzzcut-mix yoooooooo, song from the mixtape

    25 Apr 1:18am Reply
  • mister_tussin

    Dying to hear the mixtape he made for the West Coast solo dates. Sounds too good to be real.

    23 Apr 8:55pm Reply
  • minstreldossier

    one of the best minstrels in the game lockjaw was a straight up blackface racialist classic. i love yoni and would lovingly apply the paint for him if only he'd let me. he could even have some of my special sauce for his lips. OH MAMMY!

    7 Apr 9:41pm Reply
  • sraahjean

    seeing them tonight. couldn't be more excite.

    7 Apr 5:21pm Reply
  • autumn-fall

    7 Apr 2:26pm Reply
  • bethanypwns

    i like reading this comments feed because you find gems like the word "yonilicous"

    28 Mar 3:18am Reply
  • minstreldossier

    YONI WOLF in blackface: https://twitter.com/MinstrelDossier/status/446005363251220480/photo/1

    21 Mar 9:31am Reply
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