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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

    What a statement he makes in Crushed Bones: "And the rain falls hard in late July/and the record labels call you 'Why?'"

    1 Mar 2:08am Reply
  • Yeap_nope

    Последний альбом - полное говно

    26 Jan 2:52pm Reply
  • rexazaduu

    These Few Presidents

    10 Jan 1:40am Reply
  • recursivechaos

    the jesus is very strong in this music

    19 Dec 2014 Reply
  • mister_tussin

    NEW YONI ALERT http://www.stereogum.com/1724659/stream-yoni-wolf-snowjams-stereogum-premiere/tour-dates/

    12 Dec 2014 Reply
  • mister_tussin

    I'm not even sure if Alopecia is in my top 3, honestly. They're all great, though.

    9 Nov 2014 Reply
  • FoolmeThrice

    I just found out for sure, the girl I have a crush on is a lesbian .

    12 Oct 2014 Reply
  • 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 2014 Reply
  • viniciuskoch

    after all this years, alopecia still sounds so fresh

    21 Aug 2014 Reply
  • tobacconist

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

    5 Aug 2014 Reply
  • jewdea

    this works for me

    3 Jul 2014 Reply
  • mister_tussin

    totally dood

    22 Jun 2014 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 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • bethanypwns

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

    21 May 2014 Reply
  • yspyg

    yes vvvv

    18 May 2014 Reply
  • mister_tussin

    proposed WHY? cover band: bECAUSE

    16 May 2014 Reply
  • DamPoc

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

    9 May 2014 Reply
  • Dr_MoonOrGun

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

    7 May 2014 Reply
  • yspyg

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

    5 May 2014 Reply
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