Astronautalis

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Astronautalis
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Background information
Birth name Charles Andrew Bothwell
Also known as Andy Bothwell
Born (1981-12-13) December 13, 1981 (age 32)
Origin Jacksonville, Florida
Genres Alternative hip hop
Indie rock
Occupations Rapper, producer
Years active 2003-present
Labels Fake Four Inc.
Eyeball Records
Fighting Records
Limited Fanfare Records
Associated acts Bleubird, P.O.S, The Four Fists, Babel Fishh, Maxx Moon, Boyfriends Inc., Tegan and Sara
Website astronautalis.com

Charles Andrew Bothwell (born December 13, 1981), better known by his stage name Astronautalis, is an American alternative hip hop artist currently based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

History[edit]

After gaining some recognition in local circles in Jacksonville, Florida and competing at Scribble Jam,[1] Astronautalis self-released his debut album, You and Yer Good Ideas, in 2003. He eventually signed with Fighting Records and the record was re-released in 2005, followed by his second album, The Mighty Ocean and Nine Dark Theaters, in 2006. He released the third album, Pomegranate, on Eyeball Records in 2008. In winter 2009, he toured with the Canadian indie rock band Tegan and Sara through Europe,[2] and supported them again through the spring of 2010 in Australia.[3] His fourth album, This Is Our Science, was released on Fake Four Inc. in 2011.

Style[edit]

Astronautalis has been described as "if Beck were a decade or so younger and had grown up more heavily immersed in hip-hop,"[4] with his rapping style noted for "blending styles of indie rock, electro, and talkin’ blues"[5] with hip-hop. He has described himself as "historical fiction hip-hop."[6]

During live performances, he often performs a freestyle rap based on topics chosen by members of his audience.[7]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Mixtapes[edit]

  • Dancehall Horn Sound!! (2010) (with DJ Fishr Pryce)

EPs[edit]

  • Texas Kinda Rhymes With Sexist (2002)
  • The Young Capitalist's Starter Kit (2004)
  • A Round Trip Ticket to China (2006)
  • Dang! Seven Freestyles in Seven Days (2006)
  • Split EP (2007) (with Babel Fishh)
  • Gold Bones (2008)
  • The Unfortunate Affairs of Mary and Earl (2008)
  • Daytrotter Sessions (2011)
  • Never Be Lost (2012)

Singles[edit]

  • "This Is the Place" (2013) (with Sims)
  • "The Rainmakers" b/w "Fallen Streets" (2013) (with Rickolus)
  • "Please Go" b/w "Mmmmmhmmmmm" (2013) (with P.O.S)
  • "This City Ain't Just a Skyline" (2013)

Vinyl Releases[edit]

1st Pressing - LTD to 650: 100 on Mixed Color Vinyl (Hand-Numbered), 150 on Red Vinyl, 150 on White Vinyl, 250 on Black Vinyl

2nd Pressing - LTD to 350: 175 on Lavender Vinyl, 175 on Blue Vinyl

Guest appearances[edit]

Production credits[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McNutt, Stephanie (March 22, 2010). "P.O.S., Dessa, and Astronautalis at Turner Hall". The A.V. Club. 
  2. ^ "Astronautalis: A Year To Remember". Fresherthan. December 31, 2009. 
  3. ^ Young, David (May 12, 2010). "Tegan & Sara + Astronautalis - Big Top Luna Park (07.05.10)". The AU Review. 
  4. ^ Mason, Stewart. "You and Yer Good Ideas - Astronautalis". Allmusic. 
  5. ^ "Fighting Records". 
  6. ^ "Astronautalis discusses his 'historical fiction hip-hop'". North Texas Daily. October 21, 2011. 
  7. ^ Marvilli, Joe (March 15, 2011). "Astronautalis: Preparing for the "Midday Moon"". Consequence of Sound. 
  8. ^ http://astronautalis.com/new-music-for-free/

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