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Background information
Birth name Charles Andrew Bothwell
Also known as Andy Bothwell
Born (1981-12-13) December 13, 1981 (age 34)
Origin Jacksonville, Florida
Genres Alternative hip hop
Indie rock
Occupation(s) 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, Jason Feathers, Boyfriends Inc., Tegan and Sara

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.


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.

He is a descendant of James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell, which is one of the reasons why his lyrics often deal with historical fiction.[4]


Astronautalis has been described as "if Beck were a decade or so younger and had grown up more heavily immersed in hip-hop,"[5] with his rapping style noted for "blending styles of indie rock, electro, and talkin’ blues"[6] with hip-hop. He has described himself as "historical fiction hip-hop."[7]

During live performances, he often performs a freestyle rap based on topics chosen by members of his audience.[8]





Mixtapes, EPs, singles & vinyl releases[edit]


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


  • Meet Me Here (2004)
  • Texas Kinda Rhymes With Sexist (2005)
  • A Round Trip Ticket to China (2006)
  • Split EP (2006) (with Babel Fishh)
  • Gold Bones (2007)
  • Dang! Seven Freestyles in Seven Days (2008)
  • The Unfortunate Affairs of Mary and Earl (2008)
  • The Young Capitalist's Starter Kit (2008)
  • Daytrotter Sessions (2011)
  • Never Be Lost (2012)


  • "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)
  • "Sike!" (2015)

Vinyl releases

  • You and Yer Good Ideas (2003) [Dual 12' Vinyl: Black]
  • Split Series Vol. 2 (2006) (with BabelFishh]]) [12' Vinyl: Black - only 500]
  • Pomegranate (2008) [12' Vinyl: Black, Ltd: White]
  • This Is Our Science (2011) [12' Vinyl: Black]
  • Astronautalis & Rickolus (2013) (with Rickolus) [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
  • Four Fists (2013) (with P.O.S) [LTD to 2000: 500 Clear, 500 Red, 500 White, 500 Blue]
  • Double Exposure Vol 3. (2013) (with Chuck Ragan) [LTD to 1000: 100 Blue, 200 White, 300 Red, 400 Black]
  • The Mighty Ocean and Nine Dark Theatres (2015) [Dual 12' Vinyl: LTD 500 Swirled blue/white/clear]

Guest appearances & production credits[edit]

Guest appearances

Production credits


  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. ^ The Very Unfortunate Affairs of Mary & Earl liner notes. February 5, 2015.
  5. ^ Mason, Stewart. "You and Yer Good Ideas - Astronautalis". Allmusic. 
  6. ^ "Fighting Records". 
  7. ^ "Astronautalis discusses his 'historical fiction hip-hop'". North Texas Daily. October 21, 2011. 
  8. ^ Marvilli, Joe (March 15, 2011). "Astronautalis: Preparing for the "Midday Moon"". Consequence of Sound. 
  9. ^

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