Kyp Malone

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Kyp Malone
Kyp Malone in 2009.jpg
Malone in 2009
Background information
Birth name Kyp Malone
Born (1973-02-27) February 27, 1973 (age 44)
Occupation(s) Musician, record producer, Actor
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Bass guitar
Labels Touch and Go Records
Associated acts Yams Collective
Ice Balloons
TV on the Radio
Rain Machine
Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson

David Kyp Joel Malone (born February 27, 1973) is a multi-instrumentalist and member of the bands TV on the Radio, Iran, Rain Machine, and Ice Balloons.


Malone formed Iran with film director/singer/songwriter Aaron Aites in 2000.

He later joined Tunde Adebimpe and David Sitek in TV on the Radio on Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes and has been in the band ever since. He writes, sings and plays instruments for the band. He addresses in his lyrics racism, show business, and politics in an indirect manner with poetry and images.[1]

Malone has also worked with Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, including producing Robinson's 2009 album Summer Of Fear.[2]

In 2009, he released a solo effort under the name Rain Machine, later touring to support the album.[3] The album was produced by Ian Brennan.[4][5]

Malone has also toured and played with Jolie Holland, and was an influence and early champion of singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten.[6][7][8] He is also a member of Yams Collective.

He has recorded with the Malian band Tinariwen on their 2011 release Tassili. The album was recorded in the Algerian desert near the Libyan border.[9]

Malone was included in the 2002 Bay Area indie film Scumrock.[10] In 2015, Malone made a cameo on the TV series Broad City, playing a music store clerk in the episode The Matrix.


  1. ^ Pierrot, Gregory (November 2013). "There Will Be Mixed Blood: TV On the Radio, Werewolves Like Us". 
  2. ^ LaBate, Steve (2007-10-16). "Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson: Summer of Fear". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
  3. ^ Ayers, Mike (2009-09-25). "Kyp Malone Gets Deep and Desperate on 'Rain Machine'". Spinner (website). Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
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  6. ^ Lawrence, Jordan. "Jolie Holland & Kyp Malon". Columbia Free Times. Retrieved 8 March 2011. 
  7. ^ Hilton, Robin. "First Listen: Sharon Van Etten, 'Epic'". Retrieved 8 March 2011. 
  8. ^ Smith, Dane (18 January 2011). "Confidence a plenty". Mountain Xpress. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  9. ^ Rohter, Larry (2011-09-01). "Blues From the Desert, Recorded On Site". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-09-01. 
  10. ^ Malone, Kyp. "Scumrock". imdb. Retrieved 6 April 2011.