Why? - Photo by: Sarah Cass

[podcast]http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/Why_Show.mp3[/podcast] This week’s podcast spotlights WHY?, whose new album Eskimo Snow is out now on Anticon Records. The album is WHY?’s third full length as a band, and it comes bearing the high expectations that follow 2005’s Elephant Eyelash and 2008’s Alopecia, releases that meshed catchy folk-rock with the rhythms and pastiche-friendly aesthetic of hip hop. Eskimo Snow was actually recorded at the same time as Alopecia, but it became quickly apparent to the band that certain songs would only fit on one album or the other. While the new work carries many of the WHY? hallmarks, layered melodic rock and dense lyrical content, some differences–or, perhaps, distinctions–quickly become apparent. For one, it’s an incredibly introspective and somber work, and bandleader Yoni Wolf himself has noted that it’s the least hip hop-connected of any of the band’s releases.

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Eskimo Snow is the latest chapter in Yoni’s lengthy music career, in which he has also held the roles of cofounder of the Anticon collective, one-third of cLOUDDEAD and solo artist responsible for the acclaimed album Oaklandazulasylum. If WHY?’s latest work is its least hip hop, it’s still marked by the sense of fearless experimentation shown throughout Yoni’s career. At the same time, it’s WHY?’s most unified release as well as its most band-oriented, and a compelling work in its own right.

We were pleased to sit down with Yoni Wolf in our studio over the summer to discuss the new album, WHY?’s origins and the history of Anticon.

Upcoming Shows:

Saturday, October 17th
Great American Music Hall
with Mount Eerie, AU, Serengeti and Polyphonic
9pm, $16, All Ages


– Visit WHY? on MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter.

– Purchase Eskimo Snow and Why?’s past releases from Anticon and on iTunes.

– Download Yoni’s New, Improved, LIVE session, featuring songs from Eskimo Snow and Alopecia, and a great Pavement cover.

– Check out WHY?’s “Blake Maxwell” series of videos on Vimeo.