Headlining the tour is The Weather, which is actually the combined forces of two solo Mush artists, Busdriver and Radioinactive. Both hailing from Los Angeles, Busdriver and Radioinactive first teamed up for the song "Somethingness" from the former's 2002 album, Temporary Forever. After performing several shows together, the two decided to continue collaborating, leading to the recording of The Weather's self-titled debut with producer Daedelus, which was released this year to enthusiastic reviews.
Also based out of Los Angeles is Awol One, who just released his fifth album (first for Mush Records), Slanguage, which he worked on with Daddy Kev, a frequent collaborator. The San Francisco Examiner called the album "a forward-thinking experimental symphony of looped beats and free jazz, the same nonconformist strain that inspired the '50s beat poets, coupled with a level of lyrical prowess that would have gotten serious snaps from Allen Ginsberg."
Over the years Awol One has also worked with the Shapeshifters, Fat Jack and Mike Nardone. He has established himself as one of the best, most unique emcees in the business: he was recently named to URB's list of "10 Rappers From Hip Hop's Bleeding Edge" (along with Busdriver and fellow Mush Records artists Aesop Rock and Doseone).
Andre Afram Asmar will be appearing as the tour DJ. According to the tour press release, Asmar "will be doing a short set of live mixing of his album, combining lap top, effects pedals, processors, live keyboard and percussion instruments, and more.' The album in question is last year's heavily praised Racetothebottom. Martin Woodside of San Francisco Weekly called it "truly world music-an ambitious mixture of hip hop, electronica and international rhythmsÉAsmar shows a fine touch for arrangement throughout, bringing together disparate sounds, djembe flute, keyboard, oud, etc. , while managing to keep the music restrained."