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Alias

If he played with the antenna enough, young Brendon Whitney could pick up the late-night music television show Friday Night Videos all the way out in his rural, small-town hometown of Hollis, Maine. Watching Cosby kid Malcolm-Jamal Warner host the program and present a cross-section of hip-hop videos blew the 13-year-old's mind and put him on the path to becoming the underground producer and Anticon associate best known as Alias. A drum machine Christmas present from his parents introduced him to the world of beat-creating. He was well practiced when at age 17 he first met rapper Sole. Three years later, Sole and Alias were members of the Live Poets, which would morph into Deep Puddle Dynamics around 1998 with the addition of Slug and Doseone. More work with the members of the Anticon label's crew influenced Alias to move near the label's headquarters in East Oakland, California. Work with many of the label's acts followed along with his 2002 solo debut, The Other Side of the Looking Glass, which included Alias' beats and vocals. Both released in 2003, the EP Eyes Closed was all-instrumental while the full-length Muted was mostly instrumental. With each release, his music began to rely less on sampling and more on his own keyboard work. Remix work for others kept Alias behind the computer and drum machine, but he was also looking for more organic and interactive outlets. Since his younger brother Ehren had been growing as a musician in his own right, Alias flew him out to Oakland to work on a full-length. Credited to Alias & Ehren, Lillian was released in 2005. Three years later and influenced by a move back home, the warmer and welcoming album Resurgam appeared. The woozy Fever Dream followed in 2011. In 2014 the single "Ghost Cloudz" arrived, along with the album Pitch Black Prism. ~ David Jeffries, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Pitch Black Prism

1. Ghost Cloudz

2. Crimson Across It (Feat. Doseone)

3. Vermillion Coda

4. Amber Revisions

5. Gold CLOUDDEAD Skiez

6. Joseph Greenleaf Mornings

7. Pistachio Payoff

8. Vallejo's Sapphire Views

9. Indiiggo (Feat. Therese Workman)

10. Amethyst Afternoon

11. Pitch Black Prism

12. Slackened Onyx

13. Aikotune

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Track List: Mid-Town

1. Mid-Town

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Track List: Bridge City (Single)

1. Bridge City

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Track List: Pokaso (Single)

1. Pokaso

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Track List: Beats Don't Sleep (Single)

1. Beats Don't Sleep (Venus Demilo Mix)

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Track List: Switch (Single)

1. Switch

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Track List: Beats Don't Sleep

1. Beats Don't Sleep

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Track List: Karama (Single)

1. Karama

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Track List: Truth Or Dare

1. Truth Or Dare

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Track List: Alias Planet (Single)

1. Alias Planet

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Track List: Fever Dream

1. Goinswimmin

2. Wanna Let It Go

3. Revl Is Divad

4. No Choice

5. Dahorses

6. Lady Lambin'

7. Talk In Technicolor

8. Feverdreamin

9. Boom Boom Boom

10. Tagine

11. Sugarpeeeee

12. Wrap

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Track List: Never Say Never

1. Woman Enough

2. XTCOI

3. How Much Longer Is Forever

4. Give Me A Reason To Stay

5. Wild Wild One

6. Pleasure And Pain

7. The Warden

8. Bare Necessity

9. All I Want Is You

10. Call Of The Wild

11. Diamonds

12. Play Me A Song

13. We Want It All

14. Perfect World

15. Into The Fire

16. Who Do You Think You Are

17. When I'm With You (Acoustic Live Version)

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Track List: Resurgam

1. New To A Few

2. I Heart Drum Machines

3. Well Water Black

4. Oakland Morning

5. M.G. Jack

6. Prelude To A Death Watch

7. Deathwatch

8. Place Of No More Choices

9. Resurgam

10. Autumnal Ego

11. Weathering

12. Justamachine

13. Oakland In The Rearview

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Track List: Alias

1. Say What I Wanna Say

2. Haunted Heart

3. Waiting For Love

4. The Power

5. Heroes

6. What To Do

7. After All The Love Is Gone

8. More Than Words Can Say

9. One More Chance

10. True Emotion

11. Standing In The Darkness

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Track List: Muted

1. Begin Again

2. Sixes Last

3. Again For The First Time

4. Unseen Sights (With Markus Acher)

5. Shoes, Cars, And Soft Drinks

6. Caged In, Wasting Away

7. Full Circle Blues

8. I Would Like To Write A Song That...

9. Am I Cool Now?

10. Chew The Fat

11. The Physical Voice (With Pedestrian)

12. One Obvious Rule

13. Lost Friend Advice

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Track List: Eyes Closed EP

1. Eyes Closed

2. What Used To Be

3. Must Consume

4. Dec. 26th, 2002

5. Things Got A Little Ugly

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Track List: The Other Side Of The Looking Glass

1. Begin

2. Jovial Costume

3. Angel Of Solitude

4. Dying To Stay

5. Getting By (Version 2)

6. Arrival

7. Watching Water

8. Opus Ashamed (Feat. Doseone)

9. Black Tea

10. Inspirations Passing

11. Pill Hiding

12. Slow Motion People

13. Final Act

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Track List: Final Act

1. Final Act

2. Final Act (Instrumental)

3. Awaken

4. Awaken (Instrumental)

5. Three Phase Irony

6. Three Phase Irony (Instrumental)

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5speeed
Anticon was well ahead of its time. Alias navigated the movement and is still one of the best. We still want more Alias.
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Nice music
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F**k sick a** song
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How dare they not have his entire discography.
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afstrong33
This has many wonderful levels and mixtures. This from a 60 yr old granny.
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Neato! Layers are nicely woven together.
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Bravo my friend...bra v o
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Props from the other Portland keep doing your thing!!
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alias alias keep up with them beatz...ever y o n e is sleeping...w a k e them up,,,please. . .
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zdiddy101
Definitely a hero in my book. Portland ME is where its at? who knew haha

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