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Aesop Rock x Jeremy Fish: "The Next Best Thing"

aesop-rock-jeremy-fish-1.jpgAcclaimed San Francisco artist Jeremy Fish, also known in the sneaker community for his collaboration with Nike SB for his version of the Nike Air Classic SB, has teamed up with Def Jux Artist Aesop Rock to create a “children’s book that’s not for kids.”

Upper Playground is proud to present: “The Next Best Thing”, a short story about the creative process by Aesop Rock and Jeremy Fish. This 24 page book comes with a 7 inch picture disk that coincides with each page of the book (ie: old school style kid’s books with records for those born pre 1979!). Jeremy Fish and Aesop Rock were brought together by a common infatuation with themarvel-of-modern-science known as the “one-cup coffee maker.” They soon learned that two creative types can do an extraordinary amount of complaining regarding their respective involvement in “the arts” over a properly constructed patty melt. Indeed, within minutes, optimistic almost-young gentlemen can morph into jaded, bickering, grumpy old men.

Continue reading for more images and info about this project. Also visit Fecal Face for their interview with Aesop Rock.

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Here are some images from Aesop’s and Fish’s collaboration children’s book style. Record in the back featuring two great Aesop songs. Here is some press info on the project.

ACCLAIMED RAPPER AESOP ROCK and RESPECTED VISUAL ARTIST JEREMY FISH BRING FORTH A “KIDS” BOOK FOR ADULTS, AN ART OPENING & A BENEFIT SHOW.

A Children’s Book That’s Not For Kids!
Upper Playground is proud to present: “The Next Best Thing”, a short story about the creative process by Aesop Rock and Jeremy Fish. This 24 page book comes with a 7 inch picture disk that coincides with each page of the book (ie: old school style kid’s books with records for those born pre 1979!). Jeremy Fish and Aesop Rock were brought together by a common infatuation with themarvel-of-modern-science known as the “one-cup coffee maker.” They soon learned that two creative types can do an extraordinary amount of complaining regarding their respective involvement in “the arts” over a properly constructed patty melt. Indeed, within minutes, optimistic almost-young gentlemen can morph into jaded, bickering, grumpy old men.

“The Next Best Thing” is a collaborative effort and represents a homegrown approach to “creative block” shared by the two. The artist places all half-done projects to the side and proceeds to convince him/herself that he/she will promptly hatch the greatest idea ever to have been conjured in the history of life as we know it. Once convinced that a stellar outcome is inevitable, the pistons should pump on their own… This method does not work. Upon completion of 2/3rds of said project, one is inescapably haunted by the distant birth of an even newer idea, thereby rendering the current work merely “the next best thing.” Do not try this at home.

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