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TakePart is the digital division of Participant Media. You can see exactly what they do above. They're amazing people doing amazing work and are really a joy to work with.
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When I first heard about this Wugazi mash-up I was skeptical. I've been a huge fan of Fugazi since I was 12 years old and, while I'm nowhere close to a Wu-Tang aficionado, I consider myself an admirer. More specifically I'm a lover of Ghostface Killah and ODB. So when I first saw this Wugazi project popping up, it made me nervous. Nervous because I'm a bit obsessive when it comes to things like tidiness. Not in the sense of cleanliness, but more in the sense of leaving an untainted legacy. Basically, I wondered if this would add to the artists' story or be an unfortunate anecdote to their otherwise fruitful contributions to our collective musical culture. In other words, would it be memorable because its a great and respectful re-imagining of their work, or because its clever and... funny?
Then I thought to myself, "Who gives a shit?" And cranked the volume. I encourage you to do the same.
Wugazi • 13 Chambers by WUGAZI
And for the record, props to Cecil Otter and Swiss Andy for the care they took in putting this together. After many, many listens, their skill and effort is undeniable.
From the Wugazi site - "Wugazi is a labor of love by Cecil Otter & Swiss Andy. A year’s worth of cutting up every imaginable Fugazi record and trying out every Wu-Tang acapella they could get their hands on, resulted in Wugazi: 13 Chambers (a must listen for anyone who even looked at a skateboard in the 90’s)."
It is Saturday in San Francisco and that can mean only one thing. Its time for me to open the windows, make some breakfast and catch up with my favorite internet radio show Chances With Wolves. The show is described by East Village Radio as "repping hard for haunting beauty, magic, and the weird." I assert that to be true and it always puts a smile on my face. Perfect weekend music.
The fellas behind Chances With Wolves were profiled in a video by Coolhunting awhile back. Watch the video below.
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Is the future of American energy a pipeline full of thick tar trudging its way from Canada to the Gulf cutting across the great plains in a tube constructed with corporate talking points and wishful thinking? Perhaps. But a group of stubborn Nebraska citizens think otherwise. They're standing up to this dangerous oil pipeline that's slotted to run over the largest underground aquifer in the world. And they're not backing down.
You too can join the effort to the stop the pipeline. You too can Stand with Randy.
Justin Kemerling, Designer, for one year, officially in the books. Friday, July 1st, 2011 was the day. It came, was noted, and went, as year #2 is already off and running. Thanks to everyone who helped make it happen (you know who you are) and for all the support along the way from new friends, old friends and family. The work continues, and the beat goes on. Here's to another 1, 2, or 3. Onward!
-- Justin Kemerling, Designer. justinkemerling.com
TMF started out as a place for doers, dreamers, sketchers, crafters and mess-makers to congregate, get inspired and create. This current incarnation is a simple extension of that intent. A pathway from what is now, to what could be tomorrow. Onward!