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Hataraqq Interview

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Javan Brewer is Hataraqq, and Hataraqq is Javan Brewer. Javan Brewer doesn’t say much, only briefly elaborating on his electronic productions here. Hataraqq’s audio output is ripe with concise sound clips, only teasing what they might become if they were fully expanded compositions. Throughout his music there are Eddie Murphy, James Brown, and Blackalicious samples, […]

c-Logik Interview

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With about a decade and a half of beat tinkering behind him, Seth Morris recently released a new mainline electro-funk track with “theHunt,” which is how I was introduced to his music. To say that he “dabbles” in music sounds dismissive of both his interest-level and creativity, but under his c-Logik moniker Seth dabbles, in […]

Gee Watts Interview

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“A certain sense of believable honesty combs through Gee’s lyrics,” writes The Smoking Section’s J. Tinsley, in his review of Gee Watts’ new Watts Up mixtape. “As does depth.” Gee Watts has two more things going for him that most rappers never achieve: he has patience, and he actually knows what he wants. A year […]

Kansas City, Missouri

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Photos taken around Kansas City, Missouri in the Spring of 2013.

The Evaporators “Gassy Jack and Other Tales”

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In ’90s when he was bombarding unsuspecting artists with his off-the-wall interview stylings (the man was a deep-googler before Google was even a thing), few if any might have placed Nardwuar the Human Serviette as some sort of niche hip hop icon as the new millennium’s first decade drew to a close. Yet that’s exactly […]

El-P “Cancer 4 Cure”

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“It’s like a fresh start on a new world,” chants El-P in the chorus of Cancer 4 Cure‘s “Works Every Time.” In some ways the entire album represents a fresh start for the Brooklyn-based MC and producer, though the same could be said of practically everything the tirelessly inventive Producto has signed his name to […]

Quintron and Miss Pussycat “Swamp Tech”

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The distance between physically experiencing live music and attempting to replicate that same energy force on a recording is as prominent with Quintron & Miss Pussycat as it very well might be with any other musicians on the planet. To soak up the rotating bliss of Quintron’s Drum Buddy invention, or dance in time with […]

Clarity

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“Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before.” —Kurt Vonnegut When I was in college one of my first roommates was a football player from Texas. Upon being placed on academic probation, he printed off a bunch of motivational posters and taped them to […]

Adaptation

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“How small we are when our minds develop minds of their own.” —Jennifer Senior Some of my earliest memories are daydreams of what it would be like to be the last person on the planet. At the time I only really considered the romantic and short-sided aspects of such a wild fantasy: I could do […]

Reconsidering Alcoholics Anonymous

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“Some might say that even if you don’t need God, you do need faith.” —Rogers & McMillin When I was a kid my dad would often take speaking engagements, filling in at various churches throughout the city we lived in. The thing I most took away from those all-but-forgotten Sundays is how they helped me […]

All or Nothing

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“I can resist everything except temptation.” —Oscar Wilde There are a lot of firsts in life that I do not really remember. I do not recall exactly when I had my first kiss or my first goal playing youth hockey, and to be honest I am not sure who my first grade teacher was either. […]

A Crisis of Identity

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“Mental health should be more than the absence of mental illness.” —Martin Seligman I woke up a few hours after I had fallen asleep, with a nauseating urge driving me toward the bathroom. I did not have feeling in my legs though, so I ended up crawling to the toilet where heaving voided some of […]

Untreatable

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“When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous.” —Dresden James “Our 1992 Survey showed that only 5% of newcomers to A.A. are still attending meetings after 12 months. This is a truly terrible statistic.” These words are widely attributed to Ron Whitington, […]

One Nation Under the Influence

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“An alcoholic is someone you don’t like who drinks as much as you do.” —Dylan Thomas I loathe the term “alcoholic.” I do not like being called an alcoholic, announcing myself as an alcoholic leaves me feeling dirty, and I cringe when people get cute in throwing the term around as though it is both […]

Surrender

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“Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress.” —Alfred A. Montapert Around the time I landed my office job, a friend introduced me to Alcoholics Anonymous. I recognized I was having trouble controlling my drinking, and after we talked he emailed me a link to the […]

Letting Go

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“Until we lose ourselves there can be no hope in finding ourselves.” —Henry Miller Feeling a rush of pressure just below my abdomen, I pulled my truck onto a side street to stop and relieve myself. It was only after the vehicle’s springs shook off a sudden violent impact that I noticed the small median […]

Robert McIntosh’s “Pretty Sweet” Quadcopter

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A beautiful French film-buff friend of mine recently turned me on to the Channel Four documentary series The Story of Film. As it turns out, when a beautiful French film-buff recommends that I watch something, I’m 100% more likely to watch it, even if that “it” turns out to be a 15-part series of one-hour […]

Agenda Spam

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Having moved from Nashville in December of 2011, I spent January of 2012 settling in to a new apartment and job in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I made some new friends, grew a bitchin’ ponytail, and things were going alright for a while. Smooth sailing didn’t last too long though, and I ended up quitting my […]

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