Business Cards

Via We Are Supervision

Back in the 1970′s-80′s gangs were thriving, this was especially the case in large metro areas such as Chicago.  Chicagoan gangs apparently had a history of creating business cards citing preferred imagery, taglines, and member aliases.  Through the examples stumbled upon, the themes include gothic references, some skullz, and other hand drawn/print generated art.

Edan’s Echo Party Screening 11/30 At Brattle Theatre

Directed by Tom Fitzgerald
Nov 30th, Brattle Theatre
Film Starts 9:30 (run time 30min approx)
Followed by Edan & Dagha Live Rapp Preformance

I put this event together with Ned (Brattle) and Edan. I hope you can make it since it’s an amazingly original work of art by a great artist.

The Onion AV Club says….

?The rapper/producer/DJ born Edan Portnoy has followed a singular path to cult semi-fame. An alumnus of Berklee College Of Music, Edan fell madly in love with hip-hop’s golden age, bringing ’88 back on his retro-minded 2002 debut, Primitive Plus. 2005’s Beauty And The Beat masterfully fused his complex rhyme schemes and vivid wordplay with late-’60s psychedelic rock. Now, the eccentric musical mastermind has returned with Echo Party, another giddy romp through hip-hop history that finds him remixing the catalog of old-school labels distributed by Traffic Entertainment, in the style of Madlib’s remix of the Blue Note catalog.
Edan once again recreates hip-hop’s past in his own image, radically reconfiguring the base elements of old-school rap—chant-along choruses, party-rocking rhymes, disco beats, harmonizing—through extensive studio trickery and live instrumentation. He plays everything from Moog to kazoo, but his favorite instrument remains the studio itself: Edan goes nuts with echo and backward effects without ever losing the beat. Echo Party doubles as an ’80s time capsule, too, with sound bites referencing everything from the Smurfs to the imminent threat of nuclear destruction. Of course, it would be nice if Edan’s first album in four years actually featured him rapping, but until he picks up the microphone again, Echo Party serves as a more-than-acceptable substitute for a proper Edan solo album.”


“A typically spaced out lyrical journey. Ninety-nine percent better than the competition” – Dazed And Confused

“Perhaps the greatest US hip-hop album you’ll hear in 2005″ – DJ

“This is a record that exults in the joy of musical creation. It should prove impossible not to love” – The Times

“Edan’s genius is schizophrenic. ‘Beauty and The Beat’ should make him a star” – Mojo

“Instead of bleating about how rap was better ‘back in the day’, Edan goes and does something constructive about improving it” – Metro

“A bewitching lesson in underground hip-hop production” – Hip-Hop Connection

“Edan has a seemingly bottomless musical curiosity… he unites old school hip-hop’s aesthetics with a previous generation’s sense of grooviness” – The Washington Post

“Impossibly ambitious, as psychedelic as Mythos, as unrelenting as the Ultramagnetic MCs, Edan is a master in possession of his own style. One of the best and most original records to come out this decade” – XLR8R

“A full tab of b-boy psychedeliaŠ a creative quantum leap forward” – XXL

“With an awe-inspiring imagination in tow, Edan drops his own magical mystery tour” – URB

“Nothing is fucking with Edan right now. ‘Beauty and the Beat’ is the best hip-hop I’ve heard in a long time” – Mass Appeal

Tuesday Videos

Sadat X - “Funk Dat”

Weird Al -“Fat”

Bad Brains – “Banned in DC (CBGB’s 1982)”

Misfits – “Hybrid Moments”

Bob Marley – “Forever Loving Jah”

Bauhaus Curriculum

Bauhaus = The Not Fucking Around Crew

If anyone is trying to move some Kandinsky pieces on the cheap, holla atcha boy and we’ll trade some nikes.

Employee Of The Month: ETHER

It’s been rad working with Ether at the gallery .  He is a talented hard working dude and is also Fourth Wall Project’s Employee of the Month. He caught a lot of fame for this Weezy Illustration:

And also is the bonnie & clyde of graffiti alongside Utah(who you remember modeling the Claw Money Lookbook)  Hey Ether, come by the gallery to pick up your award and a pair of nikes.

Why We Do What We Do

Wu / Fracaps / The Story of Highwater Books

Timeless graphic design from Blue Note Records applied to the Wu. Great selections and art direction.

Someone hire this dude already (much respect).

My favorite Method Man recording!

Surprised that this is the weakest design.

Next up in the fashion files…..

No disrespect to workwear boots, but it’s just not for me. I rarely participate in the building trades and the shits look Herman Munster. However, I do dedicate a good chunk of time in the woods to hike and fish as often as life allows. That’s why I was glad to receive a new pair of Fracaps from our homies in Lecce, Italy. Grazie! These are going to be a staple of my wardrobe alongside the Clae Strayhorns (thanks Matt & Sung) I picked up at Capsule in vegas.

You can buy here.

Also, Marc Bell(Drawn and Quartely) just finished the poster for our upcoming October show
The Right Thing The Wrong Way
The Story of Highwater Books

Included will be various works by the core artists involved in the development of Highwater Books (Brain Ralph, Megan Kelso, Ron Rege, Jordan Crane, Greg Cook, Jef Czekaj, Marc Bell, Kurt Wolfgang), some of the work wil be new some will be originals pages from their published work. Though not all of these artists were published by Highwater, they all worked with/for the company in one way or another and since a large of part of Highwater was it’s status as a kind of comics “gang” it is important that the people that appear in the show were integral in that. Along with the original work there will be an installation that exhibits the ephemera/history of the company to give the art and artists context as well as a catalog that will give an oral history of the company.

Prefuse 73

Homeboy who started doing artwork for Prefuse 73 is remarkable. He does it all in illustrator too.

Audio Did This

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