Thursday, June 30, 2011

New Futura work

Today in Modena, Italy, Gallerie Civica is hosting the opening of "KINDERGARTEN", a group show featuring the talents of Tom Sachs, Futura, Mode 2, Os Gemeos, Kostas Seremetis and Delta. I'm liking these new Futura pieces hopefully he will continue experementing in large scale sculpture and painting on glass.

Major Lazer - "German Elefant Killer"

Diplo and Switch are currently hard at work in Jamaica on the new Major Lazer LP. But in the meantime here is a previously unreleased song from the "Guns Don't Kill People Lazers do" sessions.  "German Elefant Killer" is described as a "New (Old) Song" by the producers. I'm surprised the track was left off the lp as it's pretty darn great, watch out for those killer basslines rude boy

Artist-Inspired Tattoos

A Jeremy Fish inspired tattoo

Tattoo's are becoming part of mainstream culture more and more these days, you might have one yourself or know someone who does. Living in NYC I see my fair share on a daily basis but some of my favorites are those inspired by the Contemporary Art scene so I decided to compile some stand outs featuring the art work of some of the leading artists involved with graffiti, street art, graphic design and more including Aaron Horkey, Alex Pardee, Craola, Miss Van, Sylvia Ji, Sam Flores, Derek Hess, Kostas Seremetis, Tara McPherson, Kaws and more.

 Enjoy the 100+ slide show below...

Shepard Fairey - Levis Mocca collaboration

The latest drop in the Levi’s x MOCA trucker jacket collab will be released this Saturday July 2, 2011, just in time for Fourth of July weekend. “Art in the Streets” exhibitor Shepard Fairey’s patriotic design is limited to 50 pieces and will be available via

You’re a part of the artist series of Trucker jackets that “Art in the Streets” sponsor Levi’s produced for sale at the show. In your opinion, what cultural significance does the Levi’s trucker jacket hold and why was this an important collaboration?

"The Trucker jacket is a significant piece in that it’s one of the few fashion icons that has managed to mean something important to almost every demographic and ideology of youth culture movement since it was first introduced. It’s very rare that a single garment can mean so much to kids in the graffiti, hip-hop, punk rock, heavy metal, and skate worlds simultaneously without undergoing any significant changes along the way. The Levi’s jackets made for this show really track that relevance, tracing the evolution from people like Crash and Lady Pink who were some of the OG graffiti artists who painted on jackets in the 1970s & 80s to people like Kenny Scharf and Keith Haring who were the pioneers of the artistic brand collaborations we see today, up to people like myself and Neck Face who both represent different factions of art and pop culture, but have close ties to the jacket’s aesthetic and connection to music culture. Most importantly, Levi’s donated these jackets to the museum, and all profits from the sales go directly to MoCA to fund the show."

Full interview here.

Ellis G - "Indelibly Emphemeral" Adjust Gallery pop up solo exhibition

Nice little video featuring Ellis G's work, techniques and insights. The video highlights Ellis's installations, photography, screen prints, paintings, live art and involvement with Banksy and "Exit through the Gift Shop."


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Rockin’ Jelly Bean video interview

Images of creatures and pin up girls posing provocatively with the illest luchador masks… Some say these characteristics define Japanese artist Rockin’ Jelly Bean. But as the man points out there's much more behind his work which has included familiar brands such as Hysteric Glamour, BBC, A Bathing Ape, and The Rolling Stones amongst others. The visual artist offers insights into his past, how the mask came about and ultimately how the industry has changed and the juxtaposition between  Japanese and American views on eroticism.

The following interview took place at Rockin’ Jelly Bean’s joint exhibition with fellow artist Sketch called “The Monster Show”.

HBTV Rockin' Jelly Bean: Women & Monsters from HBTV on Vimeo.

Future Islands - "Before the Bridge"

Thrill Jockey will be releasing the new Future Islands 7" on July 19th, check out "Before the Bridge" below to get a  nice little taste. If you aren't familiare with the band they have a synth-driven sound that falls in nicely with their fellow Wham City scene Baltimore peers. Frontman Samuel Herring's vocals are an acquired tatse but as is often the case with "odd" vocal styles they tend to grow on you and become something special that stands out from the crowd, enjoy...

Future Islands - Before the Bridge by thrilljockey

Damien Hirst: Supreme Skatebaords round 2

Damien Hirst's publishing company Other Criteria, devoted to producing affordable limited editions and multiples, announced earlier this week that its Hinde Street store in London would sell a selection of skateboard decks Hirst designed. You may recognize the decks, based on Hirst's Spin and Spot paintings, from a series Hirst originally designed in 2009 for the hi end skateboard company Supreme. The difference between the 2009 decks and the 2011 ones? None, except that now they're being sold directly through Hirst's own publishing company for a whole lot more money. Hirst's decks premiered at Supreme in 2009 to round-the-block lines, with some fans camping out on the sidewalk the night before. The original, graphic skateboard designs sold for under $100. At Other Criteria, however, an edition of 40 decks signed by Hirst and embellished with an original 2011 drawing will run you a cool £1,200 ($1,945). The larger, unsigned edition of 160 will now cost £480 ($778). Originaly Supreme produced 500 copies of two different decks (Spin and Spot), plus 100 artist proofs for each. The artist retained the 200 AP decks, now for sale, as part of his original deal with Supreme.

Listen to this!: Wugazi (that’s Wu-Tang Clan and Fugazi). - "Sleep Rules Everything Around Me"

Check out WUGAZI (that’s Wu-Tang Clan and Fugazi). “Sleep Rules Everything Around Me", the excellent blend of WuTang's "C.R.E.A.M." and Fugazi's "I'm So Tired" the first leak off of 13 Chambers. Many more details will be trickling out over the next two weeks, but for now click on the player below to enjoy...

Sleep Rules Everything Around Me by WUGAZI

Sneak Peak - Dan Witz - "Mosh Pits, Human and Otherwise" Jonathan Levine Gallery NYC

70 Commercial Street
A little sneak preview of Dan Witz's new show opening tomorrow June 30th at Jonathan Levine Gallery, I've seen all the works and they are really quite impresive.

"Born in 1957 in Chicago and currently based in Brooklyn, Dan Witz attended Rhode Island School of Design from 1975-77 and came to New York in 1978 to attend Cooper Union, receiving a  BFA in 1980. In 1982, he received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1992 and 2000, he received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and in 1998 he received a fellowship from the Public Art Fund. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide and featured in numerous books and publications."

Hooded Girl with Ball Gag

UPDATE! Check out our story on the opening night.

New Zola Jesus - "Vessel"

Zola Jesus aka Russian Nika Roza Danilovathe has made available a new track "Vessel" from her forth coming LP Conatus, out October 4 via Sacred BonesThe track stays in the dark, synth-heavy postpunk style that has made Nika so appealing in the past. Stream, download and Conatus's full track lsiting below...

Vessel - Zola Jesus by souterraintransmissions

01 Swords
02 Avalanche
03 Vessel
04 Hikikomori
05 Ixode
06 Seekir
07 In Your Nature
08 Lick the Palm of the Burning Handshake
09 Shivers
10 Skin
11 Collapse

New Conor Harrington work

One of my personal favorite artists out there is Ireland’s Conor Harrington, his mix of new and old world symbols is inspiring and always fresh. Conor got some work up on the street of Dublin this week, description and more photos below…
"I’m home in Ireland for 10 days painting a few walls and making another short film with Monsieur Andy Telling. Its a lil different this time, no soldiers or colonial garb. I decided to do a project a little more relevant to what’s going on in Ireland at the moment. For those that aren’t aware, Ireland is balls deep in a recession thanks to the Holy Trinity of Irish corruption – the politicians, bankers and developers.
I’ve always thought that we have a certain cowboy mentality in Ireland, maybe because we’re on the wild west of Europe or maybe because of our strong links to America over the centuries and I think its that cavalier bandit attitude that got us in so much trouble.
So I decided to paint cowboys. It ties in with my usual blurb about masculinity (blah blah blah) but I particularly like this image of the rodeo rider being thrown off his bull. In his 1936 poem ‘The Lost Heifer’, Austin Clarke refers to the Irish struggle for Independence as being like a cow wandering in the rain. So for this set of pieces I like the idea of the bull in all its wild and beastly glory representing the new Ireland while the cowboy represents the politicians who lost control of the country."

Warpaint - Live at Glastonbury 2011

Warpaint end off our morning of Glastonbury live sets, enjoy.

Set list:
1. Set Your Arms Down
2. Warpaint
3. Bees
4. Burgundy
5. Beetles
6. Undertow
7. Majesty
8. Elephants

Battles - Live at Glastonbury 2011

Next up for Glastonbury live sets is the mighty Battles.

Toddla T - "Watch Me Dance" SebastiAn remix

Nice little SebastiAn remix for Toddla T's latest single with Roots Manuva. Check it out below and then head over to RCRD LBL to download the track for free.

Toddla T’s new LP Watch Me Dance drops on Ninja Tune later this summer.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

TV On The Radio - Live at Glastonbury 2011

Next set of  Glastonbury live sets this one is of  TV On The Radio.

Set list:
1. Young Liars
2. Wrong Way
3. Caffeinated Consciousness
4. Will Do
5. Blues From Down Here
6. Province
7. Red Dress
8. Dancing Choose
9. Staring At The Sun
10. Repetition
11. Wolf Like Me
12. Ghostbusters

Blu – “Megunica” documentary

Blu's infamous "Megunica" documentary finally made its way online in its complete entirety! The film first made rounds in 2009 or so and has won multiple awards at various film festivals. Wired Italy has now made the entire film, all 83 minutes of it, available.
For those unfamiliar, the footage follows Blu on a trip to South America through the countries of Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Argentina. The film follows the Italian artist And his crew as he paints and interacts with other people and artists. As a bonus, you should read Wired’s interview with the director – Lorenzo Fonda.

Mastadon likes Burritos....

Atlanta based production house New America made an ad for a local badass burrito spot, El Myr featuring Brent Hind from Mastadon. Good stuff.

M83: New album trailer

M83 aka Anthony Gonzalez has shared a pretty great teaser video for the new M83 album on his website. It features a minute-and-a-half of what may be a song from the album.

New Mastodon video - "Deathbound"

Adult Swim Singles Program released a new Mastodon video today. But this track, "Deathbound", won't appear on the forthcoming album The Hunter. Instead, it comes from the same sessions that produced their last album, 2009's Crack the Skye.
The song will soon appear on the Singles Program website. The amazing video, from Authority Films, is below.

Moustache Man busted

Photo: Cuttlefish

We can all sleep safe at night knowing that the NYPD has used its resources to take down Moustache Man aka Joseph Patrick Waldo, 26, this week for writing the word "moustache" in cursive on the upper lip of people pictured in subway advertisements across the city.

The Daily News reports that Waldo was arrested Tuesday and admitted he had left the curly tag on a posters. The NYPD Transit Bureau Citywide Vandals task force tied the graffiti tag -which delighted some riders - to Waldo through his Internet bragging, cops said. He was arrested at Eighth Ave. and 47thSt. in Manhattan, near his employer, Gray Line tours.

Waldo, originally from Virginia, was charged with criminal mischief and making graffiti, records show and was released without bail. Cops said he caused in excess of $1,500 damage to New York Transit property so by my count the time, money and energy that was used to track the man down most likely surpased the $1,500 in a day or so, Money well spent NY.

Monday, June 27, 2011

El Mac/Retna - "Let The Arts Roam" video

Another great video of El Mac this time featuring his collaborator of often Retna, description and video below…

Wherever they go, they try to make something that makes sense for the neighborhood, and the community. And they always make something positive, something the artists hope people can enjoy -- regardless of whether life has greeted them with great fortune. Armed with a vision and their cans of spray paint, El Mac and Retna will transform a forgotten wall into a piece of art.

“El Mac and Retna are street artists, born in LA. They use building walls as blank canvases for their imagery, and the duo has collaborated to create murals all over the world. El Mac and Renta have very different styles, and have been collaborating the last few years. They combine their artistic forces in a specific way: El Mac creates huge lifelike portraits and Retna, calligraphic brushwork and decoration. The result is striking imagery that is unique and recognizable as theirs. It's not uncommon for street art fans and documentarians to gather to watch the progression of an El Mac and Retna work in progress.

El Mac and Retna art feels appropriate for the street because the artists themselves embrace the city streets, the different neighborhoods, and the blend of cultures and backgrounds of the people that fill them. Street art, including the work of El Mac and Retna, also reflects a new attitude about accessibility to art in our environments. "Why not see all the walls painted," says Retna. "Let the Arts Roam!"

Created by Joris Debeij & Terence Loos. Music by The Pilots 

Let The Arts Roam from I Am Los Angeles on Vimeo.

Shabazz Palaces - "An Echo From the Hosts That Profess Infinitum"

Shabazz Palaces are a experimental hip hop act formed by Butterfly, formally of Digable Planets, Their new lp"Black Up" is out tomorrow June 28th on Sub Pop and is well worth checking out.
The production on this LP is sick and is more akin to something on Anticon then classic Blue Note infused Digable Planets.
"Like rich velvet hijabs or gold threaded abayas. Luxury as understood by the modest. Shabazz Palaces. If Bedouins herded beats instead of goats and settled in Seattle instead of the Atlas Mountains, this would be their album. Forward thinkers but nostalgic for a sparer time when ancient astronomers only recognized five planets. Hip hop. Black light uses electromagnetic radiation to eradicate microorganisms, but shabazz didn’t come to kill a sound, just to shine their own incandescent lamp on this. Hear. Hard and clear. Fifty thousand years in the making. Honorable.—palaceer pink gators. Produced by Knife Knights.plcrs at Gunbeat Serenade Studio in Outplace Palacelands. It was recorded and mixed in Lixx-alog by Blood." via Sub pop's bio.
Enjoy one of the many choice cuts from the lp below entitled "An Echo From The Hosts That Profess Infinitum"

Queens Of The Stone Age - Live at Glastonbury 2011

Next up for Glastonbury live sets are Queens of the Stone Age who asked the audiance to vote on the set list, the results and performance are below...

The Set list...

01. Feel Good Hit Of The Summer
02. Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret
03. Millionaire
04. Burn The Witch
05. Plaid
06. Better Living Through Chemistry
07. Make It Wit Chu
08. Little Sister
09. Fun Machine
10. 3's and 7's
11. First It Giveth
12. Go With The Flow
13. No One Knows
14. Song For The Dead

Fleet Foxes - Live at Glastonbury 2011

Glastonbury festival just finished and we got some full sets to share this morning. First up is Fleet Foxes which can be enjoyed below. A nice mix of songs from the bands two albums.

Set list:
1. The Cascades
2. Grown Ocean
3. Drops In The River
4. Battery Kinzie
5. Sim Sala Bim
6. Mykonos
7. Your Protector
8. White Winter Hymnal
9. Ragged Wood
10. Lorelai
11. The Shrine
12. An Argument
13. Blue Spotted Tail
14. Blue Ridge Mountains
15. Helplessness Blues

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Mad Decent and Diplo - "Moombahton mix for summer"

Mad Decent and Diplo have released a Moombahton mix for summer. Have a listen below...

MDWWR #67 Diplo's Moombahton 2k11 Mix by diplomaddecent

DJ shaun d (its about to go down) (maddecent)
ludachris -the potion (gta mix)
dillon francis – masta blasta
N2deep “last night a dj saved my life”
dj shadow – organ donor extended overhaul
Diplo & skrillex – amplifire
cassius slay – based
Heartbreak & ToddlaT – that jeffery
Dillon Francis & Diplo – Que que (torro torro mix)
Dillon Francis & Diplo – Que que (alvaro mix)
south rakkas crew get mad again ()
missy elliot – get your freak on (alvaro and punish bootleg)
MIA – pull up the people
MIA – galang
Adele – rolling in the deep (jammie xx / heatwave mix)
Heartbreak and Munchi – Face off
Bangles – walk like an egyptian
Beastie Boys vs Major LAzer -”dont play no games”
Breeders – cannonball
Flippa mafia -majorlazer dub
metele bellaco – (munchi mix)
La Factor – papi chulo
Shalimaresde Ahora (?)
Jwls – bashin
Gwen stefani – hollaback girl
Boyfriend – Vodka House
Diplo – Horsey
cecile ft General Degree – nananana
YYY – heads will roll (Amac edit)
Alex clair – up all night (nadastrom mix)
Localocalo- Miguelito Crack
Time Takers – she blows (dillon francis mix)
Dj Ayres – Hip hop/ warzone
Black keys – tighten up

Sunday Matinee - Celebrating Sunday's with a live clip - DJ Dexter

Dexter is most famously known for his work with the critically acclaimed Australian group The Avalanches but has long since parted ways citing the long delay of the eagerly anticipated follow up to 2001’s "Since I left You" and consequent drought of live performances. Disillusioned with mainstream music Dexter went on to form Grrilla Step dubbed the world’s first Krump band  with Papua New Guinean log drumming master Airi Ingram and Krump crew Royal Fam from Dandenong, who weave Polynesian culture into the aggressive, emotional street dancing.

For this week’s Sunday Matinee we are gonna go back to 1998’s Technics World DMC Championship, my favorite of Dexter’s many outstanding appearances. 

Loving Christopher St. Leger's Watrcolors


After getting a degree in Environment Design from Miami of Ohio and then studying with the department of descriptive geometry in Budapest, Christopher St. Leger figured out his real passion was painting in watercolor and I for one am happy he did.

Tee Hee Roller

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Bjork - "Crystalline"

The first single from Bjork's forthcoming app based album Biophilia titled "Crystalline."

Enjoying the music of Wye Oak

Wye Oak is a duo from Maryland  “Civilian” acts as the 2011 albums self-titled track.

Check out the multi-instrumentalists performing the track live at TT the Bear's in Cambridge, MA below..

Friday, June 24, 2011

Happy Friday! : The Knocks - "Sunshine"

NYC Producer-duo The Knocks released a video today of a new song called, "Sunshine". Enjoy the clip, which is a fun minipulation of 80's classic "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?", and the free download below...

Sunshine by The Knocks

Show Opening - "Listen and Learn" Jeremy Fish @ Joshua Liner Gallery NYC

Jeremy and Josh and one amazing looking cake.

We have been convering Jeremy Fish in his preperations for his new show at Joshua Liner Gallery "Listen and Learn". Last night was the opening party and Jeremy brought his A game as the gallery was transformed into a magical forest of sorts inhabited by Mr. Fish's whimsical characters. The gallery was packed from early on with fans eager to take a peak and have a listen to the stories that Jeremy and his gang of raconteurs graced us with. As always Jeremy made plenty of time for his fans signing books, trading laughs and posing for pictures. The show runs until July 16th and is a must see. Enjoy the slideshow below...

Show Opening - "Pretty On The Inside" @ Paul Kasmin Gallery NYC

Yesterday was a terrific night for art openings, Paul Kasmin Gallery hosted "Pretty On The Inside" a group show curated by Kaws and Erik Parker. The show features works by Kaws, Erk Parker, Todd James, Tony Matelli, Joyce Pensato, Peter Saul, and Karl Wirsum. View the short slide show below for some highlights

Costacos Brothers' "For the Kids" at Salon 94 NYC

Lots of 80’s Nostalgia this week and we save the best for last with Salon 94’s “For the Kids”, an exhibition of sports lithographs from the archives of John and Tock Costacos. The show serves as a mini-retrospective of early Costacos posters from 1986 through 1990. In addition to these works, pieces will be presented from Jeff Koons’s first solo exhibition, Equilibrium, the 1985 show that included basketballs floating in display tanks, cast bronze standard scuba diving tanks and framed advertising posters that appropriated imagery contained in Nike advertisements that preceded the earliest Costacos work. The Nike posters were purchased by Koons with the permission of the manufacturer, and were presented as his own artworks.

Costacos Brothers, originally a sports t-shirt manufacturer, built a reputation for “fantasy” sports posters that gave professional sports heroes a larger-than-life look and appeal. Their products captured the imagination of sports fans at a time when athletes were becoming pop stars. Without a license from professional sports leagues, they were unable to produce game action shots. Instead, they made personality posters, marrying pop culture to an athlete and his persona. They understood that at a certain point a player gains a public profile that transcends their team, catapulting them to individual stardom.

My buddy Alex used to have The Chicago Vice one up in his bed room seeing these again took me right back.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

El-P Gives Out rare remix in celebration of Company Flow reuniting

As we mentioned earlier this week New York's Company Flow, aka the trio of El-P, Mr. Len, and Bigg Jus, have announced their first performances since they broke up in 2001.
Company Flow will play ATP's Portishead-curated I'll Be Your Mirror festival in London on July 23. A few days before that, they will also play a show at Manhattan's Santos Party House on July 19, The Juggaknots will  be opening.

To celebrate, El-P has let loose a lost mix of the Co Flow single "End 2 End Burners" for fans to enjoy and get amped for this upcoming reunion. Check it out in the player below.

T-shirt Stories

Open my closet and you'll find hundreds of t-shirts, if that sounds familiar then this documentary is for you.

T-SHIRT STORIES TRAILER from Julien Potart on Vimeo.

R.I.P. Eric Swenson Thrasher Magazine Co-Founder

Eric Swenson, Craig Stecyk, & Fausto Vitello, Independent Truck foundry, San Francisco, CA, 1983. Photo by MoFo

A Huge loss for the skateboarding community today. Like a lot of kids growing up in the 80's Thrasher Magazine influnced my tastes in style, music and culture playing an important roll in who I am today, Eric will be missed.

"Ideas come a dime a dozen. People talk, but seldom act. Eric Swenson got things done. Never one to clamor for the spotlight, he preferred the hard work, orchestrating the show from behind the scenes. It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of a dear friend and one of our founders. His mark on skateboarding is extraordinary. Without him there would be no Thrasher Magazine, Independent trucks, or Spitfire wheels, to name a few. He leaves behind his wife Linda and sister Rebekah, along with a tremendous number of admirers."

Liking the work of Kelly Allen

A Star Is A Seed

Kelly lives in San Francisco with her husband Jay. In addition to painting and drawing she is a freelance illustrator and writer and occasionally designs screen-printed apparel.

"When I’m not painting, I can be found: inventing new kinds of soup, picking through thrift stores, walking for miles around the city, watching reruns of Ren and Stimpy or nature documentaries, drinking wine and dancing to soul music (with or without the company of others)."

Won't Touch Ground

Thanks to Josh Keyes for the tip

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

BBC: Once Upon a Time in New York – The birth of hip hop, disco and punk

Here we have a BBC documentary entitled "Once Upon a Time in New York - The Birth of Hip Hop, Disco & Punk."

By the 1970s most pop music in the USA was dominated by West Coast artists and that NYC, despite being home many creative types, was experiencing a period of stunted growth - the video goes on to explain how three unique genres of music managed to rise from a gritty, decades-old New York. From the rise of punk in the Bowery's legendary CBGB to the glamorous all-night parties at Studio 54 and the rough beginnings of modern hip hop in the Bronx - "Once Upon a Time in New York" does an excellent job of chronicling how the city reclaimed musical relevance in the 1970s. Including interviews with the likes of Patti Smith, Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa, Chuck D, Tommy Ramone, Chris Stein, David Mancuso, Jayne County and more, the video is certainly worth a watch for anyone interested in the history of music.

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2 from the Vault... "The Drill" & "All Caps"

I'm in a hip-hop mood today so I pulled 2 from the vault I always dug. First off,... Oakland based duo Zion-I's video for "The Drill" with illustrations by comic book artist, Jim Mahfood. Simple yet effective use of his line art. A good song and good video.

Keeping in the comic theme, a sweet halftone inspired video by MadVillain, "All Caps".

Maynard James Keenan to Play With Puscifer Again This Fall

Tool's Maynard James Kennan is spending his summer vacation on tour with his recently reunited platinum-selling "other" band, A Perfect Circle. Once the Circle closes, MJK will return to work on another of his bands, and no, it's not Tool. Keenan will shift his focus to the always entertaining Puscifer. The band's second album, 'Conditions of My Parole,' is due out October 18. Keenan recently told SPIN the album "is like 'Twin Peaks' in the desert."

Guest players on the album include Jeff Friedl and Matt McJunkins from Ashes Divide, L.A. songwriter Juliette Commagere, Bat for Lashes drummer Sarah Jones, and Jon Theodore, formerly of The Mars Volta. "Working with different people opens up a whole new set of questions and puzzles and solutions," says Keenan.

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