This post is so overdue but the timing may be impeccable as we pony up for the release of an epic YB x WM collaboration with Adam R. Garcia aka The Pressure. Sometime next week, myself, Weathermen and Adam are going to bring a new WM T-Shirt design as part of the ongoing T-shirt series we have been doing with renown artists for the last couple of years, available on shopshogun.com. So far we have had the likes of Alex Pardee, Jeremy Fish, Ewok One 5MH and Travis Millard, all of who’s designs were smashing successes online and on tour. Enter Adam R. Garcia, former Art Director at Rhymesayers Entertainment and now a graphic designer for Nike. Adams’s work spans from magazine covers to posters to CD packaging and more. Some of which you may or may not have seen but if there is one thing for sure, the man deserves his props.
I met Adam through Nick Hook of Cubic Zirconia, who suggested I hit him for some design-work around 2 years ago. We started small and continued to work together on several bigger projects including the cover for my upcoming project (yes I’m still working on this night and day) Gas Galaxy, the header for yakballz.net, and the Yak Ballz logo you might be familiar with (hint: it’s everywhere on this site). Extremely versatile in his design style, Adam draws inspiration from so many things that his actual creative process itself is just as mind-blowing as the execution of his finished product. Nick and I were talking him up recently and we agreed on three words that sum up this whole post, “he gets it.”
Now it’s time for you to get what we’re talking about when it comes to THE PRESSURE. why? because it’s good for you. Visit Adam at http://www.thepressure.org immediately, follow his twitter feed, and stay tuned for his exclusive Weathermen T-shirt design coming soon!!!
I figure it’s been a while since I actually wrote something discussing what I’ve been up to. Well I’ve been pretty wrapped up in trying to make life better so that I can make better music, if that makes any sense. There were some ultimate highs and lows since Scifentology II dropped and I’ve decided nearly two years later that it’s time to take a break from touring and playing shows for a little while (not too long) to try and finish up my Gas Galaxy EP, and another project that has been under wraps for quite sometime now, before I go back out. For those that have been following my twitter and who know me personally, you may know that for about the last 6 months I’ve been putting together a small but adequate studio set up at home and getting it up and running so I can be more productive musically and literally produce, explore, and learn the engineering/software aspect of it. It’s a challenge I’ve been pretty animate about and with the help of some of my tremendously talented friends, specifically one who is not with us anymore, it’s gotten very serious. I think what will come out of it, when it does, is going to showcase a new step in the way I approach my music and one that has already taught me much more than I knew prior to going in. Gas Galaxy is almost finished but I’ve decided I had to further perfect some things and add one more song, which I’m in the process of making right now. At this stage I’ve become a lot more nitpicky about songs although now the outcome will be exactly how I intended for them to be, where that wasn’t necessarily the case in the past. I believe as an artist, getting your art as close to what you think defines perfect, is something you never stop working towards. At least for me it is. If you came to the last couple of shows, you saw I played two new songs from the ep aside from Gas Galaxy to see how they would go over and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at the response from songs that people never heard prior. I mean EXTREMELY amped. 2009 was a great year for working with new people and accomplishing things that I never have before. CCWM is as strong as ever and moving at a pace that would be hard for anyone to keep up with let alone those of us who are involved. Glad those of you, new fans and old, are around for the ride and in our company as we put out new music and play shows. We just make the music and hope you continue to move forward with us as we approach the last year of another decade, and beyond for that matter. I expect Gas Galaxy to come out early 2010 now and I think it’s appropriate to wait until this year is over anyway to put out my next release. Some people have been asking about what happened to the monthly blog I wrote on Definitivejux.net. Basically I took a break from that too in order to free up some more time to concentrate on new tunes and not have to worry about making another deadline, in life. I’m going to make an effort to write more here at yakballz.net, aside from the normal video/picture updates, movie reviews etc. Expect the unexpected. I wish you all well, a happy holidays, and a sincere THANK YOU for supporting what the fuck I do.
WHAT A NIGHT!
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PRETTY FUNNY FUCKERS!
I’ve finally got my laptop back from apple so I can update.
I will be playing three dates with my good friend and WM brother EL-P in October.
Here they are…
10/08/2009 Portland, Maine @ Asylum
10/09/2009 Providence, Rhode Island @ Jerky’s Live Music Hall
10/10/2009 Allston, Massachusetts @ Harper’s Ferry View
also located in the TOUR DATES section.
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The Weathermen are Yak Ballz, Camu Tao (R.I.P), EL-P, Cage, Aesop Rock, Tame One, and Breezely Brewin
The song is called Reports of a Possible Kidnapping and is also a track on the aforementioned compilation, DJXP4