Chances With Wolves

everywhere. In it they played Billy Swan, The Beach Boys, Dionne Warwick, and a little Biz Markie. By the end of the show they were discussing names for the show and were convinced that the one name it would not be was, of course, the name it already was. ‘Too many Kevin Costner associations,’ they thought. “I loved the idea of doing a genre-less show,” says Kenan. “As far as expectations…we had no idea that people would respond the way they did.” Adding Kray, “We started getting these really moving emails and letters from people all over the world, and we were like: ‘People are actually listening to this!’ But then came the difficult part…we had to learn how to search again…to ‘dig.’” At this point, with 250+ episodes floating around the internet, the duo seems well-versed in this search and have, quite clearly, developed the skills needed to find (and recognize) songs that’ll stick. “We’re not just trying to play obscure records,” Kray says. “We’re trying to be moving…trying.”

Each episode has its own feel. Perhaps there will be a theme, like the New Year, MLK’s birthday, or songs will revolve around a special guest like Edan or Ricky Powell, both of whom are friends and contributors to the show. There is a solid communal feeling in the frequency with which friends pop by the booth. Sometimes they’re handed the mic half way through the show and will squawk out an awkward “HI!” while the much less awkward stream of music is on pause. It is not always awkward, of course. Recently, a pair of sister-songwriters stopped by to share some beauty from their latest record, and the group 79.5 has done the same both in the booth and at Isa for the Gazine release party in April. In said glass booth one can feel as if on display. Tourists walking down 1st Avenue will often stop and snap photos, as if they were witnessing just another New-York-DJ-Thing that must be documented. But the reverse is true, too. Observations of the

passers by, especially during the more tropical months when skirts and skateboards are out, make their way into the conversational parts of many of the episodes. The whole thing, over time, has resulted in an open, ongoing diary of New York City, of the duo working on and through various life projects, of the political state of affairs, of the beauty of human interaction as they have experienced it or via the endless tales passed on by friends. There is also this idea of slowing down, despite it all, in spite of it all. The idea concerns itself with spending real time together, behind its on-air and over-the-internet 3rd-person-broadcast; real, actual time together for a couple of hours. It has a throwback quality of the best kind: that of an old-timey drawing salon, that of a dinner party without cell-phones, that of really seeing faces, not just taking photos of them, that of making music together, that of all singing the same song…

Things Get a Little Easier – Biz Markie

“The best part about the whole thing,” says Kray, “is that we’ve managed to make a job for ourselves where we get to share things that inspire us with other people.” Of late, the duo traveled to the west coast for their first ‘zine release, among other projects happening simultaneously. Called the Gazine, it enlisted a number of friends and colleagues, who all work in various artistic disciplines, to contribute anything from collage and cyanotypes to writing, photography, and drawings. The font throughout was uniform, hand-written by the same pair of hands. The ‘zine can be seen, to a degree, as an extension of their broader interest of inclusion. In this way, their disregard for genre (here meaning a sense of exclusivity across the board) is welcoming, open, and up for interpretation. Ultimately, their broad scope is its own genre. Many contemporary art rags and self-published zines revolve