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What’s up with Unique Techniques?

Unique Techniques has been in an ambiguous fugue state for the past year and a half.  The podcast was placed on indefinite hiatus as I began working towards the completion of One Man’s Trash.  Simply put, good podcasts are a full-time job and I would rather stop doing while I’m still happy with it than continue it on half-heartedly.  However, Unique Techniques is definitely still producing visual stimulation.   

While I’m re-envisioning what this space will be, please visit me on my personal explorative vehicle:

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PCP Announces “One Man’s Trash”

Unique Techniques has been on a quiet hiatus, but as anyone who frequents this blog could tell, it hasn’t been without reason.  Over the course of the past two and a half years, I’ve been slowly but surely working on the biggest project of my life to date and I couldn’t be more proud to be playing an instrumental part of something so profound:  My father, JC Pegg, passed away unexpectedly in November 2010, and it is in his honor on this Father’s Day I announce “One Man’s Trash”, both a legacy project and PCP's first LP record.  

I am launching a Kickstarter campaign in order to raise funds to preserve and promote my father’s legacy of over two thousand original works of art created during the final five years of his life on earth.

It would mean the world to me if you would take a few minutes out of your day to watch the short film I have created explaining his work and my involvement with it.  If you feel so inclined, throwing a few dollars my way makes all the difference.

Much love to all the fathers, dads, pops, and old men in the world.  Teach your children what respect means through your actions and loving support, because you never know when it will be their turn to support you!  Unique Techniques will return after these messages. 

Happy Father’s Day!

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UTvid#20: tha mammoth

mammoth is a freestyle monster. good luck catching it all the first time around.

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UTintrvw#20: Tha Mammoth

Nate Velleux AKA Tha Mammoth is one half of i.ONE, a member of FRESH crew, and a freestyle monster in his own right.  I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Mammoth for about 8 years, and I’m happy to release his podcast episode on his birthday.  Join us as in the fallings leaves as we discuss the origins of Tha Mammoth, the nature of time, multiplication of the infinite one, and some banter you’re only likely to only ever hear between the two of us. He just released a new project today (or maybe it was yesterday. or tomorrow), you can snag it here: http://thamanthamyth.bandcamp.com/album/bald-baby-jesus    

Download the episode HERE or search “Unique Techniques” on iTunes and subscribe for updates, interviews, videos, and more.

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wild horses

pcp

two years ago today, i received one of those phone calls we all dread.  i remember the few minutes afterwards eerily clearly.  sitting at my workstation, i couldn’t decide wether to sit down or stand up.  my body went into a kind of revolt against itself.  growth is painful.  our entire lives we are meticulously trained to avoid painful events and bask in the comfort and laze of ease and luxury.

since then, i’ve discovered the meaning behind my life, and it has nothing to do with being right.  or being better / greater than.  or winning.  i have realized i define my world; heaven and hell / bliss and suffering / enlightenment and ignorance are nothing but states of mind through which we engage with this plane of reality.  even the dichotomous nature of these seemingly polarized entities is a construct of western civilization’s simply bizarre approach to death.  

i choose to use the sudden loss of my father as a sobering realization:  it is up to me to interpret every event in my life.  If I choose to walk through my life as a victim, deciding to personalize negative connotations as an attack on myself, I will undoubtedly lead an incredibly stressful and difficult existence.  

so i choose not to.  

instead, i choose to use hardship as a learning experience, discomfort as incentive to grow and pain as a screaming realization that i am indeed alive.    

i demoed this version of “wild horses” by the rolling stones in may, and while i never planned on sharing it with a public audience, i think my father would appreciate it, and probably tell me to relax.  

so that’s what i’m going to do.  

i love you all, thanks for listening and taking time out of your day to ingest what i have to offer.  

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Guante & Big Cats

Over the past few months, I’ve been doing extensive work with Kyle Tran Myhre AKA Guante.  On Halloween, we released a video for the first song on Guante’s newest project with producer Big Cats, and I think it’s some of the best visual work I’ve personally produced:  

In addition to this, we shot and directed a bevy of both poetry and music videos @ Bryant Lake Bowl with the help of Davin Haukebo-Bol (who is an amazing videographer in his own right:  http://davinhb.com).  Here’s one of those poems.

Big Cats (http://bigcatsbeats.com) deserves a post of his own, but I want you to read the entire story of his recently released album “For My Mother” for yourself, so you can understand the depth and passion he put into the project.  I captured the final culmination of this project on film @ the Cedar Cultural Center with the help of Davin Haukebo-Bol (http://Davinhb.com) and Mike Olson (https://vimeo.com/lumnivore).  

You can watch the entire show HERE:  

More to come…  

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Fall Children

I haven’t updated for awhile, so I wanted to share what Unique Techniques has been up to as of late:

In March 2012, I shot and directed a video for “Micheal” by Seattle-based emcee Sadistik. We had never worked together before, and basically met when he showed up to crash at my loft for the weekend while we shot. I’m really proud of how this turned out, especially since it’s the last project I shot with my Canon t2i: In May 2012, I shot and directed a video with Kristoff Krane, for the self-titled song on his latest record, “fanfaronade”. I was excited to help show the world a side of Chris his friends know and love, but might not always translate through his dense wordplay and intense presence. This was the first project I shot with my Canon 5d mkII, now I fall in love with footage all over again nearly every time I watch it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sK02zkP5iXs&feature=share&list=ULsK02zkP5iXs

In July 2012, I went to Thailand for a few months. I needed to close a chapter in my life in which I had found myself playing victim to my own insecurities and vices. Traveling alone is a magnificently freeing experience, and it taught me much about experience, perception and, indeed, the nature of my self. While I was there, I made every attempt to learn how to love being alone and found I have a long ways to go. I took this photo my last night in Phuket, before I headed to Chiang Mai.

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UTintrvw#19: Ryan Olcott / FoodTeam

Download the hour long Podcast interview HERE! UTintrvw#19: Ryan Olcott


Ryan Olcott came through the loft for the last interview I conducted @ the Carlton before moving out in March 2012.  The mastermind behind FoodTeam / Mystery Palace / 12 Rods spoke on growing up in a musical family, his relationship with popular music, the many facets of his career in engineering sound, and his direct experiences taming the glitchy, tone-deaf beast known as circuit-bending.  If you are not aware of circuit-bending as an art form, I suggest watching a few parts of FoodTeam’s in-studio performance before listening to the interview.    

Download the episode HERE or search “Unique Techniques” on iTunes and subscribe for updates, interviews, videos, and more.

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UTvid#19: FoodTeam Improv

Ryan Olcott / FoodTeam is one of my favorite in-studio performances yet.  Those Yamahas are custom-built, one-of-a-kind monsters that Ryan has slowly tamed over the past 8 or so years.

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UT9.6.12: pcp / uprock / tha mammoth / quintessential homegrown crew / josh grose jump off a cliff @ Cause 9.6.12 Hosted by Zac HB

Sawadee krup.  I’ve been in Thailand for two months, and it’s about damn time to come home and shows MPLS what I’ve been up to.  The show is FREE and it would mean the world to to see any and all of your faces.  I will be playing all new songs, a mix between acoustic and hip-hop, as well as some improvisational live looping / freestyle.  I’m beyond excited to share what I’ve been cultivating.  

I’ll be supported by some extremely talented acts, Twin Cities veterans and Minneapolis newcomers alike:

Up Rock.  Abstract Pack Vets.    Brock (Dream Crusher / BitCrush / Nyteowl) told me they do live looping, too.  Can’t wait to see what they come up with, I listened to this today and I smiled the whole time:  http://up-rock.bandcamp.com/album/up-rock-the-ep

I’ve known Josh Grose since we were 12 years old and I hate to love him like a brother.  I don’t think we’ve ever gotten in a fist fight, but it might happen at the show if we both drink whiskey.  We drank some absinthe and got weird with a few tunes he wrote this past winter, check it out:  http://soundcloud.com/joshuagrose

Tha Mammoth (i.ONE / FRESH crew) has been dubbed King Mammoth by Terrell Woods, but he’s too modest to take the title.  I’m gonna go ahead and say it, I don’t know one emcee in the country who can step to Mammoth on the lucid freestyle.  He just released a new solo mixtape he put together and I don’t know yet another emcee who can make me laugh while simultaneously causing me to analyze my thought process like Nate Velleux:  http://thamanthamyth.bandcamp.com

The Quintessential Homegrown have serious crew dynamics, and that’s because they are actually just a crew of dudes who hang out all the time.  I rarely see one out in public solo, there’s almost always two of them.  I met Joe Finnegan (AKA DJ Dubsmoke) going to school at UMN and he’s been down since day one.

The very talented Zac HB is hosting.  He’s been working with kids all summer up in bumfark woodsville, MN and is probably coming to a city near you in the near future.  He just dropped a new video and it’s awesome:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGwheF2LDgQ 

Long story short, I’ve been through a lot in the past year and a half.  Specifics don’t matter, but resilience of the spirit does, and I’m proud to say what I’ll be playing at this show represents me :  good, bad, and the ugly.  Here’s the last freestyle set we did in June before I left:  https://vimeo.com/46171505  

In addition to solo sets by all of these artists, there will be a live band improvisation session with some VERY talented musicians to close the night, in which each artist performing throughout the night  will play at least some small part in.      

Who’s in the band?  You’ll have to come jump with us to find out.  

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UTTHAI#02

I’ve been in Thailand nearly a month, which means I need to make a Visa run across the border to re-up my ability to stay in the country.  I’ll be in Laos in a few hours, floating on the Mekong River, towards Loang Prabang, where there is a Thai Consulate, and I can get a 30 day Visa for 60 bucks.

This trip has changed my life.  If you have any bone in your body telling you that the life you are leading is false, that you know there is more to your days than punching a clock, that you are not being appreciated in the way you need to be, that the harder you work the less you seem to be getting out of it, you are right.  

It is, there is, you aren’t, and you are.   

Here’s a photo of my last night in Thailand for the time being.  This is the Mekong River, and you are looking at Laos.  Moon looks pretty.  She’s headed your way, Twin Cities.  Keep your eyes peeled.  

See ya when I see ya.

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UTsw#01: Guante — Smalltalk (Spoken-Word)

Unique Techniques filmed an entire Spoken Word and an entire Hip-Hop set at Bryant-Lake Bowl in MPLS for Guante, and this is the first video release from it.  I will be sharing these videos as he releases them.  To me, this poem is about the plight of an artist and what a measly $10 can do in terms of support and an experience.  Enjoy!

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UTlive#01: i.ONE + Impeccable Timing = 30 Minute Freestyle, Triple Rock Social Club, MPLS, MN 6.14.12

I posted on my personal Facebook that if I were to get 100 likes on a status about releasing this video, I would do so.  I never planned on releasing this publicly, but I’m in Phuket, so… Phuket!  

UTlive#01: i.ONE + Impeccable Timing 30 Minute Freestyle from Unique Techniques on Vimeo.

Heads up, the footage is black until after the first minute, it kicks in almost immediately when Mammoth starts rapping, and there are a couple points where it stops to change clips, but, at least aurally, the entire set is there.  It would mean a lot to all of us if you would give it your full attention, even if only for a few minutes.  

 This is 100% improvised, off the cuff, nothing here is pre-meditated, composed, written, scripted, etc… take that for whatever it means to you.      

Tha Mammoth is a freestyle monster, no doubt.  Pete is a saxophone whiz.  Brock makes me smile every time I see him painfully stroking his keys.  Ryan Anhorn, well, I don’t even need to say anything about him, just watch him get down on that bass (which, by the way, is the instrument he is third best at).  Jared is a metronome.  I’m usually way too heavy all the time, but I think I had the best zinger in the set (…polar bears trapped in a zoo, they commit suicide and it’s all because of YOU!)

Lastly, big shouts to Will Schoen for holding it down as a primary and second shooter at Unique Techniques, be on the look out for new projects from him in due time.  He has always jumped at any opportunity to shoot for me, and I know his work ethic will pay off.    

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Dedication

Darion Bell

Happy Friday!

I’ve been teaching hip-hop classes at the Neighborhood House on the Westside of Saint Paul since 2007.  In that time, I’ve seen some awesome talent come through my room, and this song is no exception.  

The last day of class before leaving for Thailand, a few students of mine compiled this track, and I was blown away.  When I hear my students making real, heart-felt material, it makes me feel like what I do makes a difference.

Vocals by Darion Bell
Production by Young Ansane
Mixed & Mastered by PCP 

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UTTHAI#01

My internet peoples!  First off, sixteen seconds of an elephant I met yesterday.  No big.  

It’s been a few months.  I’m sure at least one or two of you have been wondering, “Why hasn’t Unique Techniques released anything lately?”  I could write a book about what I’ve been working on, but, really, who cares?  There’s so much media being created every day, I’m sure the few of you who have been loyal to the interviews and videos I’ve uploaded since August 2011 have filled the void with GIFs of kittens, summer living, and instagramming food porn.  

I’ve been in Phuket, Thailand for less than a week and I’ve already surprised myself several times.  I’ve never traveled internationally before, and my oldest brother told me I would be blown away at just what I could muster up and DO.  It took me nearly 30 hours to get here.  Sleeplessness.  Fear.  Excitement.  Smiles.  Glares.  Quizzical wonderment.  Subtle head nods.  Bows.  Mantras…  

Dogma is a monster.  I’ve never thought of myself as a rigid person, but, since I’ve been here, I’ve quickly realized that I’ve lived my life as dogmatically as the religious zealots and Amuricuh-defending nationalists I shudder to be compared to.  

Last night, at dinner, a gentleman from Tennessee came over to our table and asked if he could sit with us, and we all said, “Of course!”  He was probably in his 50s and had a sweet southern accent that made me feel warm.  As we got to chatting, he said something I couldn’t put into words any better:  "Americans are lovely people, but they’re so into their beliefs that they’re afraid to live their lives."  I realized I’m as guilty of that as the crazies I claim to be nothing like.  

The night before I left, I saw so many friends come out to wish me well, from all walks of my life.  Friends I’ve known for years and friends I’ve just made in the last month.  Friends who, if each wrote a paragraph about who I am, could honestly tell you more about myself than I could ever hope to.  I was standing with two of my MPP brothers near the grill, and there was a slab of ribs simmering.  Josh ate a small piece (for science), cut a chunk off for Phil, and there was a bite-sized piece left.  So I looked them both in the eye and said, “this is for you two, because I love you.” and I ate it.  That was the first dead flesh I had purposefully consumed in nearly 10 years, and (sorry to disappoint, Jackie) it was disgusting.  My first reaction was “sinew”, my second was “leather” and my third was “oily”.  But it also tasted like freedom.  Not a July 4th-hands-down-the-pants-chinese-made-flag-waving-swill-drinking-sadly-falsified-reflection-of-invisible-chained-freedom, REAL freedom.  From the person I’ve clung to in fear of… what?  Who?  Who have I been so afraid of becoming?

Who are YOU afraid of becoming?  Why?  I’d like to know.  Please, do share.  Send me a gmail or tweet @pcpmeltsfaces.  I’d love to hear from you.  Yes, you.  YOU!

I’m going to sign off with a picture I took yesterday.  I’ve always been anti-flag, because of what they have always represented to me.  Not this one.  Not today.  
 

 

Much love to my Twin Cities and beyond, from across the world and then some.