Black Keys Pinch-Hits For West Akron Baseball League


MTV.Com has the story on Ohio boys continuing to make good.  You remember when the Black Keys sponsored a West Akron Baseball team last year?

This year the Keys take it step further, and are donating the profits from a Black Keys W.A.B.L. jersey designed by the Keys art director Michael Carney to their childhood baseball league.

You can order the shirt here.



Throwback Thursday: Andyman Davis’ Support Of Columbus Hip Hop Music

Throwback Thursday: Andyman Davis

(found on Flickr)

Today marks the 3- Year Anniversary of Columbus, Ohio independent rock station’s longtime program director  WWCD’s  102.5 Andyman Davis’ tragic and unexpected death.

I am not gonna front and act like I was best friends with Andyman Davis. But I can say that WWCD has been present in my life since it first hit Columbus airwaves.So when I read about Andyman trying to get on in 1992, and then becoming program director in 98 of the same station that startled me when they played Dead Kennedys in 1990 back when it was CD101.1; I can say Andyman was about music and people.

WWCD had the presence that is expected for the radio. That isn’t to say it was stale. I am saying it was an institution that played Radiohead, and the Strokes and let you know about concerts. Andyman was the focal point, as this likable guy that would stay up every Christmas for 48 hours to raise money for children. He was locally famos, and had the right personality to be considered a personality. He wasn’t a hipster but Andy championed  alternative music for the average joe.

Now, I know that Andy was heavily involved with supporting local music, but because I primarily listened to rap. It wasn’t tangible for me like it would be for say a fan of local indie rock group Watershed  until 2003. This is when I became friends with Tom Butler  after Mahssa Taghinia introduced us.  Tom is a WWCD on-air personalty who is best known as the host and producer of the Independent Playground , a specialty show that plays underground music.


(Tom Butler is the guy in the CD101.1 shirt. Andyman’s face is just above the typing. I stole this from Tom’s Facebook.)

After meeting Tom Butler, I quickly found out that Andy liked rap and was super open into supporting anything he thought was quality and relevant regardless of genre.
Tom would speak about Andy and station’s philosophy that Andyman took pride in championing Columbus, and helping the community. Andy gaveTom creative control over his Independent Playground specialty program. So Tom was able to add local rap as soon as he would hear things he liked on The Independent Playground. It was awesome to be able to play Tom Hip Hop and then hear it the next Tuesday or Thursday night when Tom’s show was on.

Andy believed in WWCD having a relationship that benefited the community.


Obviously, the best example of this is WWCD’s For the Kids Programs where they would raise money for local charities that service children. And the cornerstone of this philanthropist effort is the afformentioned the Andy-Man-A-Thon. But I am gonna give my little Hip Hop story.

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Skylab Renovations/ 4/20 Show Soft Blanket/Slow Thaw

Skylab Gallery has been renovated.

Below are photos of Columbus, Ohio’s premier space for DIY and contemporary art/music geared up to have some impressive work and events this spring/summer  :

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Tonight Skylab Gallery will host “Soft Blanket/Slow Thaw a show curated by Martin Hugo that features  features print-on-demand blankets by:  Continue reading

Michael Carney Participates in Time Magazines’ Album Cover Panel

TIME Magazine Logo

Time Magazine had Akron Native and Black Keys Art Director Michael Carney  participate on a panel that discussed album covers of some big upcoming releases like Justin Timberlake’s “20/20”, and Tyler, The Creator’s “Wolf”.

Clink on the link to see what Michael said.

Michael Carney Participates in Time Magazines’ Album Cover Panel

Mike Carney Designs Trippy Decks for Girl Skateboards

Mike Carney Designs Trippy Boards for Girl Skateboards

CCAD Grad, and Akron native Michael Carney designed the Acid Trip series for Girl Skateboards. Carney is also the art director for the Black Keys.

You can buy one of these skateboards at Embassy Boardshop if you live in Columbus.