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    Mon, 17 Sep 2012 12:09:08

    Chris Lawhorn Announces Charity Album Based Around Fugazi Samples - He's a DJ with a love of rock that stems from his youth

    DJ Chris Lawhorn will release his fifth album Fugazi Edits on October 30 on Case/Martingale Records. Fugazi Edits features 22 tracks, which were pieced together using excerpts from every song in the band Fugazi's discography. The usage of the songs was approved by band leader Ian MacKaye.

    Lawhorn worked on the instrumental album for two years, using 100 Fugazi samples with effects. Profits from the album will be donated to a pair of charities—one that works with senior citizens in Washington, D.C. and another that provides aid globally to folks impacted by disaster and civil unrest.

    A little background info about Lawhorn: He started the Case/Martingale label in 1996, while playing drums for the (admittedly Fugazi-influenced) band Cataract Falls. A decade of disastrous tours and middling solo albums followed. Along the way, he became the staff DJ at a spring break company—playing for drunk, college students on South Padre Island each March—and recorded the rap album Pole Position.

    This gradual switch from rocking to beat-making isn't exceptionally unique. But it led to an 18-month stint as the resident DJ for Marie Claire magazine. When that wrapped up, Lawhorn began work on Fugazi Edits—in an attempt to make something that touched on both the musical influences of his youth and his current love of cutting up tracks and reassembling them.

    Visit chrislawhorn.com to check out samples from the album, the artwork and more.

    What did you think of Fugazi Edits, in sound and as a concept?

    —Maggie Pannacione

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    Tags: Chris Lawhorn, Fugazi, Ian MacKaye, Cataract Falls

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