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Matt Pierce

Ginew and Land Boys- The Shop Jacket

Ginew and Land Boys- The Shop Jacket

I'd been thinking about this jacket for a while, and even if summer time is a dumb time to buy jackets, I checked in with my Ginew friends and said I needed one. The Ginew HQ is in my neighborhood, so I just pedaled over the next day. After biking home from Amanda and Erik's studio, the temp was just right for this thing. Erik even cooked hamburgers (your customer service results may vary). Mission accomplished.  Let's back up. Ginew (Gih-noo) began as a project in 2010 - by making some handcrafted belts for their own wedding party in 2010. With inspiration from their Native...

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Matt Pierce

Workshop Hi-Fi May

Workshop Hi-Fi May

I've been in a big music buying mode lately, and it seems to have kicked off with some Record Store Day purchases a couple weeks ago. I had a longer list of albums to find, but only ended up with two that day. Fortunately for me, one of those records was nearly life changing.  Let's start with the life-changing one – the 45th anniversary edition of Let's Get It On. You all know the legendary status this man has, as his talent is irrefutable. We've all also heard 'Let's Get It On' a million times and probably involuntarily made some sexy-face-look when that wah-wah guitar...

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Workshop Hi-Fi March

Workshop Hi-Fi March

Spring is coming around and my musical preferences tend to get a little less sullen with the extra daylight. Here's some standouts from my playlists lately... a couple have been around for a little bit, but maybe something you still haven't come across?  Starting with Durand Jones & The Indications – this one has been out since mid 2016, and I started listening sometime this fall. Been waiting patiently for the vinyl release and it came out about a day ago. It's one of those records where I knew I had to have it on vinyl even after playing it constantly for months. Jones' voice...

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Midcentury Style Speaker DIY

Midcentury Style Speaker DIY

I can't pass up a deal on cool vintage speakers! I saw these at a shop in town for about $25. I'm sure they sounded dusty and crunchy, but the shape of the cabinets and that brown grill cover sold me. I knew I could rescue them with a little work. Sometimes new speakers just look off, and I always prefer simple and classic. If you're into crafting a comfortable space like I am, maybe you can DIY a smooth sounding bargain with some vintage midcentury speakers.  Once I took them apart for a further inspection, sure enough the tweeters were blown and the...

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