Music From I.C. NYC

All the beats from our web series in a single zip file.

Music From I.C. NYC by Bless 1

Growl (Episode 1: IC Waters)
Mandarin Skies (Episode 2: Enter the Rabbit)
Tunnel (Episode 2: Enter the Rabbit)
Give It To Me (Episode 3: A Fare Slice)
Slightly (Episode 4: Mofongo)
Native Wind (Episode 5: Bodega Cats)
Hark (Episode 6: All You Can Eat)
Crawling (Episode 6: All You Can Eat)

Get it while the link works.

Mofongo (I.C. NYC – Episode 4)

It’s the next episode of our six-part web series I.C. NYC!

This time, we head to Corona, Queens to eat Mofongo, investigate Mofongo’s origins and say the word Mofongo many, many times.

Directed by Casimir Nozkowski
Edited by Josh Weisbrot
Original Music by Bless 1
Produced by Robin Oye, Jesse Wilson, Cornelius van Gorkom

A Fare Slice (I.C. NYC Episode 3)

“New York pizza crust is like New Yorkers….We can take a lot. We’re resilient. We stand tall even when things are put on us.”

In 1980, New Yorker Eric Bram noticed that for twenty years the price of a subway token had tended to match the price of a slice of pizza. Thirty years later, his hypothesis still holds true. The question we wanted answered is WHY. Are the MTA and the various supposedly independent pizza shops involved in collusion – or who’s taking their pricing cues from who? And what about the dollar pizza spots that have been popping up all over Manhattan recently — could these be predicting a lower cost transit authority appearing in our future?

Directed by Casimir Nozkowski
Edited by Corinne Marro
Original Music by Bless 1
Producers: Robin Oye, Jesse Wilson, Cornelius van Gorkom

Enter the Rabbit (I.C. NYC Episode 2)

The Chinese New Years Parade is something everyone should experience at least once – the fireworks, the dragon dancers and of course – the dollar dumplings. It’s the Year of the Rabbit. Happy New Chea!

Directed by Casimir Nozkowski
Shot and Edited by Matt Raz
Music by Bless 1
Produced by Robin Oye, Jesse Wilson, Cornelius van Gorkom

I.C. Waters (I.C. NYC Episode 1)

We just kicked off our new web series on Youtube. I.C. NYC is a six episode documentary series exploring some of the hidden corners and unsung experiences of New York City.

The first episode I.C. Waters has us at the Polar Bear Swim which takes place every New Year’s Day at Coney Island where a bunch of crazies jump in the ocean. We had to find out who does this and why.

The Polar Bear Swim is a Coney Island tradition. On New Year’s Day, the Polar Bear Club who swim off this beach all winter long invite the world to join them for a plunge in the near freezing Atlantic Ocean. What better way to start I.C. NYC than by participating in this New Year’s tradition? Are these people just crazy or are the health benefits of cold water for real? And more pressingly, is this just some white people shit? The IC’s aim to find out!

Directed by Casimir Nozkowski
Edited by Dino Ostrowsky
Music by Bless-1
Producers: Robin Oye, Jesse Wilson, Cornelius van Gorkom

With I.C. NYC, we’ll be putting out a new episode every two weeks, all summer long.

We dropped a sweet promo for the whole series last week.

We’re in the South Bronx tonight picking a fight with Yankee Stadium

Sorry for the short notice (next time follow us on Facebook!) but we’re going to be at this Rooftop Films event tonight at the Bruckner Bar & Grill in the South Bronx.

They’re showing four sweet videos with some kind of roots in the Bronx including our finest work of all time, wherein we critique corporate welfare and shed a tear for America. Whether you’ve seen it or not you should come out and see it on a big screen. The free show starts at 7ish. There’ll be a Q&A with the showcased filmmakers (including Wild Style director Charlie Ahearn and us) afterwards.

And don’t worry – despite the Rooftop name and our recently revealed love for freezing – this event is indoors.


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If you told me to jump in the waters off Coney Island for the new year I would have replied to you with profanity.

I wouldn’t go into the waters off Coney Island during an NYC heatwave so why the hell would I take the plunge after a major blizzard just rolled over the city?

I told Rafi Kam that shit was #stuffwhitepeoplelike

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Rafi Kam is a true believer tho’ and he said that the waters off Coney Island would bring the IC’s good ‘Chea’ for the new year.

I was still a serious skeptic tho’. Mainly because all the real Black people had on coats and scarves.

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I told Rafi that if I didn’t see any ‘real’ Black people going in the water I wouldn’t do it. I wouldn’t want to be trying something that is culturally opposite what I’m supposed to do as a Black man.

I wouldn’t want to Crispus Attucks‘ my shit on the first day of the new year. That’s never a good look.

The boardwalk was an official freakshow too.

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Rafi then spoke to me from the heart…

The water had no prejudices. It would be just as cold for everyone. It was in the icy, near- freezing waters off Coney Island that we would all be equal.

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White and Blacks freezing their nuttsachs and tittyballs into ice cubes. Together.

Rafi also got to show off his post-Ghetto Big Math body. He’s doing amazing things with his new nutritional program. Kudos to the Kamster.

Rafi’s mom came to meet us with towels after the swim and then invited us to her home for a post-swim brunch. Mrs.Kam knows how much Coney Island polar bears heart herring and mackarel (and caviar too FTWWW!)

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Mrs Kam calls me Douglass, and Frederick Douglass >>> Crispus Attucks. Is all I’m sayin’.

Our post-shoot meal was fantastic and refreshing. Mrs.Kam was a magician in the kitchen and she brought out a new dish what appeared to be every five minutes.

Mr.Kam regaled us with stories of his youth and his polar bear excursion while living in a kibbutz in Israel.

Mr. and Mrs.Kam were true believers themselves. It was immediately obvious where Rafi’s resolve comes from.

The Internets Celebrities have started the new year winning by going swimming.

The lesson for us all here is to just take the plunge in 2011

Happy new Chea, Internets. Now stop being racist.

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Special thanks to Din-O and Chocolate Snowflake

The Trilogy is complete

First there was Ghetto Big Mac

Then there was Ghetto Big Mac 2 (aka Futuristic Brunch)

And now, finally, Ghetto Big Mac 3: The Search for Sauce

Following the Star Trek Chronology, we’d have to make our fourth GBM about going back in time and bringing Grimace back to the future to communicate with the HamBurglars threatening destruction of our planet. And our fifth would just be really, really bad. So we’ll stick with the trilogy for now. Chea!

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