First off, it should be said that right out the gate Nardwuar swinging, pulling both Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' backpack straps into the light: via his trademark memory-lane gift-giving interview technique (this is Mack and Nard's second meeting, by the way, and even then he was talking about thrift shops—and Drake), the Human Serviette unearths Ryan Lewis' love of Immortal Technique's 3rd World album.
Fun fact about Tech and the 3rd World: with proceeds from this album, plus a lot of donations and his own time in Afghanistan, Tech helpedOmeid International build the Amin Institute, a school, orphanage and medical facility for kids whose parents were killed in the war. As much as I wanna be smarmy about how overbearing and misogynist I've found Tech's raps in the past (though I mostly loved Revolutionary Vol.2), you gotta give the man props for this.
Nardwuar gives Mack 3rd Eye Vision, the 1998 Hieroglyphics crew album that had my own Jansport on lock back when I was 20. I dreamed of moving to Oakland and getting down, so embarrassing. I don't think any orphanages got built off of that album, but the A-Plus remix of "The Who" is a personal classic.
The real gem here—besides the 1-of-1 custom jean jacket painted by Stranger contributor and ex-Sub Pop receptionistDerek Erdman original that M&RL gift Nardwuar with—is the revelation that Ryan Lewis was singer/guitarist in a Spokane-area metal band called Schema. Ryan is clearly aghast ("There's a reason we don't bring any of this up, Nardwuar".) Even Macklemore seemed shocked and betrayed by this news ("Horrible!"). Naturally, I have to help the on-blastness continue, so peep some of their songs and "Fun Schema Facts" after the jump.
For the record, I do not believe Lewis' Schema is the same as thisSchema, who were apparently also from the Northwest, but came a few years later and seemed a touch more polished.