He can see Russia from his legislature
One could attach an easy narrative to someone who finds himself in state legislature at the age of 23: an earnest young politician, a lifelong dream fulfilled against all odds. That doesn’t quite fit Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins ’12, state representative for Alaska’s Southeast district.
REVIEW: Michael Blume ’13, Soul Man
For all the buzz artists like Mayer Hawthorne and John Legend have created about the so-called “soul revival,” true crooners remain a rare breed. It’s a delicate sound and a risky one, but done well, it’s the red wine of music: When Frank Ocean broke into falsetto on last year’s Channel Orange, we all went »
Vintage tunes: locally sourced food for your ears
There’s a scene in “Walking Dead,” AMC’s zombie apocalypse mini-series, when Sheriff Rick Grimes reveals to his band of survivors that they are all infected with the zombie virus. This is, of course, met with shock, despair, revulsion, etc. I hope you take it better when I tell you that, like me, you are all hipsters.
A Consideration of Electronic Composition
For decades, pop composition was all about coming up with new ways to use old tools. But today, that’s not always the case. The infinite variety of electronic “instruments,” blips and bleeps and dubstep drops that sound like robot dinosaurs having sex, has obliterated the limitations that necessitated compositional and instrumental innovation, innovation that caused music to evolve as it has.
Rome at a glance
By admission of an introductory plaque at the Whitney Humanities Center’s “Alexander Purves: Roman Sketches,” the rough impressions inside a sketchbook are not meant for the public eye.
Yalie mixtape offers lulz, weed
“HaHa,” the title of the new mixtape by student rapper Jake Backer ’14 and producer Mad Dangerous (alum Will Hutchinson ’12), leaves some room for interpretation.
My Flat, Donut-Shaped Friends
It was a good run, my donut-shaped friends, but it seems that the end is upon us. 2012 is shaping up as the first year in which digital music sales will outpace CD sales, the culmination of a trend that shows no inclination towards reversal.
A Playbook for The Game
As some of you may be aware, each year Yale and Harvard engage in a storied sporting competition.
Lookin’ for a Dollar
So Macklemore walks into a thrift shop with $20 dollars in his pocket. It’s not the beginning of a joke (or if it is, I haven’t heard it), but the genesis for the catchiest, funniest, most criminally irresistible song that could actually have you listening to something other than “Gangam Style” for once. Macklemore and »
A Long Stay in a Strange “Hotel”
It always confused me when Rolling Stone talked about music as if it were a math test. “Difficult,” “challenging,” “rewarding”: I struggled to see how listening to my iPod could have so much in common with manual labor. Music was music. It didn’t fight back or require hours of study, and if I didn’t like »
When the ratio of ass-kicked to runtime is high
In baseball, it’s called the Mendoza Line. A batting average of .200 is the last checkpoint on the slide into limbo. On the wrong side of that number, you have something to prove, or you’re headed to the bench. And so it is, strangely enough, with music. Something about the 2:00 mark makes us blanch. »