Being “that guy”
You’ve met me before. If you’ve ever been to a concert or listened to a live recording, you know who I am, and you have some opinion of me.
A Questionable Friend
The deaths at Electric Zoo were indicative of how the old music-and-drugs trope has evolved. The ever-increasing demand for stimulation that’s won hordes of fans for live dance music is also behind the new enthusiasm for Molly, which pairs well with the overwhelming stimulus of a dubstep set blasted through a weapons-grade speaker system. A new kind of music has found its new kind of drug.
Anti-Fling, Against Itself
Despite a strong lineup, an evening of live music, and — maybe most importantly — a free open bar, Anti-Fling was decidedly off the beaten path.
Verse-Chorus-Bridge to Nowhere
I’m sure that at this very moment, someone somewhere is writing a song that would move me to tears with its verse-chorus-bridge simplicity. Not because of it, but despite it. A great song is a great song, formulaic or not.
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.