I would say that ‘pop’ is not something that catches a lot of my interest, however Blondie’s 80’s single “Heart of Glass” is everything that’s right about this genre of music. It’s upbeat, catchy, and well produced. Her smooth high pitched vocals are deliciously combined with melodious instrumentals and a peppy background beat. Everything about it screams 1980 (in a good way). I can assure any listener that it is impossible to not tap your foot and/or nod your head while listening to this tune. Blondie is and will always remain a total babe, and “Heart of Glass” is a truly great song that demonstrates her striking talent.
This is always the go to song when I need something to lift my spirits and make me move. Mapei’s strong and genuine vocals complete with the bass of the instrumental force me to sing a long and dance every time I hear this song. It has the perfect mix of dance, rnb, and soul elements representing Mapei’s musical versatility.
Yet again, The SOCC brought an awesome band to campus. I would be really bummed if I hadn’t made it to the You Me & Apollo concert on Thursday night in Shove Chapel. You Me & Apollo is a band based in Fort Collins, CO, started and now led by the talented singer/songwriter Brent Cowles, a Colorado Springs native. With great variety in their musical repertoire, their songs range from country-ish, almost folky music, to a more mellow bluesy vibe. Only half-way into the first song, CC students couldn’t resist getting up and rushing the stage to dance along with the band. While listening, I was trying to place who Cowles sounded like from other bands I know. Finally, I figured it out. His voice and overall vibe was a mixture between Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, Nathan Willett of Cold War Kids, and even Brittany Howard of the Alabama Shakes (because, lets face it, we all thought that her voice was a man’s the first time we heard it). Great combination if you ask me. They seamlessly interacted with the audience which I always appreciate, because what’s worse than awkward interactions between band members and their audience? They especially appreciated the animated dance moves of the students and called attention to them more than once.
The band released an album entitled Cards for Cheats back in 2011 which I highly recommend. They are expected to release their second album on May 9, so be sure to keep an ear out.
“Artists use lies to tell the truth. Yes, I created a lie. But because you believed it, you found something true about yourself”—Alan Moore
Nestled away into the far corners of our consciousness, storytelling manifests itself in our everyday lives. Storytelling may surface in the form of histories and memories, ethics, and a way to inspire or destroy people. The stories we turn over in our minds and pass to one another plays an integral role in shaping our human identity. This Sunday between 1 pm and 2 pm on The Campfire, we will examine four segments about people reproducing stories in their own lives for better and for worse. The audio essay transcript will be posted on Sundays at 2 pm.
Alpenglow /alp?n?gl?/ – “the rosy light of the setting or rising sun seen on high mountains”
Vermont-based band Alpenglow, formed at Middlebury College a few years back, released their debut EP “Solitude” this past October. Their atmospheric sound paired with the soaring vocals of Graeme Daubert place this band in a ripe spot for future success in today’s indie folk-rock scene.
I had the good fortune of seeing Alpenglow this past summer at a small music festival in Burlington, and I came away with one word: POLISHED. Although this band is in its beginning stages, they have a definitive, artful sound. The songs on this EP will inspire you to go bask in the glorious wilderness of Colorado and perhaps find that rosy glow on the snow-capped mountaintops.
On the title track, the fiddle and three-part harmonies contrast heavily with the amplified sound of the rest of the band, creating a country vs. city dynamic, also present in the lyrics: “If I wanted my solitude, I’d move to the city.”
The band bends these genres and images together with a delicious result.
Matthew Dear’s “Don and Sherri” is the second single off of his 2007 album Asa Breed. Though the music is buoyant, danceable and layered with blips, the lyrics suggest a man in distress, lacking the courage to approach someone. The tension grows as he worries the person will never know him if he doesn’t act.
Matthew Dear is beautiful both vocally and physically. Catherine Sinow disagrees, but I think he might just be the most gorgeous man ever.
Ten years after Madvillainy, Madlib’s signature production combines with the gnarly bars of Freddie Gibbs on Piñata and prove that a rap album can be littered with features and still stay raw, without detracting from the content of Gibbs’s lyrics and vision.
“Goulash” gives me a vivid and unusual visual experience of an intergalactic expedition in which I encounter good, evil, and the stuff that lies in between and outside. I come across unfamiliar creatures, territories and masses. I have no conception of space and time—the song is infinitely more peculiar than its title suggests.
There is no official video for the song, so I’ve embedded this one made by some fan who seems to interpret “Goulash” more catastrophically. To me it’s a lot less despairing; the song’s got this very raw, intrepid quality, perhaps owed to that UK bass sound.
This track is from the 2009 Ultra Heat Treated EP off Planet Mu records. Since Planet Mu, Slugabed has released five EPs and a full-length album on Ninja Tune. While he’s dabbled in various established genres, Slugabed’s production tends to remain crisp and innovative.
When I first heard Brian Jonestown Massacre I didn’t like them at all. Their grungy disorganized sound, a style that I normally love, just didn’t do it for me. I confessed my underwhelmed feelings to my friend James who had recommend them, and after sensing some disappointment from him I decided to try them out again. I put on “In My Life” while cleaning my room, the first song he had told me to listen to. After the first listen I still could not decide how I felt about it, so I listened to it again…and again… and again. I was sure that I didn’t love it, but for some reason I didn’t want to stop listening. Weird. I still am sort of unsure of how I feel about the band, but take a listen and form your own opinions.