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Nothing says “Green Key is over” like a little drizzle and a stack of work looming ahead — and both have probably been the reality of most people's weeks so far — although maybe this week won't be so rainy after all! Rain or no rain, I'm putting away the house music and rap-indie mixtapes, and the only dubstep I'll be hearing is the kind forced onto me because I live directly behind frat row. Instead, this week is about detoxing, studying, and maybe a formal or two thrown in the mix.
Ah, it’s that time of year again. Spring has sprung, and Green Key is right around the corner. A highlight of many students’ spring term, the weekend is centered on good weather, good company and as is with any big spring weekend across the country, good music. This year, Dartmouth has outdone itself by bringing major performing artists to our tiny little town of Hanover.
Last Tuesday, Fuse released a live collaborative effort between Hoodie Allen and Kina Grannis. Up until seeing it, I was a passive fan of Hoodie, tolerating him on my Pandora at the gym, and I was little more than aware of Grannis' existence.
Friday night at 9 p.m., I awoke to the sounds of thick bass drifting into my window and hanging in the pitch black of my dorm room. A sound check at Bones Gate Fraternity, which is literally a stone's throw from my window, meant that nap time was over.
Last Tuesday I woke up with a 103 degree fever. Barely able to leave my room or even hear myself think, I cancelled my appointments for the afternoon and lay in bed all day wallowing in my pathetic misery and the blue Powerade I made my roommate get from the vending machine. Around 3 p.m., I popped a few Advil and mustered the mental gusto to stare at a computer screen so I could at least not waste the entire day.
New country band Chuck has been sweeping campus with their smooth tunes and crooning voices. Founded by Chase Klein ’14, the band plays a mix of original songs and covers. After bursting into the scene two weekends ago when they performed at Sigma Delta sorority, and with the help of their publicist Katherine Cima ’14, Chuck has managed to garner over one hundred likes on their Facebook page in just a few days. The group also has a general manager, Jon Brady ’14, who is in charge of booking their shows.
In an age where the demise of physical copies of music (and the stores that sell them) seems inevitable, some establishments still manag to survive. While the part of me that’s an economics major is not so vehemently against the corporatization of music distribution and production (it’s all about increasing efficiency!), the music and cultural enthusiast in me admires the preservation of any indie entity. Music is a unique industry because the prevailing artists on the charts and airways are unfortunately not always the most talented nor create the highest quality products. By supporting indie stores, you are supporting opportunities for artists in local scenes to get more exposure, and, most importantly supporting the idea that artists should be judged by their merit and not their bankroll that backs them up.
If you have not been listening to Filligar, you have a lot of catching up to do. Since they released their last album “The Nerve” back in 2010, the Mathias brothers Pete ’09, Teddy ’09, and Johnny ’11, along with Hamilton College graduate Casey Gibson, have been bringing their much-loved live performances to venues across the country. Now that all four band members have graduated college, they have been spending most of their time touring. They have made stops in Canada and also toured in the United Kingdom in 2011. The band is set to release a new album later this year, which Gibson said was put together “piece-meal” in order to work around their full schedule of live shows.
A few weeks ago I talked about WhoSampled.com. Today, I thought I would take a song we all know and use it as a case study, if you will, of just how random music connections can be. The song of choice is Avicii’s “Levels,”— which in case you’re wondering, is not be most creative choice, but one that will probably best illustrate my point.
Disclaimer: This column may disappoint you, especially if you are a movie buff.
Of course, WhoSampled has things that pretty much everybody knows, or could have figured out by reading the song’s Wikipedia page. For example, Jason DeRulo’s “Whatcha Say” sampled Imogen Heap’s “Hide and Seek." Kanye West used a clip from Daft Punk’s “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” in his track “Stronger." No secrets there.
The term is coming to a close so I thought now would be the appropriate time to take the opportunity to look back and post ten albums released in the last ten weeks. Hopefully there is a little something for everybody. Happy finals!
Last week, I posted some acoustic covers by well-established artists. You don't have to be well-established, however, to cover a song. Acoustic covers are a significant portion of YouTube videos and range from middle schoolers who don't really know how to play guitar to high-budget, high-quality covers that leave you wondering why the performer doesn't have a more substantial career.
It’s either the most peaceful or the most chaotic part of the term, depending on how you look at it. We’re probably in the least ragey weeks of the calendar year, and when you can actually get facetime it’s in the library on Saturday evenings — and I’m not talking about cutting through Novack. (Well that might be sort of a stretch, depending on who you are.)
I would bet that the two biggest music-related news events that campus cares about right now are this past Sunday’s Grammy Award performances (for everyone), and Azealia Banks’ new album (for the cooler half of everyone). So naturally, I’ll talk about something that has nothing to do with either. Azealia’s a little too high energy for me during post-Carnival week anyway — not that I won’t be downloading her album.
With Winter Carnival starting today (oh wait, it doesn't officially start until Friday?), I thought I would post a few tracks that I would love to hear during my Winter Carnival 2013 escapades (read: when I go to frats). I'm not necessarily trying to rock anyone's world or stretch anyone's musical intellect with this week's column, so just humor me.
You know what sucks? Hearing a great song and upon researching the artist realizing they only have put out one album. The situation only gets worse when you discover that the band has broken up, or the artist has died, or some other circumstances have occurred that will prevent any and all future music production. So, in response, I did the only thing I could do about it, and put together a list of the artists that have done this to me.
Last Thursday, Paste Magazine posted singer-songwriter Matt Costa's electronic press kit for his self-titled Feb. 12 album release. The album will be his first full-length release since his 2010 album “Mobile Chateau.”
But no fear! There is another way to partake in the Oscar cultural conversation this winter. A free and multitasking-friendly method of aesthetically experiencing these films is to be become an authority on the Original Score category. All the cool kids are doing it — replacing the new Tame Impala album with John Williams, name-dropping Dario Marianelli and Alexandre Desplat instead of those oft-iterated directors. Besides, how many times have Steven Spielberg and Ang Lee been nominated before? Even David O. Russell — despite how unknown I Heart Huckabees (2004) and Three Kings (1999) remain — has become somewhat of a given at this point. Acquainting yourself with the Original Score category is the cinematic equivalent of reading Pitchfork.
Hi Dartbeat readers! I'm Margarette, or Maggie to friends, and I now have the privilege of writing for y'all about one of the most important aspects of my life, music. To give everyone a chance to know me, I thought I'd give you all a glimpse into what I'm listening to. For someone who is as protective of my music tastes as I am, it's kind of like sharing my deepest darkest secrets--or something like that. Anyway, thanks for reading! Enjoy!