LE1F and KARATE at FALSTAFFS– Friday, November 30

Look at the above picture and tell me you don’t want to go to this.

The New York rapper Le1f comes to Skidmore’s state-of-the-art Falstaffs Music Center at 9:00PM on November 30!  Oh I know y’all wanna get down and dirty, and what better way to celebrate the upcoming finals week than with music “made with the intentions of music and dance,” according to the man himself?  Check out his single “Wut” below:

The opener is Skidmore’s own up-and-coming two-man dance-party Karate, AKA KΔRΔTE.  This is gonna be great, guys.

Facebook– https://www.facebook.com/events/354576617971210/

Le1f– http://le1f.com/

Karate– http://karate.bandcamp.com/

LET US KNOW YOUR IDEAS FOR BIG SHOW!!

Saying that Spring Big Show is just around the corner is like playing Christmas music a month before Thanksgiving–it’s a bit premature, but I’m not complaining. And what better way to kick off this year’s speculation than with your own ideas?  We’ve created a Wallwisher page so you can tell us who you want to see in the halls of the Big Gym next semester.  Right now I see a few votes for Local Natives, a few for Frank Ocean, some for… I just gotta say good luck to whoever has to sort this out later.  Whatever, it’s not completely overwhelming or anything.

http://wallwisher.com/wall/bigshowSEC

Big Show, October 12, 2012– Mayer Hawthorne and Cults

It’s Big Show again! Come on down to the Big Gym Friday, October 12 for a night of music, dancing, and (albeit hard to recall) memories that will last a lifetime! That may sound too cute to be true, but I’m not making this up, folks. Student tickets are available at Case in the SGA booth, and prices are as follows: $8 for students prior to the show, $10 at the door. General admission tickets are also available at brownpapertickets.com for $25 prior, $30 at the door.

We’re excited to bring Mayer Hawthorne and Cults to the hallowed halls of the Big Gym! Aren’t hip and don’t know who these wonderful acts are? Here’s some info:

Mayer Hawthorne

Mr. Andrew Mayer Cohen is a neo-soul singer/songwriter from Los Angeles, CA.  He cites influences as wide-ranging as Smokey Robinson and Isaac Hayes to J-Dilla, and his music tastefully reflects this blend of old and new soul.  Just listen to his track “The Walk”— pure throwback, brassy horns doubling with tender background vocals, mid-tempo Motown beat, Hawthorne’s croon gluing the package together.  (“The Walk” also accompanies a music video that’s a ton of gunslingling fun.) From his own mouth, speaking to to AskMen.com– “I make soul music for hip-hop heads.”  Hawthorne may look like the geeky, horn-rimmed kid in the back of the lecture hall that sways to the music playing on his headphones, but at least you know he’s listening to something amazing.  

Cults

Cults, the opening band for Big Show this fall, take you back to a simpler time, where you want to grow out your shaggy brown hair and croon into a microphone about how no one understands you. Madeline Follin, the band’s lead vocalist, has a high, sweet, and youthful voice that transforms her angst-y teenage lyrics into some really fun indie pop. She has previously recorded with punk band Youth Gone Mad on their album Touching Cloth. Ryan Mattos (staged and preferred named: Brian Oblivion) is the guitarist of the band.

Together, Oblivion and Follin are the two main band members and their long brown locks are pictured bouncing around on their website. The band is New York City based and the two attended The New School in the East Village. They released their first EP of 3 songs in 2010 on bandcamp, Cults 7” with Forest Family Records. Their release received a Best New Music shout out by Pitchfork Media. Then their self-titled album Cults was released by Columbia Records in June 2011 and was also granted a Pitchfork shout out.

Pitchfork and other Cults fans, drank up Follin’s youthful vocals and the band’s, as said on Pitchfork’s album review, “1960s girl pop…. [cut] with synths, guitars, and softly integrated samples.” Some of these samples are actually conversations the band members had with their fans. But it somehow works with their other dreamy and synth-y sounds.

But what really catches their listeners, is the honesty in their lyrics and their ability to make you sink into that youthful desire to be misunderstood. It makes you want to get up and drink the sunlight, to run away, to stay and dance in a crowd with everyone else—to not care about anything. Just check out the last words of their hit single “Go Outside”: “I think I want to live my life and you’re just in my way.” 

–Jeff Sadueste & Rebecca Green

Artist of the Week: Flake Music

Flake Music is the James Mercer-fronted precursor to the indie rock staple The Shins. Bringing at first only drummer Jesse Sandoval with him (soon followed by Flake Music’s other core members), Mercer founded The Shins after Flake Music’s conclusion in 1997. Their music bears an obvious stylistic resemblance to The Shins, although with notably lower production values. Flake Music’s career spanned one album, “When You Land Here, It’s Time To Return,” and one tour, in support of Modest Mouse.

‎”The Shins” performed by Flake Music (The Shins)

Bio: Atlas Sound

“Atlas Sound;” those were the two words that Bradford Cox uttered into a homemade converted karaoke cassette machine when he was just in sixth grade. Since the genesis of its name in 1994, Atlas Sound has become the solo moniker and a representation of Deerhunter’s front man and provocateur, Bradford Cox.

Incidentally, Atlas Sound was also derived from the brand of tape player he used to make those initial experimental recordings. Even though the karaoke cassette recordings were Cox’s original materializations, it was not until 2008 that Atlas Sound’s first album, Let The Blind Lead Those Who See But Cannot Feel, was released.

Even from his humble beginnings as a budding artist, Cox was revolutionary and creative in his musical endeavors. Through reading a Beck interview, he discovered that he could utilize his family’s disused karaoke machine as a rudimentary multi- tracking device (the Beatle’s whirling Leslie speaker should be darned!).

However, it is these innovative recording processes that are central to his music and sound, and it colors the intimate feel of Atlas Sound in a more translucent manner. Then for the second Atlas Sound album, Logos, which arrived in 2009, there was more of a pop rooted sensibility present. Logos featured collaborations with Animal Collective’s Noah Lennox and Stereolab’s Laetitia Sadler and this was the album that progressed from intense introspection towards an ostentatious pop plateau, translating his sound and work into a more comprehensively engaging form.

To quote the musical blog 4AD, “Cox’s work as Atlas Sound represents a feral and prolific musical voice. With its scorched beauty, stream of consciousness, and wonderfully cohesive pop narrative, Atlas Sound is another outlet for Cox’s relentless creativity, distinctly remaining the product of just one man’s vision.” Now, Cox has six full- length releases as Atlas Sound: Let the Blind Lead Those Who See But Cannot Feel (2008), Logos (2009), and Bedroom Databank (2010), which is separated into four different albums.

Seeing that Cox’s song writing style is a musical stream- of- consciousness, it is especially evident in his latest album, Parallax, which was recently released on November 7th, 2011 (on CD, vinyl, and digitally). On this album, all of the songs were written and performed by Bradford, but he had a little help from his musician friends, Andrew VanWyngarden (MGMT), Carrie- Anne Murphey, and Paul McPherson. According to the music blog 4AD, “all but two tracks on Parallax were recorded in June 2011 at New York’s Rare Book Room and were produced by both Bradford Cox and Nicolas Vernhes.” When listening to Atlas Sound, just let your mind go and freely allow it to flow.

Sources: 4AD and Wikipedia: http://4ad.com/artists/atlassound

Here are some Youtube videos that incorporate Atlas:

Atlas Sound w/ Noah Lennox- Walkabout:

Atlas Sound (on Parallax): “Terra Incognita”

Atlas Sound and Laetitia Sadier: Quick Canal

Atlas Sound- Quarantined

Bio: Laura Stevenson and the Cans

Laura Stevenson is a Brooklyn, NY-based singer-songwriter, as well as an alum of cult-DIY collective Bomb the Music Industry! Stevenson self-released her first album, A Record, in 2008, and her wonderful sophomore effort Sit Resist was released this year on Don Giovanni. Her band The Cans includes scene-documenter Dave Garwacke (of www.ifyoumakeit.com fame) on drums, who recently blogged this recipe for the official Laura Stevenson and the Cans mixed drink:
“The Laura Stevenson and the Cans”

6 oz. Kirsch
6 oz. Ginger Beer

Combine in highball glass and serve. Stir quickly.

Anyways, Laura’s music has drawn comparisons to Regins Spektor and Joanna Newsom, because she’s a cute girl who writes cute songs n’ such. Also, one time the Cans’ violinist Wen-Jay Ying made me a cup of hot water, to drink. Which is pretty cool, I think. This is what she looks and sounds like:

Come see Laura and her Cans opening for Atlas Sound this Saturday @ Zankel

Artist of the Week: Real Estate

Real Estate is an indie rock band formed in Ridgewood, New Jersey now based out of Brooklyn.

The band is composed of singer/guitarist Martin Courtney, guitarist Matthew Mondanile (also the guitarist for Ducktails), bassist Alex Bleeker (of Alex Bleeker and the Freaks), drummer Jackson Pollis, and keyboardist Jonah Maurer.

The band has just released their second studio album Days which following their self titled debut. Described as “underwater pop songs,” Real Estate nods to psychedelic and lo-fi influences. On Days, the band has tightened up their sound while maintaining their relaxed, breezy, and effortless sound.

http://www.myspace.com/realestate