WBAR Presents: Calvin Johnson and Poses
WBAR, and Barnard itself, has a history of quietly hosting some of the best speakers/musicians/artists to be had*, and tomorrow is no exception. At 8 p.m., Altschul Atrium will reverberate with sounds of the 90s Pacific Northwest DIY scene as legendary K Records founder Calvin Johnson and Poses, the project of Kicking Giant’s Tae Won Yu. No word yet on whether Special Agent Dale Cooper will be in attendance.
For those who are intrigued but maybe unfamiliar with the artists, here’s what you should know:
Olympia, WA-based K Records is an iconic name in the music scene, and for good reason. They’ve put out some of the most important independent music of the past few decades, including releases from the Microphones, Neo Boys, Built to Spill, Dub Narcotic Sound System, and Beat Happening. Bikini Kill, Miranda July, and Modest Mouse have all collaborated with the label. Johnson’s working discography is huge, having helped out on a fair number of those albums and fronted at least six of his own bands. It seems likely he’ll primarily draw from his two solo LPs, which are a mix of heartfelt solo strumming and jauntier efforts, all delivered in his signature monotone.
Beat Happening – Fuck Shit Up
Halo Benders – Big Rock Candy Mountain (No, not that song from O Brother Where Art Thou)
Calvin Johnson – Can We Kiss?
Tae Won Yu has a knack for being there. He was at Pavement’s first show, handled some of Liz Phair’s first tapes, and worked on more than a few of Built to Spill’s album covers.
But by no means is he a mere spectator. His band Kicking Giant moved cross-coast to sign to K, and the former project’s penchant for the earnest, catchy lo-fi of 90s alt rock lives on in Poses.
Kicking Giant – Secret Teenage Summer
What Altschul Atrium will look like, probably:
*Except when Obama or Noam Chomsky come to campus. Then everyone loses their shit. Just a reminder to look out for Zadie Smith in November!
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