Posts Tagged ‘music’
Bored in Butler? Wondering what to do tonight? Worried that this weekend may in fact be the last time you see another human outside the library? Spectrum has your agenda for this fine evening, but first, take a look at Rebecca Black’s latest foray into days of the week songs. Keep in mind that she’s still 16 years old.
1. At 9 p.m., FeelGood and Beta are hosting a benefit concert at the Beta Theta Pi house. For $5, you can check out student bands like Phonoscenes and Standard Delivery—and, of course, amazing grilled cheese. All proceeds will go to FeelGood CU‘s annual contribution to The Hunger Project for the Sustainable End of World Hunger. Tickets can be purchased here or at the door. More »
In my last 1:11, I wrote about how Artpop, Lady Gaga’s new album, is the perfect cure to the mid-semester slump. For today, to
boost my street cred show you some new music, I compiled songs from more “up and coming” artists to put a spring in your step.
First is Sky Ferreira. Sky’s music is perfect for getting ready in the morning—it’s all I’ve been listening to. To make you feel like an underachiever, Sky models, acts, and writes her own music, all at the age of 21. The good thing, however, is that her age makes her music super relatable. In “24 Hours,” she sounds a lot like Lana Del Ray.
It’s late. You’re up. And I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all hit a mid-semester slump. The weather gets rougher, our classes get harder, and we’re in that awkward period when it’s cold but we don’t have the perk of the beautiful College Walk lights just yet.
Have no fear, for I present to you a break from the mid-semester blues: Artpop, Lady Gaga’s newest album. Every song has a rocking danceable backdrop that makes you feel invincible against the wind. You bust out random dance moves as you walk down Broadway. It’s the perfect album to jam to as you plan your program and get excited for next semester.
While most pop of our generation is shallow and repetitive, Gaga’s pop has lyrics that are actually meaningful and irresistible melodies. While other pop stars try to invoke shock by being purely sexual, Gaga is the master of shock value by wearing crazy outfits (exhibit A: Her flying dress at her NYC Launch Party). While she does invoke the sexual shock value, Gaga does it right by making it artistic and thought-provoking. More »
Today I feel ambitious enough to cover the biggest story of the week: One Direction’s latest music video for their new single “Story of My Life.”
The video came out this past Sunday, and while I saw the announcements on my Twitter feed, all over Facebook, and in my regular 1D e-newsletter, I didn’t watch it on Sunday.
I knew I couldn’t watch it immediately. One Direction videos have a tendency to catapult me into the throes of epic quarter-life crises, and I wasn’t ready for that on Sunday.
The day after it came out, however, I was in the library trying to catch up on reading when I received a text message from a dear friend and fellow Directioner:
It was time.
I had waited long enough. If she had survived it, so could I.
I braced myself, went to YouTube, and pressed play.
Québécois indie band Arcade Fire’s new album “Reflektor,” is its first output since “The Suburbs” in 2010. This album is at moments nervous, jittery, slinky, moody, and defiant, which is a lot for one album but not surprising, given the group’s ambition and willingness to experiment. The vibe the band pursues, as lead singer Win Butler told Pitchfork, is a “mash-up of Studio 54 and Haitian Voodoo,” and it accomplishes this eclectic blend with a little help from LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy.
Spectrum recently caught up with the creative team behind this year’s “XMAS!” show. The show’s plot remains under wraps, but they revealed one possible clue (“flirty”), talked about their favorite parts of the experience, and shared an upcoming collaboration with the Columbia Hillel. It may or may not involve Chinese food.
Halloween is here, and if you believe the legends, Morningside Heights will soon be crawling with all manners of spooky specters and mystical miscreants. Even goblins and ghouls need jams, so here are 13 sweeter-than-candy-corn tracks.
Lou Reed passed away on Sunday in his Long Island home. He was 71.
The seminal American rock musician founded the Velvet Underground with John Cale in 1964. The band worked closely with Andy Warhol, who introduced them to German singer Nico and produced their debut album, “The Velvet Underground & Nico.”
The album was deemed to be one of the most influential of the era. Rolling Stone called it “the most prophetic album ever made,” while legendary producer Brian Eno said that although the album only sold 30,000 copies, “everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band.”
As a lyricist, Reed was unafraid to pursue uncomfortable topics. Themes of drug abuse, sexuality, and dysfunctional relationships permeated his work, yet he managed to write some of the sweetest odes to love and friendship of our time.
We’ve compiled some reads and tunes to remember Reed’s best work.
There’s nothing wrong with listening to some jazz for that kick of energy you need for the rest of week. Carrie Mathison knows what I’m talking about.
There’s good news, then, for those who are fans of both jazz and supporting musicians at Columbia. David Ecker, CC ’15 and a music columnist for the Spectator, will release an EP titled “Passage” on Nov. 11. He describes the EP, which features four original songs and a cover of Elliot Smith’s “Clementine,” as “lo-fi electro jazz.”
On his chosen genre, Ecker said that “jazz is a genre that has produced some of the most innovative textural elements and sounds but it often, in my opinion, lacks memorable melody. My goal for this project was to incorporate my love for jazz melody and harmony with the sonic adventurousness of electronic music.”
Ecker has previously performed his songs with the Columbia University Jazz Ensemble and said that “Passage” is the product of six months of on-and-off work. He’s planning on selling the EP on Bandcamp and on iTunes at a later date.
Ecker about mixed-genre music and the industry in his column and said that he’s “always writing about the music business.”
“I think it’s good for people to see me put my money where my mouth is,” Ecker said.
It’s really late. You’re still up. Maybe you’re sustaining your sleepy mind with pump-up music from Lorde or an 8tracks playlist of OneDirection. If you ever listen to your music on shuffle, though, you probably come upon some gems from your youth.
As great as some music from the last couple years has been, we really hit a great part of pop culture around 10 years ago. So in honor of the timeless influences of Eminem, Christina Aguilera, and 3 Doors Down–and throwback Thursday–here are some jams (is that what the kids are calling it?).
Let’s start with the ultimate life lesson from Eminem: “You can do anything you set your mind to, man.” It’s like he knows what we need to hear.