NME on Wesleyan: a "Nest of Noise"

The latest periodical to cover Wesleyan as a hotbed of entertainment talent is British music magazine NME, which devoted a two-page spread this week to investigating our “nest of noise” which “has spawned artists such as MGMT, Amazing Baby and Santogold – and there’s a lot more to follow.”

It was clear that NME had a thing for this school and its products (for good reason), but damn, way to blow up Wesleyan’s uniquely hip legacy!

From all that’s visible from the linked page, there’s a picturesque photo of North College, a map indicating the distance between Middletown and New York City, a quote from Ben Goldwasser of MGMT about Wesleyan’s instrumental place in the chronology of his life, some pictures of Wes-graduated acts, and an inset about British schools which have supposedly reached a comparable level cool.

If anybody’s got their hands on a copy of this week’s issue and can send us a scan (is NME even distributed here?), it’d be much appreciated.

[edit, 10/24 11:30 am] The Wes homepage put up a full-page scan of the article, read the whole thing here.

It’s pretty effusive about the Wesleyan students’ creative potential, though some details are somewhat inaccurate – “The place is strewn with flyers advertising bands, films, plays and other artistic endeavours cooked up by bored students trying to entertain themselves in this largely rural part of the world.” Um, right.

Media relations director David Pesci calls Wes a “crucible of creativity”, where live music permeates the air in warmer months, and due credit is given to past professors of experimental music and ethnomusicology for building up the Music Department.

Santogold and members of MGMT recount their college experiences, and shout-outs are given to recent/current campus favorites Red Wire Black Wire, Bear Hands, and Bottle up and Go as examples of the wide range of musical styles formed here. Overall, not bad publicity at all.

NME: A Different Class
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37 thoughts on “NME on Wesleyan: a "Nest of Noise"

  1. Anonymous

    Glad to hear things have changed – in fall of 92, there was one band…ours. We played 4 or 5 gigs. Ours were the only posters all over campus. And (ultimate diss) we didn’t get accepted at the subsequent Battle of the Bands the next spring when all of these “Wes” bands crawled out of hibernation (many with only 1 member attending). We weren’t no Fiona Apple, but we were pretty good…So…glad to hear that things have changed :-)

  2. Anonymous

    Glad to hear things have changed – in fall of 92, there was one band…ours. We played 4 or 5 gigs. Ours were the only posters all over campus. And (ultimate diss) we didn’t get accepted at the subsequent Battle of the Bands the next spring when all of these “Wes” bands crawled out of hibernation (many with only 1 member attending). We weren’t no Fiona Apple, but we were pretty good…

    So…glad to hear that things have changed :-)

  3. makechange

    it is now on sale at news stand in NYCwe are visiting on veterans day 11/11 from high schoolI will bring you the copy ( $ 7.25 value) in excahnge of tour of westco. anyone?

  4. makechange

    it is now on sale at news stand in NYC
    we are visiting on veterans day 11/11 from high school
    I will bring you the copy ( $ 7.25 value) in excahnge of tour of westco. anyone?

  5. Anonymous

    We did in fact work with NME on this. Just waiting for legible copy so we could post to the homepage. It’s up there now. Enjoy! David Pesci, director of media relations.

  6. Anonymous

    We did in fact work with NME on this. Just waiting for legible copy so we could post to the homepage. It’s up there now. Enjoy! David Pesci, director of media relations.

  7. Anonymous

    Its not about this article per say its about the principle of supporting student and alumni success. Something, that if you read the links on the homepage, you do not get enough of in my opinion.

  8. Anonymous

    Its not about this article per say its about the principle of supporting student and alumni success. Something, that if you read the links on the homepage, you do not get enough of in my opinion.

  9. Anonymous

    yeah I can’t believe shit like this isn’t on the homepage. All they put on there is stuff professors have done, usually…with the occasional student accolades. Shows where this administration’s priorities are…not the students…I DON’T GIVE A FUCK WHAT ROTH THINKS ABOUT “POISE”

  10. Anonymous

    yeah I can’t believe shit like this isn’t on the homepage. All they put on there is stuff professors have done, usually…with the occasional student accolades. Shows where this administration’s priorities are…not the students…

    I DON’T GIVE A FUCK WHAT ROTH THINKS ABOUT “POISE”

  11. Anonymous

    Wow, I’m surprised these bands are actually admitting they’re from Wesleyan, as opposed to, say pretending they’re some hometown heroes from Brooklyn.

  12. Anonymous

    Wow, I’m surprised these bands are actually admitting they’re from Wesleyan, as opposed to, say pretending they’re some hometown heroes from Brooklyn.

  13. Anonymous

    I write for the Argus and apparently the PR person in the Administration did a lot to bring this together. They reached out to our editors and some other people who knew the bands or had photos of them on campus. Very cool.

  14. Anonymous

    I write for the Argus and apparently the PR person in the Administration did a lot to bring this together. They reached out to our editors and some other people who knew the bands or had photos of them on campus. Very cool.

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