“Concerts on Foss: now more than ever!”
Spring Fling is happening! The rumors are true: Paul Wall is officially booked and coming to Central Connecticut! Kevin Federline dropped out (as a freshman) and sent Kevin Curtin ‘13, YouTube drummer extraordinaire, in his place! House Party and dead prez are playing a collaborative set! Dean Brown and The Clover Street Band are covering Jefferson Airplane again!!!!!!!!!
Yeah, no. We’ll cut the crap and just give you the lineup, courtesy of Spring Fling Committee:
This year’s lineup still follows the loosely defined Spring Fling template of “rap act, indie-ish buzz band, raucous opening act” of the past few years, allowing us to reuse this sentence again and again, ya bishhh. Just kidding; Ryan Hemsworth seems to fit none of those categories, while Anamanaguchi probably takes buzz band and raucous opener simultaneously. “Electronic and electronically-backed music setting the stage for music press-electrifying rappers” is probably a better generalization this time around.
The lineup looks stacked this year! I’m excited to see the universal acclaim in the comments; a complete absence of complaints about the lineup has always been one of Spring Fling’s reliable standbys, year after year. (Ha ha ha.) Think your project’s missing? Put it in the submission form. Some quick overviews and music from the artists are after the jump.
Anamanaguchi is a chiptune rock band from NYC, combining video game sounds with high energy rock. Think best seventh grade arcade-themed birthday party crashed by a ton of moshers. They played Zonker Harris Day in 2010 when it rained a lot and not that many people showed up. Hopefully this year it won’t rain and people will come (and Spring Fling will also be on Foss). Anamanaguchi’s new album, Endless Fantasy, will be out on May 14. Maybe we’ll hear some of their new stuff at Spring Fling. Here is their SoundCloud. There’s a great video for their recent single, “Meow”:
This makes me want to play Katamari. Or pick up a Game Boy/Nintendo controllers and press the buttons vigorously.
- Yo, how about that guy who looks kinda like Stephan Stansfield ’13?
So much elated Foss sunshine happy dancing will ensue when they play.
I like to think it reflects well on me that I didn’t instantly recognize moot (and instead wondered why that white kid’s face looked really familiar).
Ryan Hemsworth is a popular DJ and producer from Nova Scotia, dubbed “one of the best DJs with the worst name.” His latest EP, Last Words, was stated to be “another reminder of the way hip-hop and electronic dance music continue to flirt with each other aggressively, like two high school freshmen who have the whole talking-to-each-other thing down and are just starting to reach that exalted next level.”
Here’s a Pitchfork interview with Hemsworth, in which his music is described as “moody sound [that] combines the emo hip-hop of Drake and Future with pinpoint sample-based electronica.” Again with the synergy of hip-hop and electronica being the future or whatever. Check out Ryan Hemsworth’s SoundCloud and Bandcamp. Here’s a snippet:
And since I have friends who are more familiar with R. Hems than myself, here are some testimonials via facebook chat:
“oh i don’t know his music at all
he’s a dj
every time i hear his name i picture the actor from thor
whose last name is i think also hemsworth
just post that guy’s biography” – Musician ‘13
Here you go:
Though born in Melbourne, Australia, Chris Hemsworth saw quite a bit of the country in his youth when his family moved first to the Northern Territory before finally settling on Phillip Island to the south of Melbourne. He is brother to actors Liam Hemsworth and Luke Hemsworth. [read more]
“He’s a sampling extraordinaire. His beats are always so silky and loud.”
Me: “Word. Would you hook up with him?”
“Yes. A 100x yes.” – Eric Lopez ‘15
“he’s a fly ass Canadian dood who does fly ass remixes. fader’s got a good mix but it is kind of a sad mix so prob not the best thing to put on wesleying
this is prob his most impressionable track to me
lol “combines the emo hip-hop of drake and future with sample-based electronica“ – Sheryl Rivas ’15
- “This boy is kind of a huge cutie. I wanna meet him and dance in front of the stage so he can notice me.” –Rachel ’14
Ab-Soul is an esteemed member of the Black Hippy crew, which consists of Kendrick, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, and Ab-Soul himself. AbSynth is also the former name of a current Wesleying writer (duh).
His last album, Control System, was highly acclaimed. About Ab-Soul, Kendrick Lamar has said, “I write a line, and I bring it by him. He’s like my actual human dictionary when I’m in the studio rapping…When I first met [him] I thought he was a nerd. A nerdy, wizardish genius.” He’s got a cool track with Danny Brown, as well as a piece with Kendrick Lamar called “ILLuminate,“ which takes place in a dystopian world where people dig up Ab-Soul’s LP from the ground (cuz people don’t listen to records in the future or somethin’, forget about books). Ab-Soul’s music is political and powerful and it sounds like he’s just getting warmed up by the end of the album. Here’s his Twitter.
Kendrick Lamar is an inventive hip-hop artist from Compton. Last year’s, good kid, m.A.A.d city is deeply autobiographical and has a great narrative, largely about growing up in Compton and starting to rap, with themes of family and identity interspersed throughout. It’s a great piece of storytelling that ties together rap thrills with pulverizing beats with conversation snippets and voice recordings. Honestly, I think Kendrick is a really solid headlining pick. A wide range of Wesleyan’s cultural subgroups will all be pretty fucking down for this.
Please: don’t kill my vibe. Instead, look at what really silly things I thought about Kendrick while watching the video for “Swimming Pools (Drank)”:
I’m really worried about Kendrick, is he falling down because he’s drunk?
I’m really worried about Kendrick, would he be mad if he knew I thought this was a Drake song for a while?
I’m really worried about Kendrick, is this video about drinking pool water?
It’s probably a metaphor.
I’m really worried about Kendrick, does he know how busy he’s going to be during finals week?
- Here’s an awk Google Hangout that Kendrick participated in during SXSW.
Listen to good kid, m.A.A.d city here:
That’s that, folks. Shout-out to Spring Fling Committee for their work in putting this together; they shaped a cohesive lineup and negotiated on a budget pretty much all year round. All that’s left is for us to get reasonably excited. Concerts on Foss: Now, more than ever!
EDIT: A Committee member wrote in to note that guest passes for Spring Fling will be available starting Monday, April 15, for $20 each – expect a post soon.
[This post was definitely not written by A-Batte and Samira, who shared the pronoun “I” just to fuck with you.]