Category Archives: Music

Cuddle Magic // Hannah Judd at Earth House

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****Cuddle Magics stunning return to Wesleyan — you won’t wanna miss this one!!****

Cuddle Magic was formed a decade ago in Boston by multi-instrumentalists Benjamin Lazar Davis and Christopher McDonald, who were shortly joined by Dave Flaherty, Alec Spiegelman, Kristin Slipp and Cole Kamen-Green. Throughout three full length albums, and especially in their live shows, the band showcases a uniquely focused and creative approach to pop orchestration. Cuddle Magic has been described as “dance-listening music” that unfolds in waves of vocal harmony, contrapuntal brass and woodwinds, dense wordplay, and overlapping rhythmic cycles.

Cuddle Magic’s fifth full length album, ‘Ashes/Axis’, is due out early next year on Northern Spy. The album was recorded and mixed at Trout Recordings with Bryce Goggin (Antony and the Johnsons, Swans, Pavement) and assistant engineer Adam Sachs.

Here’s the new album. Warning, it’s FIRE.
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Hannah Judd

Hannah Judd has been known to bring her cello musical stylings through the backyards and basements of Maine, New York, and Philadelphia. In her off time, she can be found feeling many feelings, wrapping herself in blankets and pondering the immortal ethnomusicological questions.

She has a dope new record out!! Peep it here.

Date: Friday, March 31
Time: 9PM-12AM
Place: Earth House

Overcoats Perform on NPR’s All Songs Considered

Overcoats perform a Tiny Desk Concert on March 1, 2017. (Marian Carrasquero/NPR)

As the electronic duo OvercoatsHana Elion ’15 and JJ Mitchell ’15 are quickly making a name for themselves in the indie music world. Yesterday they performed on NPR as part of All Songs Considered‘s Tiny Desk Concert series, which is a pretty big deal given who else has been featured. They also performed at this year’s South By Southwest festival earlier this month.

In their Wesleyan days, Overcoats played everywhere from Earth House’s intimate living room to the Spring Fling stage. Even as undergrads, their combination of sparse electronics and warm vocal harmonies allowed them to occupy a unique space in the campus music scene. Now, they’re looking forward to their debut album, Young, which comes out April 21.

You can watch Overcoats’ full Tiny Desk concert after the jump:

An Evening With Girltype Behaviors

16649267_332810073779825_8218259577912254684_nIt’s Sunday night, and I’m sitting on the ground of the Long Lane Farm parking lot with the members of the Wesleyan band Girltype Behaviors: lead vocalist and keyboardist May Klug ‘19,  vocalist and drummer Shea Fitzpatrick ‘18, guitarist Sallie Fullerton ‘18, and bassist Gemma Shay ‘18. An orange light pours down on us from a nearby streetlamp, and what could generously be called a bonfire sits in the center of our circle. The light and fire give the setting a post-apocalyptic vibe that the packets of Capri Sun Roarin-Waters being passed around soften with their sweetness and nostalgia.

“Listening in Reverse” — two concerts

WESCFAFrom Randi Plake:

“Listening in Reverse” is a two-day conference focused on influences–forgotten, hidden, suppressed, or just not considered–and featuring concerts, talks, presentations, and other interventions. The premise that any sound, object, or behavior can reward close attention and, consequently, can act as source, material, or shaping influence for a piece of music is more or less foundational to musical experimentalism. Equally foundational is that the music made offers an experience independent from these influences. But listeners, whether they are composers or performers or audience members, are rarely innocent of a desire for meaning. And that meaning may be found inside the experience of a piece and outside in anything that shaped the piece, or in the interplay between the two.

Dates: Saturday, March 4 and Sunday, March 5
Time: 8 PM
Place: World Music Hall

Toneburst Sampler

WESCFAFrom Randi Plake:

Wesleyan’s Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble premieres new works for live-electronics and laptop ensemble under the direction of Associate Professor of Music Paula Matthusen.

Date: Tuesday, March 7
Time: 8 PM
Place: Ring Family Performing Arts Hall

EMG Presents: Analog On

An exciting invitation to a super-cool concert, courtesy of the Experimental Music Group:

Analog On is an experimental electronic music ensemble that composes and performs on vintage analog electronics and modular synthesizers. The group consists of Shauna Caffrey on oscillator, saw and electronics, and Richard Duckworth on modular synthesizer and effects. Analog On made their debut at the Ideopreneurial Entrephonics II festival in Dublin, Ireland, in April 2016, and just finished recording their first release on the iconic Moog System 55 in the cockpit of the Moog Sound Lab at the Tonmeister Studio in Surrey. The aesthetic is that of the time-warp cultist with retro and future aesthetics co-existing in the same cultural and temporal space.

They will play tracks from the album in America as a musical homecoming for Richard Duckworth, as he studied analog synthesis under Herb Deutsch at Hofstra University in the 1980s: this is where he was first introduced to the Moog modular system and he spent many hours in the electronic music studio experimenting with voltage-controlled systems. Shauna Louise Caffrey is a musicology major at Trinity College, Dublin. Her life-long love of experimental soundtrack led her to join Analog On, and since then she has delighted in the creation of ‘weird noise’ and bizarre soundscapes through mixed media.

Free concert — all are welcome!

Date: Friday, March 3rd
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Place: Memorial Chapel

Residents of Music House Write Letter to ResLife, Proposing to Stay in 200 High Street

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Earlier today, members of Music House sent a letter to Wesleying proposing that Music House remain in 200 High Street next school year, sharing the space with the newly-approved Movement House. The letter cites the building’s status as the largest residential concert venue on campus as indirectly creating a workload that is too great for one house manager to maintain, giving specific examples from experiences within Music House that happened last semester. As of now, Movement House will be the only program house occupying the space next year.

The letter says that the residents of Music House who are not satisfied with ResLife’s standing decision to move the program house into a shared space with Full House for next school year and are therefore endorsing the proposal for sharing 200 High with Movement House, are hoping to meet with Movement House residents this Friday. Read past the jump for the full-text of the letter:

Silvernotes Auditions

silvernotesFor some reason no one ever checks the box on our submission form about putting your name in this little intro blurb, so here’s something from the Silvernotes:

Calling all music people, songwriters, performers, people who sing in the shower, people who sing in other places, fans of Coldplay, Simon & Garfunkel, and Don McLean (and more!): The Silvernotes, a Wesleyan acapella group, are auditioning for new members. We welcome people of all voice parts/class years/experience levels. Come prepared with a song and some interesting facts about yourself.

Audition Dates and Times:

  • Saturday, February 11, 1-3PM
  • Sunday, February 12, 2-4PM
  • Wednesday, February 15, 4-6PM

Place: Exley 139 (for all auditions)

“Hedwig & the Angry Inch” is Weird, Queer, and Very Wesleyan

Photo credit: Chloe Briskin

Last weekend, a production of the rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch performed three shows in Alpha Delta Phi’s Grotto. If you’ve never heard of Hedwig, let’s just say that it is a sight to behold, and this version was no exception.

I live in Alpha Delt, so skipping this show was out of the question for me; I do my laundry down the hall from the Grotto, and I kept walking in on Hedwig rehearsals during the first two weeks of school. I also knew several of the people who worked on it, including the director (Maia Nelles-Sager ’17), the stage manager (Chloe Briskin ’18), and the bassist (our managing editor Maya). But I really didn’t know what to expect. I knew a Wesleyan alum, Stephen Trask ’89, had written the music and lyrics. I knew that the main character was genderqueer – traditionally performed by a cis man in women’s clothing, although in this version the actor was also genderqueer – and that the only other character onstage was a gay man played by a woman. And I knew there was a rock band. But that’s about it.

Tipbox: Donations in Memory of Claire Randall ’12 and Petunia’s new EP

Claire Randall Love is accepting donations in memory of Claire Randall ’12 to her memorial service and provides information about how to donate to organizations that support causes she believed in.

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This is a sort of two-part tipbox post. First, John Ryan ’14 of Petunia sent us this email a couple days ago:

My name is John Ryan (2014 graduate), I live in Philadelphia and my newest EP as Petunia has just come out: https://petunia.bandcamp.com/album/funny-talk

I’m donating all the digital sales of the EP to https://www.clairerandalllove.com/ and Everytown for Gun Safety. Just wanted to make wesleyan people aware in case they want to listen and/or donate.
Claire Randall ’12, an incredibly talented musician and music educator, was killed in a horrific act of gun violence this past December. Her family has set up Claire Randall Love to accept donations to the family for her upcoming memorial service this spring. You can donate here. On the website, there are also links to donate in her memory to three organizations she believed in: Sanctuary for Families, Camp Surefire, and Resonant Motion. More information here.
 
For those of you who want to listen, this is the new EP by Petunia:
 
If there’s ever anything else you want to let us know about, email staff[at]wesleying[dot]org or submit an anonymous tip here.