From Aaron Veerasuntharam ’14 and Maddy Oswald ’14:
Justin Trudeau. Jack Layton. Tim Hortons. If a single tear is falling from your eyes, you’re probably reading the right post. Come out this Sunday night to enjoy a hearty Canadian Thanksgiving dinner and to connect with some “international students” from north of the border.
P.S. If you happen to know a Canadian at Wes… tell them about this event! While you’re at it, explain the US government shutdown to them!
If you’re interested in this and/or future Canadian shenanigans shoot an email to aveerasuntha[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.
Date: Sunday, October 13 Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Place: 142 Cross Street
I have the good fortune of working at Scores and Recordings, the music section of Olin Library. I can objectively say that it’s one of the coolest academic hubs on campus. S&R has a massive CD and vinyl collection, a pretty strange assortment of cassettes, shelves of musical scores, a bunch of turntables and other media players for student use, audio and video recorders on loan, and a whole room devoted to Wesleyan’s renowned World Music Archives. It is the home of Notations 21, a collection of creative visual scores that is possibly my favorite book in the whole library.
Scores and Recordings is kind of a metaphor for liberal arts in general— it’s a huge assortment of stuff that you can’t imagine you’d ever be able to string together in a way that makes any sense, but that doesn’t matter because it’s all awesome and interesting and the perfect vehicle for discovering new things. Especially when you choose items off the shelves at random (which is what we all do when navigating WesMaps, amirite?).
It’s always interesting to see what people check out at the circulation desk — everything from recordings of Tuvan throat singing to John Cagescores to Eminem CDs — but my sense from working at S&R is that not nearly enough people know about what’s available here. In an effort to mine some of the treasures that are tucked away in this section of the library, I summoned fellow Wesleyinger Gabe to join me in my adventures, AKA pulling random stuff off the shelves and writing about what we found. For this first installment of a continuing series of S&R adventures, we explored the vinyl collection and made some, er, unusual discoveries. Read about our findings after the jump.
Zammuto’s play with sound and sonic possibility makes you go “Aww!” Sound-smithing and experimentation create perfect musical spirals with creative sampling and synthesizing. Zammuto is the Nick Zammuto half of The Books, with a new live backing band. If you don’t know about the now-defunct Books, they scavenged for sound bits (like family videos from Goodwill, or the contents of the blog Everything is Terrible) to knit together into sampledelic folk-inspired musical pieces.
Zammuto records all of its music in an idyllic house in the woods of Vermont. They are basically awesome. Projected visuals, like finger skateboarding or rushing wooded landscapes, were all a part of the sensory concert experience. The crowd gobbled up the surreal juxtapositions of images, cheering at an image of a hardboiled egg getting sliced in half and returning the gesture when one video featured a bunch of middle fingers. When they were called back onstage for an encore, Sean Dixon started out with an epic drum solo, which turned into the drum rolls of the Paul Simon classic “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover,” with a funky, syncopated rendition of the chorus. On top of Christopher Owens covering “The Boxer,” it’s really too bad former studentAdrian Simon, formerly ’15 hasn’t been around to hear his dad’s tunes and get all embarrassed.
Ever slept in an igloo, hunted a seal for dinner, and rode a polar bear to school? Ya, neither have we. Come to the first ever meeting of the Canadian Club and educate yourselves (or others) about the great white north!
Thursday. 7:30. Usdan couches. Canadian Club beverages provided
–> get pumped:
Date: Thursday, February 18
Time: 7:30 PM
Place: Usdan Couches