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Photos: Mac DeMarco, Yeoman’s Omen, Featherwood Bee at Eclectic

Despite the fact that I’d never previously heard of him, Canadian musician Mac DeMarco, along with the help of Wesleyan support acts Featherwood Bee and Yeoman’s Omen, successfully filled the house at Eclectic Thursday night, warming up the venue after the doldrums of Fall Break and Parents’ Weekend.

Unfortunately, I missed Featherwood Bee, who went on first. Sorry, Featherwood Bee! For those who don’t know, Featherwood Bee is a band. Specifically, they are a band that just released a new EP. Check out our recent short interview with them. When I arrived, Yeoman’s Omen had taken the stage with their blues-rock jams, and they propelled a small but growing crowd toward movement.

Mac DeMarco is known for its crooning, adorably gap-toothed vocalist, but he didn’t fully bust out his smoky pipes until the final song. Before that, they played the part of Canadian rednecks; a dish of murky beer on the stage turned out to be their watering hole, and they liberally scooped out of it with a used paper Pepsi cup and drank from it. The disconnect between their serene vocals and thrumming guitars occasionally reminded me of the Strokes. They unsuccessfully tried to play “Message in a Bottle” toward the end and had two trainwrecks before launching into “Only You.” DeMarco recruited a random girl from the audience and dove into the crowd while embracing her, which must have been a memorable experience for everyone involved.

BandCampWes: Featherwood Bee Drop EP

“Drink your school. Stay in drugs. Don’t do milk.”

Featherwood Bee is a group of lads that make rock music. They played at Yale last week, opened for R. Stevie Moore last month, and are opening an Aural Wes-curated show at Eclectic tonight, along with Yeoman’s Omen. Featherwood Bee’s rock/folk sound is infectious, so much so that it’s been hailed as “Partywave,” “MellowWave,” and “Bath Salts Rock” (by drummer Adam Johnson ’14). Also of note, all band members claim to have watched PBS as kids, so you know they’re nice and wholesome. Check out their eponymous two-song EP after the jump, along with a nifty poem and an interview with drummer and hype man Adam.

Mac DeMarco, Yeoman’s Omen, and Featherwood Bee @ Eclectic

Calhoun Hickox ’15 has a name that’s almost as dope as Mac DeMarco:

Remember how much fun Aural Wes’ launch party was last month featuring Prince Rama and Wesleyan’s own Bamenda, Guy Fridge ’15, and Crook$hanks? This Thursday we’re back with another Aural Wes curated show in Eclectic, this time featuring cigarette smoking Canadian crooner Mac DeMarco and your pals, Yeoman’s Omen and Featherwood Bee. I am predicting this show will set crowd surfing world records, so get ready to hang loose and ride a giant wave of weird pop for a couple hours.

More information at Aural Wes.

Date: Tonight, October 25
Time: 9:00 pm – 12:00 am
Place: Eclectic
Cost: Free Moneys
Facebook event: “Maybe Attending”

Pumpkin Fest ’12: Cow and Gourds


Cancelled last year by a minor Snowpocalypse, Pumpkin Fest returned last Saturday more gourdtacular than ever! Long Lane Farm hosted the idyllic autumn event. The weather was beautiful, music was great, and there were lots of young children running around with their faces painted. Long Lane and the College of the Environment hosted the event and the very cool COE bike generators powered much of it. There was a cow, a yoga circle courtesy of WesBAM!, a tire swing, delicious smoothies from Raw Youniverse, vegetarian food, and tables set up by various environmental student groups.

I got to Long Lane on my new bike (!!) when Friendship Marathon (Gabe Greenberg ’14, Noah Rush ’14, and Jackie Soro ’14) was halfway through their spirited, multi-instrumental set. Next up was Northpaw (Boy-Prince Zack Kantor ’15, Nate Repasz ’14, Eriq Robinson ’15, Sam Sontag ’14, Gabe Beaudoin ’15, Dan Light ’14, and Sean Winnik ’14), who played a crowd-pleasing set including “Let’s Get it On” (Zack singing sultrily on his birthday is the best) and the Hey Arnold theme song.

Unfortunately I missed the other bands (Surprise GuestIsaac Silk and Derek FrankBrushfireFeatherwood Bee, and Goodbye Goodbye Penis Penis Penis), but I’m sure they were great too. Anyone know what the deal with GGPPP is?

Other highlights of Pumpkin Fest include the tasty chocolate-almond-banana and mango-pineapple smoothies I had, eating freshly picked Long Lane herbs, Becca Wilton ’15 accosting me to take awkward pics of her and the cow, having my bike ridden by people for the bike generator, having my bike in general (rode it gleefully around campus five times that day), and seeing Kate Gibbel ’15‘s fleshy and disturbing face paint. Pumpkin Fest was probably the closest I got to apple picking this Fall/I should do that soon.

Lots of pictures and video of Northpaw after the jump:

R. Stevie Moore to Eclectic: “This Is the Best Crowd and the Worst P.A. System Ever”

Perhaps the only time Wes students have moshed to a 6o-year-old legend in Mickey Mouse pajamas.

 On Saturday night, in one of the most bizarre, captivating, and intense performances I’ve witnessed at Wesleyan since Lightning Bolt or perhaps Už Jsme Doma, a golden nugget of blue-bearded wisdom reigned down on Eclectic. It came clad in Mickey Mouse-patterned pajamas and a yellow baseball hat. Its name was R. Stevie Moore.

Backed by three tireless touring musicians, whose articles of clothing came gradually unglued throughout the night, the grandfatherly lo-fi legend performed about two-and-a-half sets of lo-fi pop merged with noise rock, punk, metal, krautrock, avant-garde, and generally ranting into a microphone, telling the young’uns to shut up and listen. Between growling obscenities (“WTF! GTFO!”) and shouting out “all the bitches in the house,” Moore also described Eclectic as “the best crowd with the worst P.A. system ever.” If the P.A. malfunctioned, no one noticed. Moore’s music was too loose, too noisy, too weirdly infectious.

The Mash: A Music & Public Life Initiative

Not that dumb game you played in middle school.

“You know what I wish?” says person number one. “What?” says person number two. “I wish that several of the talented musicians that attend/have attended Wesleyan will select a day in which they scatter themselves about the campus and play their music loud and for all to hear,” says person number one. “Wouldn’t that be nice?” But person number two does not respond because they left the conversation. Sad story, but true. Fortunately, if you are person number two, your wishes are being granted—by Chelsie Green ’14, Michael Roth ’78, frequently returning alumni Bear Hands, and a whole committee of students and faculty:

The Mash, inspired by Fête de la Musique, also known as World Music Day, will highlight the student music scene at Wesleyan and kick off the year-long campus and community-wide Music & Public Life initiative.

The event will open with President Roth and other faculty members performing at noon on Friday, September 7 in the Usdan Courtyard. From 2-5 pm, three stages, located at the WestCo Courtyard, Usdan Courtyard and Olin Library Lawn, will feature some of Wesleyan’s student musicians, as well as newly formed groups (30 minutes of every hour will be left unbooked, so come ready to play with whatever instrument you need to make music—drums, amplifiers, and microphones will be provided). From 5-8 pm, THE MASH will continue on Andrus Field with a performance by campus band Treasure Island. This stage will be headlined by BearHands, an alumni band. Meanwhile, an all-campus outdoor barbecue dinner will be happening on Andrus Field/Foss. As a part of the event, small instruments will be handed out to encourage everyone to make music.

Cinco de BuHo

John Ryan ’14 writes in to keep your eardrums happy this Cinco de Mayo. This Saturday afternoon, Buddhist House is hosting a concert/BBQ backyard bash featuring bands that will certainly make the celebrations celebration-worthy. Not only is this a great way to celebrate Mexico’s victory over the French (even though everyone beats the French), but how better to spend your last weekend before classes end? Festivities begin at around 2:30, and bands are going on as follows:

Buddhist House is hosting an awesome day concert/BBQ right in their very own backyard this Saturday afternoon. Here’s the rundown: A bunch of bands are going to play while everyone celebrates Cinco de Mayo and has a good last weekend before classes end. Festivities are starting at around 2:30 PM.

Date: May 5th
Time: 2-7pm
Place: Backyard of Buddhist House (356 Washington)
Check out: Their facebook page.

Tanlines to Headline Zonker Harris Day 2012

Dashing WestCovian devil child Cal Hickox ’15 writes in about an incomparable WesFest classic that’s here to stay, alternative names be damned. This time around electro-pop duo Tanlines is headlining, set to talk the stage after (and before) sets by a veritable kaleidoscope of prolific WesBands (some of whom performed last year too). The weather’s supposed to be a darling, so let’s hope no one gets on P-Safe’s bad side:

Imagine… a place and a time where the world could come together as one.

Think hard; really try to taste the pure buttercup air; really try to feel all those wind turbines humming with satisfaction; and really, really, really try to see all those effervescent smiles plastered across the faces of a new tomorrow. Nice, isn’t it? Well I’ve got some good freakin’ news… This utopia is not out of reach! This is all it is: A unity based upon trust, love, harmony, innovation, …… and WHAT?!?! …… a man?

Yeoman’s Omen + Featherwood Bee at Earth House

AnonyPerson ’14 says “Awesomefest will be god-awful and way too long (like five hours!),” so go see Yeoman’s Omen and Featherwood Bee at Earth House! What’s going to go down:

Rising stars on the partyrock circuit, Featherwood Bee will pave a righteous path of cop-killing sexy indie surf jams.

Yeoman’s Omen’s first set of the semester (complete with new content!) will roll down that path in a blaze of lo-fi jazz Carnatic punk-funk glory, group prayer to follow.

Place: Earth House
Time: ~
10:15 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Facebook Event

Ty Segall One Man Band with Featherwood Bee at Eclectic

Ty Segall (as seen above) is garage rock star from San Francisco, he’s coming to play for you Wesleyan! For FREE!

Literally, he is flying in for this show. Make it worth it by showing up!

As for Featherwood Bee  – they are an on campus band consisting of Kelly Lee ’14, Adam Johnson ’14, John Ryan ’14, and Ben Gottesman ’13. They have a mellow indie rock sound. It’s the perfect opener for Ty Segall since it’s got that Bay Area sound. Come check out cute boys that go to your school.

  • Date:  Thursday, February 2
  • Time:  9:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Place:  Eclectic
  • Cost:  FREE!