Speaking of hardcore, here’s yet another collection of frightening band names and equally intimidating concert fliers. Improve your vocabulary of the various ‘punks and ‘cores (+”dadviolence!?”) with Ashe Kilbourne ’14:
rippin music in the westco café on saturday march 2nd. Free, no id nonsense. you can come in at 8 (or earlier), music starting before 8:30 NEVER LATER
BEARTRAP – fastcore from mass
CONSUMPTION – hartford crust
Al BORLAND – dadviolence from ct
BAKSHI – they go here…
Date: Today, March 2
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Place: WestCo Cafe
When I found out that Ian Mackaye—of Minor Threat, Fugazi, and The Evens—was coming to talk at Wesleyan, my 16-year-old self was ecstatic. I totally went through a phase in high school when I would sit in my room with my headphones on and listen to early punk music at a ridiculous volume—not exactly the classic punk experience, but everybody’s gotta do it their own way. And my 20-year-old self was just as psyched by the prospects of listening to this seminal figure of punk and post-hardcore talk for two hours.
MacKaye, who isn’t exactly known for using his indoor voice, was extremely articulate and thoughtful. He turned a lecture hall into a conversation, and fifteen or so questions into hours of discourse. He even got us to create an impromptu experimental music piece with everyone’s cellphones ringing simultaneously—Alvin Lucier would surely have been proud.
MacKaye took seemingly simple questions and formed sprawling answers, full of stories about the punk scene of the 1980s and ‘90s, with characters ranging from Henry Rollins and Ted Nugent to his bandmates in Fugazi, and life lessons. “Love what you do,” he said when asked to give advice for aspiring musicians. “If you fail, at least you will have loved it.” He talked about trying to get a punk band going in Washington, D.C., about his vocalist inspirations—Janis Joplin and Joe Cocker—about being straight-edge, about being Vegan (“Who does eating meat benefit?”), about the difficulty of dealing with skinheads and violence at his shows (“I don’t provide a soundtrack for violence”), and a short poem on his vision of punk rock: “Because we said so.”
I totally meant for that title to rhyme.
Frank Fineis ’13 and our Dearest Leader Zach Schonfeld ’13 has the latest in hardcore music-related Wesleyan events, as always. But this one is actually pretty awesome:
Ian MacKaye is the famously uncompromising former frontman of Fugazi and Minor Threat, current co-member (with his partner Amy Farina) of The Evens, and the founder of DC-based DIY label Dischord Records. He comes to shed wisdom on Wesleyan a few months after the release of The Evens’ latest album, The Odds—and shortly after the tenth anniversary of Fugazi’s hiatus. If you have even the slightest interest in hardcore, 1990s American indie underground, or DIY music industry ethics, this one’s worth your while.
This event is free and open to the public, so arrive early. It will also be entirely question-and-answer format, so please bring questions for Mr. MacKaye.
Before you go, you should probably enjoy some essential, required listening.
Date: Wednesday, February 27th
Time: 8 p.m.
Place: CFA Hall
Acclaimed Danish punks Iceage are coming to
WestCo Eclectic tomorrow night, along with campus favorites Slasher Roth, Let’s Party Hats! Hats! Hats!, and Bakshi. Given the minor shortage of punk shows on campus last semester, this is probably going to be rad. More from Chelsie Green ’14:
Yes y’all, this Danish punk band of youngins is playing here this Thursday. You can hear (and even see) their youthful aggression in all its glory on the night of the first day of classes.
The band’s sophomore release, You’re Nothing, drops on 2/19. Lead “singer” Elias Rønnenfelt said in an interview that the title is not so much directed at others, “but more [about] how you can feel about yourself sometimes.” Does that sound angsty enough for you? The album is supposed to be more emotionally raw and varied than the band’s debut, not to say the debut is missing any of that…
A couple of Wes bands will be opening for this: Slasher Roth, Let’s Party Hats! Hats! Hats!, and Bakshi. All will be performing short sets beginning immediately at 10:30, with Iceage going on promptly at 11:15 since this has to end at midnight. That means you should head over with feverish haste.
Adam Wechsler ’13 wants all you cool kids who love music and have ill-nasty tunes to know:
Do you have a stack of Tuvan throat singing records that the world needs to hear? Did you come home from studying abroad in Berlin with a hard drive full of KMFDM and Einstürzende Neubauten bootlegs? Do you want to show the world how you’re on the cutting edge of deep ecology chillwave? Would you like your voice to be broadcasted across Connecticut with 5000 Watts of power? If so, come to PAC 001 on Monday, October 8th at 5 or Wednesday, October 10th at 7. WESU will be having an information session for any and all interested in becoming a DJ. If you can’t attend one of these info sessions but would still like to get involved, lob an email in the direction of personnel(at)wesufm(dot)org.
When: Monday, October 8th or Wednesday, October 10th
Time: 5PM on October 8th or 7pm on October 10th
Place: PAC 001
Tonight’s WSA meeting promises to be a hardcore, action-packed, must-see event!
- Joe Bruno, Wesleyan’s Vice President for Academic Affairs, will be talking about student concerns over drop/add and course access. There is talk about making changes to the drop-add process, and we invite all students who have an opinion (bad or good) about the current system to attend tomorrow night’s meeting.
- The WSA will also be discussing two proposed resolutions at tomorrow night’s meeting. The first relates to the proposal to build an Army Base at a greenfield location in Middletown. At last week’s meeting, Mike Pernick ’10, presented the WSA with a resolution that denounces the army’s plans to build on that location and asks the Wesleyan administration to take a stand on the issue. The resolution was tabled last week and will be voted on at this week’s meeting.
- The second resolution that will be discussed tomorrow concerns divestment. This resolution relates to another resolution that the WSA passed last April, which urged the Wesleyan Board of Trustees to divest from two companies that were manufacturing weapons being used in Iraq. The resolution tomorrow is being presented by Kathy Stavis ’10, on behalf of Students for Ending the War in Iraq (SEWI). The resolution asks the Wesleyan Board of Trustees to vote on SEWI’s specific divestment proposal by the end of the semester.
- Also, the first ten minutes of every WSA meeting are an open forum for student concerns. Any student or student group with any concern is invited to come and speak to the WSA during this time about any issue.
This thing is so big, there’s even a Facebook Event for it.
Date: Sunday, Feb. 24
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Usdan 108