“We’ve been pregnant with this record for nine months, but this baby couldn’t wait any longer.”
When I caught up with Ishmael last month to talk about the band’s brand new EP, I asked about recording the whole thing in the dead of night at New York’s Tarbox Studios. “There was something indescribable about being so creative, and loud, while most of New York slept,” the band told me, “and it freed up our inhibitions so we could try some weird stuff.” “Feet Stomp,” the first tease from that EP, hinted at some weird stuff. It also hinted at the catchiest—and shiniest—pop music that the prog/funk/rock/whatever outfit has written yet. Who says 9/8 time signatures and Tool covers aren’t sexy?
This week the band, which includes Jordan Lewis ’13 and Andy Werle ’12 plus non-Weskids Nick Otte and Aaron Silberstein, finally delivers the goods. The EP, creatively titled Ishmael the EP (and previewed on the WEUS airwaves a few weeks back), is available online for $3.96 at iTunes (and coming soon to Spotify and, eventually, physical formats). At just over twenty minutes, it consists of four of Ishmael’s most diverse tracks yet, including
If you’re looking for a Wesleyan-related way to avoid writing that paper you’ve been putting off all day—or if you’re an alumnus looking to stay connected to Wesleyan—University Communications and the New Media Lab have just the thing for you.
Wesleyan now has a presence on YouTube and iTunes U!
Wesleyan’s YouTube channel (cough, WesTube, cough) lets you watch Wesleyan-related videos about campus events, music, lectures, dances, athletics, and more. It’s supposed to be updated every week; right now, there’s a nifty video of campus reactions to the inauguration of President Barack Obama H’08.
Wesleyan has also created a presence on iTunes U, the educational side of Apple’s iTunes. It serves up Wesleyan-related audio and video podcasts. According to the University, there are over 90 podcasts to download, including:
- Public Lecture Series talks
- Writing Program talks
- Academic lectures
- Homecoming and Commencement videos
- Videos of CFA events
- Athletics podcasts
Some of these things actually look pretty entertaining, and brain-expanding. Cool.
The pilot of GREEK, the previously-talked-about-on-Wesleying new ABC Family show, is available for free at the iTunes Store. Overall, it’s not that bad. It’s even kinda funny.
While I’m not getting paid for this—and nor is Apple, since the download is free—iTunes is a product of Apple, so I should mention I’m Wesleyan’s Apple Campus Representative. Wouldn’t want any hate
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