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New Single From WesBand Speedy Ortiz

A WesBand you haven’t heard (of)? At least, I haven’t. In support of musical diversification at Wes, Daniel Ferm ’12 writes in:

We’re Speedy Ortiz. We’re from Northampton and Connecticut. I, Daniel Ferm, am the only one in the band from Wesleyan. We play lots of shows in New England and New York, and we played a show here in March in a house. We just got signed by Exploding in Sound Records. We are Speedy. Take a listen to our latest single.

Men with Bad Manners Plant “Seed Sankara!”

The reggae album of the year is upon us!

Men with Bad Manners, featuring all of Wesleyan’s greatest musicians, has released its debut album, Seed Sankara. Not only is the music stupendous (produced by Buru Style’s Andrew Fogliano ’10), but it’s also for a great cause. MWBM includes Immanuel Lokwei ’12, Howe Pearson ’12, Matt Hurwit ’12, and Jesse Humm ’12.

Your support will help the Kapseret Soccer Club and Long Mouth Social Forum promote social dialogue, peaceful coexistence, and the revaluation of artistic creations in ethnically torn parts of rural Kenya.

Buy the album on Bandcamp or download hit single “Town Cow Skank” for free.

Crookhanks changes name to Crook$hanks for second monthly mix

Right now, I’m saying “party rapper Crank$haft was sick last night. :(” But after tonight, you’ll be saying, “party rapper Crank$haft was sick last night!” Am I right?!

That’s right, folks – the Croak$hocks mix for the month of February has finally dropped. I haven’t listened to it yet, but people who did have been  quoted saying “This is HUGE”. What can you do about it? Listen! Download! Listen to more Crack$hack, like the January mix!

Like tracks?  Enjoy lists? Do you like to concatenate strings representing things you appreciate? Click through the jump for the output of the above function!

Rest Assured: Lioness “Will Usher in the Dawn.” [BandCampWes]

Sometimes, oppression wins. With the postponement of tonight’s Big Freedia concert and bounce workshop, the invisible fecal-oral hand of capitalism has moved against the rational self-interest of man, and times are dark for the vaunted halls of 200 High Street. But Night is darkest just before the Dawn, and we have found over the last week that even in the dark night of Wesleyan without Big Freedia, we can find solace, and stoke the fires of Revolution, with the music of Lioness. From noted essayist Emma Goldman:

Lioness, the great leaven of thought, is today permeating every phase of human endeavor.  Science, art, literature, the drama, the effort for economic betterment, in fact every individual and social opposition to the existing disorder of things, is illumined by the spiritual light of Lioness.  It is the philosophy of the sovereignty of the individual.  It is the theory of social harmony.  It is the great, surging, living truth that is reconstructing the world, and that will usher in the Dawn.

Rest assured: Lioness has finally released “Rest Assured.” It comes at no price, directly confronting the economic paradigm of capitalism and the oppression of the state. As we should be free to associate with each other, we are free to associate with this Lioness Music Song.

Of course, some business must be discussed. As the Spring Semester has brought back many of the Class of 2013 from nation-states across the globe, Dylan Bostick ’13, whose role as Electric Lute-man was taken by Adrien DeFontaine ’13, has returned and become the Electric Lute-man once more.  Yet in the spirit of true Democracy, free from the tyranny of Government,  Lioness fulfills the potential of society and the individual with drawing the assistance of DeFontaine in the mixing of this free, post-capitalist track. Workers of the world, unite!

To watch the band first put on their Ruby Shoes (of Liberty), see here. For more of Emma Goldman’s essay “Lioness: What It Really Stands For,” see here. To learn how to win the hearts and minds of the people, see here.

“Sleep On It” – Evan Okun ’13’s New Mixtape

Above is the album artwork of “Sleep On It,” a concept-album by the illustrious Evan Okun ’13 (who sometimes goes by E. Oks). Click here or click the artwork itself for a free download of the mixtape. Evan is a member of WeSlam, leader of Writers’ Bloc, founder of The Freestyle Collective here at Wes, and a big fan of Lois Lowry’s masterpiece The Giver. About the album in Evan’s words:

The record examines the futility of the braggadocios rap which dominates the air-waves by juxtaposing such egoistic tendencies with the reality that we are merely passing phenomena, destined to dissolve into the universe from which we came. Evaporate into this.

SoundCloudWes: Sly Ones ’12 Makes it Drip

“dripmode. yung joc. lil wayne. slimepunk. moist. nasty. wet. future. dripset. trap. bass. rap. drippy. weird. 8bit. C¥BERGIGA. sex. narcotics.” – Oscar Wilde

As Music Mu-Thursday (Thurthday Thoundth?) rolls on, I thought it was about time I got back into the Wesleying family  business and posted some new sounds from the music scene. C¥BERGIGA, who goes by the alias “Sam Lyons ’12” for many of his nonmusical pursuits, has been posting tracks to his SoundCloud for about a year now, and recently the aural assault has zeroed in on DRIPMODE, the wet, damp, and…wet bloop-based sound of three of his newest tracks.  Rave fucking reviews: “Im soaked”. “super soaked”. “DAYUUUUM!”. “im drenched”. Jeauh. Jeauh. SNES-, Atari-, and Game Boy-generated pixels abound.

If #dripmode seems like #yourmode, support the endeavor and give Drip Sex Funeral, some DRIPS AND BLIPS, and/or N0twerking a listen and a free download (!). Check out some of my personal favorites from a few months back after the jump.

Friendsome -> Linus -> Lioness

Guys… that concert at Earth House last Friday. Maybe you went to it?

That band that live-tweeted its recent recording sessions. Maybe you heard about it?

Did you know that those guys (Lioness) were these guys (Linus) all along?!

That’s right – with a new name and a newish Twitter feed, one of Wesleyan’s most well-known Gangs of Slightly More than Four are reasserting their presence, finals be damned. The bros to end all bros have finally released one of their classics, Flying Goodnight (from lead vocalist and guitarist Dema Paxton Brofang ’13: “it’s pretty much the first song we’ve ever written together.”), for popular consumption. And boy, is it sumptuous. This polished cut is decadent, savory, and other words normally used to describe food. …cut me some slack, y’all. I’m not a professional music writer like some people, okay?

Just in case you were wondering, Lioness are Jason Katzenstein ’13, John Snyder ’12, Dylan “Adrien DeFontaine ’13” Bostick ’13, Ethan Young ’13,  and the aforementioned D.P.B. For more on The Flyness Lioness, check out a transcription of their oral arguments at Oral Wes.

You could also try Aural Wes, if you feel weird about clicking that.


EDIT: For all you scrobblers out there: Lioness is also a name belonging to multiple bands, like Linus. Damn it all. Damn it all to hell.

From the Senior Week Vaults: WeSkids Release 48-Hour Album

The 48-hour activity meme’s prominence this fall – in film (congrats, Neo!), magazine publishing, or Second Stage (in half the time) – is pretty well established. But though Second Stage and the Ivy Film Festival continue on traditions already established, independent projects like the 48-hour magazine fill newer territory. In fact, the mag wasn’t the first condensed-time project to come out of Wesleyan this year – four Wes students, along with two Skidmorians, embarked on such a quest during this past May’s senior week. If you believe McLuhan’s assertion that “the medium is the message”, then the message, delivered hard and fast by Ugly Mornings, is music. Music for punks. More, from the band:

This is UGLY MORNINGS, an EP written and recorded in 48 hours during senior week last year. Now it’s finally mixed, and we’re really excited to release it (for only FREE dollars). We hope you like it!

UGLY MORNINGS is Adrien DeFontaine ’13, Dan Moakley ’13, Will Feinstein ’13, Daniel Sullivan ’13, Stephen Yell (Skidmore ’13), and Eli Dreyfus (Skidmore ’13). The album is produced by Daniel Sullivan.

Want it? Get it. This one’s a quick listen, too: all five of the tracks clock in between 120 and 200 seconds. Want it?. Get it. Turn ya swag on.


Sky Stallbaumer ’12 and a small crew of dedicated bloggers have worked hard this summer to completely revamp the Aural Wes website. The new Aural Wes includes myriad new features and improvements on old ones that seek to make the site a user friendly and informative platform for Wesleyan’s uniquely vital music scene.

The website has been divided into six sections for maximum accessibility and clarity. The sections are as follows: What’s On Campus//Calendar//For Concert Bookers//Contacts//For Agents//FAQs. It should perhaps be evident that these sections aren’t geared exclusively towards students on campus, but for concert promoters, outside bands, agents etc.

What’s On Campus

The WOC section contains the subdivisions, “Bands” and “Old Friends”, as well as a section homepage displaying various articles.

New and Relevant Tunez: Flora & Fauna Single Release

Flora & Fauna, those guys who’ll be Foss Chilling later this week, have made the timely decision to release a new single! Astute listeners will recognize “Want U 2 No” (with a slightly alternative spelling) from Battle of the Bands or 2010’s Young Rivals EP (which I need to brush up on before the big gig Thursday). From the band:


Flora & Fauna (Matt Bernstein ’11, Charlie Ellis ’13, Gabe Gordon ’11, Adam Gunther ’11 and Casey Baird) released a double A-side single today!  Here it is.

The single is comprised of a song off our last EP and a brand new track!  We want to share some of the new material we’ll be playing, and we also want to give people who may not have heard us a chance to check out our band in advance of Spring Fling.  We are excited to be opening up the show at 1 pm and invite everyone to come out early and party w/ us yeaaaaahhhhhh.


Matt Bernstein ’11