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BandCampWes: Lioness Unleashes “Bullets,” Final Musical Labor of Love

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That’s all, folks. Lioness, the band formerly known as Linus formerly known as Friendsome, has recorded and published its final song, placing the cap neatly on the group’s four year-long career here. Comprised of the killer team of  Dema Paxton Fofang ’13, Jason Katzenstein ’13, Ethan Young ’13, Dylan Bostick ’13, Adrien Defontaine ’13, and John Snyder ’12, Lioness formed at an Open Mic in 2009, won the Battle of the Bands in 2010 and opened Spring Fling (for the yet-to-be-rivaled-and-probably-never-will-be lineup of Dirty Projectors, Black Lips, and Big Boi). And now they’re graduated. They sure do grow up fast, don’t they?

Lioness’ Bandcamp page is loaded with free-to-download single goodies, and probably boasts one of the more colorful collections of album artwork as well as music in the BandCampWes World. “Bullets” is no exception. Where their previous singles like “Hot Mess” pumped up the beach-punk vibe to the level of Surfer Blood, “Bullets” is a gorgeously crafted and easygoing tune reminiscent of Beach House. It’s pretty indicative of what the Ampersand once coined the “Post-Linus” music genre.

Clear Your Sionesses With Lioness: New Recordings Surface

The Artists Formerly Known As Friendsome celebrate three-year reunion with “Seven Year Itch Point Dume.”

Three hazy years ago this summer, three historic L.A. brosephs (and Dema) encountered each other in the WestCo Freshmen Musical Industrial Complex. They chose a name, and at some fateful Open Mic in the fall of 2009, Friendsome arrived, set on a path moving swiftly towards the opening set of Spring Fling 2010. Now, three years, two name changes, two post-Linus projects, and at least one hiatus later, drummer John “Slayder” Snyder ’12 graduates into the great beyond and the rest of Lioness ponders its future.

And releases more sweet unheard Lioness cuts.

Seven Year Itch Point Dume,” which you may recognize from the band’s April show in Eclectic, is the latest.  With an epic vocals-into-drums-into-summer-fun intro, wailing guitar solo via part-time member Adrien “Belew” DeFontaine ’13 totally cartographical cover art by member Dylan “MapQuest” Bostick ’13, and curious lyrics about slaying beasts and winning “the battle and the war,” discovering sunburns and reminiscing “of the rooooooad,” it’s also one of the greatest. As Bandcamp explains it, the track was produced by members Adrien and Ethan Young ’12 and recorded by Jared Paul ’11 in the Wesleyan music studios last fall.

Clear Your Sionesses With Lioness: New Recordings Surface

The Artists Formerly Known As Friendsome celebrate three-year reunion with “Seven Year Itch.”

Three hazy years ago this summer, three historic L.A. brosephs (and Dema) encountered each other in the WestCo Freshmen Musical Industrial Complex. They chose a name, and at some fateful Open Mic in the fall of 2009, Friendsome arrived, set on a path moving swiftly towards the opening set of Spring Fling 2010. Now, three years, two name changes, two post-Linus projects, and at least one hiatus later, drummer John “Slayder” Snyder ’12 graduates into the great beyond and the rest of Lioness ponders its future.

And releases more sweet unheard Lioness cuts.

Seven Year Itch,” which you may recognize from the band’s April show in Eclectic, is the latest.  With an epic slow-burning keyboard-and-reverby-guitar intro, wailing guitar solo via part-time member Adrien “Belew” DeFontaine ’13, and curious lyrics about slaying beasts and winning “the battle and the war,” it’s also one of the greatest. As Fofang explains it, the track was produced by members Adrien and Ethan Young ’12 and recorded by Jared Paul ’11 in the Wesleyan music studios last fall.

NITIC’S CROTEBOOK: Lower Dens Wants To Take You Higher

“These guys are totally like a chiller Beach House!” —anonymous

Baltimore’s big on campus these days. Wye Oak, Dustin Wong, and Lands and Peoples all hail from the Charm City, and if you cast your memory a little farther back, so does Beach House. Lower Dens is apparently the latest to occupy the “Baltimore-based critical darlings” slot—they’re a little bit moody, a little bit noisy, a little bit shoegazy, a little bit psychedelic, and after a set by spirited indie-poppers Treasure Island at Eclectic last Friday night, most of it worked. (The band’s on its way to SXSW for a third consecutive year, so props to HB ’14 for organizing: sweet timing.)

Also, props to a sizable crowd for turning out, props to Dens’ unnamed guitarist for the most righteous mustache this side of Bear in Heaven, and props to the band’s crew for the most psychedelic lighting setup since The Luyas opened for Dodos: this show was fun.

Nootropics (prononced “No-eh-tro-pics”) comes out in May, and if you Google that, you’ll learn far more about “smart drugs” than you ever wanted to know. Scroll on for a full gallery, and scope tomorrow’s Argus for an interview with the band.

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.

Miami Heat Produces Videos, Gears Up For NBA Season

Miami Heat, the spirited post-Awesomefest noise-rock act that inspired glowing consumer testimonies for its raucous debut MuHo demos last spring, now has two music videos to its name: “Shock” (featuring footage from Gleaming the Cube) and “You Said Something” (featuring footage from the Apollo Program).

Miami Heat is Zain Alam ’13, Dylan Bostick ’13, Adrien DeFontaine ’13, and Ethan Cohen ’13. Bostick recently made the vids in between straight-broin’ in Bologna on the daily. He’ll be back in the Nutmeg State soon enough, though, and Miami Heat will be back and sloppy as ever, just in time for the new NBA season. Here’s a Bandcamp link; click past the jump for video embeds.

Tan Vampires @ Eclectic w/ Treasure Island

Sean McCarthy ’14 writes in about an “unholy alliance of mountain-man beards and electronic equipment” goin’ down at Eclectic tonight. Plus, post-WestCo faves Treasure Island are in the house, and their so-fresh-so-clean “Be My Baby” cover, too. More from Aural Wes

Backed by an unholy alliance of mountain-man beards and electronic equipment, all fronted by a tender falsetto, Tan Vampires will be coming to Wesleyan to bring their own jam-band sensibilities to the stage.

Opening the night will be Wesleyan favorites, Treasure Island. Their singer Faith Harding is fresh off her unreal solo debut in Memorial Chapel opening for Julianna Barwick (watch this shit if you remain a lonely skeptic), and the rest of the band is tighter than ever. If there were ever a reason to get out of your house early to get to a show, it is to see this up-and-coming four piece cover “Be My Baby.”

Ready thyself for the blistering vocals of Jake Mehrmann and some serious beards.  New Hampshire’s in the house!

Date: Tonight, Oct 14
Time: 9 pm – 1 am
Place: Eclectic
Cost: Free
Links: TV, TI

    Miami Heat Loses NBA Finals, Releases First Demos

    Terrible news for Miami Heat fans, but excellent news for Miami Heat fans: the post-Awesomefest four-piece has released its debut demos, “Shock” and “You Said Something,” recorded live at Music House in April. They are dirty and lo-fi and nice. I recommend the filthy noise the lead guitar makes at 2:05 in “You Said Something.” Features members of Linus, The Parents, and The Japanese; sounds like none of the above.

    ‘grats to Zain Alam ’13, Dylan Bostick ’13, Adrien DeFontaine ’13, and Charlie Ellis ’13 Ethan Cohen ’13.