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Photos: Shabazz Palaces, Not Too Shabazzy

On Thursday night, a captivating parade of psychedelic hip hop and space-funk beamed down into the Eclectic ballroom in the form of performances by Seattle-based rap duo Shabazz Palaces and R&B duo THEESatisfaction. Here’s evenstevens weighing in on THEESatisfaction’s performance:

These ladies were killer, with a tight, controlled sound while also totally getting into a funky groove that was felt throughout the house. Sometimes, especially with hip hop, it’s hard to have quality sound in the Eclectic ballroom, but these two totally had it down, and their awesome vocals were clear and beautiful. More subdued than one might’ve expected, Irons and Harris-White made up for any sort of lull with their talented voices and exciting blend of neo-soul and rap. And when these two came back on stage during Shabazz Palaces’ set, they brought the concert to a whole other level that made for some incredible songs.

Here’s Tuna on Shabazz Palaces’ set:

Anthony Fantano CFA Lecture on YouTube

   “I’m, like, surprised people showed up to this. I’m, like, stoked for this.”
 
 

On Thursday, September 13th, Wesleyan invited Anthony Fantano, “the Internet’s busiest music nerd,” to inaugurate this year’s WESU Lecture Series. Nearly a hundred students and area music nerds crowded into CFA Hall to hear the prolific music review vlogger speak about “what I do, how I do it, how I started, why I do it, and who is Cal.” Catch the lecture and subsequent Q + A session in three YouTube vids: here, here, and here.

Fantano was frank about his rise to “semi-successful” vloggery: he admitted to being shocked that he can nearly make a living as an Internet music reviewer—his syndicated podcast The Needle Drop not being a source of revenue, although it is how he initially got into this line of work (and you can hear his show on WESU 88.1 every Wednesday at 5:05-6:00 pm). He explained to the audience that he primarily gets $ from hosting advertisements on his website and YouTube channel.

WESU Lecture Series: The Needle Drop’s Anthony Fantano

This mofo knows what he's doing.

Know yr music critics! From Adam Wechsler ’13:

WESU Lecture Series Presents: Anthony Fantano, The Internet’s Busiest Music Nerd.

The Needle Drop is a groundbreaking radio show, podcast, music review YouTube channel and all-around formidable Internet presence in the world of independent music. With more than 80,000 subscribers and over 20 million hits on his videos, Anthony Fantano has developed a devoted following and a reputation as an even-handed, knowledgable and affable reviewer. Don’t believe us? Check out A$AP Rocky and Danny Brown singing his praises: “Needle drop is the best, like, reviewer on the YouTube…I been watching that ni**a’s reviews for like three years.”

Like independent music? Like WESU? Like new media? Join us for the inaugural talk in the WESU Lecture Series, featuring the internet’s busiest music nerd, Anthony Fantano, of The Needle Drop. Anthony will discuss The Needle Drop, what he does and how it works. He’ll be answering plenty of questions afterwards, as well.