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Henry Hall ’14 (of Grand Cousin Fame) Music Video Release

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Henry Hall ’14, formerly the lead guitar player and vocalist from the excellent Wesleyan band Grand Cousin, has gone solo. Today, he is debuting his first single as a solo act dubbed “Fake Words,” with an accompanying music video. While Hall is pursuing individual success, the video’s production was a Wes-team effort — he says, “The entire crew was Wesleyan alums and students so this whole effort would be very Middletown-centric.” 

Check out the breezy track “Fake Words” here, or after the jump. Boy do we miss warm weather.

Screening of AFTER TILLER plus Q&A with Filmmakers

From Becca Waxman ’16:

Clinic Escorts, the Doula Project, Rho Epsilon Pi, and the Film Series are excited to announce:

The free screening of AFTER TILLER on Monday, March 31st at 8pm in Goldsmith Theater.

After the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in 2009, there are a limited number of doctors left in the U.S. who provide third-trimester
abortions. Directed by Wesleyan alumni Martha Shane ’05 and Lana Wilson ’05,After Tiller depicts the stories of these four doctors who are fighting to keep this service available and the incredible risk and struggle they confront on a daily basis. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Martha and Lana.
Watch the trailer here: http://aftertillermovie.om/

 

Date: Monday, March 31st

Time: 8:00 pm

Place: Goldsmith Theater

Ishmael and Assortment of Crayons at BuHo [Updated: Postponed]

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Recent Wes grad Andy Werle ’12 returns with news of a fun, music-filled night in your future:

Callooh Callay!
Happy new year Wesleyan. Ishmael comes to Buddhist House this coming
Friday, the 8th of February with The Assortment Of Crayons for a night
of fanciful mind destruction and toothsome eardrum corruption.

Whet your appetite with Ishmael’s EP, for free right here and get to know your various colors with the Assortment of Crayons over here.

Time: 9pm-1am
Date: Friday, February 8th.
Place: Buddhist House
Money: Not needed
Snow??: The show goes on

Update: This show has been postponed because of you-know-what. Here’s the note from the band.

Hickenlooper ’74 Calls for “Universal Background Checks For All Gun Sales”

The clamorous debate over gun laws continues, and once again a Wesleyan person is entering the ring. This time, on a state (or even national) level.

Colorado Governor and DGA vice-chair John Hickenlooper ’74, who directly confronted the carnage of gun violence last summer in the immediate wake of the Aurora shooting, called for universal background checks for all gun sales in his State of the State address on Thursday. As the Denver Post reports, Hickenlooper’s call was greeted with a standing ovation among Democrats:

The governor received a standing ovation, at least among Democrats, when he called for background checks on all gun sales. Currently, people who purchase guns from individuals are not required to undergo background checks. But Republicans did applaud Hickenlooper when he called for strengthening the state’s mental-health system in hopes of catching would-be assailants sooner.

Right Now: Folk Icon Peter Yarrow On Campus, Will Lead Singalong in Zelnick

No, he didn’t sing “Puff the Magic Dragon.”

It looks like those seats finally filled up for “Music Movements in a Capital Democracy,” the CSPL course being taught by acclaimed folk singer Dar Williams ’89 this semester, and unsurprisingly, it has its perks—namely, more famous folk singers. Ben Doernberg ’13 has been excitedly tweeting at us that folk icon and political activist Peter Yarrow (that’s the “Peter” in Peter, Paul & Mary) visited the class today and led a singalong of “This Little Light of Mine.” Here’s a Soundcloud clip of the singalong:

But there’s more: tweeting frantically from class like the social media journalist madman that he is, Doernberg adds that there’s a community singalong with Yarrow at 3:30 pm (that’s in half an hour) today in the Zelnick Pavilion:

STREAMING RIGHT NOW: Amanda Palmer ’98 Live in New York

If you’re doing nothing right now or if you want some background cabaret-punk and Wes-alum rock, tune into the live-stream from Amanda Palmer ’98’s NYC concert with her new Grand Theft Orchestra. They’re promoting Palmer’s new album, Theatre Is Evil, which came out this week, and I’ve certainly been enjoying. If you recall, Palmer famously raised $1-Million on Kickstarter to finance the album and its tour herself. Stream started just a few minutes ago, so there’s plenty left.

Check it out above and check out an interview with Palmer via the soon-to-be-returning Aural Wes (by me!) below. And coverage from her “ninja gig” at Eclectic last year here.

Le1f ’11 “Gettin’ Light in his Loafers” in Debut Video

I make a neo-nazi kamikaze wanna firebomb.”

It’s official: Wesleyan’s own Le1f is da bomb diggity and he’s got ya moms feelin’ him.

New York’s pioneering queer-rap personality went by Khalif Diouf ’11 at Wesleyan and drew heated acclaim last spring for his Dark York mixtape, which FADER called “one of the most provocative rap releases so far this year.” This week, Le1f dropped his debut video, and it’s probably the most outrageously booty-shaking YouTube spot this side of Big Freedia’s “Y’all Get Back Now.”

Highlights include shots of the bold rapper swinging from the ceiling like a bat, spitting speed rhymes from the lap of a Picachu-masked stranger, and shaking his scantily clad booty in many directions.  (Not coincidentally, Le1f opened up for the Booty Queen herself in Eclectic last April.) Directed by Sam Jones ’10 and produced by Josh Koenig ’09 (and featuring a few other alums along the way), the video has clear viral potential, but the track’s no slacker on its own, offering up an infectious horn-honk of a groove that stutters lightly over Le1f’s grimy drum claps and deep-voiced chant of a hook.

Is this Le1f’s big break?

Shumlin ’79: Protecting Vermont, Repping Wes Since 2011

Nearly a year ago, we reported on an impressive number of Wes alums elected to congressional and gubernatorial office in the midterm elections of 2010. Among the notables was Peter Shumlin ’79, a former Vermont state senator from Putney who attended Wesleyan in the same class year as President Roth and later helped found Vermont’s Landmark College, one of only two colleges in the country designed for students with learning disabilities. Shumlin, a 55-year-old Democrat, had won the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor back in 2002, but that didn’t quite work out.

In 2010, Shumlin sought the highest office in Vermont and won, receiving 117,561 votes to Brian Dubies’ 113,227. The governor’s priorities in the first months of his term remain largely faithful to his campaign promises: reforming Vermont’s health care system and seeking to close the state’s Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant.

Until last week, that is. Hurricane Irene ravaged through southern and central Vermont last weekend, destroying homes, killing at least three, and leaving a startling number of towns without electricity, phones, or adequate food supplies. Thrust suddenly into the national spotlight while dealing with Vermont’s worst national disaster in over 80 years, the freshman governor has proven himself an inspired leader in a state with relatively little experience in disaster management.