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Author & Punisher. Bakshi. Music House.

If Music House is your house, this is what’s happening in your house tonight, starting at 10 PM. If Wesleyan is your university, this is happening on your campus tonight. Charlie Ellis ’13 wants to introduce you to Author & Punisher:

“Author & Punisher is an industrial doom and drone metal, one man band utilizing primarily custom fabricated machines/controllers and speakers. He has performed and shown these machines in festivals and exhibitions in the United States and abroad extensively, releasing his third album, yet first sculpture/art based album entitled “Drone Machines” in 2010 on Heart and Crossbone Records of Tel-Aviv. The Drone Machines are custom made machines fabricated from raw materials and utilizing open source circuitry. The devices draw heavily on aspects of industrial automation, robotics and mechanical tools and devices, focusing on the eroticism of interaction with machine. The machines require significant force from the performer, aligning he or she with the plodding drone and doom influenced sounds that are created.”

The show will take place in Music House providing an intimate space for epicness.

It’s been too long since I’ve been at a fucking ridiculous MuHo show, so I’m looking forward to it. Pretty sure Bakshi (“4-person powerviolence, singing about pegging, bodily functions, queer shit. More hateful than ever before.) was playing whenever that was, so it’s appropriate and awesome. (Just to keep track: if you watched the video above and saw the opening act described as “powerviolence”, you should be fucking terrified at this point. If you’re not, go past the jump.

BandCampWes: Slightly Elevated, Majorly Awesome

Remember when homegrown rock star Robert Don ’15  released released an EP that he recorded in the Butts? (I do, because I promptly started putting “In Good Time” on all of the mix CDs I made). Don and his band, Since 1902, a motley collection of St. Louis bad-boy musicians, have done it again.

The band is busily working away on a new album called Slightly Elevated, a follow-up to last year’s No Excuses Wednesdays. In the meanwhile, they’ve realized a tantalizing single, “Our Front Yard.” The soulful and syncopated track has been stuck in my head all day:

So have the stunning visuals from their music video

BandCampWes: Featherwood Bee Drop EP

“Drink your school. Stay in drugs. Don’t do milk.”

Featherwood Bee is a group of lads that make rock music. They played at Yale last week, opened for R. Stevie Moore last month, and are opening an Aural Wes-curated show at Eclectic tonight, along with Yeoman’s Omen. Featherwood Bee’s rock/folk sound is infectious, so much so that it’s been hailed as “Partywave,” “MellowWave,” and “Bath Salts Rock” (by drummer Adam Johnson ’14). Also of note, all band members claim to have watched PBS as kids, so you know they’re nice and wholesome. Check out their eponymous two-song EP after the jump, along with a nifty poem and an interview with drummer and hype man Adam.

Giant Plume Giant Show @ Buddhist House

Noah Rush ’14, putting the “House” in “Buddhist House,” writes in:

Three, no wait, four acts taking the stage on Friday night at Buddhist House. Headlined by Plume Giant, a stellar folk trio made up of graduates from Yale University. They just released a full length Callithump, which you can find here and finished up a national tour in promotion of said album. Here’s a video of them rockin’ out on a rooftop despite a kind of awkward introductory lady.

What? They’ve also played at Wesleyan before.

Other bands:
Friendship Marathon – Wesleyan band debut show, formerly called
Jacquisaurus and the Poppyseeds, made up of Gabe Greenberg, Noah Rush
and Jackie Soro, make songs with lots of instruments.
Brushfire – WEsleyan band debut show, Mel Hsu and Jess Best
Miles Orion Butler – singer-songwriter from Philadelphia
here’s his ep.

Sign Up For Brand Spankin’ New Music Publication: ‘Waves’

Mckenzii Webster ‘13 and Kyle Somersall ‘13 have spent the past few weeks cooking up a new student group that will publish a Wesleyan-centric music magazine, Waves. Notice the use of a single “V,” distinguishing it from the 2011 Spring Fling performer.

In Somersall’s own words:

Waves will highlight Wesleyan’s vibrant and eclectic music scene, in addition to touching on musicians and bands coming to campus.

While Aural Wes caters to the internet readers, providing blog length coverage of campus acts and news posts, Waves intends to feature longer form articles.

Those interested in contributing to Waves should attend an information session tomorrow at 41 Wyllys (the Career Center), Room 115 at 5:45pm. Additional queries and quandaries can be directed to mwebster@wes or ksomersall@wes.

Date: Wednesday, September 19th
Time: 5:45pm
Place: 41 Wyllys

In other news, Kitty Pryde/Danny Brown tickets are almost all snatched up! Get ’em fast.

Photos: Da Rock Show in WestCo Cafe

Dink-583, the best band on campus to offer interpretations (no, not “tributes,” you fool) of Blink-182 songs, made its triumphant return to Wesleyan Thursday night. They managed to play a raucous set despite drummer Kevin Curtin ’13’s ankle injury, and he even got a little help from his friends for one song (to use a gratuitous Beatles reference). Though the spacious, subterranean space of the WestCo Cafe seemed to keep the sweatiness at bay (and the naked strangers out), the band was in their underwear by the time I arrived, and much shirtlessness was observed in the audience as well.

Trill Will Feinstein ’13, of particularly impressive ‘fro and beard lately, contributed vocals on “Dick Lips”, and a particularly bold group of underclasspeople asserted their sweaty musculature in order to get up front and sing as well. (One girl appeared to be doing so using sign language, as she was not actually using the microphone but established an equivalent rapport with the audience).

On the negotiating-with-PSafe end of things, the event was also a success, lasting until midnight, the previously decided-upon stopping point.

Will Feinstein Makes Lioness Perform Athletic Task, Films It

“I think the setup is: ‘Laugh at Lioness While Lioness Frailly Tries to do This Physical Task'”

Trill Feinstein ’13 is bored (well, you can’t be a rap sensation 24/7), so he’s speed-editing outtakes from Wes Pacific (you know, that web series he created?) and popping them out like chickens. Think of it like Wes Pacific’s special features. These are the deleted scenes. And they’re about to make your Wessickness much, much worse.

In the first segment, Feinstein treks into Lionessrise, otherwise known as LoRise A5, and challenges challenges the burly, well-toned fitness freaks of Lioness to a chin-up contest. “We’re basically proving that we are all very unathletic, skinny people,” observes percussive demon John Snyder ’12, who went on to win seven Oscars for his performance. The clip features an introduction by Future Islands shortly before their April performance with Cloud Nothings; according to Feinstein, a full interview is forthcoming, which is pretty awesome news.

Straight Outta Milwaukee: Cheenis & the Romp is “Fresh,” Preps EP

It’s hot as hell lately in these Eastern parts (our weekly poll offers scientific proof), and we can all probably use a cold, hard shot of Wisconsin. Enter Cheenis & the Romp. The rising sophomore indie-pop outfit is formed entirely of Milwaukee -> Wesleyan exiles and drew mild acclaim last winter for performances at Awesomefest, 8th Day of the Week, Bandfire, and LoRise D1, as well as on WESU’s “Hardly Strictly Bluegrass” show.

This summer, Cheenis is back in action, prepping a five-song EP and debuting a bizarre video for “Fresh,” one of its tastiest cuts, which was written in fall 2011, recorded at Greenhouse Studios (Matan Koplin-Green ’15’s house in Milwaukee) over Spring Break, and mixed at Wesleyan. If the video is any indication, the track also features lead vocals, occasional drums, and a bitchin’ guitar solo by Koplin-Green himself, but founding member Bennett Gelly ’15 (who formed the band with Jack Ladd ’15 in high school before relocating to Middletown) suggests this may be a ruse:

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.