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O-Zi (Rob Rusli ’10) Releases Debut EP

Brooklyn based indie rapper/producer O-Zi (Rob Rusli ’10) has just released his debut EP, titled Rus Li. O-Zi is a “neoromantic/minimalist composer,” and founder of the indie hip hop collective Blue Belt. This 8-track album is dope, and I’m waiting on a video or two to go along with it—perhaps akin to YOYOYO’s Bigfoot on the beach or E.Y.B.’s jumping through Box Mountain Sculpture.

Free album download; listen here:

Matt Narks ’11 Releases “80 Proof”

Matthew Narkaus ’11, a.k.a Matt Narks, writes in to share his new single “80 Proof:”

The song is about a female who seems to have it all put together in life and is focused on advancing her life and achieving financial success, however at the end of the day she doesn’t have that one person to complete her. Consequently she drinks by herself every night to numb the pain of her single life. The upbeat and dance/club type of production offset the depressing theme.

The TASTE at the NEST

Come see The Taste (Adam Jaskol ’13, Adam Beekman ’13Dan Wissinger ’13Zach Burns ’14Matt Leibowitz ’14and Raechel Rosen ’15perform at The Cardinal’s Nest with special guests Emma Daniels ’13, Alex Lough ’13, and MC Optimus Rhyme (Alex Kuwada ’13) this Saturday at 10:00! The bar and kitchen will be open, and all ages are welcome. Come for the drinks, stay for the music, then head up to campus to enjoy the rest of your night!

Time: Tonight, 10 p.m.
Place:
The Nest, 129 Church Street  

A Day in the Life of Das Racist

Director Morgan Spurlock’s (best known for Super Size Me) “A Day in the Life” Hulu series followed Das Racist (Victor Vazquez ’06, Himanshu Suri ’07) around for a day. Thanks, Hulu “A Day in the Life” series! Stuyvesant High School shout out at 3:22, Wesleyan shout out at 4:09 and 4:32. Highlight: meeting with composer Philip Glass for a Free Tibet concert at Carnegie Hall (10:48). This is a good watch if you have 25 minutes to spare.

Seretan ’10 Drops Video, “What Would You Do if You Were Me?”

Earlier this semester we posted about New Space, a fantastic new indie-rock-meets-ambient recording by Duchampion alumnus and all-around genius emeritus Ben Seretan ’10, who skipped the Superbowl and hung out in his friend’s Greenpoint studio to record the five tracks. “The whole thing was recorded with nothing more than guitars, amps, and delay pedals,” I raved at the time, “which is especially a feat given how freaking full and textured it sounds, like a loving tribute to the sheer layers of sound the instrument can produce.” (Am I a fanboy or am I a fanboy?)

Today, Seretan sends word of a new video he completed for “What Would You Do If You Were Me?,” his whopping nine-minute opener. As you can see from the embed above, it’s green and hazy and fuzzy and blue in all the right places—a mostly perfect visual counterpart to Seretan’s textured, slow-burning guitar compositions. It’s an all around Wes party, too: the video was directed and produced by Angus McCullough ’10, with mad help from Sam Jones ’10 and Josh Koenig ’09. Check out their finished result here, or scroll on for a very brief explanatory interview with Seretan himself.

Evan Huggins ’10 Releases New Music

Evan Huggins ’10 writes in to share some of his recent music. Since graduation, he’s  launched his own record label called Black Case Recordings, and is in the process of releasing new material. He’s currently working as a DJ, producer, and songwriter, as well as for other indie artists and labels. 

Huggins DJs at The Shadow Room on Main Street and is seeking opportunities to DJ events on campus. While at Wesleyan, he recorded with Anthony Edwards ’10 and Matt Narkus ’11, including this track.

His records contain original lyrics and vocal production, but musical production from other sources – one most notably being Deadmau5. They’re precursors for the Urban R&B and House EP that his label will release, tentatively titled “Urban House.”

 

“Can’t Get Enough”

“Test Me”

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Ishmael @ Earth House

Exactly three months after its triumphant rising from the ashes in the hollowed halls of Psi Upsilon Dormitory for Men, and approximately two weeks after announcing its upcoming EP (which was later previewed on the WESU airwaves), famed progalicious funksters Ishmael return to its native habitat: Earth House. Fabulous details from the band itself:

We will be giving a concert of music. Come listen to the music and to the other sounds. There shall be head banging aplenty.

As always, Ishmael is Jordan Lewis ’13, Andy Werle ’12, Nick Otte, and Aaron Silberstein. The show is free as funk, and there are no openers to be had.

Orkinpod Drops New Album, Reveals Secret Identity

“You may find me and my guitar in some unexpected places!”

About a year ago we posted two anonymously produced Mystery LPs by Wes artists, including a self-titled release by one mysterious Orkinpod, which A-Batte described as “definitely not your everyday Brian Wilson tribute.” As for who exactly is behind Orkinpod’s fractured psychedelic pop: “Nothing like a little mystery,” the unnamed artist declared.

Until now. Orkinpod has recently revealed himself to be Wesleyan senior and famed Argus comics editor BJ Lillis ’12, who performs all the parts and records much of the music in his bed and shower at his home in Sleepy Hollow, NY. Lillis is back with his sophomore release, Boardwalking, complete with more light guitar fuzz, colorful acoustic pop, and Beach Boys harmonies and available for free download at Bandcamp. Highlights include the sunny “Waking Up in the Afternoon,” quietly gorgeous “Waltz of the Jellyfish,” and a weirdly seductive interpretation of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream.”

Click past the jump for a few audio samples and a brief interview with Orkinpod. Also, stay tuned for possible impromptu Orkinpod campus performances.

Onomatopoeia Auditions (they start soon!)

From Cara Tratner ’12:

We are looking for a lot of new members, so if you enjoy singing come on out to our auditions today and tomorrow (Tues & Wed) from 8-10pm in the Music Studios (in the CFA). Bring a song and a smile. Hope to see you there!

Date: TODAY Wed/tomorrow
Time: 8-10pm
Place: Music Studios (in the building with the stone archway, down the stairs*)

*I got lost in the CFA approximately 5 times as a freshperson. Hope this helps.

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.