“I think the setup is: ‘Laugh at Lioness While Lioness Frailly Tries to do This Physical Task'”
Trill Feinstein ’13is bored (well, you can’t be arapsensation 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.
“I bought Challah for Hunger. Cuz, like, I’m the hungry one.”
Cast your memory back—way back—to before Postponed became Wesleyan’s web series du jour. Remember when Will “Trill-F” Feinstein ’13 followed A-Batte around campus with a stick of chalk? Remember when he tried to explain the pun “Wes Pacific” to visitingprofessorAmanda Palmer ’98 (and received only a blank stare in return)? Remember when he filmed Claire Dougherty ’13 giving “claircuts” and Adam Rotstein ’13 being Adam Rotstein ’13 and me getting a flu shot? Remember Wes Pacific?
At any rate, Feinstein’s Wes Pacific isn’t much like Postponed at all—if that show aims for a parody of life after graduation, Wes Pacific offers a reasonably accurate glimpse into why you shouldn’t leave Wesleyan in the first place. (That was a terrible sentence.) As I wrote back in, err, September, “it’s the first Wes web series that holds a legitimate claim to life at Wes, because that’s literally all it is”—namely, Will trekking around campus, shoving a camera in all the right places, and letting people talk. Why invent characters when they’re all around you?
This Friday, rapper Cities Aviv (preceded by Will Feinstein ’13, who recently dropped his first solo EP) will take the stage at Psi U. A description of the acts follows, courtesy of Patrick Newman ’14:
Kill-F: Aka Waka Flaka Feinstein, AKA Trill Feinstein, AKA Will Fine-Dime-stein, will be opening up with some face melters off his recent Very Good EP (see album title for description of his style). Check out his Bandcamp page for more of his music.
Cites Aviv: “Memphis” Gavin Mays is an eclectic hip-hop act with his own perspective.” He’s coming out from Memphis with one of his producers to to kick back with all of ya’ll and lay down some tracks on the PSI U stage. His most recent album, Digital Lows is the shit and he’s got more ish in the works. Check out his Bandcamp page for more of his music.
The 48-hour activity meme’s prominence this fall – in film (congrats, Neo!), magazine publishing, or Second Stage (in half the time) – is pretty well established. But though Second Stage and the Ivy Film Festival continue on traditions already established, independent projects like the 48-hour magazine fill newer territory. In fact, the mag wasn’t the first condensed-time project to come out of Wesleyan this year – four Wes students, along with two Skidmorians, embarked on such a quest during this past May’s senior week. If you believe McLuhan’s assertion that “the medium is the message”, then the message, delivered hard and fast by Ugly Mornings, is music. Music for punks. More, from the band:
This is UGLY MORNINGS, an EP written and recorded in 48 hours during senior week last year. Now it’s finally mixed, and we’re really excited to release it (for only FREE dollars). We hope you like it!
UGLY MORNINGS is Adrien DeFontaine ’13, Dan Moakley ’13, Will Feinstein ’13, Daniel Sullivan ’13, Stephen Yell (Skidmore ’13), and Eli Dreyfus (Skidmore ’13). The album is produced by Daniel Sullivan.
Want it? Get it. This one’s a quick listen, too: all five of the tracks clock in between 120 and 200 seconds. Want it?. Get it. Turn ya swag on.
“Welcome to Awesomefest, where novelty-bordering-on-experimentation rules the day along with Whatever Crazy Loud Shit Howe’s Doing Now, Holy Fuck”
Saturday. 11.12.11. In which, by some divine decree, WestCo’s 8th Day of the Week and Eclectic’s Awesomefest are to take place on the same majestic Saturday, in one phantasmic explosion of sex, drugs, and chillwave. In which Wesleying’s adjunct associate Giant R. Joint Critic of Arts and Entertainment/reluctant birthday boy A-Batte sets out to witness, ponder, and document all things musical in a 12-hour span while both moshing and taking notes but not developing severe tinnitus. In which Teebs shows up, drops more Brainfeeder than Jamaica’s got mangoes, kicks bottom, and leaves. In which eleven mighty bands form for one dizzying array of talent, cacophony, and running-back-and-forth-between-two-stages. In which We Are Chants! We! Are! Chants! We! Are! Chants! We! Are! Chants! In which Wesleyan’s music scene does what it’s supposed to do.
Yeah, whatever. Scroll on for full coverage: words by A-Batte, images by Zach and Rachel Pincus ’13, and musics by You. Great job, You! Let’s do it again sometime. (This spring, mayhaps, rumor has it?)
Last week I posted about Wes Pacific, a new web series by Will Feinstein ’13, and the explosion of Wesleyan-based web series over the past two years. Naturally, the cycle is far from complete.
Derek Frank ’15 and Dylan Awalt-Conley ’15 write in about a new video project yearning to get off the ground: Dylan and Derek Watch Wes Pacific, which mostly consists of Derek and Dylan watching Wes Pacific while eating Tostitos tortilla chips in what appears to be a Butts single. You’ve been warned.
Amanda Palmer: “You know what’s amazingly meta about your incredibly confusing pun title? That it’s not specific.”
Remember when Wesleyan web series were all the rage? I do.
There was Enrolled—the first—in 2009, a college sitcom-style series written by Chris Correa ’10, Robby Hardesty ’11, and Josh Margolin ’11and revolving around the lives of a group of friends at Wesleyan. Then Wannabes the following semester, a mockumentary-style show by Garth Taylor ’12, whose plot I seem to remember involving aspiring Wesleyan arts performers. There was The Internationals a year later, a Michael Steves ’13 production “about the freshman year of a hall of international students” . . . closely followed by Laugh Track, also by Garth Taylor ’12, a painfully meta series about a group of college comedy writers writing sketches for their online series.
“I wanted to write a mock Wesleyan fight song. And then I heard the actual Wesleyan fight song, and it wasn’t very interesting, so I just wrote a song about torching the school.”
Shortly before Amanda Palmer ’98 took to the stage (err, floor) for last Friday’s intimate “ninja gig” at Eclectic, Aural Wes’ Waka Flocka Feinstein ’13 caught wind via Wesleying of the performer’s surprise presence on campus. A longtime fan of Palmer’s work, the film major and Static Stamina frontman acted fast: he grabbed his camera, temporarily unprivatized his Twitter, and set up an interview within the half hour in one simple tweet:
The result, which surfaced on Aural Wes earlier today, is a fascinating and darkly hilarious conversation focused largely on a topic previously shrouded in mystery and taboo: Palmer’s experiences at Wesleyan in the ’90s—and just why they were traumatic enough to warrant a scathing (if hilarious) bastardization of the Wesleyan Fight Song.