Why did you choose Caroline Smith?
I have loved Caroline Smith since my first month at Carleton. The first performance at the cave that term was her band Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps and it was incredible. It was crowded, the music was great, and she was incredibly charming. My sophomore year I saw her twice at a music venue in Northfield called The Chapel. She was performing with the bassist from Good Night Sleeps, Jesse, and it was mostly acoustic. It was such an intimate concert, just like sitting in a living room with a bunch of friends. While I was abroad she came out with her most recent album, called "Half About Being a Woman." It was a whole new sound, much more of a soulful sound than her previous work. She had been doing mostly folk-y stuff until then. After seeing her at First Ave in January, she became solidified as one of my favorite artists.
Why did you choose Alex Turner?
He is very prolific, consistently putting out good, well-finished albums, the brains behind the arctic monkeys and the last shadow puppets. And he has a big ego.
What is your favorite story/tidbit about the artist?
The Arctic Monkeys have been a a band since the boys were in high school and they decided to keep there dumb name when they grew up. Bad idea. Turner was on a plane sitting next to a woman and she asked him about his 50s greaser style and he told her he was in a band. She asked what band and he was too embarrassed to tell her the name.
“Stand By Your Man” is one of the most iconic songs in country music history. When it was released in September of 1968 it was an instant hit, one that catapulted Tammy Wynette to superstardom. It’s ranked number #1 on Country Music Television’s 100 Greatest Country Songs of all time. This is because it is a really great song.
So why do so many people hate it? Why do contemporary female country artists resent it? Why is Tammy Wynette remembered as an anti-feminist, as the “little woman standin’ by her man?” (Hillary Clinton, responding to what she was not.)
The answer is because the song itself can come off too pro-patriarchy if you want it to. But it can also go the other way. Textual criticism is tough because there’s not much there, and it’s really a matter of what you project into it.Read more...
Why did you choose The Replacements?
I chose The Replacements because they have had a bigger impact on my life than any other band. Since third grade I have been a fan of punk rock, and all these artists, like Green Day, Operation Ivy, and The Clash taught me how to question authority and the world around me. But it wasn't until I started to listen to The Replacements a lot that I started to question myself. If it weren't for The 'Mats I don't think I would be where I am today, or at least wouldn't be as comfortable where I am. So I like the idea of preaching The Replacements gospel, so others may find the same joy I found out of their music.Read more...
9 Dead Alive by Rodrigo y Gabriela RIYL Astor Piazzolla, Metallica, Muse
The flamenco guitarist duo (arguably two of the greatest guitarists making music right now) Rodrigo y Gabriela’s third release manages to maintain its rhythmic and theme driven song writing style while avoiding rehash of previous albums. They bring great energy and beauty with each guitar strike.
Rookie by The Trouble With Templeton RIYL Radiohead, Conor Oberst, Fleet Foxes
It's hard to classify the album Rookie, because no 2 tracks are alike, and each one shows the versatility of "The Trouble with Templeton”'s sound. The lead singer's voice carries this group, but he's got incredible talent so that's not really a bad thing. From vaulting pop, to ballads and grungy distortion, there's something on this genre-bending album for everyone.
Out of My Head by The Rich Hands RIYL Pony Time, No Age, The Ramones
Fuzzy and Chunky. Neo-punk songs about guys tryna get some. Sounds west coast as fuck, but they are from Texas. The drums kick hard and the guitars are unrelenting. On 'No Harm Blues' they switch it up with an organ and savory southern vocals.Read more...
I think I first met Chinedu (Emerald Ahymo) in the summer of ’09. He was practically a statue in Rittenhouse Square. If you were coming through, you couldn’t miss him, and you didn’t want to. Chin would start freestyling out of no where and it felt so crazy that such a talented rapper could be sitting next to you, shooting the shit and smoking an L. He was notorious for rapping his way back stage at concerts and smoking up famous rappers. How was he not signed? A couple arrests and you’re in the system, get profiled and pulled over in a sting where a cop singles you out and your path to fame gets delayed and diverted. Chin has put up with a lot and had to hustle some, but he has also risen above the riff raff and wack shit to create Cult Fortified, a rap collective under which he has used many pseudonyms. Norm Rockwell, Emerald Oddyss (the name he uses on this album), Emerald Da Zappa, and Emerald Jyah, to name a few.
He is a perplexing character because it seems at times that he wants to deny fame and attention, yet at the same time it is hard to believe that such a prolific and motivated artist can really feel that way. In all likely hood Chinedu is trying to do it the right way. He wants to remain true to his roots, he doesn't want to sell out and work for anybody but himself. It’s admirable and impressive how he acts as godfather of the underground, supporting friends and fellow rappers and putting any desires for name recognition and fame aside, preferring absurdity, novelty, and ownership of his image even if it means limiting the reach of his art.Click for More: A Review, Interview and Videos
Why did you choose Alex G?
He reminds me of home and he's a really good musician.
Some people like to pick really popular artists for Bandemoniums, but I think they are a much more effective platform for exposing music enthusiasts to something they probably haven't heard before. Alex G goes to Temple University in Philadelphia and I've had the privilege of seeing him perform in a few different basements. On the recordings he plays every instrument himself, but at live shows he plays with his band Skin Cells. His solo stuff is more introspective, his stuff with the band less so, but equally playful. Alex G is happy and sad, infantile and eternal. He is an incredibly prolific musician and has carved out a spot for himself as one of the youngest and most talented underground musicians on the east coast. If you like thoughtful beautiful and sad storytelling or crude groovy youth jams, then Alex G (and Skin Cells) is for you.
Fujiya & Miyagi - Artificial Sweetners
RIYL Hot Chip, Kraftwerk
Artificial Sweeteners is an experience. It’d best be described as a Trance/Rock, but this description doesn’t do it justice. The album has a wide range of sound. Each song has different movements while staying comfortably contentious. Not a single song on the album is boring. Still the music has a very relaxing quality, much like 90s trance. The vocals compliment the instrumentals perfectly. I really like this album. If you’re at all into mellow electronic check this out!
Emerald Odyss - Steez Buscemi
RIYL Joey Badass, Odd Future, MF DOOM
In my mind Chinedu (Emerald Odyss and many more pseudonyms) is still leaning slouched against a ledge in Rittenhouse Square rapping between puffs on a blunt, cat calling Sassy, and keeling over crippled with laughter. On this album expect drugs to be personified, your mind to unravel like a roll of toilet paper that wipes piss off the toilet seat and turns into a ten foot tall tab of acid to roll you into spliff of heimlich nostalgia.
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