Ten years ago, Benh Zeitlin ’04 was going through GRS and declaring his major in Film Studies. This year, he stepped forward at the Sundance Film Festival to accept the Grand Jury Prize for his dreamy, southern-drenched feature film, “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” which subsequently signed with Fox Searchlight Pictures for $2 million.
Ishmael is busy these days. Invigorated with new material after recording an EP in the dead of night in New York’s Tarbox Studios, the band reemerged at Earth House this past Saturday for a triumphant, proggy whirlwind of new tracks.
On a frosty December morning over winter break, I spoke with Jonathan Meiburg about the new record, his experience working with Wye Oak’s Andy Stack for a Whitney Museum exhibit, and the effortless beauty of birds.
Joseph D’Agostino is not a typical indie rock star. He’s clean-shaven, baby-faced, and is currently living in his parents’ house in Staten Island.
You may not have heard of the Elephant 6 Recording Company, but if you’re like most Wes students, you’re surely familiar with some of the bands the ’90s Georgia-based collective spawned—including Neutral Milk Hotel, Of Montreal, and the criminally underappreciated Olivia Tremor Control.
I got lucky in the freshman ResLife lottery: my next-door neighbor, Emily Kianka ’13, shares my love for Joanna Newsom.
Two-thousand-and-nine, in music, has come and gone. The “X Best Albums of the Year” lists have been tabulated, written, criticized, and discussed; the Pitchforks and Metacritics and the like have moved on, and so, by extension, have we.
“When the truth is found to be lies / And all the joy within you dies / Don’t you want somebody to love?” —Jefferson Airplane
Chris Correa, class of 2010, is sitting across from me in an armchair—one of those big, fuzzy ones that dot the entrance to SciLi.
This past August, Pitchfork writer Stuart Berman found himself in the position of defending the publication’s pick for top track of the decade: Outkast’s “B.O.B.”
“Is this a joke that everyone thinks is a graduate thesis, or vice versa?” —The Village Voice, regarding Das Racist
Yoni Wolf is the creative force behind WHY?, the Berkeley-based folk-hop outfit whose 2008 release, “Alopecia,” made waves in both indie and experimental hip hop communities—and found its way onto some notable year-end lists in the process.