Know what's good this weekend. Here's the Weekend Preview: Aural Wes's weekly serving of music happenings on campus. Wesleyan artists kick off the weekend with back to back intimate Earth House events and a Friday night Art House-opening showcase. Saturday's Planet Hip Hop Festival has afternoon workshops and an evening concert featuring Muslim women who are breaking new ground in the genre. "DMV-bred" emcee Goldlink heads to Psi U Saturday night and indie lo-fi Mount Eerie plays Sunday night in Memorial Chapel.Read More
Two NYC bands, Brooklyn's Baked and Staten Island's Bueno, hit up Eclectic last night to play the first rock show of the year. These alliterative indie-rockers have been touring around the Midwest and Northeast together, playing 10 shows in the last 11 days. New and old friendships and family relations tie Baked and Bueno together into an exceptionally goofy, laid-back group of guys. Headlining the show was Wesleyan's own post-punk group Thatcher (Chris Gortmaker '17, Jesse Cohen '17, Ryan Breen '17, Alex Lee '17), who just dropped their debut EP. Thatcher's Chris and Zander Porter of Aural Wes swooped in for a quick interview with the bands before the show.Read More
Sean Winnik '14 is creating a sound-sculpture installation in Earth House from Friday Sept 19th through Sunday Sept 21st. Bring headphones and you can listen to the sounds that the sculptures made during their creation. There will also be a poetry reading Friday Sept 19 at 7pm, and a Little Show Saturday starting at 4pm.Read More
Sophomore band Thatcher just dropped "For Today," the first track off of their eponymous debut EP. Thatcher (Jesse Cohen, Ryan Breen, Alex Lee, and Chris Gortmaker) played a sweaty guerrilla show in the Westco Triple on the last day of school and now return with this 5-track album, recorded in a hot-Boston-baked-bean basement. These post-punkers have an EP-release show on the 12th. In the meantime, hit up their Bandcamp and check out the new track.Read More
Wesleyan, in recently years, has churned out almost as many rappers as it has unpaid interns. Most of these rappers are also unpaid, but recent graduates Kill-F (anon '13) and producer Mouthfeel (Dan Nass '13) have turned this paradigm on its head with Isn't it Rich? EP, where the idea of accruing wealth becomes an opaque rhetorical question. After listening to the EP I had to know what exactly "It" was to these two musicians. I sent them some questions, trying to get at the heart of their art, only to become permanently suspended in my search for meaning.Read More
Two reviews?! Why is this? Why not? Aural Wes presents two takes on The Japanese's new EP:
Wesleyan's super-senior/alumni alt-rock band The Japanese (Adrien DeFontaine ’13, Neo Sora ’14, and Dan Moakley ’13) released their Skyward EP last month, featuring three newly-penned songs and a more thoroughly-engineered sound throughout. Skyward is The Japanese's second EP, and was crowd-funded via a kickstarter campaign full of funny things.Read More
Sweeping lo-fi sound waves, made from eerie drones reminiscent of human screams, make up the most recent release from Sophomore rapper Kai Leshne [kai OD]. The beat is remarkably dark and almost atonal with its smooth, ghostly vocals. This is one of the few tracks kai OD has leaked from his upcoming full length release titled Atlantis Campus. The vocals on "zooted" are more spoken than other on tracks, some of which are reminiscent of the Weeknd's House of Balloons. Each has its own unique flair, making this a Wes release to look out for. Stay tuned for Atlantis Campus coming in April.Read More
M. Vaughn would be the king of Wesleyan’s 2-Step/deep house scene, if only it existed. Michael Vaughn ‘16, who producers under M. Vaughn, has gone from posting about Electric Zoo on WesAdmits to producing deep house tracks that are perhaps too subtle and sensitive to be given a chance amidst the tank topped hedonism that takes place on Randall’s Island every September. That is a great compliment, I think. M. Vaughn's new Nafe EP and “FADERD MIX [for Aural Wes]” showcase the “yung” producer’s keen ear for infectious melodies and hooks. Both the EP and mix exhibit Vaughn’s harkening back to groundbreaking house and garage producers like MK and Todd Edwards in his production. Deep house and 2-step have re-entered the underground club zeitgeist in recent years, and M. Vaughn is prepared to set himself apart from the trends with some snark and weirdness strikingly absent from most club CDJs. Just look for him “waiting at your local drop,” begging you to join him in a more thoughtful sphere of ignorance.Read More
At their energetic Eclectic show in September, the Wes-alumni trio Big Tusk—comprised of Sam Long, Howe Pearson, and David Thompson—delivered a number of their new Flood EP’s then-unreleased songs. While the live energy and personality of these great guys is experienced from afar on record, Flood makes up for it with an engaging attention to sonic detail.Read More
Face it, as much as you’ve tried, sometimes it’s hard to consume everything that the internet opinion machine shits out into the “good” pile. What if you missed another single that revives the sounds of r&b radio hits from the early 2000’s because you were busy listening to the other 3000 that came out this year? What about all those weird ambient/screamo/vaporwave records that nobody could possibly listen to more than twice but nonetheless are placed among the best of the year? Why is your favorite white-guys-with-guitars/glasses band listing Soulja Boy among their biggest influences? Why, if feminism in music is in the midst of a renaissance, is Pitchfork telling you R Kelly is cool again? And right next to that blurb on the Julia Holter record? Are you still unsure if you’re technically allowed to listen to overproduced club music that’s been arbitrarily designated as something with artistic merit seemingly out of nowhere? What if you read the wrong blog, and now your friends think you’re an idiot because you don’t understand the post-internet genius of Yeezus?
Don’t worry, the end of the year “best records” list is here, and everything you’re supposed to like/feel/believe/identify-with-based-on-your-niche-market-demographic is in one convenient place. Click through the slideshow below for our selections...
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These next three days will be the second-to-last weekend of the semester for concerts. So it's time to HAVE FUN. From massive synth pop to afrobeat fusion, there's sure to be something for you to enjoy. Check out our previews after the jump!Read More
Rapper / poet Rhys Podell '16 has been making waves around campus recently with his many freestyle, musical, and spoken-word performances. As well as being a member of hip-hop / jazz group The New School, Podell has been releasing a few songs of his own under the name Rhys Langston. Aural Wes contributor Alexandra White caught up with Rhys a few weekends ago for some insight into his enigmatic poetic and musical feats.Read More
Get ready for a weekend absolutely stuffed with concerts! From touring hardcore acts to student soul fusion bands, there's sure to be something for you to enjoy. Check out our previews after the jump!Read More
It started out stupid, like every other night. We pre-gamed in WestCo and listened to nostalgic 90s rap. Everyone got too drunk. Nobody wanted to smoke weed or have sex with my visiting friends. What seemed like any night I may have had at college – or at home in Minnesota, for that matter – soon devolved into a sanguine shit show which the student body of Wesleyan may very well remember for years to come.Read More
Each week, several Aural Wes contributors write up tracks that they have on repeat. In this edition, the word "friggin'" is reintroduced into our lexicon. Listen to these tracks and friggin' enjoy yourself you friggin' frig.Read More
The Dead Burb aggregation collective seeks to share music amongst human beings and unveil connections and stories that make people more comfortable in producing any kind of anything.
It is new. It is for publication. It is for collaboration. It is for engagement. It is for you.Read More