Alex Richwine and Sam Kurlender, with some help from Nick Byers, sat down with hip-hop duo Armand Hammer the night of their Dec. 1 show at La Casa. We cover topics such as gentrification, new Earl Sweatshirt, and Armie Hammer. This is a one-in-a-kind video, seeing as no other video interview of the group exists online.
Aural Wes contributors Kelsey Gordon and Meg West interviewed Sorority Noise about emo music, the creation of Joy, Departed, and midnight munchies before their show at Eclectic February 12, 2016. Video by Lola Sounigo of Method TV Music from "Joy, Departed" by Sorority Noise. Topshelf RecordsRead More
Sweater Beats (Antonio Cuna) landed at Psi U on Friday, April 4 and lived up to his booty bouncing fame. Rocking the house with infectious pop remixes and blistering house originals, Cuna brought the house down.Hit the jump to watch Cuna talk on how he started out in music and his undying love for doughnuts.Read More
Aural Wes designer/contributor Zack Kantor '15 has just released a new music video with his group Sins of the Loose Buttons and it's tastefully dark! The song, ‘I Love Lucy’, is a cool, yet high-energy rock tune, definitely one of the band’s best releases thus far. The tune has an interesting combination of ambient, “shoegazey” guitar lines over a hard-hitting drum/bass backbeat, all leading up to an incredibly catchy chorus with an unexpected mumba-based groove.Read More
Last month, Danny Brown and Kitty Pryde put on a brilliant, weird, and unforgettable concert at Eclectic. Before the show, we asked if we could interview them together and they were kind enough to agree to it. First we asked the two of them a bunch of questions—some silly, some serious. Next we brought out Anthony Fantano, the Internet’s busiest music nerd, whom many saw lecture at Wes the week before as part of WESU’s Lecture Series. We have so much great footage that we’re breaking up the conversations into two-parts to be delivered in the next few days, so stay tuned.Hit the jump to watch the trailer, where you'll see things get mad "Internet" for a hot second
Here's the audio from last Thursday's show, as recorded by one Samuel Remington Long off the mixer and into a field recorder. Take a listen at your leisure, and keep an eye out for the live footage of "Balance." (photo borrowed from Wesleying)
And here is some live video, shot beautifully by Jordan Kenna '12.
It's been common knowledge among Amanda Palmer fans at Wesleyan that she did not enjoy her time at this school. If you haven't heard it yet, definitely check out her rendition of "The Wesleyan Fight Song," which (often brutally) satirizes the Wes community. Until now, though, we hadn't learned very much about her actual experiences at Wes.
Being a big fan and alerted by a prompt Wesleying post, I temporarily un-privatized my Twitter account to ask Amanda for a quick video interview, which she kindly obliged. The Argus was also present, so you can also look forward to even more in their interview, in which she talks about college culture shock in an age without cellphones and email, her West Side Story-esque love affair with an Alpha Delt while she was in Eclectic, and more. (Sidenote: someone please make a Wes Side Story video like this. There's definitely potential there.)
For now, here's Amanda on her experiences with music and performance at Wesleyan. Being naked and covered with fake blood is a recurring theme. Interview and set footage after the jump:
Special thanks to Adrien DeFontaine '13, who worked the camera and convinced me to tweet at her.
And here are videos of her entire performance Friday evening at Eclectic, in almost the right order. My video of "Leeds United" was peaking all over the place, so here is another one courtesy of Wesleying's Zach Schonfeld.
Aside from some killer Dresden Dolls and solo originals on the piano, special highlights of the set include an awesome singalong at the end of Amanda's ukelele rendition of "Creep," an extremely dark parody of "Friday," a passionate "Two-Headed Boy," and a shameless uncensored uke cover of "Fuck the Police." Enjoy!
For those of you who missed the show, Amanda is planning to come back to do a big and weird performance piece in the Spring, so you can look forward to that!