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FOC Coffee House Sunday 11am to 5pm

Saturday, October 4th, 2014
FOC coffee house

Looks about right

In a land before time, Falstaff’s was a haven for eager students to debate deep, probing questions with their peers. The kinds of questions that stared into the gaping depths of humanity and shook its very foundations. Questions that thrilled the intellect but left the soul sad and ashamed. Falstaff’s was liberal arts.

Who are we kidding? It was a shitty bar, only slightly better than DA’s because it took less time to get there (some might disagree). People didn’t go there to ponder the bigger questions in life—they went there to get hammered. I mean, the place is named after a brand of beer (don’t give me that Shakespeare crap; it was product placement all the way). And get hammered they did.

Then in walks big, bad Glotzbach (or maybe it was his evil twin?), yadda yadda yaddo, and the rest is history.

Now, though, Falstaff’s Operating Committee is working to restore everyone’s favorite place to hate to its original glory, whatever that was. In what can be considered Phase II of FOC’s plan to improve Falstaff’s, the group is hosting a coffee house this Sunday from 11am to 5pm. According to the poster, there will be free coffee, unspecified pastries, relaxing music, and a calm atmosphere. Do some homework, read a book, or just enjoy the music. Nobody likes going to the library, so how about a change of scenery?

Help FOC help you enjoy Falstaff’s more, and check out their Facebook page here.

 

Weekend Distractions CXXIII

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

THURSDAY:
8:00pm – Lively Lucy’s Open Mic Night @ Falstaff’s
8:00pm – CFSGR Presents: ConsentFest! @ The Spa
8:00pm – Frances Stelloff Lecture: Jamaica Kincaid @ Gannett
8:00pm – Tsou Music Scholar Series: Dr. Maureen Mahon @ Zankel

FRIDAY:
3:00pm – Acoustic Ecology @ The Tang
4:00pm – Women’s Volleyball vs. Rochester Institute of Technology
8:00pm – Yom Kippur Evening Service @ The JKB

SATURDAY:
10:00am – Yom Kippur Morning Service @ The JKB
12:00pm – Women’s Volleyball vs. Rochester Institute of Technology
2:00pm – Field Hockey vs. Vassar College
3:00pm – Men’s Soccer vs. St. Lawrence University
4:00pm – Women’s Volleyball vs. Clarkson University

SUNDAY:
1:30pm – Skidprov @ Filene
11:00am-5:00pm – Falstaff’s Coffee House @ Falstaff’s

Missing something? Let us know in the comments!

Evolfo Doofeht Wants to Take You to Space, Let the Space Jam References Commence

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Evolfo posters are basically collector’s items

If you’re like me, you probably think there are a number of better uses for extraneous private capital than space vacations.  Alas, there are still more destinies to manifest, and, well, to each his own, right?  But while we all wait for Richard Branson to get his shit together, I’d like to offer you the next best alternative: gypsy-dance-funk.  Imagine Gogol Bordello meets Streetlight Manifesto, except Eugene Hutz now has a distinct Boston accent.  The result? Evolfo Doofeht.

As some of you may know, Evolfo’s show tomorrow night will be their fourth in as many semesters, which practically qualifies them as artists-in-residence (move over ACJW).  And as the Lively Lucy’s PR team so nicely put it, the Food of Love (see what I did there?) has destroyed and will destroy again.  So strap yourself in, drink the Kool Aid (or other beverage of choice), and give yourself up to the devil mask.  I have, and will again.

Spaceship Falstaff’s is set to take off at 9:00 PM tomorrow night.  Evolfo Doofeht and their pirate pals, Destroy Babylon, will, of course, be your trusted pilots.  Enjoy the ride.

Editor’s Note: Skidmore Unofficial does not condone the use of psychedelics. Any reference to space travel should be taken literally and not misconstrued. 

Lively Lucy’s & SEC Present: Los Elk & The Rooks

Friday, September 19th, 2014

It wouldn’t be the start of a new semester at Skidmore if we didn’t have a show of our very own indie darlings Los Elk. You may have enjoyed their performance at Putnam Den this past weekend, but this Saturday at 10:00pm, the four-piece outfit will be gracing the Falstaff’s stage and playing the first of what I’m sure will be many on-campus gigs this semester.

Amir and the boys

From right to left: Amir Rivera-Lieberman ’15, some dudes

I’d try to describe their sound in my own words, but their Facebook page features a pretty adequate description, in addition to some good ol’ humble-bragging.

Los Elk features a unique and precise blend of Dance and Indie-Rock to deliver their trademark electrifying and energizing performances. Composed of Amir Rivera-Lieberman, Noah Ross, Hal DeGroat, and Ryan Bondell, Los Elk had their origins in Skidmore College. Forming in the Fall of 2011, the group quickly made a name for themselves with their fun and skillful performances. Since then, Los Elk has played countless shows with more on the way. Stay tuned, because things are only getting better!

While it certainly shouldn’t be excused for a slightly gimmicky title, the band’s latest EP Part II, was a well-produced and well-executed hit among the student body, and the band’s appeal has certainly extended beyond both Skidmore and Saratoga Springs, as they’ve been incredibly active over the summer playing at a variety of venues. And rightly so, because their sound is fucking tight.

Also on the bill for the evening is the NYC-based sextet The Rooks. Branding a blend of soul, R&B, and pop and featuring delicately placed yet lush instrumentation that promises to translate incredibly well live and show what that new sound system at Falstaff’s is really capable of. Listen to and download their new single “Twister” and their 2013 EP Something You Can Take to get a sampling of their work. In the unlikely case that Los Elk doesn’t get you there, these guys certainly will.

Doors are at 9:300pm, show starts promptly at 10:00pm. Swing by and start your weekend in the most classically Skidmore way possible.

ROCK THE VOTE: A Student Band Showcase

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Tomorrow (Thursday) night at 8:00 in Falstaff’s (which apparently now has a fully functioning and soon-to-be operating bar), Lively Lucy’s will be hosting their (bi?) annual student band showcase. The showcase has become a consistent hit from Lively Lucy’s, and it’s always a great chance to check out some new and old faces in the Skidmore music scene.

Robin Adams, circa 1986

Robin Adams, circa 1986

Co-sponsored by killers of cool SGA, the showcase will feature a solid array of bands of varying styles and seniority. There will also be an opportunity to vote for SGA representatives and free Esperanto’s, which sounds like the ideal Thirsty Thursday to me. Be sure to stop by and check out what will (hopefully) be pretty short and sweet sets from the following bands:

The Salmon Of Knowledge
Big Booty Judy (now featuring Izzy Howard on vocals)
Dope Mosely
Good Neighbor
Iguana Mañana
Knights of Tundra (listed as a Dragonforce cover band, which is probably a joke, but a dude can hope, right?)
Eskimo Sister
The Melon Girls

If you’re new to Skidmore, this will be a great introduction to the music scene–one of the hidden and underrated aspects of campus life. And if you’ve been around for a while, odds are you know someone in one of these bands, so avoid getting a mass text from them at 8:05 and just show up and stay for the whole thing, because you definitely don’t have better things to do (and late night has been majorly sucking lately).

On the real, though, we lost some good bands to the real world this past year, and it’s really cool that new and old bands are stepping up and showcasing their shit, because these bands work fucking hard. So show up at 8:00pm with some friends and ready to sing to Red Hot Chili Peppers or Sublime, because you know someone will probably cover one (or both) of them.

Lively Lucy’s Presents Stolked for Folk

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Tomorrow at 8:00pm in Falstaff’s, Lively Lucy’s will be presenting the latest installment in its annual folk event Stolked for Folk. If you have yet to experience “Fallstaff’s” (if you don’t know what I mean by that, then you haven’t experienced it yet), then this should be a perfect introduction to this wonderful student-run performing space (that definitely doesn’t host poor excuses for raves that will make you want to cleanse yourself/your soul by fully submerging yourself in rubbing alcohol the very second you get home and sober up).

Peter Oundjian '15

Peter Oundjian ’15

The night will feature original music from folk heavy-hitters Melissa Chilinksi ’15, Jesse Hardman ’15, Ethan Carpene ’17, Izzy Howard ’17, and Peter Oundjian ’15. Some of these are veterans of the Skidmore folk scene, and some of them (to my knowledge) are performing solo on a bill for the first time. The evening will be chill, the vibes will be good, and, most importantly, the music will be home-grown here at Skidmore.

If you’d like to keep up with more events like this, check out Lively Lucy’s page on Facebook. Looks like they’ve got lots of awesome shit in store for the semester.

First Open Mic Tonight!

Thursday, September 4th, 2014
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This could be you

Lively Lucy’s is kicking off a killer semester tonight with the first open mic of the year. As always, open mic is an all-inclusive event for students to showcase their coffee-shop appropriate talents. Sign-ups are on a first-come-first-serve basis and start at 6:30pm.  The first performer goes on at 7pm.  So grab your guitar, brush up on that one Bonnie Bear song you know, and head to Falstaff’s tonight to bathe in the praise of your peers or embarrass yourself totally (your choice).

Keep a lookout for Lively Lucy’s open mics on the first thursday of the month throughout the year.

By the way, remember when I started by saying Lively Lucy’s is going to have a killer semester? Check out what else is on tap:

Stoked for Folk – 9/11

Rock the Vote (Student Band Showcase) – 9/18

THE ROOKS feat. LOS ELK – 9/20*

EVOLFO DOOFEHT feat. DESTROY BABYLON – 9/25*

We’ll be sure to remind you. If you have any questions or want to know more about Lively Lucy’s contact nsamors@skidmore.edu.

*Get ready to fucking dance.

SEC Presents: Javelin and HAP

Thursday, March 27th, 2014
Cool things happen when you find an abstract image on Google and layer it over and over and over.

Cool things happen when you find an abstract image on Google and layer it over and over and over.

This Saturday, SEC brings back Skidmore alumni lo-fi, indie-pop rock band HAP to open up the Falstaff’s stage for brooklyn-based electro-pop-rock duo Javelin. The two sets are sure to flow perfecty, with both bands offering bright, dance-inducing music.

Javelin consists of a set of cousins: George Langford (who went to Skidmore) and Tom Van Buskirk. Their sound is multifaceted, dynamic, and has matured wildly since their debut 2008 release, Jamz n Jemz. They’ve been known to incorporate electro-synth sounds, sampling techniques, noise rock-like riffs, pop-driven melodies, as well as a slew of coming-and-going instruments. The two are multi-instrumentalists and play everything from mandolin, to keyboard, to cello, to drums. They’ve been named a rising artist from Pitchfork, as well as given Best New Music accolades for their most recent project, Hi Beams. The seamless way these guys skirt the line between acoustic instrumentation and electro-pop sampling is what makes their music so rich. They’re definitely making moves with their lively, innovative pop styles, so get out and see them for free this Saturday at Falstaff’s, doors at 8.

Javelin

HAP

Porches. And Mugsy Boges @ Falstaff’s 3/20

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
Courtesy of Garrett Evans

Courtesy of Garrett Evans

This Thursday at Falstaff’s Skidmore’s own Mugsy Boges will be opening up for Porches., a Brooklyn-based quintet predominantly powered Aaron Maine, who’s also the drummer of the band Frankie Cosmos.

Porches. has been making rumbles lately with their 2013 album “Slow Dance In The Cosmos,” a project that introduced many to their grit-layered way of wooing experimental, folk rock vibes and utterly inviting lyricism that begs rapid replays. Their calling it “moan pop” or “sad rock” and well, it’s sweet. Plus, uhh, Pitchfork says nice things about them, so, yeah.

Don’t miss this chance to see Porches. for free with Mugsy Boges and three dollar beers. That’s not a band, they’re just selling three dollar beers.

(fbook)

Porches. 

A Night With Ms. Diane: An Exclusive Interview with Shaun Fleming

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Given the amount of new music produced daily, it is rare to find an album that is prolific–that shines amongst a sea of lukewarm new releases. Diane Coffee creates a lust to hear more. The band’s debut album, My Friend Fish, pops open with a startling organ glissando: like a child running its fingers recklessly up a keyboard. The virgin listener doesn’t know how long the screech will last until a voice cues the band with a soft “1-2-3” towards a soothing Carole King-like comfy tempo, a background for a teeny-bop girl to sing her heart out.

Behind that voice is 26 year-old Shaun Fleming, playing underneath the moniker Diane Coffee. Fleming grew up in Agoura Hills, California but moved to New York last Fall, only to be welcomed by an empty apartment filled with no friends and the flu. Isolation served as inspiration and Diane Coffee was birthed. Fleming is on the rise, and it is best to watch out for Diane Coffee. Their debut album speaks for itself, and there’s no more need for Fleming’s fame as Foxygen’s drummer or even his childhood acting gigs on Kim Possible and Lilo and Stitch.

WSPN found time to interview Shaun Fleming in between sound check and an Izumi dinner prior to Diane Coffee’s performance at Skidmore College last Saturday, February 22nd. Skidmore Entertainment Committee funded the concert, and native band Los Elk opened. For those who didn’t attend- you missed out. The band comprised of Jared Walker (guitar), Emily Panic (bass), Steve Okonsi, (keyboard), and Joey Lefitz, (drums,) created a foreground for Fleming’s theatrical excitement. The band’s energy was palpable, generating a collective awe. They brightened up the funky black light lighting that is Falstaff’s. We talked about everything from high school music inspiration to soup, enjoy:

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