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Los Elk to Release New EP

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Album Art by Jake LiBassi.

Los Elk have just announced the released date for their upcoming EP, Rituals, which is slated to drop on February 24th. It’s been over a year since the band dropped the second installment in their (assumedly) two-part EP series, but the band has been incredibly active touring near and far for the past year–and it’s safe to assume they made their return to the studio tighter than ever.

If you’re unfamiliar with the band and their material (chyeah right), check out their discography on their Bandcamp and be sure to add to their bounty of “likes” on their Facebook page. And, of course, check back later this month to hear what I’m sure will be another solid release from the indie-pop darlings of the Skidmore music scene.

Jesse Hardman Drops New Album

Monday, January 26th, 2015

As always: fuck yeah.

He’s been teasing it for a while now, but Jesse Hardman‘s third full-length release, Sojourn, has finally hit the viral shelves.

You may have witnessed Hardman’s many performances at Lively Lucy’s open mic nights—of which he might officially be the viceroy by this point–as well as his Beatlemore performance’s of the past two years. He’s made a great name for himself both as a singer-songwriter and a musician, sporting killer vibrato and a smart blend of blues, indie, and folk.

Sojourn combines the lyrical storytelling of Hardman’s previous efforts with a new full band sound and complex production values. It features nine new tracks (which features a fucking beautiful song written entirely in German), as well as a full-band version of his “Misery” cover from last year’s Beatlemore. And it’s all arranged and performed by the man in leather himself. (No, not that one.)

Give the album a listen on Hardman’s Bandcamp. It’s been a long time in the making, and the payoff is very much worth it. And stay posted on further developments from Hardman and his many projects.

SEC Presents: Slow Magic & PSYMON SPINE (12/5)

Friday, December 5th, 2014

It’s like Deadmau5, but good.

Tonight at 9pm, everyone’s favorite lovingly unapproachable entertainment company will be presenting yet another deck Friday night show to begin this jam-packed weekend. Co-sponsored by SEC and Lively Lucy’s, Skidmore veterans of chill wave PSYMON SPINE, who have shaped up to be one of the semester’s most active and beloved bands, will be opening for Slow Magic, a killer electronic act who wears a fucking zebra mask.

Both bands are super rad, and Falstaff’s will be the place to be starting at 9pm. So take your favorite Uncle Qwik’s word for it and swing by. Maybe you’ll dance up to a whimsical girl with bangs (or a whimsical dude with that one haircut all the dudes at this school have now), who will then change your life forever with an evening you’ll never forget. And pressure you to try cocaine for the first time. But don’t do that. That happened to my friend in Belgium and it fucked him up real good. Don’t do drugs, even if it might involve you getting laid.

I don’t know, I just could see something like that happening at this show. Doors are at 9pm.

Eskimo Sister Releases Debut Single “OK”

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Is that a cucumber?

Twee-Pop/Lo-Fi band Eskimo Sister have finally graced us with a recording, so swing on over to their Bandcamp and give a listen to “OK.” This is a hot one, as it features the line: “i cut myself shaving and it was the best thing to happen all week,” so hop on that name-your-price download right now.

Eskimo Sister formed at the beginning of this semester. It addition to their debut performance at the student band showcase back September, they saddened up the rickety Falstaff’s stage just the other week when they opened for Kitten Forever. The band features Brandon Dyer ’15 (featured bassist for Free Cake for Every Creature), Johnny Murphy ’15 (formerly of Yo Soy Milk, presently of Johnny Murphy), Giulia Morrone ’15, and Eric Lemaire ’15.

Concerning their future, the band wrote on their Facebook:

uhh I guess we’ll be sporadically recording songs whenever we feel like it and releasing them whenever they sound good. we don’t know what the album will be called yet but there’s going to be one. unless we break up, which is entirely possible. actually, never mind, we’re probably not going to release any more music.

 

Sounds promising to me. They also tweet, and they don’t suck at it. Like them on Facebook and keep an eye out for future material/performances/amusing status updates.

WSPN Halloween Show: The Sons and Heirs & Batman Nosebleed

Thursday, October 30th, 2014
You know what's real spooky? The lyrics to "Unhappy Birthday."

You know what’s real spooky? The lyrics to “Unhappy Birthday.”

Tonight at 8:00pm, WSPN will host their annual Halloween Show in Falstaff’s. This year’s bill will feature Skidmore band Batman Nosebleed, who will be donning the costumes of indie royalty, playing a Radiohead cover seat.

Formerly known by the so-bad-it’s-good name “Chromatic Breakdown,” they’ll be opening for NYC-based Smiths cover band The Son and Heirs, about whom The Daily Beast wrote “The Smiths will never re-form…so for most fans, The Sons & Heirs are the closest they will ever get.” In other words, it’s like seeing The Smiths live without having to, well, see The Smiths live, which is kind of nice, because these days Morrissey is really just a pretentious asshat with an insufferable Internet presence.

There will also be a costume contest with highly-coveted prizes like Uncommon and Pizza 7 gift cards. And free Esperanto’s. So fuck this indie red side bullshit, because you know this is worth going to just for that.

But really, the folks at WSPN don’t host shows often, but when they do, they always make quality picks for their headliners. Plus Batman Nosebleed is sounding smoooooth these days. So kick-off Halloweenmorethoughtmatters weekend in the best way possible: listening to solid covers of some great songs by two of the more influential bands of the past 30 years. (Pssst! Need guidance? We gotchoo.)

Harrison Lipton Debuts “Think Twice”

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

 

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I already feel gloomy.


If you listened to the new track from singer/composer Harrison Lipton ’15 and weren’t the slightest bit disappointed that it wasn’t a cover of the brilliant Eve 6 anthem of possessiveness, you’re probably not alone. (Seriously, you can admit it without shame. 2003 was a great year.) But don’t let that stop you from giving the track (which is currently streaming on CMJ) a listen, because this is a strong debut that exhibits excellent songwriting and crisp production–slightly reminiscent of PBR&B acts like Active Child, James Blake, and How to Dress Well. Kind of. But not exactly. RIYL’s are weird and counter-intuitive.

You might have witnessed Lipton’s striking talent as a vocalist and performer at Drastic Measures jams, but “Think Twice” shows that Lipton has a lot going for him as a solo artist as well. While Lipton showcases his impressive capabilities as a producer and songwriter, his hauntingly beautiful croon–recently featured in a new track from Mister Lies–is the real standout, delicately soaring above minimalistic yet lush instrumentation and pegging Lipton as a solo artist worth keeping your eye on for future work.

Though this is currently Lipton’s only track, you can check him out on both Bandcamp and Soundcloud.

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.

MaryLeigh Roohan on South Park Green TONIGHT (9/1)

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Skidmore alum MaryLeigh Roohan ’13 will be playing a show tonight at 7:00 on South Park Green as part of first-year orientation. Described by David Malachowski of the Times Union as “A strong, smart songwriter with a lovely voice”  in his review of her 2013 album Skin & Bone, MaryLeigh might be one of the more talented singer-songwriters to come out of the Skidmore music scene in recent years.

Marry me.

Featuring an infectious brand of indie-folk/alternative-country, a memorable and powerful voice, and heartbreaking lyricism, MaryLeigh is sure to put on a fantastic show to help kick-off the fall semester in the best way possible, so stop by South Park Green and support an incredibly talented member of the Skidmore community. (In the case of rain, the show will be held at Falstaffs.)

 

PSYMON SPINE @ Cameo Gallery (8/18)

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014
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“Special Guests” would be a bomb band name.

PSYMON SPINE, Skidmore’s darlings on all things electronic and whimsical, are playing a show at Cameo Gallery in Williamsburg next Monday, August 18. Joining them will be Graham (of Crystal Fighters), Photojay, and (exitpost).

There are still tickets left, but apparently they’re going quickly, so purchase them while you can at $12-a-pop here. Show is 18+, so be sure to leave your annoying underage friends behind.