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Skidmore Music Scene: Don’t Call It a Comeback (Or Call It a Comeback)

Saturday, May 9th, 2015
They're back, and their banner is still better than yours.

They’re back, and their banner is still better than yours.

Some of you might remember the Skidmore Music Scene blog, a self-described “buffet of media devoted to Skidmore College student bands and what not.” The website debuted in the spring of 2012, filling a glaring void in the Skidmore community. When it started, the blog consisted of posts about the (at the time) big wigs of the music scene here at Skidmore, such as The Artifiacts (RIP), Punch Drunk Monkeys (RIP), The Downlow (major fucking RIP). And (obviously) Los Elk, which at the time was just a gaggle of wide-eyed bushy-tailed freshmen who covered The Killers and Foster the People. And let’s not forget Yo Soy Milk.

Never forget Yo Soy Milk.

Naturally, shit got busy with the site’s creators, and things started to peter out as they got preoccupied with real world shit and their own musical projects and just things that don’t involve starring at a computer screen (seriously, you should just close your browser right now and go outside, because it’s fucking beautiful out lately).

Anyway, moral of the story is that things have been pretty quiet on the blog for the past year,which has been a total bummer for those of who looking for updates on the latest music happenings on campus. However, the site’s been passed on, and it’s looking like the folks who are running it now are just as committed to providing a space for a sadly underrepresented aspect of campus culture. In a recent email exchange we had, the current head of the SMS blog said, “I’m hoping to make it a more active page that has reviews of new student music, discusses the state of the scene and what people want to see change in it, as well as just talk bands that people think should come through.”

Sounds great to me. Check out the blog and catch up on what’s been going on with old and new faces in the scene. You can also find an ever-expanding list of current and old Skidmore bands/artist here. And be sure to keep posted on the site and their Facebook page for updates on the latest and greatest in the Skidmore music scene–and if you have something you’d like to submit and get on the site, do so here.

Los Elk Release ‘Rituals’

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Moments like this don’t actually happen in real life.

Throw up your antlers and bust out those credit cards, folks, because Los Elk‘s new EP, Rituals, has hit the world wide web for streaming.

Featuring three new tracks–two in their usual yet tight-as-ever upbeat sound, and one slower jam that just shreds at the end–the dancey-rock quartet shows that their time on the road and in the studio has done them well. The production is sleeker than ever, and the songs showcase an impressive amount of musical complexity that separates the band from most artists that produce material this infectious.

For fans of the band’s previous efforts (which you probably are), you’ll find plenty to love in the 10 minutes that this release spans. And if you’re not a fan, well, I have to go to a class that starts in two minutes, so I really can’t think of anything clever to balance that out.

Check out an acoustic version of the “Neighbors,” the EP’s second track, below. And check out the new release–which can be downloaded for a modest $3–on the band’s Bandcamp.

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.

Los Elk Release “Habits” Cover

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

New year, new picture. Thank the good lord.

Your favorite Skidmore band Los Elk have recorded an acoustic cover of Tove Lo’s “Habits (Stay High),” which can be viewed below. It’s a pretty tight arrangement, as it features guitarist Noah Ross playing a ukulele in a way that doesn’t make you want to eschew YouTube for the remainder of your earthly existence. And that, my friends, is a major feat. Click to continue »

Otter Releases New Single: “Thieves”

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Photo by Gretchen Schwab ’14.

Skidmore music scene legends Otter (formerly known as Beardo, but that’s old news) have debuted their latest single, “Thieves,” which was recorded at their recent video shoot with Fireworks Production. This might be one of the best tracks the band has released, as it features tight four-part harmonies (seriously, everyone in this band sings), killer production, and a grooving solo from Matt Gaydar ’14.

Also included as a B-side is the most recent incarnation of the band’s live hit “Pocket Lips.” So be sure and give that a listen to see how the band has developed one of their classics.

Check the single out and download it (along with the bands previous material) on their Bandcamp page. The video from which the audio was lifted can be watched below.

Lively Lucy’s Presents: Bobmore Dylanmania (11/20)

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Jesse Hardman ’15

Are you totally over The Beatles? Would you take Blood on the Tracks over that overrated and derivative piece of trash Sgt. Pepper’s anyway? Is the intimate and cozy feel of Falstaff’s more appealing to you than the impersonal expansiveness of the Ladd Concert Hall? Do you think Paul McCartney talks funny?

If any/all of these are the case, well, chill out. You can like The Beatles and Bob Dylan, because both are seminal cultural figures and played large roles in developing music as we know it today. And you can still go to Beatlemore this weekend. But Bobby isn’t the focal point of the school’s biggest annual event, so the old reliables Lively Lucy’s are giving him a major shout-out this Thursday, 11/20, with Bobmore Dylanmania.

The evening will consist of some folks playing short sets of their favorite one to three Bob Dylan songs. I sure hope someone performs this seasonal gem. That’s pretty much all there is to it. Should be fucking awesome. Lively Lucy’s always finds cool ways to switch things up every now and then, so be sure and swing by Falstaff’s this Thursday at 8:00pm and support them and anyone performing.

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.)

 

WOOD(worth)STOCK: A Skidmore Music Scene Showcase

Monday, April 21st, 2014
Everybody's favorite band will be here. And Marc Woodworth, so you gotta go.

Everybody’s favorite band will be here. And Marc Woodworth, so you gotta go.

Writing Rock is a hidden jem of the Skidmore English Department. Offered every-other semester or so by Marc Woodworth (Avid music and cultural critic, author of Guided By Voices’ Bee Thousands 33 1/3rd book, and associate editor at Salmagundi), Writing Rock is an intensive writing workshop about the history and current state of music journalism.

Students learn how to analyze, critique, and report on popular music and artists. As part of the course, each student picked an on-campus (or Skidmore-affiliated) band to profile. You can read those profiles at SkidmoreWritingRock14.Wordpress.com

The class is organizing a showcase to present the bands that they have written about. There are 11 bands and solo artists that will be performing short sets. The line-up includes:

Pooch
Quick Fix
Free Cake for Every Creature
Amir Rivera-Lieberman
Elliot Daniels
Melissa Chilinski
Phil Ortiz
Ryan Meczywor
Ethan Carpene
Katie Martucci
Ian Bakerman

Wood(worth)Stock is tomorrow, Tuesday the 22nd, at the amphitheater outside of Zankel at 5 p.m. Rain location: Falstaff’s. 

Listen To Skidmore Bands For Free On Mellodi

Thursday, March 27th, 2014
So many Skidmore bands, so little time.

So many Skidmore bands, so little time.

So maybe this isn’t news, but it is a really cool feature of a site that not many people have heard about. Mellodi claims to be the “home of all music made by artists in college.” Now, I thought the home of college music was mouse shit-laden basements and trailers, but Mellodi begs to differ. But regardless, Mellodi is a free streaming site for college bands across the country. As long as you have an email account that ends in .edu you can send your music to Mellodi and add it to your school’s catalogue.

Well, Skidmore has one and for people who can’t decide what Falstaff’s gig to go to, or who they want to play Funday, or whatever other important Skidmore music scene-related decisions you have to make, Mellodi is a great resource.  It’s got everything from Jesse Hardman’s solo work, to the newly named Otter’s (the artists previously known as Beardo) recent single, to Los Elk, to Psymon Spine, and so on.

Check it out and support Skidmore music by listening to your favorite artists for free at Mellodi.