1. Marks 100 days before graduation. On that day, seniors gather at a party given by the senior class, reflect on their four years at Hollins through a slide show and skits, and enjoy food served by sophomores and juniors.
I love when there's a lull in the traffic and I can hear the campus chapel bells tolling the hour, even when I'm across the street in my apartment.
I spent most of the afternoon sitting on front quad with Melody and Charlotte, watching the residents of East talk, dance and sing on the quad. There were girls running around with walkie talkies, music blasting from inside of NEFA, girls shouting from the balconies, and even a small pea-shooting war at one point. I feel like just videotaping everything would finally be an adequate way to explain to people why I chose a women's college.
Friday is 100th Night - one hundred nights until graduation. Shit.
Posting these a little early because I plan on spending all of tomorrow running errands/working in the darkroom.
Empires. Their initial claim to fame is that their guitarist is Tom Conrad, formerly of The Academy Is. However, Empires is a legitimately separate entity from that band, and I think they might really make waves with their pop-rock tunes. myspace.com/empires
The Morning Of.
These kids have seen a lot of hype recently, and with good reason. Bouncy pop songs with dual male/female vocals, their album is a good time all around. myspace.com/themorningofrock
City And Colour.
The acoustic side project of Alexisonfire frontman Dallas Green. This is his second album as City And Colour, and it's completely breathtaking. myspace.com/dallasgreen
You should also youtube the British sitcom Spaced - it's a television show done by the Shaun Of The Dead guys before they started in movies. It's a riot.
+ seeing Chase Pagan play in Deep Ellum
+ finding random highway towns and getting lost in them
+ reuniting with incredible friends in LA
+ the movie Once
+ running through the snow under giant sequoia trees
+ only being halfway through your trip and loving it.
I'm spending this January driving across the country and back with my good friend Erin. It's an independent study for my January Term - I'm using a Holga camera to take medium format color photos of the fading highway towns. We're crossing the south, driving up California, and going back across the north. I'm really stoked for it - I drove across the south last January to get to my internship with The Militia Group, and I've been itching to do it again, especially seeing as I've never driven the northern half before. We'll also be stopping at the redwood forest and Yosemite. We're staying with friends and family nearly every night. The best part of that is that I get to see the majority of the friends I made this past summer at TMG. I'm fairly sure that will save my sanity for the coming semester - leaving them in August was the hardest thing I've ever had to do.
Erin and I will be keeping a wordpress blog about the trip, so I'll be sure to post the address of the blog if anyone cares to follow along from home. You should also expect me to begin writing reviews again, as I'll be in the car for 5-10 hours every day for three weeks. We leave on the 2nd, and I can't wait to go!
These are all artists who played at Folkfest at my school last night.
Doug Cheatwood And The Bastards Of Fate.
One of the most bizarre things I've ever seen. Cheatwood was rolling around on the ground, pies were thrown at the audience, and there were crazy lights and fog. I can't quite tell if they're geniuses or just insane. For Fans Of: Portugal. The Man, The Drugstore Cowboys, Bear Vs. Shark. myspace.com/dougcheatwood
Red Clay River.
Good old-fashioned bluegrass/country, heavy on the moonshine. Vocalist Daniel Bivins has a gritty voice reminiscent of Tom Waits, and the group of them are perfect when it comes to harmonizing and stomping their feet. For Fans Of: Tom Waits, Harry McClintock, The Cox Family myspace.com/redclayriver
Performing under the name Shoot The Moon last night with a friend as a DJ and Kid A on backup vocals, Ced Hughes has a bouncy, in your face style of hip hop that uses beats from Interpol, Justice, and Amy Winehouse, just to name a few. For Fans Of: Kanye West, Consequence, Jay-Z myspace.com/cedhughes
Brand New at the Commonwealth Ballroom, Virginia Tech 11.29.07.
Brand New played a solo show at Virginia Tech on an off day from their tour with Thrice and mewithoutYou. The stage setup included two drum kits as well as a freestanding drum, and the lights were exclusively yellow and white.
The show began with a half hour of Jesse Lacey alone onstage with an acoustic guitar. He did not address the audience until a brief mumble about colleges and "We are Brand New" before launching into Soco Amaretto Lime.
Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself (Morrissey cover)
Play Crack The Sky
Two Headed Boy Pt. 2
Soco Amaretto Lime
Jesse then exited the stage and returned with the rest of the band for the remainder of the set. The songs were delivered with much screaming rather than singing, but that style works for many of Brand New's songs, especially the tracks from The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me. The setlist was:
Welcome To Bangkok
Sic Transit Gloria...Glory Fades
Okay I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Don't
Jaws Theme Swimming
The Archers Bows Have Broken
You Won't Know
Sowing Season (Yeah)
There was minimal band/crowd interaction, except for when Jesse expressed concern over the actions in the pit. He also introduced Limousine as a song about a tragedy near his home, and dedicated it to the school, as Virginia Tech is a "school that knows tragedy."
On a number of the songs, Brand New's crew joined them onstage to play extra instruments, often with multiple people per instrument. It's really incredible to watch them do so.
The band quickly left the stage after Sowing Season, and the belligerent crowd began chanting for Seventy Times 7. Eventually Vinnie Accardi came back onstage and began the slow buildup of Untitled. He left and then brought the rest of the band back out with him to finish the song. At the end, everyone left the stage except for Lacey, who remained at the mic to say, "Hey Chuck! It's Marvin. Your cousin, Marvin Berry! You know that new sound you're looking for? Well listen to this!" before leaving.
Overall, it wasn't the best show I've seen Brand New play. However, Brand New's average set is better than most bands' best sets, so I'll continue to go see them every chance I get.
Ring Night is an ever-evolving tradition in which seniors secretly adopt junior ring sisters. The juniors participate in skits and other silly antics in hopes of earning their rings and discovering who their "sisters" are.
I've been pretty out of it recently due to Ring Night here on campus, aka the most ridiculous weekend ever. I had one sister and two honoraries, and we made them do all kinds of call outs, epic costumed battles in Moody plaza, tap dances in the cafeteria, and skits based on things like Empire Records and Little Miss Sunshine. Trust me, you haven't lived until you've seen Helen do the falcon song, or Rhiannon do a dramatic reading of Hanson's "Penny & Me," or a zombie invasion on front quad, with Foster leading the defense in a psychedelically painted cardboard fort. I've got photos from both Friday and Saturday night skits on my Facebook.