Josh Radnor’s Music and Drawing What I Feel


I would say that I am the Thrill’s resident Alumni Stalker. I Facebook messaged John Green for months on end (always being left on read) and I have Josh Radnor’s tweets on alert. Once he even directly responded to me! To cut to the chase, I don’t know if most normal people know this, but Josh Radnor has a band. Yes, you heard me correctly. He and a pal write three to four minute songs with titles like “It’s Yours Once You Give it Away” and “Still Though We Should Dance”.

You know when that kid from your high school tries to become a SoundCloud rapper and you’re like, haha, thank goodness we weren’t friends and thus I can’t be associated with him? This is like that, except you chose this. You chose to be grouped with the man who willingly made this video: Continue reading

Alums Who Kind of Have Their Shit Together: Emma Specter ’15

via Variety, Emma is probably somewhere nearby

Believe it or not after you graduate Kenyon, you’re still stuck in your human form and expected to sustain life for at least a few more years. I know, the harsh reality of the situation can seem bleak and excruciatingly overwhelming at times. But then there are those stories you’ll hear of people in far off lands living in towns with traffic lights and running water actually doing something with themselves. In this edition of Post-Grad Might Be Okay, I spoke with Emma Specter ’15. As a former Thrill editor herself, Emma has been a champion of wit, truth, and heart. She is also currently living the dream.

Emma worked on the Amazon TV series, Good Girls RevoltThe show is set in New York in the late 1960s, when a cultural revolution was sweeping through the free world. One place that was not quick to change with the times was newsrooms. Inspired by real events, “Good Girls Revolt” follows Patti Robinson and her fellow female researchers at News of the Week, who decide to ask for equal treatment. Their quest initiates an upheaval that impacts romantic relationships, careers and friendships, and propels Patti and her friends into unfamiliar territory that they never dreamed of. (Thank you, Google) I personally inhaled the show almost instantly. It fills a hole in current television that is so satisfying to witness it’s almost cathartic. It’s equal doses of fascinating and empowering send chills down my spine, and it deserves all the praise out there. 

We quite literally asked Emma to tell us everything, and she graciously obliged. Emma’s return to The Thrill is enthusiastically welcomed. Read more about her experiences below.

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Nandi Plunkett ’11 to Release Split 7″ with Deerhoof

Man, do I love Deerhoof.

This gets me really psyched.  Nandi Plunkett, founding member of Colla Voce and occasional singer/keyboardist for Pinegrove (music project of fellow ’11 Evan Hall), just announced her first official release as Half Waif.  The single, “Black Mountain,” will be pressed as the B-side of a 7″ being released in mid-October on Famous Class. The A-side contains “Sexy, But Sparkly,” a track by a well-established (since ’92) San Francisco band called Deerhoof.

If Wikipedia is to be trusted, then chances are your favorite “indie” bands (e.g. TV on the Radio, The Flaming Lips, Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors, Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent, Sleigh Bells, and of Montreal) are super into Deerhoof’s strange, kaleidoscopic blend of sonic experimentalism and serious rock chops. That’s right kids, you too can graduate from Kenyon to share a vinyl record with one of the most profoundly influential noise bands of the past 20 years!  Hit the jump for music and more details on the release. Continue reading

Review: Pinegrove’s Momentous Return to Kenyon

The above video is not from the Horn Concert, but it grabbed your attention, didn’t it?

As you probably already know, Pinegrove (among whose members are Evan Stephens Hall and Nandi Plunkett, both ’11) recently released their new album, Meridian. Last Friday, they made their triumphant return to Kenyon to play at our own Horn Gallery. Their sound has changed since the band began, but the addition of new members and update of older songs did not detract from the concert experience.

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