Hear A New E.P. By James Plunkett ’13

What do the Kenyon groups “Townships,” “Willows,” & “The Lawnmowers” all have in common?  A shared member: James Plunkett ’13.  The man himself managed to pay campus a visit this week, having just put out a follow-up to his 2013 solo EP, Ghosts.  The new EP is called Doing What I Can, the moniker this time around is “Just The Kids,” and the photo on the cover (by Charlotte Woolf ’12, incidentally) depicts a pair of friends embracing, with a broom, in the basement of the now-demolished Forman House (ex-home of the Food Co-op).

The folky jams found within share related themes like friendship, Kenyon, and the relentless churning of history’s engine, and were written “mainly for the kids that meant it,” as the man himself says on his Bandcamp.  Read on for a link to the EP! Continue reading

James Plunkett Releases New Solo EP

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Gentle folk of Kenyon, an anonymous source has leaked the following link to the Thrill for your listening pleasure.  Those of you who don’t know who James Plunkett ’13 is, I suggest you click play and get introduced.

Or perhaps you may already have been introduced to James through the Stairwells, or the Cornerstones, or perhaps a while back in our Thrill Session with Townships. If not, the man has been making bad-ass music throughout his Kenyon career, and although he may be leaving us next year for the Big Sky Country, he’s left behind a wonderful EP of four solo acoustic jams.  Check it out!

Kenyon Student in Uganda on Kony 2012

(via Wikimedia Commons)

The following piece was written by James Plunkett ’13, who is currently studying in Uganda.

I am writing in the hope of showing the other side of Invisible Children’s newest viral humanitarian campaign, Kony 2012. The American non-governmental organization that was started by three 20-somethings with a camera about 10 years ago has just released a new video that calls for the mobilization of youth worldwide to arrest Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), who has terrorized northern Uganda for the last 20 years. It is both impossible and simply unhelpful to ascertain the real motivation behind this newest campaign, whether it be the end of conflict in East Africa or simply to flaunt the accomplishments of Invisible Children, but what is important to highlight is the total lack of factual integrity and ignorance of the reality of the conflict that the new video involves.

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