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

Hornucopia: A Musical Recap

Wait, wrong Hornucopia. Our bad.

So if you were anywhere this Saturday afternoon, you were probably at the Horn Gallery’s annual Fall Festival, Hornucopia. Between games of cornhole, sipping on fresh-pressed apple cider, and getting your face painted by Phoebe Rotter ’14, you probably also saw some ridiculously cool music. And if you weren’t actually doing any of those things, that’s ok – read on for our official recap of the show! Continue reading

Summer Music Catchup

Kenyon’s music “scene” is a strange, nebulous thing.  Half of the thing seems to exist exclusively at school, watching friends and strangers playing everywhere from the Horn to Peirce Hall to somebody’s Taft or Acland. The rest of it just hides out on the internet, and whether we’re checking Facebook Page updates from alumni or scouring Google for that one dude from the open mic’s BandCamp, we here at The Thrill do our best to keep on top of everything Kenyon musicians are doing.

Hit the jump for new songs, albums, and music videos, all by Kenyon students (past and present). And keep your eyes peeled for The Thrill’s first-ever profile of first-year musicians!

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Ryan Chapin Mach Releases New LP, Dishes on Auto-Tune and Generational Vapidity

Cover art by Peter Falls ’14.

When I first met Ryan Chapin Mach, he could usually be found in McBride 315, recording lo-fi indie-pop and Bob Dylan covers with little more than a laptop, a guitar, a Casio keyboard-cum-drum-machine, and his larynx.

Two years have elapsed since then.  This past December 2nd, 2012, Ryan uploaded 14 new songs to his Bandcamp – by no means an unexpected occurrence, to be sure – yet from their overall sense of polish, coherence, and deliberate track ordering, I think it’s safe to say we can call this an honest-to-god album.

Or, if you want to make Ryan happy, you could call it Just Hanging.  I think that’s what he’d prefer.

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New Thanksgiving Tuneage From Ryan Mach, Andrew Dunham, Pinegrove and More!

First off on my list of “things I’m thankful for” would probably be the Internet.  Bottomless social media and entertainment prospects aside (hi mom and dad, bye mom and dad), my job at The Thrill would basically be impossible without the file-sharing badassery made possible by all those cool little tubes.

Secondly, as their absence from the universe would also severely hamper my work here, I’d like to extend my hearty thanks to all the Internet-savvy musicians out there.  Dunno if you’ve ever spent time at Bandcamp, sat in the shade of a Soundcloud, or explored the outer limits of Myspace (that’s what we used before Facebook, for those of you graduating in 2016), but without those sites I would be nothing, you hear me?  Nothing.

Anyway, gratuitous gratitude aside, hit the jump for some excellent new music from Kenyon students and alumni alike.  You can even download a couple of them, for free!  How ’bout them Internets, eh? Continue reading

Student Music Envoys: Addie Pray, The BFGs, The Laurels, Sarah White

So my little brother is in a band and takes making music very seriously. And now that he’s a senior in high school, he’s super pumped to go to a school like Wesleyan/Oberlin/NYU that’s reputed for having lots of hip young people making cool sounds. To which I have said: “shut up, you’re coming to Kenyon.”

But frealz. Regardless of my brother’s particular undergraduate choice, the main point to be made here is that we go to a school full of awesome student musicians (see above link), a fact I think we don’t get enough credit for. And a handful of them have some new sounds for you, which you may play, download, buy, etc. (as the case may be) after the jump!

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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