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

Summer Listening II: Glen Echo – 1945 E.P. // Andrew Dunham – GoldBrick

Well, it’s been a good week for Kenyon music!  We’ve seen releases from Tristan Neviska, We Just Spoke, and now from two more power duos: Glen Echo (Alex Martin ’13 & Bennett Davidson ’12) and Andrew Dunham (Andrew Firestone ’14 & Win Dunham ’14).  The former just played a glorious CD release party in Tafts with Poor Remy, and the latter have been staying up late into the night with copious stockpiles of munchies polishing their collab – Firestone admits to not having gone to bed later than 6am once during finalas week.

You can read about, listen to, and freely download both releases after the jump.  Seriously, do it.  I can’t remember the last time so much badass student music surfaced all at once, so be sure to jump on this.

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