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The Gospel of the Coen Brothers

Posted in Gospel by Sam on August 29, 2010

The Coen Brothers are my current thing (along with Scrabble). I spent the summer scouring the public library’s DVD collection for any of their movies I could find. I was even willing to shell out a few bucks for the ones that weren’t readily available by means of a library card. One thing that always interested me about them is how music seems to play a larger role in their films than in most. Along with the uniformly-superb scores of Carter Burwell, they like to utilize musical genres to firmly plant their movies in a certain place or time (e.g. O Brother, Where Art Thou? with its folk music or A Serious Man with Jefferson Airplane). What I’m posting are two of my favorite movie-music moments of all time. While The Ladykillers isn’t generally considered to be one of the Coens’ best efforts, it holds a special place in my heart for two reasons: it was my first Coen Brothers film, and the music is amazing. Here we go: (more…)

In Honor of the 2010 ICM

Posted in A Cappella by Sam on August 19, 2010

I haven’t talked about math much on this blog yet, probably because it’s a music blog. However, the 2010 winners of the Fields Medal were announced last night. One of them is former Princeton professor Elon Lindenstrauss, who many will remember from MAT 215 Fall 2009. For those not in the loop, the Fields Medal is a huge deal. Like…massive. Surprisingly, however, the award was not given for his formulation of analysis in terms of goblins giving you epsilons, but instead for his work in ergodic theory. In Dr. Lindenstrauss’ honor, and because this is Princeton and we fucking love a cappella, I now present the greatest math love song of all time, Finite Simple Group (of Order 2) by the Klein Four Group (with video!), after the jump.
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Songs about Winnipeg and Other Subjects

Posted in Breakcore, IDM by Sam on August 14, 2010

Sorry for the lack of posts on my part. I been mathin’ hard.

This post goes out to my friends Josh and Joe, because I probably would’ve never heard any of this stuff if it weren’t for them. Especially Josh, who gave me complete discographies of both of the artists in here, which totally ruled.

I honestly don’t know shit about electronic music. It took me a long time to even really get into the stuff I had. It took me ages to even listen to it. Now I really like it though. If you know anything about breakcore or IDM, these bands are probably old news to you. If you don’t know anything, though, they definitely need to be checked out.
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Funcore

Posted in Hardcore, Spazzcore by Sam on July 28, 2010

Hardcore is, by nature, an angry genre (<33 Giri). However, I don’t want that to be the first impression people get of it on the blog. So, here are some fun hardcore bands.
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What Up, Wendy Heller?

Posted in Art Music, Experimental by Sam on July 12, 2010

Lately I’ve been getting into a lot of 20th century American experimental composers. I feel like even though part of me still loves blasting Trash Talk or Lady Gaga (fuck the haters) in my car as I drive around town, another part of me is getting kind of bored with that. I feel like my entire (musically-interested) life, I’ve been trying to push my listening boundaries. Initially that took the form of looking for heavier and heavier music. I’ll admit it – I went through the shitty metal phase in middle school, then moved on to grindcore/hardcore in high school (which is probably equivalent in some readers’ minds to the shitty metal, but that’s beside the point). Along with heavier music in high school, my tastes broadened as well. I began to listen to rap, something I would never have done during middle school. I listen to country regularly. I even started cranking a little Rigoletto in my car on occasion. However, during the last few months I’ve felt the growing need to explore even more. Spring semester I took an intro class in music, and the stuff toward the end is really what stuck with me. These composers were and are pushing the boundaries of what music is. I’m not going to try to be super erudite about this shit and I’m definitely not the most informed person in the world on these composers/genres, but I will talk about why I like it and why I think it’s cool. (more…)

Get on Our Bikes, Ride Downtown

Posted in Hardcore, Lo-fi by Sam on June 28, 2010

Hi, I’m Sam. I like music, so I guess that’s why Giri invited me to contribute. However, I’m not the most eloquent writer of all time. I hope the readers and other contributors can forgive me for that.

Genres: hardcore, experimental, whatever.

Other than music, I like to do math. That’s about it. On to the music.

Holden Caulfield

These guys are local, from Huntington, West Virginia. It’s not the best hardcore of all time, but it means a lot to me, so I felt like it would be good for my first post. These guys basically held the Huntington scene together for a long time. It was rare that there was a show that they weren’t on. This band has meant a lot to me growing up (since 8th grade), because I feel like they were one of the only constant parts of the music scene that I became a part of. The shows were always memorable – everyone knew the lyrics, and half the time the vocalist Dana couldn’t even get the mic to his mouth to sing because so many people were going for it to sing along. These guys broke up about a year ago, but I still listen to them fairly often and miss the good old days of singing along at their shows. They would always end their sets with this song, and it’s always been important to me. I hope people like it.

Welcome Home//Can’t Stop Now

Japanther

Japanther. Lo-fi as shit, these guys are from Brooklyn. It’s just a guitarist and a drummer, but they put out some of the most fun music I’ve ever heard. This song (and in fact this whole album) never fails to put a smile on my face or make me shake my bootay a little. I think Giri and JAW will back me up in saying that Japanther is tight.

Um Like Your Smile is Totally Ruling Me//Tut Tut Now Shake Ya Butt

Well…that’s my first blog post. As I was driving home from the show I went to tonight, I was thinking about what I was going to say. Honestly, I have no idea how to write about music in any manner that other people might find interesting. I also realized that I don’t know shit about most of the music that I like – all I know is that I like it. Whatever. If there are no objections, I’ll keep blogging, talking about music I like, while trying to figure out how to do it properly.

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