Gregory Laughlin, a professor at our very own university, has recently been working with the famous Philip Glass in a project called “The Music of the Spheres.” Laughlin is a professor of astronomy and astrophysics whose research delves into orbital dynamics and the evolution of planetary systems. Glass is one of the most influential composers of the past half-century. Though sometimes called a “minimalist,” Glass describes his compositions as “music with repetitive structures.” Sound tasty? The two are working together to “sonify” planetary movements. You can find out much more (including everything that I have no idea about but would like to tell you) this Thursday in an interview with Laughlin, conducted by one of our talented news team members.
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60 Watt Kid just released a new album called We Come From the Bright Side on Kosher Records. The verdict? A total Animal Collective rip-off. At first. And then it becomes some pure strange psych rock that gets you rolling and churning. They’ve gotten really close to perfecting the primal meets ethereal psych ideal. Oh, and there’s craze. Like oh my god where are you going this is hectic craze. All of that stuff. To some things up perfectly, the promo sticker for the album reads: “Recommended if you like: Animal Collective, drugs, science fiction.” The music is big in an “it goes there” way but there’s almost a fun humor to it, as you can see by the band’s similarities. Oh, and by their press picture:
Oh and their Myspace tagline? “ARE YOU NEW AGE? Yes… We’re New Age.”
Some later songs turn into keyboard driven screaming boy dance party a la Gravy Train. Skip those tracks (Emotions & Virtual Plastic Surgery). The rest of this is tasty!
This love interest goes by the name of Gigi – a project by Nick Krgovich of No Kids. This album is the perfect Spring-time album (there’s some sun, so there’s nothing wrong with some faux-spring songs). Think of the glories of 60s pop, including the great girl bands and coordinated opera gloves, plus the beauties of Belle & Sebastian’s bedroom floor pop. If you like She & Him, if you like Phil Spector, and if you like Jens Lekman, this album is 100% for you. Not to mention the huge amount special guests (really, each songs got a back up worth loving). To name a few: Mirah, Karl Blau, and Owen Pallett. Yes, our favorite beautiful voice ocean pop lovers. My top tracks that you should alllll look into:
“No, My Heart Will Go On”, “Everyone Can Tell”, and “Some Second Best”. Get on it!