It’s that time of year again when we approach the long anticipated revelation of who will perform at, arguably undoubtedly, the best weekend at Brown. Coachella will once again royally screw us by snagging every obscure artist in the universe (and Drake), but the staff members of the BlogDH remain hopeful. Although the BCA’s lips are sealed until the official release date (Monday, March 16th), the bloggers can dream. My personal wish list includes MisterWives, Nicki Minaj wearing the BLACK and BLUE dress, and obviously, Sia (who would sing from the gated roof of Faunce to hide from the audience). An addition to my wish list is for the temperature to rise above 32 degrees, but we have a better chance of Lauryn Hill showing up on time. Read on for BlogDH’s dream line-ups:
The indie/mainstream combos…
Kenji Endo: Twenty-One Pilots, Glass Animals, and Sylvan Esso.
Eddie Mansius: Odesza, Lord Huron, Purity Ring, and Theophilus London.
The age-old question of which dining hall matches up with which rapper has at last been settled. Recently, a new comparison arose in my mind: what about the Brown libraries and pop singers? See below for the final ten pairings. [Ed’s note: We have ten libraries?!]
The Rock = Taylor Swift
“I’ve got a blank space, baby, and I’ll write an essay in absolute quiet.”
The Rock is always there: dependable, eclectic, the “America’s sweetheart” of libraries. It could only possibly be paired with the adorably inane TSwift. Sure, it’s about as easy to complain that you’re spending way too much time at the Rock as you do listening to Taylor. Yes, after a while it begins to seem like they’re both just the same thing over and over, but stay away from either one and you’ll return to find something new and interesting, whether it’s a bloodthirsty new music video or a shelf entirely filled with strange sexual practices across history. In fact, the Rock might even be a bit more predictable than Swift, since you can generally count on the Rock to not have bangs, and to not suddenly remove all of its songs from Spotify. (Side note: They both, permanently or temporarily, reside in Rhode Island.)
Based on the success of Beyoncé’s Beyoncé and Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, many writers in the music biz speculate that surprise album releases are going to be the nextbigtrend. While we have columns like La, La, La Brunonia to keep you up on all the new music, sometimes artists sneak releases without warning.
Here’s a Best-Of’s playlist from albums that were released by surprise.
(We would have included Michael Cera’s surprise album from this past summer, but sadly he isn’t on Spotify.)
Last night, Beyoncé once again shocked the nation by dropping the music video to a brand-new single, “7/11.” The song is a total jam and the video is an instant classic, featuring Beyoncé dancing around a hotel with her crew and being generally flawless. In the spirit of this exciting and incredible new release, here is the average Brown student’s academic life as explained by the “7/11” music video:
1. Rolling up to classes before you’ve had your coffee.
2. Rolling up to classes after you’ve had your coffee.
3. Participating in class when you did the reading.
4. Participating in class when you didn’t do the reading.
Because your tears probably aren’t this beautiful.
There are those days when you get out of bed with 5 minutes to spare for your first class and make a mad scramble to get there, only to realize you forgot to bring your homework. Those days when you get back a midterm on which you thought you did well and you would have too… if the numbers had been reversed. Those days, when you feel as if you’re drowning in a bottom-less ocean full of work and all your friends are out having fun without you (they probably are, even now). In case you are extremely thick-skulled and have not yet gotten the picture, there are those day when you need to burst out crying.
Recently, someone started a Tumblr that reviews places to cry in New York City. We understand how crying can be difficult in a city with over 8 million people in it, but it’s hard to have emotional meltdowns here at Brown too. A lot of times you’re in a double, and you don’t want to start a fuss with your roommate, but you’re really in the mood to weep. Or, on the contrary, you live in a single and are dying for the attention of crying in front of people. Tears are catharsis and a means of getting bodily toxins out. For those of you who need a good cry and don’t know where to go, here is a selection of places for, you know, one of those days:
The Scili basement at 4 a.m. If you’re still working on your paper at this hour, the struggle has found you. Make sure to move to the 15 decibel area so that you don’t disturb anyone with your muffled sobs. The upper levels of the Scili work too. More privacy, but also more gravity to make your tears come out faster. That’s how science works, right?
One of the tiny rooms in the lower floors of Faunce. If you have a roommate and really want to be alone, lock yourself in one of these closet spaces and let it all out.
CareerLAB. Because you do not have your shit together, and we are never, ever, ever getting jobs.
The Philosophy Department (Corliss House). When your existential crisis really hits, not even Plato or Socrates can save you… But just in case they can, might as well hang out in good company.
STOP JUDGING ME
Screaming very quietly in the Leung Gallery. One of the most inhumane places to have a meltdown, this is a surefire way to terrify your study neighbors. It may even have some effect on the battle between silence or no silence! If the faces in the Leung family portrait start mocking you, you have been there for too long and it’s time to get some fresh air. Continue Reading
This year’s Spring Weekend lineup announcement sparked as much social media buzz as if Jesse Watters had interviewed students about another Beyoncé surprise album (let’s hope only one of them makes an appearance at Spring Weekend). We get it: the world needs to know exactly how ecstatic/furious/apathetic you are about the chosen performers, and the best way to share your feelings is via a Facebook status loaded with hashtags and puns. Here is a selection of your reactions to the Spring Weekend 2014 lineup:
There was some confusion about who the performers actually are.