There’s a reason Spring Weekend is everyone’s favorite time at Brown–and no, it’s not green. Brown students love good music. Brown students also love sharing good music with each other. And the overdramatic middle schooler in all of us still thinks our lives merit a soundtrack chock full of uplifting indie anthems, songs with a lot of oohs and aahs, etc. etc. Introducing…Blogify! [Ed.: Get it? It's like Spotify.]
Blogify is a biweekly playlist curated by Blog writers and editors and, pretty soon, by you. The playlists will (hopefully!) be in rhythm (I couldn’t help myself) with what’s going on in Brunonia. In the days leading up to Spring Weekend, we’ll have a Spring Weekend playlist; when it’s around midterms or finals, we’ll make another study playlist… you get the point.
Without further ado, we present the first playlist: Back 2 Skool. The next playlist’s theme? “In the Groove.” Comment below or email us with song suggestions and enjoy listening!
Even finals can be made a little better with some good music, right?
Wrong. Right! So, instead of actually doing our own work, we compiled a killer study playlist that’ll hopefully make living in the Rock (or Scili!) slightly more bearable. Be sure to comment below with your favorite songs or any ones that we missed.
Cody Fitzgerald ’15, a music and computer science double concentrator and the creative force behind the musical project Stolen Jars, has spent years mastering the art of turning musical complexity into simplicity: “I’m really interested in rhythms of parts becoming one part together, and things becoming indistinguishable from each other even though they’re played by different instruments or done by different things and just becoming one melody.”
Fitzgerald, who grew up in Montclair, New Jersey, describes Stolen Jars as a “kind of loop-based music—it mixes between, like, Dan Deacon and Dirty Projectors.” He also cites the ska punk band Bomb! the Music Industry as an influence, having first played in bands of that genre before launching his own projects. “I played in some pretty terrible bands [in middle school]“, Fitzgerald says. In high school, he became more serious about music, forming three different bands that would each record an album. “After that, I realized I really wanted to do something that was more my own music,” he recalls. “Those other bands were more collaborative, and I started Stolen Jars as a way to make something that was really just me.”
The unorthodox name was a product of Fitzgerald’s perception of his music: “When I was writing [the first album], it always felt to me like I was taking these little tiny pieces of things and putting them together in very weird ways, and that’s kind of what the music sounded like to me: somebody having these little jars of sound and just opening them up at really random times.”
On Saturday, April 26, The Launch Music and Arts Festival will be taking over downtown Providence, and you’re going to want to be a part of it. This enormous outdoor event, open to all ages, will run from 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Providence Rink at the Bank of America City Center just down the hill. Various live music acts and DJs, including 3LAU, Kevin Drew, Grand Theft and more, will be playing throughout the afternoon and evening. Guests will also be able to enjoy local performance art such as trapeze and stilt walking, and will be able to participate in live art activities like a graffiti wall, henna tattoos, and paint stations. The Launch is also a completely “GO GREEN” friendly event, and all concession venders will be using biodegradable materials and utensils.
Tickets are $25, all inclusive, and available for purchase here.
Many of us are in need of music and festivity in order to cure very real post-Spring Weekend blues. Thankfully, tomorrow (Saturday April 19) brings the sixth annual Brown Folk Fest – a day of (hopefully) sunshine and (definitely) cool music. The festival will last from noon till 6 p.m. on Ruth Simmons Quad, and then from 6 p.m. until midnight inside Sayles Hall, meaning there are a lot of hours to hang out and look cool swaying to folk music on the Green. There will be both professional musicians and student performances.
There will also be local food and crafts vendors, which you can check out here. Jump for the full schedule and lineup: