In a total reversal of roles, Wesleyan booked our very own super-producer Nico Jaar ’12 to perform at its Spring Fling in May. Wesleyan alums Das Racist, MGMT, and Santigold have all graced our Spring Weekend stage in recent years (2011, 2010, and 2009, respectively), and we are thrilled to return the favor and up our indie cred in the process.
You probably already know two things about Nicolas “Nico” Jaar ’12: 1. He’s a Brunonian and 2. He released an album somewhat recently that made Pitchfork all happy in their tight corduroy pants. Now he’s performing on Spring Weekend, but what’s Nico’s music really like? Well, for one, don’t call it dance music. According to a Pitchfork interview, it’s not. Regarding his album, Nico claims, “[It] has the ghost of my old dance music influences, but it’s not dance music per se.” He also doesn’t DJ, but rather uses live controllers, keyboards and vocals in his live performance (in the vein of Simian Mobile Disco). This means that you shouldn’t expect the featured electronic artist at Spring Weekend to ‘drop a banger’ like Avicii unleashing “Bromance” at Ultra during your come up. When the music sounds more like Boards of Canada or a less frantic Aphex Twin than SHM, don’t say we didn’t warn you. This isn’t to say that Jaar’s music is boring in the slightest; it’s just not the straightforward electro house music or bass-laden dubstep that dominates today’s rave scene. Some more background on the artist and a few standout tracks after the jump.
Getting tired of waiting for April 15 to arrive? Check out this mash-up of music by Spring Weekend artists TV On The Radio, Diddy-Dirty Money, Das Racist, Lee Fields & the Expressions, Rebirth Brass Band, Lissy Trullie, and Nicolas Jaar by Stephen Poletto ’12 (a.k.a. DJ Spoletto).
The BCA has added two more acts to this Spring Weekend’s already stellar lineup. First, opening up on Friday night, will be NYC-based rock band Lissy Trullie. Led by frontwoman (and former model) Lissy, the group will certainly add a new element to the already diverse lineup, and has covered songs such as Biz Markie’s “Just a Friend” and Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab” during its live shows.
Leading Saturday night will be student who does cool things (and world renowned electronic artist) Nico Jaar (’12). Nico, the only electronic artist performing during the weekend, will be playing his set with a live band (cleverly billed as Nico Jaar (band)). The BCA had struggled to find an electronic act owing to Coachella and European tours, but the “rising techno star” will fill that niche as well anyone else could. The BCA has also not ruled out the possibility of adding another student act, either, through Speakeasy auditions or a Battle of the Bands.
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