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A Music Review: Sound the Alarm, Less than Jake's Call to Action

03.01.17


On February 3rd, 2017 Florida ska band Less Than Jake released their new EP Sound the Alarm. While the EP doesn’t stray away from their usual instrumental sound and the lyrics bring attention to feuding optimistic and pessimistic attitude their lyrics usually hold, I can’t help but wonder if the potential meanings of some of the songs on the album may be subtly bringing attention to the current political situation in the United States. The opening track “Call to Arms” commands calling arms against all misfortunes and shortcomings that one has faced in their life and wanting to change for the better.


By Tim Raimy

A Music Review: saintmotelevision by Saint Motel

11.02.16


On October 21, Saint Motel released their second album, saintmotelevision. Their previous releases include ForPlay – EP released in 2009, Voyeur, (2012), and the My Type – EP (2014). Saint Motel has never been a band to shy away from saying what they feel and exactly how they mean to say it. They aren’t a political band, but the way their lyrics talk of life and love has always been fun and sometimes quite amusing; they didn’t lose that distinguishing feature with this album. The opening track, “Move” opens with rhythmic clapping – which is appropriate in my opinion because this album deserves applause – the rest of the song is fun and groovy.


By Tim Raimy 

A Music Review: Cleopatra by the Lumineers

05.10.16


On April 7th, 2016, The Lumineers, a folk rock band hailing from Denver, Colorado, released their second studio album Cleopatra in both standard and “deluxe” versions. Cleopatra was proceeded by The Lumineers’ self-titled debut album, The Lumineers, which was released in 2012. Cleopatra represents a slight shift away from the acoustic recording and instrumentation of The Lumineers, as the vocals and instrumental tracks are recorded to produce a cleaner studio sound, but maintains the same focus on organic lyrical content for which The Lumineers are known.


By Tim Raimy and Jenny McInerney

A Movie Review: Captain America: Civil War

05.10.16


The much anticipated third installment of the Captain America film franchise arrived in theaters on May 6. I thought it was incredibly well done, and I highly recommend it. But before I go any further, I must add that this article contains minor spoilers. If you haven’t seen the movie and are worried this might ruin it for you, stop reading immediately. There’s the warning, so keep reading at your own risk. Captain America: Civil War begins in Nigeria, while trying to stop Crossbones who was a villain in the previous Captain America movie. While subduing him, several innocent lives are lost.


By Joshusa White

Five Bands You Can Use to Either Impress or Confuse Your Friends

04.26.16


On April 15, the indie rock band Bear Hands released their third studio album You’ll Pay for This after months of confused communications between the band and their fans. Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, they released their first studio album, Burning Bush Supper Club, back in 2010; their most recent album prior to You’ll Pay for This was Distraction, released in 2014. The album opens up with a song contradictory to the title of the album, “I Won’t Pay.” The song’s instrumentals resemble the fuzz rock style of AWOLNATION, but lack the latter’s intensity. The vocals feature the signature “wispy” sound of the band’s lead vocalist, Dylan Rau.


By Tim Raimy

Product Review: Proof Sunglasses

03.22.16


Now that we’ve jumped into spring, it’s time to prepare for the good weather. Believe it or not, the sun does shine in Oneonta and when it does, it’s important to protect your eyes from it; Proof, a Boise, Idaho-based company dedicated to producing environmentally sustainable eyeglasses, can help you do so sustainable and in style. The brainchild of brothers Tanner, Taylor, and Brooks Dame, Proof got its start in 2010, when founder Brooks unsuccessfully attempted to make a bamboo ski pole in his garage.


A Music Review: 

Five Bands You Can Use to Either Impress or Confuse Your Friends

03.15.16


No one can deny that the music industry is massive. There are dozens of bands and solo artists whose presence on “mainstream” radio and in your standard house party has made them almost universally recognizable. But have you ever wondered what happens when you start canoeing down some of the tributaries away from the “mainstream?”


By Tim Raimy