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DayTrotter.com: Music Revamped for the Masses October 23, 2007

Filed under: Music — NYU WIC @ 11:24 am

Sitting at my computer, a tiny IM box from a friend reads “Hey, check out this site.”daytrotter.jpg I click the link. I didn’t know then that this simple action would lead to one of my newest Internet addictions: DayTrotter.com.

              

There are so many entertainment websites scrambling to discover the “next big thing” and presenting it to the online public, but in doing this, they tend to neglect those of us who simply lust after the undiscovered. Enter DayTrotter.com: a website dedicated to uncovering new music for those of us who just aren’t satisfied with the MTV-esque debauchery rampant in the music industry.

               

Run by music industry veteran Sean Moeller, DayTrotter promotes the emerging, maris.jpgnew music that we’ve all been dying for. Each week, the site features three new bands, who visit DayTrotter’s recording studio in Rock Island, Illinois for a few hours between tour stops. With no formula or template for the musicians’ art, the recordings are raw and full of life. To get inside these sessions, DayTrotter viewers can download exclusive, alternate, and unreleased tracks from these refreshing talents.

            

This week’s featured bands come in the form of Vampire Weekend, Marissa Nadler, and Jennifer Gentle. One click on their respective pictures will give you information outlining their background, influence, sound…and a chance to hear it all for yourself.

Finally…music to my ears.

-Ali Feinstein

 

Arrah and the Ferns October 18, 2007

Filed under: Music — NYU WIC @ 1:29 am

While the NYC concert scene is relatively slow, I thought I’d give some props to a band from my hometown of Muncie, Indiana.  Although Muncie is not exactly the center of the fern-new.jpgmusic scene–or any scene, for that matter–its resident pop-folk group Arrah and the Ferns stand out with their debut album, Evan is a Vegan.

Arrah and the Ferns has a cute, fuzzy sound throughout the album, even when covering subjects such as alcoholism. As with many indie pop-folk bands, they employ the use of various, random instruments such as the banjo, ukelele, and recorder to bolster their unique sound. In one track, Dave, the drummer, plays two recorders at once. Despite the music from all of the instruments, singer Arrah’s sweet vocals stand out clearly and profoundly. If you like your music relentlessly perky and endearingly quirky, you must listen to Arrah and the Ferns.

-Ellie Fye

 

+/- and the Mools October 1, 2007

Filed under: Music — NYU WIC @ 10:38 pm

On Friday, mellow, indietronic popsters +/- (pronounced “plus minus”) of Brooklyn headlined a concert at The Knitting Factory, an all-ages three-floor venue in Tribeca. Opening for +/- was band The Moools (superfluous third o and all) hailing from Japan.

 

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The Moools, a buoyant and infectiously excitable three-man band, had an experimental rock, Talking Heads sound, and an upbeat, almost school-girlish energy uncommon in current rock performers. A standout track of theirs was the absolutely beautiful “Bunsuirei,” a song about ‘understanding’ or ‘dividing’ ‘you, me, and the sea’. However, the real highlight of the set was the Moools’ adorable frontman who read aloud English phrases he had written on his hand, bounced around onstage, and welcomed audience hugs. (I was surprised to learn that members of the Moools had worked with guitarist Franz Prichard of yume bitsu, whose fourth album I bought on a whim two years ago, and ended up becoming one of my favorites.)

+/-‘s set was decidedly less lively, featuring a mellow, atmospheric sound similar to, but less pop than Death Cab for plus-min.jpgCutie. Thankfully the music moved around enough to keep the set interesting. Even as they played with a surrogate drummer, +/- proved to be musically competent and tight, which was essential during their songs that have time signatures of 5 and 7. Incredibly attractive band members further added to the band’s appeal: +/- could possibly become a favorite of female music enthusiasts and a prominent fixture in the indie music scene. Personally, +/- was too bland for my tastes— but then again, I’m also a fan of obtrusively pink cheetah print, and not so much a fan of subtlety.

All in all, I was pleasantly surprised, especially considering I hadn’t heard of either of the bands prior to the concert. Ten bucks well spent.

-Ellie Fye