Electronic rock duo Phantogram and local folk group Yellow Roman Candles lit up the Bates campus on May 20th, with Bates DJ Jamie Cook closing out the show. Yellow Roman Candles, based in Bath, Maine, journeyed up to share several original compositions with a growing crowd of Bates students in the Mays Center. The mellow lights and reverberating acoustic instruments set the tone for the group’s stellar performance. In the words of WRBC’s Doug Ray:
Yellow Roman Candles is the brainchild of singer-songwriter Aaron Morse, and based on their first release, If It’s Right, there is a sense that this band could really make a run at achieving a certain level of national notoriety. The album certainly has shades of LaMontagne’s earlier work. Its gritty and working-class sensibilities leave the listener transported to perhaps a greater understanding of the plight of much of middle America….. If It’s Right is a decidedly raw album, which, if given a few listens can really tear into one’s soul. It’s part Springsteen and part Dylan, but certainly all Maine. Not to say that I am surprised, but this simple little album proves that Yellow Roman Candles will one day be deserving of a place among the pantheon of great Maine folk musicians.”
Phantogram took the stage next, playing songs off of their recent full-length release, Eyelid Movies. The performance featured Josh Carter on guitar and keyboardist Sarah Barthel playing and singing over big-beat inspired drum machines. The band’s simple setup echoed the style of Matt & Kim, who proved that complex is not always best at a Bates show last fall. Barthel mixed the performance live onstage, layering different parts to create a sound that was both expressive and danceable. It was easy to see why the duo are known for their energetic live performances. The night was capped off with a DJ set from Bates’ Jamie Cook, a preeminent campus DJ.
Photographs courtesy of Peter Senzamici
Here is the application for short term radio shows: WRBC Short Term 2010 Radio Show Application
Recording of Matt Reynolds’ and Tucker Pawlick’s interview with Professor Mark Semon during their weekly radio show, The Faculty Lounge on March 22nd 2010.
Prof. Semon is our first guest from any of the science departments at Bates. He’s been teaching physics at Bates since 1976. We discuss his early intrigue with physics, and the foundations of quantum mechanics and quantum entanglement.
On March 29th at 8:30pm in the Benjamin Mays Center, WRBC will present a concert featuring Seabear.
Seabear is an Icelandic indie-folk band from Reykjavik, Iceland. Although hailing from Iceland, they sing primarily in English. They are signed to the Morr Music record label.
Seabear started as a one-man project of Sindri Már Sigfússon, but he eventually ended up taking in six other members.
In 2007/2008, the Seabear song ‘Cat Piano’ was featured in a BBC advert for Finding Neverland as well as in Season 2, Episode 2 of Gossip Girl (TV series). Seabear’s most renowned song is “I Sing I Swim” – the music video for the song was viewed more than 582.000 times on Youtube as of November 2009.
Seabear’s music has been described as “Sufjan Stevens meets an unplugged Arcade Fire” by Clash. Sindri Már Sigfússon has been called the “icelandic Beck” by Rolling Stone.
They have finished their new album “We Built A Fire” which will be released in March 2010. A song from this album has been featured on Grey’s Anatomy and been highlighted on NPR
This is the only college show of their first ever North American tour. It’s free, and it’s going to be stupendous.
Recording of Matt Reynolds’ and Tucker Pawlick’s interview with Jessica Anthony during their weekly radio show, The Faculty Lounge on March 8th 2010.
Jessica Anthony is a 1996 graduate of Bates College and author of the recently published fiction novel “The Convalescent.” This semester Anthony taught creative writing at the college, which we discuss in our interview, as well as her writing process, the book itself, and the politics of publishing and promotion.
Recording of Matt Reynolds’ and Tucker Pawlick’s interview with Professor Eric Hooglund of the Politics Department during their weekly radio show, The Faculty Lounge on March 1st 2010.
Professor Hooglund is one of the leading American scholars on Iranian politics and culture. He discusses his experiences in Iran during the revolution, his insights on the political climate, and examples of a changing culture in Iranian cinema and television.
Trivia Night is coming up. The game to end all games will be played on the night of February 26, 2010 beginning at 8 PM. Here is a video some of us made to get you into the spirit. For more information, click HERE
Recording of Matt Reynolds’ and Tucker Pawlick’s interview with Professor Alan Nadel during their weekly radio show, The Faculty Lounge on February 1st 2010.
Prof. Alan Nadel is the William T. Bryan Professor of English at the University of Kentucky, where his research and teaching interests focus on American literature and culture, media studies, and contemporary and post-war poetry. He came to Bates Sponsored by the Department of English and the Learning Associates Program with a talk entitled: “Wand Me”: Assuming the (Subject) Position of the Compliant Body in the Age of Terror.
More details coming soon, but this show, this musical experience if you will will make all others seem like a poor attempt at entertaining you.