Throughout the course, students were asked to consider not only the music's sound, but also it's physical forms. They learned to explore the meanings behind each instrument and its connection to personal practices and beliefs. To show what they've learned, the class wrote about their personal and shared connection to the music, the effects of diversity within the classroom, and music's ability to respond to American anxiety.Read More
Phatrabbit, (Josh Bloom, Will Dudek, Andrew Rock, and Eli Spector) are one of Method’s favorite bands and have been fans of the site since their freshmen year. We talked about the media scene on campus and the pros and cons of combining sites to create one place where Wes students can go for info and media on and off campus.Read More
This is the Method Magazine band profile. We are three first-year students with a curiosity in the Wesleyan music scene, and we’re working on profiling as many campus bands as we can locate. Think of our profiles as more like an intro into the band’s psyche than a Rolling Stone esque interview. If you are in a band or know of one we can contact feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.orgRead More
I first saw Noname at an open mic in Chicago in December of 2012. I don’t remember the first song I heard her perform, but I remember her standing out immediately. The open mic, with its modest stage, a few rows of chairs in the crowded second floor of 3 story city building, latecomers standing in the back, and a long list of performers, ranging in age from fifteen to their late twenties, always has variety. There’s usually a mix of poetry, singing, and rapping, but Noname’s flow was even more like poetry than it is now.Read More
As the title of one of her first mixtapes suggests, Princess Nokia is as metamorphic as a butterfly. She is a club kid, a feminist, a gamer, a radio show host, a poet, a New York native; she is Destiny Frasqueri, with or without the oversized jeans or spider tattoo to prove it. But perhaps most of all, Princess Nokia isn’t cool—or, at least, she never wanted to be.Read More
TEXT BY SOPHIA JENNINGS (‘16), CREATIVE DIRECTOR
PHOTOS BY ANI ACOPIAN (‘16), STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Prior to this article, my last text to Derrick Holman (’16) consisted of five words:
“Imogen Heap for Spring Fling.”
He never responded. Which means two things: (1) Derrick Holman takes his work seriously, and (2) maybe it’s ok that bar night is over.Read More
M Vaughan is rebranding. Sort of. It’s sunny out, he’s handed in the last essay of his college career, and he’s looking forward. Quite literally. I sit with my back to the sun, forcing him to shield his eyes as he speaks. I keep him here because I like the imagery of staring into the sun as a clichéd metaphor for facing the future. Which is exactly what he’s doing.Read More
TEXT BY LIZZIE NOONAN ('16), STAFF WRITER
IMAGE BY JULIA NOONAN, CONTRIBUTOR
On a Tuesday afternoon this spring break, I took the A train from Canal street to a brownstone in Cobble Hill. After climbing four flights of stairs, I reached the entrance to a modest, brightly lit, railroad apartment. There Dave Monks stood, waiting in the doorway. He is taller than your average human, but doesn’t hesitate to reach down, give me a hug and invite me inside. I follow him through the dining, living and bedroom until we reach the final room, where he’s put together a makeshift recording studio. On his laptop, I see he’s already brought up a new Pro Tools window in prep for the pseudo-session we’re about to have.
I have known Dave for almost four years now, yet I always forget how successful the lanky 28-year old is. That said, his demeanor belies any sense of arrogance expected of artists of his caliber. He has a gentle air that puts you instantly at ease and old-fashioned facial features emanating a notable kindness. None of these characteristics suggests that he just marked a decade with Tokyo Police Club, played Madison Square Garden, and is about to embark on a national tour to promote his new album, Melon Collie and the Infinite Radness. But then I remember that he is, in fact, Canadian.Read More
Clearly, Schwab has natural talent, but it is the relentlessness in her eyes, her toes dancing ever so slightly on the varnished wood floor, that sets her apart. This is someone who is pushing themselves, any neurosis or competitive nature masked by a genuine talent for listening, be it to music or to the person sitting across from her.Read More
TEXT BY SOPHIA JENNINGS ('16), CREATIVE DIRECTOR
IMAGES COURTESY OF JACOB MASTERS ('15)
In the haze of a post-Zonker Harris Day Sunday, METHOD recommends an afternoon listening to the Tiny Hands EP, released just this month.
The pop project of Jacob Masters ('15), the EP was produced by Alix Masters (his twin sis), and Sean Eads, otherwise known as Austin's Triangle Park. Through their use of everything from poppy synths to thick moody harmonizers, each song brings something new to the table. "It's cinematic," Jacob says. Perhaps an effect of his last year working for a film composer in LA.Read More
“Justin, what are you doing?” It’s a Friday night and I’m taking photos of Justin Friedman (‘16) in his bedroom, watching him attempt to smoke his housemate’s cigarette. “Don’t start the article this way,” he barks at me, taking another puff, “I know how you do this shit---” he coughs. He never smokes.Read More
“We were infants back then!” JJ Mitchell (’15) yelps over the phone. It’s been a year since METHOD interviewed Hana Elion (‘15) and JJ Mitchell, the now international folk power-house known as Overcoats. In the months following that Foss Hill afternoon, they won Battle of the Bands, opened Spring Fling, released their debut EP and moved to Dublin for the summer.
WORDS: BETH TOWNSEND '19
It's almost Valentines Day. Some are looking forward to this special day with absolute delight, crippling dread, or incredible indifference.
But for now, let's celebrate together with some of the sweetest, heart-felt love songs that are out there.
Kiss your crush, kiss your dog, kiss your professor or enjoy this lovely mix tape.
Happy Valentines day!
TEXT: SOPHIA JENNINGS ’16, CREATIVE DIRECTOR
IMAGE: TORIE WHITE ‘16, CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER
There’s a moment senior year when you realize your friends are growing up. Often, it’s hearing about their first job offers. Sometimes it's their sudden “no hard liquor” mentality. Or, in the case of an interview with Jay Sharma (’16), it’s realizing that those hours (days) of drumming in WestCo were the beginning of something really, really, good.Read More
This is a playlist to help get you caffeinated for that 9 am as you strut from one side of campus to the other. Rain or shine these tunes should put some fire in your aux cord and help you fake it till you make it ... even on 4 hours of sleep.Read More
This is a a playlist for the times when you finish your 2:30-4pm class and sit slumped on your bed, feeling justified with your reluctance to work. You let out a sigh of relief and stare out the window watching the sun filter through through the tree leaves, preparing itself for sunset. It is this time of day, where the sun provides just enough light in your room to read without the lights on. These are the tunes for that hour of solitude, awaiting the sun to set and the shadows of tree-leaves on your wall to slowly disappear.Read More