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 email@example.comRead 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
WORDS: JULIET GELFMAN-RANDAZZO '18
IMAGES: WILL BARR '18
When I heard The Rooks were playing at the Mash, I knew something sounded familiar. I texted my best friend from home a casual “Is ur camp friend in the rooks?!!!” He responded affirmatively, agreed to set me up with an interview, and left me with two pieces of advice:
“Ask him about the number 6”
“And the time he yelled at Noah Marcus”
He followed up these extremely comprehensible instructions with,
“He knows Jake and David too
Like really well
Totally talk about them.”
For those of you not in the know, Noah, Jake, and David are my friend Jesse Litvin’s camp friends who I have known for many years, since the gang started visiting each other in my hometown. Feeling like an honorary member of Camp North Star at this point, I was extremely excited to finally meet Graham Richman, who I had heard described as “really cool and nice,” “a humorous man,” and “chill.”
I was not disappointed; though I never learned about the number 6, I did learn a lot about the Rooks and their relative chill-ness. Also, I had the chance to hang with four pretty amazing Wes-alum musicians, and one who doesn’t even go here!
So what’s its like to be back at Wes, do you feel old?
Garth: Oh no! Do we look old? What is the answer? No, I’m kidding. Me and Spencer were in the Spirits together with people that are still here who we can come and see and hang out with, and we’ve met lots of new people.
Spencer: It’s been a great feeling to know that every time we’ve come back after graduating everyone’s really welcoming and it’s felt really special every time, even though we know fewer and fewer people on campus.
Garth: A lot of freshmen here today… and they were like ‘we’re ready to rage’.
Gabe: What year is that, 2019?? I can’t count that high.
Garth: Think about that…you can’t count that high, then maybe you should come back here!
Gabe: I didn’t take a math class.
Garth: I was in a calc class for one class and I was like… ‘and scene.’
So where did you guys live on campus?
Gabe: Clark floor 2 was the place to be freshman year…
Method: No it wasn’t.
Gabe: You can make faces but you weren’t there so you don’t know.
Garth: But it wasn’t though…
Gabe: And then I lived in the Nics and then I lived in Lowrise and then Pine.
Method: Did you live in pine palace?!
Gabe: Nooo, not in pine palace, the new one like those future ones – 231 B...
Garth: Spencer didn’t live anywhere.
Method: I live in Westco.
Garth: Spencer lived in WestCo!
Method: Up 3 is all sophomores and has no RA’s so…
Garth: Up 3 is the place to be.
Method: There is a party there after if you guys want to come…
Gabe: We have other plans…in New York City…
Method: No no no it’s fine! It’s cool!
Garth: This is Connor, Connor didn’t go to Wesleyan.
Connor: Yeah I got an honorary degree through…
Method: Yeah so you didn’t live on campus, so you can’t answer that question.
What are your top memories from Wesleyan?
Method: Connor wants to answer this question.
Connor: I loved Utah?
Graham: My best moment? We played tent party 2011 with a band called Mad Wow, which is like a Motown throwback thing and that was awesome.
Garth: And little things...
Spencer: Like, being on Foss hill in the spring.
Garth: Never, not with my allergies, I was like you can find me inside, watching Bad Girls Club but… don’t put that in.
Connor: It’s on the record.
Ok now I have a couple questions for Graham, can you tell me about the time you yelled at Noah Marcus?
Garth: Oh! This is gotcha journalism! Did you see Connor whip out that phone?
Graham: I feel like I should be on a podium with a bunch of microphones… so I was teaching a guitar class at camp and Noah was being a little snot and he knows he was being a snot. I told him, I forget what I said, but I remember like a period later thinking I shouldn’t have said anything cause he was really upset and he was like 14. Every time Jesse sees me that’s the first thing he says, like why’d you yell at Noah? Noah hasn’t talked to me since so.
Method: ok second question for you, what does 6 mean?
Graham: I’m gonna kill Jesse…
So on a scale of 9-10 how much does Jesse Litvin suck?
Gabe: We started a lot of beef today.
Garth: Yes we did, and I wasn’t even really involved in any of it.
How chill do you think your band is?
Graham: Is this a 9-10 scale again?
Method: Whatever scale you want.
Garth: it varies by person.
Method: Who’s the chillest?
All: probably Gabe.
Method: Yeah, you’re wearing a polo, I can tell.
Gabe: It’s ironic!
Method: oh my god, that’s what I said! Some people were talking about your polo and I was like I’m pretty sure it’s ironic.
Garth: See how she slid shade in there?? Some people were talking about your polo?
Gabe: And I feel accomplished because that’s all I can ask for .
Garth: He doesn’t care as long as people are talking about him… this is just… ratchet as hell!
When during his day do you think Michael Roth listens to your music?
Garth: Actually at night. When he’s cooking dinner.
Graham: Ooh yeah, or when he just gets up, in the morning.
Gabe: Let me tell you something about Michael Roth. Alright, Mad Wow Disease was playing a show out at the bottom of Foss Hill
Graham: That was an old band that we were part of.
Gabe: And two things happened at the same time that really just kind of blew my mind. One is that a bunch of zombies start attacking the stage because it was humans vs. zombies, so they were crawling up on stage as we were playing some funk music, and then I turn and Michael Roth is like “can I jump on your keyboard and play a solo right now?” I’m like what am I supposed to do, I have zombies to the left of me, Michael Roth to the right, here I am stuck in the middle, like what the, what is this?? It was crazy.
What Wes-made spotify playlist would you want your music to be on?
Garth: Are there different titles to choose from? Turn up.
Graham: I like turn up. Or Get Down?
Spencer: Shade Lap.
Method: Should I put it on my hype jams playlist?
Spencer: You could put part of the album on your hype jams playlist and part of it on your bedtime playlist.
Gabe: You could put it on the Das Racist Contemporaries Playlist?
Graham: You could put it on the “We’re not MGMT” playlist?
What 3 words would you use to describe your band’s squad image right now?
Spencer: Non-profit hoes.
Gabe: Oh my god, guys, now we need one for the kids!
So do you guys play a lot of chess?
So what’s the reason behind your band name?
Garth: Necessity… umm Connor’s going to take this one!
Connor: The Res hall near, across from the garden, yeah, long john 2, and I don’t know! It was just one of those things where we didn’t know if we were like, rookies, or we didn’t know if we were like, (Garth: that’s not far from the truth) we didn’t know if we were just trying to move forward like the chess piece does (Garth: he’s just repeating what he’s heard us say!) you we thought that like it was a symbol for a new beginning that could only move forward.
Garth: Rooks can move side to side!
Connor: Yeah but we’re only moving forward. Yeah so after a long-
Garth: STOP HIM!
What’s your advice for aspiring Wes musicians for how to succeed if you’re not MGMT or Heems?
Garth: Who’s Heems?
Gabe: From Das Racist.
Graham: Play a lot. And play…
Gabe: From the heart.
Graham: No but seriously! Play a lot and try to build hubs and don’t try to do everything on your own.
Garth: Be focused on your goals and make sure you’re nice to people. Practice here, this school’s music scene is a good environment for learning how to play live music to a receptive audience so use it. Use the fact that there’s a strong scene here to try new things and then you’ll be a lot better equipped.
Spencer: You’re never going to have an audience like you’re gonna have here, and you’re never going to have the amount of time that you have here to actually work.
Garth: Don’t wait until you graduate to say, oh when I graduate I’m going to start working on my music, do it here. That was my serious answer.
How’d you guys meet?
Garth: Ok Cupid.
Gabe: Half of us…
Garth: Is that a serious thing?
Method: yeah, it’s like Jewish Tinder.
Garth: (at Gabe) You’re not on that?
Gabe: Funny story, we played at Highline ballroom a couple of years ago in New York City, and the way that we were introduced to this gig was, hey do you want to open for Talib Kweli, and we were like YES, and then they were like, oh by the way, it’s a networking function gig for people on JDate.
Gabe: It’s myspace for Jewish participants. So it was like a mingler. This was like 3 years ago. But we did open for Talib.
Garth: We did! I tripped down the stairs in front of him. That was not one of my finer moments.
Gabe: Anything to get noticed, right Garth?
Method: Graham, what type of gum were you chewing in the show?
Graham: It’s the original flavor, I wanted spearmint but they were out.
Graham: Yeah. :/
What’s your best story?
Gabe: I tell a really good “Of Mice and Men”.
Garth: You’re so wack.
Garth: You are a dad right now.
Gabe: But I am the chillest.
Garth: Undisputed chillest.
Connor: So Joan Baez rolls up...
All: THAT’S the story!
Garth: We can tell that story because it doesn’t involve us doing anything, just Joan Baez being drunk as fuck.
Garth: She was belligerent.
Gabe: do you even know who Joan Baez is?
Method: Of course I know who Joan Baez is!
Garth: Well I didn’t and I didn’t care.
Graham: We played a show at Arlene’s Grocery in New York City this was like, last January, and Joan Baez showed up and was like completely plastered, had like a 2 or 3 twenty-something year old posse following her around and she kind of like, she got really aggressive with every single member of the band at different times, like we were all spread out around the venue, and she would, she found a way to bother every single member of the band, even though we were separate.
Gabe: She made us look up a picture of her to prove she was Joan Baez.
Graham: She asked us, do you know who I am…
Spencer: and she was very vulgar, and aggressive...
Garth: One time, one of us got sick on a tour and we had to vom.
Method: was it you?
Garth: Yeah, it was me. Don’t I look like I probably vomit a lot?
Method: I don’t know if I can say that you look like that
Gabe: She’s like I wasn’t going to say anything…
Graham: I was worried that you were going to jump off the bridge… cause we pulled over so he could throw up, and it’s right on the side of the bridge.
Gabe: Beautiful view!
Graham: The Peace Bridge and Spencer jumped out and for a minute I thought he was going over the railing .
Gabe: Why are we doing this to you, let’s find another victim.
Garth: Yeah shit… um Connor tried to post up on me several times, I had to tell him not to.
Connor: Yeah I learned my lesson the hard way.
Garth: We’re also a gang, like we double as a gang so we’re initiating him.
Gabe: It’s actually the Rooks Gang, it’s @therooksgang on twitter and Instagram and Facebook.
Garth: That’s false.
Gabe: Connor hasn’t gone through his initiation yet.
Garth: Like he hasn’t killed a person… we all killed a person.
Graham: But it can’t be one of us, you can’t kill one of us.
Gabe: so do you have, like, enough stuff?
Check out The Rooks on their website (therooksband.com) on Facebook, Twitter (@therooksband), Instagram (@therooksband), soundcloud.com/therooksband, and Spotify!
The 7:13 is the first alarm (of several) on my phone that (sort of) wakes me up. After various attempts with those 'natural rhythm' apps that wake you up according to your lunar cycle or zodiac sign or menstrual period or whatever, I had to resign myself that I am one of those individuals who needs to be woken up the old fashioned way: a single time every morning. Thus, the 7:13.Read More
“We don’t really know how we got here,” claims the Facebook page of Sneaky Sugars, a new freshman band consisting mostly of residents of the 4th floor of Clark hall (with a member from one floor down, as well as a Nics guest). As a fellow resident, I interviewed Sneaky Sugars in my own room, where they were practicing since their lead guitar player is my roommate. They told me about pre-show rituals, how they formed, and their plans for the future.Read More
Wet Leather do not have a publicist. Meeting me in Williamsburg for their first interview, the band of five sounds like the grown up version of WestCo hall mates. They mumble. They fidget. It’s not all their fault though, our corner table is pretty cramped. But, eventually after ambling through twenty minutes of “ums” and “uhs,” I got the boys talking EPs, thesis downloads, twitter beefs, and studio time.Read More
Harmony and Cleo are those best friends, and they share that energy openly when you meet them - though it helps when you’re putting a warm bowl of food in their hands right after they get off the road.Read More
This past July, I was lucky enough to attend Roskilde Festival in Denmark, one of the biggest music festivals in Northern Europe. While studying abroad and earning university credits (tx, wes), what drew my fellow classmates and me to the course was the opportunity to attend a music festival and participate in a distinctly Danish tradition. Though we were all eager to see the big names—Outkast, The Rolling Stones, Arctic Monkeys, the list goes on—what became some of our greatest memories and most remarkable concerts were the unknowns, one of which was BANKS, listed at the bottom of the flyer.Read More
ISADORA SCHAPPELL '17
ANI ACOPIAN '16
IS: What projects are you working on at Wesleyan?
ZK: I have a bunch of projects going on, none that I take super seriously. It’s all for practice and about getting better. In Honeylung I play bass. I play guitar tuned down an octave to play bass, clearly ridiculous. But fun. I do it because its always fun to play shows here, anyone who has can vouch for that. And there are just so many people to play with and do shit I wouldn’t otherwise do.Read More
If not for Method, I probably wouldn’t have journeyed to Beckham Hall at nine on Saturday. I tend to associate the space with lectures and school dances, not Saturday night concerts. When I got there, I thought my expectations had been met. There were people sitting in clusters on the floor and others scattered in chairs on the sides, sipping coke and idly checking their phones, nothing too exciting.Read More
I was confused. As far as I knew no one had ever given a lap dance at one of our shows before. As a drummer, I admired the girl’s ability to find and maintain the perfect gyrating pace during a very sloppy cover of Childbirth’s “I Only Fucked You As A Joke”. The ability to back it up during a song about regret fucking is an accomplishment in itself. It was almost as if we weren’t there at all, and she was bopping along to Flo-rida in her head.Read More
You’ve heard of Novelty Daughter, Grand Cousin, and Faceplant too. Party Hats Hats, Skybars, All Caps LADD. But do you know CHEF?
Willa and I sat down with CHEF, one of Wesleyan’s hottest freshman bands, for a chitchat on their origins, progress, and spiritual wellbeing. I was very excited to finally get in contact with this lovable band, whose success comes from both their great music and their tantalizing sex appeal. CHEF consists of the following members: Isaac Butler-Brown, guitar and trumpet; Miles McLeod, MC; Lydia Elmer, singer and trombonist; Henry Kinder, drummer; Anthony Dean, bassist; Max Atkinson, on the keyboard; Max Luten, tenor sax; Willie Molski, alto sax; Annie Flom, vocals; Mimi Goldstein, vocals.Read More