October 12, 2007
Honeyboy Shows Prep a Sweet Time Blues Legend Talks About Life on the Road John Dell’Isola Staff Writer Prep received a unique treat October 4 when David “Honeyboy” Edwards, 2007 Blues Music Awards Acoustic Artist of the Year and 2005 W.C. Handy Blues Awards Acoustic Blues Artist of the Year, regaled us with his world famous acoustic blues music and compelling tales of adventures past. From the moment Honeyboy stepped on stage he was greeted by a loud, steady stream of applause from the students and faculty alike. Honeyboy delighted the crowd with a wide range of traditional Delta blues music he wrote over the course of his 92-year career. He also humored and entertained the audience with several tales from his storied life, such as his nighttime adventures living in Chicago, where he socialized with the large amount of blues musicians living there at the time. The students, ever curious about Honeyboy’s past, asked several questions ranging from “What’s the deal with the Michigan hat?” to “What is the blues way of traveling?” He answered all of them honestly: “I just dropped it on my head” and “I’d hop on board a railroad car and put a spike blocking the door so I could sleep without getting caught.” After an hour of fabulous music and stories, Honeyboy needed some time to rest up for his big concert that night. Those who attended the evening performance said it was a magnificent concert and the music was even better with Honeyboy’s manager’s harmonica in the background. Honeyboy’s matchless guitar and vocals paired with his uncanny storytelling ability proved he is certainly as sweet as his name suggests and we hope to have him back again. For those looking for more Honeyboy, you can catch him in the upcoming Judd Apatow film, “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.”
David “Honeyboy” Edwards talks about his life playing the blues (above) and plays a song during the assembly for students (below).
Radiohead’s In Rainbows Thomas Albanese Staff Writer On October 1st, the British band Radiohead, ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the greatest artists in history, surprised the world by announcing that their new album, In Rainbows, would be released in 10 days. As the band was without a record contract, they decided to release the album themselves via their website, instead of the typical CD format. However, the real shock came when visiting the new site. A blank box with a question mark was placed next to the British pounds sign, and when the question mark was clicked, four words appeared: “It’s up to you.” When clicked again, “No really, it’s up to you.” Yes, you can pay whatever you
want for the album, titled In Rainbows, which was released Wednesday. The music industry has watched this release carefully, wondering whether or not this will revolutionize the business as a whole. As multiple Grammy winners and one of the biggest bands on the planet (already known for revolutionizing rock music with 1997’s OK Computer), Radiohead certainly does not need the direct profits they will be receiving from the album. Most bands would never pull off or even dare such an endeavor, but then again, most bands aren’t Radiohead. In Rainbows, Radiohead’s seventh album, simply put, is outstanding. Vocalist Thom Yorke surprises us once again with a new sound - lush guitars combining with heavy bass
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and grandiose strings. The hard computerized beats of “15 Step” begin the album, followed by the heavy guitar of “Bodysnatchers”, immediately captivating the listener’s attention. “Nude”, a beautiful song, combines strings, guitar and Yorke’s falsetto seamlessly, one of the many highlights on In Rainbows. “Reckoner” constantly builds up and becomes a sort of small epic; symbols, strings, guitar, bass, all chaotically yet somehow magnificently turn the song into one that ends far too soon. “Videotape” closes the album and proves that Radiohead has never gone wrong with album closers, starting with The Bends’ “Street Spirit (Fade Out).” In Rainbows, four and half years after Radiohead’s previous album Hail to the Thief, is the best album of 2007.
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Editors-in-Chief Thomas Albanese Remy Mooney Staff Writers John Dell’Isola Created Headline for Radiohead Article Christopher Jones Faculty Moderator Brian Gnatt