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11.20.08 - 11.26.08
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volume 6 no. 47
Ciphers With Corks The Right Fork ... Community Plea Venue Proﬁle Art ≈Life
How to behave yourself at holiday gatherings
After 30 years, the Red Herring could shut its doors
Spend even more time on campus at the Coutyard Cafe
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Food: Look now for tips on how to host a cheap Thanksgiving dinner.
Plain White T’s w/ The Cab, Meg and Dia
Movies: A new TV Show You Should be Watching on Sunday.
If you didn’t hear “Hey There Delilah” enough times last year, now’s your chance to get your ﬁx. This show at the Canopy Club starts at 8:30 p.m., and tickets are $17.
Art: You love turkey, and you love art, so check them together.
Lincoln and His Music: Melodies that Moved the Man and the Nation
Puddle of Mudd
Toys for Tots Toy Drive
Come to the Canopy Club to hear “She Hates Me” and other favorites. The show begins at 8 p.m., and tickets are $25.
Beginning at 11 a.m., bring in a toy to Bentley’s Pub and enter to win a $100 gift certiﬁcate and a three course dinner for four to Carmon’s. Each toy donated is an entry to the rafﬂe. Must be 21 to enter.
Experience a unique blend of traditional old-time melodies, bluegrass, barn dance, and early American ﬁddle music at the Virginia Theatre beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15.
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LGBT Resume Critiques Those looking to get their resume critiqued by an expert from the Career Center can do so at the Illini Union Room 323 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Friends of the Urbana Free Library Fall Book Sale Head to the Urbana Free Library between 9 a.m. and noon to check out what’s left on the ﬁnal day of this sale, as all remaining books are free!
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Hard to pronounce but easy to enjoy, this band is sure to be a can’t-miss at the Canopy Club. The show starts at 9 p.m., and the cost is TBA.
Community: On Monday, read about an advance screening and panel discussion of Playboy’s ﬁrst reality series developed, shot, and produced for the mobile web Interns.
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Likes & Gripes Michell Eloy Food & Drink Editor GRIPES 1) Dressing for the cold: I’m not a morning person. Neither am I a winter person. So when I have to wake up 10 minutes earlier to put on leggings, pants, two shirts, warm socks, boots, gloves, a jacket, a hat and a scarf, all of which have to coordinate, mind you, just so that I can walk outside for 10 minutes and avoid hypothermia, I’m not a happy camper. 2) Overt PDA: OK, I’m not a heartless person who gags at every display of affection that I witness. But when you’re making out in the aisles of the auditorium of Gregory Hall or in the Courtyard Café, it takes everything inside of me not to vom. 3) People who feel the need to test every bottle of perfume they come across: Every time I work, I inevitably come home smelling like I spilled a piña colada all over myself, baked a pie made exclusively of cinnamon and then rolled around in a pine forest for a few hours. Trust me, it’s not an appealing aroma.
E D I T O R ’ S N O T E by Stephanie Prather Oops ... we made a mistake Thanksgiving is coming a little early this year. Many of the buzz staff members and other non-buzz-related friends are celebrating the holiday early for a number of reasons. Many people need more than one day to gobble down turkey, and I can’t blame them. Many students celebrate early with their friends in CU before retreating to the Suburbs for a North Shore (or insert the name of your suburb) Thanksgiving. Other community members recognize the immpossibility
of schedule synchronization and party-down the weekend before, because many people work retail and food service jobs that require them to work on nealy every holiday. I, however, am celebrating a premature Thanksgiving with my father’s side of the family because my grandma is having surgery this week. This Sunday I’m whipping up Paula Deen’s buttery recipe for corn casserole and having some quality family time. So, I wanted to use my column this week to wish my Grandma Lois good luck in her quest for a new hip. Please, call your grandparents this week. They’ll love you for it.
This week we received many thoughful emails and letters regarding buzz Art Editor Drake Baer’s “Likes & Gripes” from the Nov. 13 issue. We at buzz would like to sincerely apologize for any damage done to the community by those insensetive comments. Printing them was an editorial oversight for which we take full responsibility. Mr. Baer’s comments in no way reﬂect the views of buzz as a publication or its writers, photographers, designers, and other editors. It is our highest priority to provide CU with the most accurate and fair coverage of our community, and in no way intended to spread words ignorance and hostility toward the devel-
opmentally disabled. The magazine has dealt with this mistake with the same grave concern with which our readers responded. Last week’s “Best Music Venue” story by Emily Carlson innaccurately listed Seth Fein as an owner of the Canopy Club. Fein is Canopy’s production manager and talent buyer, as well as a community journalist. The co-owners of the Canopy Club are Ian Goldberg and Anthony Rossi. Last week we failed to recognize Pekara Bakery for winning the Best Bakery category in the “Best of CU” issue. We apologize for not recognizing this in print. To ﬁnd out why Pekara is the best bakery in CU visit the217.com. NOV 20 – NOV 26 08
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To stay open, the Red Herring reaches out by Michell Eloy After 30 years of business, the Red Herring, located at 1209 W. Oregon St., is facing the prospect of closing its doors forever, but not if manager Chad Knowles can help it. “Letting the Red Herring close is the last thing I’m going to let happen,” said Knowles. “This isn’t going to happen as long as I have any power over it. That’s my mission in life.” What originally began as a coffeehouse and live music venue, the Red Herring has evolved into the CU’s go-to vegan restaurant. Though Knowles said the Red Herring has built a strong community patronage, he also said the restaurant has suffered a ﬁnancial loss each year. Previously, that loss was subsidized by a patron, but this week Knowles said he was informed that the restaurant would no longer be receiving that annual subsidy, meaning for the ﬁrst time ever, the restaurant would be forced to remain ﬁnancially stable on its own. “For the ﬁrst time in 30 years, we have to turn a proﬁt to make sure that we meet our expenses,” said Knowles. “If we don’t, then there is no more money. We have to make it work for the ﬁrst time ever.” Knowles said the restaurant needs to raise a minimum of $2,000 — $4,000, ideally — within the next two or three weeks to remain open for the rest of the semester. He said the restaurant has
reached out to the CU community for support and has received some offers, from making ﬂiers to small donations to a beneﬁt concert on Dec. 5. “The Red Herring is home to a healthy lifestyle, good people, everything that has to do with good things,” said Timothy Williams, a volunteer for the Red Herring. “I depend on this place. A lot of people do.” Though Knowles said the community outreach has been inspiring, what the restaurant needs most now are more customers and large donations. “If Red Herring is something [people] are interested in donating to, we need to get them behind us right now,” said Knowles. “We do need to make a cry out to the wealthier ends of Champaign-Urbana since we have to make a lot of money really fast.” However, Knowles said that the surrounding community has given him hope that the restaurant can remain open for another 30 years. “Our main fear was that we were not going to be able to stay open because we thought we were going to have to do it alone,” said Knowles. “The fact that the entire community around here has offered to lend a hand to help us has been the main inspiring factor in making us believe that staying open is possible.”
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Deciphering the label by Caleb Ganzer
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Marquee performances are supported in part by the Illinois Arts Council—a state agency which recognizes Krannert Center in its Partners in Excellence Program.
Wine is synonymous with good times and has been so for centuries. It is meant to be enjoyed among friends in an open, amiable environment. But the purchasing of wine is becoming increasingly befuddling, mystified by myriad labeling laws. So as not to have trips to the wine store become catalyst for future gray hairs, allow me to straighten out a few phrases you’re bound to see on nearly any wine bottle. Wine can be confusing for the underinformed recreational drinker. Governments go through much legal brouhaha in order to correctly “inform” consumers, but they appear to be lagging in some areas. For instance, in Italy and Spain, the term “reserve” or “riserva” actually means that the wine endured extra barrel aging before being bottled and sold. On this side of the Atlantic, the word has no legal significance and is more often used as a marketing tool. Also, did you know that in order to be called a Cabernet Sauvignon, California producers need only have 75 percent of that grape variety in the wine? The other 25 percent could be 1,000 other varieties of grape.
The following list is a quick roundup of a few more wine words that will help guide misinformed consumers down the aisles: The year, sometimes called the vintage, simply denotes that the grapes used in making this wine were all harvested during that year’s growing season. The alcohol content must be printed on all bottles of wine and can be a decent indicator of the level of sweetness in a wine. Most sweet-style Rieslings have a lower alcohol content, signifying that not all sugar was converted into alcohol. “Appellation Champagne Controlée.” This is the only type of wine that can truly be called champagne. It must come from the Champagne region of France and be made following speciﬁc guidelines. Often imitated, never duplicated. Armed with this insight, you can now march boldly into any wine store. Separating the fluff from the stuff has never been any easier as you now find wine drinking more pleasurable than intimidating. Pour with confidence. Here’s to the sound of clanking glasses being drowned out by laughter among friends. Cheers! come and get it
Environmental Change Institute Answers Needs on Campus by Emma Hunter
nvironmentalism is taking our cities by storm. Every day, someone complains loudly about the lack of recycling capabilities here in Champaign and how we should really do something about it (yes, Urbana, we know you’re much better with recycling). Every day, someone turns off the lights when we’re leaving a classroom instead of leaving them on for the next class. However, the University hasn’t been trumpeting its commitment to respecting the environment ... until now. As of last Friday, the Environmental Change Institute (ECI) is ofﬁcially a part of our community. The institute, established by the College of ACES, the College of Business and the College of Law, has been created with some seriously lofty goals. According to its proposal, the ECI hopes to create functioning solutions for such important issues as food systems and security, sustainability, biofuels and carbon sequestration/cycling by partnering
scientiﬁc research with community awareness and involvement. More than two-thirds of the funding for the ECI is provided by the Alvin H. Baum Family Fund, with other ﬁnancial commitments coming from the colleges of ACES, Law and Business. The interim director of the institute, Dr. Wesley Jarrell, professor in the department of natural resources and environmental sciences, says that the University’s Extension ofﬁces will be a main focus for getting the solutions out into the communities of Illinois and beyond. “People think they’re living in the ’50s or ’60s, but we can use Extension to move results from research to community,” Dr. Jarrell said. “An objective, unbiased leader [such as the ECI] will help people to do the right thing. We can provide the link between the researchers and the community.” Dr. Jarrell believes that a two-pronged approach by the Environmental Change Institute will be most successful in enabling change in and
around our community. The ﬁrst step is to make the students aware of the issues, and to do this, Dr. Jarrell proposes a second step: developing a “cadre of professionals” to be the leaders of the movement on campus and in the community. This cadre will take the lead on projects involving not only the research coming from the ECI but also the relationships between the ECI and the community, including the student body. They will be our connection to everything the ECI stands for. Our university, being one of the best in the world, has incredible research capabilities and has the potential to be one of the frontrunners regarding environmental change. Thanks to the efforts of three of the colleges, as well as an amazing donor fund, we now have an institute speciﬁcally designed to confront this issue and lead us into a greener, more environmentally sound future. For more information, visit http://eci.illinois.edu.
Five Ways to Shop Smart and Save Money This Holiday Season
by Brittany Abeijon The current ﬁnancial pressures and a lack of conﬁdence in the economy will force shoppers to be very conservative with their holiday spending this year. The National Retail Foundation is projecting that holiday sales will rise 2.2 percent this year to $470.4 billion. This gain falls well below the 10year average of a 4.4 percent holiday sales growth and represents the slowest growth since 2002, when holiday sales rose 1.3 percent. If holiday shopping has you worried about pinching pennies, it’s time to get smart about your shopping. Here are some ways to save cash during the upcoming holidays: 1. Brave Black Friday. Take advantage of the dayafter-Thanksgiving sales, and you can actually save money. People often start at 5 a.m. and wait in long lines to receive freebies, discounts and deals. With a little strategy, you can plan which gifts to buy in advance by reading sales advertisements on Thanksgiving. Preparation is a must to tackle the craziness of the crowds. Carefully check opening times for stores, and watch for the ﬁne print regarding popular items, such as “while supplies last” or “available to ﬁrst 100 customers only.” Tip: Pair up with a bargain-minded buddy. While people jump — sometimes literally — on the hottest items, your smart-shopping pal can hit one end of the store while you are at another. Then you can swap limited-quantity items and double your deals. 2. Shop late, too! The smartest of shoppers ditch all the stress of Black Friday and pick up their presents the day after Christmas. Although the lines will be long with returns, nearly everything is marked down in price. So avoid the customer service chaos, head to the last-minute clearance sales and buy a quick gift for a friend you have yet www.the217.com
Live bands and DJs to see. There is no predicting what the economy will be like tomorrow, let alone next holiday season, so be a savvy shopper, take advantage of the deals and buy for next year, too. Tip: Those snowflake sweaters and Santa slippers may not have quite the same appeal when they’re tossed in a clearance pile in January. 3. Save time and transportation money by shopping early online. Heard of Cyber Monday? If you are not fearless enough for Black Friday, the Monday after Thanksgiving is the Internet equivalent. Avoid the crowds, and shop online instead. Lots of stores offer discounts that are exclusively for online shoppers, many with free shipping, too. Also, you don’t have to wait for Thanksgiving to start holiday shopping, so get your gift list together, and surf the net early to ﬁnd the best buys. Many e-tailers offer free or discounted shipping, which may seem like an extra expense, but with the current gas prices, the cost of shipping can even out when you end up driving from store to store to snag those hard-toﬁnd items. Tip: A great way to pay for online items is through PayPal. It offers discounts to shoppers several times during the year, including the month of December. 4. Use up those forgotten store credits and old gift cards. For your last birthday, did Grandpa give you a gift certiﬁcate to a store he shops at himself? This is a perfect way to re-gift. Use up a gift card to a store you may not shop in to buy for someone else. If you have some forgotten store credit for a few returned items, this is a simple way to reduce your gift-buying, moneyspending budget. Tip: Consider giving the gift card back to Grandpa. He may not remember anyhow.
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5. Sign up to receive e-mails from your favorite stores. These e-mails allow you to use online-only discounts not available to in-store shoppers. You can surf the Web or sign up to receive e-mails while in the store. Check out this secret weapon: www.bargainist.com. This Web site lists the best online shopping deals and claims to make you “go broke saving money.” The Bargainist digs up discounts for you on thousands of everyday items. Begin searching Bargainist as early as October when online holiday deals start. Tip: Not a good idea for a spam-hater; expect to receive at least two e-mails per week from stores during December.
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Venue Proﬁle Courtyard Cafe
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by Dominica Strong
Holiday break season is here, which means many of us will be spending money on traveling home, gifts for friends and family and a beachside winter vacation ... well, that might just be me. Though money is tight from Wall Street to Green Street, you should still be able to go out and enjoy great live music at a great venue for a reasonable price. The Courtyard Café, located in the Illini Union, continues to book great acts through the winter that should convince anyone to think twice about spending those $20-plus evenings at Canopy Club for Puddle of Mudd or Dropkick Murphys. Kristin O’Brien, the Courtyard’s assistant manager and a student at the University, explained the background of the venue. “We’re completely student-run, from the manager and techs to tickettakers,” she said. This perspective is exactly what sets the Courtyard Café apart. Besides having an awareness of what type of events their peers would enjoy, the student commitment also means that providing the University community with quality shows at a low cost is a priority. “Our main objective is providing an alternative to drinking and keeping [the price] low, usually three to ﬁve dollars,” O’Brien said. Diversity is also important to the Courtyard, as artists from all musical backgrounds are encouraged to utilize the venue. While both young and
established bands are equally welcomed at the Courtyard, space is limited, and spots ﬁll up fast. Artists can easily contact the Courtyard managers via their MySpace, http://www.myspace.com/iucourtyard, which is checked and updated regularly. Besides providing a means for artists to get in contact, the site also lists upcoming events and shows. Denison Witmer, David Bazan (of Pedro the Lion), Smoking Popes and Headlights are just a few of the artists stopping by in the upcoming months. Though it is one of its most notable features, music isn’t all that the Courtyard has to offer. Registered Student Organizations frequently use the space for everything, from date auctions and comedy nights to cultural events and dance performances. With the increasing number of campus RSOs and popularity of both the national and local acts that have been booked in the past, one would be hard-pressed to ﬁnd a night that there isn’t something going on at the Courtyard. Entertainment aspects aside and crucial to impending ﬁnals, O’Brien also stressed that “[the Courtyard] is a good study area outside all of our events.” Whether enjoying a noontime performance between classes or taking in an open-mic comedy night with friends, the Courtyard Café has the rare distinction of being a convenient location with cheap prices and a complete diversity of entertainment.
Gyros and Jazz A look at the Thursday tradition By Tom Cyrs On Thursday nights from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Zorba’s Greek Cafe on Green Street transforms into one of the top jazz venues in the CU area. The café surprisingly provides a fantastic atmosphere for those looking for a low-key and stimulating evening. And if, like myself, you’ve spent most Thursday nights of your collegiate career at Murphy’s or another favorite campus bar, it might be a nice change of pace. (Also, for those who may wonder, they do serve alcohol.) The jazz tradition at Zorba’s is one of the oldest on campus. “They had jazz here back in the day with a piano in the back room ... in the ’70s and ’80s,” said Tom Paynter, keyboardist and flute player for progressive jazz quintet Ear Doctor,
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who played at the cafe just last Thursday. For Paynter and many other musicians in the area, Zorba’s has been a mainstay for playing gigs year after year. “I’ve been playing here for about 17 years,” Paynter said. As well as providing a venue for some of the best jazz in the area, Jazz Nights at Zorba’s are a time for students and professionals to support each other. “Most jazz majors come here,” said Keith Pitner, a music education major. “[The musicians] are people we know, oftentimes grad students, and they get paid better if we come. If I play here someday, I hope others will come out, too.” “It’s amazing the musicians we have coming through here — I’m often humbled by it,” said
Matt Mortenson, owner of Zorba’s for the last 26 years. “They don’t make a lot of money, just the cover we charge, but they just want a place to play, and they like the atmosphere. It’s kind of like an old-time jazz club.” Recently, Zorba’s has opened itself up to other forms of music as well. Funk-jazz groups have been performing occasionally on Fridays, and IPan, a University steel drum band, has already performed twice this semester. “It’s a lot more of a party atmosphere,” Mortenson said. To see the Thursday night tradition for yourself, make it out to the cafe at 627 E. Green St. tonight to hear the Holly Holmes Group or next Thursday, Dec. 4, for the Craig Russo Latin Jazz Project.
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Deciphering Colour Revolt Mississippi’s own bring their ﬁnest to the Canopy Club by Morgan Bonges
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olour Revolt has accomplished more as a band while still in school than many will hope to in their entire career. After releasing their self-titled EP in 2005 as mere undergrads, the band immediately took their guitar-driven, sonic-assault on the road, maintaining student status while being courted each weekend by major labels and industry festivals. Though young, they are not a punk rock band out to reverberate off the walls of drunken parties. The tone of their music is mellow for the most part. Compare Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” to Colour Revolt’s song “Mattresses Underwater,” and it kind of makes
you want to take a contemplative seat. The group’s ﬁve members graduated from the University of Mississippi in Oxford in 2008 before hitting the road for their national tour. Although young, they seem to surpass their youth, possibly because they grew up in Mississippi, a musical birthplace for jazz and blues and a huge inﬂuence for rock n’ roll. Jesse Coppenbarger, who plays guitar, keyboard and sings vocals in the band, credits Mississippi’s “diverse, weird and great culture” for having a large impact on the band. Colour Revolt took its name from an Edwin Abbott novel, Flatland, which uses math to describe
society. In the novel, color is the great equalizer. “It’s kind of the idea of art equalizing everything and making everything beautiful,” Coppenbarger said. The same amount of thought and meaning behind the band’s name is put into all of their lyrics. These cryptic song lyrics speak volumes, once you decipher them. “People ask me what [the lyrics] mean ... a lot of lyrics can mean up to three things, and I never really differentiate exactly what they mean. If people think they mean one thing and to me they mean a different thing, that doesn’t matter to me. You know, music is a lot about interpretation and
what it makes you feel,” Coppenbarger said. Their songs have a lot of Biblical and literary references, which often deal with war and death. “Mattresses Underwater,” for example, is about the burden of carrying a religion that you don’t necessarily agree with. Colour Revolt released their ﬁrst full-length album, Plunder, Beg and Curse, in April 2008 and is currently touring the East Coast, Canada, the Midwest and the South. Take the opportunity to decipher Colour Revolt’s intricate, lyrical sound for yourself when the band plays the Canopy Club on Sunday, Nov. 23 with So Long Forgotten and Greenwood.
it closed. But I have always done university things. In recent years, with this band, I’ve been doing more Chicago things and [playing] in other areas, especially during the summer festivals. buzz: Who are the best people whom you have worked with over the years? CF: Some of the guys that you’re out there with and you open up for, you don’t get to hang out with them a lot. I’ve been around B.B. King [along with others], and they tell you stories and things, but I didn’t really learn a lot from them as far as music [is concerned]. I would say I learned the most from musicians from this area that migrated in here. Also, I watched my mother. [She] was a jazz-blues singer when I was coming up, and I paid attention to her and her friends. buzz: What kind of energy do you get from performing live?
CF: I ﬁnd that I have a knack for a high-energy type of band and music. It’s kind of my forte, even at this age. I also like to break it down and do something meaningful with music. buzz: What do you like about covering other people’s songs? CF: My show is based off of reminiscing about the ’60s and ’70s, and that’s why I run a little jazz, a little blues, R&B and I’ve even thrown in a little disco here lately. The type of crowd I have mostly is 30s and up. A lot of them can relate to those old tunes … but they all seem to like [the songs]. I call it happy-fun music where, whether you remember it or not, you can dance to it and have a good time.
A Q uickie With ... Candy Foster by Jaron Birkan Candy Foster always wants to put on a show. He, in the vein of the best vocalists, knows it’s less about self-aggrandizement and much more about goodhearted entertainment. His shows wind between the genres and can transcend decades in one set, all traits that should be on view with his band, Shades of Blue, this Saturday at Cowboy Monkey. buzz: Do you like performing in Champaign? Candy Foster: Oh, yeah. I love performing in Champaign. I have a lot of fans here, and it’s been an amazing run. They really support me a lot, and I deﬁnitely enjoy that. buzz: How long have you been down here? CF: I’ve been performing in this area for pretty close to 40 years. [It’s always been] in different capacities; there were years when I played with another type of band mostly for Air Force bases when [they] were open. I used to play up there from the early ’70s until
—To see what Candy Foster is all about onstage, head over to Cowboy Monkey on Friday at 9:30. $5 cover.
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Margot & The Nuclear So and Sos’ Not Animal by Eric Heisig
It took me four listens to decide about my opinion on the new Margot & The Nuclear So and Sos’ record, and even then I was unsure. I don’t get that feeling from records that often, that sense of apathy. Very few songs screamed out at me
either way, saying, “I’m awesome” or “I am a stinker.” The songs were just kind of there. And maybe that’s my opinion of Not Animal. Maybe this band is just kind of middle of the road indie-pop, trying too hard to go somewhere new but ultimately sounding rehashed and unoriginal. The songs plod on, mostly sounding like a mix of Belle & Sebastian and Radiohead (which is done much better by the band Midlake). They are a bit too precious, calculated and safe (even if there is some fantastic work done by drummer Chris Fry, who is able to propel some songs into territory that would have otherwise sunk them under their own weight). The songs hide behind a wall of faux experimentation, which again, steals too much from what Radiohead has been doing. The edges are all smoothed out. That’s not to say the album doesn’t have its moments, though. The opening track, “A Children’s Crusade on Acid,” is built upon an interesting
percussion background (props to Fry again) with an acoustic guitar over it. It is not that far from triphop, and it works. There is also a stretch of about three songs, “Pages Written on a Wall,” “Shivers (I’ve Got ‘Em)” and “The Ocean (Is Bleeding Salt),” where the band sounds like they have a pulse. They are playing their hearts out, and they sound like they are having fun rocking out. The stretch is a real highlight of the album, and I found myself actually enjoying these songs instead of just letting them fade into the background. I only could have hoped the rest of the album was this strong. If they had just let loose a little more, the songs could have breathed, and the rest of the record could have stood as strong as the three or four that do. Maybe then I would not have been as uncertain as I was while continually listening to Not Animal. The price scale: I rate albums more or less by price. Since a fair price for a CD at a store such as Best Buy is around $12.99, Margot & the Nuclear So and Sos’ Not Animal, I say, stands at a value of $7.50/$12.99.
New Slang Increase your music-trend vernacular with a different neologism each week. by Ashley Albrecht “Neu-Folk” (German for “new,” pronouned “noy,” and “foÐk”) No, I’m not referring to Cat Stevens or Bob Dylan here … step into the 21st century! In our hyper-digitalized postmodern world, the “new folk” of today labor as musical raconteurs, working to reclaim our collective roots through the age-old art of song. Capturing a romantic spirit and folkloric frivolity, these musicians’ nostalgic storytelling ranges from eulogization of the simple and pastoral to explorations of madness and war through folk noir. Less esoteric than the “New Weird America” yet off-beat enough to attract listeners’ attention, artists that ﬁt the “neufolk” bill include: The Decemberists, Okkervil River, Fleet Foxes and Iron & Wine. Example: “Stylistically speaking, World’s First Flying Machine is decidedly more neufolk than New Ruins, wouldn’t you agree?”
C U S O U N D R E V I E W by Mike Ingram
What would Lincoln listen to? Tonight is set for the return of Live Karaoke Band to Cowboy Monkey, which was a longstanding Thursday last winter before the venue closed for revamping. LKB moved to the Highdive but is now back to the more intimate atmosphere of the Monkey. For the uninitiated, LKB is just what the name says. You’ve got two members of the Brat Pack and one from X-Krush right there backing you onstage. This isn’t your older brother’s karaoke. You pick from a list of more than 300 songs spanning the last half-century and sing it with a real band. Yes, the lyrics are provided, as are strands of beads for your time. Cover for the evening is five bucks, and the band encourages you to get there early to sign up for a spot. The show will kick off at 10 p.m. Check out http://ivekaraokeband.com for a song list and more info. A special musical event is scheduled for the Virginia Theatre this Friday. Granny’s Porch: Lincoln and His Music: Melodies that Moved the Man and the Nation will feature several local artists playing oldtimey music that harkens back to the era of Lincoln, the heyday of the Grand Ole Opry and pure-as-snow family entertainment. Acts scheduled include: Jordan Kaye of the Prairie Dogs; the Bow-Dacious String Band; Boneyard Creek Cloggers; Oberon, the
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Possum King; The 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry Band; Deborah Hyland; Tom and Matt Turino, and hosts Gary O’Brien and Marlys Scarbrough. Amidst the music, there will also be tales of life in the 19th century. Tickets for reserved seating are available now at the Virginia box ofﬁce at $15 ($10 for students, and $5 for children). The fun starts at 7:30 p.m. Top hats and period clothing optional but encouraged (by me). Over at Cowboy Monkey, you can catch a show featuring two touring acts from Memphis sandwiched between two great locals. Brother/sister duo Hathaways, with a recently released EP under their belts and a plan to head to South America to tour in 2009, will kick off the show with their smart harmonies and catchy guitar/charango interplay. Grace Askew is set to play a solo set in the second position, bringing her sensible pop songs with a soul inﬂuence. Check out http://myspace.com/gaskew for more info. Up third is a full-band set from Jamie Randolph and the Bloodsuckers, packing a bit more of a folk edge with the rock. I’m hoping that the girl singing harmonies on the recording is along for the trip because there is some nice interplay there. Look up http://myspace.com/jamiesolo to hear for yourself. Last up is a headlining set from, following some almost nailed down acts, the ever popular and powerful TBA, who are certainly to blow you away with their rock prowess. So Long Forgotten is back this week with a show at the Canopy
Club alongside another popular DIY touring act with much MySpace love, Colour Revolt. The Oxford, Miss., band (on Fat Possum Records) will be wrapping up a tour of the East Coast and Canada here in Urbana before heading home. The songs at myspace. com/colourrevolt are solid and catchy, and Paste Magazine and Daytrotter have taken notice, so I’d say it’s worth hitting up the Canopy on Sunday at 8 p.m. and dropping the 10 bucks. The cover will also get you sets from So Long Forgotten (extremely tight local band with a massive touring record) and Decatur’s Greenwood. Next Wednesday, Campustown will be dominated by all sorts of ridiculous rock, as Vvvvv will play the Canopy Club. The former falsetto-packed cover band is now a falsetto-packed original band and will be playing with Golden Quality at 9 p.m. with a low cover. Over at Boltini Lounge, DJ LEGTWO (Larry Gates/Curb Service) will continue his weekly residency spinning old soul and funk, along with the best of new indie hip-hop — no R&B, as previously printed here by a columnist who can never remember what the hell is actually supposed to fit into any of those categories. Either way, it’s frustrating for me to be DJing ’90s music at Soma at the same time since I can’t catch the awesome sets Larry lays down starting at 9 p.m. — Mike Ingram can be reached at email@example.com or by checking out one of his many decade-speciﬁc residencies as DJ mingram.
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“Necessary Beauty” Bebe Miller Dance Heads to KCPA by Jean Kim To most, the concept of beauty is tied to tangible things, not moments or experiences, as choreographer Bebe Miller, head of Bebe Miller Company, would describe. While discussing her latest piece, called “Necessary Beauty,” Miller says to think of beauty “in the sense of an experience rather than a visual, even though the piece is full of visuals.” The inspiration for the performance came to Miller almost four years ago as she was driving in the rain with a lot on her mind. She says that for a second, a flock of birds appeared as though it were taking off in time to the music on the radio and to the beat of the windshield wipers. “The things I was thinking about seemed transcendent, and it just seemed like a transcendent, three-dimensional, artful moment,” Miller says. “I thought not so much, ‘Oh this is going to be my next piece,’ but just how necessary those moments are and how we live for that in our lives. It became sort of a touchstone I filed away.” Composed of six female dancers and a blend of visuals, text and play-off of memory, “Necessary Beauty” strives to “create the sense of how we might encounter (moments of beauty),” Miller explains, instead of attempting to recreate those types of moments. “I think in a larger sense, it really resonates as how we hold onto memory, our sense of memory and just apprehending the world, the places, the kind of places we remember,
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and so the piece works with memory and visuals and the present moment,” Miller says. Miller says she hopes the piece, with a second performance Thursday, will make people think about their daily lives and how they notice the things that set their days. “There’s a reason why people walk around with headphones in their ears, and it’s not just the music,” Miller says. “It’s the intersection of the music in their life.” “Necessary Beauty” is one of two pieces that Miller has created just for women. Male audience members, however, should not feel excluded. Miller simply means that much of the piece revolves around women’s voices and their portraits, as well as other visual material. “It’s a funny line that we’re walking because there’s so much in our cultural baggage about women and beauty,” Miller says. “And I think the piece really circumvents that as we are extending ourselves as women.” Miller let us in on a piece of behind-the-scenes information, saying that even though she created this piece for women, there is, in fact, a male cast member embedded somewhere in the piece. The various aspects of Miller’s pieces come from the collaborative nature of her “virtual company.” Because members of the company live all over the U.S., they come together several times a year for intensive multipleweek residencies to polish pieces.
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“It’s collaborative in that it’s more than an exchange with the dancers,” Miller says. She directs the chain of events that dancers, a dramaturge, a text writer, visual design staff and lighting design staff creates, along with input about perceptions from all over. “If you realize that, then it makes it a little bit clearer to understand just how it really takes a village,” Miller says. Miller wishes for audiences not to be apprehensive or afraid of the piece. “It’s an intersection of lots of things,” she says. “It’s not there to make you feel stupid. There’s great music. It’s odd. It doesn’t solve itself. It’s not there to be fully understood. It’s something to encounter in life. It’s a ‘why not?’ kind of thing.”
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