MOVE 03.16.12 Volume 10 issue 24
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Taking a look at what the CoMo coffee world is serving up.
Mashup duo The White Panda returns to The Blue Note.
Local business offers custom designs for iPhones.
emma woodhouse romance columnist
March Madness is officially underway in every sense of the phrase. This is the time of year when my academic performance suffers considerably and my caffeine intake increases threefold. My room starts looking like a Friday on a Monday. If I’m confessing all my sins, I’ve done my laundry once all semester. Don’t freak out, I haven’t been wearing dirty clothes. I just buy new stuff on Amazon and have it shipped to me. I love America. (Also the Internet). All this madness has left me no time for boy scouting. I realize this is just a massive excuse, but seriously, how do all those girls find boys when there are so many books to read and tests to study for? I would try to be less of a nerd, but at this point there’s no turning back. I have a compulsion to study, and I just can’t fight the feeling. Although I didn’t have time to actually get out of my room and talk to people, I did find a few minutes in the wee hours of the morning to Google “How to find guys in college.” I swear, the research I do for this column is destroying my Google reputation. If I keep getting Match.com ads in my sidebar, I might have to resign. It was worth it, though, because the results of my search were surprisingly helpful. The College Crush, after being mean to me about my perfectly valid question (“I’m sorry, did you mean college or your small agrarian community? College is the easiest place to meet guys maybe EVER.” Hey!), informed me that location is everything. I assessed my usual haunts and realized I might have found my problem. My favorite campus spots and activities:
Lakota: Since I can’t sacrifice studying, I need to exploit
my study time to meet guys. Studying alone in a coffee shop is probably one of the worst ways to do that. I don’t care how many times it happens in a book or a movie; people do not meet at coffee shops. Tell me if I’m wrong, but if I approached a random guy in Lakota, he’d probably think, “When is she going to stop talking so I can finish my book? It was just getting so good,” instead of “Wow, she’s adorable. We should totally date.” Yoga and Pilates: In “The Princess Diaries,” after Princess Mia gets beat up by soccer balls in gym class, she says, “I’m a yoga-doing, synchronized-swimming, wall-climbing-type girl. My hand-eye coordination is zero.” Amen. Sadly, those aren’t exactly excellent boy-meeting sports. I’ve grown to love these places and things, but it’s time to shake it up, if only to broaden my chances of meeting new people. Look out, I’ll be on the prowl in: The Laundry Room: There’s really no better place to strike up a conversation. It worked (well, sort of) for Neil Patrick Harris in “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”! Plus, if we’re in the same laundry room, we obviously live in the same dorm and are likely to have more in common than the random kid reading his biology textbook in a coffee shop. The Quad: Since it’s absolutely beautiful outside, I’ll spend some study time in Peace Park and on the Quad, where most of the student population ends up at some point or another. Lots of foot traffic means lots of opportunities to make new friends! My mom would say I should study outside the business school or the engineering building, but I like to give equal opportunity to all. Don’t want to miss the pre-med kids. Hopefully adding these locations to my repertoire will make me a better boy scout. That sounds really creepy and kind of stalkerish, but I promise I’m not going to be waiting around every corner, ready to pounce. Let’s call it strategic positioning. I’m just going to keep my eyes open. I’m actually writing this while sitting on a column, and I see heads turning already. I don’t even think it’s the guy riding a unicycle.
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Parks and desecration
Stephens Lake Park is one of the more family-friendly parks in the Columbia area. The park boasts a playground as well as — you guessed it! — a lake. If you’re anything like me, you’ve occasionally wondered what it would be like if local parks became anthropomorphic creatures and fought to the death in a gladiatorstyle battle royale. Let’s break it down. Now, the arena is only so large, so it’s hard to narrow down the list of fighters to five. I chose fighters for their size and prevalence: Stephens Lake Park, Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, Columbia Cosmopolitan Recreation Area — or, as his friends call him, “Cosmo” — Pinnacles Youth Park and the combination of Grindstone Nature Area and Capen Park, henceforth referred to simply as Capen Park to save breath. Stephens Lake Park is forcibly entered into the battle for the enjoyment of the audience. The concrete sidewalks and cute man-made pond make this golf-courseturned-dog-walking-park formidable only to uncoordinated children that fall off its colorful plastic playground equipment. Stephens Lake Park is easily dispatched by the knife-like peaks that are Pinnacles’ limestone cliffs. Like Stephens Lake Park, Pinnacles is also
for children, except Pinnacles isn’t fucking around. Its 77 acres of natural wildlife and fiercely sharp cliffs are privately owned but still open to the public by day. With no glaring weaknesses, Pinnacles unsheathes its jagged limestone from Stephens Lake Park’s feeble corpse and begins the hunt for the blood of Cosmo Park. Cosmo is easily the most fit of any park. Its sprawling soccer, softball and football fields, tennis courts, skate park and outdoor roller rink have toned it to its core. Cosmo’s shapeliness is attractive and healthy, making it the drooling envy of all the lady parks. Unfortunately, what Cosmo gains in rigid athletic roboticism, it lacks in true ruggedness, its hairless body sparsely populated with trees for poor wind coverage. Endurance is plentiful, however, and it manages to slowly tire out Pinnacles while the remaining two natural behemoths duke it out on the side. Those two behemoths, Capen Park and Rock Bridge, have similar builds. Both robust warriors of nature, the two are equipped with sturdy walls of rock and acres of natural
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forestry. Capen’s disadvantage is its lankiness, what with its perilously high cliff face — carved by the Hinkson Creek — dominating the view of the park. Rock Bridge has similar rocky heights, but its sheer size gives it an overall lower center of gravity, making it a more able frame for wrestling. Rock Bridge’s fame and massive edge in size — 10 times that of Capen — makes it the favorite. What Capen Park soon discovers, however, is the weak soil underlying Rock Bridge. The karst landscape created by underground rivers and caves, as seen at the Devil’s Icebox, has made it prone to sinkholes easily punched out over centuries of time. These weak knees are swiftly taken advantage of by Capen Park, felling the giant Rock Bridge and making the crowd go absolutely nuts. By now it is getting late, which tragically for Pinnacles Youth Park means it’s closing time for any adult group. Unable to vanquish Cosmo Park by this time, it wavers for a moment, stumbles to its knees and is immediately thrown to its death by Capen into the massive rock quarry that hides behind Cosmo Park. Two remain: the confusingly similar names of Cosmo and Capen Parks. Capen is burly, rigid and slow but infinitely more powerful than Cosmo’s artificial sheen. Cosmo, having failed to actively claim a single victim in the battle, unconfidently attempts the same agility strategy it employed against Pinnacles. Cosmo’s devastating mistake is its failure to account for the protruding bedrock that litters the trails of Capen Park, and it soon trips headlong over these limestone speed bumps. Cosmo quickly turns its body around just in time to see the giant foot of Capen instantly crushing it. Cosmo’s flattened remains are left to wash away down Capen’s Hinkson Creek. robert langellier | senior staff writer
Local musicians thrive under The Bridge
The first steps inside uncover eclectic wooden rafters, an elongated room and a bar in the corner. Flat speakers spread along the walls, familiar faces and comfortable voices nurse their drinks and discuss tips of the trade, musician to musician. Then the bongo hits, and The Bridge is awake. The Bridge is a recently established music venue in downtown Columbia, as well as home to the Columbia Academy of Music. Ownership and management is attributed to Wes Wingate, Andrew Weir and Casey Conway. Wingate and Weir had been in and out of the music industry for years and were looking for their next move when Conway introduced his business plan for a new kind of music hub in Columbia. The three wanted to find a way to unify a college town's isolated music teachers with starving musicians in need of guidance and a haven to smooth out the rough edges in their sounds. And so the Columbia Academy of Music was created. Conway, Weir and Wingate, longtime musicians themselves, believed it essential to instill music skills and values as early and as expertly as possible. Beyond handing the students the education to grow in their talents, they wanted to provide the ideal environment for them to thrive in the classroom and in front of an audience. Upon entering The Bridge, the venue nearly splits in half: the stage and bar on the left and the offices and classrooms on the right. The trio wanted to provide a space for music students to learn from skilled professionals in top-notch classrooms on one side of the building, as well as experience an undeniable sense of fellowship jamming
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The venue, located on Walnut Street, is celebrating its one-year anniversary Saturday.
with their peers on the Bridge stage. The Bridge has taken up the task of having performances every night, varying from Open Mic nights on Tuesdays to on-the-rise hometown bands looking for a new audience to connect with. One Columbia band, Mary and the Giant, who has played at The Bridge as well as larger venues such as The Blue Note, have the utmost respect for a venue like The Bridge. The band’s drummer, Justin Mayfield, spoke about how immensely the group has cherished their time at The Bridge. “We have been playing at The Bridge since its inception pretty much, so we’ve had an opportunity to watch it grow ... and I can honestly say, The Bridge is remarkable,” he said in an email interview. “One of the things that is so nice about the venue is how dedicated they are to superior sound.” Smaller venues are usually viewed as the stepping stones for undiscovered bands to
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create a fan base and aid in creating a path to bigger gigs at larger venues, but for Mary and the Giant, playing at The Bridge is like coming home. “At The Bridge, we’ve kind of developed a family and have always been warmly received by the owners,” Mayfield says. “(At larger venues) there isn’t the camaraderie between our band and the workers that we find so readily at The Bridge.” The Bridge is celebrating its one-year anniversary with Bon Scott 5 and Don’t Mind Dying on Mar. 17, and Mary and the Giant returns to The Bridge on Mar. 30 with Tom Sauk and The Paperclips. “We are stoked, as always, to be playing at the Bridge,” Mayfield says. “We have a very loyal fan base, and they tend to favor The Bridge over a lot of other venues we play. Something about the atmosphere and our energy there has a nice symbiosis.” kelsey wingo | reporter
CASA DE MI PADRE
RELEASE DATE: FRIDAY, MAR. 16
RELEASE DATE: TUESDAY, MAR. 20
Based on a late ‘80s TV Johnny Depp-starring show of the same name, this film is taking the sneaky approach of making itself look horrible with godawful trailers, while actually being a solid comedy (according to its current Rotten Tomatoes rating of 86 percent).
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James Mercer and Co. are back with the fourth release from the revered indie pop group. Judging by the first single, “Simple Song,” we’re in for another batch of pleasantly catchy tunes, albeit with a more electric feel (possibly sparked by Mercer’s Broken Bells project).
This Will Ferrell movie is entirely in Spanish. (First “The Artist” and now this?) Self-described as the “Funniest movie you’ll ever read,” we’re hoping it lives up to its billing. And if not, maybe you can at least get some use out of those four years of high school Spanish
Know before you Joe Color-My-I
Taking a look at what Columbia has to offer in the world of java. J-CAFÉ 499 S. NINTH ST. Located in Reynolds Journalism Institute, the J-café offers excellent options for between-class pick-me-ups. Their tall coffee is tasty, good for a caffeine boost and won’t beak the bank at $1.60. For something more involved, try the turtle latte, $3.80 for a grande, or the white chocolate latte, $3.70 for a grande. Flavor and espresso shots are 50 cents. The J-café with its candyapple red and white décor has a fresh, mod feel, much like the rest of RJI.
KALDI’S COFFEE ROASTING CO. 29 S. NINTH ST.
As a college town, most of Columbia runs on caffeine. Luckily, a variety of places are available, including Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Co., located on the corner of Ninth and Cherry. This quintessential coffee shop originated in St. Louis and offers a variety of coffee, tea and food for reasonable prices. Kaldi’s also offers vegetarian breakfast and lunch items that are wallet-friendly. Kaldi’s also provides some of the most comfortable couches in Columbia, perfect for studying or catching up with friends.
LAKOTA COFFEE CO. 24 S. NINTH ST.
This western-inspired coffee house is located in the heart of downtown. The aroma of fresh ground coffee is unmistakable as the doors open to exposed brick walls and a comfortable atmosphere. All typical coffee and tea beverages are available hot or iced and prices run from $1.16 to $4.50. Along with beverages, Lakota offers a wide selection of whole bean coffee. In order to provide the most flavorful and fresh coffee, Lakota hand roasts batches of coffee beans each morning. With coffee offerings from Central America, Africa and Indonesia, Lakota boasts one of the most unique places downtown to study, people watch or just enjoy a good cup of Joe.
Located on Hitt Street across from the Student Recreation Complex, Vida Coffee is perfect for students living on the south side of campus. Vida’s extra-friendly staff and coffeehouse-haven atmosphere are as welcoming as the storefront, which periodically sports paintings of everything from Disney characters to “Billy Madison” references. Prices are also student-friendly, ranging from $1.75 for a small coffee Americano to $4.29 for a carmocha (standard latte with Ghirardelli caramel & dark chocolate). Vida’s vanilla latte is particularly noteworthy, perfect paired with their cranberry walnut scone.
COFFEE ZONE 11 N. NINTH ST. Tucked away on the north side of Broadway, this café is difficult to stumble upon if you’re not looking for it. Coffee Zone’s rich wood paneling, long bar, wood-carved mantle and hanging lanterns lend to its Mediterranean feel. Specialties include a “bottomless cup” for $3.50 and a magical caffeine potion dubbed “Rocket Fuel” that comes in small ($1.40), medium ($1.87) or large ($2.25) and is the perfect jump-start to any day. The most expensive coffee-infused beverages on the menu are specialty drinks like the banana nut latte or the turtle latte, both priced at $3.95. Although the prices are student-friendly, Coffee Zone is more of a local hotspot.
BOOKMARK CAFÉ/ WHEATSTONE BISTRO 1020 LOWRY ST., 518 HITT ST. For the best deals on campus, look no further than the Bookmark Café and Wheatstone Bistro. Located in the bottom of Ellis Library, the Café’s best deal is its variety of hot teas for just more than a dollar. From jasmine to aged Earl Grey, the Bookmark Café offers the best deal for a quick spot of tea. If it’s coffee you’re craving, then Wheatstone Bistro offers good coffee at a good price. Located in Memorial Union North, Wheatstone offers a variety of sandwiches and a small coffee for less than a dollar. At such a price, taking a quick study break might not be such a bad idea.
VIDA COFFEE CO. 812 HITT ST.
gives personal touch to iPhones » The local business, which offers iPhone customization as well as repair, was founded by an MU law student.
On the surface, Color-My-I might seem like a typical phone repair company, but its mission is to reach beyond the usual corporate divide between customer and salesman. After repairing his colleague’s iPhone in order to avoid a hefty bill from Apple, MU law student Daniel Romine eventually gained the experience and clientele with cofounder Johnathan Lopez to create a company that caters to individual requests. “When we realized that there was a demand for iPhone customization, we decided to not only repair phones but also to start customizing them,” Romine says. All initial inquiries are answered directly from owners Romine and Lopez for questions concerning repairs and requests. Upon purchase, prospective clients can personally speak to the artist designing his or her phone and have the ability to collaborate in the way tattoo artists work with their human canvases. There is no middle man. “ Yo u ’r e really not g oing to find better customer service from a n o t h e r i P h o n e c o m p a n y, ” Romine says. Color-My-I.com provides a variety of services, “We pro- including iPhone coloring, etching and screen courtesy Color-My-I vide a much repair. higher level of service and many more products than our competitors, things that other people haven’t even tried to do yet.” As of now there is no targeted demographic, but there has been a big demand from a younger audience and Mizzou football players to have their phones customized with MU-themed designs. In this day and age, Romine notices that mainly college students can appreciate an iPhone, and believes that “your iPhone is almost a part of yourself and a reflection of who you are.” The company’s first and main artist, Genine Gonzalez, was inspired by her mother, who is also an artist, to make her love for art into a way of life. Gonzalez has been able to mix different styles of design to give finer details to an image, taking flat images and adding perks such as detail to hair, shiny lips and a gleam in the eyes. “I don’t stick to one thing, but I do tend to lean towards realistic art,” Gonzalez says. “I use a technique called glass painting, and it’s in reverse. There’s actually a huge subculture that has produced some pretty incredible pieces.” Gonzalez approached Romine and Lopez about stepping up their phone customization from color plates to custom designs a few months ago. This collaborative effort takes Color-My-I to a place where other companies have yet to venture and led to a new pioneering innovation: iPhone art. The standard rate for repair is $150 and custom designs are available for $100. The money (and time without a phone) spent to simply have your phone fixed can’t compare to quality repairs, a custom design and saving time. cat geissler | staff writer
Head to MOVE.THE MANEATER .COM to see a profile of Tommy and the High Pilots
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(VIDEO GAME RELEASE)
NINJA GARDEN 3 RELEASE DATE: FRIDAY, MAR. 30 PLATFORM: PS3, XBOX 360
RELEASE DATE: TUESDAY, MAR. 20
MARGOT & THE NUCLEAR SO AND SO'S — ROT GUT, DOMESTIC RELEASE DATE: TUESDAY, MAR. 20
The controversial rap collective has everyone in tow for this release (Tyler, Hodgy, Frank, Domo, Syd and even Earl), featuring such parent-pleasing tracks as “Bitches,” “Real Bitch” and “We Got Bitches.” Plus: Tyler is a cokesnorting centaur in the “Rella” video, so there's that.
Ninjas are very secretive creatures (we would say “people,” but they’re never in the same spot long enough to fully distinguish their species), but we’ve managed to dig up a few details on this threequel. This game features Playstation Move, and it… NINJA JUGULAR SLASH
The charmingly titled chamber pop group returns for its fifth, not-so-charmingly titled studio release. Although, one of the songs is titled, “A Journalist Falls in Love with Death Row Inmate #16,” (or “Books About Trains,” if that's your kind of thing) so at least there’s intrigue.
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miles dobis music columnist
Break it Yourself: Andrew Bird takes album title to heart
Andrew Bird has the skill to balance two distinct sounds nearly impossible to attain in and of themselves: looseness and precision. The Chicago native has the classical violin training to organize and orchestrate compositions to exacting dynamics but also boasts the sensibilities and voice of a folk artist, able to make the shaggy and improvisational accessible. His pieces of work hinge these two elements together with traces of jazz, rock and classical orchestration, creating a hazy and oddly compelling whole with Bird and his mellow voice in the center. At best, his songs can sound like totally organic outgrowths with a touch of classicism — a 21st century mashup that looks to explore and not simply amplify. It’s a unique and delicate approach, and it took a while to catch on (2009’s Noble Beast was his breakthrough), but the charms have always been cerebral, based on the pleasure of hearing these disparate elements gracefully interweave. Turns out some emotional heartache is the magic ingredient, and a bit of unpredictability and vulnerability gives some agreeable edge and concept to Break it Yourself, his latest. Recorded mostly at home after the burnout resulting in an endless tour and bad breakup, Break is allowed some shagginess and space to breathe, giving Bird’s more melancholy state time to absorb and explore itself. It does so in a wonderful sonic environment: Bird has always been a master at making a multitude of instruments sound low-key and unobtrusive, and the opener “Desperation Breeds…” cements the fact. The title is appropriate, as plucky strings and murmuring guitar are all that accompany Bird’s mournful rumble. Soon however, he literally orchestrates an ornate and dynamic soundscape that swoops and buzzes with aplomb and technical perfection. However, Bird allows for some emotional murkiness to seep in through the edges, giving the precision a light sense of beguiling unease. At first, “Orpheo Looks Back” smacks of brisk but energetic formalism, but it soon becomes surprisingly folksy and loose, with mandolin and fiddle providing an atmosphere that’s vaguely Appalachian and completely festive. “Danse Caribe” begins as a modest waltz that expands and becomes a spotlight for some electric guitar noodling, upbeat vocal runs and a fun bit of Bird’s signature whistling. It’s a track that does well to reveal the albums goal as a whole: begin with a neat, clean exterior and slowly reveal the interesting mess and melody inside. It’s that balance that manages to make Break it Yourself weirdly compelling. Experiments and throwaways get thrown in with the rest of the rest of the laid-back numbers, sometimes with amusing obviousness. “Hole in the Ocean Floor” is more than eight minutes long and contains long, engaging passages of high-flying violin lines and swelling string harmonies, and yet none of the elements compete or sound forced. That laid-back vibe is more audible here than usual for a Bird release, as if the breakup has willed some of the structuralism away. “Lusitania” is a gorgeous ballad that forgoes the arrangements for simple guitar strumming and dueting help from Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent). It’s absolutely gorgeous and effortless, with a swell and particularly affecting vocal performance that brings to mind a Fleet Foxes track. Elsewhere the gentle strumming abounds: blissful electric work on “Lazy Projector,” or the drawling and appealingly sparse “Fatal Shore.” If anything, this newfound shagginess is almost too much of a good thing; Break it Yourself runs upwards of an hour. It’s not exactly exhausting (it’s too mellow for that), but it gives a picture of an artist bursting at the seams with creativity and emotion, never mind conciseness. If this approach is further explored with a bit of self-editing and more emotional openness, it’s no doubt a folk-rock masterpiece is in Bird’s near future. ANDREW BIRD - break it yourself 4 out of 5 stARs
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From shattering exit signs to launching champagne glasses off of hotel balconies, the guys in Breathe Carolina personify their lyrics completely. With three albums released and a new single, “Blackout,” that’s taking the pop charts by storm, Kyle Even and David Schmitt of Breathe Carolina are on tour rocking crowds with neon lights and smokefilled stages. The band’s sound is one that encourages getting up and dancing and losing yourself. “Blackout” does this to crowds all across the nation. “It’s like a rave and a rock show,” Even says. “In that element it’s sort of dance-y, but it has that rock background, it’s where we come from. It’s got like this pop-electronic fusion with it.” The name for the band came from a very unconventional source: a dream. “It was kind of premeditated from when (David) was in ninth grade,” Even says. “He had this dream about this lady named Carolina. So when it was time for us to name our project he was like, ‘I’ve always wanted to name something Breathe Carolina,’ and that was kind of how it worked out.” The music combines party melodies with abrupt screaming. The screaming talent on
the show up to our hotel room. For some reason, I grabbed this champagne glass and I looked at one of the kids that came up and I’m like, ‘Yo, you trying to throw this off this balcony or what?’ And I just hawked it. Right after that, D walked in the room, he didn’t even see me do it, and he goes up to this lamp and just shoves it into the wall. So (security) came up and they kicked us out of the room.” His explanation? “We hadn’t been in a hotel room in a while, so we felt destructive,” Even says. “It just happens sometimes.” Not only do they break lamps, but they destroy signs, too. These guys are a dream come true for the classic rebel. “I was running around this hotel with my buddy Danny Cooper from Drop Dead Gorgeous and we were just running and jumping and just punching the exit signs,” Even says. “Finally, we’d broke them completely off so we went in the stairwell and we were trying to see how far we could drop them from the stairs. It was fun.” A word of advice for amateurs: “Only be destructive if you’re not gonna get caught,” Even says with a chuckle. megan suddarth | senior staff writer
White Panda mixes it up Well-known for mashups such as “Midnight Life” and “Stereo Hands,” the DJ duo The White Panda is returning to Columbia for the second time this school year to provide an unforgettable show and atmosphere. Bambooyah!, the group’s newest album, was released Monday. The White Panda’s show at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at The Blue Note will be one of the first shows on their tour to debut their new mashups. Taking time out of his busy schedule, Procrast (Tom Evans), half of the DJ duo, talked to MOVE about music, the new album and future plans. MOVE: What can we expect at your upcoming show on Saturday? White Panda: I guess for those who haven’t seen us live before, it’s a wild night of music, dancing and dudes dressed up like zoo creatures. Hopefully no one has epilepsy because there are a lot of bright, flashing lights. We have some new tracks that we will be debuting from our new album. MOVE: Are there any differences on your new album, Bambooyah!, from your previous albums? White Panda: On this new album we experimented a little bit. It definitely has some more mellow stuff. We incorporated a little more mellow stuff that we have not
Marti Nary, freshman communications major “My favorite outdoor activity that I like to do on a daily basis is to go on runs. I like runs outside because it’s more of a natural setting, and it is a very healthy activity both mentally and physically.”
their tracks comes from Even, and success with something so straining doesn’t come quickly. “It’s just trial and error,” Even says. “I’ve been doing it for about 10 years. After that long you just kind of figure out how to push it without straining.” Touring is constant and spending so much time with the same group of people can be stressful on relationships, but not for this band. “There’s so many of us, we tour with 12 people, so there’s a lot of things to do,” Even says. “We laugh a lot, we have a lot of fun. We’re gonna be on Warped Tour all summer on the main stage. It should be absolutely ridiculous.” Breathe Carolina’s songs are heavily centered on parties and living life in the most crazy ways. Lyrical inspiration isn’t always autobiographical for artists – but for this group, it most certainly is. Even and Schmitt take their songs to a whole new level of reallife destruction. Even recalls a time in which they were kicked out of a hotel room. “We were just out in Palm Springs,” Even says. “We were getting all rowdy and we brought a bunch of people that were at
done in the past. MOVE: Can you describe your music for people who may not be familiar with The White Panda? White Panda: We are in a genre called mash-ups. The most well-known group in our genre would probably be Girl Talk. We basically take aspects of different music, instrumentation and vocals to form beats from different eras and genres. We use them together into one continuous stream that gives people sort of a new take on tracks that they already recognize. You may hear a top-40 vocal that you are familiar with, but you will hear it over a ’70s guitar rip with a ’90s hip-hop beat to make it sound fresher and make you hear it in a way you never have before. MOVE: What do you like about performing in college towns? How does it compare to playing in a big city like Chicago? White Panda: College towns are fun because majority of our fan base are college students. They are the kids who generally like to party the hardest. Playing shows in Chicago are obviously fun, but what is always so fun about college town shows are the college kids right in front getting real, real rowdy. That is our favorite part about performing. MOVE: How would you say you distinguish yourselves from other mash-up DJs out there?
Hiba Syed, sophomore biology major “I am not very picky. I just like being outside when it’s nice and be able to take walks, be with friends and eat ice cream.”
Caitlyn Kolakowski, sophomore journalism major “My favorite outdoor activity would probably be sand volleyball. It’s been something I’ve done since I was little, and it’s just something I really enjoy. It kind of makes me sad that the sand volleyball courts aren’t open on campus, though.”
White Panda: It’s hard to say exactly. Girl Talk draws more to an ADD type crowd. They play 10 to 15 seconds of a song then switch to the next. We like to do slow intros into big chorus drops. We are more about the track in its entirety. MOVE: Who is your inspiration? White Panda: Girl Talk is a pioneer of the genre. I listened to them a lot in high school and that is what got me into this type of music in general before I even knew I could do it myself. Beyond that, the people who come out to the shows and go crazy are also inspiration. They show that hard work pays off. MOVE: What are your plans for the summer? Tour? Festivals? White Panda: There will definitely be a summer tour. The spring is pretty much tapped out right now. We will be playing in a few festivals. We can’t talk about all of them at the moment. But we do know we will be performing at Bamboozle in New Jersey. In the coming weeks, more information about festivals will be coming out. MOVE: How do you want the audience to feel when they leave your show? White Panda: Exhausted and deafened. And thinking that it was the best night of their life. That’s the ultimate goal. aubrey leiter | reporter
Adam Yanping Lin, freshman undecided “I like to play basketball outside, especially when the weather is good. Many friends getting together to play basketball outside is a lot better than being indoors.”
The Denver electronic band will play Wednesday at The Blue Note with The Ready Set.
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with Breathe Carolina
“How're you enjoying this nice weather?”