By: Ryan Kor
Fall is undoubtedly one of everyone’s favorite seasons. It’s also the perfect time to take a walk outside with your headphones in and look at the beauty that is around you. Instead of listening to the same songs already on your playlist, mix it up with some of my personal favorites this season. In total, this playlist will give you an hour of musical bliss. Here are the picks:
(Song- Artist, Album)
Passenger Seat- Death Cab for Cutie, Transatlanticism
-Delicate piano and soulful vocals. The perfect song for looking out the windows of a car.
Good Bones- Quiet Hounds, Wild Hunt
-Fresh with powerful drums and killer harmonies. Song for adventuring.
Flightless Bird- Iron and Wine, The Shepherds Dog
-Calm and melancholy. Sure it was on the Twilight soundtrack, but we can forgive that.
These Stones Will Shout- The Raconteurs, Consolers of the Lonely
-Twangy, blues rock. Jack White always has it right.
Ghosts That We Knew- Mumford and Sons, Babel
-Deep and flowing, with gratuitous banjo. Hope in the darkness.
Shaking Through- R.E.M, Murmur
-Driving and energetic. What would Athens be without R.E.M.?
Hannah Hunt- Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City
-Bare background track with signature vocals. Reminiscent of an untrustworthy lover.
Undone (Sweater Song)- Weezer, Blue Album
-Quirky and totally 90’s. Plus, the “Sweater Song” definitely belongs on a fall playlist.
Do I Wanna Know?- Arctic Monkeys, AM
-Intense and bass-y, with plenty of English accents. One of the hits of the year.
Can’t Get Enough- Tealvox, The Next Room Over
-Fun-loving rock song. Local Athens flavor.
Wings- Birdy, Fire Within
-Angelic vocals. One of Birdy’s many covers.
Police Station- Red Hot Chili Peppers, I’m With You
-Haunting lyrics and lots of musical range. One of the Pepper’s softer pieces.
The Light- Futurebirds, Baba Yaga
-Southern and Folksy. Listen to this when you’re driving past the pastures.
Dead Sea- The Lumineers, The Lumineers
-One hundred percent indie. An organic symphony of sound.
The Girl- City and Colour, Bring Me Your Love
-Charming and Romantic. Song for Cuddling.
By: Ryan Kor
Sanford Stadium erupts into an electrifying array of sound as the third quarter begins. Gratuitous piano grace notes, heavily distorted electric guitar, and siren-like vocal patterns make up the instrumental track that has become a theme song for the Georgia Bulldogs 2014 football season. Despite its presence on Saturday’s in Athens, not many people even know the name of the tune.
The track is “High Ball Stepper”, off of Jack White’s new album Lazaretto. Lazaretto was released on June 10th, 2014, and was White’s second solo album. The album topped the charts after its release, ranking number one and selling 130,000 copies in the first week.
I received a vinyl copy of Lazaretto for my birthday, and it instantly became the soundtrack to my summer. I’ve always been a fan of White’s work, The White Stripes and The Raconteurs are two of my favorite bands. After only one listen, I was captivated. The songs range from twangy ballads to blues-rock melodies. “High Ball Stepper” was the only instrumental track on the album.
Lazaretto is partially based on a collection of poems written when White was 19 that he found in his attic. The album’s lyrics constantly allude to ghosts and loneliness. The word “Lazaretto” itself is defined as a highly quarantined hospital for lepers. Isolation must have been a theme for White when he was younger.
One of things I found most interesting about Lazaretto was White’s utilization of female musicians. White had 17 accompanying musicians work with him on the album, and 7 of them were women. These women contributed most of the background vocals and a variety of other instruments. White himself contributed far more than just vocals and guitar to the album—he played piano, drums, and even maracas.
In my opinion, Lazaretto is one of the few albums with a truly unique sound. The music is sophisticated in its complexity, yet conveys earnestly raw emotion. Each component of the music is carefully crafted to contribute to the eclectic sound of the album. Even design of the album is unique. The colors used on the CD are exclusively blue, black, and white, and the 10 inch vinyl is marbled light blue and white.
Though our next home game is weeks away, the stadium will once again be filled with the vibrant tune of “High Ball Stepper.” But this time, you’ll be able to identify it.
By: Ryan Kor
“That’s the SpongeBob theme song,” I thought to myself as I listened intently to the familiar tune. The hearty drone of the accordion echoed off of the brick walls that line the streets of downtown Athens. The sound drew me in and I pursued it until I found its source; a bearded young man who manipulated the instrument as a skilled puppeteer operates his puppet.
His name is Jared Price, a recent graduate who obtained his Master’s degree in social studies education from the University of Georgia. Price has been playing the accordion at his post downtown since his freshman year at the University of Georgia in 2008. Price said that playing downtown “at first felt pretty weird” until he realized that he was not alone. Along with guitarists, bongo players and singers, Price is part of the thriving community of Athens’ street performers.
“I’d like to think it adds a little bit of character to the downtown atmosphere,” said Price. And I’d have to agree with his statement. Price’s music creates a whimsical vibe, and when he is playing at night, the lights from the storefronts and the Georgia Theater make downtown feel like a carnival.
Price began to play after he received a toy accordion for Christmas as a child. Since then, he has expanded his instrumental ability to include the concertina, which is a miniature accordion, and the ocarina, a flute-like instrument. The concertina accompanied Price on his five month long hike through the Appalachian Trail. His musical repertoire includes videogame themes, Irish Folk songs, and French café tunes.
“I have kind of a quirky personality and this was a way to act in line with that,” Price said about his downtown performances. When I asked him how he would describe his musical ability, he humbly said it was “superficial, but passable.”
In my opinion, his work is far beyond passable. As long as Price remains in Athens, the quaint melody of the “Drunken Sailor” will enliven the downtown air and add to the artistic energy of the town.