Showing posts with label syracuse university. Show all posts
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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

White Picket Fence and Parachute at Syracuse University

Last Wednesday, as a continuation to its Bandersnatch Series, Syracuse University had White Picket Fence and Parachute play in Schine Underground. I was so excited to see Parachute live (I, like most people, am pretty much in love with She Is Love), but had never heard of White Picket Fence.

White Picket Fence is a band, local to Syracuse, not under a label yet. I really loved what I heard of them, and cannot wait to see them improve even more in the future. My friend Caitlin and I described them as close to the Hush Sound and a little like a softer version of Paramore. They have released a full length album, Clocks and Calendars, and even performed some other songs that they have written since then.

Check them out on Facebook and Myspace. Here are some videos from their show; for more, check out my youtube channel.

Parachute came on next, starting with All That I Am. They were so fun and energetic, and it was really awesome to see that their keyboard player also played the saxophone, which was used in a lot of their songs. Along with playing their own songs, they did a Tom Petty cover and a Phil Collins cover. They also told a story about how someone heard and was humming their song, but then, not knowing that Will was the leader singer of the band who played that song, told Will that he hated the song. They guys were really funny and really nice and hung out after the concert before going to the bars to hang out some more. I was definitely not happy about the amount of work that I had to do instead of going out. Caitlin and I took a picture with Kit, the keyboardist/saxophonist, but as a party ruined my camera, it was taken on my blackberry and of course is super blurry.

For more Parachute, check out their Facebook, Myspace, Youtube, and official page. For more videos from this show, check out my youtube channel.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Andy Samberg "Comedic Interview"

The Hillel at Syracuse and the Visual and Performing Arts school brought Andy Samberg to come speak. Sounds awesome, right? Well honestly if it is going to be a comedic interview, do not get someone to interview him who is awkward and decides to interject random things about himself the whole time. This honestly took away from Samberg being there and made the whole event really annoying. Samberg was great though you could tell he was getting annoyed at the guy who was interviewing him.

In spite of all of that, Samberg did give great answers to the questions he was asked; so here is what we all got to learn and hear about Samberg through his comedic interview.

  • His first appearance on Saturday Night Live was the "impression-off" with Bill Hader
  • The very first digital short that aired was "Lettuce" (for those who don't know, Samberg had been doing digital shorts since he was in college, if not before's his thing)
  • The third digital short aired was "Lazy Sunday"
  • As for writing songs, its either beats then concept, or concept than beats...When talking about "Dick in a Box" he said that "we locked ourselves in the office and came up with 'Dick in a Box'" then realized what he had just said
  • His favorite collaborations have been with Justin Timberlake, Julian Casablanca, Norah Jones, and T Pain
  • His favorite hosts have been Paul Rudd, Jonah Hill, and Jack Black
  • It is the hardest for him to keep a straight face when Forte plays his characters
  • He always laughs when Kenan does his "Scared Straight" sketches because Hader loses it first
  • We got to see the full version of Boombox with a scene that wasn't aired on television
  • His favorite food is sandwiches, which is documented in "Doppleganger"
  • His influences are Mel Brooks, Monty Python, Weird Al, Saturday Night Live (since he was 8 years old), Mr. Show, Stella, Strangers with Candy, South Park, and Leslie Nielsen
  • His favorite curse word is "fuck"
  • His dream collaboration would be with Jay-Z
  • On what it means to be a famous Jew "It is where being not Jewish and famous meets being not famous and Jewish"
  • His weapon of choice is a green lightsaber
  • He got the audition for Saturday Night Live from Jimmy Fallon-Samberg and his friends were writing sketches for MTV Movie awards when Fallon hosted. Fallon brought in a bunch of SNL people who ended up liking Samberg and asked him in for an audition
  • He has had no backlash for the short "Iran So Far"
  • He wishes more women would get into comedy

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Hot Chelle Rae and The Academy is... rock Cuse

So a HUGE thanks to Cara for telling me that Hot Chelle Rae was coming to Cuse, and to Caitlin and Bari for rocking out with me. I obviously need to pay more attention when Syracuse announces bands for its "bandersnatch" series. Last Tuesday, Fazeshift, Hot Chelle Rae, and The Academy Is... came and rocked the Schine Underground at Syracuse University.

Cara had seen Hot Chelle Rae at Big Spring Jam in Alabama earlier this year and kind of got me in to the band, so of course when she told me that they were going to be in Syracuse, I had to go, and cheap tickets//no travel was definitely a plus (sorry honor society, you're soo depleting my funds haha).

Caitlin, Bari, and I met in Schine and went to see the band. We skipped Fazeshift because I had an intense amount of work to do and had to get it done (school really is killing me...this semester is an ocean).

We got down as soon as Fazeshift ended and waited for Hot Chelle Rae to come on...they were just as good as Cara had told me, maybe even better...and I love them even more because they're from Nashvegas...and Nashvegas is pretty awesome...and they complained about how cold it was in Cuse...they're lucky they didn't get the worst of it. Loved their songs, they totally rocked it out and got the crowd into it also. They definitely made me want to go buy their music and listen to them more. I really hope that they come back..somewhere around me, soon (since I live in too many places)

The Academy Is...came on next, but I think something weird happened before it...First off their entrance music was some creepy death march-ish thing? and they definitely played it at least two times through before the band actually came out...I don't think that was supposed to happen. Anyway, they finally came on, got the crowd all fired up and played hard. They were great...I hadn't really listened to much of their music before this concert, but now I'm definitely looking for their music to add to my itunes. They played some old music too, which I also really liked, and then of course their new songs from their new album. Will definitely be seeing them again as well when I can.

After the show, Caitlin and I went over to talk to Hot Chelle Rae. I think they thought we were crazy, but its all good haha. I told them about how Cara had seen them at Big Spring Jam and loved the show. They really liked that and liked that she had gotten me in to them. I asked them if they would take a picture with Caitlin and me..and they did. I look horrible haha..full day of working and classes...yuck, but they were really nice. Loved both of the bands' sets and I would definitely go see them again if they're close to me. I definitely think yall should check them out as well.

Videos can be found at on my Youtube channel, and the rest of my pictures can be seen on my facebook or on my snapfish album.