Daily Archives: September 24, 2010

Band stops in FML on tour

The Union Line, who come from San Juan Capistrano, Calif., have been playing together for about two years. Sarah Hansen/Photo editor

A California band rocked the Fred Meyer Lounge on Sept. 23 in a professional Cat Cab.
Wildcats from all groups gathered into the FML to hear The Union Line bring the house down. With colorful stage lighting and crowd favorites, The Union Line had a lot to give. It even tested out a new song on the audience.
“They were pretty good,” freshman Annika Yates said. “Their music is very interesting; it’s a blend of a lot of different styles.”
The Union Line has only been around for two years. In January 2008, what began as a casual jam session quickly became the inspiration for what is now The Union Line.
Some of the members were childhood friends. Others simply found their way into the mix. Richard Thiesen, Johnny Wilson and Tony Tancredi have been friends for years. Jordan Sabolick and Adam Sabolick, on the other hand, were going solo in a band of their own but needed a manager. And so it began. It can be labeled as fate, but once the members came together, there was no turning back.
Why “The Union Line”? The name was inspired from old posters of railroad stations hanging in one of the guy’s room. The members liked the format and everything fell into place from there. Of course, The Union Line has no association with a train station. It has made an identity of its own. In fact, the band is on tour.
“We were asked to perform and we thought, sure why not? We leave for Seattle tomorrow,” a band member said.
As for its style, the band’s music can be described as a fusion of soul and romantic ’60s pop. Its old stuff was all about rocking the soul while their new music focuses on modernizing the love portrayed through ’60s music. The Union Line also incorporates many different instruments. Electronica, bass, everyday sound effects — it has an all-inclusiveness style.
The performance was made possible by Linfield Activities Board Musical Events Chair sophomore Alyssa Hood. Hood said she was excited for the event and with good reason. She has a personal connection with the band.
“They are from my hometown, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.,” Hood said.
To hear more from The Union Line visit its myspace page at http://www.myspace.com/theunionline.

Chelsea Ploof/Freelancer
Chelsea Ploof can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com.

Sister singers deliver on sophomore album

The Chapin Sisters’ sophomore album, “Two” displays the folk duo’s raw vocal talent in a range of emotions as they continue their successful momentum since the release of their first album, “Lake Bottom LP,” in 2008.
These ladies can sing, and they know how to show it. The first track, “Sweet Light,” opens with strong and dark singing, followed by eerie instrumentation. It seems a little disconcerting at first, but it holds your attention and leaves you in a state of wonder.
Their voices are haunting yet comforting, and they harmonize beautifully.
Many of the songs on the album follow this example with powerful vocals and light, but profound, music backing them. Often only two or three instruments are used in a song.
“Paradise,” for example, features just a sweet, melancholy piano melody backed by a soft tambourine beat. It’s simple but holds interest and creates an appropriate atmosphere for the sad lyrics.
While most of the album has a somber tone to it, none of the songs are utterly depressing. The Chapin Sisters effectively emote subjects of loss and heartache without immersing themselves in them.
The sadness also has a beauty to it, which the vocals certainly enhance. It’s doubtful that anyone can make lyrics like, “Why do I keep trying at romance? I am hopeless; I’ll never succeed,” sound as sweet as the Chapin Sisters do.
However, the album has a genuinely happy ending as it takes a more lively turn with the last two songs, “Left All Alone” and “Trouble.”
The melodies in “Left All Alone” are fun and simple and the lyrics are almost playful.
“Trouble” is even more upbeat and includes a superbly utilized banjo and calls for some serious foot-tapping.
The emotions in every song on “Two” are easy to connect with, sometimes amusingly so, and create a strong relationship with the listener. This makes it a personal experience to listen through the whole album.
Abigail and Lily Chapin certainly have musical talent in their genes as they are the nieces of the late, popular folk musician, Harry Chapin (“Cat’s in the Cradle”).
They also often perform with their half sister, Jessica Craven, the daughter of film director and writer Wes Craven (“A Nightmare on Elm Street”).
It seems the Chapin Sisters will continue the legacy of artistic success with their sophomore album being just as good as their popular debut album.
Be sure to tune in to KSLC 90.3 FM to hear tracks from the Chapin Sisters’ new album, “Two.”
The CD is available at www.thechapinsisters.com, and the sisters will perform Dec. 2 in Portland; a long way off but worth remembering.

Braden Smith/KSLC 90.3 FM
Braden Smith can be reached at kslcmusic@gmail.com.

Comedian shows Linfield how to laugh at itself

Comedian Pete Lee uses friends and family as the brunt of his jokes during his Sept. 18 show in Ice Auditorium. Joel Ray/Freelancer

Stand-up comedian Pete Lee had Linfield students rolling in the aisles when he performed in Ice Auditorium on Sept. 18.
“He was edgy and very funny,” senior Geoff Porter said.
Lee opened his set by making fun of the names “McMinnville,” “Linfield” and “Linfield Activities Board.”
As the night went on, Lee was more than willing to self-deprecate and brought down his friends, family and everyone else in his life.
To demonstrate his own lack of toughness, Lee talked about his name.
“You can’t be tough with the name ‘Pete Lee’ because my name has four Es in it,” he said.
He continued to compare his name to the sound of a weak car alarm.
Lee suggested that other masculine stereotypes are not true. He talked about the flirtatious relationship between a catcher and pitcher in baseball, his favorite sport.
At one point Lee described a negative shopping experience at an apparel retailer. After an employee assumed Lee could not afford a pair of pants, he insulted her. As she began to cry, Lee told her, “You look fat when you cry.”
A shirt with the same catchphrase was available for purchase after the show.
The audience gave the comedian a warm reception, laughing loudly and often.
Although mostly respectful, there was some interplay between the comedian and his audience. Lee singled out some members of the audience and asked them questions that encouraged some heckling toward the end of the show, which prevented Lee from telling at least one joke.
By the last part of the show, neither Lee nor the students wanted it to end.
Lee called the crowd in Ice Auditorium one of the best audiences he has performed for and admitted to stalling a bit before telling his last joke.
After the show he stayed to talk to fans and sell T-shirts.
Lee tweeted his thanks to Linfield. He also praised the state for feeding him an “Oregon Burrito” and attached a photo of himself in the bathroom.
A semi-finalist on season six of the NBC series “Last Comic Standing,” Lee also had a special on Comedy Central and appeared on the network’s “Premium Blend.”
He placed 12th in the “Comedy Central Presents Stand Up Showdown,” a countdown of viewer-voted best comedians, and was voted Country Music Television’s “Next Big Comic.”
Lee’s CD, “Gasmoney,” is in regular rotation on XM and Sirius Satellite Radio.
For more information about Lee and his comedy, visit www.petelee.net.

Sean Lemme/Staff reporter
Sean Lemme can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com.

Professor lectures about home, new book

Professor of English Dutt-Ballerstadt reads from her book “The Post Colonial Citizen: The Intellectual Migrant” on Sept. 23 in the Nicholson Library. Joel Ray/Freelancer

An associate professor of English read from her new book, “The PostColonial Citizen: The Intellectual Migrant,” during a Sept. 23 lecture in the Nicholson Library.
“[This book] took me 10 years to write,” Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt, associate professor of English and creative writing, said.
She explained the hard work that went into her work.
The lecture was intended to bring the audience to recognize that people all come from somewhere and to understand what it means to have a home — to have citizenship, she said.
“Writing a book is a very long journey,” Dutt-Ballerstadt said. “I always describe it as a very long pregnancy.”
She discussed her journey to America in the early ’90s. Once she arrived, she said she did not want to dwell in the past but instead made an effort to anticipate the future. She said she felt there was a force that wanted her to move out.
She said she felt transformed by the time she arrived in America. Her suitcase was so full of American designer clothes purchased for her by her aunt that she had to take out her heritage clothing, Dutt-Ballerstadt said. Her only link to home, she said, was her language, which she rarely got the opportunity to speak.
“One cannot forget the past; it’s what you do with it,” Dutt-Ballerstadt said.
Her first day experiencing the bitter cold of Minnesota shocked her so much that she wished to see her mother again, she said.
She is now considered a visitor in the country in which she was born. Her own citizenship from India was “canceled without prejudice” from America, she said. Each time she renews her passport, she gets further and further from her Indian roots and becomes closer to being an American. She said she does not really consider anywhere her home.
“My home is everywhere and nowhere,” Dutt-Ballerstadt said.
By the end of the lecture, she explained how she loves America and cannot see herself anywhere else.

Timothy Marl/Staff reporter
Timothy Marl can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com

Display archives historic Willamette Valley wine roots

The exhibit, “Bringing Vines to the Valley,” a history project on the Willamette Valley wine industry, will be on display in Nicholson Library until Oct. 31. Sarah Hansen/Photo editor

The rich history of the early wine industry in the Willamette Valley is on display in an exhibit by the Linfield Center for Northwest Studies. The display is featured in Nicholson Library.
The exhibit, entitled “Bringing Vines to the Valley,” is the first in the Oregon Wine History Project, an undertaking by a collaboration of Linfield students and faculty.
Linfield seniors Barrett Dahl, Sara Juergensen and Dulce Kersting worked on the project during the summer, completing archival work, creating video and collecting artifacts to bring the project to fruition.
The exhibit features documents and photos compiled on panels, industry artifacts displayed in a glass case and videos available for viewing related to the early history of pinot noir in Yamhill Valley and Oregon wine pioneers.
“These are artifacts most people haven’t seen but that are big in the industry,” Juergensen said to an audience of Partners in Progress donors that viewed the exhibit Sept. 21.
Many local winery owners contributed to the project, including those from Ponzi Vineyards, Sokol Blosser Winery, Adelsheim Vineyard, Erath Winery, Amity Vineyards and Eyrie Vineyards.
Each winery included in the exhibit has its own panel, showcasing the different areas in which the winery owners specialize and are proud of, Juergensen said.
Juergensen, a history major, said she valued the opportunity to do hands-on history work, use primary sources, touch artifacts and interview local winery owners to collect an oral history.
“We were able to apply skills we picked up in the past four years at Linfield,” Dahl, an anthropology major, said. “[The Oregon Wine History Project] is the guinea pig project for the Linfield Center for the Northwest.”
The project is part of a series scheduled to become annual. Next year’s research topic is slated to be the 25th anniversary of McMinnville’s International Pinot Noir Celebration.
The purpose of the Linfield Center for the Northwest is to build a connection between the Pacific Northwest and the campus, Kersting said.
The objective of the center, according to its website, is to establish long-term experiential learning practices with students and to focus on local, regional and global intersections with the Pacific Northwest.
As a method of achieving this objective, the center promotes regionally oriented field experiences and collaborative research projects. The Oregon Wine History Project, in addition to three summer research projects in the fields of biology, education and mass communication serve as the center’s pilot projects.
The center will move to Northup Hall when the building’s renovations are complete.
“Bringing Vines to the Valley” will be exhibited in Nicholson Library through Oct. 31.

Gabi Nygaard/Staff reporter
Gabi Nygaard can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com.