Daily Archives: October 5, 2011

La Vie – Switchfoot meets The Fray

Producer Andrew Dixon, most commonly known for producing artists like Colbie Caillat and Augustana, brings you the soft folk-rock sounds of the Los Angeles band La Vie. The debut of its self-titled album brings the sounds of heavy folk roots along with a mixture alternative rock to form relaxing melodies.

La Vie has been performing hits from its self-titled album all across California and the UK. It was also featured as the Indie Spotlight on the front page of YouTube recently.  La Vie offers a unique and natural sound to the KSLC mix of alternative music.

The four-man band including lead vocal Adam Roth, guitarist Trevor Conner, drummer Bill Delia and bassist Ryan Williams write music together, embracing the sounds of artists such as The Stanley Brothers and The Carter Family. The sound is a mixture of Switchfoot and The Fray, as it portrays this alternative soft sound of a good-hearted band.

Unlike other alternative-folk bands, La Vie provides a calm sound that is relaxing and refreshing to hear. The four man group has produced several songs that have made their marks on the music industry already.

The whole band works together in the songwriting process of all of their songs on the self-titled album. The song “Waiting For You,” is a laid-back track that demonstrates an all-around good sound.

After touring across the United Kingdom, the band continued to write music, picking up the international influences that it had been looking for, which can be found in the song like “Say,” which had its debut on the self-titled album.

The song “Impossible” is another upbeat and positive song that talks about the band members’ hometown and cruising through life, as the soft yet somewhat twang-guitar sounds play in the background.

Although they are still in the process of starting out, they continue to grow and create a name for themselves, from songs showing up on the MTV show “Made,” to music and interviews appearing on the BBC.

Some of the songs can be downloaded for free on La Vie’s website. To hear more songs and to check the band out for yourself you can go to KSLC and listen. We are now streaming online so go to our website and listen to the Best in the Northwest Student Station, KSLC 90.3 FM, www.linfield.edu/kslcfm.

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Haydn Nason/For the Review
Haydn Nason can be reached at kslcmusic@gmail.com.

Review: Watch This, Not That

Just Go With It

Switch

Hello, movie fans! This is Hayden from haydensmovies.com bringing you the latest and greatest in movie news and reviews. It’s another edition of Watch This, Not That! I’ll be comparing “Just Go with It” and “The Switch.” I rented both movies from Movietime Video, one of the only movie stores left in the area. It’s just across the street from campus, next door to El Primo Mexican Restaurant.

“Just Go with It” stars Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston and Brooklyn Decker. It’s the story of Danny (Sandler) and his unusual pick-up technique of telling women that he’s married, and it isn’t going well. Usually, the story
attracts the women, and Danny gets what he wants. Danny hooks up with the girl of his dreams, Palmer (Decker), without using the pick-up lines on her. The next morning, she discovers that he’s “married,” so Danny
tells her that he’s currently getting a divorce. When Palmer asks to meet his ex-wife, Danny must rush to create a fake family and life.

It’s a fairly simple movie that provides some quality laughs without using the crude card. I thought Sandler and Aniston worked well together and created some good on-screen chemistry. I’m a big fan of Sandler’s early work, so it’s been tough to watch some of the crap he’s made recently, but I was pretty happy with “Just Go with It.”

“The Switch” stars Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston. It’s the comical story of Kassie’s (Aniston) artificial insemination. Wally (Bateman) and Kassie are long-time friends, and Wally isn’t in favor of Kassie’s choice for a sperm donor. He ends up getting drunk and swapping his DNA with the donor’s. Kassie takes a job out of town but returns seven years later. Wally meets Kassie’s son and finally remembers what he did all those years ago.

It wasn’t a laugh-a-thon, but it had a decent story. I’m a big Bateman fan, so anything he’s in will be OK by me. If you’ve never seen “Arrested Development,” Bateman’s best work of art, make sure you check that out.

“The Switch” was pretty average, but Bateman and Aniston were both impressive. “Just Go with It” surprised me. I wasn’t expecting much out of it, but ended up being a crowd-pleaser. Neither was extremely impressive, but I recommend watching “Just Go with It” (7.9/10) and not “The Switch.” (7.2/10)

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Hayden Mace/For the Review
Hayden Mace can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com.

 

Soul band mixes up genres to create unique sound

Jimmy Austin on the trombone and Frank Vitolo on the saxophone play at E-clec-ti-city’s Pro Cat Cab on Sept. 29 in the Fred Meyer Lounge. Joe Ray/Photo editor

E-clec-ti-city, a soul band based in Bellingham, Wash., put on an energetic performance at the Sept. 29 Pro Cat Cab. E-clec-ti-city caught the audience’s attention quickly with their unique sound.

The six-piece band is made up of vocalist and guitarist Samuel Eisen-Meyers, drummer Christian Casolary, bassist Matt Pollock, Frank Vitolo on the saxophone, Jimmy Austin on the trombone, and Justin Smith on the organ.

Each member joined E-clec-ti-city with a background in different corners of the music world. As they played, strong influences could be heard from both jazz and reggae in the guitar, trombone and saxophone. E-clec-ti-city members combine their different backgrounds to mix in heavy solos and poetic verses. The variety combined with all of their emotion and passion for music made their music even more energetic.

“I really liked them. They had a great sound and I loved the trombone solos,” junior Kira Weaver said.

E-clec-ti-city is known for playing at Western Washington University, but they’re starting to expand and are trying to play as many colleges as possible.

“Playing at Linfield was awesome. The campus here is beautiful, and the crowd was so energetic. We’re so happy Evan could get us this show,” vocalist Samuel Eisen-Meyers said.

E-clec-ti-city looked like they were having a good time on stage, and the crowd was having a good time watching them. Everyone danced and had a good time throughout the entire set. After the show, the members of E-clec-ti-city took some time to meet the crowd and hang out before cleaning up and leaving.

“They were great. They were different, and interesting, and very rhythmic. It just made me want to dance,” junior Katharine Holm said.

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Breanna Bittick/Staff writer
Breanna Bittick can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com.

Nicholson Library honors Banned Books Week

The display features about three dozen frequently challenged books. Bridgette Gigear/For the Review

The Nicholson Library honors Banned Books Week with a display from Sept. 24 through Oct. 1. Bridgette Gigear/For the Review

The Nicholson Library put on a display honoring Banned Books Week Sept. 24 through Oct. 1. The display featured information from Amnesty International, about three dozen frequently challenged books, free bookmarks with a list of 2010’s top 10 most frequently challenged books on them and free buttons sporting the slogan “I Read Banned Books.”

According to the Banned Books Week website, this event takes place every year during the last week of September. Banned Books Week is a national celebration of the freedom to read. It is sponsored by the American Library Association, the American Booksellers Association, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the National Council of Teachers of English and several other organizations that are against censorship. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982. Since then, more than 11,000 books have been challenged.

“Banned Books Week is set aside for the purpose of reminding people that there are times when books, and other media, can be disturbing and some people decide to remove the material from access of others as a reaction,” librarian Jean Caspers said in an email.

The American Library Association website states that the books typically featured in Banned Books Week have been banned or targets of attempted banning. The purpose of the event is to bring attention to the importance of intellectual freedom and the harms of censorship.

Banned Books Week is an event that is celebrated all over the country and internationally.

“Many libraries and bookstores across the U.S. have Banned Books Week displays or activities,” Caspers said in an email. “In McMinnville, the public library has displays and so does the Third Street Bookstore.”

Caspers said that when someone requests that a book be removed from a library or put into a
restricted area, it is unusual that the book is moved.

“One person’s request that it be moved or restricted
is not honored since other people may wish to have the books available for themselves or their children,” Caspers said in an email. “It is more appropriate that a parent control what his or her own children read than an agency such as a library exert such control.”

Banned Books Week also highlights the importance of remembering that in
other countries, free speech is often restricted. The event reminds people not to take First Amendment rights for granted.

The Nicholson Library has a Banned Books Week display every other year.

“This year I was in charge of it,” Caspers said in an email. “Many of the books were checked out from the display. All of the ‘I Read Banned Books’ buttons were taken during the first two days.  Most of the bookmarks were taken. I think many people did take time to see the display.”

For information about Banned Books Week, go to www.bannedbooksweek.org. For more information about Amnesty International, go to www.amnestyusa.org.

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Sharon Gollery/Culture editor
Sharon Gollery can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com.

Taste of Portland showcases culture of Northwest

“Taste of Portland” took students to dinner at
popular Portland restaurants Hot Lips Pizza and VooDoo Doughnuts on Sept. 28. Students who signed up in the CIC were provided with transportation and dinner.

“Taste of Portland” is the second “Taste of” event this year. The first was a trip to the Portland restaurant
Pok Pok.

“Hot Lips is a sustainable pizza and soda shop unique to Portland,” senior Nicole Szanto, the Linfield Activities Board off-campus culture chair, said in an email. “They also have interesting combinations of pizza like squash and brie that you wouldn’t normally see.”

According to the Hot Lips website, Hot Lips Pizza has been a family-run business since 1984, and they have been making fresh fruit soda since 2005. Today, Hot Lips has five pizzerias in Portland, along with a commissary kitchen, a mobile brewing operation, a mobile oven and a mobile soda set-up. Hot Lips is an environmentally conscious business with interests in collaborating with the community and finding sustainable ways of doing business.  On their website, Hot Lips lists all the farms from which they buy their ingredients.

VooDoo Doughnut is a business that is famous in and around Portland. The VooDoo Doughnuts website boasts that their doughnuts are “known locally, nationally and worldwide.” There are two VooDoo Doughnuts shops in Portland and one in Eugene.

“VooDoo Doughnuts is a huge attraction in Portland, with crazy combinations of flavors and a quirky vibe,” Szanto said.

“I picked [these restaurants] because I thought they were good representations of the food culture in Portland,” Szanto said in an email. “The Northwest and Portland have cultures of their own so I thought it would be fun for people who were not from Oregon to get a chance to experience that.”

The “Taste Of” series is a popular annual group of events that has featured many different kinds of food in the past, including Indian, German, Ethiopian, Moroccan and Hawaiian food. There are usually two “Taste of” events per month. Students can sign up in the CIC. The cost is $5.

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Sharon Gollery/Culture editor
Sharon Gollery can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com.