Daily Archives: October 25, 2011

Band combines catchy beats and bluegrass sound

The unique sounds of bluegrass and country-rock collide to bring you Boston native band Comanchero.

This five-member band works together to bring catchy yet rhythmic music to Linfield’s radio station, KSLC.

Comanchero is defined as western Hispanic traders who were known for being the best customers of trading in that region, which inspired the western sounds found in the band’s music.

The band has performed together all across the United States for more than seven years. They have opened and worked with bands like Passion Pit and The Mother Truckers.

They have continued to travel after playing in more than 100 shows from coast to coast.

One of the tracks, titled “Jimmy Carter,” brings bongos and eclectic guitar sounds together to create a lively, foot-stomping beat. Clever lyrics are guaranteed when you listen to any of Comanchero’s songs.

Many different bands and artists, such as Wilco, Mumford and Sons and Led Zeppelin, influence Comanchero’s unique sounds. It is easy to pick up on these important contributors when you listen to this bluegrass and funk music.

Comanchero is continuing to grow in number of followers on the East coast after releasing its third album, “The Undeserved,” which can be found on its website.

Listen for Comanchero, a fun bluegrass band that will make you want to dance, on KSLC.

To hear more songs and to check them 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.

The top five football movies of all time

We’re about half way through the football season, so I thought I’d share with you the top-5 football movies of all time!

#5 Brian’s Song

Brian’s Song is the true story of Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers, both running backs for the Chicago Bears in the late ‘60s.

At first, the men don’t get along, but they soon create a bond that can’t be broken.

Piccolo is later diagnosed with cancer and that’s really when their friendship takes off. It’s a powerful movie that has all of the right ingredients for a great football movie.

It tackles racial barriers and is the story of friendship and brotherly love. It takes a focus on the incredible off-field relationship between the two men.

This movie is an absolute tearjerker. If you’re an athlete, or let alone have a pulse, it’ll be extremely hard for you to hold off the waterworks.

Favorite Quote: “I love Brian Piccolo, and I’d like all of you to love him. When you hit your knees to pray tonight, please ask God to love him, too.” – Gale Sayers

#4 Longest Yard

“Longest Yard” is the story of an ex-NFL player who has a little too much to drink and gets a little aggressive with his girl, his car and some police officers.

He finds himself in jail, where the warden challenges him to a game between the inmates and the guards. It starts off quickly with former star, Paul, losing control and going on a classic car chase. It ends with an epic game between the vicious criminals and the deserving guards.

The ‘74 version is much better than what the remake could do. It’s strong, “manly,” and bluntly, bad ass at the core. If you haven’t seen the original, it’s worth renting!

Favorite Quote: “Hey Pop, the time you hit Hazen in the mouth, was it worth 30 years?” – Paul Crewe

#3 Rudy

I’ve never really appreciated Rudy until the last couple of years.

I’ve always felt like it’s kind of an overrated movie, but the last few times I’ve watched it, I’ve really enjoyed it.

It’s the story of a small town kid, who has always been told he’s too small, and his incredible journey to make the Notre Dame football team. “Rudy” has to overcome many obstacles in order to reach his goal.

Favorite Quote: “You just summed up your entire sorry career here in one sentence! If you had a 10th of the heart of Ruettiger, you’d have made All-American by now! As it is, you just went from third team to the prep team! Get out of here!” – Coach Parseghian

#2 Remember the Titans

Remember the Titans is the amazing true story of a high school football team in the middle of severe racial tension from all around.

Coach Herman Boone, played by Denzel Washington, takes over the head coaching job and is responsible for bringing the team together.

I saw this movie when I was 10 years old, and I swore that it would always be my favorite movie. It has it all: the come-together story, the unforgettable characters, the comedy and the last play to win it all!

(One of my) Favorite Quote(s): “Fake 23 Blast…with a backside George reverse…like your life depended on it!” – Coach Boone.

#1 Friday Night Lights

In my opinion, it just doesn’t get any better than this movie.

FNL is the best football movie ever made.

It has everything: an intro that sucks you right in (you can hear the radio show while all of the players roll into their first day of camp), an unbelievable season (star player goes down, so the team is forced to come together and pick up the slack after a few losses), and a lights-out, roller coaster finish.

The characters are well-developed and believable. James “Boobie” Miles is a star on and off the field. He would put guys like T.O. and Ochocinco to shame in the smack-talk category. And what about Coach Gary Gaines, played by Billy Bob Thornton, and all of his epic speeches to his team? Here’s one of my favorites:

“Gentlemen, the hopes and dreams of an entire town are riding on your shoulders. You may never matter more than you do right now. It’s time.”

Honorable Mentions: The Junction Boys, The Program, North Dallas Forty, Any Given Sunday, The Express, The Replacements and The Waterboy.

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

Students celebrate diversity with week of activities

Speaker Marc Elliot talks about his struggles with Hirschsprung’s disease and Tourette’s syndrome Oct. 17 in Ice Auditorium. Joel Ray/Photo editor

Linfield’s Annual Diversity Week took place from Oct. 15 to Oct. 21 and featured free activities and events hosted by the Linfield Activities Board (LAB), promoting the awareness of diversity and exhibiting different cultures.

On Oct. 15, comedian Myq Kaplan gave a hilarious performance covering topics from homosexuality to sexual jokes.

Chinese-American slam poet Alvin Lau gave a performance about wide-ranged topics including homosexuality, politics, cancer and sports Oct. 16.

Inspirational speaker Marc Elliot talked about the motto, “Live and Let Live,” on Oct. 17 in Ice Auditorium.

Elliot has had Hirschsprung’s disease, which is blockage of the large intestine due to improper muscle movement in the bowel, since birth. He also developed Tourettes syndrome, a neuropsychiatric disorder that causes involuntary motor and vocal tics, when he was nine.

Because of his experiences, he understands the importance of tolerating people’s differences and is now giving inspirational speeches across the country.

Through stories of his own, as well as other people’s life struggles, Elliot taught the audience to see things in a new perspective and how to become more tolerant of differences.

On Oct. 19, Linfield students enjoyed a three-hour treat of custom Henna tattoos painted by the artists of Roving Horse Henna in Riley 201.

Students could choose from a menu of Henna tattoos, which included various styles of Henna tattoo—traditional Indian patterns, graphics of animals or insects, “love” and “peace” in different languages and then specify where they wanted the tattoo to be painted.

On request, the artists would also customize the tattoos. In addition, Roving Horse Henna sprayed colored sparkles of students’ choices on the drying henna, enhancing the beauty of the tattoos.

During this, LAB played a Bollywood blockbuster, “Om Shanti Om,” for students to watch while waiting for their turns or for their tattoos to dry.

The afternoon gave Linfield students a peek into traditional Indian culture as well as modern Bollywood glamour.

LAB held “Diversity Buffet and Band” on Oct. 21 in Riley 201, providing students with a buffet of diverse cuisines around the world.

Each participating student was given two coupons to taste two of the four participating McMinnville restaurants—Yan’s Chinese Restaurant, Los Molcajetes Mexican Restaurant, Geraldi the Italian Eating Place and Thai Country.

Meanwhile, a local mariachi band performed live music that students danced to.

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Cassie Wong/
Staff writer
Cassie Wong can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com.

Grab your makeup kit, go for gore

Popular culture is ruling the teenager costumes this Halloween with vampires and zombies taking center stage. Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune/MCT

By Wendy Donahue/  Chicago Tribune (MCT)

For Halloween 2011, zombies are battling vampires for hearts and minds. The peacock is the new black swan. And Monster High’s Frankie Stein is challenging Hannah Montana in the ‘tween popularity contest.

Along with the classics, a new generation of pop-culture heroes and villains inspire Halloween costumes each year. This time around, influences range from AMC’s grisly hit TV show “The Walking Dead” to the elegant bird who fled the Central Park Zoo in August to strut his stuff in Manhattan.

For younger girls, Mattel’s doll-faced Monster High clique fills in the generation gap left by dusty Dracula and fogey Frankenstein. Comic book heroes who leapt to the big screen are big for the boys.

Many of the trendiest characters require special attention to the face to achieve the desired effect. The good news is, once you’ve got that down, the rest of the costume is likely already in the closet.

“Zombies are the biggest costume category for 2011,” said Ressa Tomkiewicz, spokeswoman for Party City. “That’s partly because vampires are falling out of fashion a little bit. Consumers are looking for the newest dark creature to personify.”

Part of the appeal of zombie looks, which are proving popular among adults and boys, is that any character can be zombified nurses, rockers, day traders, teachers.

“This is where makeup comes into play,” Tomkiewicz said.

Costume stores have expanded makeup kits for Halloween. But the face is such a focal point this year that some adults are calling in professionals.

“We’ve already started booking up,” M.A.C. Cosmetics senior artist Jane McKay said in September. “The Saturday night parties will be crazy.”

ADULTS: GASHES AND LASHES

“Halloween is becoming more and more popular for adults,” Tomkiewicz said.

According to a National Retail Federation report released in September, Americans will spend $1 billion on children’s costumes in 2011, up from $840 million last year, and $1.21 billion on adult costumes, up from $990 million last year.

About 68.6 percent of Americans plan to celebrate Halloween, up from 63.8 percent last year and the most in the federation’s nine-year survey history.

Adults like to buy a la carte items to create costumes that are both economical and can be customized, Tomkiewicz said. So Party City added more mini-kits this year containing, say, peacock wings and a mask, or peacock clips for shoes, to which some adults might add a tutu, leggings, blue and green makeup and false lashes, which abound in a rainbow of colors and embellishments at beauty stores such as ULTA as well as M.A.C.

“Lashes can be used for creating a lot of characters,” McKay said. “Many times you want your features larger than life. Lashes help achieve that.”

Everyday toiletries can add up to some of the most dramatic looks. The pale skin of a zombie can start with sunscreen containing zinc, McKay said. “Then you have to create the gore.”

‘CowParade’ links cultural and economic history

Students and professors gathered for a presentation about the worldwide art exhibit, CowParade, on Oct. 16 in TJ Day Hall.

CowParade is an art exhibit that consists of a group of life-size fiberglass cow statues.

Corporations sponsor local artists to paint these statues.  The finished statues range from cow-shaped advertising space to symbolic representations of pastoral history or references to local legends.

CowParade began in Zurich, Switzerland, to promote business in 1998 and quickly spread to Chicago in 1999 and New York City in 2000.

CowParade events have been hosted in more than 50 cities worldwide.

Dr. Sarah Wagner-McCoy, an assistant professor at Reed College, linked CowParade to Irish national pride, the Great Chicago Fire and Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle,” and explores connections between these seemingly bland, inoffensive cow statues to the deeper cultural meanings that sit behind the public’s opinion of the statues.

The vandalism of the statues in Dublin was one of the topics that Wagner-McCoy focused on.

“The vandalism was surprising,” Wagner-McCoy said. “In other cities, the public loved the cows so much that they would defend them if anyone tried to vandalize them, but in Dublin, the cows were smashed, stolen, beheaded and covered in graffiti, even after the exhibit was officially over and the cows were moved to less public places.”

Wagner-McCoy’s explanation of this phenomenon went back to the British colonization of Ireland and the destruction of statues that Irish rebels saw as symbols of British rule.

She contrasted the vandalism in Dublin with the popularity of cows in Chicago, where the legend of Mrs. O’Leary’s cow is celebrated in songs, reenactments and even a movie.

Wagner-McCoy said that her interest in CowParade first came from working with children in New York.

“It was the summer that CowParade came to New York City, and the kids just loved them,” Wagner-McCoy said. “We took field trips to see them and had activities based around them. There was one activity where the kids made their own little cows out of paper.”

The second time she encountered CowParade, Wagner-McCoy said she was in Dublin when the exhibit returned to the city.

“The teenagers got to paint one of the cows as a group, but they just were not interested,” Wagner-McCoy said. “It was basically a ‘No’ cow. They had these stickers with the red circles with diagonal slashes through them, saying no to drugs, marijuana, guns, all these things that they thought the kids would do, and the kids were supposed to paste these stickers onto this cow statue. It was incredibly insulting.”

The weird contrast between the children’s reactions to the cows in New York City and in Dublin intrigued Wagner-McCoy, she said.

“Pastoral images are everywhere,” Wagner-McCoy said. “It seems like a shallow hype, but it’s also very complex.”

The event was sponsored by the English Department.

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