Monthly Archives: December 2011

Toy piano band mixes odd sounds

Quirky electronic artist Twink, The Toy Piano Band released its newest album “Itsy Bits & Bubbles” on Dec. 1. This album is unlike anything you may have ever heard and is certainly worth a listen for those with an open mind.

Twink is Mike Langlie’s sixth album of eclectic mash-ups. All the songs that he creates are an instrumental partnership of toy instruments, old school video game tones, various electrical creations and whatever else he can get to produce an abnormal sound.

“Twink” was born from a trip that Langlie made to a thrift store where he came across a toy piano. Since then he has had a fascination with the nontraditional boundaries of musical opportunity.

I’m sure many of us can think back to our childhood and captivating moments of jamming with our toy instruments. Langlie never let this go. The whimsical tracks that he has created are a collaboration of our youth.

The incredibly unique experience that each track provides will have you listening to music in a way you have never expected.  Something about the off-kilter flow takes your mind to places beyond the extraordinary.

One moment you may feel like you’re walking down a carnival midway and the next you’re lost in the circuits of Pac Man or Space Invaders.

Selecting a track is like choosing from an abundance of mysterious flavors in an ice cream parlor. Each one is unusual in a distinct way. However, they all provide an unworldly experience.

Turn up any of the songs and you will touch unknown corners of your senses’ surroundings. “Peppermint Bee” will take you back to your Super Mario Brother days, while you climb through billows of cotton candy and paisley with “Jellybean Tree.”

Maybe it’s Dubstep for children. However you may classify this album, it will unanimously be agreed that it is bizarre.

Langlie’s work has been used by MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central. The concept is so obscure and every note so unusual that it is worth taking the time to investigate.

Put on your headphones and drift to a paranormal world of harmonious cacophony.

Tune into KSLC 90.3 FM to check out Twink’s “Itsy Bits & Bubbles.” You can also listen online at or stream the station on iTunes.

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I’m in love with ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love’

“Crazy, Stupid, Love” is an outstanding movie. I mentioned it earlier this year as my favorite movie of the summer but didn’t get to do much of a review for it.

“Crazy, Stupid, Love” is the story of Cal and Emily Weaver (played by Steve Carell  and Julianne Moore) and their unfortunate divorce after 25 years of marriage when Emily admits to sleeping with her co-worker (played by Kevin Bacon).

Cal then falls into a deep hole and spends most of his time at a local bar talking to anyone who will listen about the situation. A club regular and player, Jacob, (played by Ryan Gosling) gets tired of hearing about the sob story and offers to teach Cal how to “get his manhood back.”

After accepting the offer, Cal learns from the ladies’ man, Jacob, and begins to move on with his life.

Later, Jacob claims he has found the woman for him, Hannah (played by Emma Stone) and leaves the club scene.

Eventually, Cal realizes that he still loves and misses Emily and wants to go home. This is where all of the fun starts!

Through the beginning of the movie, it was hard to tell exactly what path this movie was going to take. Eventually, it finds its footing and takes off.

“Crazy, Stupid, Love” was clever, emotional, and above all, real. It features at least five different love stories that are all awkwardly connected.

The cast really highlighted this movie. Carell, Moore, Gosling, Stone and even Bacon were incredibly believable. Gosling has really grown on me, and he didn’t disappoint.

Carell was a toned-down version of his usual character, which I thought was one of his best movie roles yet. I also recommend “Dan in Real Life. “

Overall, the humor level was at about a B+, although there was one scene toward the end of the movie where it got bumped up to an A+.

If you’re looking for a solid movie with a mixed up love story that is well-developed and powerful, I highly recommend it.

I give “Crazy, Stupid, Love:” 9.5/10

Once again, this was Hayden from bringing you the latest and greatest in movie news and reviews.

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Weathering the holiday season together

The holidays can be a stressful time, especially for new couples. There’s a lot for two people to navigate through, such as dealing with one’s own family and adding the other person’s, gift giving and receiving.

To lower the stress for both people, each person needs to be aware of what the other person is going through and be willing to offer help and support, especially with families from both sides.

Families gather together during this time of year and it’s easy to introduce a boyfriend or girlfriend to everyone and see if they get along.

This Thanksgiving, I met my boyfriend’s family for the first time and he met mine.

My side consisted of 10 people, not including the two of us. He met half of them right away and the other half as they gradually showed up.

After a couple of hours there, we left to join his family. I was more nervous than I had ever been before in this type of situation.

In the past, if I spent Thanksgiving with a boyfriend’s family they were small groups and I had met them all before the holiday.

That was not the case this time. His family’s Thanksgiving was much larger because it included his extended family, and I was going to meet all of them. I met his mother as soon as we walked in to the house.

Immediately afterward, I was swarmed by other adult family members when we joined them in the dining room. There were many more people than at my sister’s house and it was much louder.

I was introduced to people quickly and asked many questions from all them. It was very stressful for me, but it turned out well.

Then there’s the gift season. For some, picking something to get the other person can be daunting. For me, it was getting the gift that I didn’t look forward to.

I have dated guys who would begin asking me what I wanted two weeks before Christmas, and I would tell them a few things.

One would go out the night before Christmas and pick up something that I hadn’t mentioned and didn’t really want or need. That felt like he was just getting me anything so I would have a gift from him.

A simple solution was for us to make a list for each other after I had a friend suggest it. I think it lowered the stress for him, and I know it helped me.

And sexy gifts are always fun, just make sure they’re given in private!

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Exhibition displays array of student work

Every type of art from paintings, to sculptures to video was presented in Linfield’s Gallery on Dec. 3 for Linfield’s 2011 Annual Juried Exhibition.

The event displayed students’ works and included three guest jurors: Liz Obert, associate professor of art; Avantika Bawa, an assistant professor at Washington State in Vancouver; and Susan Agre-Kippenhan, dean of faculty and vice president for Academic Affairs.

It was up to the three jurors to deliberate and decide which art pieces would be selected and placed into the gallery. Pieces that were not chosen were placed in the 2011 Annual Salon des Refuses in the Linfield Studio Gallery.

Many factors go into choosing pieces to place in the gallery.

“I look at what appeals to me, how well it’s put together and the content of what I think it’s about,” Obert said. “There’s a lot of subjectivity with three jurors.”

The judges had many different pieces to choose from, making it difficult to pick which pieces would be selected and which would not, as well as which pieces deserved first, second or third place and honorable mentions.

First through third place were awarded cash prizes and trophies, and honorable mentions received blue ribbons.

“The show as a whole was a great group of artwork,” Cristopher Moss, gallery director and curator, said. The event contained “every spectrum of the art,” which gave the gallery a more diverse look throughout the event.

“[The event] brings community together,” Moss said, which was shown by the broad spectrum of students which entered their artwork.

The honorable mention went to artist Amy Hardy, a senior enrolled in Linfield’s nursing program at the Portland campus. Hardy emailed Moss explaining she wished to enter the contest, however, was unable to drive down and enter her work. Moss drove to Portland and picked up her paintings for her, explaining that it was a “great opportunity” to be involved in.

Out of the 22 selected artists, first place winner was junior Ziyun Liang, who won $175, second place winner was senior Emily Anderson, who won $75, and third place winner was freshman Hoi Ling Cheng, who won $35.

Honorable mentions were awarded to senior Amy Hardy and sophomore Julie Sadino, while the gallery choice that Moss was able to choose went to senior Alison Pate.

Samantha Sigler/
News editor
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Improv Club keeps crowd in stitches

Junior Daphne Dossett, senior Amanda Wolf and freshman Whitney Weber adlib during the Linfield Improv Club’s performance Dec. 2 in the Fred Meyer Lounge. Joel Ray/Photo editor

Linfield’s Improv Club put on an enthusiastic performance that kept the crowd laughing the entire night. Each member of the group brought their own comical personality quirks to the stage Dec. 2.

From turning a classic movie like “Titanic” into adlibbed jokes to an 11-second version of “Jack and the Beanstalk,” the comedians showcased their talent.

“I loved that no matter what was said or done, they just went with it. It didn’t matter if someone said something completely out of the ordinary or did something ridiculous, they just made it work,” freshman Laura Lichti said. “I thought that was not only really professional on their part, but also really funny.”

Audience members provided the group with ridiculous scenarios, lines, places, ideas and people to add a wide variety of talent and quick-thinking to the routine.

The audience seemed to enjoy the group’s last and second-to-last performances above all the rest.

For the second-to-last performance, the group had to act out “Jack and the Beanstalk” in seven minutes. When they were done, they had a member sit out and cut the time in half. The group continued this until there was one performer left trying to act it out in 11 seconds.

For the last performance, group members had the audience write whatever came to mind on slips of paper and the performers had to adlib the lines into their act, making sentences like, “I don’t have crabs, I have full blown lobsters,” and “Can I touch your oh dang girl?” a part of any conversation they were having at the time.

Another performance the crowd seemed to enjoy was one with two members having a conversation in a grocery store checkout line. One was the store clerk and the other was the customer. Whenever a selected audience member rang a bell, the performer that was talking had to change what they were saying to something completely different. Their scene quickly took a turn to sexual innuendos and ridiculous accusations from buying condoms.

“The scene with the bell was definitely my favorite. Each time the bell rang they got funnier and the conversation just got even more awkward as it progressed,” freshman Caitlynn Fahlgren said.

“They were absolutely hysterical and all so enthusiastic,” freshman Zooey Glassman said.

Breanna Bittick/
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