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Ter Horst: My secret mission: Anouk

My apologies, dear readers, but all this time I haven’t been honest with you. No matter how truly interested the Americans I met seemed to be, I always politely smiled and then told them my lies for coming to Linfield for one year: I didn’t want to go to one of the universities back home straight after high school. I liked the American system of campus life and the variety of course options. Then there was the location with Portland and the ocean nearby, and San Francisco relatively not so far away at all. Blah, blah, blah — all true, but never the main reason for my stay.
I am about to reveal my secret mission to you.

The American music industry is one of the biggest in the world, and that was particularly appealing to me when I was a little 14-year-old with only one goal in life: making my favorite Dutch artist world famous. I was in my room, listening to my favorite song, when I came to the conclusion that I was the only one that could help her: I had to fly away to the U.S. as soon as I was old enough and promote her music. Now that I am finally here, I have to admit that the relevance of this goal has decreased to me a little over the years (and perhaps I had not thought about my mission at all, until this weekend).

I was camping at the Oregon coast, and while I was admiring the beauty of my surroundings, I suddenly realized that the moment wouldn’t be so perfect if I wasn’t accidently listening to “Anouk” on my iPod. A day later I am studying in the grass, extremely moody because of the lack of sleep I had this weekend, and it is again “Anouk’s” singing in my ears that is comforting me. For all those complicated puberty-moments that you were always there for me: Anouk, I now reward you with this free advertisement on The Linfield Review website, to reach millions of new potential fans. It’s the least I can do.

Dear co-students, with great pride I introduce to you the female love of my life: “Anouk” and her 1997’s “Nobody’s wife.”

Doris ter Horst
Columnist Doris ter Horst can be reached at linfieldreviewopinion@gmail.com

Video courtesy of Dino Music

Jacobo: Delorean’s electro-pop pairs dance music with experimental sensibilities

Delorean‘s debut EP, “Ayrton Senna,” rises out of the sounds of synthesizers and bass beats before being overtaken by candy-coated pop vocals that are airy and floating, somewhere in between the style of the Dirty Projectors and Cults. The vocals are vague, perhaps antiquated, not lyrical – in that sense it is not pop music, but if you peel back the many layers of sound to be heard in this album what you have is, essentially, pop music. It’s that retrofitting of a genre that is representative of the status quo with an avant-garde sheen that gives Delorean its sound, and the “Ayrton Senna” EP its appeal.

It sounds like music for a summer drive, to the coast perhaps, the speakers blasting, eardrums pounding with the spine-tingling joy of loud music, music for friends, for lovers, for people who can sit in a car and not talk, just enjoy music and the comfort needed for an absence of conversation to be pleasurable.

This album is danceable, but you don’t have to dance to it. It’s not especially singable, but that lyrics aren’t hard to learn. The music is beat-driven, catchy, like the sound of Ratatat, Air and Phoenix crushed together and strained for any seeds or pulpy bits, the smooth, upbeat sound that remains is the kind that is sophisticated and adventurous enough to attract indie elitists and fun enough to woo MTVers. It’s music for a party, and partying, but whether its in the background or the foreground is up to you.

Delorean is a Spanish dance-pop band that formed in 2000, though their early EPs earned them little fame; they started out as a punk band before transitioning to electronic music. They created their own scene at a Barcelona club, playing live music there weekly, giving their sound the space to expand, evolve, mature.

I just discovered the “Ayrton Senna” EP this week, though it was released last summer to generally positive reviews, though the album didn’t gain them much exposure outside of the electronic genre.

Delorean’s first full-length album, “Subiza,” was released on April 19, and it picks up where Ayrton Senna left off, a mix of epic, spawling, layered tracks full of danceable music and pop vocals, though their sound has picked up more obvious “Merriweather Post Pavilion” nuances. All for the better, I say. Delorean is an interesting up-and-coming band that hasn’t quite hit the spotlight of stardorm yet, content for now to say in the realm of obscurity and quasi-fame among niche groups. However, “Subiza” definitely shows that this band has the potential to become a huge hit, particularly because of their ability to transcend genres and create a sound palitable to a wide array of tastes.

Jordan Jacobo
Columnist Jordan Jacobo can be reached at linfieldreviewopinion@gmail.com

ASLC Senate meeting – April 26, 2010

‘Glee’ tribute to Madonna is ‘Like a Prayer’

It’s a stated fact that Madonna is one of most influential artists (and arguably the most influential woman) in modern music history, if not ever. She single-handedly renovated music and the way women play a role in it. In 2006 alone, she earned 26.6 million euro, placing her as the world’s highest-earning female singer in the “Guinness Book of World Records.” She’s an icon. So, it’s only fair tribute that “Glee” dedicate an entire episode to her jaw-dropping music during its April 20 show.

The risque episode featured “Vogue,” “Four Minutes” and “Like A Virgin,” among others. Even if the show did turn some of her more famous songs into a rather creepy “High School Musical”-ish dance sequence, the overall effect was brilliant. As advertised, this was far and beyond the most elaborate production the show has created. Non-”Glee” fans should even appreciate this mash-up.

Check out the “Glee” MySpace page to listen to the Madonna-inspired covers. To purchase the music, visit iTunes.

Dominic Baez
Editor-in-chief Dominic Baez can be reached at linfieldrevieweditor@gmail.com

Video courtesy of Fox (will start working April 21)

Ter Horst: R.I.P., my dear Nokia

The last couple of days something has been seriously missing in my life. I’ve tried to fill the painful emptiness inside of me with food, yoga and I finally started reading that book. I spent quality time with myself. Then, because that didn’t work, I spent quality time with friends. If it wasn’t knowledge that I was seeking, then maybe my wishes were physical, I thought. The hours in the gym did not do to me what they use to do. I was confused. Yes, my family and friends from back may be far away, but were they really the cause of this burning desire of more satisfaction in my life?

It took my shrink less than a minute to find out what the issue was. “You’re lucky,” she told me. “Many people suffer from this mental disorder nowadays, but in your case it might not be hard to treat at all.”

Ever since I lost my phone a couple days ago, my quality of life has decreased significantly. I have lost many dear friends who thought I was too arrogant to respond to their invitations. The few moments that actually were still worth experiencing, I could not imbed in my memories (or share with the Internet) because I did not have my phone’s 5 GB camera with me. My only moment of social relief, when I was invited for a party off-campus on Facebook, did not last for long, because I wasn’t able to find the location without my phone’s useful GPS system. On the other hand, I did get to sleep in and miss class, because my phone also functions as my agenda and alarm clock.

“You can overcome your cell phone addiction, Doris. Losing your Nokia might have saved you. In a while you will actually start to enjoy life again, like I did when I was your age,” the shrink said.

The U.S.A. has approximately 280 million cell phones that are in use by circa 90 percent of the population. In the Netherlands, that number is even higher, because of multi-users such as my dad: The number of cell phones is about 1/5 higher than the population is. The cell phone addiction has become an epidemic, particularly among teenagers, and as an ex-junkie I see it as my duty to prevent you from going down the same road.

Does your full battery only last for one day? Do you use your phone in the restroom? Do you secretly check if you have missed calls or texts in class? Do you feel a brief moment of panic when you feel your pocket and you think your cell phone is gone?

I ask myself: Are people too available nowadays?

Doris ter Horst
Columnist Doris ter Horst can be reached at linfieldreviewopinion@gmail.com