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Jay Som: Everybody Works

Landen Winkles

Virtuous though it may be, patience is a difficult quality to capture in guitar rock, a medium that much prefers boldness, concision, and urgency. Perhaps that’s why Bay Area multi-instrumentalist Melina Duterte’s reverence for the human capacity to wait, think and grow comes across as a revelation on “Everybody Works,” her first official album as Jay Som. “Take time to figure it out,” she advises on lead single, “The Bus Song.” In its context, she’s caught between relationship statuses, assuring the object of her fixation that she’ll “be the one who sticks around.” As an introduction to an album full of reminders not to rush things, though, the line is enough of a relief to make you involuntarily exhale.

Twenty-two-year-old Duterte made the fuzzy, dreamy, plaintive aesthetic her own on “Turn Into,” nine self-recorded tracks she uploaded to Bandcamp on a tipsy whim over a year ago. She later re-released with Polyvinyl in late 2016, billing the makeshift debut as a collection of “finished and unfinished songs” rather than a proper album. Although she made “Everybody Works” alone in her bedroom studio, its repertoire ranges from folk to funk to chart pop. It’s not a bedroom-pop album because it sounds a certain way, but because it feels so intimate. Most of Duterte’s elaborate songs could be mistaken for full-band compositions, yet her preference for writing and recording in solitude imbues each one with an introspective quality.

She’s ready for a change in pop music, and there’s no better indicator that a songwriter has found her voice than the ability to explore new styles and still sound like the same artist. Just a few years into her adult life, and only one album into her recording career, Melina Duterte has swept past a milestone many musicians never even get in their sights.

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“The Painters” by Animal Collective

By John Samuel Mecum

Animal Collective’s new release “The Painters,” is a synth and sample-saturated four song EP of tracks mostly recorded during their last album, released in February of 2016, titled “Painting With.” Just as they have with their releases in previous years, Animal Collective released an EP to follow up and accompany the full-length studio release. With a lineup change, a Motown cover, and even entertaining the idea of choosing a new group name, Animal Collective are looking for ways  to find ways to reinvent themselves and remain unpredictable to listeners.

The EP opens with the first single, “Kinda Bonkers”, a song that carries a tribal rhythm with absurd lyrics and repeats mantra of transcendence with the phrase, “Unity of all kinds, unity of all kinds.” The second track “Peacemaker,” the slowest of the four, features a melody that bounces back and forth from vocalists Panda Bear and Avey Tare. Its hypnotizing qualities when listened to in stereo make this one special. “Goalkeeper” isn’t a metaphor. It is a short song about the pressures and struggles of playing that position in the sport. The synth bounce and belch that comes at the listener from all angles keeps your attention and makes you focus less on the lyrics which fade into the background. The final track “Jimmy Mack” is a cover of a 60s song by Martha & the Vandellas. The song is fun and enjoyable for what it is, however it does detract from some of the experience as it doesn’t quite fit the tone of the previous songs and lacks saturation of sound that gets the listener invested to begin with.

Change can be manic and overwhelming at times. Animal Collectives’ “The Painters EP” feels like the sound of transformation. There is always a certain fear and excitement that comes along with change and perhaps with their next release, we will see the result of that transformation into something really special.

 

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Walker Stalker Con Returns to Atlanta This October

Atlanta, GA​–​W​alker Stalker Con, ​a zombie and horror themed fan­centric convention, will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center,​ in Atlanta, GA ​on October 30th – November 1st, 2015. Fan access to celebrity guests will be the primary focus of this event.

In Atlanta, GA on October 17­-19, 2014, Walker Stalker Con made its return where it assembled more cast members from “The Walking Dead” than any other convention ever before, along with other actors from zombie and horror films. In attendance were Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus and “The Walking Dead” Executive Producer, Greg Nicotero, among many others.

Walker Stalker Con hosts 10 events across the world; Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, London, Nashville, New York/New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Walker Stalker Cruise. Walker Stalker Con is not just a convention. It is a fan meetu​p and an opportunity for each fan to come away feeling like they’ve had an amazing experience and became part of a greater community of zombie lovers. W​alker Stalker Con is three days of events, panels, and experiences that zombie fans won’t find anywhere else!

Confirmed guests for the convention include (with more to be announced):

Andrew Lincoln∙ Chandler Riggs∙ Norman Reedus∙ Michael Rooker∙ Melissa McBride
Emily Kinney∙ Steven Yeun∙ David Morrissey∙ Michael Cudlitz∙ Scott Wilson∙ Josh McDermitt Christian Serratos∙ Lennie James∙ Chad Coleman∙ Andrew J West∙ Ross Marquand
Lauren Cohen∙ Alexandra Breckenridge∙ Sonequa MArtin­ Green∙ Steve Coulter∙ Jane McNeil Jordan Woods ­Robinson∙ IronE Singleton∙ Tovah Feldshuh∙ Tyler James Williams∙ Major Dodson Melissa Ponzio∙ Kyla Kenedy∙ Daniel Bonjour∙ Lew Temple∙ Corey Brill∙ Brighton Sharbino
Daniel Thomas May∙ Dahlia Legault∙ Katelyn Nacon∙ Jeff Kober∙ Michael Traynor∙ Madison Lintz Lawrence Gilliard, Jr.∙ Jeryl Prescott∙ Jay Bonansinga∙ Seth Gilliam∙ Denise Crosby∙ Travis Love Adam Minarovich∙ Jose Pablo Cantillo∙ Lincoln A. Castellanos∙ Melissa Hutchison∙ Denis O’Hare Ian Somerhalder∙ Paul Wesley∙ Michael Malarkey∙ Giancarlo Esposito∙ RJ Mitte∙ Robert Englund Kane Hodder∙ Zach Galligan∙ Judith O’Dea∙ Russ Streiner∙ Ming Chen∙ Mike Zapcic
Anastasia Baranova∙ Bex Taylor ­Klaus∙ Tate Steinsiek∙ Nestor Carbonell

Watch this page and visit Owl Radio’s Contest page to see how you can win passes to this year’s Walker Stalker Con!

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Bar Exam: The Pre-A3C Edition

By: Brittany Menefield

 

            A typical Friday day night at Apache consist of talented indie artist displaying there love for the hip hop culture on the infamous Atlanta stage, however tonight was not a typical Friday night show. The Bar Exam: The Pre-A3C edition put straight heat underneath the artist and brought out an energy that hasn’t been seen in the city for awhile.. The overall winner of the open mic receives the chance to perform at the worlds biggest music festival A3C, which is really big because even some of your favorite rappers don’t get invited to preform. The contest brought some of the familiar indie acts to the stage such as DiV and J Coop. and also displayed some new dope talent such as Lanes and The Tribe Akashic.

            The show was broken up into four different groups of artist competing for the crowds energy through cypher to perform their individual songs,The artist clearly other passed the bar or needed to pass the mic depending on the discretion of judges whose backgrounds are extremely dope. The three judges were Jade (Digital Marketing Director for A3C), Jah (CEO of Abel Hoops and Brand/Sponsorship Manger of A3C), and Nathan Adams ( Founder of Foreign State of Mind and Style Director of A3C),There honestly was no true loser of this contest everyone received great criticism and put there soul into their performances. Overall the show reminded everyone what the culture and love for Hip Hop is about and was a great taste of what A3C 2015 will be like.

Lanes                               DiV