I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Washington University. I received an exemplary education and met some students that have truly impressed me. But everyone writes about that kind of stuff at the end of the year, and I have some things I’d like to get off my chest – in sequential list form.
I have always been bemused by indie pop. It is perfect only for a summer drive in your Prius or a sing-along with your condescending friends (who admit afterward that they will always be too cutting-edge for a sing-along and they only did so for the sake of irony).
Here’s a scary story. I applied for an internship last summer at a highly-esteemed sports agency. During my interview, not only had the head of this agency mention he had never heard of Washington University, he actually asked me if I had made up the school.
Tapes ‘n Tapes have no band members with the last name Tapes, they instead have a reminiscent tale behind their moniker.
It begins when the members were still a bunch of innocent undergraduates rocking out at Carleton College, the rock mecca of Minnesota, outside of anywhere in Minnesota that has ever been visited by Prince.
Since the release of their eponymous album in 1995, The Presidents of the United States of America (that I will from here on call PUSA in the interest of space) have not been the best of hitmakers. They’ve put out albums, three to be exact, but none with the contagious hooks or chart presence of their earliest hits, “Lump” and “Peaches.
I imagine that German film writer/director Michael Haneke once received a phone call along these lines:
“Hello Michael, this is American actress Naomi Watts. We met once at some awards show. You remember?”
He pauses briefly, utterly confounded by the situation.
Short films. Nobody watches them except the Oscar nominating comittee and yet we still wonder who will win that coveted award. Sometimes they can even lead to mainstream success; “In Bruges” director Martin McDonagh won two years ago, and before that he was just a well-respected, award-winning playwright.
If students had had the opportunity to react to the Student Life sex survey, here’s what they might have said.
Today, studlife.com launches its new Cadenza Song of the Day feature. Drop by the Student Life Web site every day to hear a new clip from some of our favorite songs. If that’s not enough, here’s one of Matt Karlan’s awesome top 10 lists to start the kick-off celebrations.