Posts Tagged music

“Financial Folk” Music

Ryan Stotland and Kyle Thompson-Westra, both A08, met as undergrads studying quantum economics at Tufts, and upon graduating, they blended their passion for economics and music to create a #nerdybutawesome band they named “The Bull and the Bear.” The band focuses on singing about the economy in an earthy and folky vibe.

Check out the band’s full album “The Recession Sessions.” In true Jumbo spirit, a portion of every sale will be used to support the Somerville Homeless Coalition!

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iTribute

Tufts alums Rob and Cal from Timeflies are at it again, this time devoting their weekly Timeflies Tuesday feature to a tribute for Steve Jobs:

This week, rather than our usual freestyle, we wanted to take the time to put something together that was more serious to show respect for an innovator who has been such a big part of our lives. … All of this was shot on an iPad 2 and edited using iMovie, recorded, mixed, and mastered on an iMac. The beat was made using samples from OSX and iOS – everything on a Tuesday.

Check out the lyrics, download the MP3 and read some great coverage from The Next Web. And follow Timeflies on Twitter for all the latest songs and news.

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Anchord Presents FaithBook

Anchord, Tufts’s co-ed Christian a cappella group, addressed the inadequacies of Christian dating in their Spring Show’s skit. Their answer to dating problems was a Christian social media platform aptly named “Faithbook.” In the following video, Ana Carvalho, A13, and Mark Rafferty, A13, act dating interactions via “Faithbook.”

Check out Anchord’s Youtube page for more of their performance, and their Facebook and Twitter pages to keep up with the group.

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Music Junkies Rejoice!

Tufts’s own freeform radio station’s blog is back for the semester! The folks who brought us The Awkward Freshman Playlist are continuing their tradition of enthusiasm, musical expertise, personality, and sass covering everything from music video picks to album reviews and breaking music news. Recently, WMFO staffer Maxine Builder, A13, chose “We Don’t Need Nothin’” by All Out as her Music Video Pick. All Out is a band founded by Tufts alum Matt McCormick, A10, known as the “unofficial face of the Beelzebubs” after their stint on NBC’s The Sing Off. In her post, Maxine gives the band an unorthodox Jumbo love shout-out,

… quite shockingly, All Out is actually somewhat popular with the broader, non-Tufts community. They’ve even been signed to a label, and their songs can be found on iTunes. [...] A lot of the elements [in the video] just scream “cheesy” like McCormick’s fake hipster glasses and the text that pops up on screen in case you wanted to sing along or forgot the name of the band. It’s not exactly an intellectually challenging three and a half minutes, but it’s made by a Tufts alum. So show him and the video some love, after the break.

For more musical insights and spunk, check out WMFO on Twitter and Facebook.

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Timeflies Flying Up the Charts

The new mixtape by Tufts alumni and hip hop duo Timeflies, “The Scotch Tape,” made a strong debut on the iTunes charts yesterday, at one point reaching no. 8 on the iTunes pop album chart. You’ll have to take our word for it on that stat, since the ranking has since changed, but check out this screenshot of “The Scotch Tape” at no. 9 on the iTunes top albums chart yesterday.

It was also featured as one of iTunes’ “Pop Hits under $8,” among artists such as Adele, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga.

Also, the video for their new single, “Turn It Up,” already has more than 100,000 views on YouTube:

Congrats, Rob and Cal! You can follow along with their adventure on Twitter and Facebook.

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Timeflies in Vanity Fair

Timeflies, the hip-hop due comprised of Tufts grads Cal and Rob Resnick, was featured in Vanity Fair’s “VF Daily” blog on Aug. 26. Blogger David Foxley wrote:

The future is looking very bright for Cal and Rob “Rez” Resnick, the musical masterminds of electro-pop-hip-hop-rap group Timeflies… Now with more than 10,000 Facebook fans—and 100 more joining every day—Cal and Rez, both 22, have mastered the fine art of social media, using Twitter to generate and perpetuate hype among thousands of followers, who eagerly await the release of Timeflies’ first album, The Scotch Tape, early next month.

We previously blogged about Timeflies in January.

You can follow Timeflies on Facebook and Twitter.

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Back-to-School Playlist

Last week on Facebook and Twitter, we asked our followers to share their suggestions for a back-to-school playlist. The response was tremendous, ranging from alums’ favorite songs from their college days to some inspiring, thematic tunes about home, beginnings and determination.

We curated the playlists on both Grooveshark and Spotify for your listening pleasure. If you have any suggested additions, please let us know by commenting on our Facebook post.

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Tufts Alums Get the Band Back Together

Last month, the band Papas Fritas, made up of Tufts alums Tony and Samantha Goddess, A95, Shivika Asthana, A95, and Keith Gendel, A94, reunited for a quick tour of Europe. The band was formed in 1992 while the members were students at the Medford/Somerville campus. Papas Fritas toured nationally and internationally following the members’ graduation from Tufts and released four albums over the years 1995-2003. After warming up with a couple of shows around Boston, the band jetted abroad for the last weeks of May to play five shows in France, Belgium and Spain.

Tufts E-News covered Tony Goddess’s success back in 2003 with this article

Check out the group’s website for tour dates, an extended biography and album reviews

Lastly, here are a couple of tracks from their 2000 album Buildings and Grounds


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Leaving on a High Note

Senior Lindsey Wilkinson, a mezzo-soprano, performed in the senior recital at Granoff Music Center on May 21.

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The Music of Morocco

Music graduate student Tamara Turner researches the music of Morocco. Check out these photos from her travels.

Of her research, she explains:

I work with a particular group of musicians called the “Gnawa” who are primarily located in Marrakech and Essaouira but there are also groups scattered throughout the country.

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