Posts Tagged ‘Music’

Sup, Jerks! This week’s ‘Artist You Should Know’ is Matthew Dear, a producer/DJ/experimental pop artist. With five labels, six solo albums, several stage names, and an even vaster catalogue of remixes – Dear is an artist with a considerably long music resume. On tour (with the likes of Hot Chip and Interpol) he plays both house sets and alongside live bands. Fans of Brian Eno, David Byrne, David Bowie, and their various respective musical endeavors (aren’t they always producing or collaborating on each other’s albums?) will appreciate Dear’s sound.

He put out an EP in mid-January and a full-length album at the end of August, check it out!

Matthew Dear- ‘Her Fantasy’, from the album ‘Beams’

In the Middle (I Met You There)’, from the EP ‘Headcage’

-Mikala Stubley

Traveling Music

Posted: August 21, 2012 by jerkmagblog in BLARE -- music
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In the next week or so every SU student will begin making his or her way back to CUSEland to rid their selves of their sober/frat-less/Chuck-less summers before classes start on the 27th.

Unlike my 27-minute drive to campus from home, most of you find yourself traveling five or more hours to the homeland. Unless you are driving with a friend or enjoy sitting in a silent car, most of you are preparing an awesome playlist to sing along with.

But for those of you who do not have an awesome playlist prepared and you only have a couple days until its go time – don’t worry, I’m here to help!

As I scroll through my Spotify (iTunes is so last semester), I find the jams that I frequently find myself playing at maximum volume cruising down 81.  I gathered these songs together to help you start a playlist or to add this onto your current list.

Now I never said you would actually like any of my music, but give it a chance. You will find alternative, old rock, country and pop music so I might tickle all of your fancies.

Listen up…

  1. Call me Maybe- Carly Rae Jepsen (Yup. You read that right)
  2. Electric Feel- MGMT
  3. Take a Walk- Passion Pit
  4. Feel Like a Rock Star- Kenny Chesney
  5. Animal- Miike Snow
  6. Black & Blue- Miike Snow
  7. I will always love you- Timeflies Tuesday
  8. Pontoon- Little Big Town
  9. Carry on Wayward Son- Kansas
  10. 40 Day Dream- Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
  11. How We Do (Party)- Rita Ora
  12. Back In Time – Pitbull
  13. You Used To Hold Me- Calvin Harris
  14. Fade Into Darkness- Avicii
  15. My Feelings For You- Avicii
  16. Don’t Stop Believin’- Journey (OBVIOUS)

Safe Travels!

-Chelsey Perry






Music Festivals, go.

Posted: July 1, 2012 by jerkmag in BLARE -- music
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I’ve never really been to a music festival, which really sucks. However, I’m breaking that this year by going to one! If you’re a music buff and just love the high energy of the scene then festivals are where you need to go. Even if you just go for a day or a night, it’s still something and you’ll probably wish you stayed for the whole weekend.

Here is a list that I partially found and made up that you should check out if you’d like to go to a festival in the near future.

Bonnaroo (Manchester, TN): 4 of the best days ever. 80,000 happy campers. 700 Acres of Tennessee Nature. 150 epic performances. 10+ stages of music. Several dozen comedians. System overload. Moments. Interesting factoids. Egg sandwiches. More music. Adventure. Deep Breaths. Big smiles. This. That. The Other. Hellos and Goodbyes and reminders of all that we have to celebrate and look forward to next year and in the future. June 7-10 (already happened folks) More information at

Life Is Good (Canton, MA): The Life is good Festival is a one-of-a-kind fundraiser held at Prowse Farm in Canton, MA.  This two-day celebration of music and optimism, features three stages of nationally known musical talent, hands-on games, interactive arts activities, and the “Good Kids” zone — home to the top acts in kids entertainment.  100% of the funds you raise and profits from the event will go towards the Life is good Playmakers, helping kids overcome poverty, violence and illness. They also have a complete Green feature to the event. Composting bins surround the grounds as well as several recycling centers. The brand also hopes that people bring their own water bottles into the festival for refilling and to reduce trash.  Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, Sara Barielles, Eric Hutchinson, and many more. September 22-23. More information at

Grassroots (Trumansburg, NY) : The festival is presented over a four day period (Thursday-Sunday) on four stages which run ridiculously long hours to accommodate the 60 some bands that play the festival. The band selection reflects the eclectic tastes of our ‘amorphous committee’, a difficult to nail down group of musicians and artists who lean toward roots related & world music.
GrassRoots doesn’t hesitate to bring you great music you’ve never heard of before. Every year wonderful new bands are discovered and presented along with many old and true friends. Check out the list of previous years artists for a general idea of what’s in store for the future. July 19-22 More information at

Lollaplooza (Chicago): Prepare yourself! Originally a touring festival catering to the “Alternative Nation”, Lollapalooza is a festival that appeals to all musical elitists. It is also one of the many music festivals making a push towards going green.Now a three-day festival stationed in Grant Park, Chicago, the 2010 line-up is just as varied as it always has been. With names like Green Day, Lady Gaga, Soundgarden, Phoenix, Minus the Bear, Blues Traveler and B.O.B, the crowd will be as diverse as the bands. August 3-5 More information at

Hullabalou (Louisville): Some of the biggest names in music are getting together to play this this three-day eventat Churchill Downs. The beautiful home of the Kentucky Derby will set up with five stages and an artist list that will blow your mind. Just check out the band line-up to understand how big this festival will be. Bon Jovi, Huey Lewis and the News, Dave Matthews Band, Kenny Chesney, and Ben Folds are some of the big names you can expect. July 23-25 More information at

Bumbershoot (Seattle): The grandfather of the great summer festivals, Bumbershoot was started in 1971 at the Seattle Center. An all arts festival, music isn’t the only thing that bumbershoot offers. Comedy, theatre, dance, literary arts, and visual arts pack your three days with plenty to do. With acts like Skrillex, Mac Millers, Gotye, Janes Addiction, Passion Pit, good luck trying to pry your eyes from the stage. September 1-3

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-Brooke Leone

When the punk scene first started in the late 1970’s/early 1980’s, punk was a rebellion against political icons of the era, the idea of peace, and the reestablishment of “the order” to reinstitute the idea of the perfect white generation. Once the punk area begun, it shot out throughout the US starting in California and branching out to the East Coast. From the hardcore/ska scene in the Oakland area to the hardcore Straight-Edge scene in Boston, it was a chance to breakout of the idea of cookie-cutter American stereotype and define rebellion to become an individual.

Coming from Salt Lake City, Utah, I was witness to the punk scene all my life. Though not usually what you hear from people who lived in Utah, the scene there was huge. Though it’s understandable, Utah has a broad separation between Mormons and rebels. Utah Punks being apart of this rebel scene, when coming to Syracuse I expected the punk scene to be life changing since NYC was not far away. Though when coming, I realized that my spectacular exposure was Avicci, Skrillex, and just shitty dubstep in general (I never heard of Dubstep when I was in Utah). I was pissed that no longer. So does this mean that in a place like New York that was hub to the legendary rebels that define the punk scene is slowly dying?

Bands like Bad Brains, The Dead Kennedys, Minor Threat, Black Flag, or bands from that era, never had the desire to be on Billboards #1 track. Back then, it was about everything that America had objectified as acceptable and completely rebelling against it. These bands were aware that never would their music become a career or have promoters, it was a type of music and scene that only cared about one thing: the music. Though, now in our era, we see and discover that artists such as Nicki Minaj, Drake, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, all focus on the promoting of music for consumers and the result of billions for songs that repeat “You a Stupid Hoe” for 3:32.

In such an era such as ours, rebellion is vital. With corruptions from the government, the hidden secrets, the standards of stereotypes, the punk scene from the 1980‘s is what this type of rebellion that is needed to tell officials in a 1:45 minute song, “Hey! Fuck you government! You’re fucked up!”  But in stead we have songs like Nicki Minaj’s top hit, “You a Stupid Hoe” as our rebellion. With such an important part of history slowly dying, does that mean are soon to be punk, rebellious classics will be left to people like Nicki Minaj? Is Punk really dead?

-Lakota Gambill

It’s a good week for music in ‘cuse and I have to decide which show I’m gonna check out, perhaps all of them if I’m feeling saucy.

On the 21st over at Lost Horizon there’s a ska show featuring Reel Big Fish, Big D and the Kids Table, and Suburban Legends. Maybe it’s because I grew up in a time where east coast hardcore, ska, and fast and fun punk rock was the big thing but this is my kinda show. When I was in my teens in Northeast PA, this was the shit (probably just dated myself). The scene has definitely died down a bit and is not what it once was, but it’s good to see some of these bands still out touring. Tickets are $18.

If ska isn’t your thing and dubstep/electronica is, Westcott is the place to be on the 13th. Flux Pavilion with Cookie Monsta, and Brown and Gannon will be doing what they do. I was never a big dubstep or electronica guy to be completely honest, but from some of the stuff I listened to on the intrawebs – it’s pretty solid. Tickets are $25 bucks and the show starts at 9pm. If anything at least you can hit up Alto Cinco before, during, and after.

Maybe ska nor dubstep are your thing and you enjoy some heavy fucking metal. If that’s the case Attack Attack!, As the Sky Falls, Chains of Honor, and Evolutions are going to be at Lost Horizon on the 15th. Tickets are 15 bones.

I linked up some samples of as much of the music as I could find so you guys could get a taste, so hopefully something strikes a chord (GET IT?) and you find yourself at a show this week.

Maybe you don’t wanna go listen to music, that’s cool. Sometimes you don’t wanna spend money, I get it. If that’s the case.. Well. You’re kinda shit out of luck. There isn’t a whole lot more that I could find happening in the area this week… Unless you wanna go over to Shoppingtown Mall and check out the book sale at the library.


If you’re still in Syracuse or well anywhere that it’s extremely hot already, you’re probably dying miserably. Unless you’re in amazing air conditioning and not a humid off-campus apartment…

Since it’s only the beginning of June, it shouldn’t be this hot. Thank you global warming but we aren’t interested in your bullshit. Seriously, wait until July to start being an asshole.

ANYWAYZ…if you’re like me, you get back from work or your internship or whatever you’re doing and you don’t even want to cook dinner because that means adding even more heat into the air. Laying in bed with a fan directly on you is the only appealing thing besides taking an ice cold shower for an hour.

This is the boat I’m in and I hope I’m not totally alone, but I might be. With this all being said, music is the only thing that doesn’t make you move, well at least this playlist doesn’t. Dance if you must, but you’ll just be in a pool of your own sweat soon enough.

Omaha – Counting Crows
Come Away With Me – Norah Jones
Falling Slowly – Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova
After The Storm – Mumford & Sons
I’ll Back You Up – Dave Matthews Band
Cannonball – Damien Rice
All At Once – Jack Johnson
Breakdown More – Eric Hutchinson
Don’t Panic – Coldplay
Sleeping To Dream – Jason Mraz
Walk Away – Ben Harper
Transformation – David Gray
Hannah – Ray LaMontagne
#41 – Dave Matthews Band
Into The Mystic – Van Morrison

Happy Cooling!

-Brooke Leone

So you like to eat, right? Yeah me too. Foods good. Since we’ve established you like food, you’re stuck in ‘cuse and need something to do this coming weekend, you should probably head down to Clinton Square and check out Taste of Syracuse. It’s happening this Friday and Saturday from 11am til 11pm both days, oh, and it’s free – to get in and do things, I’m sure you’ll have to pay for food. There is going to be three stages with an assload of bands playing too. I did my best to find out some info on some of them, but it wasn’t easy. It seems like it’s mostly local bands you’d find playing at Empire Brewing – except for .38 Special, that’s the big draw.

Some of the other bands are:
The Goonies
Hobo Graffiti
Dead End
Three Inch Fury
…and more 

Maybe the music isn’t your thing, that’s cool, there’s other stuff to do as well. You can check out the Watkins Glen show cars, take a spin in one of the car simulators, or play a friendly game of cornhole.

For more information check out the Taste of Syracuse webpage which is conveniently linked here.

If none of that tickles your fancy, you can always check out the Dairy Goat Breeders Annual Show at the fairgrounds…


Recently, HBO came out with a new series called GIRLS. My dad introduced me to it and lets just say its pretty much soft-core porn. However, I think the show is hilarious. These three girls are followed through their lives after college and they’re all friends. Sarcastic skits and whatever’s in Hannah’s journal at the time play out topics of boys, jobs, apartments, parents, and money.

The show also has an indie feel. Hannah gears in old fashioned floral printed dresses and reminds me of that hipster girl on campus. But I have to say my favorite part of the show is the music.

After the sixth episode, the Fleet Foxes track Montezuma was played, which put the whole episode over the top and filled the closing credits with some more indie vibes.

Great episode. Great song. If you don’t know what I’m talking about go check it out. Lucky me has HBOGO and can watch whenever I want.

-Brooke Leone

Double feature right here, folks.

To introduce the new weekly column – JERK THIS – I decided to mix it with Song of the Week for this.. well .. week.

What you can expect from JERK THIS is letters in bold and the latest happenings around the Syracuse area – so you’ll care about this if you’re stuck here over the summer and need something to do. Like me. I’m stuck here. So I care about this column already. Right-o.

The line up for KROCK’s Dysfunctional BBQ was released awhile ago but I actually just caught wind of it. It so happens that Flogging Molly is going to be headlining this year and that is awesome. I’ve been a FM for a long, long time and have never had the chance to see them – now I’m stuck in ‘cuse for the Summer and they are gonna be right in my back yard. So on it.

There’s going to be seven other bands at the BBQ this year, to be honest, I’ve never heard of any of them. But maybe you have and maybe you love them, that’s great. But I haven’t and I don’t care – I still plan on going and checking out FM. Tickets are a mere $21 so its well worth it.

Full band list and ticketing info is listed below.

Flogging Molly
12 Stones
Dirty Heads
The Dreaming
Weaving the Fate
Cry to the Blind 

May 27th at Chevy Court at the New York State Fairgrounds. Gates open at 11AM – Purchase Tickets Here! Other ticketing options are available.


SONG OF THE WEEK: All Your Light

Posted: May 6, 2012 by jerkmag in SONG OF THE WEEK
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All Your Light – Portugal. The Man

My boyfriend got me into this band a few months ago and now I can’t stop listening to them… Thanks Kyle. This music video is pretty intense but amazing. However, all of their music and videos are like this.

As stated on their website, John Gourley said, “We had one note: Make something disgusting.” The video was shot in Palmdale, California early in March of this year.

The video also features portions of a remix of the song by the RZA. “We are huge Wu-Tang fans, and to have the RZA remix one of our tracks was a dream come true,” said Gourley on their website.

If you’ve never heard of Portugal. The Man, check them out and get addicted. This isn’t a band you want to miss out on.

-Brooke Leone