The Observer

Talkin’ Music With Father Grimes

May 31, 2011

FCLC’s Dean Likes Springsteen, Shuns Headphones By Jennifer Pelly Staff Writer Published: April 17, 2008 So what if he doesn’t have an iPod? When it comes to music, the Rev. Robert R. Grimes, S.J., dean of Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) knows what’s up. Music has always played a vital role in his life: at the age ...

In Case You Missed It: Inside the Woodie Awards

May 30, 2011

By Jennifer Pelly Staff Writer Published: December 13, 2007 Forget gold, forget silver, forget bronze. At mtvU’s fourth annual Woodie Awards, the only award show dedicated to music chosen solely by college students, it was all about the wood—and this year was crazier than ever. The awards show took place on Nov. 8, p...

Woodie Awards to Air On MTV: Bevy of Artists Present and Perform

May 30, 2011

By Jennifer Pelly Staff Writer Published: November 15, 2007 Get ready, because the 2007 Woodie Awards are about to hit computer monitors and television screens everywhere this month—and every file sharing, iPod-bearing college kid knows that the Woodies are the only music awards that really matter. The four...

Hip-hop for the Holidays

May 30, 2011

By Billy Laboska Staff Writer Published: November 15, 2007 Freeway-“Free At Last” If “Roc-A-Fella Billionaires,” featuring Jay-Z, is any indication, “Free At Last” is skip-able. If you can’t make an enjoyable song with Hov on it, something is wrong with you. Another already released track, “Paper Gangste...

Hollywood’s Musical Moonlighters: When Screen Stardom Just Isn’t Enough

May 30, 2011

By Christine Morano Staff Writer Published: November 15, 2007 Just because you’re famous doesn’t mean you can pantomime singing well. What compels celebrities to explore their musically creative sides and join bands? Few fail to make a dent in record sales, and fewer still avoid becoming the laughingstock of the entir...

Fashionably Late: An Exercise in Critical Time Travel

May 30, 2011

By Luke Teegarden Arts & Culture Editor Published: November 15, 2007 King Crimson: “In the Court of the Crimson King” Make no mistake—King Crimson was heavy. Not heavy like contemporaries Black Sabbath or even Led Zeppelin, but in terms of meticulously arranged, deeply evocative power. Widely recognized as an innovative group tha...

State of the Star: Britney Spears

May 30, 2011

Can Britney’s Acclaimed New Album Save Her From Becoming Another Pop Casualty? By Jessica Guerra Staff Writer Published: November 15, 2007 On “Piece of Me,” the second track off of Britney Spears’ new album “Blackout,” Spears sings about all the negative attention she gets from the press, “I’m ‘Miss Bad...

Songs to Add to Your Halloween Mix Tape

May 29, 2011

By Marika Robak Contributing Writer Published: October 25, 2007 Greetings from beyond the grave, fellow ghosts and ghouls! Whether you’re spending this Halloween down in Greenwich Village for the annual parade or sneaking into abandoned mental asylums, you’re going to need some music to maintain the macabre mood.  This fi...

2007 Brings “Ultimate Victory” for Conscious Rap

May 29, 2011

By Billy Laboska Contributing Writer Published: October 25, 2007 Dating back to 1982 when Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five released the song “The Message,” hip-hop has acted as a vehicle for commenting on social and political issues, but today that is less often the case. Throughout the 80s and 90s many artists g...

Radiohead to Fans: “It’s Up to You”

May 29, 2011

By Catherine Wernquest Contributing Writer Published: October 25, 2007 I am not, nor have I ever been, a fan of Radiohead. In fact, I think that Thom Yorke has one of the most obnoxious and whiney voices I have ever heard. I find absolutely nothing enjoyable about their music, and their newest album did little to chang...

CMJ 2007: A Reader’s Guide

May 27, 2011

By Christine Morano Contributing Writer Published: October 11, 2007 MANHATTAN—From Oct. 16  through Oct. 20, Manhattan will become a playground for music and movie lovers alike. The College Music Journal (CMJ) Music Marathon and Film Festival, one of the largest events of its kind, is a lovefest for audiophiles and film...

The Boss is Back

May 27, 2011

By Marika Robak Contributing Writer Published: October 11, 2007 Where is your hometown? How well do you know it? The mythologized American hometown—be it a small town or a bustling city—is a staple motif of American literature, art and songwriting. Even in this impersonal modern age, it is my belief that the average American is searching for a place to fit in, a hometown where he or she b...