Marshall Law

Marshall Dunn

January 22, 2007

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Hello. Welcome to college. Or, welcome back to college. My name is Marshall Dunn, and for the next semester, I will be writing down collections of my random brain emissions and assembling them into somewhat cohesive columns. As the reader, you will either like me, hate me, or just think I am OK. I will save the "hating me" part for later, so let's start this semester off with a nice friendly topic. It is any college student's duty to have an awesome collection of music. For those of us who do not know where to start said collection, or are just looking for something new, here are some of my suggestions. Modest Mouse. There should be an amendment to the constitution stating that any person enrolled in an institute of higher learning should own at least one Modest Mouse album. These guys, next to R.E.M. (before the aneurysms and air-rage problems), are the definition of "college music." Their latest album, "Good News for People who Love Bad News" has been getting a lot of well-deserved attention, even though they have been making albums for almost ten years. "Float On," the single from "Good News," has even seen air time on (gasp!) MTV. Whether or not this is indicative of their future mainstream career, "Good News" is a definite must-have . Compared to their previous albums, this one is a little bit more accessible to those who are not familiar with the band. They manage to hang on to their signature sound though, despite the departure of founding member and drummer Jeremiah Green. One also has to admire guitarist and vocalist Isaac Brock's raw lyrical audacity and energy. Who else has the nerve to sing with an obvious lisp? My recommendations: "Good News," "the Moon and Antarctica," or "Lonesome Crowded West" for starters. Here's the helpful hint for the week. Mentioning Modest Mouse to the right group of people might make someone look "cool," and in some rare instances, "intelligent." Consider it the password to the (used to be) independent music scene, but use it sparingly. Unfortunately, Indie-rock is not everything, nor can it be. Maybe to spice up that aging cd collection , why not invest in some good underground rap? One album that must be heard is "Ghetto Pop Life" by Dangermouse and Jemini. This album is nothing short of amazing. Jemini, the lyricist of the duo, starts the album off with an incredible amount of wit and effortless rhymes. As the album plays, he manages to become even more clever, right to the very end. Dangermouse, the producer/disc jockey of the two, shows off his skills in finding great samples and crafting truly awesome beats. Does that name sound familiar? For those who have been paying a little bit of attention, Dangermouse recently got in a little bit of trouble for mixing a capella vocal tracks from Jay-Z's "Black Album" with music manufactured from clips of the Beatles' "White Album." Hence the name of the infamous "Grey Album." Genius. Unfortunately, neither of the contributing artists gave the thumbs-up for this experiment, and the album was banned before it ever hit the shelves. What a shame... My recommendation: Anything with Dangermouse or Jemini on the front of it. Anything. What music collection is complete without some jazz? Here is a dilemma, though. It is not very easy to just "kinda like" jazz. In order to truly appreciate the music, it basically has to be studied very heavily, sometimes to the point of obsession. This could take most of the listener's life. However, the neat thing about jazz, is that any album makes its owner look inherently cool. Once again, maybe "intellectual" in some extreme cases. (See also "Modest Mouse".) So why not go visit the thrift stores and spend an hour or so sifting through the boxes of dusty old records? Maybe visit a smaller music shop that looks as if the owner likes jazz. It is not like there is anything more important to do, like say, homework. For a minimum investment of around a quarter, there is no reason not to own a few old jazz records. By the way, major bonus points for vinyl. Go old-school as much as possible. My recommendation: I suggest any Maynard Ferguson album if the rip-yer-face-off trumpet solo is your bag, and strongly suggest Dave Brubeck's "Time Out" for those who can appreciate crazy time signatures and brilliant saxophone melodies. Since these guys are a little hard to come by, just go with this tip: anything with a guy in a suit or a few cheesy horn pictures on the front should be pretty good. Try to stay away from "best-of" or compilation albums to achieve the maximum "cool" effect. Well, there it is, a short but effective summary of how to begin a totally awesome college student music collection.

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