January 30, 2013
Contributed by Brad Fuller
Several random changes have occurred in my life this month.
On Monday, I celebrated by 21st birthday with my family at El Dorado Mexican Restaurant in Wilmington. Being one of the few places in town with vegan options, it is a regular stop of mine. The original plan was The General Denver, but they are closed on Monday :/
I put bullhorn handlebars on my fixie. If you follow this blog at all, you may know that I am into cycling. I got this fixed gear bike fairly cheap and I am having fun changing simple designs and colors on it until I can afford to get a nice one. Fixies are fun, and if you are new to cycling I recommend starting out with a real bicycle; a fixed gear.
I had a dream that I shaved my beard. It was an awful dream, and I am not shaving any time soon.
In my athletic training clinical rotations, I am still at Clinton Massie HS. I am learning a lot and have the freedom to practice a lot of the skills I’ve learned in class. I am the only student there, so most of the student stuff is all on me, which is a great learning experience.
I’ve listened to nine new albums that have been released in January 2013. Most are very solid releases, but nothing strikes me as something I will be listening to next year. However, these albums are leaving me optimistic for the rest of the year.
My recent food obsessions are coconut hemp smoothies and spicy guacamole (completely unrelated items)
January 28, 2013
Thanks to Adobe Creative Cloud Facebook page for the image! Remember that this new semester is a fresh start!
Contributed By: Lynnea Kraft
Wilmington College’s efforts to make a typically unmemorable holiday something memorable were a success. The program on Monday, January 21st began by interesting the public with an intriguing title “Birthday of a Holiday: The Man or the Mission.” This venue reminded students and community members of how far the United States come in terms of social justice. Song, mime, poetry, and rhythm engaged the audience’s imagination and senses, while speakers engaged their minds.
The community spokesman Marque Jones reminded us that a mere fifty years ago segregation was still part of society and around one hundred and fifty years ago, slavery was still legal in the United States. While Jones reminded listeners of the past, Wilmington’s Mayor Randy Riley highlighted accomplishments of the 21st century. Mayor Riley felt so moved by the dedication to social justice by Dr. Martin Luther King, and along with the encouragement of former Professor Neil Snarr, that Riley proclaimed Elm Street to be also known as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way (for those of you not so familiar with Wilmington street names, Elm Street is the street that Herman Court is on). Martin Luther King, Jr. ‘s holiday and birthday have given new meaning and memories for the students, staff and community of Wilmington.
Be on the look out for the new street sign! I'll try to get a pic of it soon!
January 20, 2013
Ideas for a fresh start.
Contributed by: Lynnea Kraft
Christmas cookies, honey-maple glazed spiral ham, sweet potatoes and chocolate covered pretzels have left me yearning to be home once more for Christmas time. Although starting a new semester can be rough -especially with thoughts and tastes of home still permeating every sulcus and gyri of your brain- it can also be very rejuvenating.
A new semester is a time to start new habits and break old ones. A new schedule, new teachers, classes and peers can make breaking old habits easier. Near the end of last semester poor time management and lack of personal time became the norm. I had stressed myself out so much that I was, for lack of better words, burned out. This New Year and semester allowed me to have a fresh start. Take advantage of these changes. Choose to see them as opportunities rather than challenges. Look at what bothered you, made you struggle, or set you back last year and come up with your own personal game plan to fight or nullify those previous obstacles. You might be feeling overwhelmed and crunched for already, but by taking a bit of self-evaluation time now, you will save yourself days of time later.
Stay hydrated and get rejuvinated.
January 17, 2013
Contributed by Brad Fuller
It’s hard to believe that the first week of the new semester is coming to an end already. For me, the time passes much faster while school is in session and life is keeping me busy. This semester should be a slight sigh of relief compared to last semester. I only have 6 credit hours of athletic training classes this semester (compared to 10 previously) and the classes seem to be a little less demanding thus far. In my clinical rotations, my first assignment is at Clinton Massie High School. I have only been twice so far, but I can already tell it’s going to be a great learning experience. While observing and practicing on campus, there are many other athletic training students around, so we do not get as much hands on practice for rehabs and evaluations as the seniors do. However, I am the only student currently helping at CMHS, so I get to look at and evaluate everything first. So far I have learned all about ImPACT concussion testing and have designed a basic ankle rehabilitation. Although I don’t wish injury upon anyone, I am looking forward to learning more throughout the months of January and February.
Lights & Motion: Reanimation
(Deep Elm; 2013)
January 13, 2013
Contributed by Brad Fuller
Welcome back!! It’s that time of the year again; the semester is about to begin, but its time (and has been for a while) for end of the year music lists!! For me, its always interesting to read many lists to see how everyone viewed different releases compared to my opinions of them. This year, I had considerably less time to dedicate to new music due to my busy school schedule. This year, I listened to around 35 new albums (compared to over 70 from 2011). This may be the reason I felt that there were many more solid releases in 2011 than 2012, but it could be that my perception is fact; who knows… (maybe someone that was able to get through more material than I). However, I feel as if I have selected 12 solid albums from a wide spectrum of genres in which possibly everyone can find something enjoyable. Some of the albums may force you to step out of your listening comfort zone if you aren’t listening to music that isn’t simply radio music, yet for some you will hear something much more deep than simply the sounds. Also, I apologize for the lack of elaboration on some of these albums; I had a busy year :O
If you ever want to creep on me to see what I’m listening to, you can do so here: http://www.last.fm/user/bfuller92
[12.] Grimes | Visions
So digital. Post-Internet.
[11.] Sigur Rós | Valtari
Genre: Ambient/Post Rock
“I don’t care if Sigur Rós lyrics are in a made up fairytale language; their sound is beautiful” – Brad Fuller
[10.] The xx | Coexist
Genre: Indie Pop
Some say they didn’t like the direction (or lack of direction) The xx took with Coexist; I personally disagree with whoever they are.
[9.]Hot Chip | In Our Heads
Celebrate the light that bleeds through the pain.
[8.] Frank Ocean | Channel ORANGE
Genre: R & B
Frank is the first that I know of that is true to himself in an industry full of fake personalities and unrealistic motives.
[7.] Grizzly Bear | Shields
Genre: Neo-Psychedelic Rock
Nothing really stands out on this record; Aesthetically pleasing, demanding, and interesting.
[6.] Maps & Atlases | Beware and Be Grateful
Genre: Alternative Math Rock
I first discovered Maps & Atlases at a show on Fountain Square. After the show I simply walked backstage and started talking to Dave, the lead singer. We had a nice conversation before a girl who was interested on a whole different level rudely interrupted; I wished them well and went home. Their music is so quirky, yet refined; Basic, but intriguing. I highly recommend this album, simply because the band is very nice and appreciative. They take cool Instagram pictures too.
[5.] Twin Shadow | Confess
Even though it may seem like a lot of relationship issues, and a lot of “hey, haven’t we heard this before?” it really is way more than that, even if you don’t wear a leather jacket and grease your hair.
[4.] Passion Pit | Gossamer
Genre: Indie Rock/Alternative Dance
I may have listened to this album a little too much this year, but not always for the right reasons; every track is so catchy! This may create a problem for some, however, because the music is so upbeat and positive while the lyrics are realistic accounts of life. Not necessarily the most negative record I’ve ever heard, but a fair statement of exploration.
[3.] Beach House | Bloom
Bloom is the album that you listen to and automatically think of your life, whether it actually applies. Chances are, it will apply in more than one way. We all change; we all bloom in some way. Even though I hate the word nostalgia with a burning passion, this album creates a nostalgic feeling, but in a way that will challenge you to evaluate your life and reflect on how you have become the person you are today. All while making you feel like you are dreaming.
[2.] Burial | Street Halo / Kindred EP / Truant EP
Genre: Ambient Dubstep
You may be the person that professes your love for dubstep, or you may think it sounds like a screeching broken record. However, many people will make this judgment by listening to whatever Skrillex song was played on the radio. Some advice: stop listening to the radio; Discover incredible music in genres that you always thought were annoying, because I can guarantee there is something artistic out there. When I listen to Skrillex, I understand the people that say it is annoying. Yet Burial has consistently put out records with simple messages that are easy to get into, and are written in a unique style.
[1.] Godspeed You! Black Emperor | Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
Genre: Drone/Post Rock/Experimental
We haven’t heard from Godspeed since 2002, yet they seem to have picked up right where they left off. I wasn’t quite the avid music listener then that I am now, but I was aware of major political events occurring in our country at the time. Although it came directly after a time of great unity, us as a country were furious. Today, it seems not much has changed. After the recent presidential election, we remain as divided as ever. But in the masterpiece that is Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!, that seems irrelevant. The tone of the music focuses on political themes that are being experienced throughout the world, but their art shines through the politics with no detail being left behind. Sure, when we see the first track tiled “Mladic”, we are not going to think of positive, happy art. The album is very dark and gloomy, with which seems to be, in my opinion, an accurate representation of how the world is beginning to view political figures, each other, and the future. While it is gloomy, it is a beautifully accurate assessment of the world that should not be overlooked.
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