January 20, 2014
Contributed by Brad Fuller
As you may remember from my previous blogs, I am the senior athletic training student assigned to the men’s basketball team on campus. I am with the team at [almost] every practice and game, so I get to see all of the injuries from start to finish. I went into the clinical assignment not knowing how much relevant information I would learn because I am attending physical therapy school next year and not continuing as a full time athletic trainer. However, I have gotten to see a lot of injuries and do considerable work with rehabilitation skills, which will be a huge help in my future career as a rehab specialist. As far as the different clinical rotations go, I have by far learned the most in this one. One thing I really appreciate about the athletic training program at Wilmington College is the hands-on experience, which in my opinion is the most important part of learning athletic training or therapy skills. You can learn tons of new information from textbooks or the most recent literature, however nothing beats having ot actually do something in a real life situation and problem solving on your own. It is also better to get this done during a clinical rotation because you have an expert with you at all times to correct you when you make a mistake (and yes, I, as well as all of my classmates, make tons of mistakes as part of the learning process). So far, it has been a great experience that has done nothing but confirm my career choice even more!
Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
-An incredible alternative-country album that I am revisiting because there isn’t much new music out yet this year, but it is coming soon!
January 15, 2014
Contributed by Brad Fuller
Towards the end of 2013, I wrote an end of the year music list and realized that I didn't share it here. So, here it is. Hope everyone's semester is starting out well!
It’s that time of the year again; the semester has come to an end, the holiday season is upon us, and end of the year music lists. If you have followed this blog for the past few years, you may remember my lists from 2012 and 2011. If not, you can probably find them in the archives. 2013 was a busy year for me, so I only consumed around 50 albums and spent significant time with 25-30 of them. However, I feel this is enough to give a quality top 13 albums from ’13 that you definitely should not have missed. As always, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out my last.fm at www.last.fm/user/bfuller92.
 Kanye West – Yeesus
Even though Kanye cancelled on Columbus because his set got destroyed or w/e I still think he is a piece of strange modern art in human form that everyone misunderstands.
 Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
Who doesn’t love Daft Punk?
 DARKSIDE – Psychic
I bet their Halloween show in Paris was amazingly creepy and fun
 Mutual Benefit – Love’s Crushing Diamond
It seems to me that there has been a huge lack of new releases in the folk scene recently, but this one definitely does not disappoint
 The Knife – Shaking the Habitual
I’m still waiting for them to come to the U.S. (the opening track Tooth for an Eye is my favorite track from the year btw :o)
 Sarah Neufeld – Hero Brother
When you go to a show, usually the opener doesn’t have the whole crowd in silence amazed by the sound (unless its Sarah Neufeld, violinist of Arcade Fire who now does solo work).
 The Weeknd – Kiss Land
A lot of people criticized The Weeknd for Kiss Land, but honestly I liked it better than any of the parts of The Trilogy
 Tim Hecker – Virgins
This is ambient artist Tim Hecker’s best work since he released Harmony in Ultraviolet in 2006.
 Arcade Fire – Reflektor
Too long, too boring, too disco, too strange, too much James Murphy, too little insight, too different… the list goes on but I still love Arcade Fire and have tickets to their Louisville show in March!
 Disclosure – Settle
So much hype, so much groove, so few disclosure shows near Ohio :(
 Colin Stetson - New History Warfare, Vol. 3: To See More Light
I saw Colin Stetson live in Cincinnati back in April and it was the most incredible sound I have ever heard; Solo bass saxophone played using circular breathing.
 Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
It may have something to do with the fact that I’m moving there in May, but I have been obsessed with New York City-based artists this year; This just happens to be the best album to come out of NYC this year.
 Burial – Rival Dealer
If you don’t know anything about Burial, you probably know just as much as those of us that know a lot about Burial. He has been releasing tunes for around a decade, but only in 2008 did he upload a picture of himself to his Myspace (yes, Myspace) after speculations of the anonymous act being compiled by other various musicians. For the past few years, Burial has been releasing spectacular EPs in December; his last full length, Untrue, was released in 2008. This EP is drastically different than previous Burial releases, but it still “sounds like Burial”. He claimed that he wanted the tunes to have an anti-bullying theme and hoped that they could help someone that is going through a rough time in their life. The looped vocal samples bring light to controversial sexual and social issues of the 21st century and the ambience makes the listener question the artist’s intent and personal story. As in previous Burial releases, the looped vocal samples are slightly androgynous and neutral, yet this release focuses more on the vocals and less on musical texture. The EP is a journey unlike Burial has ever taken us on before, and if you only listen to one new release from this year, make it this one.
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