Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Wavves - "King Of The Beach" (2010)

Wavves started in 2008 as the recording project of Nathan Williams. Wavves released several 7"s as well as a cassette leading up to the first two releases Wavves and Wavvves. After gaining recognition Ryan Ulsh was enlisted as a touring drummer and Wavves did the first US and European tours. Wavves released their self-titled debut album in 2008, subsequently drawing the attention of Pitchfork Media. At the time, the band consisted of guitarist Nathan Williams and drummer Ryan Ulsh.

The third Wavves album, entitled King of the Beach, was released on August 3, 2010, by Fat Possum Records, and features the latest lineup of Nathan Williams, Billy Hayes, and Stephen Pope. The album received generally positive reviews from the likes of Paste Magazine, Dusted Magazine, and The Onion's A.V. Club. The album was named the 24th-best album of the year by Spin, and the 50th best album of the year by Pitchfork.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

UVA Men Of Genius

The best thing to come outta UVA since TJ.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

US Open: Djokovic Defeats Nadal In Four Sets
Last year, Novak Djokovic made his second career run to the US Open final, overcoming a two-set deficit in his first round match, defeating five-time champion Roger Federer in the semifinals in five sets and then played a solid final against Rafael Nadal, despite a loss.

Since then he has not made any major changes to his game, but wins and more experience like those, changed his mental approach to facing other top players. He is hitting shots he did not in the past few years, and with more aggression and confidence, and made a change in his diet in the offseason to being gluten-free.

The result has been one of the greatest years in the history of tennis, which Djokovic made even greater Monday.

Djokovic battled back problems but used his superior return game, defense and speed to play with confidence to defeat the 10-time Grand Slam champion Nadal, 6-2, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-1, to win his first career US Open crown and fourth Grand Slam title in a match featuring spectacular shot-making and many unbelievable rallies. With the win, he pushed his record on the year to an amazing 64-2 and 6-0 over Nadal. He also had a 43-match win streak stemming from last year's Davis Cup final until his loss to Federer in this year in the French Open semifinals.

With the win he also became just the sixth man in the Open Era to win three Grand Slam titles in the same year, after winning both the Australian Open and Wimbledon (over Nadal) earlier this season.

“It really seems unreal,” Djokovic said of his victory. “I think most of the strokes are the same that they were in last two, three years. I'm going for it, I'm more aggressive, and I have just a different approach to the semifinals and finals of major events, especially when I'm playing two great champions, Rafa and Roger.

“In last couple of years that wasn't the case," he added. "I was always kind of trying to wait for their mistakes or being out there and playing my best tennis and not really having the positive attitude and kind of believing that I can win.”

After losing the Wimbledon final to Djokovic, Nadal had said he needed to play more aggressive and confident against Djokovic in order to beat him.

But on Monday, it was Djokovic who again played more aggressive for most of the match and with most of the confidence, as he was seemingly everywhere around the court, tracking down shot after shot and hitting extremely deep, which forced Nadal to play way behind the baseline at times and then leave balls too short in the court for Djokovic to crush.

The match featured an extraordinary amount of service breaks, as Djokovic had 26 break-point chances and broke Nadal 11 of those times, which was the most times the great Spaniard had been broken in 163 career Grand Slam matches.

Nadal also had 14 break-point chances against the Serb, converting on six of them, but a big problem was his inability to capitalize on most of those leads, as he struggled serving, especially in the first two sets, and for the match won just 52 percent of his first serves, compared to 65 percent for Djokovic, who felt on from the beginning.

The world No. 1 prevailed in a 4-hour, 10-minute display of astonishing shotmaking and crowd-pleasing rallies. The two played one game that lasted more than 17 minutes, and the third set alone took 84 minutes.

Nadal finished with 32 winners and 37 unforced errors. Djokovic had 55 winners and 51 unforced errors.

“Right now I'm all over positive emotions. It's really hard to find the words that can describe the feeling that I had and that I have still. But I know this couldn't come overnight. It's a long process,” he said. “Throughout all my life I've been working, being committed to this sport 100 percent. That's the only the way you can really succeed: the right balance between private life and life on tour, which is very requiring, demanding.

“But this is something that I love to do, and it brings me joy every single time I step on the court and make a win,” he added. “Nothing can replace that feeling.”

Biggest Breakout Star of the US Open:
Donald Young
Prior to this summer, the biggest headline Donald Young made on tour was his expletive-laced Twitter rant towards the USTA. After making amends, the American buckled down and went to work, getting into the best shape of his career and adding some pop to his groundstrokes. The hard work paid off, with Young reaching his first ATP Tour semifinal in Washington, D.C. At the US Open, Young followed up his strong summer by posting one of the biggest wins of his career in the second round, rallying from being down two sets to one against world No. 14 Stanislas Wawrinka and ultimately prevailing in a fifth-set tiebreaker. Although Andy Murray beat him handily in the fourth round, Young has made rapid progress with the rankings. Ranked outside of the top 100 at the beginning of August, he will now reach a career-high ranking of approximately No. 58 after this tournament and has minimal points to defend for the rest of the year.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Girls - "Vomit" (2011)

Girls is an indie rock band from San Francisco, California. Made up of two key members, Christopher Owens and Chet "JR" White. The band's lead singer, Christopher Owens, is a former member of the Children of God cult. The New York Times compared the band's sound to Elvis Costello, Buddy Holly, and The Beach Boys.

The band released their second full length album Father, Son, Holy Ghost on September 9, 2011 in UK/Europe and on September 13 in the USA. On July 20, 2011, they released "Vomit" from their upcoming album as a free download. This was followed by a video of the same song in August.

The band toured Europe and returned to the U.S. in late 2009 for a national headlining tour. They are known for the use of drugs whilst making their first album, though in a 2009 interview with State magazine lead singer Owens suggested this is now a more occasional indulgence. The group played the ATP New York 2010 music festival in Monticello, New York in September 2010. Girls began touring again on September 3 and will be playing across the USA, Canada, Japan, UK, and Europe.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Cool Kids - "Summer Jam" (2011)

Once again, The Cool Kids have teamed up with directors Maxim Bohichick and Alex Bergman of BBGUN Films to deliver a new video for their Green Label Sound single, "Summer Jam (feat. Maxine Ashley)." The video shows what Summer should be: nothing but "bevs, barbecue, and babes," as Mikey and Chuck would say.

Consisting of rappers Antoine "Sir Michael Rocks" Reed (originally from Matteson, Illinois) and Evan "Chuck Inglish" Ingersoll (originally from Mount Clemens, Michigan), the group is based in Chicago, Illinois and Detroit, Michigan.

When Fish Ride Bicycles is the second major record and debut studio album of the American hip hop duo The Cool Kids, released on July 12, 2011 by Green Label Sound Records. The album features the collaborations production, from Chuck Inglish, Pharrell Williams of the Neptunes, and Travis Barker, along with appearances from Bun B, Ghostface Killah, Travis Barker, and Asher Roth. This is the first studio recording of the group after the mixtape Tacklebox, in the beginning of 2010.

Friday, September 2, 2011

VT and the Libyan Revolution

"To think that some goofball professor and some awesome artist here in Blacksburg, have now had some completely small role in the Libyan revolution that is happening right now,” says John Boyer.

The Gadhafi image was originally created for a textbook called "The Plaid Avenger." A comic book series that talks about factual history and geographical information, but with an interesting story line twist.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Young The Giant - "My Body" (2011)

Young the Giant is an American rock band that formed in Irvine, California, in 2004. The band's line-up is Sameer Gadhia (lead vocals), Jacob Tilley (guitar), Eric Cannata (guitar), Payam Doostzadeh (bass guitar), and Fran├žois Comtois (drums). Formerly known as The Jakes, Young the Giant was signed by Roadrunner Records in 2009 and released its eponymous debut album in 2010.

An underlying theme of the album, according to Gadhia, is the "feeling of isolation and almost surreal happiness with a lover." Much of the album was inspired by the beach, Gadhia said. "It is summery, kind of an Orange County sound. When we first started doing this seriously and living together, Newport was just like eternal summer for us. We did draw from a lot of that."

The band's first single "My Body" was released to U.S. radio in January and went on to peak at #5 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. Sameer Gadhia said the track is an embodiment of the band: "a combination of youthful energy and slightly naive but optimistic determination. It captures a sense of passion, urgency and excitement that we've felt throughout the writing and recording process over the past two years."