Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Getting 'Hung' Up This Summer

So you love Entourage, right? Well, have you noticed the show before it, Hung? Last season it received much critical acclaim. Hung is on HBO, Sunday nights at 10pm. Below are clips of what you can expect from Sunday's episode!

'Entourage' Is Back! Taking A Look At Sunday's Episode

Can you believe this is Entourage's 7th season? I can't either. Take a look at what's happening on Sunday's new episode with a preview and a never before scene clip.

Ep. 80: Buzzed: Preview

Ep 80: Credit Card Denied

Monday, June 21, 2010

Enjoy the Summer

Greenville College is pretty much closed for the summer, unless you are working paint crew or clean up dump. This is it for local stuff! But we'll still be around for other things...

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Varsity Art XIV (Art St. Louis)

This weekend, Art St. Louis will be presenting the 14th annual exhibition of Varsity Art. The exhibit features art created by students from 19 different colleges in Illinois and Missouri. One to two students are chosen from each school to present pieces of different media. This year, Greenville College was chosen to select two art students to participate in this exhibition. Our recently graduated Tara Underwood and talented Hayley Sutton, both Art Majors, will be showing off their work. The opening reception starts at 6 pm this Saturday , February 27, and is open until 8 pm. Come out to support our art students and see some excellent art from other universities! The show will be open until March 11 for all to see and is located on Washington Avenue in St. Louis.

Superman Breaks Record

On Wednesday, Feb 22, the original first edition Superman comic—said to be the holy grail of comic books—sold for $1 million. Released in 1938 by Action Comics, the publication features Superman lifting cars, and originally selling for 10 cents a copy. Not only is this transaction significant for its rarity, but it also sets a new record for the highest price paid for a comic book (previous record stood at $317,000). Almost immediately after the comic was placed on, a collector placed the offer of $1 million for the comic, which rated an 8.0 for its optimal condition. Collectors claim an opportunity like this comes around only once every twenty years. So until 2030—faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, it’s a bird, it’s a plane—it’s Superman!

The Golden Archipelago

-Joshua Witchger

The music of the Austin based group Shearwater excels in evolutionary manner. Over an eleven-year stretch, their vision continues to unfold into something deeper and more refined than before. With help from the New York Times and NPR, the group’s 2008 release earned them wider attention, as Rook was praised one of the year’s best albums. The sextet’s newest release,
The Golden Archipelago, is no exception to the group’s genius.

In The Golden Archipelago (i.e. The Golden Islands), solemn and haunting music expresses wonder, bewilderment, and grief, towards some of the world’s most isolated and “on the edge” landscapes. Front man Jonathan Meiburg, who spent time in various islands as an ornithology grad student, uses his experience with biology and ecology as the main content of The Golden Archipelago. Themes of nature, wonder, and anguish, dominate as the group praises and laments nature through their signature sound. While not explicitly a concept album, the motif of man’s impact on nature and subsequent loss of identity lingers through nearly every track, compelling the listener to contemplate along with Meiburg.

Beginning the album is a recording of aborigine Bikinains chanting their struggle against globalization. According to The Golden Archipelago’s 52 page booklet, the Bikinains have been exiled to a nearby area, while their homeland is used as a testing ground for advancing weapons of war. Their plea translates to, “No longer can I stay it's true/ no longer can I live in peace and harmony/ no longer can I rest on my sleeping pillow/ because of my island and the life I once knew there.” Quickly after this chant, Meiburg delves into metaphor, comparing the echoes of crashing waves to the reverberation of memories from a former life.

At times, Meiburg’s lyrics seem less like 21st century song material, and more like naturalistic rhetoric from the Enlightenment era. In “God Made Me,” Meiburg seems to yearn with the outcast aborigines pleading, “we call back to the old familiar life… unchain me… I am life breathed in the radiant lie.” Then later in “Runners of the Earth,” the vastness of land and sea is explored further, ending with the line, “I learned a lie that power breeds/ regeneration.”

Finally, the singer takes on the persona of the outcast in singing lines in their native tongue, translated to mean, “The thought is overwhelming/ rendering me helpless and in great despair.”

The whole of The Golden Archipelago swoons and strides in a seamless rhythm. String arrangements, piano, and malleted drums tie the album together perfectly, producing an almost dream-like quality. Excelling in educated lyrical content, backed by music that suits their endeavor, the whole of the album succeeds. Certainly, one will be led to agree with Matador Records’ declaration that “Shearwater’s The Golden Archipelago is the band’s most absorbing and accomplished work to date.”

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