Candyland fun at MayDay Carnival

Spring is always a time for fun in the sun and the Student Association Programming Board (SAPB) plans on kicking springtime joy up a notch with their annual MayDay carnival.

"MayDay is a celebration of spring, May, and the end of the academic year," said Maximillian Gottfried, WNYO’s general manager.

During the carnival on May 3, there will be free food, games, music and inflatables out in The Quad.

This year, the theme for MayDay is "Candyland," and there will be "candy to go along with the theme and activities for the students to partake in," SAPB Assistant Director Giselle Guerrero said.

WNYO has been putting on a concert for the past several years for the MayDay festivities.

"In the past we’ve had bands such as Hit the Lights, Nightmare of You, June, and Big D and the Kids Table," Gottfried said.

"This year we’re putting on a free show again on May 3 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Hewitt Union Ballroom, featuring an acoustic solo performance by Vinnie Caruana," Gottfried said. "He is currently the singer of the band I Am the Avalanche and was the singer of the popular Long Island-based band The Movielife."

Gottfried added that Caruana’s performance would likely be a blend of songs from his two bands and some covers.

This year’s carnival will also feature Greene Reveal, The Score, Kay Pettigrew, and Oswego-native group Jackson’s Kid Summer.

The Candyland Carnival is open to all Oswego State students and the general community. "A lot of people bring their families," Guerrero said.

LAKER LIFE

LAKER LIFE

WTOP-10 Movie Marathon

Begins Friday, May 1, 5 p.m.

Ends Sunday, May 3, 5 p.m.

Live broadcast from WTOP-10 at The Quad.

Concert: Good Old War and The Scarlet Ending

Friday, May 1, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Sheldon Hall Ballroom

Tickets: $5

Shaun Cassidy

Improv Comedy

Saturday, May 2, 8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Campus Center Auditorium

Theatre: "Into the Woods"

Saturday, May 2, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday, May 3, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Waterman Theatre, Tyler Hall

Tickets for Oswego State Students: $7

International Coffee Hour

Monday, May 4, 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Poucher Hall, Room 222

Concert: College Community Orchestra

Tuesday, May 5, 7:30 pm. – 9:30 p.m.

Waterman Theatre, Tyler Hall

Tickets: $5

Jam Session:

Oswego Jazz Project

Wednesday, May 6, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Patz Restaurant: 6 E. First St.

Bring you instrument and sit in!

Concert (tentative): Oswego Jazz Project Ensemble

Thursday, May 7, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Waterman Theatre, Tyler Hall

Tickets: $5

Movie: "Calendar Girls"

Thursday, May 7, 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Campus Center Auditorium

Concert: "Americana"

Friday, May 8, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Church of the Resurrection: 120 W. 5th St.

Donation: $5

Exhibit: "Hiroshima Speaks"

Ongoing until May 14, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Penfield Library

Exhibit: Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition

Ongoing untill May 15, 10 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Tyler Art Gallery

Exhibit: "Spirit Portals"

Ongoing untill May 16, 11 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Oswego State Downtown

04/29/09 – 05/05/09

Chicken Riggies with a Salad

$ 13.99

05/06/09 – 05/12/09

Chicken Parmigiana with

Spaghetti and a Salad

$ 12.99

The College-Community Orchestra is ending the semester with a concert for Oswego State on Tuesday, May 5, in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre.

"The orchestra plays several concerts annually," orchestra director and associate professor Juan F. La Manna said. "On some occasions, students are featured as soloists."

For four Oswego State music department students, the event is a great opportunity for them to showcase their musical talents as they have been conferred the honor of being the featured soloists of the concert.

"Tim Lanigan, pianist, will perform the first movement of Schumann’s beautiful piano concerto," La Manna said. "Wojciech Milewski, clarinetist, will perform the first movement of Weber’s passionate first clarinet concerto."

The other two soloists are baritones Jonathan Powers and Tamar Tafari-Greene. Powers will perform the aria "Non piu andrai" from Mozart’s delightful opera "The Marriage of Figaro," Tafari-Greene will perform Handel’s majestic aria "Total Eclipse" from the oratorio "Samson."

"It is a very high honor," Milewski said. "In the world of professional music, only the best of the best are selected to display their musicianship by their peers and conductors, as they are the musicians that offer the most to music on their particular instrument."

"It feels good to receive this kind of handshake as I’m about to leave Oswego," Powers said. "I have dreamt throughout my college career of singing as a soloist with orchestral accompaniment."

La Manna spoke highly about all four of the soloists. "Love them," La Manna said. "They are our very best students, and they are doing a fantastic job. They are performing wonderful pieces."

"The Weber concerto is a staple of the clarinet repertoire. It’s beauty is matched by its technical prowess, and it presented an immense challenge to make those two combine to create a piece of music," Milewski said of his song choice. "There is a reason why this piece is on my graduate school applications for solo clarinet, and that is it."

"Since I am doing a recital in the fall of 2009, I wanted to choose a concerto that best displays the qualities of romantic music, is technically difficult, and is not as over-played as the Mozart clarinet concerto, which I am sure everyone has heard at least once in their life," Milewski said.

Explaining why he chose "Total Eclipse," Tafari-Greene said "When I first heard of the competition, I decided to look back on some that I knew were oratorios or pieces accompanied with orchestra and there were a few."

"The aria I am doing is very passionate and very open, leaving time for me to interpret the music in my own way thus making it more dramatic," Tafari-Greene said. "I thought it would be perfect to do with an orchestra."

"My piano professor, Dr. Robert Auler, and I, chose this piece because of the beautiful melodies in it. Schumann also does an excellent job of making the orchestra an integral part of the concerto," Lanigan said. "Plus, I love it!"

"At this point, I do not know where life will take me, but I know that music will be a part of it," Milewski said. "Maybe with this performance I will be one step closer to finding my true career path, or maybe not. Either way, it is a wonderful opportunity to play with Oswego’s finest musicians, and of the world’s greatest conductors and teachers in Juan La Manna."

"I think it will be a great concert. Some of the music is very difficult and has been a challenge, but it is all very pleasant," La Manna said. "I hope many people attend and support our very best student."

Admission for the event is free, but a suggested donation of $5 will support the Oswego State Music Department’s Excellence Fund. Parking is free in campus lots on evenings and weekends. People with disabilities seeking special accommodations should contact the music department at 315-312-2130.

By TSE MEI NG LAKER LIFE EDITOR ng@oswego.edu

Thieves Like Us is an electro band that’s two-thirds Swedish and one-third American that creates indie electro-pop that’s akin to a sonic mix of New Order and Daft Punk. The band consists of singer Andy, keybaordist Bjorn, and drummer Pontus. They released their debut album "Play Music" last October on the Fantasy Memory Label. Since then the band have been tearing up clubs worldwide with their cutting edge retro future funk.

Q: You’ve said that "Play Music" is your autobiography. What kind of events and experiences do you draw from to write a song?

A: Most of the songs on the album were about breaking up. The three of us were living in Berlin. I had gone there expecting a crowded German metropol… I hadn’t even done my research that the town had been bombed. And I thought everything would look like German book influence Christiane F. But, the town was empty. People were only listening to techno. No pretty girls would talk to me. The music scene sucked. But, there was this promise, that you could make something in Berlin. It wasn’t a "finished city" like NYC or Paris. The three of us were all down, I suppose. Bjorn and I hated everyone and everything. I was binge drinking every day starting at noon, all through the night. Luckily Pontus stepped in. He wasn’t on this mad romp in substance abuse like Bjorn and I were. I had met a sexy Austrian girl. She sang in Sex In Dallas, which I thought was shit. But she was good in bed. And seemed to love me. I was acting stupid. And I freaked out one night because of the booze. She just split up with me. And then, I think most of the songs were about losing. We are a band of losers. I think "Miss You" is the only up song on the album. That one is about being a waitress in a nightclub and also about Angela and David Bowie (I had a dream about them). I don’t want to keep writing about losing, though.

Q: The sonic vocabulary you guys employ on "Play Music" is like a rediscovered language of electronica, beyond New Order, where do you guys look for inspiration?

A: Bjorn and I were sampling our favorite records. And I had two really expensive old delay pedals. I don’t know. At that time. We wanted to sound like some late seventies kraut record. We are listening to a lot of seventies stuff. I think "Hate It or Love It" by 50 cent is a great example of a song that combines this sixties soul feeling with some modern keyboards. I also think V-2 Schneider and the "Sound and Vision on the Low" record by David Bowie are a really cool fusion of 60s soul and "The Future." So, I guess we want to combine the past with the far future.

Q: How is it to work with bandmates who are from different countries? What unique influences do each of you bring to the music?

A: Bjorn and Pontus are more pop than me. If it weren’t for them, I think every song would sound like "Broken Heart" by Spiritualized. Bjorn is always researching some older obscure music to look at. I think he had listened to a lot of R&B and soul. He started drumming at eight.

Bjorn and I aren’t real musicians. Or we were just hobbyists. We were both big fans of [musician] The Edge. He saw U2 in 1992 in Malmo and I saw them in 1992 in Denver.

Q: When you were recording the album in Berlin, London, New York City and Stockholm was it all together as a group or did you record parts and send them to each other via e-mail?

A: It was mostly as a group. I had very little to do with "Desire" and "Miss You" actually. I wrote the singing parts after the backing tracks were done.

Q: Do you remember the moment that you as a group decided that you could make music that was better than the stuff you heard in nightclubs night after night?

A: Well that must have been my first month in Berlin. I saw some really silly guy get up with a CD for a backing track. People loved it. I hated it because it was so tongue in cheek. I was listening to Blonde Redhead a lot. And I think I had this idea for a kind of slightly glamorous but tragic disco band. That would be us. Hopefully we will morph into the Bee Gees and make some money soon.

Q: I love the spoken word on "Program of the Second Part," it’s like reading poetry to the Blade Runner soundtrack. Where did the idea of spoken word in this interlude come from?

A: We had the instrumental first. And I think I was too proud, somehow. I wanted lyrics for everything, so I wrote a poem for it. I always want our lyrics to be printed. Lyrics are important. Language is important. Poetry is important. That song is maybe about watching time fade away.

Q: The video for "Program of the First Part" works so well with the footage from the Tron movie, did you guys write the song with that in mind, or did it all just fall in place?

A: It was probably in the back our heads when we made the tune. So, a gift from God maybe.

Q: What’s in store for Thieves Like Us in 2009?

A: We are making a second record, which we want to have out before the end of the year. And hopefully we will tour a lot. If we can get some extra finances, I’d like to see us pimp out our stage show with some lights and special effects.

By AARON Z. LEE STAFF WRITER alee1@oswego.edu

By KATE BOSWELL ASST. LAKER LIFE EDITOR boswell@oswego.edu

By DYLAN NAGY INCOMING LAKER LIFE EDITOR dnagy@oswego.edu

By TSE MEI NG OUTGOING LAKER LIFE EDITOR ng@oswego.edu

"Once upon a time in Nazi-occupied France," Brad Pitt demanded of his eight chosen Jewish American soldiers to collect 100 Nazi scalps each as retribution, leaving behind only their mangled remains as a glorious token from "The Basterds." Directed by Quentin Tarantino, "Inglorious Basterds" is poised to grace the screens on Aug. 21.

Seth Rogan and Adam Sandler team up as a pair of standup comedians struggling with the reality of death. Sandler’s character, ironically, learns how to live through acceptance of his failing health, seeking to save the girl of his dreams from the not-so-perfect family life.

The Autobots and Decepticons return to Earth for a second big-screen faceoff this summer, featuring returns of the majority of the original cast. The film’s makers, using an increased budget, promised more screen time for the transforming robots and improved animations.

Tom Hanks is back as Dr. Robert Langdon in the sequel to 2006’s "The DaVinci Code." Once again, Langdon is uncovering deep secrets of the Catholic church, but this time, it’s in regard to their long feud with a secret society, the Illuminati. Based on its trailer, it should be as fast-paced and mentally stimulating as its predecessor.

The epic tale of "Harry Potter" continues in the film adaptation of the sixth installment in the series. As Harry is trying to figure out the mystery of the Half Blood Prince, he continues to battle Voldermort and the Deatheaters. This film looks darker and more action-filled than the previous films and will keep people on the edge of their seats.

Possibly one of the most anticipated films of this summer, the new "Star Trek" movie is directed by the great J.J. Abrams, who envisioned this prequel to be a good background story for established fans, and a nice entry point for those new to the franchise. The trailer is captivating, the casting is ingenious, and Spock’s ears look pointy. Yes, everyone is waiting for May 8 to become a Trekkie.

For fans of the "X-Men" series, this should definitely be a treat. Giving the back-story on human-turned-mutant Wolverine, the film looks like it continues the level of action-packed awesomeness that the three previous "X-Men" movies provided. The film, starring Hugh Jackman, will no doubt be a summer movie hit.

The United States of America may have declared their first war on crime in "Public Enemies," but no one watching the trailer can feel anything but adoration and admiration for main man Johny Depp. Paired with Christian Bale and Marrion Cotillard, "Public Enemies" exudes more than enough style and charm on July 1 to last the whole summer.

Brüno

Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest character, a supposed flamboyant Austrian reporter, was unleashed on the world without notice and documented in this summer’s comedy blockbuster. Like Cohen’s last character to receive a full-length film, Borat, "Brüno" parodies American culture through the perspective of a peculiar outsider.

Pixar will continue it’s long line of excellent family films with "Up." The story follows an old curmudgeon and a young, enthusiastic wilderness explorer as they go on an adventure with a house that can fly via the use of balloons. If this film is anything like Pixar’s previous films, it is sure to have memorable characters and a touching story.

In development for the last few years by Remedy Entertainment, "Alan Wake" is being billed as a psychological action thriller. Alan Wake is a struggling writer and his wife decided a change of scenery was needed, so they move to the idyllic town of Bright Falls to regain his creative spirit. Shortly after they move to Bright Falls, Wake’s wife vanished and he is left in his own created nightmare. Word by word, his latest work is being written with him as the main character in his own nightmare. Enemies in the game are vulnerable to light and Alan Wake’s main weapon of choice is his flashlight. The game promises different ways to trap your enemies in light through various traps and weapons. Remedy also promises a full three dimensional free-roam city similar to ones found in the Grand Theft Auto franchise. This game has a release date of when-it’s-done and will be available for the Xbox 360 and PC.

"Brűtal Legend" is another highly anticipated game, developed by Double Fine Productions and described as a third-person action game. In "Brűtal Legend," the player takes the role of Eddie Riggs, voiced by actor Jack Black, a heavy metal roadie who one day is accidently transported to the fantasy world of heavy metal. Eddie becomes this new world’s savior using his flying-V guitar named "Clementine," a broad axe called "the Separator" and his hotrod nicknamed "the deuce." Eddie battles various enemies such as grave diggers and reapers using his guitar, which can be fused with various magical powers. The game promises a 64 square kilometers open world, 23 main missions, as well as 30 side missions, in which the player can find actual metal songs that can be played on Eddie’s radio throughout the game. Look for the game this October for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.

"Prototype," described as a sandbox action game, currently being developed by Radical Entertainment has the player take on the role of Alex Mercer, a former scientist who is now a biological weapon with no memories of his past. Alex has the ability to shape-shift and can consume his enemies, enabling him to gain all of their own past experiences, memories, and appearance. These new abilities are designed so that the player has an array of ways to complete objectives. Alex can also run and jump fast, and can lift huge amounts of weight. Radical claims there will be over 750 unique combinations of various powers. Look for "Prototype" on June 9 for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC.

Developed by Rockstar Vancouver, "Max Payne 3" is a third-person shooter and will be the first game in the series that was not developed and created by Finnish developer Remedy Entertainment. "Max Payne 3" promises to deliver a new chapter in Max Payne’s life, one to which "Max is a few years older, more world weary and [more] cynical than ever" lead developer Sam Houser said. Max has left New York City, has "drifted from bad to worse" and has apparently been doubled-crossed in a new location in his search for truth. Look for the first game in the "Max Payne" series in seven years this holiday season on the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC.

No longer known as "Call of Duty," "Modern Warfare 2" is a first-person shooter that promises to deliver an even better experience than before. Infinity Ward, considered one of the best game developers in the world, has decided to once again set its newest game in modern times. In development for the past two years, "Modern Warfare 2" will have the player take on Russian separatists, who are back for revenge from the first game. Not many details have been announced, but Infinity Ward promises new weapons, vehicles, locales and, most importantly revamped multiplayer game play. If you are a fan of the "Call of Duty" series, especially "Call of Duty 4," then "Modern Warfare 2" is a must-buy. Look for the game this November for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC.

By GREG DROBNY STAFF WRITER drobny@oswego.edu

Logan Lynn is an artist out of Portland, Ore., that has recently been signed to the Dandy Warhol’s "Beat the World" label. His new album "From Pillar to Post" is an emotional journey through sprawling soundscapes of sparkling pop melodies and jagged glitchy beats. As the press release on his Web page says: "He puts the "Disco" back in "Discomfort."

Q: How did your interest in music begin?

A: Well, I grew up in a super conservative religious home…I was literally the son of a preacher man…so, most music aside from church music was outlawed in our house. My parents had some John Denver tapes as well as the "Footloose" soundtrack mixed in with all of the Contemporary Christian music, which I gravitated toward at a very young age and proceeded to play to death. This is totally f***ed, but when I was 10 I started going to Target with my mom and stealing "secular" CD’s, which I kept in the bottom of a trash can at home to hide from my parents. All of that was very "Footloose" too, now that I think about it. Eventually they found the stash and I got caught stealing, so the jig was up. There was no Internet back then, so from there I had to get creative in order to get music. I recall convincing my folks that Jesus Jones was a guy’s name and that Tori Amos’s song "God" was a hymn. These sorts of plans always worked until somebody paid attention, then the jig would be up again.

At a certain point, my parents mellowed out and I got heavy into alt-rock and female vocalists. I started taking tons of drugs and going to giant rave parties in the Midwest when I hit high school and started down the DJ road then. I think somewhere along the way the a cappella church music, the angry female vocalist alt-rockers and the techno combined in my head and helped to form the sound that I’ve kind-of come to be known for. It’s a funny mix of stuff, but I think having to fight to listen to music as a young man made my connection to songs so much greater…like the idea that they could be taken from you at any minute makes every play that much more important or something.

Q: Who are some of the artists that have influenced your own style over the years?

A: My favorite band of all time is The Innocence Mission. I bought their first record in 1989 and have continued to buy everything they have put out since. I love them. If I were to pick one person who has influenced my lyrical style and the way I think about words it would be their lead singer, Karen Peris. She is someone who continues to amaze me with every step of her musical journey. I also am really inspired by Liz Phair, The Sundays, Lori Carson, The Cardigans, Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Regina Spektor. On the flipside, I still love all kinds of techno, indie rock and dance music as well. I am in more recent years inspired by Styrofoam, Simian, Phoenix, Santogold, MGMT, Midnight Juggernauts, The Presets, Rogue Wave, Mew, and a bunch of other folks who I think make music that could be friends with my music.I am also consistently inspired by the local Portland music scene: The Dandy Warhols, Assemble The Empire, The Upsidedown, Menomena, Gavin Castleton, Glass Candy, Chromatics, and The Gossip. To have that sort of talent swirling about town has been magical lately.

Q: When you write a song do you draw from personal experience or create a character to narrate through? Or maybe a combination of both?

A: Yeah, I have found that I’m no good unless I am being truthful, and the only way for me to do that is to take the mirror, turn it around on myself, and write about what I see. I try to just be honest about what I’m feeling, whether it’s right or wrong. My music is about the struggle often times more than the answer, so I try just to make peace with the fact that it just is what it is and what it is is true, like it or not. I figure as long as I’m not full of s**t people will continue to respond to it.

Q: How did you meet your collaborator Carlos Cortes?

A: Carlos is one part of a local DJ Collective in Portland called Assemble The Empire and he approached me via Myspace about doing a remix for the original version of "Burning Your Glory" from 2000. I was so pleased with what he did, we made a video which ended up getting picked up by MTV’s "Logo" Network and was really the first major milestone as far as my music getting "out there." We decided that, since that had gone over so well, we would make an E.P. That all happened at the beginning of 2007 and has been sort-of a whirlwind ever since.

Q: What about working with Carlos Cortes on your single "Feed Me to the Wolves" made you want to continue the collaboration?

A: Carlos and I work really well together. There is a mutual trust and respect that works wonders in the studio. We also got to be really good friends along the way, which made it even better. I really believe in being loyal to the folks who have done right by you and Carlos is one of those people for me. We have a special connection with the songwriting that I have never had with anyone else. It’s rare that you find someone who you think is awesome and who you trust with your name, your sound, etc. He is really good at what he does, so I tend to let him do it. It has been nice to be able to focus on what I’m good at and not have it be a one man show anymore. He’s super talented, is basically what it boiled down to.

Q: How did you get hooked up with The Dandy Warhol’s Beat the World record label?

A: That was all chance as well. I was running a company in L.A. and Portland and we had hired a photographer named Ray Gordon to take photos for a new ad campaign. One night while we were there Ray and I got wasted and decided to take my new band photos as well. I then gave him a copy of the demo which Carlos and I were going to release as "From Pillar To Post" and he liked it. He also happened to be best friends with Courtney Taylor-Taylor and passed the CD along to him the following week.

From there, Courtney set up a meeting with Carlos and I and told us that he was interested in putting our record out. We said "hell yes" I believe and started in on what ended up being two years in their studio with Carlos and Jeremy Sherrer (one of their engineers). Courtney really believed in the record and what we were doing from day one and basically handed us the keys to the kingdom to get it made. We really owe a lot to The Dandys for making this all possible and to Courtney in particular for hearing what we were trying to do through what we had actually done. They were patient with us and let things run their course at a natural pace. They were so cool and really welcomed us into their family and the label.

By AARON Z. LEE STAFF WRITER alee1@oswego.edu

The Student Association Programming Board’s annual spring concert, this year, left many audience members scratching their heads as to why it was held at all. Only two out of the five bands were even worth waiting for in the long line outside the Campus Center Arena.

The opening act of the night was up-and-coming California band Drive A. The music was irritatingly loud and didn’t have any substance. It seemed that Drive A thought that saying the f-bomb over and over would make people think they were older than they looked.

The next band on the line-up, Madina Lake, was a definite improvement. The Chicago-based band made sure that everyone was having a good time, and their music certainly helped out. Even though it was hard to hear lyrics in the arena, from what could be picked up, Madina Lake was definitely more mature than the previous band.

Following Madina Lake was the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, which was disappointing overall. Lacking in energy, it seemed they were not interested in performing at all from the second they hit the stage. Although they did play their two hits, "Face Down" and "Your Guardian Angel," that even could not redeem the band.

The best performer of the evening was by far Secondhand Serenade. John Vesely and company kept the audience going with their beautiful songs about love and relationships. Even though the music was more mellow than the previous bands, Secondhand Serenade was able to engage the audience more. They even did a cover of Coldplay’s "Fix You," helping audience members who were new to the Secondhand Serenade have moments to sing along.

Last but not least came the most anticipated act of the night, N*E*R*D. After much speculation of whether or not the band would play, they came on stage in total rock-star style. Lead singer/rapper Pharrell Williams surprised everyone by inviting audience members on stage, since, as they informed the audience, Oswego State would not allow them to crowd surf. This certainly made their set interesting to watch. N*E*R*D had a somewhat-strong set, yet it was more entertaining to see what the band would do, rather than what music they were performing. In the end, N*E*R*D’s performance did not match the high-and-mighty attitude of Pharrell.

A pleasant surprise was MC Mr. Napkins, a comedy rapper who helped fill in time between set changes. Even though his raps were completely silly, it brought some laughter to what was an overall dull night.

By KATE BOSWELL ASSISTANT LAKER LIFE EDITOR boswell@oswego.edu