Taking a Break for Law School

Hey y’all,

There are times when the real world gets in the way.  They suck.  This is one of those times.

I’m taking the LSAT in February, and if you want to win, you have to learn how to play the game.  So I’m taking a Kaplan course to learn how to destroy the LSAT.  The unfortunate thing is that the course meets on Sundays from 6-9:15, meaning The VU Backstage will be going on hiatus for this semester.

No worries.  I’ll still write pieces for the WRVU staff blog and link them here for your reading pleasure.  And we’ll be back on air in the fall with a fresh new lineup of Vanderbilt student musicians.

Keep those fires burning,

Zach

Deanna Walker on The VU Backstage

Hey y’all,

Hard to believe this is the penultimate show of Season 3 of The VU Backstage, but here we are.  It’s only fitting, as we near the time of reflection upon the past year, that we had a guest  who really provided a big picture look at the Vanderbilt music scene.  Deanna Walker has taught probably 90% of the guests in the history of The VU Backstage, and she has influenced them all to some degree.  It’s uncertain how the songwriting community here would look if Deanna wasn’t there to cultivate that interest and bring writers together.  If you want to listen to the full show, it’s posted below…unfortunately, the recording equipment once again made it a bit garbled, but it’s at least intelligible this time, and it’s mostly talking.

Next week we’ll have our season finale, featuring Nate Banks!  Be sure to tune in!

-Zach

Eli Sones on The VU Backstage

Hey y’all,

Back again after a one-week hiatus in the hometown.  Chicago was awesome, especially because I was surrounded by my North Star community for the entire weekend.

Anyways, we were back to the show this weekend.  Eli Sones came on as a last-minute replacement for I Hate Ricky and put on a great show.  Unfortunately, though, the recording sounds like it was run through a bitcrusher.  Add this to my long list of grievances against that damn Garage Band setup in the WRVU studio.  Here’s the recording, if you can decipher what we’re saying.

We’ll be off again next week for Thanksgiving break, but we return in two weeks with the godmother of the Vanderbilt music scene…Deanna Walker!

-Zach

Alex Justice on The VU Backstage

Hey y’all,

Another week, another great show.  Alex Justice showed off her songwriting skills and her awesome 12-string guitar!  For the full show, click below.

In lieu of reposting those articles I’ve been talking about, I’ll just leave you this link.  I now write for the WRVU staff blog, so this is where a lot of my music commentary will be from now on.

There will be no show next week (I’ll be home for a bar mitzvah) but we’ll be coming back on November 17th!

-DJ Zach

Maja Majewski on The VU Backstage

Hey y’all,

It was a great show tonight with Maja Majewski!  We had some excellent conversations about artists who should be famous but aren’t, Maja’s tendency to write songs about food, and the growth of the Vanderbilt music scene since we arrived here a little over two years ago.  Here’s the full show, if you missed it or just want to hear it again.

I also promise that this week, you’ll get to see both my examination of why we hate Nickelback and my comprehensive piece on Between the Buried and Me.  But it’s late right now and I still have a lot of work to do.

-Zach

Matt Robinson and an Exciting Metal Concert

Hey y’all,

Thanks to those of you who tuned in for the show last night.  Matt Robinson played some awesome music and we had some great conversation.  I am so inspired by his decision to take a year off of school to work solely on his writing; it will definitely benefit him in the future.  You can check out the full show below.

In other news, I’m going to my second-ever metal concert ever on Friday night at Cannery Ballroom.  Between the Buried and Me is the headliner, and they will be playing their most recent album, Parallax II: Future Sequence, in its entirety.

When you get past the screaming, Between the Buried and Me makes damn good music.

When you get past the screaming, Between the Buried and Me makes damn good music.

I first got turned on to these guys in my senior year of high school.  My friend Collin Shapiro showed me their instrumental stuff, so I wouldn’t be turned off by the screaming vocals.  Since then, I have come to be able to appreciate the complexity and beauty of the music while tolerating Tommy Rogers’ screams on top of it.  Have a listen to Parallax II below.

Also playing at the concert will be The Safety Fire, The Contortionist, and The Faceless.  It’s gonna be a great show!

-DJ Zach

Joe Stigall on The VU Backstage

Hey everybody,

Double post today.  First up, here’s Joe Stigall’s full appearance on The VU Backstage.  We had a lot of fun and had amazing listener participation last night.  Thanks to Joe, Sam Lyons, and their friends in West House for making the show a smashing success!

In addition, as a staff writer for the WRVU blog, I wrote a piece today about why people hate Nickelback so much.  I’ll be reposting that on this page soon.  For now, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, and tune in next week for another great musical guest!

-DJ Zach