Sunday, December 20, 2009

Jam Behind the Jam #3-Shark Bite Luv Frog

And we're back! After a brutal couple weeks, we have made our triumphant return to keep the jams coming. We got some great ones on the way, and a design change or two, so keep checking back for only the best of jams. Love, Moose and Leks

This first decade of the 21st century was one of turmoil and excess: excessive profits on Wall Street, excessive body counts in aimless wars, and most relevant to this blog, excessive music. What we saw this decade was an emphasis on mega-producers, altered vocals, and beats which either wanted to dazzle you with their intricacies, or purposefully lose you in their muck. This is changing. With the recession hopefully reining in Wall Street and all the CMC grads making crazy bank to a more realistic and legitimate level, we also have seen a backlash against some of recent trends in music. Jay Z announced that autotune was dead, and there seems to be a reawakening of music with an importance on the music itself.

Bon Iver is a perfect example of this new sound. Over a simple but haunting acoustic riff, he sings about the loss of losing his love, his pain and sadness; but nothing in the song is overdone. All the excess has been cut away, and we are left with a stirring moment of time. Bon Iver’s debut album, For Emma, Forever Ago, is a staggering album, and has jams for days. It’s statement lies in its understatement, its beauty in its simplicity, and re: stacks is a ideal introduction to his music.

Bon Iver made a classic jam and half, and this song provides the perfect backdrop for our good buddy AMitch’s video project for a class of his. Composed of over 2,000 pictures in stop motion, Shark Bite Luv Frog tells a story that we will never forget. While I will let the video speak for itself, it is clear that Amitch’s creativity has no bounds, and this guy is going places. I am proud to call him one of my closest friends, and although cancer might have taken away some of his hair and slowed his first step down a little, nothing can take away the strength and soul of this guy. While we miss seeing him balling on the court, we're looking forward to seeing even bigger things that will, and have, come off of it. Enjoy.

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1 comment:

  1. Reppin' my homestate! Bon Iver wrote For Emma, Forever Ago in a cabin in Northern Wisconsin. Listening to Bon Iver in California isn't quite the same experience as listening to him in Wisconsin while snow is falling on the windowpane.


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