Find SEE on instagram @eyespysee and listen to her latest song HERE
Lana Del Rey's newest album is filled with sultry sounds, nostalgia, and incredible features. Apple Music says that, "each song on Lust feels like a postcard from a dream," and I could not agree more. This album includes features with Stevie Nicks, Sean Ono Lennon, A$AP Rocky, The Weeknd, and Playboi Carti.
My favorite song is Tomorrow Never Came. Lana and Sean sing Bob Dylan and Elton John lyrics and even go on about the Tropic of Cancer. All the songs have a beautiful sound that is both relaxing and rejuvenating. I recommend this album 100%, it's her best one yet.
Last November I met Nick Coombs, member of The Spins, while I was visiting my best friend at Montclair University. He stood in the dorm hallway strumming his acoustic guitar to a Keaton Henson song. After hearing the first notes of that song I had ask about his band, which my best friend told me about. I asked a couple questions and then locked myself in my best friend's bathroom and began to listen to one of their songs called "Car Crash". I became instantly hooked.
In May I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and I stumbled across The Spins newest single "Where I've Been"; I downloaded it on my Spotify and listen to it on repeat about 10 times.
A year ago Nick Coombs (vocalist/ rhythm guitarist) was planning to start a band with Freddy Smith (the drummer), Jimmy Barr (the lead guitarist), Luke Talmadge (the bassist) and he needed to come up with a band name. Nick was with a good friend of his and spent the night drinking and smoking. When he had a little too much to drink he got "the spins" and ended up throwing up outside of his friends car. In that moment he came up with calling the band The Spins.
The Spins have a considerable number of influences. Jimmy's and Freddy's influences include rock legends such as, Rush, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Queen, The Who and The Black Sabbath. Luke's and Nick's influences include indie rock and grunge artists such as, Nirvana, Mac Demarco, Modest Mouse, Brand New, The Front Bottoms, and Pat the Bunny. There is also some modern pop/rock influences that the band overall feels inspired by such as, John Mayer, Ed Sheeran, Cage the Elephant, The Black Keys, The Districts, The Foo Fighters, and Say Anything.
The band's dreams are to perform with artists such as Brand New and The Districts. The Spins even said, "It would be a huge honor and a crazy experience to be able to perform with Led Zeppelin, The Foo Fighters, or Ed Sheeran. It would be insane to play with any of these artists and to play for such a big crowd."
Sadly, the biggest challenge for The Spins is money. "It's hard for four guys in college to cover all the expenses it takes to record an EP, drive to all the shows, and buy new gear. Luckily, we've been able to make it work thanks to or extremely flexible and affordable audio engineers. We recorded this EP at Super Duper Sounds with Cooper Davis and Brain Bernotas."
A huge change The Spins would like to see in the music industry is the control of record label on artists. "We think that the internet being such a prevalent medium for music today, there is no reason why artists should have to answer to anyone but themselves or meet any specific requirements in order to make music. It is completely possible for an artist in this day and age to work their way up and become completely successful on their own, through the utilization of social media and internet based advertisment." Artists like Chance the Rapper are winning Grammy's and becoming one of the biggest artists of our generation without being signed to a record label. The Spins would love to see more independent artists. "It's necessary for artists to express themselves without a filter."
The Spins best experience was their Halloween show. They threw a huge show with The Cart Boys and Pe$o the Misfit. The best part of the show was that over 300 people showed up and when the band played their set people sang along to their songs, which felt surreal. According to the band it felt like dream.
The Spins want to publicly thank their friend Tim for everything he has done for the band. "without him, none of this would have been possible and we wouldn't have as much success as we have right now." Tim recorded their four original demo's on Soundcloud. The Spins said that, " He's one of our best friends and we consider him to be 'The Fifth Spin'. We are extremely grateful for his paitence and all that he does for us, thanks Tim!"
Keep an eye out for The Spins new EP, which comes out June 23rd. Make sure to check out their songs by clicking the link below.
Also you can find them on Instagram, @thespinsareaband .
By: Nicol Maciejewska
Coming to a realization through self-monologue seems to be one of the things I do best. I’m constantly in my head, questioning everything. It’s no surprise that I began questioning the toll social media has had on my life. Perfection seems to be the only thing that matters and I began investing time in people’s online accounts wondering why can’t I be just like them.
I became obsessed with ‘it’ girls, like most of us do. Constantly wondering how can I achieve that success. The problem became worse when someone I was acquainted with had a taste of the spotlight and the feeling I hate the most overcame me, jealousy. This feeling has been eating away at me for months.
Then I began to think who this acquaintance aspires to be. She wants to be the next Kendall Jenner or an Instagram famous model and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with wanting those things, except that’s not at all what I want. I want to be somebody like Carrie Bradshaw or Alexa Chung or in other words a girl whose career is media.
So why am I sitting around and comparing our lives if they’re so dramatically different? Well for starters, it has a lot do with my insecurities. I’m always longing to feel accepted, especially in the cutthroat world of fashion, but I’ve come to a conclusion. It’s okay to want the taste of the spotlight because that want motivates me. Also, that social media is a curation of the highlights of somebody’s life and just because it seems perfect doesn’t mean your life is less superior. The most important thing I learned is to never forget your own accomplishments because you’re blinded by someone else’s.
By: Riley Caprito
On January 21, 2017 more than 1 million people rallied in the nation’s capital and other cities around the world on Trump’s first full day in office. It was very empowering to see women, men and children come together to stand up for their rights and what they believe in. The Women’s March definitely made a statement that was loud and clear about how most Americans feel about the new President of the United States.
However, not everyone seems to agree with what these millions of people are protesting about. Some people seem to think the protesters are the reason America is divided, or that they are just over reacting, or that they were acting irrationally. Of course, there are those people who do take it to the extreme and create unnecessary violence, but for the most part, everyone who participated in the protests were quite peaceful. There are over 1 million photos posted on Instagram with the hashtag #womensmarch, showing the beautiful, creative, and funny signs people made and the clothes they wore to stand up for women’s rights. These beautiful souls were dancing, chanting, laughing, and singing their way down the streets together, showing the world what true unity looks like.
The one thing about social media nowadays is that no one is afraid to post their beliefs. Freedom of speech is a great thing, but when words cause hate, violence, lies and racism, there is something wrong. Social media has played a big factor over the past few years when it comes to politics. There are so many accounts and people out there telling stories, whether they are real or not, making it hard to believe what is reality.
Now, social media has assisted in dividing our country and the people are fighting about anything and everything. Both sides seem to be running a never-ending marathon, trying to prove who is better. But why should it matter who is better? What matters is that we come together and learn to love one another, no matter what political party you support or what race, color, gender, or religion you are. Why do people resist such an easy task?
By: Nicol Maciejewska
It’s obvious that fashion is linked to psychology, but some of us tend to overlook that. Fashion can be affected by important issues, such as body positivity and feminism. Fashion also has a lot to do with the way our brain is wired.
Body Positivity has been a huge movement as of late and we can see that its been affecting the fashion industry. Companies like Arie are using plus size model Barbie Ferreira for their new swim campaign. Also, the beautiful Ashley Graham was on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Even Donatella Versace said,” male designers work for ideal women, but female designers work for real women.” Just remember, don’t force yourself to wear trends that don’t work for your body shape, wear what makes you comfortable and what fits your body just right.
The women’s rights movement has impacted the fashion industry since the 80’s. Women in the 80’s began dressing more masculine to get rid of the stereotype that women are weak. They wore shoulder pads, power suits, and countered their cheeks to give them that powerful appearance.
What you wear can be how people perceive who you are or how you perceive yourself. People make assumptions based on what you wear, such as whether you’re competent, intelligent, or creative. People also wear charms or amulets because of superstitious reasons. Our brains get stimulated when we see something, which explains why some people are fans of retail therapy. Did you know you can study the psychology of fashion? Check out this video on British Vogue’s Youtube channel to get an inside look https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bi2nc_xxnvs (start video at 21:50)
Music genres were created roughly in 1936 due to economic pressure from advertising companies. These companies would pay radio station to run ads fro products they sold. Radio stations became aware that these products were targeting certain people, therefore, they changed their previously wide range of music to just a certain style of music. Radio DJ’s, Billboard Magazine, and record companies would come up with these genres. Music genres were not defined by the musicians themselves and as time went on record companies started prohibiting artists from having multiple genres on their album. Music became considered a product rather than art. For many decades people were not willing to listen to other genres of music. Things have become easier today because of the internet, we now no longer depend on the radio to find new music.
A recent controversy has surfaced as the years passed; sub genres have been causing more damage than good. Sub genres have exploded since the 80’s and 90’s due to record stores trying to categorize music; they created genres like alternative rock. Also, sub genres cause artists to try to be so unique that the music no longer sounds like it’s roots. Sometimes placing bands into certain genres subconsciously makes us avoid them. Think about this, Matt Healy, The 1975 frontman, said “Imagine if you woke up one morning and you had your record collection and the concept of genres didn’t exist. The purity of that experience of listening to music without those rules is a blissful idea.” it’s an interesting concept, isn’t it? Stop trying to pigeonhole yourself, just like what you like and don’t be afraid to try new things.
By: Nicol Maciejewska
Larry Clark is a controversial director, photographer, writer, and film producer. His work explores unpopular subcultures, such as skateboarders and surfers. Clark documented teenage drug taking and sexual activity of his friends starting in 1959, which are later featured in his book Tulsa. I appreciate Clark’s work because he wasn’t some outside adult observer of the teenage world. He didn’t show his audience what teens might do or how they might act, but instead he really got into the teenage midst and presented it to us for what it was. His work was raw; some might even say it’s borderline pornography, but would’t you say that aspect makes it more realistic. Just like Oscar Wilde said “life imitates art”. Larry also made it a point to show us that it wasn’t just teenagers in urban cities partaking in these activities, instead it was happening everywhere. His work falls into a plethora of themes, such as dysfunctional families, violence, religious intolerance, bigotry, social behavior, and sexuality.