Call for Essays About Any Aspect of Popular Culture, Present or Past

Music
cover art

Various Artists

Dorm Sessions Volume 4

(Heavy Rotation; US: 6 Feb 2007; UK: Unavailable)

It’s not every day that the press release accompanying a promo CD comes from the Berklee College of Music, but such is the case with Dorm Sessions Volume 4, in which Music Business/Management majors at Boston’s Berklee get to run and manage their own label, often featuring up-and-coming hip-hop artists, but this time featuring a lot of college rock, ranging from the punk-ska of Big D and the Kids Table to the quixotic beat-box intrudes of (appropriately enough) Steve Foxx the Beatboxx.  There’s some nice curveballs, like a turn to pop-accented R&B (remember Madi Diaz from the documentary Rock School?), but the music is largely college rock: simple, hook-filled, and stuffed with lyrics that only twenty-somethings could pen.  Highlights include Thick as Thieves sad lament “Here’s to Waking Up” and Teenage Symphonies’ radio-rocker “West Coast”, but the album has a large been-there heard-that quality.  It’s a disc that won’t change your life, but for a sampling of what college rock is doing now, it gets the Bic lighter waving proudly in the air.

Rating:

Evan Sawdey started contributing to PopMatters in late 2005, and has also had his work featured in publications such as SLUG Magazine, The Metro (U.K.), Soundvenue Magazine (Denmark), the Daily Dot, and many more. Evan has been a guest on HuffPost Live, RevotTV's "Revolt Live!", and WNYC's Soundcheck (an NPR affiliate), was the Executive Producer for the Good With Words: A Tribute to Benjamin Durdle album (available for free at GoodWithWordsAlbum.com), and wrote the liner notes for the 2011 re-release of Andre Cymone's hit 1985 album A.C. (Big Break Records), the 2012 re-release of 'Til Tuesday's 1985 debut Voices Carry (Hot Shot Records), and many others. He currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. You can follow him @SawdEye should you be so inclined.


Tagged as: various artists
discussion by

Comments
Now on PopMatters
PM Picks
Announcements

© 1999-2014 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters.com™ and PopMatters™ are trademarks
of PopMatters Media, Inc.

PopMatters is wholly independently owned and operated.