In his sophomore year of college, Sam made the painful decision to erase all knowledge of music before the year 2000 AD to free up memory (in his actual brain) for a meticulous, bordering on maniacal study of what’s happening right now. This has irrevocably damaged his perception of eras, since classic rock is now anything from Red Hot Chili Peppers By the Way to Bloc Party’s Silent Alarm and Silversun Pickups’ “Lazy Eye” is not the best song of the decade, but rather of all time. So, his words may be skewed to convince his billions of readers that, as he believes, music has never been better than it is today.
In Sam’s wildest dreams Sufjan Stevens has recorded a concept album about Harry Potter.
World, welcome to that which is Dan Kipp. An entity unto neither himself nor, some say, reality… but don’t be fooled: real recognize real. He floats in stratospheric equilibrium between gravity and grace, tending to tip towards the former. He is said to have a close kinship to that intangible imp known as Duende, and is twice as dubious. He writes of himself in the third person. I know the guy. Bouncy as Outkast. Soulful as Sublime. Tender as Petty’s Heartbreakers. Dan Kipp’s purported favorite food is papa rellena, and his musical syllogisms are, similarly, stylistically sound. I know the guy… He says he looks forward to bringing y’all’s earbuds an impetus of such pulpy impulse that you won’t not not not be able to get down wityo bad self. Whatever that does for ya.
Dan Lynch is indigenous to south Jersey, with the great fortune of being so near to a hub of music culture, ,just across the river. Throughout the years his familiarity with local music and local musicians has grown, as has his collection of music, spanning genre's all the way from Noise to Classic Rock (the latter has begun to slide out of his focus). Around the age of 8, Dan's father introduced him to Canadian semi-A Capella band Moxy Fruvous, the first of his present gathering of strange, and widely unknown bands. With the years came newintroductions such as David Bowie and Nirvana. Throughout the years Dan's taste has grown from the narrow minded, "I listen to CLASSIC ROCK AND THATS IT" phase to an open minded, mostly recommendation based collection of raw and interesting music from all across the globe, with an iPod filled all the way from Aerosmith to Zen Guerilla, and hundreds of artists in between his musical taste and collection continues to grow and expand to new things old things and everything in between
John Boudreau is currently a student at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. He began to write for Turntablr because he saw it as a great way to continue and expand the dialogue about what makes “good music” to a wider and more diverse audience. In addition to his nascent blogging career, he accounts himself a freelance writer and musician. John cut his teeth on his dad’s classic rock collection before coming under the sway of pop-punk, garage rock and third-wave ska in middle school. After taking up the guitar, he became acutely interested in American roots music—blues, jazz, rock & roll, classic soul, and R&B. He likes anything with loud guitars, a fat horn section and a strong backbeat.
Jack hails from Cambridge, MA and currently attends college in snowy Central New York. He was raised on a strict diet of his father's Bruce Springsteen and Clancy Brothers records and has since developed a taste for American folk music, jam bands and indie rock. He used to play the saxophone and currently pretends to play guitar and stuff like that. He spends his summers driving boats on Block Island and knows more about 18th-century pirates than anybody else he knows.
Peter entered the snowy domain of Clinton, New York to begin his four year tenure at Hamilton College with an acute musical interest in the limited realm of pop punk, with favorite artists such as blink-182 and The Offspring. Since then, his interaction with many fine musical connoisseurs such as Turntablr’s own Jack McManus has helped develop a passionate drive to learn about, discuss, and most importantly listen to a wide variety of music. With his iTunes constantly repeating everything from LCD Soundsystem to Kanye West to Death Cab for Cutie, Peter enjoys listening to a vast myriad of artists and constantly updating his music library, both with songs and facts about those who bestow the gift of music upon us.
Zach has an obsessive compulsive need to provide an internal soundtrack for every daily activity, be it brushing his teeth (Royksopp’s “In Space”), taking the subway (the National’s “Fake Empire), or walking around the city at night (Stars’ cover of the Smiths’ “This Charming Man”). He has a shameless tendency to become intensely invested in indie bands right before they hit the mainstream (see: Kings of Leon, Bon Iver, Phoenix) so that he can falsely claim he liked them before they were popular. He spends way too much time browsing artists’ setlist choices and watching YouTube videos from concerts he didn’t attend. His favorite album of all-time is a three-way tie between the Strokes’ Is This It, the Killers’ Hot Fuss, and Phoenix’s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (deep stuff, I know right?) In his opinion, the greatest guilty pleasure song of the past decade is Kylie Minogue’s “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” (don’t front, you loved that song back in 2001). His lifelong dream is to write and direct a pretentious, moderately indie film with attractive actors about the pitfalls of quarter life crisis (see: Garden State, (500) Days of Summer), purely so that he can select the film’s soundtrack (Klaxons’ “Golden Skans” for the slow-motion club scene, the XX’s “Crystalized” for the post-club bedroom scene). However, regardless of any posing, exaggerating, or musical taste embellishment, at the end of the day, Zach just loves music, in all of its beauty, ugliness, confusion, and romanticism. “So what do you love about music?” “Well, to begin with…everything.” – Russell Hammond, Almost Famous