life. and how to have one. // January 27, 2011
PICKING UP THE MESS
HOW TO AVOID ROOMMATE CONFLICT
STuDEnTS TEST THEIr
KnOWLEDGE On TrIVIa nIGHT
Q&a WITH TruCKSTOP
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kansas in heat // MOVING IN TOGETHER
> Tackle the sticky world of relationships.
Mike Anderson, Dellwood, Minn. graduate student, is the host of Kansas in Heat, a talk show about sex and re-
lationships that airs Wednesdays at 11 p.m. on KJHK, 90.7fm and at kjhk.org. Michelle MacBain is his co-host.
Q. My boyfriend of 18 months says that we should move into a place together so that we
can save money and not have to worry about new roommates. Should I move in with him?
a. It is a bit of a tough call not knowing the a. Here’s a story. A 25-year-old, Kim,
situation a little better, but living together met a man, Matt. They fell in love and
is not just a big step, it is a huge step. I decided to move in together after two
know you think you probably know him years. Financially, the move benefited both,
by now but 18 months isn’t that long. A and they were basically living together
whole lot of small conflicts can sprout anyway. Three years pass and Kim and
up when you live with someone, and if Matt decide to breakup. Both thought the
your relationship is not at a level where split would be easy - it’s not like they were
it can take those struggles then it might married. However, this breakup was not
suffer. My worry is that living with your only a separation of individuals, it was a
boyfriend will produce more negatives separation of things. Kim and Matt fought
than positives. What are the benefits? over everything they bought together for
Maybe you get to pay less in rent, but you their “home”: a new TV, sofa, dishes, shower
can always get a roommate. So what if you curtain, even Christmas decorations. But
don’t know your roommate? He/she will be splitting up the two cats, their “babies” that
a lot easier to split from than a boyfriend. they adopted while they were in love, was
The life of a college the most painful for the ex-couple. This
student is stressful enough as it is; you breakup felt like a divorce.
don’t need the stress of living with an ex- Do not move in with your significant
boyfriend that you can’t get rid of because other until there is a lifelong commitment
you signed a year lease. If he threatens to made to each other! I’m not saying you
leave you because you won’t live with him, have to be engaged or married, but you must
then I say let him leave. Enjoy the college have an understanding that the person with
experience. If you are dead set on living whom you sign that lease, buy those new
with him then please get the shortest household items, or share anything close to
lease you can find. Some might say that babies, will be with you for the rest of your
the experience of trying to live together life. Can you be 100% sure of this lifelong
might make you a better person and allow commitment after only 18 months? You are
you to have a better understanding of young and your life will change considerably
what you want in a partner, but you are in your twenties! Please consider what
young. You will be able to figure that stuff happened to Kim and Matt, and many other
out in less painful ways. couples, and what could happen to you
before you make that commitment to play
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> Because we have questions. Celebrities have answers.
Family Act: Musicians and married couple Katie
Euliss and Mike West take their act on the road,
or across the sea, as often as they can, and their
kids are along for the ride. They find inspiration
for their songs from real-life experiences that
would normally go unnoticed.
Real life. You have to provide your own comic
relief sometimes. Sometimes stuff just needs to
be said. Sometimes stuff just needs to be made
into a song. Otherwise, it goes by unnoticed or
too ordinary or something. Or something may
seem so outlandish or unbelievable but it’s
so common you don’t realize how many other
people have certain experiences in common.
Then you put those experiences in a song and
Katie Euliss is a musician in the band Truckstop Honeymoon, which she fronts with her husband, Mike West. The bluegrass duo established a
you build a bridge between people. It’s fun. Our
home base in New Orleans, but Hurricane Katrina flooded their home in the Lower 9th Ward and forced them to move. Whenever they’re not touring,
kids inspire us, the world around us and travel-
Lawrence is home. The band will be performing in Colorado, Oklahoma and Manhattan, Kan., through February and will be back in Lawrence in time
ing. People and what they’re going through are
for the Mardi Gras Parade, a tradition that they started.
Katie spoke with Jayplay about “hillbilly-soul,” touring the world and real-life inspirations.
What can Jayplay readers expect from your
most recent album Homemade Haircut?
Truckstop Honeymoon — that’s quite a name. We have been to some amazing places. I think town and to be surrounded by things that have It’s sort of full of love songs and it’s sort of full of
Is there a story behind it? the south island of New Zealand was the most been created and sort of catered to a very artis- rebellious reflection. There’s a lot of great music
Oh yes, there is a story. Mike and I got married beautiful place that we’ve been. But we’ve had tic, intellectual community is a really good thing. on that record. There’s a really awesome local
in Louisiana on Valentine’s Day at the city court some funny times, you know, strange, sleepless I like that there are like 84 coffee shops and five piano player named Harry Miller; he’s a great
and then we went to a gig that night, unceremo- times playing on boats, on ferries crossing wa- ice cream parlors and plenty of bookstores. And musician. We’ve got some horns on there. It’s a
niously. On our way back from the gig we were ters in different places. We’ve played at some record stores, we’ve got plenty of those, too. pretty soulful record for a hillbilly duo. It’s pretty
too tired and we stopped at the Tiger Truck festivals in other countries that blew our minds. good. We’ve had nothing but great feedback on
How do you juggle family life with making mu-
Stop, where there were real, live tigers, pacing it, so I’m proud of it.
sic and touring?
in cages, and slept for a few hours parked in What motivates you to go to such far-away
You don’t sleep much. The kids go with us ev- What advice do you have for college kids in
our car. That was our honeymoon night. It was places?
very romantic. Well, New Zealand, I always wanted to go there, erywhere. They definitely are our main priority Lawrence who are in local bands?
since I was a kid. With the nature of our work, and we do everything as a family. When we Don’t stop playing. Being sober is really helpful.
How would you describe your music? the magic of it is I can just go, “OK, who are the tour, they’re right there with us. Their well being You can be a legend for a long time in your mind
It’s a really eclectic mix. It’s kind of a bluegrass- people that we know who are musicians that is always first on our list. We just go from there. if you’re intoxicated. But the sobering truth of
y, country, and hillbilly kind of combination. Like have ever been there.” There’s work for musi- It’s been a great adventure so far. We’re having where you’re really at is an important thing to
hillbilly-soul, how about that? cians almost everywhere. You just start digging a good time with it. We have four kids and they look at. I can definitely say with a sober life you
around and suddenly we have a whole bunch of go to a school in town when we’re in town. get a lot more done, and your music and your
I like that. So how did you get into this type of
gigs down there we can do. You make friends writing changes and everything.
music? Who are your musical influences?
and fans, and then you’ve got this great net-
I used to be a busker on the streets of New Or- We love our old country stuff. I love, and Mike
work of people everywhere you go. And Aus-
leans. Mike is from England and he was in bands does too, really old R&B stuff. We’re kind of all
tralia, what an awesome place full of amazing // MOLLY MARTIN
over there. Then he got into country music more over the map with what we like. When some-
musicians. The counterculture is thriving; it’s so
when he immigrated to the States. Then we got body is just playing from the soul, usually their
together and it was a really good combination stuff is pretty appealing. We’re not big fans of
of backgrounds. What do you think of the college atmosphere new country or top 40 crap or anything like that.
here? We like old jazz, and there are definitely some
You guys have toured all over the world, travel-
It seems to be a good diverse scene and it golden eras of good music. We have some good
ing throughout the United States, Europe and
seems very supportive of music and arts, which disco records.
Australia. What has been the most memorable
makes me very happy. As far as that goes, we’re
place? What inspires you to write songs? I think your
raising our kids here, so for them to walk down-
There are memorable places everywhere we go. songs are so original and funny; I get a kick out
A HOUSE DIVIDED FiNDiNG ResolutioNs FoR PRoblematic Roommates
// JACQUE WEBER
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Seriously? Living with someone is not always fun and games. It is helpful to come up with a personal
list of what you are looking for in a potential roommate. This can help you avoid future conflicts and
Nick Barry thought living with four other FoR staRteRs: the list awkward roommate situations.
guys would be great. He would be able to do Choosing a roommate is a big decision and
whatever he wanted. It would be like a big it’s important to choose carefully because you each make a list, you need to sit down and says. “We just have different ideas about how
party all the time. “Plus, I figured we didn’t could be stuck with your decision for the next compare them. There is always room for we should do things so we don’t mesh well.”
have to deal with any drama since it was just year. Just because you like somebody doesn’t compromise, but if you notice big differences in
us guys,” Barry, St. Louis, Mo., senior says. “I mean the person will make a good roommate. what each of you want, maybe living together FRieND oR Foe?
was wrong.” “The best way to decide whether or not you isn’t such a great idea. When deciding to move out on your own,
Within the first six months of their lease, and a potential roommate will be a good fit is Nick Torres and his cousin, Jessie Torres, choosing to live with a close friend can seem
Barry’s iPod was stolen by one of his roommates, to make a list of what is important to you in a moved in with each other last July without like a great idea. However, living with a close
another one of his roommates threw up on his roommate and decide what your needs and making the list. They found out the hard way friend can have its downfalls, too. Just ask
bed during a party and someone who decided desires are,” says Kathie Nichols, a Lawrence just how different they really were after they Jessica Novak and her best friend, Chloe
to swap the detergent with bleach ruined his child and family psychologist. started living together. “We had different ideas Sanders.
clothes. “There was constant drama in our The list needs to be specific, Nichols says. about everything,” Nick Torres, Overland Park When Novak and Sanders decided they
house,” Barry says. “I put up with it until I If you only study between midnight and 2 a.m. senior, says. “We didn’t agree on cleaning the were both attending KU after high school, they
walked in on one of my roommates having sex because you work late, you need to write that apartment, who could come over and how we were thrilled. “We started apartment hunting
with some girl on my bed after I had asked down. If your potential roommate happens to would divide groceries.” right away,” Novak, Kansas City senior, says.
everybody to stay out of my room.” Later that be a big partier, you might have problems with Nick says Jessie always invited his friends “We were so excited. We didn’t think about
day Barry packed up his stuff and moved in your schedules. If you want roommates who do over and they would eat all of their food. “It anything except how fun it was going to be.”
with another friend from school. their own dishes on a daily basis so the kitchen pissed me off because they didn’t help pay for That is until they actually moved into their two-
Living with other people is a part of college stays clean, you need to write that down. groceries so all my money basically went to bedroom apartment at Hawks Pointe. They
life. Sometimes, it’s a good experience. Other “Writing every little detail down may seem like feed his friends.” both started to discover things about each
times, like in Barry’s case, it’s not so great. you are overdoing it, but you can avoid a lot of Jessie says that he and Nick make great other they didn’t like in a roommate.
Learning how to handle roommates before you problems up front if you take the time to do it,” cousins, but not great roommates. “I think we “We have been inseparable since grade
move in will help make your experience a good Nichols says. will get along much better after we don’t live school, so we figured we knew everything
one. After both you and your potential roommate together anymore,” Jessie, Wichita junior, about each other. But we quickly realized that
wasn’t the case,” Sanders, Kansas City senior, Sanders and Novak’s situation is common for much money do we expect to spend each giving dirty looks to their roommate, rather than
says. Sanders says that she and Novak had college students. She says you need to take week on groceries? Are we going to split confronting the real issue. “If your roommate
different ways of cleaning and doing dishes a practical look at your friends when deciding household items as well, like cleaning supplies doesn’t know why you are mad, then the issue
that caused problems they hadn’t expected. “I whether or not to live together. and detergent? will never get resolved.”
am very anal about rinsing out the dishes right “It’s often harder to communicate your Next on the list: household duties. You need Instead, Ochester says you need to start
after I use them so when it’s time to do dishes feelings about something you’re not happy to decide who will clean what and how often. by finding a way to express your feelings to
the food isn’t all caked on and gross,” Sanders with to a friend because you are afraid to hurt “If someone has a job that they hate doing, your roommate in behavioral terms, instead of
says. their feelings,” Ochester says. maybe you can compromise and switch jobs making accusations about him or her.
Novak would often forget to rinse her dishes with them,” Nichols says. “Then if you have a You should tell him or her exactly how you
out, leaving a mess for Sanders when she got Talk iT ouT job that you aren’t great at or hate doing they feel using “I” statements. “Using ‘I’ statements
home from school or work. “I didn’t want to Once you have made your lists and decided can take over that responsibility.” is helpful because it doesn’t make people shut
cause problems with our friendship so I would that you and your roommate are a good fit, you In addition to the big issues, Ochester says down and put up a wall,” Ochester says. Name
just keep my feelings about the dirtiness to need to talk about how everything is going to it’s important to discuss every little detail you calling is always arguable, which won’t help
myself,” Sanders says. be done in your new home. If you don’t, you’re can think of because those can often turn into solve your problems.
Sanders continued to let her feelings build sure to have conflicts. big deals later. She says some of the things Avoid the words “never” and “always”
up until she snapped at her best friend one Nichols, the Lawrence psychologist, may seem odd to talk about, but chances are (i.e. “You ALWAYS leave dirty dishes in the
day over leaving the living room light on. “I says it’s good to sit down with your future you will encounter the situation once you sink!”) because people rarely always or never
wasn’t even mad about the light, but I had let roommate before moving in and talk about move in. do anything, and that will shift the argument
so much stuff build up that I couldn’t keep it in your expectations and guidelines or rules for Ask: Are we going to share shower supplies away from the actual issue to whether your
anymore,” Sanders says. “I said a lot of things the house. Money issues need to be sorted out or each buy our own? Are we going to share roommate always or never does something.
I didn’t mean and it really hurt our relationship up front, says Nichols. She says that money toilet paper? Are we going to put our towels After letting your roommate know how you
for awhile.” can cause a lot of stress for students if each together in the bathroom? How often can feel about the situation, you need to offer a
After their lease was up, Sanders and party isn’t clear about the expectations. my friends come over? How often can my solution that will suit you both. “Maybe they
Novak both agreed to live with other people. Ask: How do you plan on paying rent and boyfriend stay over? just are not the type of person who does their
“We are still best friends today,” Novak says. bills? Are you going to have a steady income While it’s good to be picky, Ochester says dishes right after they use them, so you can
“We just didn’t make great roommates.” coming in? Who is going to be in charge of the it’s important to remain flexible and open to compromise by saying they need to be done
Tracy Ochester, a psychologist at Ochester bills? When will rent and bill money be due? new ideas because you may be living with before they go to bed instead,” Ochester
Psychological Services in Leawood, Kan., says Are we going to split groceries equally? How people who are different from you and have says.
different backgrounds or ideas about how If you go through these steps and you still
Photo Illustration | Travis Young
things should be done. cannot resolve the issue, Ochester says it’s
Fighting words: When confronting a
roommate, talk openly about your Before Shannon Mills and Nicole Harris time to put a consequence in place that fits the
feelings without accusations. moved in together in August, they talked about situation. Using the dishes example, Ochester
everything they could think of. “ T a l k i n g recommends telling your roommate that you
about everything before moving in together aren’t going to wash his or her dishes anymore
has worked out great for us and helped us and that you would appreciate it if she didn’t
avoid a lot of conflict,” Mills, Wichita junior, use your dishes since they aren’t being
says. Mills says that many of their other cleaned. If a week goes by and the dishes
friends ended up in bad roommate situations aren’t done, tell your roommate that you are
because they didn’t communicate well before going to put them in his or her room because
they moved in together. you don’t think you deserve to live with a filthy
ding, ding, ding: round one If the extreme solution doesn’t work, it may
Living with a roommate is a challenging be time to consider new living arrangements.
experience and one that teaches you a lot Ochester says that it might be easier to
about responsibility. It’s important to learn to salvage the relationship once you are not
effectively handle roommate conflicts. living together.
The best way to solve a problem is to “If there is one thing I think people need
communicate often and assertively, which to remember about having a roommate, it
is saying something in a direct but nice way, is that being nice is not the same thing as
says Ochester, the Kansas City psychologist. being genuine and real,” Ochester says.
“You may think you are being nice to your Expressing your true feelings and being open
roommate by not saying anything, but all you to communication and change will help your
are doing is letting your resentment build up living experience be a good one.
inside of you.”
Ochester says that people often take their
anger out on something unrelated to the issue,
like slamming cabinet doors in the kitchen or
THAT’S DISGUSTING // CHEWING TOBACCO BETTER OPTIONS FOR BAD SITUATIONS
// STAYING AWAKE IN CLASS
What you put in your mouth may kill you. tobacco because they fall victim to peer > If you’re going to do it, be smart.
The Oral Cancer Foundation says that more pressure, their environment and what they It’s 10:30 a.m. and you find yourself sitting
than 37,000 people will be diagnosed with oral see on TV. in class, struggling to stay awake. You slowly
or pharyngeal cancer this year, leading to more Devin Biggs says he tried chewing tobacco drift away, opening your eyes every so often
than 8,000 deaths. once in high school because his friends were to notice the jumbled mess of notes on your
Chewing and smokeless tobaccos can doing it. “I didn’t like it. I think it’s a disgusting page that you won’t be able to read later. If
cause numerous health problems, such as gum habit and I wouldn’t ever try it again,” says this sounds familiar, you may need to re-think
disease, increased blood pressure, cancers Biggs, Topeka freshman. “People will pay for your daily routines.
of the mouth and throat, heart disease and it later in life when they have health problems Juliana Sechi says waking up an hour Contributed photo
pancreatic cancer. Brian Hill, executive director earlier than normal helps boost your energy You snooze, you lose: Starting off your day with
of the Oral Cancer Foundation, says that people Hill says the introduction of new products exercise, a healthy breakfast and caffeine will give
levels. It may seem odd to cut down on you more energy for the day.
often start using chewing and smokeless on the market is causing a significant increase your sleep, but the extra hour allows you
in the number of younger generations using to get ready for the day and get energized. you stay focused. Sechi says that drinks with
smokeless tobacco. “Products resembling “Exercising for 20 minutes in the morning caffeine, like coffee and tea, can also help you
Tic Tacs and breath-mint strips are turning the will significantly boost your energy levels,” stay alert during class.
smokeless tobacco industry into a whole new says Sechi, a registered dietitian from Dallas, Karah Mills, Falls City, Neb., sophomore, says
world that we didn’t expect,” Hill says. “Even Texas. “If you can take a walk or jog outside she starts off each school day by eating a bowl
though the newer products seem better for you will get fresh air, which will help even of maple and brown sugar oatmeal and a piece
your health, people need to understand that more.” of fruit, usually an apple or a banana. “If I don’t
they are all addicting and will cause health Before heading off to school, Sechi says eat a good, healthy breakfast in the morning, I
Contributed photo problems later in life.” it’s important to eat a healthy breakfast. She feel sluggish and sleepy for the rest of the day,”
Nasty habit: Chewing tobacco may be cool among suggests foods like cereal, oatmeal and Mills says.
young people, but such an addiction may lead to
future health problems and cancer. // JACQUE WEBER fruit because they give you energy and help
// JACQUE WEBER
STAGE PRESENCE // TYLER GREGORY
> Rising stars. Feel free to swoon.
On a sunny afternoon or after the bartenders
start final call, you can be sure to find Tyler
Gregory strumming his guitar or banjo and
kicking his stomp box on one of the street
corners on Massachusetts Street.
Gregory, a Wamego native, moved to
Lawrence three years ago for the music. Now
Gregory doesn’t just share his music on the
streets, he also has graced the stages of local
venues such as The Jackpot and The Replay
Lounge. He says he has been performing
on the street since he was 16 and loves it
because it’s good practice and gets him a
Photo by Christopher Good.
While Gregory does a lot of his Stompbox Serenade: Tyler Gregory brings his
performances solo, he also collaborates slice of americana roots music to The Jazzhaus.
with other musicians depending on the show. Gregory hosts and performs open mic night every
He says lately he’s been performing with an
upright bass player, a mandolin player and ½ Massachusetts Street, where he hosts and
another banjo player. performs at open mic night.
This winter you won’t find Gregory on Check out his music at: http://www.myspace.
the streets of Lawrence; he’ll be too busy com/tylergreg
recording an album, but you can see him
every Wednesday night at The Jazzhaus, 926 // KATE LARRABEE
7a.m. - 2a.m.
what more could a
college student need?
6 East 9th Street 785.843.1001
TesT your gaming skills aT Trivia nighTs.
// AMANDA SORELL Photo Illustration | Chris Bronson
Smart fun: Many bars and restaurants in Law-
rence host trivia nights each week for those who
If you have an unquenchable thirst for are game, such as Live Team Trivia at Jefferson’s
useless facts and figures and the desire to put
your knowledge to the test, you’re not alone.
From Wheel of Fortune to Who Wants to Be
a Millionaire, trivia is a widespread form of
Other triva hOt spOts
entertainment, pervading our television sets, >> Live Action Pub Trivia Show at Conroy’s
computer screens, and day-to-day interactions 7 p.m. every Wednesday at Conroy’s
with random trivia. It’s this kind of knowledge Pub, 3115 W 6th St.
that trivia nights around Lawrence thrive on, This event, hosted by Tom Conroy, one of
and there’s no shortage of events like these the founders of the Lawrence trivia
in the area. So if you’re ready to assemble a scene, is free to play and winners split
team and rack your brain for obscure nuggets the admissions pool.
of information, here are some places you can
go to compete. >> Trivia Night at Dempsey’s – 9 p.m. every
Wednesday at Dempsey’s Irish Burger
Brainville trivia Pub, 623 Vermont St.
Scott McDaniels, host of Brainville trivia, Free to play with winners receiving gift
started hosting trivia in 1999 with Tom Conroy, smackdOwn! trivia live team trivia certificates to Dempsey’s.
who owns Conroy’s Pub and still hosts trivia The very name of this trivia event suggests This trivia event is one of several in the area
there on Wednesday nights. There were no >> Trivia Night at the Yacht Club – 6:30 p.m.
intensity, and indeed, there’s a very competitive sponsored by Challenge Entertainment, all
trivia events in the area at the time, and when every Monday at the Yacht Club Sports
vibe among the teams at this live trivia event. of which are free to play and include rounds
they first got together, McDaniels said they Bar & Grill, 530 Wisconsin St.
Smackdown host Andy Morton, who started of 3 questions, each in 3 different categories.
were simply looking for something fun to do. Free to play with winners receiving gift
the event in 2000, has seen the competition Players continue to eat, drink and socialize as
“We just thought we’d do it one time and certificates to the Yacht Club.
evolve from 4-5 teams to 18-20 teams of all the host, Dell Johnston, asks questions and
we’d never do it again. We never thought for a ages stepping in to outsmart their opponents. plays upbeat music while teams brainstorm.
second that 12 years later every week we’d still Morton, who adds to the aggressive, Johnston, who’s been hosting this event for a
be running a game,” McDaniels says. interactive atmosphere with his share of jokes little over a year, says trivia is a valuable aspect
Brainville is set up in a laid-back pub quiz and jibes, says it’s a win-win for everyone of Lawrence nightlife.
format, with teams of any size answering involved, despite the rowdy competition. “It’s a mental challenge. You can bring
eight rounds of seven questions. Each round’s “Bars like it because it’s good for business; your friends, so things you might not be that
topic varies from current events to the latest players like it because not only is it social but knowledgeable about, your friends might be,
Hollywood gossip, and the winning team goes it also allows them to vomit up some of the and vice versa. It’s good entertainment; it’s
home with $25. But it’s clear that most teams useless facts that they have accumulated over engaging entertainment,” Johnston says.
are there to enjoy the camaraderie, paired with the years,” Morton says. Teams play for free and compete for a
some light competition, of course. Players’ $5 cover contributes to the prize chance to win a $50, $20 or $10 gift certificates
“It’s kind of a step up from just going out that the winners take home at the end of the to Jefferson’s. The bar is often full of veteran
to just get wasted; you actually stop to be night, and Morton says it’s all good clean fun in teams as well as newcomers like Joe Zlatnik,
engaged,” says Chelsea Chaffin, Lawrence the end. a Rossville graduate student, who came in to
graduate student. “It’s funny, because I suck at We always tell new teams to try it a few grab a bite to eat with his friends and ended
trivia but I still really enjoy talking to my friends times before they give up,” Morton says. up staying to test their trivia knowledge. Zlatnik
who are really good at it and every once in “There’s no shortage of trivia options in town. says he isn’t a trivia regular but could see
awhile trying to come up with an answer. Shop around, you’ll find one.” himself becoming one.
“If you got a group of people
> 8 p.m. every first and third Wednesday of
> 8 p.m. every Sunday at the Bottleneck, together and asked people to do it who
the month at Johnny’s Tavern West, 721
737 New Hampshire St. had different areas of knowledge, it’d Photo Illustration | Chris Bronson
probably be pretty fun,” Zlatnik says. Quiz time: Trivia nights offer an alternate form
> 8 p.m. every second and fourth of nightlife entertainment for Lawremce residents
who are looking to test their knowledge and so-
Wednesday of the month at Johnny’s > 8 p.m. every Tuesday at Jefferson’s, cialize with friends.
Tavern North, 410 N 2nd St 743 Mass St.
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> Hollywood hits, indie flicks and everything in between.
If the movie-going public is suffering from
arts and the ability to make Rogen clap his
superhero fatigue, blame it on films like the new hands and giggle with stoned delight every
Seth Rogen vehicle The Green Hornet. What
could have been a wry send-up of comic book
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scheme to desecrate the elder Reid’s grave
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visual gags, seemingly ad-libbed dialogue and the two are soon patrolling the streets of Los
unlikeable characters. The film’s transgressions Angeles as masked vigilantes.
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talent involved, notably Superbad scribes crime lord, played with manic gusto by
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Gondry, whose creative mojo has floundered despite the Oscar winner’s efforts to
since helming Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless overcome the anemic material. The idea
Mind in 2004. of a super-villain going through a midlife
The plot kicks in with the death of newspaper crisis is a hilarious concept, but it doesn’t
mogul James Reid (Tom Wilkinson), a tragedy work here. The weakest actor in The Green
that leaves his hard-partying son Britt (Rogen) Hornet is Cameron Diaz, who all but exhausts
charged with the task of running his media her shtick as the Hornet’s token cougar of
empire. At first the spoiled Britt, whose abject a secretary. She’s the personification of the
self-loathing and banal daddy issues make him movie itself: overexposed, underwritten and
seem like Tony Stark’s bitchy little brother, has way too eager to please.
no intention of succeeding his old man.
But that quickly changes when he befriends
Kato (Jay Chou), his father’s former manservant
whose skills include a mastery of all martial // LANDON MCDONALD
MusIc rEVIEw // SmiTh WeSTernS – Dye iT
BlonDe | 2011 (FaT PoSSum)
> KJHK’s weekly guide to sonic consumption.
Smith Westerns released their debut LP The
Smith Westerns on HoZac Records back in June
2009, and despite the album’s extreme (likely
unlistenable to some) lo-fi recording quality,
listeners latched onto the damaged guitar
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with the latest offering Dye It Blonde, but the
album is noticeably crisper and less drowned
in chunky distortion. I fell in love with the
blaring, compressed guitar tones on the debut
LP, but simply attributed them to the method of recreating the vintage tones and styles of
recording. Dye It Blonde is cleaner but it still their chosen predecessors, particularly
offers that charming dirt. within the modern revival of garage and
Opener “Weekend” begins with a bubbly lead
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psychedelic rock. Smith Westerns may look
guitar lick that recalls ‘60s pop and ‘70s glam.
The sound is in line with that of present-day dirty
far into the past for influences, but the subject
matter on Dye It Blonde is that of timeless
garage rockers Black Lips, but the Westerns youth and bittersweet boy-girl tales. On “End
come off as less destructively drunk and more of the Night,” singer/guitarist Cullen Omori
concerned with the beautiful simplicity of youth boils young desire down to a simple phrase: (785) 864-9573
and the young love that comes with it. The guitar “Everybody wants to be a star on Saturday
tone on “Fallen In Love” is up one of the darker Contributing to Student Success
alleys of The Beatles’ trademark sound (think
“Taxman” and “Helter Skelter”), and “Smile” // ALEx TRETBAR
resides in David Bowie’s vein of glam-pop.
Many of today’s bands are undoubtedly
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