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Rev. Privett Retires for Rock ’n’ Roll

Reverend Stephen A. Privett decided to hand in his badge for social justice and trade it for an electric guitar, black combat boots and makeup to match. In return, USF students will be able to see Privett perform in his newly formed rock band, Father of Rock. This news may come as shock to several students that knew Privett personally or who just saw him around campus.

Still deciding on a fitting band name

Still deciding on a fitting band name

Privett said he never expressed his interest in forming a rock band while serving at USF because the students were always his first priority.

“Starting a rock band seemed like the next step in changing the world,” said Privett. “I started at USF and now I am off to seek good in the rest of the world by using music as my tool.”

Privett is the lead singer and guitarist of the band. The other members consist of fellow Jesuits who seek the same path  litter tights and white make up scare you off. Rather, let it invite you. As a band that serves solely for social justice, Privett has the right idea by implementing a one of a kind performance.

After forming nearly a week ago, Father of Rock is in full swing and is scheduled to perform during the graduation ceremony at St. Ignatius church. As a gift, Father Privett will sing and dance for all students and family.

When asked what the students should expect from the performance, he smiled and said, “A show they will never forget.”

Immediately after the ceremony, Privett and his band will be flying off to the Vatican to perform in front of Pope Francis, marking the start of their European tour.

DISCLAIMER: This piece was printed as part of The Foghorn’s April Fool’s Day issue on April 1st, 2014. This article is intended to be satirical.

SKATERS

NYC Band SKATERS on ‘Breaking Bad,’ Usher, and their EP ‘Schemers’

Plasma punk band, SKATERS, hails from the wild streets of New York City with influences ranging from Los Angeles to Boston. Michael Cummings (singer/songwriter), Noah Rubin (drummer), and Joshua Hubbard (guitarist) may not be skaters now, but remain intrigued by the culture and its youthful rebellion. The trio recorded their first EP “Schemers” (2012) featuring five songs that scream post-punk influences with a spin of modern rock. This interesting clash makes the band fresh and shows they are bringing something new to the table. After releasing their EP, the band released two singles with stimulating music videos, “I Wanna Dance (But I Don’t Know How)” and “Armed.”

Before SKATERS perform a free show at UC Berkeley on Oct. 18, I got the chance to catch up with lead singer Michael Cummings and talk about “Breaking Bad” and his goals for the band — as well as its side project, YONKS.

Foghorn: So I heard you like “Breaking Bad.” Did you happen to watch the finale and if so, what did you think of it?

MC: We were actually filming a music video, and we stopped filming and drove into the city to our friend’s house to have a party. It was, hands down, probably the best episode of television ever! They really wrapped it up and tied all of the loose ends together.

Foghorn: How did you and Noah convince Joshua to move from England to Manhattan and start the N.Y.C. band now famously known as SKATERS?

MC: It was pretty random. We had met in Los Angeles and he said, “I think I might try to play in your band,” and I said “okay.” So then I moved to New York, and he said maybe he will come by in November. So on Oct. 31, he sends me a message saying, “my flight gets there at four tomorrow.” He ran on a plane and came to New York, and the next morning we booked three shows. We didn’t really anticipate it happening like that or so quickly.

Foghorn: What happened on the eve of July 19, 2013 in N.Y.C., and why was this significant to the band?

MC: It was my goal when I was a kid to play Bowery Ballroom headlining. Playing and headlining a show there was pretty amazing. We sold it out, and that was a bonus!

Foghorn: Do you have any specific goals for what venue or event you would like to play in the future?

MC: That’s funny because I don’t really know now because we would make these three-month plans. By this point, it’s “let’s sell out this room.” Then Bowery was our thing, you know? We thought we would sell out the Bowery eventually, then we did it! Now, I don’t know — where do we go again? Do we play the Bowery again? [Laughs]

Foghorn: You have a side project called YONKS. Can you tell me more about this?

MC: Yeah. It’s a zine, and you can only get it at our shows. We handpick all of these artists that are friends of ours, and we showcase their work in this magazine — and that’s called YONKS. YONKS is British slang for “a long time” — like ages, I haven’t seen you in YONKS or whatever. The zine started as a project because, you know, when you start a band, you have a lot of friends that help you with your art direction, photography, and all of the different aspects you need [in order] to have an operating band. We started this zine as a cool thing to bring artists together, so all of our friends from different parts of the city could meet each other and were all featured in the same zine. It really strengthened our community of friends.

Foghorn: What was it like recording your first debut album at Electric Lady?

MC: It was pretty amazing. It was a real studio. I have recorded in a lot of studios, but this is probably the most legit operation they have going on over there. You have interns to go get whatever you want whenever you want any time of night, you know? You want a pizza from the other side of town, and they will go get it. It just makes things super, super easy, and you can just focus on the record. That building is a cool, inspiring building because there is always a session going on — because there are so many studios. One night, we were recording across the hall from Usher and he’s singing from outside of our door. And we’re talking inside the studio and he is right outside. Just walking through the halls and saying “hi” to Yoko Ono and Arcade Fire — it’s inspiring. It makes it feel like you’re making a record that delivers a level of importance to your recording process.

Foghorn: Your music is described as: “non-traditional punk music; upbeat, weirdo punk with hooks but not pop hooks — with daggers, claws and bearings.” How does this translate into your live performances?

MC: I think it is kind of similar. We try to be as tight as we can. There is definitely an element of mayhem. Sometimes we get very visibly angry if a show is not run right, or if we are too drunk. You just never know what you are going to get. There is a level of spontaneity, which is good for the kind of music we play.

Foghorn: The music video for your first single, “Schemers,” can be said to be comparable to a 1980s acid trip. What was the inspiration for taking the video’s visual aesthetic in this direction?

MC: I grew up on MTV and since that has gone away, there have been two types of music videos that have been done — and they are both boring. One is just performance: a performance video where you just look at dudes playing along to their song. The other one is a narrative where you have to actually follow a character, and there is a big reveal at the end or something. It is more cinematic than it is a music video. One thing I really liked about old MTV music videos was when people didn’t really know what they were making them for except accompanying a song and entertaining. There was an element of psychedelic visual work that people were trying new things in music videos because they hadn’t been done — because music videos were new. I think that is something we all aesthetically really enjoy watching, and we think other people do too. We think other people are bored with how music videos are, you know?

Foghorn: The band decided to release the first EP “Schemers” for free. Did you expect the great response when you reached over 10,000 downloads?

MC: No. We kind of just put it up there to show our friends what we were working on, and it came so quick. Josh literally flew into New York, and we booked our shows. Then the next weekend, we flew into L.A. to mix the EP. I was just finishing it when he got there, so it was pretty unexpected that so many people ended up downloading it. But I guess that’s the Internet for you. If something is good enough and word of mouth spreads it, you know people check it out. It was free, so it was easy for people to get.

Foghorn: You are due for a full-length album soon. What can the fans expect to hear on this album?

MC: It is coming out on Feb. 24. They can expect an interesting, post-punk record. There is going to be a lot of sides to it: a lot of different kinds of songs on it, and it’s definitely not going to be what people are expecting in the best way possible.

Foghorn: Any last words for your fans that are coming to see your performance at UC Berkeley on Oct. 18?

MC: Go nuts, man; go crazy! Say hello to us; hang out with us. Have fun. It will be a great show!

Don’t forget to make your way to the free SKATERS show with Palma Violets on Oct. 18, 5 – 7 p.m., at Upper Sproul in UC Berkeley. For more information, visit: skatersnyc.com

Scene Editor, Mia Orantia, confirms that this recipe is foolproof, as she successfully recreated the dish. Buon Appetito! 
(Photo: Mia Orantia)

College Culinary: Spaghetti alla Bolognese

USF student abroad takes on Spaghetti alla Bolognese

 Three unfamiliar streets passed, covered in cobblestones and illuminated by the red and green lights of traffic signs. I found myself lost. I was lost in an unfamiliar world, passed by strangers muttering words in Italian.As my stomach growled louder, I yearned for authentic Italian cuisine. I stumbled upon a restaurant smaller than most joints found in San Francisco. As I slowly entered, a waiter said, “buona sera,” and seated me. These kind words were followed by the best Spaghetti alla Bolognese I have ever tried in my entire life.After this experience, I was inspired to recreate the dish with a personal touch. Enjoy!

Spaghetti alla Bolognese 

Prep time: 10 minutes

Overall time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion
  • 1 pound of spaghetti
  • 4 fresh tomatoes
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 3 bay leaves
  • Extra virgin olive oil for the pan
  • 2 cups of tomato paste
  • ½ cup of grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • ½ pound of ground beef or turkey.
  • 1 can of tomato paste
  • Basil

Directions: 

1) In a large pan, cover the bottom with extra virgin olive oil on medium heat. Cut three cloves of garlic and 3/4 of an onion into the pan, and saute them until brown.

2) Cut four fresh tomatoes into small dices and add them when the garlic and onion is browned. Add a generous amount of salt & pepper, then stir. Add three bay leaves into the mixture. Put on high heat until boiling. After boiling, set on low heat and let sit for another 40 minutes.

3) In a separate pan, cover the bottom with extra virgin olive oil on medium heat. Add the rest of the onions and garlic, and saute them until brown. Add beef or turkey to the pan, as well as a generous amount of salt & pepper. Cook until the meat is done. After the meat is cooked, pour in the tomato paste and slowly add water until consistency is no longer thick. Stir in the sauce with the meat and add basil. Let mixture sit on low heat for 20 minutes.

4) Cook the spaghetti in a large pot with salted water. Drain noodles and add the tomato sauce. Let pasta sit in low heat for 10 minutes. Plate the spaghetti and finish with the meat sauce. Yum! You’re done!

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Crystal Castles Rocks Oakland

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On the eve of April 27th a picture of a Yemeni woman holding her son after he has been tear-gassed is featured in the backdrop—Crystal Castles (111) album art at Fox Theatre while Alice stomps the stage and sings crowd favorites. Alice Glass grabs the microphone and begins to take over the show with her powerful lyrics and Ethan’s danceable beats. The crowd begins to get wild dancing and breaking a sweat. The entire Fox Theatre was reacting to Alice’s miraculous presence on stage.

Fans in the front row held their hands high to support Alice Glass as she jumped out on to the crowd singing “Baptism”. Elbows went flying and hands were moving from left to right all in attempt to help Alice Glass stand on the crowd. The crowd’s energy became intensified after Alice made her way down into the pit.

Alice danced along to each song she sang, truly engaging the audience with the music. Young fans filled the Fox Theatre from the ground floor all the way up to the balcony seats watching Alice get down to songs like “Suffocation”, “Plague” and “Alice Practice”.  A sold out show on the eve of April 27th to see the Crystal Castles was worth every penny.

San Cisco Takes on San Francisco

The Foghorn’s Lauren Burge interviews Jordi Davieson, lead singer for the Australian indie band touring in the United States.

San Cisco

 San Cisco,  the indie-funk beach pop band hails from Freemantle, Australia playing summer tunes by mixing old instruments with synths. The young and successful band released their first EP, “Golden Revolver” in 2011 and since then recorded their debut album (2012) and second EP “Awkward”(2012). The Aussie band is performing live at The Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco the night of April 4th, be sure to check them out! Before the show the Foghorn spoke with lead singer, Jordi Davieson to chat about San Cisco’s current US tour, love for Nintendo 64 and plans for a new album.

FOGHORN: You are currently touring the U.S. What has that been like?

Jordi: There has been a lot of driving and seeing a lot of different places. It has been pretty cool. We have been on the road for three months now.

FOGHORN: You were recently on your first U.S. tour with “The Vaccines.” How was that?

Jordi: It was really fun! We played some really good venues and being a support band is good because you get there early and you leave early.

FOGHORN: YOLO. What does this word mean to San Cisco?

Jordi: YOLO—well you only live once. You just do stupid stuff and it’s okay because you only live once.

FOGHORN: San Cisco’s debut album was named one of the best albums of 2012 by Triple J. How did that make you guys feel?

Jordi: It was pretty amazing. Triple J has always supported us really well. It was a surprise to get that. It gives us the extra bit of confidence that helps a lot. We were very stoked to hear that recognition from them.

FOGHORN: So I heard San Cisco is a huge fan of Nintendo 64—what is your all time favorite game and what have you been playing lately?

Jordi: 007 Golden Gun or Mario Cart are our favorite games. Lately we have been on the road for three months so the band has an XBOX 360 so we have just been playing HALO.

FOGHORN: Did you ever imagine two years ago when your first EP, “Golden Revolver” was released that San Cisco would play at events like Groovin the Moo or SXSW?

Jordi: No, no way. We had no idea that it ever was going to take off—but it has. We also never thought that we would get to San Francisco so we didn’t think the name would matter that much. But it turns out we are going to be there so it will be pretty awkward.

FOGHORN: If you could choose any band to go on tour with whom would it be and why?

Jordi: We would really like to go on tour with Vampire Weekend or Haim—they are from California and they are great.

FOGHORN: Your second EP, “Awkward” was released on February 3, 2012 and has been quite the buzz in America. Any plans for a new EP or new album in the near future?

Jordi: There will be an album coming out in spring with Fat Possum Records.

FOGHORN: Do you have any Australian music suggestions for American listeners?

Jordi: Yeah, Snakadaktal—they are a really good Aussie band and The Preatures—great band especially on tour.

FOGHORN: Do you have any last words for San Franciscans?

Jordi: I really like your city, I think it is a cool place and come down to the show!

San Cisco is playing live @ The Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco TONIGHT (Thursday, April  4th) at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15.00