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Flux Playlist: Easy like Sunday Morning

-Flux Blog Staff

To some people, Sundays are a painful reminder that our weekend is about to end as quickly as it came. But for me, Sundays are the perfect chance to unwind and catch up on all of the homework we should have been doing instead of drinking the night before. So here’s a playlist for you to enjoy as you sip on your coffee and prepare to take on the day!


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Mike

  • Sunday Sun -Beck
  • The Past and Pending -The Shins
  • St. Vincent -Cruel

Tiana

  • Sunday Morning -Maroon 5
  • Princess of China -Coldplay ft. Rihanna
  • We are Young -Fun

Whitney

  • Killer Queen -Queen
  • Bennie and the Jets -Elton John
  • Bold as Love -The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Jessica

  • The General -Dispatch
  • Home -Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes
  • Sleep Tonight -Stars

Sam

  • The Sign -Ace of Base
  • Happy People -Skoop on Somebody
  • Easy -Lionel Richie

Diana

  • Groovin’ -The Young Rascals
  • Scarlet Begonias -The Grateful Dead
  • Badfish -Sublime

Tamara

  • All of My Days -Alexi Murdoch
  • Sweet Disposition -The Temper Trap
  • I Feel it All -Feist

Callie

  • Brighter than the Sun -Colbie Caillat
  • 1234 -Feist
  • Say -John Mayer

 

Flux Playlist: Anti-Valentine's Day

-Flux Blog Staff

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and for some of us that means planning out a special evening for you and that special someone. But for the rest of us, Valentine’s Day is just another night on the calendar. So we here at the Flux blog staff decided to pay tribute to those who will be spending lover’s day alone. So sit back, relax and enjoy our anti-Valentine’s Day playlist.


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Mike

  • Every Man Has a Molly -Say Anything
  • Roses -Outkast
  • Psychotic Girl -The Black Keys

Tamara

  • Forget You -Cee-Lo Green
  • Hard -Rihanna
  • Smile -Lily Allen

Whitney

  • Fall in Love (Your Funeral) -Erykah Badu

Jessica

  • Seventy times 7 -Brand New
  • Your Ex-Love is Dead -Stars
  • Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright -Bob Dylan

Diana

  • Giving Up -Ingrid Michaelson
  • Erase Me -Kid Cudi

Sam

  • Carol Brown -Flight of the Conchords
  • You Oughta Know -Alanis Morissette
  • Potential Breakup Song -Aly & AJ

Callie

  • Landslide -Stevie Nicks
  • Not Over You -Gavin DeGraw
  • Before He Cheats -Carrie Underwood

Tiana

  • Mr. Know it All -Kelly Clarkson
  • Rumour Has It -Adele
  • 25 to Life -Eminem

 

Hope In Hard Times Speakers Enlighten Law Students

-Sam Bouchat

The University of Oregon Labor Education and Research Center, in conjunction with the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, hosted two nationally renowned community/labor organizers Kris Rondeau and Saket Soni on January 18 for the event “Hope in Hard Times.”

The LERC provides resources and education toward the advancement of unions, workers, and the Oregon community. Rondeau, the director of AFSCME New England Organizing Project, and Soni, the director of the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice, shared their thoughts on turning the current economic crisis into movement-building opportunities.

“One of the best things about organizing is being able to make communities that have values,” said Rondeau during the hour-long talk on Jan. 18. “People organize people. We try to not only find common ground, but to create relationships that allow us to solve problems in a way that is not winner-take-all.”

Rondeau works to organize and aid unions in the workforce, as well as facilitating collective bargaining agreements and partaking in guiding dispute resolution. In one instance, Rondeau mentioned how she and her group didn’t use any organizing literature. Instead, the members spoke to one another to relay information. This was so the employer, who was actively trying to disband the unions, would be unable to stall the organizing process.

She also warned against employees organizing around anger toward employers. “We ended up deciding that we were going to try to create the culture that we wanted to live in and work in. We had to find ways of transforming our anger into just organizing.”

Rondeau has brought approximately 30,000 workers into unions during her career.

Soni has worked in New Orleans since 2005, aiding workers and immigrants in reconstruction since Hurricane Katrina. Soni’s focus is on minority workers. He led campaigns that brought together diverse communities after Hurricane Katrina and more recently at the Hershey Chocolate Factory.

On the role of a lawyer in a social movement, Soni said, “Everybody wants their hands on the letters of power. The question is not ‘Can this happen for me?’ The statement is ‘Make this happen for me.’ That’s the kind of cultural and power shift that a true and meaningful collaboration among a lawyer, an organizer and a community member can power. That is the most important thing that a lawyer can do in the 21st century.”

Soni’s presentation focused on the relationship between the lawyer and the organizer, and how both could utilize the other to create better working environments.

“We write a rough draft of history,” said Soni. “When people remember this era, they don’t simply remember it as a series of legislative and judicial victories that created change, but a process of organizing that created change.”

The question and answer session among Rondeau, Soni and law students helped illuminate the processes of current and past social changes.

Follow Sam at @sambouchat

Flux Playlist: 80's Edition

-Flux Blog Staff

It’s week 4 of the term, which means it’s time to double check all of your syllabi and make sure you don’t have any midterms this week. But before we dive into all of the tests and assignment deadlines that will soon dictate our lives, we here at the Flux blog thought we would put together a playlist to remind us of a simpler time. A time when leg warmers and fingerless gloves were in style. A time when a singer named Madonna was just breaking onto the scene. A time when hair metal bands roamed the earth. So sit back, relax, and enjoy our 80’s edition playlist.


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Mike

  • Blister in the Sun -Violent Femmes
  • Under Pressure -Queen ft. David Bowie
  • 99 Luftballons -Nena

Sam

  • Beat it -Michael Jackson
  • Take on Me -A-Ha
  • Somebody’s Watching Me -Rockwell ft. Michael Jackson

Diana

  • 867-5309/Jenny -Tommy Tutone
  • Waiting on a Friend -The Rolling Stones
  • Train in Vain -The Clash

Jessica

  • The Safety Dance -Men Without Hats
  • Land Down Under -Men at Work

Tamara

  • Pour Some Sugar on Me -Def Leppard
  • Sweet Child O’ Mine -Guns N’ Roses
  • Billie Jean -Michael Jackson

Whitney

  • The Message -Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
  • Paul Revere -The Beastie Boys
  • Computer Love -Zapp & Roger

Flux Playlist: It's a Celebration!

-Flux Blog Staff

If you are reading this blog post, congratulations! You have officially survived finals week! Now that you’ve turned in all of your papers and sold back all of your books, there’s only one thing left to do: Celebrate! This week, the Flux bloggers wanted to give you a playlist to help get your celebrations off on the right foot. So grab some friends, forget everything you learned this term and most importantly, enjoy your winter break!


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Mike:

  • One More Time -Daft Punk
  • DARE -Gorillaz
  • Going On -Gnarls Barkley

Hannah:

  • Moves Like Jagger -Maroon 5

Tamara:

  • Marry the Night -Lady Gaga
  • Call it What you Want -Foster the People
  • You Da One -Rihanna

Lizzy:

  • Sexy and I Know it -LMFAO
  • No Hands -Waka Flocka
  • You Make Me Feel -Cobra Starship

Jasmine:

  • Night of Your Life -David Guetta
  • Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay -Big Sean
  • H.A.M. -Jay-Z & Kanye West

Sam:

  • Caribou Lou -Tech N9ne
  • Boombox – The Lonely Island
  • Line & Sinker -Billy Talent

Flux Playlist: Songs To Study To

-Flux Blog Staff

It’s a cold Monday afternoon and the Knight Library is filled to capacity, which can only mean one thing. It’s officially Finals Week. We here at Flux feel your pain and have put together a playlist of some of our favorite songs for those long nights of cramming. So whether your pulling an all-nighter at library or finishing a project at the lab, take a deep breath, grab a pair of headphones, and remind yourself that Winter break is only one week away!


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Mike

  • The Wind Cries Mary -Jimi Hendrix
  • Gravity Rides Everything -Modest Mouse
  • Woods -Bon Iver

Hannah

  • New Moon -Alexandre Desplat
  • Comtine D’un Autre Ete -Yann Tiersen

Sam

  • The Elements Song -Tom Lehrer
  • The Presidents -Jonathan Coulton
  • Flight of the Bumblebee -Beethoven

Jasmine

  • Prelude in E Minor -Chopin

Tamara

  • The Cave -Mumford & Sons
  • Flightless Bird -Iron & Wine
  • Twilight -Elliott Smith
Comtine D'un Autre Ete

A Short Affair

-Hannah Doyle

In light of Kim Kardashian’s recent divorce to Kris Humphries, many have questioned if celebrities take marriage seriously. Despite what political conversations have sparked about marriage rights, one thing that everyone can agree on is that Humphries’ and Kardashian’s case is not a rarity.

Other than their divorce fulfilling the stereotype of short Hollywood marriages, the couple has given comedians material and twitter a cheeky, new hashtag: #ThingsLongerThanKimsMarriage.

For your entertainment, below are the top ten shortest celebrity marriages that show Kardashian and Humphries are just another notch on the seemingly endless belt of Hollywood divorces.

10. Bradley Cooper & Jennifer Esposito (4 months)
The actor and actress got hitched December 2006 and filed for divorce May of 2007. Cooper told Howard Stern, “It was just something that happened.”

9. Nicky Hilton & Todd Meister (3 months)
The two were married in one of Las Vegas’ many marriage mills. From that perspective, it’s surprising that the marriage wasn’t shorter.

8. Kim Kardashian & Kris Humphries (10 weeks)
The couple ring in at number eight, an above average score. It’s all about who you compare yourself to.

7. Drew Barrymore & Jeremy Thomas (6 weeks)
A clergyman the couple hired through a psychic hotline performed the ceremony.

6. Eddie Murphy & Tracey Edmonds (15 days)
The couple’s wedding in Bora Bora was a spiritual ceremony, which technically wasn’t legally binding. But they still count.

5. Mario Lopez & Ali Landry (13 days)
Lopez reportedly cheated on Landry both before and after the wedding.

4. Cher & Gregg Allman (9 days)
Having a successful show together clearly is not a sign for a successful marriage together.

3. Dennis Rodman & Carmen Electra ( 9 days)
Rodman reportedly annulled Electra because he was of unsound mind while reciting his vows in a Las Vegas chapel.

2. Britney Spears & Jason Alexander (55 hours)
Although Spears and Alexander aren’t the only couple on the list to get married in Sin City, their short stint at the altar is the most famous.

1. Zsa Zsa Gabor & Felipe de Alba (1 day)
Short marriages aren’t limited to this generation; this was the actress’ eighth trip down the aisle.

Photo taken from People.com by Todd Williamson

Lessons from Rolling Stone: Jason Fine reassures non-musicians in their quest to become music writers

– Emilee Booher

“[Theory-based knowledge] is not essential, especially when you’re writing about rock and roll. The music itself is generally simpler…and what’s most interesting is the passion and energy in it,” Fine says.

Attention aspiring music writers: it is possible to become a successful music writer without actually knowing how to play music. Do not be intimidated. Look at Jason Fine, executive editor of Rolling Stone, the pivotal magazine that has been gracing the music world with its presence since 1967. Fine doesn’t play any instruments, he doesn’t consider himself a musician, but he is an avid music lover. It’s easy to see that his love for music has carried him miles from where he started, about three thousand miles. Beginning his writing career in the Bay Area, he now rests comfortably in his New York City office.

Growing up, Fine always had an interest in what magazines were writing about music. “I would read Rolling Stone and a lot of times it would make me really mad because I felt like they were covering the same old people without covering the music that I thought was the most important at the time,” he says. During his high school and college years, he thought the music world was particularly ignoring the ever-important punk rock scene. So what did he do? He started writing about bands like Nirvana and kicked off his career.

Of course, writing about music without much knowledge in musical theory means that it takes an overflowing heap of dedication to listening, researching, and maintaining curiosity. Readers don’t need a mountain of musical terminology thrown in their faces to get a good sense of an artist or piece of music. But they do need to feel that the writers are passionate about what they do and understand the monumental influence that music has on people. This feeling comesacross with writers like Fine who’ve compiled a full musical background and appreciation through decades of simply listening.

There are many challenges, however, for music writers with little experience playing music or studying theory. It can make analyzing different genres of music more difficult. Even now, Fine has a hard time writing about jazz or describing the sounds of eclectic artists. “I still try and do it,” he says. “I ask a lot of questions, talk to people a lot and listen to things over and over again trying to understand.” These are the kinds of things non-musician music writers must be willing to do in order to be successful, especially if they want to compete with writers like John Pareles, who reportedly takes his notes in musical notation.

But do not get discouraged, future writers. There is something important and beautiful about listening to music with fresh ears; ears that haven’t been saturated by hundreds of listening exercises and pages of sheet music. For Fine, and writers like him, interpreting and analyzing music becomes more about the feelings and emotions behind a piece, as opposed to the specific chords, key changes, and time signatures that make it up. Sometimes, being a musician can even taint the writing process. Often, experienced musicians find it difficult to avoid automatically reciting the technical composition of a piece of music when writing about it. The energy, passion and even spirituality of a song can get lost in all of the theory.

This idea of emotion versus theory can vary between different genres of music and publications. Some types of music require higher degrees of technical knowledge than others. According to Fine, writing about rock and roll in particular becomes largely about how the music makes the listeners feel and where each artist sits on the arc of musical history. “[Theory-based knowledge] is not essential, especially when you’re writing about rock and roll. The music itself is generally simpler…and what’s most interesting is the passion and energy in it,” he says.

People like Fine, who show a genuine interest in the art and expression of music, have just as much potential to climb to the top of the music-writing chain as anyone else, though they may have to climb harder. “It’s not easy out there!” he warns half-laughing at his obvious statement. But, what is clear when looking at Fine’s career is the importance of hard work, persistence and humility. Good music writers can’t be afraid to ask naive questions about musical techniques and references, as apparent as the answer may seem to the artist. Writers must always stay thirsty for knowledge and listen to everything with open ears and an open mind. That’s what helped push Fine into his highly esteemed position.

What started for him as a teenage irritation over the music that was being covered in Rolling Stone, ended with an executive editing position at the magazine; all stemming from his love for music. For all of those who want to follow in Fine’s footsteps, understand that it’s not a necessity to pick up an instrument. Instead, simply try picking up a pen and turning on the radio.

Sasquatch: Finale

With the beautiful weather holding up just long enough, the fourth and final day of Sasquatch is wrapped up! Here are a few more images:

The Flaming Lips putting on quite a spectacle, as expected.

Foster The People playing the Yeti stage.

-Emilee Booher

Sasquatch: Day 3

One of the things I enjoy so much about Portland’s own Typhoon is how much fun they have on stage. This group has made some great albums, but to experience a live performance is monumental–epic even. With twelve members (three of them playing percussion), the sound that comes off the stage fills the entire body with triumphant delight. Typhoon opened the day with not one but two sets.

Still to come today: The Flaming Lips, Modest Mouse, Beach House, Ratatat and many more.

-Emilee Booher

Two of the lovely ladies in Typhoon.

The crowd gets excited for Fitz & The Tantrums.

Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips.