Shoegazey alt-rockers, Sona, joined KSDB on Friday, April 3rd for another Classroom Series event. The Lawrence, Kansas band played a solid set of songs from their 2011 E.P. and a few newer tracks as well. These newer tracks could appear on a new record, which they hinted at potentially recording soon. If you want to know more about Sona, you can find them on Facebook or on Bandcamp.
Each week, members of the KSDB sports staff will make their picks on all of the Men’s and Women’s basketball games and key Big 12 match ups. Here are the picks for this week:
Overall: Eric (22-18) Jordan (25-15) Austin (22-18) Zaldy (17-23) Alex (21-19)
Last Week: Eric (4-1) Jordan (3-2) Austin (3-2) Zaldy (3-2) Alex (3-2)
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# 1 Boston Marathon Bomber convicted on all charges
A jury found Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty of 30 different crimes many of which could earn the man the death penalty. Tsarnaev could be sentenced as early as Monday.
#2 Wichita approves lighter punishments for marijuana
In a city-wide election this week, Wichita approved lighter penalties for first-time marijuana possession. The State currently penalizes offenders with up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine. Wichita has reduced that to only a $50 fine.
Not often in a world oversaturated with simple singer-songwriters do we ever get to experience something as raw and emotional as Sufjan Stevens’ latest release, Carrie & Lowell. Much of Sufjan’s past works have been introspective, but this particular record seems to find its way deep into the soul and core of his being. It’s quite possibly one of the most devastating and disheartening records of the past year, but still radiates a bizarrely comforting sound.
The record is named after his mother, a bipolar, drug abusing schizophrenic, and his stepfather, who currently runs Sufjan’s Asthmatic Kitty record label. For the most part, however, Carrie & Lowell is focused on the relationship or lack thereof between Stevens and his mother, Carrie, who abandoned him as a very young child. This record is a testament to how much his mother affected his life in his growing up and, eventually, in watching her die. All of the most horrifying experiences Stevens has had come to the surface in this record. It’s so personal and emotionally distraught that even if it was your best friend telling you these things, it would undoubtedly be a difficult, awkward, and very concerning experience.
Maybe it is the uniqueness of Sufjan’s painful experiences that make this record as beautiful and almost reverent as it is. In the song, “Fourth of July,” he delves into the final hours of his mother’s life and how she felt about leaving him as a child. “And I’m sorry I left, but it was for the best/Though it never felt right,” refers to his mother’s choice to leave him, knowing she was unfit to raise children. In this unimaginably difficult situation, Stevens does not blame his parents for the traumas they put him through, claiming this record is not meant to make others feel sympathy for him but rather “to honor the experience.”