Settling into Fall Artists and Armchairs

Few musicians suit this weather as well as Bon Iver and Twin Sister The nipping winds and soft-toned palettes of autumn call for music you can bundle yourself up in - along with your infinity scarf and anorak parka, of course.

The year after the 2011 release of the aptly named album Bon Iver, Bon Iver launched Bon Iver, Bon Iver: Stems Project, showcasing sixteen different artists' remixes of the songs on that original album. Groups like Daydreamer, Kyson, Geography, and Work Drugs, turned the acoustic indie album into a chillwave bonanza. Some of the favorites include "Perth" - Teen Daze Remix, "Towers" - Stop The Car Remix, and "Wash." - St. South Remix to name a few (but really we loved them all). Beautifully done.

You may recognize Twin Sister's from Kendrick Lamar's rap "The Recipe" which sampled from their song "Meet the Frownies". Their sound is best described as a mixture of chillwave and indie-pop with slow, rhythmic vocals paired with synthesized beats, looping segments, bass and guitar. Some of my favorite albums to study or read to are In Heaven and Color Your Life.

And where better to sink into your cozy newfound fall playlist than the lavish Rackham armchairs? The study lounges on the second floor of the Rackham Graduate School are as intimidatingly silent as they are beautifully decorated with furniture simply too good to be true for the average humble, Shapiro-going undergrad. The days of plain, uncomfortable wooden chairs and awkward, chubby seats can be over if you just commit to the walk across campus. But don't complain - we all know you trek over to the alumni center every Wednesday for complimentary bagels anyway.

Photo taken by Miriam Akervall

And now an update on the Joads

After a long, trying journey through the Arizona desert and three family members lighter, the Joads have finally reached California. Grandpa Joad fell victim to a stroke just a few days into their voyage, and Grandma Joad followed soon after. Noah, the strangely aloof oldest soon of Mr and Mrs Joad, wandered off one night determined to live off the land and survive on his own.

Once in California, they are disheartened to find that the life they were imagining would be theirs is much farther from reality than they thought. The land is scattered with "Hoovervilles" where evicted and disillusioned farmers like themselves set up camp while they look for work in the area. And for the first time the Joads are subjected to the humiliation of being labeled "Okies" by the locals. Tom struggles to control his anger as malicious law enforcers and pompous land owners do all they can to keep the displaced farmers in their place, but knows that should he snap and be arrested he'll be on a quick path back to prison in Oklahoma and his family will be one more able-bodied man short. But despite these hardships, the scarcity of food, and the aggressions they face from locals and policemen alike, the Joads manage to find comfort in each other's company and the friends they've made along the way.

"The people in flight from the terror behind - strange things happen to them, some bitterly cruel and some so beautiful that the faith is refired forever" - John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath