Wednesday, 6 March 2013

ELECTIONS!


It's that terribly exciting time of the year when the beacon gets passed on to a new generation of Offbeaters, by which, of course, I mean it's elections tomorrow!

There are five roles up for grabs. Here are their titles and duties:


President (a.k.a. El Presidente)

The President is ultimately responsible for the society's actions. Their duties are:
  • Organising everyone and making sure everything gets done in time.
  • Attending the inevitable SU meetings.
  • Making final decisions should the exec not reach a consensus.
  •  Picking up any slack.

Treasurer

Sorts out the money! The Treasurer is in charge of:
  • Keeping the accounts in order – making sure we don’t spend too much, or even too little!
  • Keeping track of financial bits and bobs from the SU. This mainly involves SU meetings, and the all-important budget.
  • Making sure there are prizes for the CD Swaps, quizzes, etc.

Secretary

The Secretary should be the first point of contact for any Offbeat member. They are in charge of:
  • Creating facebook events for socials.
  • Responding to emails and facebook messages.
  • Taking minutes at exec meetings.
The Secretary will likely spend a lot of time in particular working with Publicity.


Publicity (a.k.a. The Hype Machine)

The publicity role involves: 
  • Managing Offbeat's online presence (the descriptions of Offbeat on our website, the SU website, lastfm, the blog, facebook etc).  
  • Designing posters, flyers, stickers, etc.
  • Ordering printed publicity stuff.

DJ-coordinator

The DJ-coordinator is in charge of the DJ kit and everything that is related to it. Their role includes:
  •          Organising the Idioteque DJ rota
  •      Keeping DJs to the SU music policy
  •          Setting up the laptop and decks for Idioteque
  •          Training new DJs
  •          Looking after the DJ kit and doing any repairs that need doing



If you don’t get elected, don’t worry! There are still plenty of ways to get involved in Offbeat from getting involved in DJing to volunteering to help out during Freshers’ Fairs to writing for our blog. Indeed, in previous years, the exec group has been supplemented by a non-official role: The Bez. However, this is very much up to next year’s exec whether they wish to continue the role!



Rules for elections:
-          You must be a member to vote or run in the election (although you’re also welcome to attend if you’re not!)
-          Nominations will happen on the night
-          You may run for as many positions as you wish
-          Nominations must take place before elections start
-          Voting will be by single transferable vote 


If you want to run just come along to the Willoughby at 18:30 and nominate yourself and then stand up to say a few words concerning what you're about and what you'll do and such like. 

Afterwards, we'll head on to Millenium Balti for what everyone really came for: a lovely curry with lots of incredibly cheap drinks. Hopefully a wonderful time will be had by all.

Any other questions, ask one of the exec, email us at su256@warwicksu.com, or message us on fb through OffbeatWarwick.


Lots of love,

Offbeat x

Thursday, 7 February 2013

2012 Best Ofs...

We're over a month into the new year, so now seems like a perfect time to release the mix-CDs we gave out last year as Spotify playlists. Clearly.

So, without further ado:



Offbeat: Best of 2012 [pt.1] tracklist:

1) T=0 - Tall Ships
2) Lay Your Cards Out - Polica
3) Genesis - Grimes
4) These Chains - Hot Chip
5) Monoliths - Lotus Plaza
6) Normal  Song - Perfume Genius
7) Rotten Black Root - Right Away, Great Captain!
8) History's Door - Husky
9) This Is Sally Hatchet - Father John Misty
10) - King of the World - First Aid Kit
11) It's Real - Real Estate
12) Shallow - Beach Fossils
13) A Piece of String - Clock Opera
14) Ready to Start [RSD remix] - Arcade Fire ft. Damian Taylor



Offbeat: Best of 2012[pt.2] tracklist:

1) Hollywood Forever - Father John Misty
2) Yet Again - Grizzly Bear
3) Wor - Django Django
4) End of the Line - Sleigh Bells
5) Myth - Beach House
6) Night and Day - Hot Chip
7) Oblivion - Grimes
8) Elephant - Tame Impala
9) Sweet Sour - Band of Skulls
10) The House That Heaven Built - Japandroids
11) Stay Useless - Cloud Nothings
12) Bloodflood - Alt-J
13) Constant Conversations - Passion Pit
14) Sun - Two Door Cinema Club
15) Hood - Perfume Genius
16) Chained - The xx
17) Under the Westway - Blur



And here's a couple of links to two bands that were shamefully overlooked:

Efterklang - Piramida -  A beautiful, haunting album. One of my favourites of the whole year.
Beast Make Bomb - Double Dipper EP - The last EP from the now sadly defunct New York wonders.


Let us know what your favourites of 2012 were!

Lots of love,
Offbeat x

Sunday, 13 January 2013

CD Swap on Wednesday!

To get you in the mood for the CD Swap on Wednesday, here's a little something given away by one of us last time round:


Abrasive/ Calm:

Side 1:
1 - After Glow - Foals
2 - Spitting Pearls - Post War Glamour Girls
3 - Oh It's Such A Shame - Jay Reatard
4 - Tell 'Em - Sleigh Bells
5 - High Five, Swan Dive, Nose Dive - Pulled Apart By Horses
6 - Nightcall - Kavinsky & Lovefoxxx


Side 2:
1 - Lights Out, Words Gone - Bombay Bicycle Club
2 - Rose Parade - Elliott Smith
3 - Deep Blue Sea (Daniel Rossen Home Recording) - Grizzly Bear
4 - Naked as We Came - Iron & Wine
5 - Please Don't Go - Barcelona
6 - To Build A Home - The Cinematic Orchestra



Hope you're all looking forward to Wednesday!

Lots of love, 
Offbeat x

Saturday, 15 December 2012

I Just Wanna Be Sixteen


When I was 16 I made myself fuckloads of mix-CDs, I think that they were either to listen while doing tractor work, or a collection of my favourite songs in case my computer broke. Imaginatively named 1 through 6, with an extra CD full of my extra super special favourite ever songs of the moment (accidentally labelled as a Frank Turner compliation), they are the most eclectic mix of music I have ever heard. It’s kind of unsettling to listen to but mostly strangely fabulous.

This is a tour of my favourite CD of these, number 4:

What possessed me to include this in my favourite songs ever, I shall never know, but I am bloody glad I did because it is a brilliant intro to a CD. Particularly when followed directly by:

Ha. Got you. Yep, second track was Rick Astley, of course. (This is the point where I hope you clicked the link, or I just look a bit mad...)


This is a bit of a curve-ball after the 90s moment, but it epitomised being a teenager for me. I got introduced to Bright Eyes by one of my best friends, fell in love with them and projected myself wily-nilly all over this song. But I stand by the fact that although Oberst’s stuff can seem purposefully profound and forcedly meaningful, I still think he speaks the truth.

I think I remember liking this originally partly because in the video she rode a huge horse whilst wearing some crazy all-in-one outfit. But I haven’t watched the video since, so I may be wrong, and in any case, it is a class song.

Because who didn’t love that song in 2008?

Before he became Ben Hudson and Kanye’s darling, Mr Hudson had a fucking good reggae/hip-hop/jazz/whatever-the-fuck-genre-you-can-think-of band. Go and buy their album because every song is self-depreciating, full of steel drums and awesome.

For further information, see Music and Lyrics. A classic* film.


I remember thinking Grease had the best opening titles ever. This was before I had really seen any other films.

This song makes me think of two things:
1. Crude synonyms for vagina
2. The year 10 German exchange trip - getting up at half past 5 for school and eating fried pasta with sugar for breakfast. My partner loved The Bloodhound Gang and pork-pie hats.

I listened to this song incessantly because I had the biggest crush on a guy called Joe. The link was tenuous at best. I now appreciate it is actually a good song in its own right.


I don't really have the words so let me tell you a different, slightly related story instead.
When I was about ten I asked my parents if I could make a mixtape to listen to in the car when we went on holiday. The said yes, expecting some mild pop I expect. The first song on the mistape was My Neck, My Back by Khia and the last song was Milkshake by Kellis. Ever since I realised the content of those songs, I have been horribly embarrassed about playing music in my parents’ cars.

Leonard is the sexiest octogenarian there is and I love him. That having been said, the change from Shaggy to Leonard maybe the strangest music change I have ever heard outside of the Kelsey’s jukebox.
He works that fedora
      13.   Around the Bend - The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
I am still not sure if this is a good song, but it was used in an iPod advert and is quite boppy and so it reassures me that I didn’t only wallow in self-pity in my mid-teens.

I always thought that when I was an old woman, that is where I would want to be sat.

There was an interview in the Telegraph magazine with Natasha Khan and I wanted to be just like her. I’m still working on it…Apart from that, Daniel is a glory. It is one of those huge, empty songs that are perfect for driving at dusk.

The Hives was, I think, the second gig I ever went to. It was me, my best friend and our boyfriends of the time and me and my boyfriend wore matching trilbies. I don't think I actually like The Hives very much.

This was never going to be a strong look.
I wasn’t a waitress in a cocktail bar; I just wished I could be so I could meet my man there and have drama. Now I work in Evolve and I feel that it isn’t quite the same.

      18.    Foxes Mate For Life - Born Ruffians

Every so often I forget this song and then I rediscover it and it makes me inexplicably happy every time. I think that this is a very appropriate song to have ended the CD on. It is a quiet song, could be described as twee but it’s subtle. It sums up the way I (and probably a lot of people) felt at 16, disillusioned, confused and really wanting to believe that love would sort it all out in the end. On top of that it is a very soothing song, the kind of aural hug that everybody needs sometimes.

And besides, who is to say that foxes don’t mate for life because they are in love?



So that's that, an eclectic collection of music, but if you play it back to back, it may be amusing for at least ten minutes. I hope. It's been interesting for me to rediscover what I used listen to, and how much it influenced what I listen to now.
Except Prince.

Until January, happy December y'all! :)

 

*To clarify: A. Music and Lyrics was crap. B. I have an inordinate amount of love for that film.

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Some Winter Reading.

Hey Offbeatles!

 I hope you're all looking forward to whatever celebration of the Solstice you will be partaking in this year! (I am personally fond of Saturnalia). Even though term has ended, and Idioteque won't grace the Terrace bar for another 4 weeks, Offbeat hasn't forgotten you! And while we can't be there in person, we have scoured the far reaches of the internet for you. So without further ado...

...Here are the best webcomics you might not have heard of.



A Lesson Is Learned, But The Damage Is Irreversible.

Philosophy, drawn in Photoshop.


I don't want to say it's the best webcomic ever written, but it's certainly the one that I've never grown out of. Written by novelist and critic, Dale Beran and drawn by indie gaming icon David Hellman (best known for drawing Braid), the  explores some of the deepest concepts ever tackled by comics, all while being hilariously funny. What's more, the duo just returned from a 6 year hiatus, so yeah, that's kind of cool. If you're into comics, David's panel layouts will be a breath of fresh air from the usual design. Dale is also famous for THIS, which deserves a mention. The issues are usually self contained, or done in two parters, so jump in anywhere.

Read it here: A Lesson Is Learned, But The Damage Is Irreversible


Hark! a Vagrant.

Rejoice history nerds, there is a comic especially for you!


Written by the ever wonderful Kate Beaton, the comic is the best kind of immature, and while a lot of the humour revolves around historical figures and events, the comic is just as accessible to barbarians like myself.  It doesn't follow a story arc, but there are a few recurring characters and some short stories, but you can pretty much just hit "random" over and over without feeling like you're in the dark.

Read it here: Hark! A Vagrant.


Dresden Codak

An epic, dedicated to nerd culture.



Written and drawn by Aaron Diaz It's largely a rant about transhumanism and the fall of biological "man" in comic form. So, yeah. It can come across as a little preachy and over dramatic, but the stories are engaging and the characters are interesting. It follows major story arcs, lasting real time years as Diaz slowly produces a comic at a snails pace, and the characters remain constant throughout, so it's worth reading this one from the beginning. Terrifyingly well drawn, and pretty well written, the comic is fantastic to read, though lacks the sense of humour of most of the others on the list, it's worth reading for the art alone.

Read it here: Dresden Codak



Pictures For Sad Children.

Haters gonna make some good points.


Aside from being the subject of TUMBLR DRAMA, the bizarre and singular John Campbell likes to draw comics about stick men with low self esteem. It's bittersweet, insightful and often downright disturbing stuff, but never fails to be funny in the process. Apart from a weird storyline loosely based around T.S Eliot's "The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock" (yep) the comic tends to run in self contained stories or three panel sprints. The archive is catalogued from the first comic, but you can skip ahead if the story of "Paul Who Is A Ghost" stops making sense.

Read it here: Archive



Rice Boy

I'm still not sure what happened.

Rice Boy is a surreal fantasy epic written by Evan Dahm. It's incredible, and to call it "fantasy" is to liken it to a world of clich├ęs and basement dwelling D&D players. It's more like the result of the best kind of acid trip, and is incredibly well told, constantly pushing the boundaries of the bizarre realm of Overside. It's definitely worth reading from the beginning, but give yourself a whole evening, curl up with some tea and I promise you won't regret it.

Read it, and associated stories here: Overside

Well that should be enough reading material for this Solstice/Wintermas/Fawnstold.

Have a good one!
Love Offbeat. x

Monday, 3 December 2012

Offbeat: Week 10



Week 10

Idioteque  Wed 5th Nov [Terrace Bar, Campus]

It's the last Idioteque of term! Moreover, it's the last Offbeat social of the term!  It's going to be grand. You should be there.
https://www.facebook.com/events/447832235280834/

Other News

Bandsoc are teaming up with RockSoc and PunkSoc to put on a music showcase of local bands. It's tomorrow and it's free! Check out https://www.facebook.com/events/307144416058479/ for more details.

As a heads up, we will be hosting another wonderous CD swap early next term, so keep note of any music that catches your eye over Christmas!  There will be more details about this released closer to the time.


In the mean time, as this is the last email of term, Offbeat wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

We hope to see you on Wednesday!

Lots of love,

Offbeat x

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Offbeat: Week 9



Week 9

It's week 9, and it's your vice-President Poppi Hobb's birthday! And as such, you should all come along to this weeks events and wish her Happy Birthday.


Offbeat at Zephyr Lounge – Tues 27th Nov [Zephyr Lounge, Leamington]

The last Zephyr Lounge of term! There will be £2 pints as always, and lots of great music to go with it.


Leamington Field Trip – Thurs 29th [The Duke onwards, Leamington]

It's back again this year! Less of a pub crawl, more of a pub wander. We’ll be meeting in The Duke at 8:30, and then working our way down through the pubs and bars of Leamington, getting thoroughly merry as we go. It's going to be excellent.

Check out facebook for more deets: https://www.facebook.com/events/168003340009429/


Hope to see you Wednesday!

Lots of love,

Offbeat x