TUESDAY TUNES: DAWES

Dawes is a folk rock band located in Los Angeles, California and consists of brothers Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith,  Wylie Gelber and Tay Strathairn. Their California heritage seeps through their artistically crafted sound. More specifically, “Laurel Canyon” sound which is cited for being influenced by legends such as Neil Young.

In August of 2009, Dawes release their first album, North HIlls. Tracks included ‘That Western Skyline’, ‘When My Time Comes’ and ‘Love is All I Am’.  Rolling Stone magazine even called North Hills “authentically vintage”. Dawes continued to tour the US gathering fans from all over and creating an amazing following over the years. Their first national tv appearance came in April of 2010 on the Craig Ferguson Show.

As their popularity grew, Dawes decided to get back in the studio and blast out another amazing album. Their sound and songwriter skills matured and Nothing is Wrong, was better than imagined as it was released in June of 2011. Paste Magazineeven placed the album at #8 on their Top 50 albums of 2011. While American Songwriter Magazine placed the song ‘If I Wanted Someone’ at #8 on their Top 50 songs of 2011. With Nothing is Wrong holding strong in the charts, Dawes hit the road with another folk rock band, Blitzen Trapper and is currently on tour.

To check out tour dates or learn and read more about Dawes check them out at: http://dawestheband.com/

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IOWA Only: Zombie Burger

As Iowans people always stereotype us as corn loving farmers that may not be the best in the barrel. But damn it, they’re wrong. I mean, yeah, Iowa may have some bad qualities, but those are made up for with a variety of unique and amazing things from Iowa. This new section of the blog will highlight things found in Iowa and only in Iowa, highlighting people, places, and things around the state. Without further introduction, Zombie Burger has risen.
Zombie Burger is located in the heart of downtown Des Moines at 300 E. Grand Ave. As you can guess from the name of the place, their theme is based around that of zombies, bringing a delightful tasting dinner and twisting it with horror. From the first step into the joint, you can see and hear the entire experience. The place is decked out with zombie paintings, fences hanging from above, and planks of wood nailed to the wall to keep zombies out.
It doesn’t stop with just the decor though, with a glance at the menu, the experience continues. With sandwiches such as the Dead Moines (smoked gouda, crispy prosciutto, niman ranch ham, and truffle mayo) to The Boomstick (deep fried chili, american cheese, onion, and pickle) they really know how to reach the taste buds. Besides burgers, Zombie Burger also serves various salads, deep fried hotdogs, soups, and deserts. Now, besides the food, the drinks are to die for as well. With 13 options from their Brain Freeze Shakes you’ll never be thirsty. Did I mention you can spike those? Yeah, you can and let me tell you from personal experience….so worth it!
We all know that food is just one of the deciding factors in your overall experience. So besides having an awesome layout, delicious food, and high quality liquids, the service is top notch. There is plenty of staff to keep the atmosphere pumping and the food rolling out. I personally enjoyed our waitress as she continued to make zombie references and wicked comments, she really added to the experience. It was a great time and I’m positive I’ll be back again and again.
Now, these are only my opinions, you’ll have to check out Zombie Burger for yourself, but I’m sure you wont regret it. To check out more about Zombie Burger visit their site: http://zombieburgerdm.com/ Hours: Zombie Burger 11am-Midnight daily / Bar 11-2am Daily

TUESDAY TUNES: NEEDTOBREATHE

Needtobreathe is an eccentric young rock band from Seneca, South Carolina. They have reached the charts by way of mainstream rock/pop, but have had their greatest number of singles on Christian music charts. While enrolled at Furman University, Bear (lead vocals,guitar,piano)—besides being an excellent wide receiver (he won the 2002 Banks McFadden trophy for South Carolina football player of the year) — moonlighted as a vocalist, guitarist, and pianist, even finding time to perform around campus with longtime friend and drummer Joe Stillwell. Meanwhile, Bo (backing vocals, guitar) studied architecture at Clemson University while playing guitar in his spare time, and he and bassist Seth Bolt joined the Bear/Stillwell duo to form Needtobreathe.

Seth Bolt had received a degree in recording engineering at Full Sail University, and the band honed its sound while recording several EPs at Bolt’s Plantation Studios. A strenuous tour of Southeastern and Midwestern America followed. The hard work paid off when Needtobreathe came to the attention of Atlantic Records/Lava Records, who signed the band in 2005. A debut full-length album, Daylight, arrived one year later, having been recorded in British Heliocentric Studios with Keane producer Andy Green. Tours with Train, Collective Soul, Will Hoge, and Taylor Swift kept the guys busy throughout the year, and they returned to the studio in December to begin work on their follow-up.

The Heat was released in August 2007 spawning several singles and earning two Dove Award nominations. The band’s third album, The Outsiders was released on August 25, 2009, peaking at #20 on the Billboard 200 and #2 on the Hot Christian Albums. The first single for the album, “Lay ‘Em Down”, peaked at #4 on the Hot Christian Songs chart. The single “Something Beautiful” peaked at #12 on the Triple A chart and #6 on the Hot Christian Songs chart. “Hurricane” peaked at #29 on the Alternative chart. The title song of the album, “The Outsiders”, peaked at #11 on the Triple A chart.

Most recently the band released ‘The Reckoning’ on September 20, 2011, peaking at #6 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. The first single for the album is titled “Slumber” and has peaked at #26 on the Christian rock charts. The second single released from the album is titled “Drive All Night.”
Needtobreathe is currently out on tour. To check out tour dates or more about the guys visit their site: http://needtobreathe.net/tour2011splash/

FINALLY A BIG KID : The Life Story of Jacob Anthony Lorsung

Born on the 14th of December in 1990 to the proud parents, Tony and Nancy, Jacob lives life to the fullest. His perky smile and continuous laugh never leaves for a dull moment, bringing light to almost every situation. Jacob is not an only child tho, he has an older sister and brother, Echo and Alex. With that come nephews and a niece who he adores more than anything. He enjoys Sunday rituals with his Dad and usually ends the nights with family dinners. To Jacob, family and friends are everything.

Other things that mean a lot to Jacob include the Green Bay Packers, Hillary Rickert, Battlefield, School, and so on…

Jacob is a die-hard Packers fan with a slight obsession with Aaron Rodgers and his “Pack Attack”. Jacob most recently became part owners of the Packers when he bought some shares in stock this past week, he we glowing for days, and still is gloating about how he’s part owner. (i don’t wanna tell him thats a scam to get money from their loyal fans, he’ll see it someday) His Sundays are devoted to his family and in turn, the Packers with his pops.

Besides the Packers, Jacob spend time his his lovely counterpart, Hillary Rickert. They enjoy facebook chatting, the Muppets, Austin Powers, hanging out with Hillary’s little sister, and of course hanging out with all their friends. Jacob is also a full time student at the University of Northern Iowa and majoring in Biology so he’s studying quiet a bit.

To find out more about Jacob, check out his facebook, http://www.facebook.com/lorsung?sk=info or follow him on twitter @JacobLorsung. We here at Osky would just like to thank Jacob for all his help he’s given us these last couple months and look forward to the future with this bright young man. Happy 21st Birthday Bitch!

Also, shout to Jason Nabholz and his 22nd Birthday today. The formal festival of the year, this Friday, be ready!

TUESDAY TUNES: MACKLEMORE

First, I wanna give a shout out to Alex Hoffman for introducing us to this amazing musical talent. Also, congrats on the engagement to McKenzie Main, can’t wait. Costa Rica 2012!

Anyway,

He has been described as a socially conscious rapper, with many of his songs addressing issues surrounding consumerism, race and drug addiction. Ben Haggerty, known by his stage name Macklemore, grew up in Seattle, Washington. He attended Garfield and Nathan Hale high schools, and even went on to earn a bachelor’s degree at Evergreen State College. Interested in reaching a younger generation through his music, he took a job at a juvenile-detention facility. There, he was a part of a program called “Gateways,” which was organized around rap and keeping kids off the streets and outta violence with music.

In 2000 Macklemore recorded an EP titled Open Your Eyes under the name Professor Macklemore, which he distributed himself. Macklemore dropped “Professor” from his name, and released his first official full-length album, The Language of My World in January 2005. In September of 2009 he released The Unplanned Mixtape. In the past, Macklemore has struggled with substance abuse problems, including OxyContin and marijuana. He considers this the reason for his lack of production between 2005 and 2009., But, after cleaning himself up in 2008, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis became a collaborative and creative unit. In October 2010, he teamed up with DJ Ryan Lewis to create the VS. ReduxEP. Macklemore used his experience with substance abuse (especially cough syrup) to create the mixtape’s critically acclaimed song “Otherside,” which samples the Red Hot Chilli Peppers song of the same name.

He celebrated two years of sobriety in early August 2010, as stated during his performance at Capitol Hill Block Party 2010. In late April 2010, he performed an impromptu set at a house party at Colorado College. The set consisted of his track “And We Danced”, two consecutive times to the ecstatic screams of over two hundred deeply devoted fans. In December 2010, he released a tribute song named “My Oh My” for then recently deceased Seattle Mariners broadcaster Dave Niehaus, which has received extensive coverage in Seattle media sources. Macklemore performed the song at the 2011 Mariner’s Opening Day on April 8.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis can be found touring around the states these days. To get info on the tour or more on Macklemore check out: http://macklemore.com/  or  http://www.myspace.com/macklemore.

ARTISTIC INFLUENCE : TJ ERDAHL

Here at Osky we do more than just print shirts in our free time, some of us are students, some of us create other works of art and some times we just lounge. One of our team members, Bryan Coons, is still enrolled at the University of Northern Iowa. His focus, ceramic arts. He works figuratively and animalistic at times. With this passion however, comes more influence, like the work of Thaddeus Erdahl.

TJ received his BFA in 2004 from the University of Northern Iowa and than his MFA from the University of Florida in 2009. He has had numerous teaching, demo, and workshop gigs throughout the years and next semester will actually be teaching here at the University of Northern Iowa. TJ works in figurative ceramic sculpture. To get a better sense of TJ’s work his artist statement is as follows: Our personal identities are a kaleidoscope of first person narratives influenced by the experiences and interactions with the world around us. As humans we are compelled to tell stories that illustrate analogies; blending together archetypes, shared experiences, and personal mythology. Who we are is an ongoing process of reinterpretations, observations, and personal connections.

Ceramic sculpture and portraiture, in particular, are forms of a visual narration that I use to satisfy my urge for documenting what I see in human nature. Evocative of well-loved toys and obsolete artifacts, I use the implied history of these objects to encourage the viewer to disconnect from the present situation and conjure their own individual narratives from a number of my sculptures.

One of the most attractive qualities of human behavior, a coveted characteristic belonging to successful communicators in any field, is a sense of humor. Humor is the great lubricator that ultimately allows us all to move on, let go, and laugh at ourselves. I use humor as a veneer to cover certain autobiographical components of my life. Some things in life are so serious, you have to laugh at them. Working with concepts that are personal and sometimes narcissistic perceptions of the gloomy side of life, humor is my buffer. Dry or irreverent, it is humor that mystifies those tragedies. Sometimes in my work it confronts the viewer, creating an uncomfortable situation that simultaneously conceals and lays bare, guides and misdirects their sense of social standards and manners. I seek to convey not just the outward appearance of people, but also the intimate concept of self.

His well crafted works of art will be shown at the University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art January 9-Feb. 1 within the show Modern Motives: Influences in Today’s Art. He will also be speaking at a reception for the show on January 18th at 7:00 PM at the Kammerick Art Building Rm 111. To check out TJ’s blog and more of his work visit: http://tjerdahl.blogspot.com/

CARLOS ANDERSON

One of our first shirts here at OSKY spotlighted a star player from the University of Northern Iowa’s Football team. His name… Carlos Anderson, Junior Running Back and Return Specialist from Blue Springs, MO.

Here are some stats for your asses:

2011: Named third-team preseason All-American at kick returner by The Sports Network … third-team selection for Phil Steele’s 2011 Preseason FCS All- America team.

2010: Claimed first-team All-MVFC honors as a return specialist after leading the conference with 27.2 yards per kickoff return, along with two returns for touchdowns … honorable mention All-MVFC selection as a running back … rushed for 974 yards (5.7 yards per carry) on the 2010 squad that won the MVFC Championship … posted kickoff returns of 99 and 88 yards for touchdowns … also recorded 15 catches for 122 yards … named the MVFC Special Teams Player of the Week on two different occasions … earned honor- able mention All-America honors in track as a member of the UNI 4x100m relay team that captured the Mis- souri Valley Conference crown and qualified for the NCAA Championships … MVC champion in the 60m dash indoors … No. 4 all-time at UNI with a 60m time of 6.75 seconds … third place in the 100m dash at the MVC Outdoor Championships.

2009: Named to the MVFC All-Newcomer team and recognized as honorable mention All-MVFC … racked up 541 rushing yards to rank second on the team … made 15 receptions for 110 yards and eight kick returns for 247 yards … his 898 all-purpose yards also ranked second on the team … opened his colle- giate career against Iowa (9/5) with 24 carries for 75 yards and three catches for 28 yards … scored his first career touchdown at Missouri State (9/26) … recorded his first career 100-yard rushing performance against Youngstown State (11/7), with 113 yards on 17 carries … had four games with over 100 all-purpose yards, including 204 against Youngstown State … scored five total touchdowns (four rushing, one receiving) … tallied 91 kick return yards against Youngstown State (11/7) and 80 at South Dakota State (10/24) … aver- aged 30.9 yards per kick return.

Yeah, he’s pretty damn good. Here at OSKY we still have ‘Not at the Table Carlos’ shirts for sale and with the Panthers making it as far as they have thus far, and to help celebrate this great season, we’re dishing out the last remaining Carlos Tees for ONLY $5.00! So snag yours today by clicking on the ‘Tees’ tab off to the right. Grab yours today and support your Panthers. Make sure you tune into ESPN on Friday at 7:05 P.M. to watch our Panthers stomp on Montana. A special good luck shout out to Carlos and the rest of the Panthers from us here at OSKY! #PANTHERSWAG

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