Miley Cyrus and Borgore Push Dubstep into Mainstream


Who knew Miley Cyrus liked dubstep?

When dubstep producer and DJ Borgore came out with his song “Decisions” featuring Miley Cyrus, he did more than just release another hit. He launched dubstep, and electronic music, into the spotlight once again.

The duo released a music video that made almost all of the entertainment headlines earlier this month.

In recent years, electronic dance music, or EDM, has gained a reputation for being a drug-fueled genre filled with strange sounds, skimpy outfits and sensuous dance moves. However, this is only one perspective of the music that comes out this unique category.

Borgore only perpetuates the generalizations of EDM by transforming what used to be a little girl’s icon into more of a modern-day sex symbol. While Cyrus’ decision to team up with Borgore is unclear, the music video features her making out with a unicorn, getting into a cake fight with the DJ and some serious raging at a secret party in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel with porn star Jessie Andrews.

While the song is nothing special in terms of a popular dubstep production, it brings in the vocals of the famous starlet, allowing the distinct genre lines of pop and dubstep to blur.

Dubstep has been brought to the attention of many Americans, including the commercial mainstream. While the actions and words of certain DJs create the face of electronic music for most people, smaller, unknown and different artists get consumed within this group, when in reality they don’t be

Bill Brewster of The Guardian said that some of these EDM artists have taken the role of a rock star rather than a DJ.

“EDM has effectively bypassed the club culture on which house and techno were founded and gone straight for the stadiums and festival jugular,” Brewster writes.

The explosion of EDM in the United States is slightly comparable to Beatle Mania as thousands upon thousands of more people continue to pack clubs, stadiums and fields to capacity to see names like Skrillex, Bassnectar, Rusko, plus many more.

Borgore and Cyrus had their cake and ate it too. The official video posted on YouTube by Borgore on Nov. 1 already has over 3 million hits. Whether you want it to or not, dubstep has infiltrated the mainstream and there’s no telling how long it will stick around for.


UF Students Speak Out About Israel/Palestine Conflict


Samantha Doucette,

Contributing Writer

As you approached Turlington Plaza on Thursday, you could hear the chants of clashing views.

“We’re here to show that America supports Israel. Excessive and unprovoked rocket attacks should not be tolerated,” Melanie Miller said.

“We have a special responsibility to the Palestinian people because our government is providing funding, military support and political support for Israel. We have the responsibility here to oppose what our government is doing,” Conor Munro said.

Both Miller and Munro are organizers for the rallies that were held in Turlington Plaza on Thursday and Friday. The gatherings took place in light of the recent upheaval of violence in the long-term conflict between Israel and Palestine.

Being the most recent divergence, Jewish Israelis and Muslims of Palestine started fighting again on Wednesday after Israel launched a series of airstrikes that killed Ahmed al-Jabari, the chief of military operations of Hamas, the Islamic political party that controls the Gaza Strip.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said that these raids were in retaliation to continuous Palestinian rocket fire.

With current and escalating violence in the Middle East, student organizations of the University of Florida arranged rallies on behalf of the main sides of the conflict. A collaboration effort among the Jewish associations held a pro-Israel rally on Thursday and Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) had its pro-Palestine rally on Friday.

The conflict that has plagued Israel and all of its surrounding countries is a confusing and chaotic clash in which history and religion play a major role. There is obviously a significant divide in opinions internationally and even on the UF campus.

“We’re here to show the world that there are people at the University of Florida who care about what’s going on,” Miller, treasurer of the Torah Advancement Project, said. “We won’t take this sitting down.”

“We understand that what we’re doing here isn’t going to end the war in Gaza,” Munro, lead organizer for SDS, said. “When you look at movements in the past, movements against the Vietnam War or movements against apartheid in South Africa, those did have an impact and we need to start building a stronger movement.”

No matter who is involved, Palestinian or Israeli, the issue has hit close to home for many UF students.

“Yesterday, I was in Library West and I just couldn’t take my mind off of it. There are UF students in Israel right now, whether they’re moving there or studying abroad or visiting,” Emily Sasser, a UF graduate student, said.

While there are many more components to the structure of this issue, the question of if this conflict will end lingers in the thoughts of UF students and the international world alike.

“Adventure Time” takes off on YouTube


One of the most notable elements of the show “Adventure Time” is not the flying rainbow-unicorn or the extremely vivid imaginary world, but the theme song and the other music featured. YouTube has been the epicenter of remakes, remixes and covers galore for all of the songs featured on the show.

“Adventure Time” is a TV series on Cartoon Network that is set in the post-apocalyptic Land of Ooo. It features Finn, a 14-year-old, and his best friend, Jake, a dog with magical powers. The episodes are based around the premise of the duo setting out on epic adventures.

Here’s the show’s opening song:

Rebecca Sugar is only one of the writers for the music that appears on the show, but it’s her songs that seem to be the ones that are being redone on the Internet.

The show touches on many philosophical ideas and emotions that are accurately conveyed through the music. The simplicity of the harmonies and poetry-like lyrics, paired with one or two instruments, makes for the perfect opportunity for anyone to do his or her own version of any of the shows numerous songs.

And remake they do. “Adventure Time” has gained a cult following since its inception, but more so with the amount of covers that have been posted on YouTube. Electronic, metal, rock, indie and folk — people around the country have given the world their take of the soundtrack of “Adventure Time.”

Because the songs are made for a show, they are relatively short which prompts these YouTube musicians to come up with entirely new verses and sometimes a completely new song.

The most common form of translation seems to be with the ukulele or guitar, instruments that don’t need much more than vocals to accompany it. But this piano cover seems to stand out.

Here are some other examples:

• Original “Bacon Pancakes”; Cover “Bacon Pancakes

• Original “All Gummed Up Inside”; Cover “All Gummed Up Inside

• Original “I’m Just Your Problem”; Cover “I’m Just Your Problem

• Original “My Best Friends In The World”; Cover “My Best Friends In The World

• Or this completely fan-made song and scene inspired by the Fionna and Cake episode

Whether it be quality music or not, people have decided to broadcast their love for the “Adventure Time” over the Internet. From screeching teenagers with broken voices to people with legitimate singing and instrumental skills, its songs have become a YouTube sensation.

Pelican Brothers: Spotlight on a Gainesville food truck


Every Wednesday through Saturday night, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., you can hear the soft humming of a generator outside of High Dive, a local bar in downtown Gainesville. The hum comes from only one of the few food trucks located in our city.

Most chicken and waffle dishes are served with the two items separate, but there’s one place in Gainesville that merges them closer together and makes it a sandwich: the Pelican Brothers food truck.

Pelican Brothers is known for its chicken and waffle slider.

“It’s salty, sweet and delicious. Fresh-made Belgian waffles, fried chicken and we have local honey and maple gravy to put in between there,” said Mike Riska, co-owner and founder of the truck, as he cooked in the tiny kitchen in the back.

When the truck opens, a crowd gathers. Almost all of the early comers will be getting the slider. As one of the chefs sticks his head outside of the window and calls your name, indicating your order is ready, a giddy feeling rises up in your stomach.

“The smell alone makes me salivate. The first thing you want to do is start eating it because it looks and smells so good. You know you’ll burn your mouth, but you do it anyways,” said Patrick Wang, a 22-year-old engineering student who tried the chicken and waffle slider for the first time on Friday and went back for another.

As the fluffy waffles absorb the sweet and gooey honey-maple gravy that has created a pool at the bottom of the paper bowl, steam continuously rises from the concoction that far too many people have not tried.

The freshly fried chicken is extra crunchy. It provides the salty flavor that counteracts the sweet. The meat is juicy and tender after you bite through the crispy skin.

“My favorite thing about my menu is that we switch it constantly because I don’t like making the same food over [again],” Riska said.

While Pelican Brothers has an ever-changing menu according to what vegetables are in season, or what the owners feel like whipping up that night, one thing is on it every night: the chicken and waffle slider.

The Pelican Brothers food truck celebrated its one-year anniversary this Oct. 6. Mike Riska and Matt Holmes started the truck because they were sick of working for other people. They can be found at various locations and social gatherings in Gainesville.

While not everyone sees a chicken and waffle sandwich on a regular basis, Riska said that the idea came from past memories of eating at Waffle House Inc. after late nights out.

“When we would go out and were younger, we would go to Waffle House and I would put everything in the middle of it [the waffle] and make a sandwich out of it,” Riska said.

His friends thought he was crazy for the first couple of years, but soon he convinced them to try it for themselves. After a $30,000 investment into the truck and all the maintenance, Pelican Brothers was born.

Matt Marder is an 18-year-old student that goes to High Dive about once or twice a week. He said that whether he is hungry or not, every time he is there he gets a chicken and waffle slider.

“Even if I was allergic to this, I would get it every time,” Marder said.

Jessie Erickson works at High Dive and is a public relations student at the University of Florida. A lot of people ask her what she recommends from the truck and she always says the chicken and waffles.

Whether you’ve tried the slider or not, the first taste of the Pelican Brothers has kept many customers coming back for more and more.

“If you put out good food, people will return. It’s as simple as that,” Riska said.

“Strip Away the Layers and Reveal Your Soul”


Matisyahu has recently gained national attention by shaving his beard off. This may seem like a no-big-deal moment, but if you know who Matisyahu is and what he represents, this was a career-changing decision.

Photos by Samantha Doucette

Last Tuesday night, Matisyahu pleased audiences with a spectacular show in Gainesville. While I’ve expanded my musical taste broadly in electronic music, it is always refreshing and nice to go see an actual live performance with live instruments and live vocals.

This was my first time seeing Matisyahu and he surpassed all expectations I had. I recall him going on later than planned. Fans waited anxiously as 10, 15, 20 minutes passed by. Photographers scattered throughout the front rows of the crowd adjusted their settings to what they thought would be just right.

Finally, the moment we had been waiting for. The band members walked onto the stage first and played a long intro before the main act appeared before us. When he did come out, Matisyahu was greeted with a warm and welcoming applause and cheers while he hid behind his New York Giants baseball cap and dark sunglasses. 
He started out with some songs off his recent album, Spark Seeker, that was released in July. He smoothly glided across the stage with his moonwalk and cohesive dance moves as he sung “Sunshine.”
I love how Matisyahu recognizes that his new and old fans want to hear what he is known for: his beatboxing, rapping skills and his classic songs. However, Matisyahu does a phenomenal job of combining old with new, knowing exactly what to play that will be just right for the crowd.

A little over halfway through the show, Matisyahu brought out a friend from college to play live clarinet, enhancing the instrumentals. They proceeded to play a song that barely had any vocals and focused more on the sweet sounds of the clarinet, guitar, drums and bass. 

The end of the show was filled with tracks that the audience knew. Song after song after song, the crowd grew more and more engaged with the music. Before what was supposed to be one of his last songs, Matisyahu told the crowd a story. He said that the first time he was ever dropped while he was crowd surfing was during a show in Gainesville. He learned that you need to make eye contact with the people you’re going to be jumping on top of. Should we try it again? The audience exploded with screams. 

The song started and after the first chorus, he took a running start and launched himself into the crowd. For about half of the song, he graciously glided across a sea of hands, floating to each corner of the audience that would support him. 

Matisyahu finished the song, said thank you and walked off the stage, while the band did a long outro after he left, like in the beginning. However, this time, Matisyahu perched himself atop of a sectioned-off part of the stage and watched over the audience. When he came out again, he was greeted with excited fans. He, then, pointed to someone, made the eye contact and jumped into the crowd again. 

This time the show was really over, that is, until the crowd went into a chant of “Encore.” After a couple of minutes, the band walked back onto the stage, followed by Matisyahu. Probably one of his most famous songs that I am sure he is tired of playing, “One Day” came over the speakers.
One by one, Matisyahu pulled up members of the crowd on stage until it was full of a variety of different people. He walked onto a bar that lined the side of the stage and let his fans surround him. Some girl had written something on her iPhone and handed it to him, creating a smile to spread across his face. 

Overall, it was an experience I’m glad I didn’t pass up. I went to this show by myself, ran into only a couple of friends and still walked away fulfilled with what I had just saw. If you’ve seen Matisyahu countless times or if this was your first experience, it is well worth your money to see this exceptional performer.

via Bionic Beatlab