Featured Journalist: Jake Perlmutter
Major: Philosophy Year: 2015 Hometown: Chappaqua, NY
Aside from his weekly apple schmear sessions and throwing watermelons off rooftops, Jake has always had a profound interest in music and has made it an extremely important part of his life. Starting with piano at an early age, Jake has been playing guitar/bass since he was 13 and is in two bands on campus: Thought Police, and The SPEatles. His foundation in classic rock has allowed him to look for elements in contemporary musicians that revive elements of music in artists such as Crosby Stills & Nash, Led Zeppelin, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, while putting their modern twist on things. Gary Clark Jr. is on the rise! Oh, and please, who said psychedelic rock couldn’t be brought back with Tame Imapala? Island living is the best place to write music — let that breeze take your music where it needs to go, and what it’s really trying to say. For those close to him, it’s hard for Jake to maintain and regulate the surplus of energy that runs through his body at all hours of the day — music is the perfect outlet for him. And please, why he’s actually writing this is because Campus Vinyl BucknellU is going to revamp the Bucknell music scene where it should be. We’re in college for cryin’ out loud — let’s do what we gotta do. “In the days of my youth I was told what it means to be a man, now I’ve reached that age I’m trying to do all those things the best I can. ” – Robert Plant. Leggggoooooooo
If you could be one musician for a year (past or present) who would you be and why?
Haha, wow. What a tough question. I'd honestly love just to be on tour surrounding myself with awesome musicians. And to complete that goal -- my answer -- John Mayer (Trio). Try!, the trio's album is probably one of my favorite records ever. With John Mayer killing it behind the mic and taking modern blues to a new contemporary level, Pino Palladino smoothy slapping away on bass, and to top it all off, they have a jazzy drummer in Steve Jordan who even sings backup with Mayer to harmonize. On Try!, and Where the Light Is, the trio is very sound. Everybody is on the same page all the time, with the freedom to solo in key and put their natural flavor on each tune. Mayer is such an incredible musician - I love his soloing style as he rips through pentatonics, and trust me, I've watched countless YouTube videos of him to try and play like him myself. When people say Mayer sold out to become a pop star, I have two words for that: bull shit, you just haven't seen him live. I just recently saw the Rolling Stones with my dad, and I've yet to see Mayer live. "Everybody (in his ridiculous British accent) we'd like to welcome to the stage, Mr. John Mayer!" - Mick Jagger. He traded solos with Keith Richards on "Respectable", and although Richards's was killer, Mayer took something older, put his contemporary twist on it, and literally put Richards' rendention on steroids: it was the sickest thing to watch. My dad and I were speechless. It was such a sight to see - I wish he appeared on more songs that concert , and can't wait to see him live this summer.
If you were out on a romantic dinner and could only have one song playing the whole time, what would it be?
I have such a thing for Van Morrison. He sets the mood perfectly. I'd listen to Into The Mystic over and over again. I honestly feel like I'm with someone I care about as we trek into a huge green abyss of wide open space as I listen to the song. The jazzy elements of his music also get me going; I love how he incorporates alto sax into his music, and how it blends with gentle finger picking, and an upper register piano sound.
What music genre, artist, and/or group do you listen to when you need a good stress relief?
The stereotypical answer to that question is reggae in Bob Marley, but I'm better than that so I'll give CV more of a decent answer. If I ever need to release energy, I will bump Red Hot Chili Peppers on max and scream on the top of my lungs. If you put a bullet to my head, I'd say they are my favorite band. I've seen them twice, and although John Frusciante is no longer the guitarist, he is also a strong influence on my music and he shreds like no other. His high voltage bends, rapid hammer-ons and pull-offs combined with Flea's foundation of pure funk rock, tied into Chad Smith's double-bass beats get me going. And then you have Anthony Kieidis. Yes, I've read Scar Tissue. Twice. Although earlier RHCP records have him rapping more, his voice developed over time and is the perfect piece to complete the puzzle that is the RHCP -- they will always be a great stress relief for me.
What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to?
Also such an unfair question. I'll name a few. My first concert was actually RHCP. That only started the obsession. It was unbelievable. The entire arena was pulsating for 2+ hours. I've been fortunate to attend other great shows. I saw MGMT open for Beck before they blew up, which was an awesome show. Beck had such incredible stage presence. I've seen Dispatch three times - and all three times were freakin' awesome. I could go on all day - find me at Governor's Ball in NYC this summer. I'll probably be raving about that for the next year or so after the weekend.
What was the first CD you ever bought?