Journalist of the Week: J Swirsky


Even though this is J Swirsky '14's first and last semester with Campus Vinyl, he has been a tremendous asset to our staff. His articles are always outstanding and he's such a blast to work with. If you don't know him, you should. Just ask him about his taste in jazz. We will definitely miss him and wish him the best of luck in his new job after graduation! Be sure to check out his recent review of the SYBARIT5 concert and his bio in addition to his interview below.  

If your life had a soundtrack and you could only pick two musicians/bands to play every track, who would they be and why? 

Anyone who knows me well knows where this answer is going.  Phish.  One and only.  They're technically diverse, quirky, and virtuosic.  It might be weird that I've chosen this, but my funeral song is going to be "Backwards Down the Number Line," off of their album Joy.

 If you could change/improve one thing about Bucknell’s music scene, what would it be?

I would improve how accessible local artists and student groups are to the Bucknell population.  There are some serious talents lurking in the hidden passageways of the music build, and beyond.  I am confident that even the most stereotypical personalities of the greek scene would enjoy better live musical events.

What genre, artist, or group do you listen to when you need a good stress relief?

When I'm stressed, I throw on some Jack, specifically In Between Dreams. I actually wrote an article about this a few weeks ago.  The album helped me through some family issues, and now stands to pick me up whenever I'm down some.

What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to?

Risking redundancy, the first time I saw Phish was pretty life changing. The crowd was packed with friendly faces gathered to collectively enjoy a band that we all hold close to our hearts. Phish concerts have become somewhat of a religious experience for me.  I'm actually camping out for a three day run in Saratoga Springs, this summer.

What was the first CD you ever bought?

My sister's friend had a spare copy of Smash Mouth's Astro Lounge. I bought it for 2 dollars in third or so grade.  Not surprisingly, it quickly became my favorite album for months to come.