Crumb: Jinx Album Review

Breaking through the boundaries of modern-psychedelic indie rock, Crumb’s latest album, Jinx, broadens past experiences of melodic and atmospheric twists in ten songs, extending it into the present, experimental dream-like state in which Crumb embodies.

Released on June 14 and about 27 minutes in length, the Brooklyn-based psychedelic indie-pop group bring about direct, engaging instrumentation through this newly released lyrical experience. Jinx is Crumb’s debut album, their first long play after releasing two EP’s in 2016 and 2017. The first two Extended Plays released were very heavily guitar focused— but, we can hear the maturity in the sound of this new album with a balance of dream-pop synth and defined guitar leads that almost sound vibrato. 

Crumb – Audiotree Far Out Session

Jinx feels like an elapsed, extended timeline of a change in emotional anxiety, atmosphere, and landscape. This grows through a multitude of time changes, gradual buildups, and lengthy, yet important self-realizing breakdowns. Reverting back to verse lines and stagnant leads in middle and end, the quartet keeps the listener wanting more, yet simultaneously feeling completely satisfied with the material.

Tempo changes in the songs create a tense new groove based on a faster beat and chord and melody changes. These newfound sections shift parts of the album from a slow, more temperamental song to an increasingly dancy, upbeat mediation. 

As we near the end of the album, “Part III” starts on a more dramatic note, but continues the slow guitar strums of Crumb’s signature sound that has developed throughout the listening and builds with airy arpeggio lines on the synth. This song is solely focused on keyboard chords and lead, where the guitar which blends into the background. A pause shifts the vocals onto falsetto and a dominant guitar line in front of the song, while octave bass lines build up towards the climax of the song.

“Jinx,”  the final song of the album, feels like an interlude and a release of emotion and feeling built up over the course of the ten song debut. The sound of water and waves especially gives a crashing sensation, as if we are coming down from floating in space.  

Above all, Jinx feels like a nostalgic spiral of changes in climate, ultimately leaving you with a breezy, strung out, and dizzy state that comes close to a fever dream in space. A personal favorite from this album is M.R. Crumb are establishing a new sound, whilst building on top of their old one, gripping and captivating us as we anticipate what is next.

Written By: Jesse Miller

Movie Review: Netflix’s Tall Girl

Jodi is a 16-year-old who is 6 feet and 1 inch tall. As she is constantly critiqued, she learns to love who she is. Tall Girl is a hilarious movie for all.

This week on my movie blog I am focusing on a new Netflix original film: Tall Girl (2019).

I just recently watched this film with my roommates late on a Thursday night. If you like satirical romantic comedies and drama, this is a perfect movie for you. 

Tall Girl is a story based on the journey of a 16-year-old girl, Jodi (Ava Michelle). Jodi is 6 feet and 1 inch tall. She learns how to overcome her insecurities as she is constantly criticized by everyone around her for her height.

In the film Jodi meets Stig (Luke Eisner), who is a handsome Swedish foreign exchange student who is even taller than she is. He becomes her love interest, but she gets placed in a love triangle. Jodi’s sister Harper (Sabrina Carpenter), who loves beauty pageants, as well as her two best friends  (Griffin Gluck, Anjelika Washington) help Jodi realize that she is more than what everyone portrays her to be. Director Nzingha Stewart and writer Sam Wolfson depict through this film that each person is beautiful in their own way regardless of any insecurities they may have.

“When you don’t fit in, stand tall.”

– Tall Girl

What I also thought was interesting about this film was its cinematography. I enjoyed how the camera angles reflected Jodi’s point of view from super high up aiming downward. It also showed other’s points of views as the camera was angled from below to look upward at her. It made the movie funnier and more relatable to the focus of the story, that Jodi was extremely tall. I thought that the film aspects and screenwriting was very well made.

There was a lot of controversy surrounding this film when it first came out. People made negative comments to Netflix saying that a tall, white girl is the least targeted when it comes to every day problems. However, I believe that this movie is meant to reach out to people of all color, race, and ethnicity. The main message of this film is that everyone is beautiful and should be happy with tho they are, despite other’s critiques. 

Rate: 7/10

This movie was hilariously dumb, but also deep and heartfelt. I rate this movie a 7/10. It’s not the first movie I would choose to watch, but it was entertaining. It was definitely something to laugh to, and I liked the message it was trying to make. It is more of a fun film to watch with family or friends. 

Written By: Alexandra Gex

21 Questions: Kevin Almazan

man smiling in front of building

Inspired by Humans of New York, this is 21 Questions; a fun way of getting to know the students, faculty, and staff of SDSU.

Tell us about yourself.

“I am at a point in my life where I feel like I can confidently answer a question like ‘tell us about yourself’. I love the current version of myself and it is surreal how much I have grown.

I am a human being who wants nothing more than to bring positivity and hope to this world. Mainly, because we desperately need more love and cohesion in this world. I am someone who is just trying to polish my gifts and share them with the world. These gifts include compassion, determination, empathy, and a calm soul. I want to help at-risk youth, which might include becoming a counselor, therapist, or social worker.

Looking back at what has happened in my life, I have watched myself grow in so many ways. Especially being a freshman in college, I was immature with certain aspects about being an adult. Now I’m happy to say I’m thriving and working toward making my dreams a reality.

I am graduating in May 2020, so I am excited and proud of making it this far. I will be the first in my family to obtain a degree and that is what keeps me going. I am showing my family that I’ve taken advantage of the opportunity my parents laid out for me. I can’t wait to begin working towards my life goals and becoming the person I have envisioned for so long. 

What are you thinking about, right now?

Right now, I am thinking about how much sleep I have to catch up on honestly. On a serious note, I have been thinking about what I’ve accomplished so far in this new school year.

Thinking about things I would change about myself… Well if I could change one thing about myself, I would erase the regret that I had for things that were completely out of my control. The regrets I had cost me a lot of time and energy that I will never get back. Other than that, I would leave everything else the same because I have accepted myself for who I am. As for the world, I would change the lack of understanding and love that we have for one another. If people made an effort to get to know others there wouldn’t be as much hate or destruction. Ignorance has led to hate and that has led to fear which has led to destruction (the endless wars that have ravaged the planet). Just a little empathy and that would make a huge difference.”I

If you could tell your younger self anything what would it be?
“I would tell my younger self to be strong because things do get better. That was something I didn’t believe when I was younger.”

Kevin Almazan, pronouns: He/Him/His

Aztecs Come Up Short Against Utah State 23-17

San Diego State was defeated by Utah State 23-17 on Saturday night at SDCCU stadium. For the Aztecs, it was a classic case of too little, too late.

The Aztecs had multiple streaks snapped tonight. They had a 13 game winning streak in the month of September snapped as well as a 10 game winning streak against the Aggies snapped. 

The Aztecs only scored three points in the first half and trailed by 17 at halftime.

However, a late game spark brought the Aztecs within striking distance. After struggling for most of the game, senior quarterback Ryan Agnew threw two touchdowns in the fourth quarter and cut the Aggies’ lead to six with just over five minutes remaining. He would finish with 281 yards and two touchdowns. 

One of his fourth quarter touchdowns was an across-the-body throw to sophomore Kobe Smith for 25 yards.

Quarterback Ryan Agnew attempting a pass.
(Photo: Justin Neeley)

“That was a miracle at that point.” Agnew said, “[I] Dropped back and they played like a prevent defense so nothing was really open. I tried to buy enough time, try and find the open guy and Kobe [Smith] made a play.”

The Aggies had an opportunity at a 42-yard field goal with 1:18 left in the game, but kicker Dominik Eberle missed the kick, which kept the margin at six points instead of nine. 

On the Aztecs final drive of the game, the offense failed to find the endzone and turned the ball over on downs.

“We had a play drawn up to get one across the middle,” Agnew said, “Wish I stayed in there a little longer [the pocket] and tried to deliver the throw, got to give the receivers a chance.”

SDSU led this one early with a slim 3-0 lead, but a crucial first quarter interception put the Aztecs behind the eight ball. Agnew was picked off by Shaq Bond who returned it for a touchdown.

The turnover was not the only thing that hurt the Aztecs. The team had six penalties for 61 yards, including an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. SDSU eclipsed their average penalties and penalty yards in the first half.

SDSU running back Jordan Byrd.
(Photo: Justin Neeley)

“Obviously the special team’s penalties always started us in bad field position,” Rocky Long said, “I haven’t seen them on film to see if they were legit or not, but we’ll find out. I think the only real bad penalty was we got a personal foul penalty and that’s ridiculous.”

The Aggies have racked up 1,330 yards in their first two games but were held to 375 total yards against the Aztecs.

“If you told me before the game we were going to hold them to 16 points on defense I’d tell you we were going to win,” Long said.

However, Long quickly critiqued his defense after the praise. When asked about how his defense played, Long did not hold back.

“Not good enough,” Long said. “It’s never good enough if you lose. We gave up some yards, but we made them kick field goals and I think they scored one touchdown on offense.”

The Aztecs were without contribution from senior running back Juwan Washington, who hasn’t played since week 1. He continues to suit up, but remains on the sidelines during games.

Asked if anything good came out of tonight Long didn’t mince words.

“Well, there’s no real positives because we lost,” he said. “I still believe our team can be a good football team and maybe we were okay tonight too because Utah State is pretty good, they got an NFL quarterback and that’s a hard thing to contend with.”

The Aztecs will look to gather themselves over their upcoming bye week and prepare for an away game against Colorado State.

Written by: Daniel Farr