President Biden writing off a bunch of student loan debt might grab headlines, but for millions of current students, it’s the time of year to head back to campus and rack up future balances. And whether you’re looking to find out where the classes are, thinking about that third stats elective next, or wondering where the best parties are going to be, Rock Music Menu is here to help.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll shed light on ways to make the most of the cramming environment, the long hours spent typing in the least favorite subjects while maintaining a social life. This week’s theme moves in the most efficient way possible.
Let’s take a look at the first part of our “Back to Campus Essentials” series for 2022.
HIBOY S2R ELECTRIC SCOOTER
Last fall, Rock Music Menu was finished in Reykjavík for the annual Iceland Airwaves music festival for the first time since the pandemic and was shocked by the number of locals and tourists cruising around town on electric scooters. Turns out the city has an e-scooter sharing program where you scan a QR code, hop on a unit, and zip to your desired location, being charged per distance.
When I returned to the United States, I immediately made it my mission to track down an electric scooter for personal use, and my search led me to the Hiboy company. They offer a multitude of motorized scooters at different prices and sizes for children and adults. The Hiboy S2R is the perfect beginner’s model because it’s foldable and very portable in addition to being lightweight – only 30 pounds – and affordable, well under $500.
The S2R is ideal for use around campus for commuting and less intrusive than a bicycle. It tops out at 19 mph and can travel up to 17 miles before needing a charge. One of the best-selling aspects is that the battery is removable, which means that if you don’t have time to wait for a charge or drive a long distance, just pop out the battery and throw in a new one – the latter sold separately of course.
Hiboy’s S2R features cruise control, ultra-bright headlight and taillight, dual braking systems – electronic and disc brake – and two easy-to-adjust ride modes to the LED digital screen. There is also a Hiboy app, where speed and cruise control can be customized as well as throttle brake response, the ability to activate cruise control and lock the scooter. Visit hiboy.com for more information.
MASTER LOCK 8170D U-LOCK
Speaking of locks, as one can imagine, protecting your electric scooter from theft is important. Master Lock remains the most recognizable brand of security products, and for something like the Hiboy S2R, the company’s 8170D U-Lock is all you need.
At just over 6 inches wide, the U-Lock has a hardened steel body – with a scratch-resistant protective vinyl exterior – for maximum strength and reliability. The ½ inch diameter double locking shackle is 8 inches long and is also made from hardened steel, providing extra resistance to prying, cutting and sawing, while the disc key cylinder prevents picking. Like all of its products, Master Lock offers a limited lifetime warranty with the 8170D. Visit masterlock.com to view all available padlocks.
GRAVEL TRAVEL & DAILY CARRY BACKPACK
Whether you’re cruising around campus on your new scooter to get to class on time, heading to a Starbucks to get work done, or skipping school for the day at the park, having the right bag is paramount. Gravel makes products for adventures big and small, and their compact Daily Carry/Travel Backpack is a multi-functional piece that can be indispensable if you use it correctly – and it has a few possibilities.
The Daily Carry/Travel Backpack functions as a backpack, tote, and briefcase. It measures approximately 16″ x 10″ with an 11 liter capacity and a host of pockets, including an expandable one that can hold a water bottle up to 32 oz. The bag features a laptop pocket that can hold a laptop up to 16 inches and lockable, weatherproof zippers. It’s also a good choice for a camera, iPad or Kindle, power bank, cords, chargers, external drives, snacks and anything else you can think of to store for a road trip. a day or to get from point A to point B.
As a bonus, the weather and abrasion resistant backpack is designed to connect to the front or back of the 42L Gravel backpack with G-hooks. Visit graveltravel.com to view all their bags and other travel products.
VINYL OF THE WEEK
Keep an eye on this place as each week we’ll be reviewing new or upcoming vinyl from a variety of artists. It can be a reprint of a historical recording, a special edition or a new collection of a legendary act. This week marks the 25th anniversary of the oft-maligned third album from one of Britpop’s most recognizable bands.
OASIS: “BE HERE NOW: 25TH ANNIVERSARY”
The buzz around Oasis’ third album ‘Be Here Now’ was not only one of the biggest to surround the burgeoning mid-90s Britpop genre, but it was also well deserved. . After all, the band, fronted by brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher, exploded onto the English rock scene with their 1993 debut ‘Definitely Maybe’, achieved iconic status by the time of its follow-up 1995’s ‘(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?’ and headlined the prestigious Knebworth in England in 1996, drawing a record 250,000 people over two nights.
Released in August 1997, “Be Here Now” definitely got off to a good start. It was the biggest-selling album in British history, selling some 700,000 copies in its first week, which started on a Thursday, making the feat all the more impressive given that sales are not only lasted three days. But even if it became the UK’s biggest-selling record that year, it would spell the end of Oasis’ unstoppable dominance as negative reviews poured in, calling the album ‘bloated’, ‘overproduced’. and “self-indulgent”.
Of course, all of these criticisms may have merit. Luckily, the weather has been a bit kinder to the job, and it just got the limited-edition collectors’ treatment to celebrate the 25th anniversary. Formats include a silver-toned heavyweight double LP, as well as a double-picture disc and cassette available exclusively through the band’s online store, oasisinet.com, all with remastered sound.
Although they never quite conquered the United States, by 1997 Oasis was at the height of its success and had become ubiquitous in British youth culture. The appetite for “Be Here Now” was immense and it was amidst this overheated expectation that they recorded arguably the most anticipated record since the heyday of the Beatles and Rolling Stones.
Recorded at several studios including Abbey Road, Ridge Farm, Air, Master Rock and Orinoco Studios between November 1996 and April 1997, it kicked off with “D’You Know What I Mean?”, the band’s third No. 1 single. The album also includes the ambitious nine-minute “All Around the World”, the future classic “Stand by Me” and the heartfelt “Don’t Go Away”.
Standing in retrospect as a unique album in the Oasis catalog with its unrepentant excess and over-the-top swagger, “Be Here Now” has legendary status as the sound of a generation-defining band at its absolute peak.
The 25th anniversary edition of ‘Be Here Now’ can be found online and at all respectable retailers that sell vinyl.
To contact music columnist Michael Christopher, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Also check out his website at thechroniclesofmc.com.