Why this? Americans are sadly, myopically fixated on this and similar issues. Artists as well as ordinary citizens should be quietly and diligently personally devoted at all times to human dignity and basic rights. It doesn't have to be a show. Children die. Actually die - because their sleep is unsafe! If American children were dying in rates that malaria kills little Africans, we'd be up in arms (I hope). Little girls are forcibly circumcised. Others are sold into slavery. Women are stoned. Children with "defects" (deaf, Downs Syndrome) are treated like garbage, abused, neglected. We don't publicly condemn our celebrities for not speaking out on these atrocities. Why? If we are all equal citizens of the world, why do we care so much less about the horrific living conditions and substandard lives of the truly poor, and focus instead on "rights" of people who have, by world standards, EVERYTHING. Sorry is this is a bit of a rant, but having grown up in a third-world nation, this is my perspective.
@jodys If you don't mind me asking how do you know "many members of the Avett camp aren't pro-HB2"?
Not sure what you mean by this "I wonder if when he says Avett shows are inclusive, Scott's focusing on including the people who choose to exclude."
If people are excluded that's their own doing isn't it?
I had tickets to see Ani up in Annapolis last week, but I did not go after her insulting cancellation of the Eno gig. I have seen her many times over the years, but never again.
I am no longer a fan.
Given that the Avett Brothers launched their career on the backs of the North Carolina venues and recording studios that are hurting because of HB2, I find "not taking a stand" to be ungrateful at best. I know many members of the Avett camp aren't pro-HB2, so pleading ignorance seems disingenuous. I wonder if when he says Avett shows are inclusive, Scott's focusing on including the people who choose to exclude.
Many bands communicate human empathy and support of social justice without being overly preachy or political. If you want to see an example, Shovels and Rope does it beautifully.
Bravo panthriot. Couldn't agree with you more. They don't owe anyone anything. They would be criticized no matter what they did so they should just do what's right for them, collectively, as a band. Live and let live.
I might think he was being disingenuous if I wasn't aware of performances like this.
Nobody has any obligation to take a public stand and I respect their refusal to do so - it's not like the issue is lacking for publicity or public pressure (pretty sure what the Avett Brothers think is the last thing on the general assembly's radar when the Feds are threatening to withhold millions and the NBA is considering moving the all-star game). We need less of the faux-intellectual political commentary from the Sean Penn's and Lena Dunham's of the world and can do without every artist with a tour date in NC feeling obligated to offer the same canned lines.
If the issue is that you don't want to give your money to anyone who might hold a different political viewpoint than you, regardless of whether you enjoy their music, then (to be consistent) you should probably start launching inquiries into the political leanings of your gas station attendant, waiter, Doctor, accountant, etc.
Sorry to throw shade but this band, and its music, is corny. I'm happy for their success but, DAMN, they're corny!
Oh please Let the music do the talking!!!
We have enough big mouth politicians and loudmouth musicians!!!!
The apathetic band that you refer to includes 7 individuals at the moment. For all we know they could be "taking action", privately, as individuals in their own way. Or not. Either way, I'd like to think they are doing what's right for them. Just like the rest of us.
NC needs more people who take a stand against hate and fear mongering. This a a terrific interview and clearly outlined the apathy of the band who by their inaction are taking clear action. Don't sell out for your wallet guys - the bill is NOT long and has only 3 main points - really?! Cop out! Step up and tell the people who follow you and are being oppressed by this bill this you support them and tell the legislators that HB2 is WRONG and should be fully repealed! You already have the Governors ear!
So glad the Avett Brothers do not try to use their musical stage as a political platform... I wish more people in the "limelight" would do the same. When I go to a concert, I'm there for the music and how "it" makes me feel not their opinion on the politics of the day. So keep doing what you're doing guys... Love the new album "True Sadness".
Kudos to the interviewer for some great questions. Really enjoyed this interview. Their decision to consciously not make political statements is admirable. Their not politicians, their musicians. Their message is in their songs. And it's loud and clear if you take the time to listen.
That is about as wishy-washy a stand as their pablum-esque music. Unfortunately, failing to take a stand is taking a stand. It's time to put on your big boy pants and use your position to send a message, that is unless you are so dense you really don't have one as you more or less stated.
@JAM, you have to realize that for Tina and the rest of the folks at The Indy, everything they do is about themselves. They're pretty much all subsidized by their families so they can look down on, demean, and make fun of other people (but only the rubes who don't agree with them on politics), and write about how progressive and moral they are compared to everyone else in the state.
Remember, these are the same folks who bullied a private citizen who contacted Durham about unmaintained ghost bike monuments cluttering up the area . . .
The same folks who in their hatred for Trump decided to publish the information of private citizens in NC who donated to him in the hopes these folks would lose their jobs or somehow be publicly shamed . . .
The same folks who made fun of poor people who can only afford to eat at places like McDonalds or Subway instead of places that cost a lot more like Guglhupf or Dashi . . .
The same folks who wrote about how one NC state legislator looks so nerdy he's the type who should be bullied (he's a Republican so he obviously should be bullied, right?) . . .
The same folks who blamed the GOP and Christians when an atheist who was a registered Democrat and big fan of Rachel Maddow and MSNBC shot three Muslim students . . .
The same folks who tried shaming last week the owner of a store as being guilty of "cultural appropriation" while their friends and advertisers and co-liberals received "Best of" awards for their restaurants serving ethnic food even though their friends these restaurants are owned entirely by whites (showing how you can escape charges of racism or cultural appropriation, but only if you're a leftwinger, or rape if your name is Clinton) . . .
The same people who just the other day tried to pin the Orlando shooting not on Islam or the son of Afghan immigrants, but the NRA, Christians, and the GOP.
The list goes on.
This review isn't about a transexual musician talking about sex reassignment surgery (is it still confirmation if she tries to change back?), but a cover to showcase how moral the Currins are and how they're better than everyone else who are lacking in virtue. In a way, it's also a bragging contest among the other left-wing social justice warriors in the area who compete to say who is the most progressive. Expect to see a future piece on how moral she is for adopting an African baby from Nigeria and what it's like to drive a hybrid or how she only eats organic and free trade, etc.
Hope that clarifies things for you.
What should have been a thoughtful review of a show that gained added poignance after the unimaginable tragedy in Orlando veers uncomfortably close to being an embarrassing exercise in humblebragging. “Look at me,” the author implores us. “Look at all the wonderful things I do! Look at how much I care! Aren’t I amazing?” When you spend the entire first half of your review cataloging your good works, you can’t help but come across as a narcissistic tool, no matter how well-intentioned you may be. Many of us freely give our time, our toil, our sweat – and, yes, our blood – to worthy causes. But we’re not looking for applause or admiration. It’s surprising that a publication of The INDY’s stature would allow a writer to turn a review into an orgy of self-congratulations.
I caught on to M83 about a year after 'HU, WD' was released, thanks in part to their use in 'That's it, That's all' and 'The Art of Flight' soundtracks. 'Hurry up, we're dreaming' became the soundtrack of my summer in 2013 and hasn't fully left my regular rotations of albums.
When I first played through 'Junk', it felt like a huge departure from what I loved about HU,WD. I saw M83 live for the first time the next day, and they played a setlist mostly comprised of 'HU,WD' and 'Couleurs', with only two or three tracks from 'Junk'. I loved the show so much that I resolved myself to give 'Junk' a second chance, and it has really grown on me.
If the title and sophomore tracks didn't fully solidify the albums intended tone, 'Walkway Blues' firmly plants the the listener in Gonzalez' (audiophilic) vision. The track is a well-developed heart-break pop song, employing tonal throwbacks and dynamic effect-laden vocals. It's no secret that M83 has a penchant for nostalgia, and their appeal lies in part by bringing the audience along with complete efficacy. Pay attention to the fantastic use of saxophone throughout, which hits like a cool pineapple on a sweltering day.
I'm really impressed with this album, which remains M83 at its core, but isn't afraid to exploit some cliche to deliver the message. I would expect mixed reviews in the first year of its release, but over time expect 'Junk' to affix itself as with fans and critics another strong offering in the bands extensive catalog.
Please excuse me, I'm off to be a hooligan on my bike listening to 'Road Blaster'. As for my consensus on 'Junk', I give it 4.5 / 5 Ugly Shih-tzu's.
Enjoyed one heck of a review hope to hear from Mr James Livingston aka Moody... Your music is beautifully scripted
It's been almost a year, and for a while Rodney did re-open his store, and I would drop by to chat. It's been closed again for a while, so I'm not sure what's up. In the meantime, you can check out The Flying Squirrel off Capital Blvd, some of the former employees started their own place, and it has the same level of service.
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