Hate the decision, but I've mixed feelings about the impact. It decreases the reach of the station, and ease of access. But it also frees up LRR to concentrate on being a great online radio station. There's a certain set of freedoms and advantages there. I've been doing a show there for a few weeks, and really enjoying the process and the people. LRR contributors are producing some really fun shows, and building an audience. Given the enthusiasm of all on board, the future of indie radio in Raleigh looks bright.
We are extremely proud of the hardwork our producers are doing daily and the community spirit and identity that Raleigh is fighting for is a big inspiration. You can see the current schedule at http://www.littleraleighradio.org/?q=node/….
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“But I don’t want to live in a town where threats of violence dictate who I can see and who I can’t see.” - well - how about not wanting to live in a town where venues support racist "art?"
America land of the offended home of the weak
I can see both points of view, but good for Slim's! Black Pussy is an underground band that has quite the following. Also, hopefully the band and venue will see an uptick in ticket sales because of the recent controversy.
As a professional artist, I could imagine being told what I could and could not paint. Cancelling shows due to its name fundamentally goes against everything that made this country great. If every complainer and everyone who "are glad it was cancelled" in this thread, are not at the Pour House spending money the night Black Pussy was supposed to play, then you are a much bigger problem then a little Black Pussy.
So these fuckheads send death threats to a club over a band called Black Pussy? What a bunch of psychotic retards. People love to smell their own farts.
Should have been given the needle.
@Keith: There is actually a huge anti-fracking movement down that way, and it's been active for years. But it's tough to defeat a GOP-dominated legislature that is intent on drilling.
Drilling is happening in Chatham County??? Isn't that just south of Cary?
Doesn't anybody want to stop it down there? They should be made aware that they are about to have hundreds of chemicals and radioactive elements pumped into their ground water??
@Keith: Lee and Chatham counties
If the show was cancelled because of the name of the band, the basic question is this. Is it the name of an artist or the content [what an artist creates] that matters? If you were to walk into an art gallery and see the original Mona Lisa, well, you would remember it, naturally. A great work of art. Or a Salvador Dali. Or a Warhol. Or an Escher. And so would the rest of humanity. Great art stands the test of time for all time. Shock value tends to be forgotten in the history of art and in the course of a fad or in the barrage of media brouhaha. Those who stamp art on something that took little effort to create only divides people further. Something like this doesn't have any redeeming value or any validity in making people really think, in the long run. Jerry Springer will also be forgotten. Don't expect to lay a turd, call it art, and expect people to respect what you do. That's not art. Surely not rock n roll. And to shout the name card proclaiming unfair censorship is simply the mindset of people who are quick to judge, quick to anger, slow to understand... Go back to college. Read a damn book. Write songs that make a difference, not add to the mindless mire of thoughtless chaos that makes no difference to ANYBODY. Nonetheless, the bar of intelligence & efforts towards great art has been lowered again, or a sorry attempt, by the vehicle of shock-value.
Having seen n been bored in the Original London version of Love Never Dies i had grave doubts about the Australian Production apart from the fact the Cast n Creative Team were top notch!
I decided against seeing it in Melbourne n waited for the show to transfer to Sydney's glorious Capitol Theatre.
I bought the cheapest ticket in the house along with family n friends who i strongly advised NOT to attend.......by end of Act 1 my group of attendees turned on me and proclaimed the show was EXCELLENT.
I was knocked off my seat also by this transformation of a "dog" of a show to something visually n aurally awesome!
It was truly a different show! True, the premise for a sequel and of course the storyline still are very weak. BUT!!! the actual show as a whole was beautiful and i saw it two more time in Sydney!
My surmise is that this Show should have really been NOT about Phantom n Christine but could have been a brand new show, concept, story, etc, and stood on its own feet easily!
god this country is stupid
First of all, threats are not okay. But that doesn't take away from the fact the band is just using its name as a cheap way to generate attention that their bland music is incapable of doing for them. When the show was first announced on the Pour House's website I saw the name of the band, saw what all the members of the band looked like, clicked on the youtube sample, and was immediately underwhelmed. It was pretty obvious to me at that point what the band was doing. Too bad edginess that a middle schooler might find funny doesn't add quality to music. I'm almost more surprised that anyone took up enough interest in such a mediocre bunch to cause all this mess than I am that such a low class tactic would be used when choosing a band name. They literally could've called themselves anything else. I don't see much artistic value in it. All I see is an unfunny "joke" name that some people are offended by and generates stories like the one in the article.
However, I am also a bit curious as to where the line is. Like the owner of the Pour House says in the article this isn't the first band with a questionable name or have music that contains questionable content. For example, will the Peter Hook plays Joy Division show coming up at Cat's Cradle be cancelled because that band is named after concentration camp prostitutes? Google it if you don't believe me. Or is that somehow okay because Joy Division became incredibly influential when they were active and actually made high quality music? I think the Pour House made the right move to cancel the show. I just don't understand why some acts seemingly 'get away with it' while others don't.
Does anyone know where they are going to be, or are fracking now in NC?
This uttlerly short sighted poisoning of our earth is crazy! How do we hold the 39 men/women that voted to allow this permanent poisoning of our precious water supply accountable for their choice to allow the companies to drill?? We know the companies are exempt from any liability due to Bush/Cheney making the exemption possible. One of the first things Cheney/Bush did when arriving at the White House was to allow "energy" companies exempt from the Nixon Clean Water Act 1972 (http://www2.epa.gov/laws-regulations/summary-clean-water-act), and free and clear of ANY wrong doing EVEN from letting landowners know what they are doing. See: http://frackwire.com/halliburton-loophole/
Great article - I do think that Adam has a responsibility here even in booking the band. I don't think he's really in an unfortunate spot, more a powerful position to speak out against / make a statement by denying the band access to his venue b/c of their racist name. I love the Pour House and am also glad the show is canceled. I wish the Black Girls show was canceled as well. If a band of dudes named themselves stupid sluts I would want that show canceled or not even booked in the first place. We can't keep giving space to people that use it in a derogatory way. No way. That's our responsibility.
Great article, props for putting the responsibility on the band where it belongs without fetishizing the extreme threats a small contingent of protesters made against someone in an unfortunate spot.
I'm excited to see how many people who left the angry messages will be seen at The Pour House on 3/25.
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