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Re: “For Thirty Years, Cult Hero Syd Straw Has Stood Strong on the Cusp of Fame

See her sing live! It's transcendent

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Posted by Andrew 1 on 09/23/2016 at 11:55 AM

Re: “After a Bout with Rheumatoid Arthritis, The Bronzed Chorus’s Adam Joyce Renews His Musical Mission

The Bronzed Chorus rawk!!! They're gonna be the next Aerosmith!!!

Posted by Shamus Johnson on 09/22/2016 at 4:16 PM

Re: “Put a Ring on It: N.C. Opera Takes on Wagner’s Formidable Masterwork

Basically, it is a really good feeling to compose music. You need pretty strong words to use and give more meaning to it than be just literal.Realizing that music is every where and musicians as well. You can find places to perform no matter where you are. Try to check this out http://www.audiorumble.com/

Posted by Antley on 09/15/2016 at 10:36 PM

Re: “Durham’s Beats & Bars Festival Looks to Bring Blackness Back to Main Street

New to the area and would love to be apart of the Hip Hop growth in the RTP area!
Desmond
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Posted by Lateef Massey on 09/15/2016 at 12:41 PM

Re: “A quintet of collaborations that never panned out for North Carolina's piano man

You should have attended the recent concert (September 13, 2016) at Raleigh's Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. It was just Ben and a piano (and briefly a drum set). One thing was abundantly clear: the man can play, all the while engaging the audience in a meaningful and entertaining way. He pounded out a treasure trove of classics and left no doubt as to his musical abilities. You failed to mention the number of albums and collaborations you've completed or how many songs you've gotten on the radio, but I'm guessing it's less than Mr. Folds. Perhaps if you're unable to be anything other than one angry dwarf, you could try being a silent face.

Posted by STH on 09/15/2016 at 12:30 AM

Re: “Durham’s Beats & Bars Festival Looks to Bring Blackness Back to Main Street

What an amazing work and investment in community and all of its treasures! Keep up the great work!

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Posted by Allthingsgirlymi on 09/14/2016 at 4:15 PM

Re: “Durham’s Beats & Bars Festival Looks to Bring Blackness Back to Main Street

To be fair, the DURM Hip Hop Summit "wasn't just shows" either... far from it.

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Posted by J.P. McPickleshitter on 09/14/2016 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Calmly, confidently and in Cary, kids join the state's symphony

Love it! Thanks for sharing your talents!!

Posted by Aaron J. Courtney on 09/12/2016 at 6:20 PM

Re: “Little Brother breaks up

It was Jay-z.

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Posted by Fuji Flynn on 08/28/2016 at 11:44 PM

Re: “Durham’s Sharp 9 Gallery Keeps the Triangle’s Jazz Scene on Point

Sharp 9 is the premier jazz listening room in the Triangle, in the state, in the Southeast. A hidden gem.

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Posted by Mark J. O'Donnell on 08/24/2016 at 7:56 PM

Re: “Durham’s Sharp 9 Gallery Keeps the Triangle’s Jazz Scene on Point

am local jazz pianist. that C7 is a sweet instrument. can confirm.

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Posted by ewhirsh on 08/24/2016 at 6:36 PM

Re: “Justin Timberlake is very popular, but has he ever done anything of substance?

@David: the people who are prime age for absorbing pop music (i.e., much younger than me, and I assume, you as well) will absolutely remember Taylor and Justin in 50 years. And they will "remember" the Beatles in more or less the same terms I remember Glenn Miller.

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Posted by BullCityBrian on 08/22/2016 at 8:57 AM

Re: “Justin Timberlake is very popular, but has he ever done anything of substance?

I personally don't get why people like musicians like Justin, Taylor, or any of these manufactured pop artists. Their music really isn't that good and yet everyone seems to like them only because of the marketing that is done by the industry. Frankly, will anyone remember any of this music in 5 years, whereas it has been more than 50 years since the fab four debuted on the musical scene and everyone seems to know who they are and will remember them long after the remaining Beatles are pushing up the daisies. I think that is a far greater testimony to talent.

Posted by David Grant on 08/21/2016 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Hell Is Hot: How Squirrel Nut Zippers Accidentally Sold a Million Records

I saw them in 2006 with Andrew and they were still HOT!

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Posted by Thomoz on 08/18/2016 at 10:28 AM

Re: “Hell Is Hot: How Squirrel Nut Zippers Accidentally Sold a Million Records

Great article, thorough and well-researched. Plus oral histories are a cool way to tell a first-hand authentic story. Too bad Katharine didn't want to be interviewed, but what can you do.

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Posted by aburtch on 08/17/2016 at 4:06 PM

Re: “Hell Is Hot: How Squirrel Nut Zippers Accidentally Sold a Million Records

Please do not forget that the "Hot" CD was also a state of the art "ECD" - enchanced audio CD complete with an interactive presentation.

Here's an explanation from at 1996 NC news story

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGQrzU0C4cA


Here's a link to the documentary that was made on the Zippers with the release of "Hot"

http://www.vimeo.com/100220051


The Squirrel Nut Zipper being made in Cambridge

http://www.vimeo.com/100253031

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Posted by Clay Walker on 08/17/2016 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Hell Is Hot: How Squirrel Nut Zippers Accidentally Sold a Million Records

Saw them on the 4th of July, 1995 at Kenan Stadium perform the National Anthem and a few songs before the fireworks display. It was magical all around!

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Posted by hockeygalnc on 08/17/2016 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Hell Is Hot: How Squirrel Nut Zippers Accidentally Sold a Million Records

I kinda discovered the Zippers by accident while going through bins of CD's at Borders. (Remember CD's? Remember Borders?) The Inevitable had an interesting sound. Did I care that it had a sort of swing vibe? I did not. It had a few cuts that had an old-timey feel, but what I liked about it was that it sounded different. It wasn't quite like anything out there at the time. Of course, when Hot came out, I snapped it up immediately.

At the time, my daughter lived not too far from the actual Squirrel Nut Zippers factory in Cambridge, MA - the one pictured on the cover of Hot. It's smaller than you'd think... like the band's career, alas.

Swing, schming. The Zippers were unique, and I miss them.

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Posted by Elisson on 08/17/2016 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Hell Is Hot: How Squirrel Nut Zippers Accidentally Sold a Million Records

Fantastic article; as someone who moved to the area 15 years ago and missed the original SNZ as a "local" band, there's so much fantastic oral history collected here both of the band itself and the "scene" (for lack of a better term) back then.

There's also a related event coming up this Saturday, which I hope is OK to comment here:

The Kraken, “Chapel Hill’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Roadhouse,” will host a fundraiser for community radio station WCOM on Saturday, August 20, starting at 7PM.

Five musical acts have committed to perform.

Katharine Whalen, lead singer of the original Squirrel Nut Zippers, continues to make outstanding music solo and with several groups. The Milagro Saints play roots rock Americana with great original material as featured on their new album, Stranger Times. The Cosmic Country Band keeps alive the sound of Austin in the 1970s led by Lisa Rhodes who was there. Hank and Brendan, a Carrboro guitar and banjo duo, shatter preconceptions with music ranging from Yes to Reno & Smiley. From Carthage, Mama Molasses delivers soulful Americana music.

Additional artists may be announced as confirmed. Orange County’s Grilled Delights food truck will be there.

All donations will benefit WCOM, your all-volunteer non-profit community radio station.

The Kraken is located five miles west of Carrboro at the intersection of NC 54 and Dobson’s Crossroads Road.

For more information about the Kraken http://thekrakenbar.com/ and for WCOM-FM 103.5 http://www.wcomfm.org.

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Posted by Sam M-B on 08/17/2016 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Hell Is Hot: How Squirrel Nut Zippers Accidentally Sold a Million Records

good for them love their music

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Posted by Fritx on 08/17/2016 at 9:39 AM

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