to DE: I released an album by a band Jason was in early 2009, toured with him in 2007, found out about the sexual assault accusation in mid 2010 or therabouts, by that time had grown apart personally for unrelated reasons. He has not played Savage Weekend once, and I have not asked him to play any fests and I have not set up any shows for him since the message board furor on the internet. Still have boxes of the record at my house. My initial comment on Phuzz Phest was personal - I did not want to play because of a horrifying experience my friend had with Justin, described to me first-hand, as well as hearing the (not-as-severe) experiences of others from around town. This is not really much of a bold statement on my part, more of a no-brainer. I know other people might not want to attend or perform if they were aware of this person's history - I also know some people might not care - People should decide for themselves. I think Philip Pledger's official statement was articulate, responsible and compassionate to all parties beyond what I could muster, and I harbor no ill will to his label or fest. I don't care to keep commenting on this, other people are definitely better qualified in these topics than I am, but I think the conversation on this topic, beyond Justin, is an important one to have.
It may take 10 years but if he does right lives well and keeps playing good music good things will come. I don't know what's true or not in the article but we all love the underdog.
Light rail development has to be coordinated with wise planning. It took decades for Atlanta's Metro to be integrated with transit based development because the lines were build on existing rail ROWs which went through brownfield industrial sites. Those developments had to wait for land values to increase to where pollution remediation made economic sense.
The proposed light rail ROW for Raleigh and Cary has much the same problem, plus it won't even go to the Airport. The Durham-CH line is more practical, since it ties medical, college, and downtown Durham together, guaranteeing a strong ridership base.
First of all, the Triangle area needs a coordinated transit authority that will take charge of ALL transit in Wake, Durham, and Orange Counties. Triangle Transit is a barebones regional system and the city/county systems aren't much better. You have four transit bureaucracies when there should be one single authority. This is a piece of cake, folks. Consolidate and expand. Reduce bureaucratic overhead and increase frequency of service.
Jonnnnny, I think you are referring to noise artist Jason Crumer, a long time friend of Ryan Martin. Crumer has had rape allegations thrown at him not unlike Justin Williams. So I, like you, find it curious that Ryan would drop out of a festival that supports someone like Justin Williams, when he himself has had Jason Crumer play his Savage Weekend fest numerous times and released records by him on Hot Releases and toured with him extensively during his tenure in BoyZone. I think it's kind of shitty that Ryan is standing on a pulpit and in the process kind of shit all over Phuzz Phest and Phuzz Records, who are trying to get something started for Winston Salem and out of their own pockets. I think hypocrisy on any level is lame and this is a shining example of that. Mr. Martin is fine collaborating with "certain" alleged rapists, just not Mr. Williams. With that said, I do think Justin Williams brought this upon himself unfortunately. You can only be a drunk asshole so many times before it bites you in the ass. I do not condone violence against women or at all and think that anyone who has committed acts such as those should be outed and shunned, rightfully so. Either way, the article was kind of patchy and inconclusive. I do hope Williams sticks to his word, quits the booze and doesn't become a deadbeat dad. I think Mr. Martin should let Aimee Argote do the talking.
Way to flush your feminist credentials down the drain, Indy.
"The allegations are false, Williams says, and stem from jealousy after he told someone he'd been seeing that he was returning to an ex-girlfriend."
Yeah, because that's what women always do when they get their hearts broken: falsely accuse a man of sexual assault. Why did you give this scum a forum in which to say such bullshit?
Oh, that's right, because his music is just sooooooooo good. It's like the Beach Boys and George Harrison all rolled into one--that is, if Brian Wilson and George Harrison had been serial rapists.
Fuck you, Indy, and fuck this turd.
Kenn, thank you for brining this to our attention. We have fixed it!
Mr. Williams' problems are a far cry from "personal" as his arrests were not victimless. I'm hoping this article was a backhanded way of announcing his background instead of exalting a talent unfortunately shadowed by haters, a fog of drunkenness, and unfair targeting by police.
I found this article to be crass and insensitive by excusing and tolerating rape, rape allegations, violence towards women, and non-aggressive force towards women (whatever that is).
Also, the alleged rape victim wasn't available for comment....no shit.
Thank you Indy for good investigative reporting on yet another mishandling of mentally ill folks in the State of NC. It seems clear that the internal investigation did not start until the Indy started asking questions. Where does the buck stop? Why are not the top mental health folks at DPS held accountable for the years of abuse of the mentally ill and disabled in the NC prison system. Shame on them. Maybe they will get promotions like the previous warden at Central Prison when abuses were exposed. That seems to be how this department handles problems with the higher ups.
I recently moved to this area and I was surprised with the pathetic state of public transportation in this region. Forget about the buses/trains, lots of roads do not have pedestrian pathways. Why have the city planners made it so difficult for people here to live without car? Lethargy? Lack of foresight? Oil lobby?
Was this written by a friend of Justin's by chance?....because there's not much actual journalism going on here.
@gan.......I agree to a point. Paying reparations to descendants for atrocities does nothing but prolong the problem. However, if victims are still alive, then yes, they need to be repaid, by the state, for the injustice.
For instance, if the state took my land, accidentally or intentionally, I expect to be paid for that land. Does the taxpayer have to pay more taxes to pay for my loss? Of course. Is it justified? Absolutely. If they took my great grandfather's land in the 19th century,.....well that just makes for an interesting story.....no money desired or needed. We aren't talking about a practice of the 19th century. We are talking about something that happened just six presidents ago, probably in your lifetime. I personally knew two victims, deceased now, and I am only 38 years old. Think about that. You argue as if this is something that happened 200 years ago. Since I am writing in hindsight in 2014, I am thrilled that NC approved and paid. Virginia needs to follow.
I love the back and forth sampling, and you both recalling the past. I can see you then and now enjoying good scotch together. Cheers!
interesting that the same artist that protested, Ryan Martin also released a record by an alleged rape victim Jason Cruger.
http://www.hot-releases.org/ (American Band)
discussion of Cruger's alleged rape
Let's make something clear. What progressive think is capitalism is not capitalism. What we have in this country is a type of fascism whereby the corrupt government of the United States is in bed with the wealthy corporatists whom they serve. I think it is funny, actually sad, that progressives don't realize that the political figureheads they support and put their faith in are the same people that screw them over on a daily basis. I'm not here to play the red/blue game. I figured out what an illusion that was a long time ago. Your faith in socialism is so misguided. Your government officials, whether they choose to be republican or democrat, do not serve you or care about your problems. This is evident in their actions, not their words. You, the progressives, will never achieve your goals because you are not immune to corruption. The harder you push for wealth redistribution, the more you will fail to reap the perceived benefits of it. Your people, the progressives in government, are exactly what you claim to despise the conservative and republicans for. Redistribution of wealth has always failed and always will fail. The rich who run the world pull the strings of governments. Always have and always will as long and people continue to put faith in politicians. Progressive ideas are really regressive. You want real positive change? End the incestuous relationship between government and corporations. End corporate financing of elections. Make lobbying a felony. Institute a two-term limit to congress. If you want to continue down the current path of failure and misery, keep supporting socialism. The rich love socialism because it doesn't effect them. It just increases their power and control over you by redistributing your meager earnings to them. So go ahead, keep on pushing your agenda, whatever it is. I cannot figure it out because it's so schizophrenic. Progressives need to take a real hard look at their beliefs and figure out what they really want, because right now you are acting more like totalitarian freaks.
I think it would be interesting to open up a place where readers could contribute their visual concepts for the new brand. Raleigh definitely needs a strong, professional brand to represent the vibrancy of the creative, innovative energy that thrives here. With the state government doing its best to position NC as a backwards, coal ash-producing, education-hating, ignorant, homophobic state, it is more important than ever to tell our story.
To any who did or did not know Kelly...
There are only a handful of people who can have absolutely galvanize an entire room with a single note coming from the vocal cords. Kelly Holland was one of them.. Yep perfect pitch and he had all of the love ,rage, light ,and shadow energy of a true blues man within trapped in his soul and also looking for an exit... and when he sang, that was the magic we got....
How large and engaged was the audience? I'm very curious how NC Opera is doing.
I do not believe "commensurate" is the word you wanted in the fourth graf. :)
The Wagner I see threw himself into everything full-bore, like the rock lyrics, "Fire all of your guns at once and explode into space." His diatribe against Jews was no different - all out. That's just Wagner and to at least some extent the context of the times. When he was really happy he would hug people and climb trees too. He would buy his friends and colleagues lavish gifts, which was one of the reasons he was always in debt. He had a number of Jewish friends and colleagues in spite of his publicized dislike of the Jewish race.
My family LOVES this program. We are west coast folks so probably will never make it to her restaurant however we will never miss an episode as long as it is on. We anticipate Season 2 and can hardly wait for it to begin.
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