That farewell only foreshadows the upcoming farewell scheduled for Reservoir, though. The Ghost of Rock--the "auditory assault on the body" of Pipe survivors Clifton Lee Mann and Ron Liberti and pals Rock Forbes and Jeff Clarke--will call it quits at Reservoir on Saturday, Aug. 13. Clif is busy with his Raleigh rock syndicate Demonbeach Records (check out that Dexter Romweber Duo/Throw Rag split), as well as Chrome Plated Apostles, who just released Twelve Bars and will open for the aforementioned Romweber & Rag on Aug. 22 at Local 506. Liberti just released a new Bringerer record and is busy with his Hypno-Vista Records. His lastest poster art show opens at Branch Gallery in Chapel Hill on Aug.12. Expect a telephone pole. Pipe reunites August 20. "Clif and I have been together making music for a long time now, and I hope we'll do it again in the future," says Liberti. "But TGOR took its course... We still rock really hard."
Superchunk shook off those vicious "Internets" rumors that their 16th anniversary Friday night at the Cradle would be their last. "Really, if this was our last show, would 'Her Royal Fisticuffs' have made the setlist?" Mac McCaughan quipped. They debuted one song (Laura finally got to pogo-ing), dedicated a song to new parents John Williams and Amy Buchanan, opened up the guitar solos and hit two encores. Was it just me, or did someone yell "Bring back the stool!" at Jim Wilbur?