And, hey, what do you know: It's not just that one dude playing that one bongo and screaming. In fact, local musician Pete Pawsey has organized a fine five-date series with Music Maker Relief Foundation favorites like Cool John Ferguson and Carolina Chocolate Drop Justin Robinson (though no word if it will be just Robinson or his new Birds or Monsters project). The shows, which run from 6-8 p.m. on Thursdays beginning August 13, are sponsored by nine local food and beverage companies, including Joe Van Gogh and Hillsborough Cheese Co. Full line-up after the jump.
We don't necessarily think Nicolay is a yoga-practicing pacifist or some dude who thinks we should all hold hands, swill chai and sing songs of joy. But when he says stuff like this in his press releases, we have to wonder: "What fascinated me most about Shibuya was the co-existence of ‘old’ and ‘new’ in seemingly perfect harmony. The most advanced technologies and innovations exist next to traditions that are rooted in thousands of years of civilization.”
Method Man & Redman, Ghostface Killah
Lincoln Theatre, Raleigh
Thursday, July 23
The silence that fell over the Lincoln after an enjoyable (though not spectacular) set from Brooklyn’s Duo Live was puzzling. With nearly a half-dozen DJs in attendance, it seems like someone would have been spinning records to keep the room buzzing during the 20 minute break before Ghostface Killah made his way to the stage. Perhaps the lack of house music was for the best, though, as the onslaught that followed from the Wu-Tang emcee and Method Man and Redman’s Clan/Def Squad alliance meant that we needed to save all the energy we had.
Leaning from the window of a gleaming 2009 Cadillac Escalade modified by rapper Xzibit in a process known as "pimping that ride," Durham Chief of Police Jose Lopez announced the Durham Police Department's latest plan for connecting with Durham's troubled youth Wednesday morning.
"We've decided to start a hip-hop record label," Lopez said, smiling after he slid the gold grill from his top row of generally white teeth so as to enunciate more clearly. "We've tried all sorts of things to connect with the kids in Durham—after-school programs, Popsicles, multiple arrest warrants. Now it's time we fuck with this rap game."
The label, Urban Renewal Records, will launch its efforts late in the fall, Lopez said, with an album entitled Take My Bull By Its Balls from young Durham rapper Geoff Magnum. The first single, "Get Up Off That Chronic," is a 9th Wonder production and will be premiered on K97.5 FM in early August.
Also, nothing in this post, aside from the photo, is true—well, as far as we know.
Aside from a successful Garden show at Duke last week, things have been unexpectedly quiet on The Love Language front of late given the buzz the band's self-titled debut generated earlier this year. There have been consistent rumors of a significant The Love Language development on the horizon, but, for now, the band’s got some new live action to keep momentum moving. They'll hit the road for 15 dates with Cursive later this week. The band's due back in Chapel Hill for a show on August 20 as part of the Locally Grown series. Those dates after the jump.
Last-minute announcement as the day's bell prepares to ring: The Rosebuds will play a few songs at the Jackpot at 1303 Hillsborough St. tonight at 9:30 p.m. The band will play acoustically, and the songs will be videotaped by Merge Records in advance of XX Merge this week. There's no cover, of course, but The Rosebuds aren't going to pick up that dry-cleaning tab.
Sure, there are plenty of great shows you could catch around the Triangle tonight, but none deserve your attendance more than a five-deep bill of top-notch local indie rock at Tir Na Nog. It’s more than just another great line-up trotted out by the downtown Raleigh pub that has become known for its weekly Local Band-Local Beer series: all proceeds from the $5 cover charge—totally a bargain for this stacked roster—benefit HopeLine of North Carolina, a twenty-four hour crisis line that fields calls on suicide, child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault and substance abuse, amongst other issues. The non-profit also lends an ear to teenagers through a round-the-clock hotline and makes daily check-in calls to senior citizens who live alone.
Tir Na Nog’s Chris Tamplin explains the non-profit’s urgent need for funds: “Hopeline relies on public funding as well as private donations, and with the economy the way it is, a lot of people aren’t opening up their wallets to charities.” Tamplin added that Hopeline representatives will be in attendance to provide information about the organization’s programs, answer questions, and collect donations above and beyond the five-spot collected at the door. “Hopeline really needs the help. They’ve been around since 1970, and to lose an organization like this would be devastating to our community.”
Even if it wasn’t a benefit, this event would still deserve your attention. In the second spot, bouncy pro-pop/anti-folk scene leaders The Future Kings of Nowhere plays its last full-band show in the area before frontman Shayne O’Neill moves to New York City. They’re bookended by a pair of indie pop sets: synth-centric Terpsikhore noobs On Photon bats leadoff at 9:30 p.m., while Chapel Hill’s power-pop princes (and princess) I Was Totally Destroying It follows the Future Kings. Durham’s Hammer No More The Fingers are in the penultimate slot, pulverizing its pogo rhythms with power trio crunch, while Lonnie Walker wraps the night up, blending ramshackle Americana with raring indie rock.
At noon today, I'll be on WUNC FM's The State of Things with Frank Stasio, talking music in North Carolina with my counterpart from The News & Observer, David Menconi. In case you were wondering, David and I get along just fine these days. The rest of the show, which is the last installment of TSOT's All Music Week, features The Willie Painter Band and the omnipresent Betsy Harris, a Chapel Hill club-goer who was the subject of a fantastic Chapel Hill News story by Jesse James Deconto this week.
Also, in stream-of-consciousness-style apologies to 15 newish locals who should have been mentioned but, at least in my memory, weren't: The Strugglers, The Foreign Exchange, Spider Bags, The Kingsbury Manx, Whatever Brains, Impossible Arms, Tyler Hipnosis, Juan Huevos, In the Year of the Pig, I Was Totally Destroying It, Polvo (who count!), The Love Language, Gross Ghost, The Trousers and Lonnie Walker. I love you, too, so I got you this.
Some musicians inspire fans, and some do something more. It’s not necessarily a reflection on the quality of the music, as the face-painted hordes of Insane Clown Posse followers suggest, but a testament to the level of identification and comity music engenders. While Bruce Springsteen doesn’t quite galvanize the same response as Jerry Garcia, the outpouring is close. Recently, Raleigh resident Erica Bernstein had the opportunity to take her appreciation for The Boss to the next level.
A fan of Springsteen since she heard “The River” on the way back from the beach almost a dozen years ago (she remembers because it was the same day Princess Diana died), Bernstein followed up the thrill of meeting Springsteen in person in May with an hour-long DJ slot on the XM/Sirius’ E-Street Radio, a channel dedicated to all things Springsteen. Bernstein can be heard at 4 p.m. Monday, July 13, and again at midnight and 8 a.m. the next day, Tuesday, July 14.
Andy Freeburn, guitarist in criminally overlooked early Merge Records band Erectus Monotone, called this morning with exciting news: The final lineup of the band, which called it quits in 1993, will continue playing shows after its reunion at XX Merge next week. The band—Kevin Collins, Brian Quast, Jennifer Barwick (née Walker) and Freeburn—will headline at Raleigh's Tir Na Nog Thursday, Aug. 13. The Loners and Rocket Cottage will open.
As for new material, Freeburn says it's a possibility. "We're taking that slowly," he says, noting that Barwick and Collins are parents and that Quast keeps busy in Polvo and Urge Overkill. "But we're dipping our toes in the water."
Check this early ’90s news segment on Fox 22 for a comical interview with Freeburn and with Dave Brylawski, billed as Dave Prylawsk.
Brian Walsby, who plays with Collins in Double Negative, wrote about the band this weekend on his blog in light of the news. Also, Karen Mann reports that Pure, another early Merge act reuniting for XX Merge, will play at least two shows outside of the festival: July 19 at The Grey Eagle in Asheville, N.C. and July 21 at Pilot Light in Knoxville, Tenn.