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Friday, July 27, 2012

Simple Music Video Series: Gross Ghost's "Devious" and "Leslie"

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Today's session brings us Gross Ghost, who came to Capital Club 16 to play a few songs on a bright Sunday afternoon in late June. At the time, the band was gearing up for their opening gig for Superchunk at the Cat's Cradle. No surprise, they sounded great. Mike Dillon and company are looking to spend the rest of the year writing and recording their follow-up to this year's excellent release, Brer Rabbit. They also plan to tour: "We've had a really great year in North Carolina, but it's time to take it to the streets elsewhere," Dillon says....

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Friday, July 20, 2012

TRKfest headliners Lost Skulls revive The Misfits' gory glory

Posted By on Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 11:59 AM

It's not wise to talk back to cops, and I'd been speeding, and we both knew it. Dude just couldn't resist, though. Having noticed the crimson ghost sticker leering from my back windshield, the highway patrolman whose name I purposely forgot gave me a sidelong glance when he asked, "Why do you like The Misfits?" I didn't like his tone. "Why don't you?" I shot back. So much for getting off with a warning. But seriously, why wouldn't you like The Misfits? Glenn Danzig (born Glenn Anzalone) and bassist Jerry Only (born Jerry Caiafa) formed The Misfits in Lodi, N.J.,...

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Simple Music Video Series: Ryan Gustafson's "The Harbor"

Posted By on Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Generally speaking, when we've shot these sessions people bring lots of gear. As we were ready to shoot Ryan Gustafson earlier this week at Gabe Nelson's f/Stop Grooves Studio, Ryan came in with just a guitar and capo, no case or tuner. After going over a few tunes on a picnic bench, he walked toward the studio handling the guitar as though he was carrying a wrench. Ryan came in and did three unreleased songs as well as a very interesting local cover song that we will post at some point in the future. Today's session features a performance...

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Awake and acoustic: Metal frontmen Mike Scheidt and Nate Hall tour with their guitars

Posted By on Wed, Jul 18, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Looking far: Yob's Mike Scheidt “Stay Awake” seems like a pretty straightforward command: Stay conscious, stay alert and stay aware. That is, don’t fall asleep physically, mentally or spiritually. Mike Scheidt, who is best known to heavy music fans as the force behind esoteric Oregon doom act Yob, depends on the idea of staying awake. The words are tattooed on the backs of his hands—a convenient reminder while driving on middle-of-the night long hauls while Yob is on tour. It’s also the title of both his debut acoustic solo album and the album’s dramatic closing track. Over a chorus of...

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Chapel Hill music veteran Paul Price passes away at 59

Posted By on Tue, Jul 17, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Paul Price, a veteran of the Chapel Hill music scene during the '80s and '90s and a founding member of local indie rock mainstay Lud, passed away Sunday night at his home in Chapel Hill. He was 59. Price began playing in beach music outfits as a teenager and made an impact on the Triangle scene starting in the early '80s. He played in bands such as The Swamis and The Emperors of Ice Cream and was a notable fixture at the Hardback Cafe, a now defunct meeting ground for musicians and other artists. In the early '90s, Price...

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Simple Music Video Series: Damien Jurado's "Let Us All In" and "Working Titles"

Posted By on Mon, Jul 16, 2012 at 11:21 AM

There are times when you see a musician live for the first time and their songs hit you like a sledgehammer in the gut. Leading up to filming this session with Seattle based Damien Jurado, I had only heard a handful of his songs. The very quiet and gracious Mr. Jurado met me, a total stranger, outside of Kings Barcade for a brief ride to Amplified Art. We were on a tight schedule and had only 30 minutes to complete the session. In that 30 minutes, we went through three songs, each done in one take, and there was...

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Monday, July 9, 2012

The Mountain Goats announce new LP, Transcendental Youth

Posted By on Mon, Jul 9, 2012 at 12:56 PM

The new album from Durham's Mountain Goats has a name and a release date. Transcendental Youth comes out Oct. 2 via Merge Records. That's the album cover above. I have heard none of the music, but Transcendental Youth strikes me as a perfect Mountain Goats title. Indeed, there's a kind of transcendental youth at the core of every record that leader and songwriter John Darnielle creates. From the hissing cassette recordings of his early days to his current hi-fi compositions, Darnielle's meticulous narratives mine through the strife that ages us, rescuing the defiantly screaming kid trapped amid the frustration....

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Hammer No More the Fingers' seismic celebration

Posted By on Mon, Jul 9, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Photo by Jordan LawrenceShaking it up: Duncan Webster leads Hammer No More the Fingers Hammer No More the FingersKingsJuly 6, 2012 I'll admit it. I was scared. In the final throes of Hammer No More the Fingers' Friday set at Raleigh's Kings Barcade — a performance that was as energetically played as it was received — the concrete floor trembled violently. A pack of incensed adolescents were resurrecting the pogo-ing mosh-pit mutation that has become common at Hammer's local shows, and their groupthink enthusiasm caused the support below them to recoil like a giant drum head. It was both thrilling...

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Friday, July 6, 2012

Simple Music Video Series: Mandolin Orange's "Horse Tune"

Posted By on Fri, Jul 6, 2012 at 3:11 PM

When Mandolin Orange rolls back into town on Wednesday to play the Duke Performances Music in the Garden Series, they may not quite be the band you saw just months ago. Besides stepping out of their comfortable stomping grounds in the Southeast for their first Midwestern tour, they've also added Josh Oliver (formerly of the everybodyfields) to the fold. Given Oliver's track record alongside songbird Jill Andrews, he should complement the progressive direction in which Mandolin Orange seems to be headed very well. Those attending the Music in the Garden performance will also be treated to what is becoming...

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Hiss Golden Messenger unveils video for "Blue Country Mystic"

Posted By on Mon, Jul 2, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Included in the album art for Poor Moon — the wonderful 2011 LP from Durham's Hiss Golden Messenger — is a picture of main man M.C. Taylor guiding his toddling son Elijah through the woods. Barefoot with a straw hat covering his face, Taylor smiles as his first born explores a little further up the path, staring with wondrous intensity at his hand, which is holding what appears to be a pine cone. The image lines up perfectly with lead-off track "Blue Country Mystic." The song's sly and seductive funk backs up a narrative from a father a little...

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