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Friday, August 31, 2012

Jozeemo speaks out before his final show

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Last week, outspoken Durham rapper Jozeemo announced that his performance at tonight’s Wrath of the Godz hip-hop show at Casbah would be his last, after more than 10 years of wrangling with a promising music career that never quite took off. In the place of tough-guy street raps and outrageously obscene web videos, he’ll be concentrating on an something entirely different: a higher education. At 36, Jozeemo—a.k.a. Joe Murdock III—is enrolled for the 2012-13 fall semester as a full-time student at Alamance Community College, where he’ll be pursuing an associate’s degree in Industrial Systems Technology. A Triangle hip-hop scene without...

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Double Negative announce upcoming EP, tour

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 1:16 PM

It’s been several months, a national tour and more than a few local gigs since Double Negative settled into its current lineup after replacing original drummer Brian Walsby with Brain F≠’s Bobby Michaud and original singer Kevin Collins with Logic Problem’s Cameron Craig. (May’s Hits EP memorialized the short-lived formation with guitarist Scott Williams, bassist Justin Gray, Michaud and Collins.) This Fall, that now-stable roster will make its vinyl debut on two 7-inch EPs — volumes 3 and 4 of the band’s Hardcore Confusion series. Double Negative recorded five new songs with producer Will Evans and sent them off to...

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Despite emergency surgery, American Aquarium's Bill Corbin made Saturday's show

Posted By on Tue, Aug 28, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Photo courtesy of Hear Now PublicityBill Corbin, casualty of rock 'n roll, preps for surgery American Aquarium —Raleigh's favorite whiskey-besot, country-rocking semi-romantics— release their new album, Burn. Flicker. Die., today. Many of you might have had a taste of the record at the band's sold-out CD release show down at the Lincoln Theatre Saturday night. Though it maintains the bitter, boot-stomping intensity of previous American Aquarium efforts, Burn. Flicker. Die. sees the scars of their road-warrior existence wearing a little more heavily than before. In one song, singer BJ Barham longs for the mundane existence of a policeman or a...

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

The Pour House changes hands, absorbs Shakedown Street

Posted By on Sat, Aug 25, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Why do these things always come in threes? Not only have Chapel Hill's The Cave and this very paper announced new owners this week, but another long-standing Triangle institution has also been sold. Eric Mullen, The Pour House's original owner, has entered into an even partnership with new owner Adam Lindstaedt. Mullen will slowly phase out of the business until the The Pour House is entirely Lindstaedt's. "We haven't really told a lot of people outside our circle," says Mullen of the deal, which was finalized earlier this month. He hadn't even considered selling the room, he says. "It didn’t...

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Simple Music Video Series: American Aquarium's "Jacksonville" and "Northern Lights"

Posted By on Fri, Aug 24, 2012 at 5:10 PM

When asking BJ Barham of American Aquarium about his then-recent recording session with Jason Isbell, an immediate smile came over an otherwise exhausted face: "Fucking amazing!" Not much more needed to be said. In today's session, we present two songs from the Isbell-produced album Burn. Flicker. Die., released this week on Last Chance Records. "Jacksonville" and "Northern Lights" are two of the quieter numbers from the album; at times, these are the songs that suffer most at American Aquarium shows. Here's to hoping the large crowd expected Saturday night at the Lincoln Theatre will pause for the quiet ones…...

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Chapel Hill's The Cave gets new ownership, to become "sister club" with Raleigh's Slim's

Posted By on Wed, Aug 22, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Ian DunnMeet the new boss. Pictured L to R: pint of beer, Mark ConnorLongstanding Chapel Hill bar and venue The Cave, which has been up for sale since February 27, is now off the market. Slim's talent buyer Mark Connor and owner Van Alston, as well as third partner Richard Darling, will be its new owners.“I've admired The Cave for years, and when I became aware that it was for sale almost a year ago, I hoped to be involved with the buyers,” says Connor, who not only books music at Slim's, but also plays bass in multiple Raleigh bands....

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Dan Melchior announces new LP, a tribute to his ailing wife

Posted By on Mon, Aug 20, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Most musicians in Dan Melchior's shoes would have likely put recording not just on the back burner, but freeze-dried in the pantry, ready to be resuscitated if the opportunity ever arose. Two years ago, Letha Rodman Melchior, the wife of the Durham-based garage rock stalwart, was diagnosed with breast cancer and melanoma. The subsequent two years have been an emotional roller coaster of attempted treatments and benefit concerts, moments of hope and instances of pure sadness. Through it all, Melchior has only increased his output, absorbing the blow to his beloved partner and bassist and releasing four LPs, a...

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Simple Music Video Series: Shirlette Ammons

Posted By on Fri, Aug 17, 2012 at 1:53 PM

It’s always a pleasure when an artist comes in to debut new material, as was the case recently with Durham emcee Shirlette Ammons. Apart from her work with the Dynamite Brothers, she’s been making a solo concept album as a tribute to and in the spirit of Gladys Bentley. "Bentley was a dyke performer during the Harlem Renaissance who was backed by a chorus of drag queens. Her show was one of the more popular shows in town. She often took popular blues songs and changed the lyrics to make them more raunchy,” Ammons explains. “During McCarthyism she toned...

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Sonogram Records: members of Last Year's Men start boutique label

Posted By on Wed, Aug 15, 2012 at 11:17 PM

Jeremy M. LangeMenly menBen Carr and Ian Rose, songwriting guitarist and drummer for the essential Chapel Hill garage punks Last Year's Men, are starting a new limited-run label, Sonogram Records. The business model follows the raison d'etre of many micro-labels: two friends releasing their friends' music to help them out, sure, but also for the fun of it. Yet Carr and Rose have mixed their love of music with a creative approach, and Sonogram may be a different creature—even in a region with multiple such boutique labels. "Hopefully [we'll] work with bands that have already broken up to reissue some...

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Weekend in videos: Jeff Crawford in Saxapahaw, Spider Bags in Durham

Posted By on Mon, Aug 13, 2012 at 4:22 PM

On Saturday, Jeff Crawford brought an all-star group of friends out to the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw Crawford ran through a set of original songs followed by a set of hymns primarily from the excellent 2012 release Hymns from the Gathering Church. Later on Saturday, Spider Bags provided a blistering hour-long set at The Pinhook in Durham. They kicked off their CD release show for Shake My Head by bringing up frequent collaborator Reese McHenry. The band was intense yet loose, much to the joy of their hometown crowd....

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Hiss Golden Messenger and Elephant Micah cover each other on split 7-inch

Posted By on Fri, Aug 10, 2012 at 4:36 PM

The past few months have been an exciting time for Hiss Golden Messenger, the Durham-based recording project of M.C. Taylor. Last year’s excellent and sedately funky folk-rock trove, Poor Moon, saw a CD reissue via the venerable imprint Tompkins Square. Taylor also contributed to a compilation honoring folk legend Michael Chapman and shared the stage with him in Durham. With recording under way for HGM’s Poor Moon follow-up, the outfit is offering yet another 2012 highlight. Paradise of Bachelors, the Durham-based label that first unveiled Poor Moon, is releasing a split 7-inch from HGM and Elephant Micah, the somber...

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Simple Music Video Series: Kutchma's Orphanage and I'll Survive

Posted By on Fri, Aug 10, 2012 at 12:33 PM

I don't know that there is a harder working musician in the triangle than Jason Kutchma. Rather writing, recording or performing live, he is a musician who does not allow his audience to be bored. As most people know, Kutchma has released two albums this year: The first was Welcome Home, by the rock band Red Collar, which he fronts. Then there was Pastoral, the roots-rock project of JKutchma & The Five Fifths. That's not to mention the album's companion book. Both records have different styles of presentation, but when stripped down to their barest bones, they are very...

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Friday, August 3, 2012

COLOSSUS release and stream new EP

Posted By on Fri, Aug 3, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Photo courtesy of COLOSSUS "Remember when heavy metal was supposed to be fun? COLOSSUS does." That's the first line from the bio passed around with promos of The Sepulcher of the Mirror-Warlocks, the new EP from appropriately named Raleigh-Chapel Hill metal band COLOSSUS. The self-release represents the outfit's first new music since 2009. The band's claim rings true on The Sepulcher's six songs, which pair riffs that churn, tangle and soar with outlandish lyrics about Frank Herbert's sci-fi epic Dune, a transdimensional love affair and the pulp fantasy series Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. The record succeeds via the same...

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Simple Music Video Series: The War on Drugs' "I Was There"

Posted By on Fri, Aug 3, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Today's session is the first we shot at Capital Club 16. We had the bright idea of filming this outside, not taking into consideration the late-winter chilly wind or the general ambient noise that comes with being in downtown Raleigh. Despite an en route ambulance, a few cop cars and buses, it turned out pretty well. Granted, it is much easier to try these setups when your subject is both a friend and genuinely enjoys visiting your hometown. Adam Granduciel of The War on Drugs (TWOD) sat down with us and ran through several numbers off of 2011's Slave...

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