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.
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.
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.
While reporting this week’s story on the conversion of Chapel Hill dance hall Players to a part-time rock club, we heard whispers from a few folks that Mansion 462—the West Franklin Street room that opened last January between Chapel Hill anchors Local 506 and The Cave—was closing. Apparently, several bands had been emailing other area clubs to reschedule dates dropped from Mansion 462’s calendar. Co-owner Brad Waycaster confirms that the club did drop several shows, but he says Mansion 462 isn't going anywhere.
A quick mention of a few local bands with some interesting online features today:
—In another early bit of promotion for I and Love and You (now due in September, NPR says), Concord quartet The Avett Brothers recorded a three-song installment of Tiny Desk Concert in the office of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen. The unrecorded "Down with the Shine" and the new staple "Bella Donna" make an appearance, but the real reason to watch is the opener, "Laundry Room." A gorgeous song with a dozen slogans for the taking, "Laundry Room" finds the harmonies of the Avetts hitting new strides. And it's good to see that Scott's banjo refuses to stay in tune, even for NPR.
BTE joins the August 22 bill with Airiel Down. I can think of a dozen jokes right now, but I'd rather waste my time imagining 10,000 dudes just like this in Moore Square in August. So pitted.
Briefly: Updated XX Merge lineup; Merge documentary; Superchunk and Mac McCaughan on ABC News; Mac McCaughan, MAGNET guest editor
Briefly: Ben Folds, Girl Talk, etc; Lonnie Walker, Annuals & the Coug; big shows; Robert Sledge's new flashlight; no way to Natalie Portman; Mann's World on New Raleigh
—The Bleeding Hearts & Little Steven, cont.; WFMU marathon benefit; Mammoth Records turns 21
I spent most of last week either preparing in advance for a little trip to Georgia for a friend's wedding or subsequently enjoying it, so we let a few a tidbits slip under the radar. Look for a round-up, as well as some news from Cesar Comanche and Kooley High, after the jump.