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Friday, February 19, 2010

Schooner hits the charts

Posted By on Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 5:55 PM

Listen up! You may need to download the free Flash Player. Good news for Schooner a few hours ahead of their release party behind the Duck Kee Sessions: Despite only mailing the minimum of 150 promo copies of the EP to radio stations nationwide, the disc has broken the CMJ Top 200. Landing at No. 99, just behind Merge's Shout Out Louds and 10 spots ahead of the new Xiu Xiu record, this is the EP's first week on the charts. The big show starts tonight at The Pinhook at 10 p.m. For more, see our review of...

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Megafaun + The Rosebuds + Bon Iver + more: Gayngs' stoned-soul

Posted By on Wed, Feb 17, 2010 at 5:33 PM

This afternoon, big-time Indiana indie label Jagjaguwar finally dropped the official word on Gayngs, the psychedelic soul collaboration between all of Megafaun, Ivan Howard of The Rosebuds, Justin Vernon and Mike Noyce of Bon Iver and a slew of Minnesota and Wisconsin musicians culled from bands like P.O.S., Solid Gold and Andrew Bird's touring unit. And that was a long sentence. We mentioned the project last summer, and Megafaun and Howard even unveiled the album's sublime, surreal closer, "The Last Prom on Earth," at last year's TRKFest. But the band's debut LP, Relayted, now has a release date of...

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First Listen: American Aquarium’s Smalltown Hymns

Posted By on Wed, Feb 17, 2010 at 12:48 PM

Since American Aquarium’s 2006 debut Antique Hearts, the Raleigh roots rockers have garnered plenty of (deserved) Whiskeytown comparisons. With rollicking E Street-flavored heartland rock like "Mary, Mary" and "Ain't Going to the Bar Tonight," last year’s Dances for the Lonely brought Bruce Springsteen references into the fold. Not that American Aquarium shied away from them, as they took on The Boss for this year’s Raleigh Undercover. Recorded last November while holed up in Oxford, Miss., Smalltown Hymns—American Aquarium's fourth—won't do much to shake either of those associations, though Hymns has more in common with Nebraska and Heartbreaker than Born...

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Organos on Sirius XMU last night

Posted By on Thu, Feb 4, 2010 at 3:46 PM

After playing a few games of basketball in Raleigh last night, I climbed in the car, turned on the radio and headed to a meeting across town. Sirius XMU, billed as being "like hearing college radio but never having to go to class," was spinning Hot Chip's "One Life Stand," a college station standard of late. But when the DJ followed with "Lazy Lessons," a track from the not-yet-released The Limbs EP by Chapel Hill's Organos, I wondered if I'd actually switched the dial to WKNC 88.1 FM. After all, bandleader Maria Albani did all the press and radio mailing...

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Little Brother's new and last one, LeftBack

Posted By on Thu, Jan 28, 2010 at 1:11 PM

“It’s fuckin' over” were just a few of the words Phonte Coleman had to offer last week on his Gordon Gartrell Radio podcast, using a 12-minute segment of the show to thank fans for supporting Little Brother over the years and explain to listeners that, yes, the LB saga has reached its end: The duo’s next album, LeftBack, will be their last....

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Annuals talk new EP, rumors of membership shift

Posted By on Thu, Jan 14, 2010 at 1:29 PM

It seems 2009 was largely a regrouping one for Raleigh six-piece Annuals: Such Fun, the band’s second album and first for major-label imprint Canvasback Music, was released in 2008 to mixed reviews and comparatively low sales. According to Nielsen Soundscan, Such Fun sold only 7,341 copies, compared to their debut’s 17,999. And Canvasback was cooling on Annuals’ former blog-buzz property, even as the band was working on new material back in Raleigh. “We found out that our deal with Canvasback was getting messed up over the summer,” says Annuals bassist Mike Robinson. “So, we decided, ‘Let’s do an EP and...

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Rapper Big Prince?

Posted By on Wed, Jan 13, 2010 at 12:05 PM

Following Michael Jackson’s death in June 2009, BET aired a show called Michael Jackson: 10 Things You Didn't Know. In it, The Roots drummer Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson made viewers privy to some comical trivia about the history of the King of Pop’s song “Bad." According to ?uestlove, “Bad” was originally slated to be a duet that featured another member of music royalty—Prince. Prince declined the offer. Apparently, the opening line—“your butt is mine”—wasn’t too appealing to Prince. At a dinner, Prince told Mike, “You ain’t singing this line to me, and I sure ain’t singing this line to you.”...

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Fraggle Naggle: Meet 9thmatic, the rapper

Posted By on Thu, Jan 7, 2010 at 12:24 PM

The Wonder Years LP? Who cares anymore? While we’ve all been impatiently waiting on 9th Wonder to deliver his long-awaited album, we have a surprising new distraction here—9th Wonder as 9thmatic, the emcee. Yes, Mr. “Make-Me-Hot-P,” Pat Douthit, is rapping now. Oh, hell. When hip hop producers decide to pick up the microphone and start rapping, they’re suggesting, in essence, that they’re just as verbally endowed as their rap peers, or they’ve come to the conclusion that sitting behind the production boards all day and making beats isn’t as thrilling as it used to be for them. The...

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Red Collar: Distribution deal, red vinyl, Troika video

Posted By on Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 12:30 PM

For Durham’s Red Collar, self-releasing its first full-length album, Pilgrim, in February was an impetus to take the show on the road and make a full-time go of rock ’n’ roll. The CDs were pressed and packaged, a publicity campaign was implemented and dates were booked. The band members packed into “Vandrew Blass,” the vehicle named for former keyboardist Andrew Blass. And, so far, it’s been paying off: The band picked up favorable reviews and college radio airtime nationwide and earned a slot at the recent CMJ Music Marathon in New York. But Pilgrim, save for local consignment, wasn’t...

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Tonight: Sinful Savage Tigers get acoustic at The Cave

Posted By on Thu, Nov 12, 2009 at 4:17 PM

With a name like Sinful Savage Tigers, you half expect cookie monster vocals, thundering breakdowns and a machine gun hardcore backbeat. But the Chapel Hill trio is a string band wedded to contemporary rock/pop sensibilities. In May, they released their debut, Rain is the Soup of the Dogs in Heaven. Their origins go back a lot further—to Seth Martin’s undergrad years at Sewanee College in Tennessee. It’s there that he met Rob Guthrie, his collaborator on the project’s songs. “He started playing guitar in college,” says Martin. “I heard him down the hall, playing nothing but Dave Matthews covers....

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Download ZO!'s "...Just Visiting Too" with NC vocalists

Posted By on Tue, Nov 3, 2009 at 4:36 PM

Surely I'm not the only one who's always had a super crush on that adorable, freckled-faced, Saturday Night Live alumnus Maya Rudolph. Also, I'm sure that I'm not the only one who's recently discovered that she is the daughter of the late singer Minnie Ripperton, mostly known for her 1975 single "Lovin' You". In the odd case that you don't know Minnie Ripperton, this Stevie Wonder explanation should help you out. Otherwise, you'll have to rely on Durham's Yahzarah to reinvent Ripperton's "Perfect Angel" on ZO!'s ...Just Visiting Too— the latest gift brought to you by Phonte and Nicolay's Foreign...

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Friday, October 9, 2009

Stream the LP: I Was Totally Destroying It's Horror Vacui

Posted By on Fri, Oct 9, 2009 at 12:00 AM

The player has expired, but listen to some of Horror Vacui here. Per our review of I Was Totally Destroying It's second album, Horror Vacui, and our feature about the band in this week's newspaper, it's safe to assume that we're pretty into IWTDI's work of late (which, we know, might shock some). Trouble is, you can't pick the record, released via Portland label Greyday Records, in stores until Tuesday. After the jump, though, you'll find the whole thing streaming—at least until the band's CD release show at Cat's Cradle Saturday, Oct. 10, at 8:30 p.m....

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Light in the Attic releasing Betty Davis lost album, reissuing third album, Nasty Gal, this fall

Posted By on Thu, Aug 6, 2009 at 4:56 PM

Record label Light in the Attic will soon add to the in-print catalog of Durham-born funk diva Betty Davis this fall with the release of Is It Love or Desire?, her last studio album, which was canned before release and hasn't even been bootlegged. The album was recorded in Louisiana with Funk House, Davis' backing band with deep roots in the Reidsville and Greensboro areas. It included her cousins, drummer Nicky Neal and bassist Larry Johnson, and their friends, Fred "Funki" Mills and guitarist Carlos Morales. For those who heard it at the time, the record was a breakthrough for...

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Track: Nicolay's "Lose Your Way" with Carlitta Durand

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 3:51 PM

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.”...

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Microsoft wants to pay your band, maybe

Posted By on Thu, Jun 25, 2009 at 12:19 PM

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="208" caption="Red star."][/caption] In defense of Twitter: There are some pretty sweet tweets floating around, including one yesterday from @hnmtf. "We just released a new track from the looking for bruce recording session Do the Human - FREE!," it read, offering a link to a bit of Web 2.0 marketing shared between Windows and ReverbNation—wherein one could, as promised, download "Do The Human." For local fans, "Do The Human" isn't entirely new: It was (but isn't any more) offered as a digital bonus for folks who ordered Hammer's J. Robbins-produced Looking For Bruce directly from Churchkey Records,...

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Track: Polvo's "Beggar's Bowl" surprises

Posted By on Fri, Jun 19, 2009 at 5:22 PM

“Beggar’s Bowl,” the first track to be unveiled from Polvo’s forthcoming In Prism, is as good as a fan could hope for, but not likely what they’d expect. (Download here, and read more after the jump)....

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

First Listen: The Avett Brothers' I and Love and You

Posted By on Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 5:59 PM

[Published simultaneously with New Raleigh.] In two months, Concord, N.C. quartet The Avett Brothers will release I and Love and You, their sixth studio album and first for American Recordings, the Sony imprint run by production mogul Rick Rubin. A major label, a major project, a major timeline: After more than a year in the making, I and Love and You is now in its final stages of completion, having gone through recording in studios on two coasts, mixes by multiple sets of ears and—finally—a series of mastering attempts that try to render the record ready for what’s likely...

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Track: Bowerbirds' "Northern Lights"

Posted By on Thu, May 14, 2009 at 11:39 AM

“Northern Lights,” in Bowerbirds nature-speak, is like a bouquet of fireflies on a still, moonless night for those who are pro-Martin Stephenson, pro-love song, and pro-Band....

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Live: Music From The Porch II

Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 10:44 AM

Four local musicians gathered to share songs and stories for the second installment of Music On The Porch, hosted by the Center for the Study of the American South in Chapel Hill last Friday. A small crowd lined the lawn of the historic Love House and Hutchins Forum. Automobiles whisked by on Franklin Street, the occasional car stereo thumping for attention. UNC music scholar Dr. Bill Ferris was in attendance, tapping his toes as his folklore understudy and emcee Katherine Doss posed questions to the evening's performers— Adam Price, Eric Roehrig, Heather McEntire and Lee Waters. They all...

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Horseback's back: two releases, approaches, premieres

Posted By on Thu, Apr 9, 2009 at 5:36 PM

Listen up! If you cannot see the music player below, download the free Flash Player. --> Never content to stick to any one sound for too long, Jenks Miller—returning to his Horseback alias—has announced two new releases. Neither sound at all like his masterful debut, Impale Golden Horn. Yes, for all you keeping track at home on your handy little conflict-of-interest scorecards, that was released by Miller's Holidays For Quince label and Burly Time Records, the label formerly run in part by Indy music editor Grayson Currin. Nor do these two releases find their soul in the meandering...

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

New Music: Embarrassing Fruits streches its game out

Posted By on Wed, Mar 11, 2009 at 2:52 PM

Joe Norkus' affinity for the girl he's just met is much stronger than love at first sigh. In fact, during the 160 seconds it takes "Corner" to cycle, he's had all the great conversations with her (coffee ... baseball ... what else is there, really?), made some montage-ready memories when dancing by the pool, and met her father as he swims shirtless. Oh, and then the world ends, sort of: Lightning strikes the little town of their encounter, and Jesus descends to calm everyone. Things go back to normal, and there they are, still talking, still smiling and finally...

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