The Carrboro Board of Alderman uninimously approved the so-called 300 Main Street project Tuesday night, thereby dashing the hopes of Durhamites holding out hope that the Cat's Cradle would relocate to the Bull City. Jimspencerarchitects.com has an artist's rendering of the complex that will replace the Cradle's current home here.
Click here for the "Confessor" video, the opening track and lead single from the band's second album, Such Fun, due Oct. 7 on Sony imprint, Canvasback.
Drop below the break for some thoughts from director Daniel Auber:
According to a nicely detailed story in the Daily Tar Heel, Concord, N.C.'s The Avett Brothers will play UNC-Chapel Hill's Memorial Hall on Sunday, Nov. 2. The room holds 1,434 people, which, of course, isn't quite sufficient for a band that played for 7,000-plus folks in Cary earlier this year. UNC's solving the problem by paying the band $30,000 anyway and charging $15 for each student seat. Tickets won't be available to the general public. Like, at all. Oh, how things have changed since the band played UNC's student union a few years ago...
But if you like The Avett Brothers and are bummed about missing their set, Gym Class Heroes plays the same room the following night for Homecoming, Part II. Yeah, that was sarcasm. Tickets are $15 for students and $30 for non-students.
Someone signing Ryan Adams' name and, at the very least, doing a pretty fantastic mimic of the songwriter's rambling textual maneuvers left a comment on New Raleigh Saturday evening. No one's sure if it's the Jacksonville native or not, but—in any event—this excerpt's a gem: "i do not get up and court the press. i suppose i work my ass off and i continue to KEEP THE FAITH in making art, sharing idea’s and yes, even attempting to become a better person in spite of what I know now is a rather sometimes bitter, always awkward public who nameless and faceless will trash me no matter what my efforts." Keeping the faith, indeed.
Raleigh's Annuals, who will release album No. 2, Such Fun, on Oct. 7, will appear on Late Night With Conan O'Brien on Monday, Oct. 27. The band previously played "Carry Around" for Conan on January 18, 2007.
From our interview with her, done just before she boarded her plane to RDU yesterday:
When I was a kid, I was a fanatical Jack Kennedy fan, and I wrote him a letter saying, "I'm running for the president of my student council, and I admire the way you're running your campaign. Can you give me any tips?" What a brat, you know. He sent me a really long letter, and it said, basically, "Find out what the students want and promise it." In other words, be a representative of people. Don't try to force your own ideas onto people. Find out what they want. I really tried to do that.
When I won the election, I sent him another bratty letter saying, "I won the election. Best wish in your own endeavors." Then he did something incredibly smart: He sent me twelve long-stemmed red roses and a telegram of congratulations. So, of course, it's on the front page of our little local paper: "Local girl receives roses from Jack Kennedy." And I'm sure every woman in town voted for him. I'm sure largely because of that. It was like, "What a romantic guy! And he likes this little girl. How great!" They were just really impressed that he cared enough about one little kid to do all of that. Of course, he had a giant staff or whatever, but he projected romanticism.
She plays at Duke at 8 p.m. tonight.
Some great wishful thinking posts today on Craigslist, in search of Ben Folds Five tickets for tonight's sold-out show at UNC-Chapel Hill's Memorial Hall. My favorite: "No ticket brokers please we are grad students!"
We've got two big ol' bars on BFF and some tunes from The Unauthorized Biography... here, and the News & Observer has a good story (though I am curious about the 1,600 tickets sold for the 1,434-seat venue) with an interesting headline here.
A friend of the Triangulator this morning hipped us to a bit of news that came out of Tuesday's Carrboro Board of Alderman meeting.
From Wednesday's News & Observer report:
A developer proposing the renovation of the nightclub's East Main Street shopping center urged the Carrboro Board of Aldermen to approve the project Tuesday night, saying any further delay could send Cradle owner Frank Heath packing.
"It's absolutely an integral part of our project," Laura Van Sant said in an interview Wednesday. "It is a fact he has landlords in Durham offering him free space."
In a email statement to the N&O, Heath explained that while he's been getting inquiries about relocating the Cradle for some time, the Durham related offers were "more along the lines of booking shows elsewhere than a space of his own elsewhere."
But with the $50 million expansion of the club's Main Street home still in the air, speculation abounds as to where the historic music venue will actually end up.
Could Durham make a short list of candidates?
The city has no shortage of large, empty spaces for Heath to choose from should the deal, which would double the Cradle’s 6,700-square-foot interior, fall through.
Bull City Rising has a breakdown of possible sites.
Keep your fingers crossed, Durham audiophiles.