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Re: “Moogfest and Art of Cool Tell Durham Two Different Stories About Itself

I'm so bored of the constant comparison of the two festivals. They are both very different, although there is definitely some overlap in fans (ie: me!). I'd love to see the city of Durham support them both equally, and I would also love for one of them to move to the Fall because Spring is already packed with Fullframe and many other events.

We've already read the "Moogfest versus Art of Cool" story for the past few years. Can we move on to how to support them both and ensure that the support Durham as well?

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Posted by ruby on 05/24/2017 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Moogfest and Art of Cool Tell Durham Two Different Stories About Itself

The $99 tickets were distributed to those who paid full price this year. To my knowledge, there is no $99 ticket offering to those who didn't attend this year.

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Posted by AME on 05/24/2017 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Moogfest and Art of Cool Tell Durham Two Different Stories About Itself

The 300 person limit at Carolina Theatre for that ONE show was a the bequest of the artist. 50 seats were on the stage itself, 40 cushions on the raised pit and the lower house only was allowed by the artist. It was a very personal up close performance.

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Posted by Lance Gilman on 05/24/2017 at 1:36 PM

Re: “Moogfest and Art of Cool Tell Durham Two Different Stories About Itself

I dunno about you guys, but I bought a $99 ticket for Moogfest 2018 today -- a special offer for attendees of Moogfest 2017. My experience attending Moogfest for the past two years as a local has been incredible, and I could not recommend it more highly. Setting Art of Cool against Moogfest is a false dichotomy, and one that serves neither event.

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Posted by Goaty on 05/24/2017 at 12:12 PM

Re: “Moogfest and Art of Cool Tell Durham Two Different Stories About Itself

yes. let's not forget WHY the disparity in city support happened. Moogfest (Rev. A) (AKA the music festival branch of the Durham chamber of commerce) promised to attract hordes of entitled white millennials to populate the new condo buildings. Art of Cool promised to reinforce the city's cultural heritage, which amounts to an obstacle (not asset) in the redistribution of wealth.

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Posted by Daniel Stark on 05/24/2017 at 11:30 AM

Re: “Cry of Love vocalist Kelly Holland died depressed, but not alone

From Missouri... we rocked them out here. They were such a big part of my life. There were more... Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Brother Cane, etc, but Cry Of Love was among them in steady rotation with us. Thank you guys, for keeping my soul company.

Rip Kelly Holland
Rip Chris Cornell
Rip Layne Staley...

Posted by Terry Cowden on 05/20/2017 at 11:10 PM

Re: “The whole rock-star idol thing ain't so big for Dexter Romweber

Well, Dexter isn't quite up on his facts concerning The Phantom. The Phantom was the stage name/persona of my cousin, Marty Lott. Marty was signed to Dot Records by Pat Boone (who also created the Phantom persona).
Marty never disliked show business & was actively trying to succeed in the industry. The only reason for his sudden jump to the "where are they now file" right after an appearance on American Bandstand was because of a nearly fatal car crash after a night of HEAVY drinking. He drove his car off of a steep cliff & rolled it into a revene.
He was paralyzed from the waist down & lived out the rest of his life in a trailer in Mississippi in relative obscurity until his death in '83. Sorry if that's a downer, but that's the real story.

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Posted by Gary Gaydos on 05/19/2017 at 3:16 AM

Re: “From the Mountain Goats to The Hot at Nights, Matt Douglas Might Be the Triangle's Busiest Musician

I'm not sure people realize how much talent is squished into the Hot @ Nights trio. All 3, Matt, Chris and Nick, are forces of nature with abnormal skills.

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Posted by Remo on 05/10/2017 at 11:10 AM

Re: “Record Review: Sylvan Esso Refines its Slick Synth Pop Formula on What Now

I'm all in on this album. Love the sound, love Amelia's soaring vocals. She brings a humanizing element to electronic music.

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Posted by aburtch on 05/03/2017 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Streaming Didn't Kill the Music Industry. Major Labels Did.

Time was when you went to a show and got a t-shirt that you could wear around and brag about having been at the show. These days you can order one online, along with other merch, without ever having to go to a show. A lot of fans might be able to afford a shirt but not the ticket.

I think a lot (most?) fans want to support the artists and they *think* they are supporting them with platforms like Spotify - most fans don't have any idea how little money is going to the artists from streaming services.

Posted by Markus Alexander on 04/23/2017 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Streaming Didn't Kill the Music Industry. Major Labels Did.

Thanks for writing, Chrisso. Who's to say how long it takes to write a great song? Lots of great songs were written really quickly, lots of them took a long time. Keith Richards came up with the riff for "Satisfaction" when he was asleep. But recording costs have gone down, not stayed the same. As for merchandise, the article didn't say streaming invented new income in the form of merchandise, but rather that it helps build fan bases so that artists can make money on merchandise and tours. And it does.

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Posted by David Klein on 04/18/2017 at 11:30 AM

Re: “Streaming Didn't Kill the Music Industry. Major Labels Did.

Years into this debate and we're still seeing the same mistruths being pedalled.
1) Yes, the cost of CD media came down, but the cost of musicians, studios, the time it takes to write a great song remained the same or increased. The cost of a music industry CD was 99% the cost of musicians, recording, man hours work, not the cost of the 0.50p CD carrier.
2) Musicians have always sold merchandise at shows. Streaming hasn't invented new income from selling t-shirts at your show. That income already existed. Streaming stripped out the income from record sales. So most musicians now earn much less, not more or even the same.
It's no surprise the musicians you example all have day job or live day to day on little income.
Is that a good thing for the music scene and music lovers worldwide? No.

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Posted by Chrisso Johnson on 04/18/2017 at 9:41 AM

Re: “How the Longbranch country music dance hall became an electronica hotbed

YOU, Longbranch, screwed up....country, even TODAYS country outweighs ANY other club....TOO BAD you went with the wrong promoter....JAMES DUPREE AND DAN WOODS were the best....They kept the country AND pop side alive...YOUR loss....bye, bye now....

Posted by Terri Goble on 04/16/2017 at 8:52 PM

Re: “Why indie rock continues to ignore the Drive-By Truckers, and what it's missing

Love DBT! Def addicted to some of their tunes. First heard em on internet station call Southern Sounds, then changed name to Badlands. Found other great artists such as Reckless Kelly, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Corb Lund, Hal Ketchum, James McMurtry, Robert Earl Keen, ...

Posted by Rik Powell on 04/07/2017 at 2:07 PM

Re: “Young bluesman Slick Ballinger turns to the gospel; keeps promises to family

Awesome man of God! In our third week of revival,and he's now a part of our church! We love the Ballinger family!!

Posted by Sherra on 03/26/2017 at 2:04 PM

Re: “For six decades, folklorist Bill Ferris has broken some of the country's biggest racial barriers. Now, he's sharing the South's story with the world

I met Bill Ferris when I was an undergrad at Ole Miss.(Univ. of Mississippi, Oxford.) I had met James Son Thomas at the school because Mr. Ferris had made arrangements to get him there and he was staying in the professor's house just off campus..Dr. Ferris was himself traveling in Africa at the time. I did a quick interview with "Son" for the campus TV (WCBH) That night at the Hoka, Son Thomas was single handedly shaking the walls with his rocking style of guitar an vocal.. he had everyone in the place singing and clapping and stomping their feet. Well, I pulled out my harmonica ( The real reason this New York boy was in Mississippi..) i've been trying to learn the Delta blues style since I was 11 by listening to old Sunny Terry, Brownie McGee records. Son looked up from his guitar pointed a finger at me and then pointed his finger at the edge of the stage where he was sitting and I went up there and sat right where he said and the rest was magic ... Well, I still hadn't met Bill Ferris yet.. after the show I asked Mr. Thomas if I could carry his guitar for him. While we sat outside soaked in sweat from the house party I felt like I was baptized in the blues... This young lady pulled up in an old pick up truck I believe her name was Christina, Son said something to her and she asked me if I wanted to come with. I stayed on a couch at Mr. Ferris's house for the rest of the weekend .. the rest is history. Fast forward four years,, I got to play a couple 3 tunes with Taj Majal on stage at the Paul Green theater in Chapel Hill, NC.. oh and I played my harpoon with the band Pipe for a tune at the Cats Cradle.. who's front man Ron Liberti posted this article and shout out to the Amazing Bill Ferris who I did eventually meet when I was just a pup in Mississippi.. hoddy toddy ya'll.. -Chip Jupitor Crell

Posted by Jupitor on 03/12/2017 at 3:06 PM

Re: “Byrd Is the Word: Jonathan Byrd Reflects on His Craft and Carolina

This is a great article. Well chosen words. Thanks.

I'm leaving this comment here so there is a place on the internet where my name appears with Jonathan Byrd and Leonard Podolak, two of the finest and old friends by this point. I hope to find this comment again randomly sometime in the 20's.

Trevor Mills

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Posted by Trevor Mills on 03/01/2017 at 9:30 PM

Re: “Record Review: Trust Trandle's Comfortable Instrumental Hip-Hop

This record is "All Over the Place". I mean that in the best way possible.

Posted by hubbble on 03/01/2017 at 2:42 PM

Re: “Cry of Love vocalist Kelly Holland died depressed, but not alone

Also, someone said they didn't know Kelly but knew "Kelly's wife..." For the record, Kelly was never married-to anyone at anytime. Just a clarification. Admittedly, the relationship that produced his son was the closest thing to a traditional family unit Kelly ever had, but he was never married.

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Posted by Chuck Harrell on 02/25/2017 at 2:37 AM

Re: “Cry of Love vocalist Kelly Holland died depressed, but not alone

I thought it best not to respond to comments here because I contributed to the piece by being interviewed. After reading a few comments, however, I'm "stimulated" enough to say some things.
First, Corbie Hill was doing his job. Because he never met Kelly doesn't disqualify him from writing an article about his last days. Do you think every reporter writing a posthumous article on Prince ever met him? Of course not, so don't look at this like it was a "personal" thing, few writers know personally their subject matter.
Second, Who is Kent Thomas? Kent Thomas is the guy who basically saved Kelly from eventual homelessness. Kelly was kicked out of his Apt., living in a really seedy, crime ridden, dangerous part of Raleigh and Kent took Kelly out of that situation and brought him to his place, rent free. Kent was the guy who stepped up and took Kelly into his own domicile and asked for nothing in return. He tried to help Kelly help himself, and for that I'm grateful, so to answer the question. Kent is the good guy who came along and helped a good guy in need. Kent is way more than that, naturally, but that is why he's my hero in this story.
Third, I agree with Jeff Dennis, I'd liked to have seen a different angle to the story. Believe me, I gave Corbie a lot of info, from funny stuff Kelly and I got into as well as more serious, somber moments that arise from almost 30 years of friendship. Yet there isn't room in any article to use everything every interview subject says. You see, writers have editors, and Corbie could have put some funny story I told him in there, only to have his editor remove it. It isn't just up to Corbie, so cut the guy some slack on that. But yeah, it would have been nice to have read more about Kelly's rise/success than not. Kelly was an incredible songwriter, obviously a huge vocal talent, but he wasn't Jesus, so I guess whomever made the call to angle the story the way they did simply felt the way they went was the way to go, and yeah, that I would have preferred to have been different. In Corbie's defense, he was writing the facts as they were given to him, and sadly, yes, most of the stuff you don't like reading about Kelly is 100% accurate and true, and that's how Kelly would want it. He didn't sugarcoat things and he did not suffer fools gladly.
Lastly, towards the end of his life, it appears Kelly "shifted" his set of friends from his long term, "known them forever" set to a new group of people a lot of his old friends didn't know. I think he had his reasons, and I don't think I need to explain my theories, it was Kelly's business. But it caused confusion in a lot of people's minds, I think it was not unlike when an animal goes off alone into the woods to die, I think life had forced Kelly to his knees, the betrayals (you know who you are, girl, shame on you). Add to that (over the previous years) the loss of his sister, dad, then the recent loss of the woman he loved most in the world, his mom, he'd just given up. To quote Paul Westerberg, "They say a man in pain will prepare to die." Whether Kelly did it knowingly or not, I've no idea, but I think he knew what he was doing. Kelly was a smart guy, that is all I can really say.
I love my friends, and I love Kelly to this day. If you are my friend, I love you, too. But today marks 3 years since I got the call from JD and my world was shattered. Clark McQueen texted right after. It was one of the worst days of my life. Yet it makes me angry to read "this story isn't true" or "Who is this Kent Thomas?" The story is true, I wish it weren't, Kelly did (just like we all do) create some of his own problems. That doesn't make him a bad person, though. It's not a negative thing to say "The guy was human." We all are flawed, we all have faults. The bigger picture for me is a lot of folks loved Kelly, including me, and Kelly loved a lot of people. I think the sad thing here is that Kelly probably couldn't see just how many people really loved him and wanted the best for him, it was just something he couldn't see. I wish he could have seen the outpouring of love for him over the last three years. I don't think it will stop anytime soon.
I also think it's a shame that no one acknowledges Kelly's daughter, Alexa, who is a mom now (making Kelly a grandfather at the time of his death. I don't even know if he knew she'd had a baby. Maybe having such a young grandson would have given him a little more incentive to live, I just don't know). Nothing against Elijah, who has grown up to be a fine young man from all reports. I just know Alexa is out there, had a relationship with Kelly but somehow falls under everyone's radar.
My apologies to anyone I may have upset by stating my case, apologies for the length and stay close to love wherever you find it.

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Posted by Chuck Harrell on 02/24/2017 at 3:57 PM

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