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Re: “A Requiem for David McKnight: Prodigy, Journalist, Politician, Homeless Street Musician

This is a wonderful tribute to David. David was in my class at Duke and was one of my best friends. He played an original composition on his viola. not violin, at my wedding. We nicknamed him "the Shadow" because he was always taking trips. He would disappear for a while and then return to re-enroll at Duke. He finally did graduate. I was there for the Senate campaign. He visited all 100 counties in North Carolina. I was also there when he worked for the Durham Morning Herald. He was a great writer. I lost track of him after I moved away from North Carolina in 1976. I am sad to learn about his descent into mental illness, although there were harbingers of that when I knew him. I am glad to know that he brought so much pleasure to the residents and students in Durham. He was truly a light in the world and he will be sorely missed.

Posted by John Scott 1 on 06/24/2017 at 4:38 PM

Re: “Four Years After His Death, Jason Molina Lives on Through a New Book and a Revived Reunion

Thanks to the band at Motorco tonight. It was beautiful. I never get chills in late June during a Carolina summer, but tonight those chills came to me frequently during your wonderful set. "The Lioness" nearly caused hypothermia.

Posted by Shocka Kahn on 06/21/2017 at 11:55 PM

Re: “Chapel Hill Native Andrew Weathers Hops from Oakland to a Tiny Texas Town in Pursuit of New Musical Experiments

Great story about a fine couple with a meaningful dream. Pulling for you all the way, Andrew and Gretchen!

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Posted by Jeff Korsmo on 06/14/2017 at 5:01 PM

Re: “How Do You Solve a Problem of Two Like-Minded Shows in the Same Building on the Same Night?

there actually is a back door that cuts the transit between the two venues in half. someone might be willing to leave it propped open for the night... IJS

Posted by Daniel Stark on 06/08/2017 at 11:54 AM

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

The Cry of Love debut album is still one of my favorites, and it's a damn shame that Kelly saw the end of his life, but didn't want help to change his situation. It's strange how many rock stars, specifically singers, have known that they were dying or were planning their suicide, were oddly comfortable and at peace with their decision to end their life, on their terms. The list of dead Rock stars dead too soon has become ridiculously long....

Posted by bluesbro71 on 06/05/2017 at 7:07 PM

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

I was the drummer for the Screamin Cheetah Wheelies, and toured together in 93 when both bands' 1st cd came out. Kelley snd I worked on a side project after he left COL. He was incredibly talented and seemed troubled at the time, but I know he was trying to work on his emotional and spititual wellness. I still miss Kelley. He is one of many casualties of depression that I have known. l love the guy and pray for his daughter and family. T2

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Posted by Terry L Thomas on 06/02/2017 at 12:02 AM

Re: “Justin Williams is a gifted singer-songwriter whose personal problems get in his music's way

Late to the party here but I just had to thrown in my two cents... The little experience I've had with Justin was pretty negative. He's a loud, obnoxious, belligerent drunk who's greatest talent is clearing a room. You could watch people avoid him or leave when he would walk into a bar. I think he's the type of person that never takes responsibility for his actions and always has someone else to blame for his bad life choices. From what I've seen of him I have no doubt that he is capable of assault and he's such a sloppy drunk that he probably wouldn't even remember it. As far as his music goes, he has a knack for making catchy pop tunes that mimic whatever the trend is a the time but ultimately his work is derivative. I got dragged out to The Talk's first show and I thought they were a Strokes cover band.

Posted by KbAm on 06/01/2017 at 4:30 PM

Re: “Sam Beam's Iron & Wine moves to Durham, another stop along his Southern journey

There is nothing like Sam Beam. A poet with delicious depth and imagery that makes every song a never-ending mystery. I would move to Durham just for the chance of running into him in the coffee shop.

Posted by keyA on 05/25/2017 at 8:45 AM

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...

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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

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