worth getting up for in may

Worth getting up for in May: UNC baseball winning the ACC tournament; the beauty of the 18 inning game against State in said tournament; #1 national seed in the NCAA tournament; the UNC women’s lacrosse team’s national championship; a day second-camming for Gorman; ice cream sandwiches; The Closer; Fall Out Boy at the 9:30 Club*;…

rock the cape: southern culture on the skids

I kind of feel like I’m getting an education in Triangle music history this year; back in the winter, I saw alt country pioneers the Backsliders for the first time, and even though Southern Culture on the Skids have been playing their surfabilly punk since 1983, their latest LP Zombified is the first time I’ve…

two sentence reviews of albums i listened to in may

Basically I listened to the new National record all month, so I’m behind. Again. Futurebirds — Baba Yaga: more delicious Southern pedal steel flavoured freak out psych-folk from Athens rockers Futurebirds; I occasionally forget how much I enjoy their music, and how soothing and inspiring and visually compelling I find it. Visually compelling seems like…

the first album i ever bought: r.e.m.’s green turns 25

The first album I bought for myself was R.E.M.’s Green. I bought it on cassette tape when I was 8 years old, with birthday money, after my friend Jeremy played “Stand” for me. It’s still one of my favorite records of all time, though I usually default to Automatic as my go-to R.E.M. record. Green is…

a dog named gucci (and a dog named susie)

(This post might feature things that are triggering; there are some photos of the aftereffects of animal abuse.) Spent yesterday in Greensboro playing second camera for Gorman while he shot interviews for his current doc project, A Dog Named Gucci, a piece about animal cruelty and animal rights laws in the US. We hung out with…

farmer’s market, may

While my car was having her brakes tuned up, and before the rumbling grey skies rolled in, I puttered about the farmer’s market with my camera.

josh ritter @ cat’s cradle, may 2013

(People searching for the setlist, I hope you come here and find it!) I am not exactly shy about my feeling regarding Josh Ritter; it is one of my least complicated listener-artist relationships, in that flat out I love his weird ass unconditionally. I believe that rock and roll is a religion, and I believe…

video: frank turner – ‘the way i tend to be’

Frank Turner is never going to play in North Carolina and I am going to die of wanting to see him live. Then I will revive myself and do something outrageous, like finally getting a passport and then buying a plane ticket to Glasgow so I can see him for the first time with Lis…

movies: the great gatsby

I really hate The Great Gatsby. Not for any reason other than the fact that I love F. Scott Fitzgerald, and I feel like Gatsby is over-taught, boring, and, well — I mean, honestly, I read Tender Is The Night in a bathtub in a hotel in Paris in 2000. How can Gatsby ever compare…

video: radiation city – ‘foreign bodies’

Who’s excited about the new Radiation City album? I think that would be me. Seriously, dreamy Phil Spektor wall of sound girl group indie synth garage pop, please, hit all my buttons at once, Radiation City. It is probably possible for me to love you just a tiny bit more than I already do. And…