yes we can

Last Thursday after work, shep. and I toddled off to the Carrboro Town Hall to vote early. Unfortunately for us, there was no early voting at Carrboro Town Hall this time around. So we got in the car and drove into the CH and voted early at Morehead Planetarium instead. As we were walking from…

superchunk @ the nasher museum of art

Unbelievable. Phenomenal. Amazing. Pick an adjective for “blew my mind” and it’s the right one. What a set. More photos behind the jump. Set list, courtesy Mr. McCaughan himself: So Convinced/Water Wings/Crossed Wires/My Gap Feels Weird/Song for Marion Brown/Watery Hands/Let It Go/Fractures in Plaster/Rosemarie/Shallow End/Punch Me Harder/Mower/Digging for Something (w/ John Darnielle)/Pink Clouds/Hyper Enough/Everything At…

superchunk — majesty shredding

Superchunk — Majesty Shredding. Out 9/14, Merge Records. On Monday night, I made a metaphorical horrified face at Ash over IM, at the thought that someone my age or older had literally never heard of Superchunk before this week. I’m not judging! I was simply surprised, because at the age of 14, Superchunk put out Foolish and some…

baseball: norfolk tides @ durham bulls

baseball: norfolk tides @ durham bulls, originally uploaded by minervacat. I haven’t been real bloggy lately, y’all, but instead I’ve been reading new mystery novels (James Lee and Alafair Burke, Emily St. John Mandel, Tim Dorsey, Tana French; waiting for Carl Hiassen and Sara Paretsky), coverage of the Orioles’ 8-1 run under Buck Showalter (theory:…

superchunk @ the cradle

superchunk @ the cradle, originally uploaded by minervacat. “Rock and roll doesn’t necessarily mean a band. It doesn’t mean a singer, and it doesn’t mean a lyric, really. It’s that question of trying to be immortal.” — Malcolm McLaren

superchunk @ the cradle

superchunk @ the cradle, originally uploaded by minervacat. For Mac McCaughan, the hipsters dance. And scream. We got two encores last night and the crowd would have yelled for a third and a fourth, given the opportunity. Superchunk’s got ten whole tour dates outside of the NC on the schedule for this year, and the…

shearwater @ local 506

Shearwater is one of those bands that I feel like I should love, since they’re right up my alley sonically, but I just … don’t. Maybe in part because my brain has always classified Shearwater as an Okkervil River side project (though Will Sheff has been long gone from his involvement with Shearwater, and Meiburg…

wye oak @ cat’s cradle

wye oak @ cat’s cradle, originally uploaded by minervacat. Out to see Blitzen Trapper and Wye Oak last night; Blitzen Trapper were super enjoyable, but Wye Oak was the amazing surprise of the evening. I was a little wary because, to be perfectly honest, I was underwhelmed by The Knot — it isn’t a bad…

superchunk @ the cradle

superchunk @ the cradle, originally uploaded by minervacat. I am, obviously, not at XXMerge this weekend — this shot is from Superchunk’s Coachella warm-up show at the Cradle this past April. (My weekend plans go baseball, show, baseball, baseball, baseball, show, but neither show is Merge-related.) Am I bummed that I’m not there? Yeah, a…

megafaun @ duke gardens

megafaun @ duke gardens, originally uploaded by minervacat. Great show last night; looking forward immensely to the new Megafaun album. And the Duke Gardens in June are always a lovely, lovely venue — it even refrained from raining on us.