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Mindblowology Google+ Doesn’t Add Up
or those who haven’t been keeping up which “Circle” views what content you post. For example, maybe photos with the latest in from a raunchy party billionaire wars, the should only be seen by those Internet giant Google has you consider your friends, unveiled their most blatant while your family and attempt at dethroning work buddies will only see Facebook and Twitter photos of you at your sister’s in the social networking wedding. market (how something This is kind of a neat that doesn’t seem to make feature. The only problem money has a market is is, Facebook already has beyond me). I’ve been one this feature (called Groups) of the “lucky” ones to get an - just, it doesn’t actively invite to this exclusive club push it and so most users of randomly invited people of Facebook don’t use it … and have decided to offer James Johnson, Editor-in-Chief In short, Google+’s main my perspective. The first thing one will notice about selling point, the feature that Google+ hopes Google+ is that it is pretty. Well. It’s simple, will make you switch all your photos and likes, and since Apple now dictates what is attractive etc., to their service, is a feature that their main in design these days, “simple” is as pretty as it competitor already has... For real. Now, many have touted Google+ as the gets, and Google+ is pretty darn simple. Simple is awesome. You want simple, so that Facebook killer. People saw Facebook wipe your dad doesn’t call you every two hours to the floor with MySpace and naturally assume ask how he can un-tag himself in a particularly that it’ll only take another billionaire to do the incriminating photo. The downside is, if same to Facebook. Here’s where I think that logic is faulty: Google+ is as simple as it looks, then it lacks a whole bunch of neat features that its main Facebook improved upon the formula, it didn’t competitor Facebook has - and if it isn’t as just copy the exact same formula and hope that simple as it looks, then that means all those people didn’t notice because it had a different extra features are particularly difficult to find, color scheme. Now, Google+ is still in BETA mode, which just makes it way more complicated. Google+’s main gimmick is a feature so changes are happening as we speak. called Circles. When you “friend” someone, This is the company that set out to take a it automatically asks you whether you photo of every street in the entire world and consider this person is a “friend,” “family,” succeeded (privacy be damned), so I wouldn’t “acquaintance” or simply someone you’re immediately bet against these guys from “following” (stalkers need social networks performing yet another miracle. too). This allows you to more easily choose
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Name That Logo: Hey, it took me forever
to notice: is your cover design’s resemblance to LIFE magazine deliberate or fortuitous? And am I using “fortuitous” correctly? Red rectangle top left, four-letter word in all caps, sans serif, white typeface. In the bad old days they’d have sent you a lawyer letter already (which, btw, I’d ignore if it happened). - Dr. Michael J O’Shea Nice catch, Doc. The FEED logo was designed originally by artist Jim McBee (it has changed a bit since then). It was created fairly quickly late one night, and we don’t think the intention was to rip off the logo for LIFE so much as it was to quickly rush together a logo for an old work buddy (Jim worked with editor James Johnson at the paper SmartNews). The FEED’s logo also sorta resembles the logo for Spin Magazine, so we’ll get in line behind them when LIFE starts sending out their lawyers. - FEED
The following comments are in response to last month’s cover story, “The Golden Era of Juan Huevos.” Juan surely does have some large huevos to put it all out here like this. Kudos. - Leslie Amundsen That tennis song is awesome, Juevos. - Forrest Card This human being is a perspiration to us all! - Eric C. Deines He’s a cool cat and has some skills to back it up. He was robbed of the trophy at a local freestyle battle a few years back, so he’s actually an MC and not just some poser (sic) or whatever. Live shows are hilarious and full of energy. Check it. - DJ Ras J Thanks again for putting our pups and rescue info in this month’s issue! - Troy Duke Turnage F*cking amazing. - Hank Stockard
Monsters Meet: The following
comments are in response to last month’s feature, “The Lessons Taught by Monsters” about artist Shannon Stamey.
Above, the original FEED logo, designed by Jim McBee. “Threw this together in about 2 minutes as a sketch …” said McBee. “Didn’t even kern the text.” … Whatever that means.
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And I get to be in the same issue as Valient Thorr! Nice. I saw them in Indianapolis recently and it was incredible. Thanks again, for the coverage, James and gang. I really appreciate it. - Shannon Stamey
Size Does Matter: It was nice to see
the FEED back on the stands. I particularly like the pocket size. I enjoyed the last issue! uh....i think that is the 2nd new issue out. All the best James in your creative publishing endeavors! in the midst of a black art hole in Fayetteville, its nice to see some authentic creativity that is not dependent on tax dollars or censorship. - Soni Martin
God’s Drinking Buddies: The
following comments are in response to last month’s editor’s column, “Where would God drink?” I once reset my trip odometer every time I passed a church in this town for an entire day. I rarely made it over a mile. You could squeeze in at least 10 well-spaced places of said debauchery in there, if there are no other ordinances telling where you can open a club/ bar ... which I suspect there is to some degree as I note the number of strip clubs and pawn shops on Bragg Blvd. -Aaron Wallace The Constitution does not exist anymore to the federal government. Why shouldn’t local and state governments follow suit? Jefferson must be rolling in his grave. -Nemorosus I’ll open “The Nectar of Life Church, Daycare, Private School and Sports Bar.” Worship at 9 a.m., Super Bowl at 4 p.m. Come to the service and get a coupon for a free dozen wings … lol. If you’re Catholic, you get wine at church. Should that be made illegal too? - Allen Butcher
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THE CULT We comb the cultural wasteland for the latest in crap that isn’t important in the least.
By Colleen Smith
here will be another James Bond flick, despite rumors to the contrary. Many Bond fans have high hopes for this new film, despite Quantum of Solace’s less than stellar box office numbers. Why? Well, they’re continuing to deal with the Quantum organization, which was a big storyline in the books that never made it into the movies before Daniel Craig’s turn in the black tuxedo. And the main villain? Javier Bardem. If you’ve ever seen No Country for Old Men, then you know that Bardem is fantastic at playing awesome, scary villains. He’ll have his milk shaken, not stirred. This film also features the return of Jane Moneypenny, who hasn’t appeared in the last two movies. She will be played by Naomie Harris, best known for her role as Tia Dalma in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Some Bond purists (and casual racists) might raise an eyebrow at the casting of a black actress in a role traditionally played by whities - which is sad. Don’t they know that what’s truly important is that she’s British? Oh - and by “British” we mean “hot.”
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nother iconic character whipping fans into a frenzy lately is Batman. More and more casting info, images and movie posters are being released and with the first Dark Knight Rises now available online, the Internet is already bracing itself for a gigantic nerd meltdown (which is as close as many nerds will ever get to an orgasm). Some wonder if director Christopher Nolan can possibly top The Dark Knight, but they wonder it quietly for fear of being beat down by a group of light saber and Bat’leth* wielding geeks. Nolan has fans eating out of the palm of his hand, so one has to wonder whether he’s just setting out to make an awesome bunch of films, or raise an army of ultra-loyal fanboys to do his nefarious bidding.
aura Ingraham, conservative radio host and author of such side-splitters as Shut Up & Sing: How Elites from Hollywood, Politics, and the UN Are Subverting America, went on The Today Show and complained that their summer concert series is too racy. She told host Matt Lauer that they can do better than Cee Lo Green and Enrique Iglesias, because sometimes they use naughty words in their songs. She even criticizes Lauer for jokingly saying that he watched a video of Britney Spears and Rihanna kissing 11 times. Lauer, however, handled it like a boss: After Ingraham asked if Lauer has heard of the Cee Lo Green song, which she referred to as “blank you”, he retorted, “is that really the way you want to end this? By saying ‘blank you’?” Blank yeah.
o, Tom Cruise is still getting work … weird (it’s a Scientology miracle!). In a role that will prove once and for all that Cruise totally, totally isn’t gay, he will be playing Stacee Jaxx, an ‘80s rock star and statutory rapist in the upcoming big-screen adaptation of the musical Rock of Ages. Promotional photos show Cruise as Jaxx shirtless with long, flowing hair, leather pants and plenty of jewelry. Yup, nothing says manly like ‘80s metal and Broadway musicals.
nd in case you weren’t aware, Justin Timberlake is probably the nicest guy in Hollywood (since April when Tom Hanks roundhouse kicked that nun). When he found out that a combat veteran, Sgt. Scott Moore, wanted [Timberlake’s] girlfriend, actress Mila Kunis, to come with him to the Marine Corps. Ball, an excited Timberlake told her that she had to do it, even messaging the soldier directly to tell him he was working on it. She hadn’t heard about it before, but after Timberlake informed her, she agreed to go with the Marine to the ball. We have no idea how the evening ended, but we can’t help but recall Timberlake’s recent SNL digital short which made clear the unspoken golden rule of man/woman/man relations: “It’s not gay … if it is in a three-way.” *If you know what a Bat’leth is - then congratulations. You win your virginity back. August 2011 | FEED Magazine | 11
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Reclusive Grammy winning hip hop pruducer and rapper 9th Wonder reveals the industry’s biggest secret.
Story by James Johnson. Photography by Raul Rubiera Jr.
is name is Patrick Douthit. He is a 36-year-old Winston Salem native and avid college basketball fan. He is a Grammy award winning producer and rap artist whose list of collaborators include Jay-Z, Lil’ Wayne, Destiny’s Child, Mary J. Blige, Ludacris, Erykah Badu, Drake, J. Cole, Buckshot and Talib Kweli, and he is one of the founding members of the critically acclaimed underground rap group Little Brother, who have since 2010 broken up. They call him the 9th Wonder. What Douthit values most has been his ability to stay grounded. In an industry that specializes in creating false identities and realities, 9th Wonder is quick to point out the dirty little secret that industry execs have been trying to hide for all these years: They’re all just human. Currently 9th is getting set to release his
9th peruses vinyl at Raleigh’s Schoolkids Records
much anticipated and heavily delayed fourth album, The Wonder Years on Sept. 27. The album is said to feature performances by Marsha Ambrosius, Talib Kweli, Kendrick Lamar, Warren G., Big K.R.I.T., David Banner, Erykah Badu, Murs, Mac Miller, Big Remo, Rhapsody, and former Little Brother group member, Phonte. 9th is also taking time gearing up, to promote the new documentary entitled The Wonder Year, in which up-and-coming filmmaker Kenneth Price documents a year in 9th’s life. More on that later. When I arrived at 9th’s Raleigh studio, I was greeted by a series of surprises. None of 9th’s album covers lined the walls, no plaques, no photos of him shaking hands with musical icons, or even a case to hold his awards. The walls were for the most part bare, with the exception of a few old posters of some artists who evidently had influenced the man growing up (The Beatles on one wall, Michael Jackson on another). There was an XBox360, that Douthit admitted was mostly used to watch Netflix films, a disheveled bed (for those all night recording sessions), and of course stacks and stacks of old 1970s vinyls in each corner. “You know what? I wanted to do a TV show where, well ... You know how people have like, cooking shows? Cooking shows where people visit restaurants? I wanted to do something like that, but show you all the great vinyl August 2011 | FEED Magazine | 13
â€œI was already in love with hip hop
but now I started to research these different
artists. I started to read credits. I began
listening to samples.â€?
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stores,” 9th said. ”I go from city to city, digging through records and seeing what I can find, then giving a history of the record to people.” Though 9th has rapped (under the name 9thmatic), he considers himself foremost a producer. He has made a name for himself by digging up obscure records from the 1970s and beyond, and creating entirely new beats. “A lot of it is attributed to my older brother. My parents were in their early 30s when they had me. There was a generation gap in my house. My brother was 12-years older than me. My brother is 48 now. He listened to Earth Wind and Fire, The Commodores … He listened to the late ‘70s, all the way up to the early ‘80s. My parents listened to the ‘60s, down to the 1950s. A lot of people stopped listening to new music because it was ‘secular.’ That made another generation gap — where I didn’t listen to a whole era of music growing up … Then I got introduced to it by hip hop.” 9th recalls an event that took place while he was attending college which he claims changed everything. A peer was playing an old Ronnie Ross song. 9th, who had been listening to rap recognized a portion of the song from a rap song he’d heard and became confused as
to why he was hearing the same beat in two different songs. “I didn’t know what it was. I was like, ‘that sounds just like this other song’ and my friend said ‘yeah – that’s where they got it from,’” said 9th. “That was 1993. For me, that was like a worm hole being opened up. Some kids at that age go down a worm hole. Whether you run a magazine or you do beats. You start going down this worm hole that consumes everything. I was already in love with hip hop but now I started to research these different artists. I started to read credits. I began listening to samples.” 9th’s love of not only making music but researching the history of it, led to an unusual turn for the artist: Academia. 9th (or Professor Douthit, as he is known to students) currently lectures on music history at Duke University and will often speak at various colleges around the country on the subject. His dedication to education may have been what led the usually reclusive artist to agreeing to do something uncharacteristic — allow film student Kenneth Price to spend an entire year filming him for a documentary that would serve as Price’s thesis. Price, a dedicated fan of underground hip hop and a frequent attendee of Little Brother’s
Thanks to Schoolkids Records for allowing us to shoot 9th Wonder in their shop.
Trailer for “The Wonder Year” Documentary
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shows, discovered that a friend of his was working as 9th’s label manager. “I thought of what kind of dynamic figure he’d become. He was now a university professor at Duke, working with the NAACP, working with big artists, starting his own label,” said Price. “I got in touch with his manager and I told him what I wanted to do. It took a while for everything to fall into place. It took a little over six months for me to start filming everything.” The result, said 9th, was a film that revealed a different side of hip hop than the one seen by mainstream America. 9th believes that the documentary, which features interviews with Drake, DJ Premier, DJ Green Lantern, J. Cole, Murs, Sha Money XL, Young Guru, The Alchemist and more, humanizes hip hop and the artists who perform it. “America thinks that hip hop is the root of all evil,” said 9th. “The response I have had from a lot of people who watch my film is … well, I have gotten more of a response from white men and women over the age of 60. This is the side of hip hop that they don’t see. The articulate side, the artsy side. It kind of takes away the super star of it. I am in there with Drake, and J. Cole and you can see how much we care about this music.” 9th believes that seeing that there are those in the music industry who are actually passionate about their art and not simply trying to make money, is important. “Passion is exciting to watch. A lot of people are passionate and it doesn’t matter what you’re passionate about. If you are passionate about hip hop or you’re passionate about pottery ... Really. Have you ever sat at home watching glass making (on TV)? It is fascinating, It is like watching Bob Ross — He believes he is the best painter in the world,” said 9th. “I was entertained when I watched Bob Ross. Every time he painted the mountains, the trees and the bushes the same way. I get it. Everybody knows who that guy is. It is just him with a big Afro and that calm voice. You wouldn’t even think he is dead today. They are
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still running this dude on TV! It’s his passion!” Currently The Wonder Year is being screened in a handful of major cities, usually with 9th and Price in attendance. There is talk about screening the film during Raleigh’s upcoming Hopscotch Music Festival, but no official plans have been made. The Wonder Years album is slated to be released the same day as that of J. Cole’s, Lil’ Wayne’s and his former Little Brother colleague Phonte’s new album (titled Charity Starts at Home). Despite the release day competition 9th isn’t worried.
“I have been at this for a while. The new jacks, they worry. I have been through that mess. They are wondering how many albums they’ll sell,” 9th mused. “I don’t care.” “The thing about Phonte and I is this … No major labels. They see Billboard and everything and we could care less,” explained 9th. “We live comfortably, we’re happy with life. Whether we sell 50,000 records or 10,000 records. We do what we want to do.” Speaking of Little Brother: The Wonder Years will arrive almost five years after 9th parted ways with the cult Durham hip hop group. Little Brother acted as a springboard for the producer’s career and their subsequent break up last year represented a significant loss for regional hip hop. While it might seem a tad premature to speculate about the group’s return so early into their retirement, 9th (who remains friendly with his former bandmates) is still quick to point out the unlikelihood of a reunion. “I am telling you man, it is over. That chapter is closed. It is closed bro! You may see a concert 10 years from now. You still hear it in the music I do and … You still hear it in The Listening, The Minstrel Show, GetBack ... Hope that holds you, because that’s all you’re getting.”
elodic metal, deathcore, and psychedelic punk. These genres have been blamed for everything from the collapse of our nation’s moral backbone, to the exponential increase in cutoff skinny jeans. Hardcore music as a whole has left its mark on the popular music scene. That “mark” has been a black eye and an unkempt beard on the face of all the Justin Biebers and the Katy Perrys of today’s generation. This violent, breakneck genre of screams, growls and bone-shaking guitar riffs has attracted a wide range of people. But it isn’t all about pumping your fist at “the man,” or making your grandparents uncomfortable. For the men of Phuket Underwater, hardcore rock is about having a good time, consequences be damned. Phuket (pronounced Pu-ket) Underwater, is a four piece psychedelic metal band from Lumberton, North Carolina. The band consists of Josh Kelly, the self-proclaimed Flower King of Fayetteville, on lead vocals and guitar,Ricky Soethout on bass, Rusty Williamson with rhythm guitar and Pawley Thomas on beer-stained drums. Since forming in 2009, Phuket established themselves as one of the area’s premier metal acts. They have achieved prominence among the
Story by Jeremy Anderson. Photos by Raul Rubiera Jr.
Lumberton rockers Phuket Underwater play for keeps.
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unwashed sea of local hardcore groups, playing Lamefest 2011 and opening for many national acts (most recently The Dillinger Escape Plan). The band earned its unusual name in 2004 after Kelly had witnessed a news report on the Indian Ocean earthquakes. The report detailed the tragic story of the Taiwanese island of Phuket, which had been submerged underwater. “I figured I’d one day name a band in support of all the lives lost,” said Kelly. “ … Also, ‘Phuket’ is a pretty funny name.”
Running with the joke for more than two years now, this venerable lineup has also been a part of many, many different bands. Every member is worth his weight in Pabst and performance experience, comprising of exmembers of notable area bands such as Park Ranger, Fire in Cairo and Prodigal Son. But there’s more to this band than brutal breakdowns, bouquets and global awareness. Phuket Underwater hits the basketball courts before every show, usually with people they open for. This tradition has a long, storied August 2011 | FEED Magazine | 21
history among the band. “We smashed Betray Your Own 21-10 the last time we played. They still haven’t gotten their tattoos. Our defense is that Josh plays naked. It seems to work,” said Thomas. “And we’d like to issue an open challenge to any bands reading this — if you think you’ve got the skills to pay the bills, bring it.” Phuket is said to have a potent stage presence, commanding attention the minute the pick hits the strings.
“We love playing shows with our friends that are in bands,” Soethout said. “The energy at our shows is exhilarating. Every time we play it’s like a prom with no principal. But I’m sure taking best friends forever shots with the bands on stage helps lighten the mood.”
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Phuket Underwater’s commercial success has already landed them many prospective record label offers, but Do-It-Yourself has always been more than just a business plan for the Lumberton quartet. “We’ve been approached by a few local labels, but we haven’t really found anything promising,” noted Soethout. “We figure, ‘why not pay for everything ourselves?’” With one album, 2010’s Inhale, under their belt already, the band has been toiling away for months with their newest record, For The Best. They plan to shoot a new music video for the song “Sweet Dreams Heath Ledger”, off the new album, and are already booking for the Winter 2011 promotional tour. Check out Phuket Underwater online at reverbnation.com/phuketunderwater.
Blockbuster summer sequel? Story By Jaymie Baxley
he Independent’s second annual Hopscotch (Sept. 8 - 10) music festival is poised to become one of the most huge-tastic things to happen to North Carolina music since ... Well, since last year’s inaugural Hopscotch music festival. Hopscotch is a weekend-long music celebration spanning thirteen disparate venues across the five interdependent districts of Downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. This year, the festival boasts an enormous line-up comprised of more than 135 unique bands, with headliners the Flaming Lips, Drive-By Truckers, Superchunk and Guided By Voices slated to lead the charge — Adding a tinge of bitter-sweetness to the occasion, it was recently announced that their
Hopscotch appearance will mark Guided by Voices’ final-ever live performance. To keep things interesting, the festival will also host a number of non-performance events including artist panel discussions, sponsor parties and a poster gallery exhibiting work from some of the area’s most acclaimed graphic artists. While most of the action takes place during the evening, scattered festivities are scheduled to occur throughout Hopscotch was the brainchild of influential Triangle publication, The Independent Weekly — Or, more specifically, Independent staffers Greg Lowenhagen and Grayson Currin, who are the two driving forces behind the festival. Lowenhagen, the Independent’s marketing August 2011 | FEED Magazine | 23
Guided By Voices Photo By Michael Lavine
™The addition of the Flaming Lips is especially exciting, considering the band's longstanding reputation for live spectacle.∫ director, handled the business side of things. Currin, meanwhile, was placed in charge of selecting the bands. A qualified tastemaker; In addition to serving as the Independent’s music editor, Currin frequently contributes to several national music publications — including Pitchfork and Spin. The heavily-promoted Hopscotch 1.0 achieved a smoothness rarely attained by a “first annual” anything. The organizers took extreme care to consider every last little detail and then some — the Independent even released a dedicated iPhone App to help some of the festival’s directionallychallenged guests plot their course each night. Hopscotch’s deceptively simple concept (it’s essentially a giant bar-crawl with live music) offered guests a refreshing alternative to the
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oppressive heat and inaccessibility of the fields and desserts where large-scale summer festivals are traditionally held. This format also proved advantageous for local bars and artists, who gained considerable exposure as a result of their involvement with the festival. On the surface, the first Hopscotch appeared to have been a much bigger success than anyone could have anticipated: every last ticket was purchased, public consensus was uniformly positive and the event garnered extensive coverage from national music outlets such as Paste and Rolling Stone. But after the dust had settled, Independent owner Steve Schewel was humble enough to admit that his company actually lost a great deal of money on the festival. “About $50,000 at first count.” he
later wrote on the Independent’s website. “But I’ll just call that money the Indy’s gift to the musicians, to the clubs, to Raleigh, to music fans from the Triangle and all over. Besides, next year Greg and Grayson will know what the heck they’re doing, and I figure we’ll make that money back.” One adjustment Hopscotch organizers appear to have made this year concerns the selection of headliners, who kick-off each night of the festival with shows at City Plaza. Public Enemy, Broken Social Scene, Panda Bear and No Age were among last year’s boldfaces. While eclecticism of that pack of artists was fascinating, it did cause a few jarring contrasts. For example, after Broken Social Scene’s invigorating set, some fans were just too stoked to fully appreciate Panda Bear’s woozy, electro-psychedelica. Likewise, fans anticipating the largerthan-life personalities of Public Enemy were polarized by the dissonant noise-punk of
No Age. By leaning so heavily on indie-rock architects with this year’s batch of headliners, the festival’s curators have made things a little more cohesive. The addition of the Flaming Lips is especially exciting, considering the band’s longstanding reputation for live spectacle. The line-up beyond City Plaza is near-evenly divided between national trend-blazers and regional upstarts. On the national level, some of this year’s more notable offerings include underground stars like Titus Andronicus, Vivian Girls, Black Lips, Yeallawolf, Twin Shadow, Xiu Xiu, Japandroids, Swans and Earth. At press time several ticket options remained, including single and three-day passes — ranging in cost from $32 to $105. Fans who are unable to purchase tickets are invited to fill out a volunteer application on the festival’s website. Visit Hopscotchmuiscfest. com.
Photo By DL Anderson
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Full line up All Tiny Creatures Andrew Cedermark Annuals Apache Dropout Apex Manor Apple Juice Kid Bandway Barn Owl Bass Drum of Death Beach Fossils Beans Bird Peterson Black Lips Black Twig Pickers Bombadil Braids Brain Flannel Budos Band Bustello Caltrop Carlitta Durand Cassis Orange Charlie Smarts Cheyenne Marie Mize Chip Robinson Cold Cave Coliseum D&D Sluggers D-Town Brass Dan Melchior Und Das Menace David Daniell Dawn Golden and Rosy Cross Des Ark Diamond Rings Dinosaur Feathers Disappears DJ Thien Drive-By Truckers Duane Pitre Sextet Dustin Wong Dylan Gilbert Earth Embarrassing Fruits Empress Hotel Eric Carbonara & Jesse Sparhawk Family Dynamics Fight the Big Bull Filthybird Flight
Ford & Lopatin Frank Fairfield Frontier Ruckus Future Islands Gauntlet Hair Generationals Grandchildren Gross Ghost Guided by Voices Heads on Sticks Hog Horseback Invisible Hand J Mascis Jack the Radio Japandroids JEFF The Brotherhood Jennyanykind John Vanderslice Jon Lindsay Julianna Barwick Justin Robinson and The Mary Annettes King Mez KORT Krallice L.E.G.A.C.Y. Last Yearâ€™s Men Le Weekend Little Scream Liturgy Lonnie Walker Lost in the Trees Lower Dens Man Will Destroy Himself Man/Miracle Mandolin Orange Mount Eerie Mount Moriah Mouthus North Elementary Old Bricks Oneohtrix Point Never Onward, Soldiers Organos Oulipo Oxbow PC Worship Pepper Rabbit Peter Lamb and The Wolves Prurient Reading Rainbow
Rhys Chatham Royal Bangs Royal Baths Shit Horse Sir Richard Bishop Soft Company SPCL GST Spider Bags Steve Gunn Super Vacations Superchunk Swans Temperance League Tender Fruit The Body The Caribbean The Dodos The Flaming Lips The Foreign Exchange The Hairs The Light Pines The Loners The Love Language The Moderate The Necks The Old Ceremony The Prayers and Tears The Strugglers/Brice Randall Bickford The Tomahawks Times New Viking Titus Andronicus Toro Y Moi Twelve Thousand Armies Twin Shadow Tyvek Unknown Mortal Orchestra Vivian Girls Weekend Wembley Wesley Wolfe Whatever Brains White Ring William Tyler Wooden Wand Woodsman Xiu Xiu XRay Eyeballs Yair Yona Yardwork Yelawolf
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Bombs away Graffiti influenced artist Derek Toomes finds a new surface to vandalize: the canvas. Story by James Johnson Photography by Chris Rief
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treet artists like Shepard Fairey, Banksy and Swoon have attracted attention from the mainstream art world by using classical influences to create what some would consider high art in urban environments. 31-year-old Raleigh NC-based artist Derek Toomes however, uses street art influences to create outsider art on the canvas. Toomes, who earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from UNCG in 2004, creates work using aerosol paint, markers, wheat paste and acrylic, as well as using video elements. The artist, who had spent much of his life living in Los Angeles California, has drawn inspiration from Latino art, skateboarding culture, graffiti and urban landscapes. We spoke with Toomes about his influences, selling out and breaking the law.
FEED: What is it that fascinates you about street art? Derek Toomes: Well – I think a lot of it is the generation I’ve grown up in. Being around it, the skateboard culture, the street scene in general ... The two just went together.
FEED: You skateboard?
Toomes: I used to, but it is definitely past that time now. I suffered too many injuries. I still push a board around the city – but I don’t really go around doing tricks.
FEED: Do you work with stencils?
Toomes: Yeah – I do stencil work as well. Even that is pretty fast. You can stencil 50 prints in a studio.
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FEED: With street art being illegal, most artists are forced to create their art quickly. Do you apply that to the work you do on canvas?
Toomes: Well, a lot of it is studio work right now. Even now, right now. My presence on the streets is limited. I still go out. Wheat pasting is good for speed. I can design a piece in the studio – for days or hours – and posting it up is just a matter of minutes. To me, wheat pasting allows a lot of detail. I still appreciate it all. There are definitely a lot of different forms of street art.
FEED: You mentioned working on the streets. Do people know your work when they see it in the city? Do you have a ‘street name’?
Toomes: I am into staying low key. I have an alias but, I don’t want to incriminate myself ... As far as the illegal stuff. I don’t go out and hope that my work would be associated with it.
FEED: Do you think street art should remain illegal?
Toomes: Oh! ... I was talking to some friends about that last week. We were talking about some spots that we thought were sacred and bashing people who were scratching those locations up. As I get older I think I have become more judgemental as far as what’s illegal. Really, If it becomes legal – is it street art? You can’t really say something is graffiti if you hang it in a gallery. If someone comes to the studio, I don’t really claim to be a street artist. My work is “influenced by street art.” If it isn’t on the street, it isn’t street art. I don’t judge people for being street artists.
FEED: Do you believe street art is now being taken seriously within mainstream art circles?
Toomes: Yeah. I would definitely say so. It has become more publicly known. Museums and galleries are carrying work by street artists. There is a lot of street art. I think it is being respected and acknowledged in the art world.
FEED: Why not pull a Shepard Fairey? Market stickers, posters, t-shirts? Do you consider that selling out? Toomes: I don’t think it is a sell out. There is definitely a fine line. I don’t know. Yeah. I don’t think it is something I just haven’t gotten around to. I mean, I do make prints though. Silk screen prints. I do have prints. I guess I haven’t tapped into the Internet marketing of it. To me a lot gets lost in the Internet marketing.
FEED: Are you concerned about being seen as a “poseur?” Many of these street artists don’t have the educational background that you have.
Toomes: I wouldn’t say I am really concerned with being a poseur. I am not on the streets everywhere. It isn’t my thing as much. It is inspiration. It has helped me gain the style I have now. It has helped me make decisions. Even when we were talking about promoting my stuff: I don’t go around saying ‘hey – I am a graffiti artist.” I am not trying to get anymore clout than I already have. August 2011 | FEED Magazine | 33
Story by James Johnson Photos by Raul Rubiera Jr.
Performer Rachel Riot revives burlesque one city at a time.
ts a Thursday night at The Black Cat Lounge in Fayetteville North Carolina, and a crowd has gathered to watch what they’ve been promised will be an unforgettable performance by some of the area’s finest female entertainers. The women in question aren’t earning tips by slinking around a poll to the beat of a Kid Rock song, but rather by swallowing fire, singing and in some cases juggling. Thanks to the effort of former pinup model turned entertainer Miss Rachel Riot, burlesque has finally arrived in Fayetteville.
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In 2007 Riot (aka Rachel Shaaf) attended an audition for the Empire Theater’s burlesque show in Greensboro NC as a show of moral support for a friend of hers. Unexpectedly, she herself was asked to audition and was immediately cast. The following year, Riot took what she’d learned from the world of professional burlesque and helped found the very first burlesque group in Raleigh NC, The Demon Dolls, who would perform regularly at Legends. Burlesque, says Shaaf, is often confused
ABOVE: Rachel Riot hosts Burlesque at the Black Cat Lounge LEFT: Singer Bonnie Voyage BELOW: Sara Phoenix: Fire Hooper
with traditional stripping, and though she admits the two forms of performance have similiar roots (“at the end of the day you’re still stripping your clothes off”), she contends that burlesque is more about artistic expression than it is about earning tips. “Many of the acts you see will have spent some 20 hours per-performance coming up with a theme, choreography and costume,” said Shaaf. “There is a huge divide between classic, neon bikini, Nickelback stripping and today’s burlesque.” Burlesque has been around since at least the 17th century, originally being thought of as more of a theatrical satire. It was in
the early 1940s and 1920s when burlesque entered the cabaret clubs, and soon the word became associated with risqué comedy and the female (and sometimes male) strip tease. This was perhaps most famously demonstrated by American burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee. “In the 1960s burlesque died out - only to start catching public interest again in the late 1980s,” explained Ashevillebased burlesque dancer Queen April. “Burlesque has really taken on three different forms. There is the satirical, which evolved into stripping - and then there is neo-burlesque, which is what is done today, which is a sort of combination of the two.” Riot came to Fayetteville in the usual way - thanks to falling head over hills for a soldier who was stationed at Fort Bragg, whom she would later end up marrying. She said that upon trying to adjust to her new life in Fayetteville, she had felt creatively stifled. “As a general rule, it seems like army wives August 2011 2011 || FEED FEED Magazine Magazine || 37 35 August
Queen April tempting fate by opening an umbrella indoors.
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are very stay at home,” said Riot. “I can’t imagine my life without burlesque. (Burlesque is) the only way to be happy and satisfied.” To scratch her itch to perform, Riot approached area strong woman performer Lindsey “Mama Lou” Lindberg, who had already been hosting a variety show at the newly opened Black Cat Lounge. “(When approached by Riot) I was really excited because it is something that I know that the Fayetteville arts culture needed,” said Lindberg. “She’d shown up in town and didn’t know anyone - and out of the blue she called me to have lunch one day.” Lindberg describes burlesque shows and variety shows as ‘kissing cousins,’ though noted that, like incestuous cousins, the two generally don’t mix well. “They don’t often cross that line. In variety shows I never could cross that line to have burlesque. If the audience wasn’t expecting it. People will get uncomfortable. ‘We trusted you, why are there naked people!’” Lindberg said. “On the other hand, when people come to see a burlesque show, it is a wonderful variety show of its own kind. You kind of have to buy into that format. You have to know what you’re getting into.” Currently Riot and the other performers (all of them spanning from different parts of North Carolina) are getting set for their next few performances. Riot will be performing as part of a show called the Sinners Side Show August 13, at the Lincoln Theater in Raleigh, and at The Black Cat Lounge in Fayetteville on Aug. 18, Sept. 15, Oct. 13 and Nov. 17.
What You Should o Listen To:: By Jaymie Baxley
Our monthly rundown of the best new music.
Note: To help prime you for Hopscotch, this month we decided to highlight quintessential releases from some of the festivalâ€™s best regional acts.
1. Bombadil - Tarpits and Canyonland
The 2009 sophomore album from Durham four-piece, Bombadil. On Tarpits and Canyonland, the group employs a vast array of unorthodox instruments to construct their exuberant gypsy-folk arrangements.
2. Cassis Orange - Cassis Orange EP The 2010 debut EP from Cassis Orange — the recording project of Carboro-based songwriter, Autumn Ehinger. The sparkly surfaces of these addictive electro-pop tunes often belie their melancholic undercurrents.
Shit Horse - They Shit Horses, Don’t They? EP
Dynamic sophomore effort from Chapel Hill garage rockers, Shithorse. The band’s ramshackle sound is characterized by the weathered howl of Danny Mason — their eccentric, 50-year old frontman.
4. The Tomahawks - Cut Loose The second full-length from Chapel Hill’s Tomahawks. Last year’s Cut Loose offers an infectious batch of sunny, AM rock songs — all seemingly transplanted from 1974.
5. Tender Fruit - Flotsam & Krill Since its release in 2007, the story behind indie-folk sensation Bon Iver’s acclaimed debut, For Emma, Forever Ago has been retold countless times: Singer/songwriter Justin Vernon retreats to a small cabin in the woods to exercise the demons of a failed relationship. But have you ever wondered about the girl on the other end of that break-up? Well, that was Carboro under the moniker Tender Fruit. On 2010’s Floatsam & Krill, Smith provides her side of the story.
6. Oulipo - That Is What I Said (And I Dove Into The Water) Immersive debut from Raleigh three-piece, Oulipo. That Is What I Said’s cavernous soundscapes are rife with washes of synthesizer and stuttering electronics.
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Story By Kyle Spencer
t’s time to gear up for another ride on the Alma fright train, as F.E.A.R. 3 has finally hit shelves. Sure the game has hit delays over the past year, but over the course of the 6-8 hour campaign, it was worth the extra development time. No the game is not perfect, and does suffer from some flaws that keep it from being brilliant, but the things that F.E.A.R. 3 does well make up for some of the missteps. We all have played the first two games, or at least I hope we have. We know the story of Alma, the point man, and the genetic modifications that Armacham have made to the both of them. Point Man has above average human abilities and Alma is an evil physic who lavished in destruction. In F.E.A.R. 2, Alma becomes pregnant with that games protagonist, thus leading us to the storyline of F.E.A.R. 3. You assume the role of the point
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man and must stop Alma from having that beloved child. Is this abortion with a gun? You won’t be going through the campaign alone however, as Paxton Fettel, a known character in the F.E.A.R. lore, joins point man. The great thing about Fettel joining the game is that F.E.A.R. 3 adds something that the series has not had until now. Co-op, is done either online or locally. One player will assume the role of Point Man while the other assumes the role of Fettel. Each character plays differently. While Point Man, aka “Mr.Guns-ablazing”, fires away, Fettel has to use his spirit blasts, or possess someone’s body and use their weapons. Possessions only last for so long, so when you kill someone make sure you pick up their souls to keep your possession strong, otherwise it will decrease. This adds much depth and new layers to the gameplay. Graphically the game looks good. The creep
factor still exists and the level design is eerie. The overall gameplay in F.E.A.R. 3 will feel very familiar to FPS fans. There is standard spring, aiming, shooting and grenade throwing. Fettel is a bit different but mechanically is the same. Point man can slow down time, while Fettel can possess. The overall experience is hampered unfortunately by a short story line, and an even faster co-op experience. The single player does shine through a bit more, offers more of a challenge, since Fettel is not present to help you. He is just a nuance that talks in your ear. Now onto the subject of multiplayer F.E.A.R. 3 offers up to four different game modes, and each mode is entertaining and different. There are maps designed for each specific game type, so if you like one map, don’t expect to play that map in a different game type. One of the best named multiplayer modes in recent history can be found in this game. F*cking Run is not only named funny, but is a fun mode to play. You and your partner have to out run a cloud of smoke, fighting and shooting enemies as you go before the cloud touches you or your partner. In Soul King you play as a creature that can infect others around you on a quest to consume souls. The
player with the most souls before the time ends wins. If you are a fan of Call of Duty‘s Zombie Mode, you will like Contractions. It is a zombie mode style where you must defend a location through wave after wave of baddies and stock pile weapons. I personally had the most fun with Soul Survivor. You and three other players are thrown into a map, where one player is randomly chosen to possess the remaining three players before the time limit is reached. F.E.A.R. 3 is a great game to have in the summer time. Not much else is out that can keep your attention in the FPS genre, and F.E.A.R. 3 offers up a lot of variety, along with a unique, yet fun multiplayer experience. If you’re looking for a good game to play, and love horror based shooters, this is your ticket.
uthor Kate Christensen’s new book, The Astral may leave some readers feeling conflicted. It is hard to enjoy a book when one absolutely does not care about the main character. As the book draws on, the reader will go from not caring about the lead character to actively disliking him. The character is Harry Quirk. He is a 57 year old poet living in New York City. His wife has just thrown him out, he has no job skills, his daughter is a lesbian freegan, his son is a cult leader and many of his friends hate him. At first one might feel kind of sorry for the guy – his whole life crumbled underneath him … But pity can only win a character so many points. His wife thinks he’s been having a long standing affair with a female friend that he knew before his wife. He actually did have an earlier affair, but never any kind of involvement like that with the female friend. He’s furious that his life has been destroyed for something he didn’t do. He spends the whole book trying to figure out what happened, trying to finally support himself (he lived off
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By Kate Christensen
his wife all the years they were together while he scribbled poetry at the kitchen table), and trying to reconcile what happened with his marriage and his life. Here’s where the conflict may come in. While the character is a pitiful mess, the author does seem to have some interesting insights on marriage, friendships, relationships, physical and emotional loyalty and betrayal, etc. She is also a very good writer in terms of the craft. The whole story is set in Brooklyn and one really gets a feel for this neighborhood and the people in it. She also has a great way with the language. There were a few quotes and passages that were so insightful I actually wrote them down. I am including two of my favorites here.
“... gossip was a drug no one could turn down, raw, bloody meat to caged cheetahs.”
Review By Tasina Ducheneaux
“Friendship is a strange animal. It only thrives in voluntary enjoyment of each other’s company, in the pleasure of nonobligatory connection.” Christensen is truly a fine writer and quite a student of human character and the nature of personal interaction. Hopefully her previous and future novels contain characters more worthy of her many gifts.
FEED on Film Manquillan
Each month the FEED will be participating in a project we’re calling FEED on FILM. Obviously, it is fairly self explanatory but we’ve got word quotas to meet, so allow us to explain anyway. FEED on FILM will feature a video of a different area artist performing - no special effects, no special mics, no camera tricks, just an artist and their art. This month we’re featuring North Carolina folk artist Manquillan. Manquillan actually allowed us to film more than one of his songs last year while visiting our home offices in Fayetteville North Carolina.
This month’s FEED on FILM was shot by FEED photo editor Raul Rubiera Jr. (yes, he can do film too).
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Films Opening in August
Jesse Eisenberg and Aziz Ansari star in 30 Minutes or Less, in theaters August, 12th. With few exceptions, August looks like a fairly ho-hum month for new movies (we refuse to get excited about more CGI monkeys). The movie we’re probably most morbidly fascinated by is 30 Minutes Or Less, by the director of Zombieland. The film is a an action comedy about a man (played by Zombieland’s Jesse Eisenberg) who is forced to rob a bank by robbers who’ve strapped a bomb to the guy’s shrimp-like body. What has us particularly curious about this zany romp, is the fact that its story is based on a real life 2003 tragedy - in which the man in Eisenberg’s shoes (or explosive vest) actually did get blown up. Too soon? The Change Up, The Darkest Hour, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Sitter, The
Help, 30 Minutes or Less, Final Destination 5, Conan the Barbarian, Fright Night, One Day, Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World, Colombiana, Don’t be Afraid of the Dark, Other Idiot Brother, The Debt
Music Schedule Dates may be subject to change. Each month we scour the Internet for shows and events in our area, but we just know weâ€™re missing something. Shoot an email to our editor, James@FayettevilleFEED.com and set us straight. We trust that the information we have is accurate when we publish it but anything can change. Be certain to call the venue before making any long treks. - FEED
The Rock Shop Music Hall 128 S. King St. Fayetteville 910-321-ROCK Aug 5, 8 p.m. The Pretty Things Peepshow (Other)
Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands (Other) Bonnie Voyage Aug 6, 6 p.m. Mumu Tutu (Rock) IAMDYNAMITE (Rock) Play it Purple Dirty Dakotas (Rock) Aug 7, 6 p.m. Aaron Omen (Rock) The Villians (Rock) Children of October (Rock)
Aaron Omen and the Hollywood Vampires Aug 9, 6 p.m. All That Remains (Rock) Aug 12, 6 p.m. American Goldstar Mothers Pivot (Rock) MODENA (Rock) New Machine (Metal) Ariel Down
Aug 5, 8 AM Hot Rod Walt and the Psycho-DeVilles (Rock) Transylvania Transport Co. (Rock) MOTORBILLY (Rock)
Aug 13, 6 p.m. Blameshift (Rock) Romeo Falls (Rock) The Fifth (Rock)
Aug 6, 8 p.m. Jud Block (Country) Brian Burns (Country)
Aug 16, 6 p.m. OPEN MIC Cerca Trova (Rock)
Aug 10, 7 p.m. The Scandals (Alternative) Up For Nothing (Rock)
Aug 26, 8 p.m. The Queers The Answers (Alternative) The Dielectrics (Rock) Bad Idea (Rock) Playing with Guns (Rock) The Astro Tards
Aug 13, 8 p.m. Blooddrunk Shenanigans Aug 20, 8 p.m. Truman Highway Havoc Din (Rock) Space Coke
Aug 27, 6 p.m. DRIVEN (Rock) SCHMEGMA (Rock) Sept 1, 6 p.m. KITTIE (Metal) DIRGE WITHIN (Metal) Diamond Plate (Metal) BETRAY YOUR OWN (Metal)
Apathy Is My Name (Metal)
The Black Cat Lounge 2918 Fort Bragg Rd. Fayetteville 910-339-4654 Aug 2, 8 p.m. Henchmen (Rock) The Limit Club (Rock)
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Aug 25, 8 p.m. The Chop Tops (Rock) The Rocketz (Alternative) The Strikers (Rock) Transylvania Transport Co. (Rock) Buddy Joe and The Hip Nips (Rock) Aug 26, 8 p.m. EVERYMEN (Other) J.B. Beverley (Other) Purrrlesque (burlesque troop)
Ronnie Hymes & Carolina Freight (Country)
The Darling Sweets Aug 27, 4 p.m. ANTISEEN (Rock) Patriot
Hub City Stompers Blood Red River (Rock) Rustbelt Homewreckers (Rock) Ronnie Hymes & Carolina Freight (Country)
Aug 30, 9 p.m. Owen Mays and The 80 Proof Boys (Country) Dog Bite Harris (Country) Reverend Deadeye Sept 2, 8 p.m. Ethereal Genocide Sept 3, 8 p.m. Start Again Sustainer (Metal) The Hounds GROUPTHINK (Rock) The Cats Cradle 300 E. Main St. Carrboro 919-967-9053 Aug 5, 8 p.m. Brother Esau (Rock) Aug 6, 8 p.m. Chatham County Line (Folk)
Aug 8, 5 p.m. Death Cab for Cutie Frightened Rabbit (Pop) Aug 9, 8 p.m. Kurt Vile TRUE WIDOW (Rock) Aug 19, 8 p.m. Archers of Loaf Electric owls (Other)
Aug 20, 8 p.m. Archers of Loaf Hammer No More the Fingers (Rock) Cobra Horse Aug 31, 8 p.m. The Hold Steady! Local 506 506 W. Franklin St. Chapel Hill 919-942-5506 Aug 1, 9 p.m. DOM Aug 4, 9 p.m. Joe Hero (Rock) Destroy All Sweaters (Alternative)
Aug 5, 9 p.m. Lizzy Ross Band (Rock) songs of water (Other) Troubel (Folk) Aug 8, 9 p.m. HONKY Aug 11, 10 p.m. George Tisdale Band (Alternative)
Aug 12, 8 p.m. Mary Johnson Rockers and the Spark (Folk) BIRDS & ARROWS Aug 13, 9 p.m. Scattered Trees (Rock) THE ALTERNATE ROUTES Paul Dempsey Aug 15, 9 p.m. ALLEGAEON (Metal) THE DEVASTATED Aug 19, 9 p.m. SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE Aug 25, 9 p.m. Luego (Pop) Soft Company (Pop) Lilac Shadows (Pop) Aug 26, 9 p.m. Luego (Pop) Soft Company (Pop) Aug 27, 9 p.m. Tim Kasher AFICIONADO
Photo By Marcello Ambriz Sep 1, 9 p.m. VIEUX FARKA TOURE Sep 2, 8 p.m. Progday Preshow w/ FREAK KITCHEN GALACTIC COWBOY ORCHESTRA CAMERON ALLEN Sep 3, 9 p.m. Lactose Quervo (Rock) George Preston Herrett WOODEN-HEAD Berkeley Cafe 217 West Martin St. Raleigh 919-821-0777 Aug 3, 8 p.m. A Tin Djinn (Alternative) Young Cardinals (Rock) sun up, son down
Aug 6, 8 p.m. Up From Ashes (Metal) Gross Reality (Metal) Blacktip (Metal) Extra Strength Walnut Creek 3801 Rock Quarry Rd. Raleigh 919-831-6400 Aug 2, 6:30 p.m. Unity Tour 2011: 311 & Sublime with Rome Aug 5, 7 p.m. Kenny Chesney’s Goin’ Coastal Tour w/ Billy Currington & Uncle Kracker