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July 2009

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Contents Reviews:

Food-- Bistro and Galileos Music--Anthony and the Johnsons p.24 --Church p.24 --Dan Auerbach p.24 --Spindrift p.25 --Floating Action p.25 --Dirty Projectors p.26 --Grizzly Bear p.26 --Sonic Youth p.26 --The Brian Jonestown Massacre p.27 --Thin Lizzy p.27 Concerts--Harvey Milk and Torche --Black Moth Super Rainbow --Small Wonder’s Dance Party Articles--Zaki Ibrahim p.14 --Toubob Krewe p.18 --Hank III p.16 --Djangokill Records p.20 --Merge Records p.22 --Michael Jackson p.28 Pictorial--Bonnaroo p.29

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Boone Saloon

828.264.1811 7/17 BPL 7/18 Hot Politics 7/24 The Howdies 7/25 Bums Lie 7/30 Holy Ghost Tent Revival 8/1 Stephanie’s Id 8/5 Small Wonder’s Rock’n’Soul Party 8/6 3 Penny Acre 8/7 Naked Gods 8/13 Banana Da Terra and Channing and Quinn 8/14 The Lazybirds 8/27 Morglbl

Dragonfly Theater 7/10 7/11 7/17 7/25

Anniversary Extravaganza Break Bread, Small Wonder Anniversary Extravaganza Naked Gods, Do it to Julia, Doc Aquatic Trace Bundy, Acoustic Ninja The Native Sway, Smooth OP

Winston-Salem The Garage

336.777.1127 7/9 Esterhaazy, The Restoration 7/10 Tater 7/15 Caleb Caudle and the Bayonets, The Lonely H 7/16 The Saving Graces w The Successful Failures 7/17 Rose’s Pawn Shop, The Bo Stevens,

Live Music

7/18 Jeffrey Dean Foster and the Birds of Prey 7/21 The Belleville Outfit 7/22 Open Mic Night hosted by Country Dan Collins 7/23 Open Mic Comedy Night hosted by Cabell Wilkenson 7/24 Joe Next Door, Kavish, Minimal Side Effects 7/25 Brother Josephus 7/29 Open Mic W/ Country Dan Collins, guest artists Come Go With Us 7/30 I Was Totally Destroying It and Lovely Houses 7/31 Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey, Brett Harris, The Tomahawks, 8/1 6 Day Bender, The Radials, Adam Pope

Johnson City

The Hide Away

423.926.3896 7/6 The Goddamn Gallows 7/7 The paramedics 7/10 Ivan The Terribles, Klustafuk + TBA 7/11 The Nerve Scheme, Parasite Diet, Jasper the Colossal 7/12 Hulk Smash, Many Mountains + TBA 7/13 Endless Mike and the Beagle Club 7/14 Gasoline Heart, Dead City, the Catastrophe 7/15 She Rides, Look What I Did, Energy, Debaser 7/17 Chaotic Underworld

7/19 7/23 7/24 7/25 7/28 7/29 7/31

CD release show Vatican Airforce Say You Will, Life on Repeat, Arizona Lives, Piss Shit Fuck, Dissociative Rythem Madness Human Quena Orchestra, Colossus Atrocity Solution Atlas Moth, Why Intercept, Generation of Vipers Mike Mewborne, Plainclothes Tracy, Dana and the Robots



828.267.5753 7/10 Harwell Grice, Doug Davis 7/11 As Sick As Us, The Fuss, Gollum 7/14 Open Mic W Chism & The Better Half 7/17 Sons Of Tontiah 7/21 Dirtiy South Revolutionaies, Palentine 7/24 The Reverend Billy C. Wirtz 7/25 Broadslab 7/28 Weedeater, 20 Eyes 7/29 Atrocity Solution 8/1 The Flat Tires 8/7 Miguel Pico 8/11 Hatemonger 8/14 Jafarr 8/15 Serpent Garden, US Christmas, Southern Vein

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Dragonfly Theater

Anniversary Extravaganza Friday July 10th Djs and Live Hip-hop Feat.

Small Wonder

Break Bread

Dj Flo & more Saturday July 11thh Face-melting Rock & Roll Feat.

Naked Gods

8.14.09 Boone Saloon

Do It To Julia

Doc Aquatic

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Hot Politics 7.18 Boone Saloon 7.25 Bele Chere 8.23 Orange peel

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The Orange Peel

828.225.5851 7/7 Jay Reatard 7/11 Roger Clyne And The Peacemakers 7/18 Todd Snider 7/22 Method Man & Redman 7/25 India.Arie 7/26 Chimaira 7/31 Who’s Bad - Michael Jackson tribute band 8/5 Xavier Rudd 8/9 De La Soul 8/13 John Brown’s Body & Dubconscious 8/15 Doug Stanhope 8/21 Downtown Independent Groove Festival

Stella Blue

828.236.2424 7/10 OTT 7/16 Zoogma 7/18 DARK PARTY Ana Sia & Freepeoples Frequency 7/25 ANTI BELE CHERE

Club Nashwa 828.252.1522 7/28 Black Moth Super Rainbow

The Gray Eagle

828.232.5800 7/3 T-Model Ford 7/9 Cary Fridley CD Release 7/10 Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey 7/11 The Cheeksters & Jar-E 7/16 The Campaign 1984 w/ Velvet Truckstop 7/18 Tractenburg Family Slideshow Players 7/30 Grupo Fantasma w/Sol Driven Train 7/31 Wild South & Shannon Whitworth 8/9 New Riders Of The Purple Sage 6 Village Idiot July 09

Live Music

Emerald Lounge

828.232.4372 7/7 Tuesday Night Funk Jam 7/8 Reggae Night 7/17 Kung Fu Dynamite 7/18 SDR w/ Ralph Roddenbury 7/23 Shanti Cosmic Summer Jam 7/24 Strut and Big Money 7/25 Granola Funk Express 7/30 40 Furies, Death of Analog, Rubber Cushion 7/31 Sintax the terrific, Lyrikal Buddah, Kurfu

BoBo Gallery

828.254.3426 7/14 Morningbell 7/18 Lost In The Trees


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704.358.9298 7/08 THRIVING IVORY 7/09 moe 7/11 Beres Hammond 7/12 Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers w/Chuck Mead 7/17 Afromotive 7/18 Paul Thorn Band 7/23 The Duhks 7/25 Joe Firstman 7/31 Sam Bush 8/1 The New Familiars 8/7 Perpetual Groove 8/24 Derek Webb

Evening Muse 704.376.3737 7/4 7/11 7/15 7/17

Benjy Davis Project w/ Tony Lucca Josh Hoge w/ Andy Davis & Mikey Wax Greg Laswell w/Elizabeth and the Catapult Keaton Simons w /Curtis Peoples Evelynn Rose & Possum Jenkins

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Hoots & Hellmouth w/ Hot House Chris Kasper w/ Hezekiah Jones

Amos’ Southend 704.377.6874 7/04 7/8 7/9 7/10 7/11 7/17 7/25 7/30 8/02 8/11

Hank Williams III W/ Lucky Tub Kip Winger Last November w/ S.O. Stereo, GoGo Pilots KRS ONE The Ultimate Sin A tribute to Ozzy w/ Allister Fiend - A tribute to Motley Crue S.O. Stereow/ Strange County Ride the Lightning the ultimate Metallica Tribute w/ Another Day Falls Rayen Belchere and Friends The Crystal Method Sugar Ray


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6/26 Patrick Wolf, Living Things & More 6/27 Holsapple & Stamey 7/11 The Club is Open Festival 7/13 Handsome Furs @ LOCAL 506 7/15 Zee Avi @ NIGHTLIGHT 7/17 Nice N Smooth 7/18 Girls Rock NC Showcase 7/19 Lost In the Trees 7/22-25 XX Merge 7/26 XX MERGE with She & Him @ Memorial Hall 8/1 The Cosmopolitans 8/8 De La Soul 8/12 Akron/Family 8/15 Amy Ray with Von Iva 8/16 The Script w/ Parachute

Neighborhood Theater 7.17.09

Chimaira 7.26.09

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An Appalachian Summer Festival Jul 11 Jul 12

Buckwheat Zydeco Eastern Festival Orchestra with Sarah Chang, violin Jul 13 Film: Vitus Jul 14 Paul Taylor Dance Jul 15 Lunch & Learn at the Turchin Center: Dancing Around the Subject Jul 15 The Broyhill Chamber Ensemble: Reflections: “Changing Keys” Jul 16 - 18 TCVA Visual Arts Workshop: Wash and Roll: Paiting the Figure in Watercolor and Gouache Jul 16 Belk Distinguished Lecture: Ron Rash: The Balance of Beauty and Violence Jul 17 An Evening with Paula Poundstone Jul 18 Mike Cross in Concert Jul 19 Halpert Biennial Gallery Talk with Juror Jeffrey Grove and High Tea Reception Jul 19 Eastern Festival Orchestra with Horatio Gutirrez, piano Jul 20 - 24 TCVA Visual Arts Workshop: Jewelry: Modern Reliquaries Jul 20 - 24 TCVA Visual Arts Workshop: Create your Own Fantasy Chair Jul 21 Triad Stage: Oleanna Jul 22 Lunch & Learn at the Turchin Center: Stage Coach Jul 22 Triad Stage: Oleanna Jul 23 An Evening with Joan Baez Jul 24 Triad Stage: Providence Gap Jul 25 TCVA Visual Arts Workshop: Fanciful and Functional 3-D Artist Books Jul 25 23rd Rosen Sculpture Walk Jul 25 Kenny Loggins

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Day Tripper

Festivals within 200 miles All Good Music Festival 7/9-12, Masontown, WV: 333 miles

MusicFest ‘n Sugar Grove 7/10-11 Sugar Grove, NC, 0 miles FloydFest 8: Revival 7/23 - 7/26, Floyd, VA: 110 miles

High Country Bluegrass Festival 7/25 - Boone, North Carolina: 0 Miles 828-733-8060

Bele Chere 7/24 - 7/26 - Asheville, NC: 94 miles

Appalachian String Band Music festival 7/29-8/2 - Clifftop, w. VA: 158 miles

Idiot Picks What we’re Listening to... Christian

Concerts Harvey Milk & Torche

July 30th The World Famous Milestone Charlotte, NC

A Mirah C’mon Miracle K


thens’ Harvey Milk might be the best band to ever commit music to tape. Their songs have the ability to simultaneously touch your soul and crush your ears. Aching melodies and guttural screams weave in and out of thundering, powerful guitars and slow, hard drums. I can’t wait to go to this show. Bring your earplugs.

Black Moth Super Rainbow Buddy and Julie Miller Written in Chalk New West


Dead Moon Crack in the System

July 28th Club Nashwa Asheville, NC


ailing from the forests of western Pennsylvania, Black Moth Super Rainbow will bring their unique brand of electronic pop music to Asheville’s Nashwa on July twenty-eighth. Their records offer a head-spinning journey through space age tones, complex rhythms, and clever hooks, and I am interested to see how they pull it off live.

Small Wonder’s Rock and Soul Dance Party First Wednesdays Boone Saloon Boone, NC


f you live in Boone, chances are you love a good dance party (and probably miss the days when they seemed to happen almost weekly). DJ Small Wonder has been supplying the tunes and positivity for years, and is now hosting a monthly Rock and Soul Dance Party at the Boone Saloon. On the first Wednesday of each month, he’ll be spinning an eclectic mix spanning nearly fifty years of popular music. So put on your mid-week best and be prepared to have your mind melted, your clothes soiled in sweat, and your good name possibly tarnished by your amazing dance moves, which only get better the more you drink. The cover is $3, and well worth it.


Essentials For Local Musicians:

Appalachian Music Shoppe


usicians in the high country have few options when it comes to finding instrument shops. While there are plenty of craftsmen at work building guitars, banjos, and fiddles, it can be difficult for aspiring players who cannot afford such finely made instruments, or those more interested in electrified music, to get the supplies they need. Fortunately, Boone is home to Appalachian Music Shoppe, an independently owned and operated music store that can, at the very least, suit most musicians’ basic needs. Appalachian Music Shoppe is located at 324-2 Carriage Square-Hwy 105 Ext. in Boone, NC. 828-263-0051

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Idiot Picks


Galileo’s O

ne step into Galileo’s and you realize that you were under the wrong impression. This is not a sports bar. The newest pub-style restaurant to open in Boone is sleekly comfortable, with roomy open space, a rich burgundy and wood interior, hand-made stained glass, and even a built-in-front-booth which I took the pleasure of breaking in with my crowd; we drank beers and snacked on cake and the scrumptious cheese and fresh fruit plate. Galileo’s has been about a year in the making. The owners are a young couple previously from D.C.; in D.C., Ann worked in a coffee shop and Mark worked in real estate. The couple had taken up weekending in Boone, where they realized that they were better suited for mountain life. They bought the building, and completely renovated it, adding in a brand-new kitchen and clearing out space for parking.

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As members of the Watauga Arts council, Mark and Ann Dixon want to have a place where patrons can go for a drink and actually have a conversation. They want their restaurant to be a place for everyone. Galileo’s is a place you can stop for a cup of coffee on your way into town, or a beer on your way home. Also, Mark and Ann want to make sure that Galileo’s is family friendly and affordable. Actually nothing on their menu costs more than 8 dollars. I personally tried out the spinach and artichoke dip, but as I have a tendency to stare at other peoples food, I noticed that the sandwiches—instead of being served with the traditional chips and a pickle, come with the option of fresh fruit and a tiny cookie. On top of that, almost half of their menu is vegetarian. The salads are plentiful ranging in cost from $5.50 to $7.75, and something a little less tradi-


tional and a little more sophisticated than your run of the mill garden salad with storebought salad dressings. They also offer an array of small plates, which range from Caprese salad, to tomato skewers, and avocado toasts. Drift a little further down the menu and you’ll find some “Make Yer own Smores” for 7 dollars (and that includes tax). I tried out the delicious Chai cake, which is made from scratch. Galileo’s is not Italian, like its namesake. It’s not a sports bar, like it’s Appalachian-themed stained glass could lead you to believe. But it is, like it’s desserts, just sweet enough, and the perfect complement to a town like Boone. Gailileo’s is located at 1087 West King Street, on your way to Tennessee, just past downtown and right before the Kangaroo. Contact: (828) 355-9591 Amanda Cardell

The Bistro O

n June 20th the Bistro preformed a symphony on my pallet. My wife and I went out to eat at The Bistro . We haven’t been there for a while and we both love a great meal. I am not a big drinker, but I enjoy a good Pinot. I started off with their house Pinot Noir. I was surprised when the wine didn’t have the dry bite at the finish. The Pinot was wonderful. It was a super beginning to a meal that would be a march into the halls of greatness. The next item I ordered was a small Greek salad. This salad was FRESH. When the dressing, olives, and feta are all perfect (And the Pinot starts to kick in), you know your body will thank you for feeding it so well. Now the main course... Seafood A-la-King. The name grabbed me immediately. I have to try most things A-la-King. {Growing up in a house where my moms favorite home cooked

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meal was right out of the frozen food section, with the name ending in A-la-King.} This dish was simply Phenomenal. The lobster, scallops, sauce, and bread crumb topping were simply a feast that planted a smile from ear to ear. It was one of those special dishes that you wish you had every night. It was one of those entrees you would ask for if it was your last meal.  It was simply superb. When you go out to eat, this is the kind of meal you hope for. When planning a night at The Bistro, you probably should call ahead for a reservation. Also, note to self: when you’ve had 2 glasses of Pinot have the wife drive home.  Which is what we did. Ken Gottfried

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Zaki Ibrahim 14 Village Idiot July 09


orn in Vancouver, British Columbia, and raised between the west coast of Canada and South Africa, Zaki Ibrahim’s entire life has been an exercise in the eclectic. Her music shows the signs of this unconventional upbringing. On her latest release, “Eclectica (Episodes in Purple),” Ibrahim layers her soulful voice and R&B grooves over world-music tinged beats. The results leave the listener with the feeling that what they have heard was not only challenging and provocative, but from the heart as well.

Idiot: You grew up in South Africa and Canada, where did you spend the majority of that time? Zaki: I’ve ended up going back and forth really all my life. It was more like a family tug-of-war between my parents , my grandparents and my dad’s close friends. Also It was just me not deciding where I wanted to be. Where do you hope to take your listeners when they see you live? Everywhere. I do think I go a lot of places. Sometimes a song will turn out unexpectedly, being really intimate and sweet and then just hit them with a curve ball. A lot of times, when I’m writing, It sounds like a love song and sometimes it is. But often the inspiration comes from other things. Do you write and compose your own stuff or who do you collaborate with? I do write and compose my music, The stuff that I’m working on now has a lot more collaboration than I had before. I’ve been working with different producers and writ-

ers to put the music together. I’ll get some ideas down and work out the melodies and stuff with my loop machine, then sit down with producers to get the sound I’m looking for. Who are some of your biggest Influences or Inspirations? I grew up listening to a lot of different kinds of music. I guess as a teen I got into hip-hop when I was living in South Africa. Other than that, I just knew what my parents listened to. My dad listened to lot of jazz and world music and he, himself was the guy who turned me on to hip-hop. He would try to encourage me saying things like “you should listen to this music, it’s so cool. It’s going to be the music of the future and bring all the nations of the world together and change the world”. So he was listening to hip-hop before it really got popular. Yeah, he was into Hip-hop before I was. I also listen to all sorts of things, I used to really like Richy B Jones, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Bob Marley. Sade was the first the cassette tape I owned. When was the moment when you decided to become a Professional Musician? Pretty recently actually, maybe in the last four years. To catch Zaki Ibrahim live in the Carolinas, check her out at The Music Farm in Charleston on July 13th or The Soapbox in Wilimington on July 14th. To hear cuts from Eclectica go to

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Hank III Back in NC

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f he’s not a country music legend yet, he will be soon. His daddy was one. His granddaddy was THE one. Such is life for Hank Williams III. He lives in the shadow of not one, but two bonafide country music superstars, but Hank the 3rd doesn’t care a bit about that. He calls Nashville “Trashville,” couldn’t give a damn about the radio, and he repeatedly tells you he thinks the current direction of country music flat out sucks. This attitude didn’t help him in the suit and tie part of the music community, his last record was shelved by the label for well over a year due to “marketing issues,” inspiring a “Free Hank III” campaign, which eventually resulted in the release of “Damn Right, Rebel Proud,” a record Hank will be more than happy to tell you Nashville didn’t want to ever see the light of day. Hank III is at the forefront of the revival of outlaw country music and this summer he brings that revival back to North Carolina, stopping at The Lincoln Theater in Raleigh on July 3rd, Amos’ Southend in Charlotte for what will be one hell of a Fourth of July show, and then The Orange Peel in Asheville on July 14th. Hank III will be playing with his band Assjack, for those unfamiliar with how a typical Hank III/Assjack show goes, it’s quite a site to behold. They’ll do two sets. The first is the traditional Hank III outlaw-country set, which will kick plenty of ass on it’s own. But then old Hank steps away from the microphone to let Assjack vocalist Gary Lindsay take over and scream over a set of hillbilly metal that will put you on the floor as fast as a jug of lightning. Supporting Hank through North Carolina and throughout his tour will be another descendant of country music royalty Lucky Tubb & The Modern Day Troubadours, who don’t sound too far off from his great uncle Ernest Tubb & His Texas Troubadours. Catching one of these shows you could start tapping your toe and end up with a black eye, but it will damn sure be worth it. See y’all in Charlotte on the 4th. -Matt Davis


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Toubab Krewe By Ken Gottfried Teal Brown: Drumset Drew Heller: Electric Guitar, Soku Justin Perkins: Kamelengoni (Kamel Ngoni), Kora, and Electric Guitar David Pransky: Electric Bass Luke Quaranta: Percussion Live at the Orange Peel We pressed it and had to for our fans at concerts last late fall. The Official release was on April 11th 2009. How does it feel to be back to Bonnaroo for the 3rd time? We love it. Bonnaroo is really unlike any other festival. It just has that quality to where when you mention it to anyone as a band you say your playing Bonnaroo and there’re like, wow! You’re so lucky! That’s awesome! What an honor to play Bonnaroo! We feel really blessed to have been able to play Bonnaroo three times. This festival is evolving in a wonderful way. We’ve watched it—we were in there in ‘05 True music lounge—its’ just really the Mecca of festivals. I know you guys went to Africa a couple years ago, and Jamaica too, any new trips planned? Cuba, Japan, Australia. Yeah, as soon as we have a chance to get off the road for a little bit. When you go somewhere like Africa you don’t want to go there for just like a week or two weeks, so at least a month or so, ya’ know. Things are busy. It’ll happen in due time. You’re on the road now for how much longer? It never ends.

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Now we want to get into the good stuff: what do you want your readers to know (private stuffand so on). Where do ya’ll want to be? Well I’ll tell you where we will be July 17-19—“Manifestivus, kind of our own little party/ gathering or festival that we throw up in Vermont. It’s just a great kind of home grown, family vibe with great world acts from the local Vermont area. It’s kind of our little Bonnaroo It’s in Cabot, Vermont—Northeastern Vermont. Its in the 7th year, two nights of Toubab Krewe with Oumou, Sangare, Midnite, Black Sheep, the list goes on. It’s a beautiful thing that we’re created, and created so that we can have a place for our favorite bands and acts, and our friends. Just a good vibe. You can go to for info. This is your festival? Yeah, it happens on my property and it is something I’ve been doing for awhile. It has kind of evolved into two nights of Toubab Krewe and our vibe. And we do all the booking and the working and all that When you guys all come to Bonnaroo, who do you like to see? Right now, I have to say the other tent—right now, I think it’s called Africa Calling. Vieux Farka Touré, the son of the legendary Ali Farka Touré is performing and even just hearing a handful of notes and his sound check, is like rad. And we’re definitely looking forward to Amadou & Mariam set, the blind couple, definitely a big influence. And Snoop, Public Enemy, Phish, Al Green—c’mon Al Green? That’s a dream. And of course, The Boss and The E street band.

So I heard an interesting instrument on stage, what was that? The Kora, a 21 string harp played throughout most of West Africa. And then there is another one called the Kamelengoni (Kamel Ngoni) which is twelve-stringed and is specific to Southern Mali in area called Wasalou. Where did you pick that up? Africa How long ago? Starting in 2001. Vocals? On the record we had Umar Bin Hassan from the Last Poets guest with us. He’s a legendary poet and spoken word poet, and joined us on two tracks—one was a tribute to Jimi Hendrix and then another one called Personal Things, and that was fun working with him live. Nice experience working with a legend. And we’ve done a few shows with him. Lately we’ve done a couple of things with different vocalists, we did a track down in Jamaica, with a singer called Loucanai. Another one with fiddler Rayna Gellert of Uncle Earl. So we’ve been messing around doing some co’labs with some vocalists. Well how about you? Do any of ya’ll sing? I know most of ya’ll are drummers/ percussionists. Yeah, we can all sing, we just don’t really do it. No, it’s just one of those things, I think this group of people, friends, before the music were all kind of playing in different projects, some of us together in different things, at least for me, it kind of started as liking or getting hooked on the traditional side of West African music from these guys, and just sitting around at the beginning and just kind of playing some traditional songs that kind of evolved into, ya’ know doing some small restaurants, and then it popped. So the evolution of the Krewe? No, we enjoy the instrumental side of it. Because it is really fun for us playing music from a lot of different places, whether it be West Africa or be having grown up in the states and having playing music for most of our lives. It kind of allows every different style, and every different genre to seep in without being directed by lyrics. And it’s fun for the audience, so they can kind of interpret it how they want, so they’re not being told one thing of another. Not that lyrics are a bad thing. Do you guys want to add anything again, anything special? Anything you want to let them know?

Oh, boy where does one start? High reasoning. Natural music. I don’t know, you could go on and on with that. Just thank everyone who supports the music that we play. It inspires us to do what we do, keep pushing, keep exploring, you know and finding new ways of solidarity with each other, the band, and the music. Solidarity between West African music, American music, all our other influences all over the world. And being close to our fans, ands just kind of feeling what they give back to us. It’s a mirror, to get that feedback and get that vibe back from our fans. -Love is the ultimate. A staple question I love to ask everybody, funniest thing that ever happened to you, either on tour or working together? Justin fell off stage. Yeah, I fell off stage, well that was earlier on. We were playing this town called Marshall North Carolina, that’s out in Madison County—and I was playing big bass drums in the back, and there was about, I don’t know, a foot of stage left behind me, there was like construction paper up in the back in the stage. And I’m like playing, playing. And I go to like this step and then and I step backwards, and boom! Fell off stage and crashed through the paper. And luckily all our band cases were below, or else I’d have fallen on concrete. And they paused right as I fell, and then popped back up and got right back into it—and the band was like –“Oh!” and then like –“Yeah!” How about you guys? Well when you do it 10 months out for the year—maybe doing way too much drugs and jumping off the roof in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. A three story building into a crowd surf. We thought it was powdered snow—but it was really ice. That was funny, we got footage of that, we got footage of everything. It’s like being buddies before starting a band. We have fun together. So we love hanging out. I gotta say that’s pretty amazing, because usually you see people like this—you start getting popular like you guys do—next thing you know everybody’s fighting… We are fighting over the last beer of the night at the hospitality tent. Closing out hospitability tents and so fourth. We like to live healthy, but live—and excess in moderation, even moderation in moderation. And of course, we love hangin’ with other musicians.

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ndependent record companies are an integral part of any burgeoning local music scene. Consider Sun in Memphis, Motown in Detroit, Dischord in D.C. or Sub Pop in Seattle; these companies, while massive in scale and impact now, began in similar ways. A person or persons passionate about the music the people around them are making decide to put their money where their mouths are. While he is not quite Sam Phillips or Berry Gordy, Boone’s Travis Reyes is no less passionate about the music he and wife Jenna are releasing with Djangokill Records, “This is something I always wanted to do. Release music I love that might not get any exposure otherwise.”

Reyes has been doing just that within the last year. The first release was “Welcome Home” by Boone based band Naked Gods. Djangokill has since assisted Naked Gods in booking a spring tour and plans to release “Welcome Home” on vinyl in early June. Djangokill Records’ second release was “Deep in the Outside” by the CJ Boyd Sexxxtet, which was recorded live and nude on Nashville’s WRVU FM. While Boyd isn’t a Boone resident, the semi-transient performer has played quite a few shows in Boone over the past few years and has a significant following in the High Country. Djangokill is planning the release of a companion piece to “Deep in the Outside” on vinyl and digital download within the coming months. Within the last decade, the distribution and acquisition of music has changed CJ Boyd Sexxxtet Deep in the Outside

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drastically; this modern landscape has not been very kind to record companies. So what chance does and upstart label have these days? Reyes seems unfazed, “Independent labels are more apt to survive because they can release something that is intriguing and can easily be identified as a part of a community, while major labels are very isolating.” Djangokill is also marrying the past and the present on their upcoming releases, by including a free digital download within the vinyl. Vinyl records have witnessed an increase in popularity within the past few years and this has not gone unnoticed by Reyes, “ I would love to release records only on vinyl and digital download, if that ever seems feasible.” Reyes also noted that vinyl releases fit into his aspirations to make Djangokill as environmentally friendly as possible, “By not using virgin vinyl and making our covers and sleeves from recycled materials we are trying to limit what we introduce into the environment.” As for the future, Reyes says he would love to be able to run Djangokill full time, but admits that seems unlikely anytime soon. However there are some exciting projects lined up in the future. As well as the above stated releases, Djangokill is also setting up to release a full length record by Dual at Dawn, as well as a label split with Black and Greene Records out of Boston. This split will feature songs by Drug Rug and Naked Gods, as well as other artists, and will be released sometime in early 2010. Reyes is always on the look out for new music both personally and from a business point of view, and although Djangokill’s plate is pretty full at the moment, he will listen to anything he receives. To check out Djangokill releases and get the latest updates visit www.djangokillrecords. com or -Seth Sullivan

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Merge Records Twentieth Anniversary Festival


hen Laura Balance and Marc McCaughan founded Merge Records in Durham, North Carolina in 1989 as a means of releasing the music of their band, Superchunk, they could not have known what an enormous influence the label would have on the world of independent rock music. In the twenty years that have past, Merge has released incredibly influential records by the likes of Neutral Milk Hotel, the Magnetic Fields, Lambchop, Camera Obscura, Richard Buckner, Caribou, Dinosaur Jr., Spoon, Portastic, Arcade Fire, and Robert Pollard, to name but a few. Indeed, it is difficult to imagine an independent rock scene without the sonic gifts this label has bestowed. Merge has come a long way over the course of twenty years; from a few cassettes and 7” records to mainstream chart success, it continues to expand its roster and release new and groundbreaking music. With all of this in mind, what better way to show your appreciation for indie music and the passionate folks who make it all possible than to take in the XX Merge Festival, five days of music spanning July 22-26 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Shows will take place over four nights at the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, with one night at Memorial Hall on UNC’s campus. The shows will feature a rotating line up of Merge bands, present and past, including Spoon, Destroyer, the Essex Green, the Music Tapes, Lou Barlow, Conor Oberst, M. Ward, She & Him, the Magnetic Fields, and more. Tickets are avail22 Village Idiot July 09

able at the Cat’s Cradle, CD Alley (Chapel Hill), Schoolkids (Raleigh), Bull City Records (Durham), Memorial Hall, or at There will also be an outdoor show at Orange County Social Club in Carrboro on July 25. The show is free and will feature sets by Portastic, the Music Tapes, Tenement Halls, Matt Suggs, and Radar Bros. In addition to the aforementioned activities, the Carolina Theater will be hosting Merge with Motion, a dance performance featuring the Triangle Youth Ballet, on July 18th. Dancers will perform to music by the Rosebuds, as well as other Merge Artists, as a part of the twentieth anniversary festivities. Additional routines will feature Modern Dance, Tap, and Contemporary Ballet. Tickets are available at the Carolina Theater Box office, as well as online. So, if you’ve any interest in supporting and experiencing a good slice of indie rock’s past, present, and future, head down to Chapel Hill this July. A coming together of artists this talented and diverse is a rare spectacle, and honoring a label that has been around for twenty years, supplying many of us with irreplaceable and emotional listening experiences and memories is certainly an occasion not to be missed. For more information, visit -Christian Smith

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Antony & the Johnsons The Crying Light

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t has been roughly four years since New York’s Antony & the Johnsons released the critically acclaimed “I Am A Bird Now.” When “The Crying Light” was released in January 2009, it not only filled the shoes of its acclaimed predecessor, but expanded on the grown laid there, with the symphonic arrangements put together by renowned avant-classical composer Nico Muhly. Upon first listen, one might take the beautiful string arrangements, dark chamber-pop feel and the emotional vocals and categorize this record as sad or depressing, but the further you go the more you realize that is not really the case. This is just a simply beautiful album. You can hear the slight influence of Antony’s friends Devendra Banhart and Johanna Newsom in the ethereal, fluttering vocals and symphonic arrangements. This may not be a typical “summertime” record by any stretch of the imagination but it deserves to find it’s way into your catalogue, even if you stash it away for the wintertime.

Tender Loving Empire

ut of the pile of shit I was given to review this month, this album was a pleasant surprise. This Portland, Oregon based outfit has music that swells and shimmers. Bringing to mind elements of stoned out bands like Earth, and the indie pop of Yo la Tengo, which is combined with walls of wellbuilt noise. My favorite track, “Hidden Tone” opens with shrill noise, which gives way to a light pop melody that interplays with the guitar ever so slightly. From there, the song builds to dramatic crescendos and the crashes back on itself. There are some very epic moments throughout, for example the towering guitars and creeping organs of “Aquamarine”. I think what these guys are doing is very interesting, and maybe it is just because I was surprised to find something I liked in the submitted cd’s, but this album seems pretty solid. Find it and Buy it. The cover is great too.


hile the Black Keys have spent the past decade putting out phenomenal albums, and in the eyes of many people surpassing a certain Jack Whitefronted group as rock’s preeminent two-piece. Since coming out with the Danger Mouse-produced “Attack and Release” in 2008, singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach has focused on his first solo record. Quite frankly, the results are astounding. Auerbach goes well beyond traditional Black Keys material, calling many influences from early soul and rock & roll. Songs like “Mean Monsoon” and “The Prowl” call to mind the work of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins or “Down in Mexico” era Coasters. “Whispered Words (Pretty Lies)” is a paralyzing ballad of love lost and may be the strongest song on the album.” There is not a single bit of filler on this album. Dan Auerbach has as much soul and heart behind his songs as any folk singer, rocker or bluesman you could name. It’s a must have for any Black Keys fan or pretty much anyone else.

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Spindrift The Legend of God’s Gun

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os Angeles band Spindrift recorded this album as the soundtrack to their spaghetti western, of the same name. Which makes sense, being as their sound is heavily influenced by the film score catalogue of Ennio Morricone, who scored many classic western movies, including “The Good, The Bad & The Ugly” & “High Plains Drifter.” Aside from a phenomenal cover of Tex Ritter’s “Conversation With A Gun” the soundtrack is entirely Spindrift’s own, and the results are very good. The first few songs build to the strongest song on the album, which is “Speak to the Wind,” a Morricone-laced five minute interplanetary cowboy & Indian battle, that leaves you feeling like you’re not doing a whole lot in life, if you don’t have an duel somewhere on your schedule. The standout tracks fade from there, but the album stays interesting with tracks like “Indian Run” and “Girlz, Booze & Gunz”. Either way, it’s the soundtrack to a film that is worth your attention. And it’s a hell of a soundtrack at that.

Park the Van Records

he new album by Asheville’s Seth Kaufman differs in few ways from his previous work for Park the Van records. The most noticeable of which is the new moniker. Even though he has a proper band name, Kaufman still plays the majority of the instruments on the album, save some background vocals, flute, etc. Floating Action does find Kaufman performing his genre blending songs in the most coherent performances to date. Standout tracks like “50 lashes,” “Marie Claire,” and “Pills to Grind,” blend the stripped down reggae feel of early Wailers, backwoods gospel, and lo-fi bedroom pop. Even though he achieves more coherence, Kaufman still manages to fall short. His ideas feel constricted, perhaps by his one-man approach. The songs seldom go anywhere, instead Kaufman chooses to establish a groove and melody and stick to it. Still, releasing this album in May was a great idea, as it stands poised for many a summer time spin. While not creatively astonishing or groundbreaking, these songs are perfect for a sunny, beer soaked day at the lake.

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Dirty Projectors Bitte Orca

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Sonic Youth The Eternal




f you are a listener who craves music that is so adventurous, experimental, and joyous that it seems to exist in its own universe nearly impossible to capture through words, than this is the album for you. Everything about Bitte Orca is truly exceptional; the songs are full of ragged, crazed electric guitar lines, shimmering (and incredibly intricate) acoustic guitar segments, huge group harmonies, mesmerizing drums, and song structures that will leave you scratching your head and returning for multiple listens. Of the songs, “Cannibal Resource” opens the record with a huge dose of glorious vocal melodies and summertime pop, “Two Doves” recalls Nico with its fingerpicked guitar and luscious strings, exclaiming “Don’t confront me with my failure,” and “Useful Chamber” seems to be, with its huge synth and guitar lines, the feel good summertime anthem of 2009. Bitte Orca is so consistently enthralling, shifting, and experimental, while remaining all the while deceptively assessable, that it really defies any attempt to give it an apt or concise description. Just do yourself a favor and listen! It just may contain the most interesting vocal melodies, instrumentation, and song structures you’ll hear on any album this year. What’s more, its’ really fun all the way.

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t is a rare pleasure that an album comes along that is so clearly and meticulously representative of the hard work and craftsmanship put into its creation; Veckatimest is one such record. The second full length by Grizzly Bear is full of swirling melodies, huge vocal harmonies, and hidden gems of sonic wonder buried in dense songs which seem to constantly change direction, emotion, and time signatures. “Two Weeks,” and “While You Wait For the Others” are huge pop anthems that spend their entire time doing exactly what the listener wants them to do. “Ready, Able,” and opener “Southern Point” wrap the imagination in acoustic guitar textures, while “I Live With You” builds to theatrical proportions, ending in a dizzying cacophony of noise. Rather than being straight forward, the lyrics are suggestive of emotions, and when coupled with the shifting melodies, allow the listener a great deal of creativity in deriving meaning from them. Most of the songs consist of many sections, which (depending on one’s ears) can be either distracting or enthralling, but the record stands as a testament to meticulous songwriting and arranging, and only grows more fulfilling with each spin.


onic Youth’s first L.P. for an indie label in two decades finds the band consolidating many of the sounds and song structures of their past three releases, while stretching out a bit over mellower jams and interesting vocal melodies. The Eternal certainly has much to offer to long-time fans. “Anti-Orgasm” and “Antenna” are grandiose pop numbers, the former displaying the band’s ability for provocative lyrics (courtesy of Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon, singing together), before abandoning its structure all together in favor of a quite guitar jam. “Walkin Blue” is a fantastic Lee Ranaldo tune, and “Massage the History” ends the album with Kim nearly whispering over acoustic guitar and watery, electric lines. It is the vocal melodies here that really carry the day, along with some thoroughly driving songs (especially in the first half of the album). An improvement over Rather Ripped, The Eternal doesn’t recast the iconic band, but finds them molding into a cohesive whole the stronger points of the music they’ve made in the last ten years. Oh, and the cover art by John Fahey isn’t bad, either.

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nton Newcome has been at this hurdy gurdy shambolic drug music thing for over 15 years and boy is it sweet. His last to LP’s Bravery Repetition And Noise and more recently And This Is Our Music saw him utilizing a revolving cast of band mates and putting down some pretty complicated orchestral arrangements. His new record My Bloody Underground is a departure at lest in process. This one is just him playing all the instruments. This lends its self to a more striped down almost punk sound. Still this could only be a BJM record. For the uninitiated this might not be the record to start with but for the rest of us some pretty sweet stoned out jams await in these grooves. Mike Geary

Dust This Off Underappreciated Classic Albums


veryone knows who Thin Lizzy is. Well, my grandmother might not, but if you listen to classic rock radio or ever have, chances are you know at least one of the songs from Jailbreak. Even though “The Boys are Back in Town” was a huge hit, this album seldom gets the attention it deserves. From the opening note of the title track, the listener is sure that this is rock and roll, boiled to its essence. There is no great poetry here, no hidden meaning; these songs have a different mission. Fun. The “boys” didn’t come back to town to reflect on their lives; they came back to party, and Thin Lizzy makes this mission obvious throughout the record. Even the ballad “Fight or Fall” has a decidedly upbeat feel; it has a groove and feels fun, instead of morose or maudlin. This is not music to sit in your room and listen to in

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the dark. It is better suited for a summer cookout, a drunken house party, or pretty much anytime people will be having fun. These melodies stick in your head and you can’t help but smile and play air “guitarmonies” right along. So, the next time you want to make sure rock and roll is still as stupid and fun as you thought it was, dust off your copy of Jailbreak and enjoy.

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RIP KoP By: Amanda Cardell


got the news around six o’clock last Thursday afternoon, and just like people all over America, I immediately went to a bar to drown my sorrows in beer. I gathered some friends and passed out my collection of sequined gloves, along with some lighters and scissors to properly transform our attire for the planned thriller-textmob on West King Street. After every toast, we poured some beer out for our fallen idol—however, we were shortly asked to leave, because supposedly this was inappropriate. Permeated with rage , I was hoisted up and carried out kicking, screaming, and crying. We decided to lower flags to half mast, but Officer Foley intervened—and through his tears explained to us how Michael Jackson did, in fact, not serve in Vietnam as a paratrooper. James had been mistaken. We decided to go drink on Hippie Hill, where bare-footed Phish-heads had forgone hacky-sack for silent moonwalks back and forth in the moonlight. Looking ghostly on the crest of the hill, Billy Schweig despondently pointed out: “now all late night naked dance parties will have 28 Village Idiot July 09

to be somber events in accordance with ironic sinister mourning ritual” Mike Cooper, a friend who recently led similar cahoots in DC, called into our video chat, “whenever I was uncertain about a choice in life, it was Michael Jackson I turned to for inspiration. He was my man in the mirror. Now I look into the mirror and see nothing...” Knowing Mike, he’s still staring into that empty, unaffected mirror as you read this today. We left the hill’s silence and tramped towards town. We found a prophet on the street corner passing out paraphernalia that suggested that it might be a good idea, seeing how Michael is 99% plastic, to melt him and mold him into Lego pieces. That way, children could delight in play with him forever and ever until global warming and Al Gore melted that down too. As the sun came up, we stepped out to the balcony, placed blankets over our faces and took hands. The dawn echoing the dawning of the next phase in our lives, when someone remarked behind me: “It took until October of 2007 for 9/11 to be funny, this, I think we all know, will take longer.”


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Horoscope Aries (21 March-20 April) A friend you barely like will pitch another hissy fit. Pretend to not notice and wander off.

Taurus (21 April-21 May) You are procrastinating on the gift buying. Shipping only gets more expensive the longer you wait. Gemini (22 May-21 June) Your mountain of old mail is reaching dangerous heights. Pets and small children could be in danger.

Cancer (22 June-22 July) You will mysteriously injure yourself in your sleep. You are getting old.

Leo (23 July-22 August)

Libra (22 Sep.-22 Oct) People will choose to stand in front of what you want to buy at the grocery store. No matter what aisle you go to, they will be there-just standing there. Some will shop. Others will just be obliviously blocking your way.

Scorpio (23 Oct.-21 Nov.) An old crush comes back and crushes you some more.

Sagittarius (22 Nov.-21 Dec.) A friend you barely like will pitch another hissy fit. Pretend to not notice and wander off. Capricorn (22 Dec.-20 Jan.) Long-winded rambling voicemail messages coming at you all day.

Your spirit may come from a bottle. Try not to abuse it or I see meetings in your future.

Aquarius (21 Jan.-19 Feb.) Avoid hasty decisions and stop complaining. It’s not so bad.

Virgo (23 Aug.-21 Sep.)

Pisces (20 Feb.-20 March) Oh the horror. Oh the horror.

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