Former Bill Clinton aide Howard Wolfson offers up his favorite albums of 2008 over at his blog Gotham Acme. The list includes Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes and Bonnie “Prince” Billy to name a few. His take on Beach House:
The sounds of the carnival at night: hazy, gauzy, just over the ridge. Who knew Mazzy Star was going to be this influential?
It’s the making of a great music critic and further insight into why America’s youth love Bill Clinton.
The release of Animal Collective’s highly anticipated Merriweather Post Pavilion is only weeks away, with the vinyl version set for Jan. 20, but NC State’s student radio station WKNC and School Kids records will be hosting a release party Jan. 5 at midnight at Raleigh’s Pour House Music Hall. It is one of several release parties around the country. Who’s ready to start their best of 2009 lists?
Penn Badgley models Band of Outsiders for GQ. Courtesy men.style.com
Anyone Josh Schwartz fan knows that the one place The OC definitively beats Gossip Girl is in its awkward, hipster lead. Dan Humphrey never has and never will have anything on Seth Cohen. So it’s a little funny to see Dan Penn Badgley doing this photo shoot for GQ, which puts the Gossip Girl star in some very Seth Cohen-esque outfits. He might have a chiseled jaw and physique, but Badgley will never be able to rock Vans like Adam Brody did.
Here is the second part of our celebration of the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill music scene. Again, the list is not ranked. For part one, check here.
The Eye-Opener at BCHQ – August 2, 2008
A few of BCHQ’s board members work on a project to promote transgender awareness across the globe, specifically focusing on the Hijra communities in India. To help the cause locally, they put together a day-long festival in a sticky August day that included a bevvy of local artists (Mount Moriah, Des Ark, Megafaun, Embarrassing Fruits, etc.) and a vegan brunch. But the best moment of the day came at the end when the Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle gave the best endorsement ever of his current hometown. His numbers might be a little bit off, but someone in Durham needs to hire him to promote the city.
Harrison Haynes (left) and Casey Cook (right) in the first hour. All photos courtesy Chloë Seymore/Branch Gallery.
As mentioned earlier, Harrison Haynes and Casey Cook took to the street-front windows of Branch Gallery Outpost to perform “LRLL RLRR” for two hours Friday night. The event served as a sort-of capstone to Cook’s Boom Boom Crash, which closes tonight.
The performance drew attention to a lot of aspects of drumming that usually go unnoticed, accomplishing the project’s stated goals including “The beauty in monotony, especially with regard to drum beats” and “Drumming as a social, collaborative practice rather than a solo practice.” Each drummer’s different style came out. Notably, Hayne’s drumming seemed to be more in his hands. Cook relied more on her whole arm, showing more motion in the wrist and grasping the drum stick much higher. (more…)