Hopscotch Music Fest is almost here!
As usual the staff is incredibly excited to see some of the best new and lesser-known musical acts 2014 has to offer. As part of WKNC’s unique coverage of the festival we’ve created this video playlist of all the Lounge artists playing this year. Discover the lineup’s hidden gems by watching the playlist!
Two Lounge alumni featured in this playlist, Krill and Palehound, will be performing at WKNC’s Hopscotch Day party at Nice Price Books on Hillsborough Street along with Black Santa, Y’all, and Matt Kivel! Friday September 5th. (We’ve heard there’ll be pizza)
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My name is Jamie and I’m crazy about Miniature Tigers. I’ve seen them more times than I can remember (13, maybe?), which is pretty impressive considering they’re from Phoenix and now live in Brooklyn. I even tried to see them open for fun. during a vacation in metro Detroit, but the show was sold out. I ended up having a drink at the bar that shares a back wall with the venue and catching a muffled version of their set (which technically makes 13.5 shows).
After skipping over the Triangle on their tour with Bear Hands this spring, I am delighted for the opportunity to see them headline the Cat’s Cradle Back Room with The Griswolds and Finish Ticket on Wednesday, Aug. 12. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $14 at the door.
To prepare you for their Cat’s Cradle show, let me run down the Miniature Tigers discography. “Tell it to the Volcano” (2008) is bubblegum pop at its finest. To quote former WKNC general manager Kyle Robb, "each track is as catchy as the Bubonic Plague.” It gave the CD player in my car quite the workout. The band’s electronic influences are more prevalent in their sophomore album, “Fortress” (2010). They kept turning up the techo for “Mia Pharaoh” (2012), but the catchy hooks were still there with such songs as “Cleopatra” and “Sex on the Regular.” The band’s fourth album, ”Cruel Runnings” (2014), was released in June. It takes a few listens to get into it, but you’ll be humming “Swimming Pool Blues” before long.
Want to know what Miniature Tigers have been listening to lately? Check out the “On the Road” Spotify playlist they made with The Griswolds. See you soon.
WKNC 88.1 FM CHARTS August 12, 2014
WKNC Radio 200
3—FIELD MOUSE—Hold Still Life—Topshelf
4—BEAR IN HEAVEN—Time Is Over One Day Old—Hometapes-Dead Oceans
5—TOTAL CONTROL—Typical System—Iron Lung
7—COLD BEAT—Over Me—Crime On The Moon
9—WUNDER WUNDER—Everything Infinite—Dovecote
11—WHITE FENCE—For The Recently Found Innocent—Drag City
12—KUTOSIS—Dream It Away—Jealous Lovers Club
14—MATT KIVEL—Days Of Being Wild—Woodsist
15—A SUNNY DAY IN GLASGOW—Sea When Absent—Lefse
16—PARQUET COURTS—Sunbathing Animal—What’s Your Rupture?
17—JOYCE MANOR—Never Hungover Again—Epitaph
18—FLOATING ACTION—Body Questions—New West
19—PROPER ORNAMENTS—Wooden Head—Slumberland
20—HOORAY FOR EARTH—Racy—Smalltown Supersound
21—DAN MELCHIOR UND DAS MENACE—Hunger—Castle Face
22—SPIDER BAGS—Frozen Letter—Merge
23—WING DAM—Shifter Bliss—Friends Records
24—SLOW CLUB—Complete Surrender—Wichita
25—EPHEMERALS—Nothin Is Easy—Jalapeno
26—TWIN PEAKS—Wild Onion—Grand Jury
27—ROSEBUDS—Sand + Silence—Western Vinyl
28—HALEY BONAR—Last War—Graveface
29—DIRTY LUNGS—Dirty Lungs—Communicating Vessels
30—GOT A GIRL—I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now—Bulk
1—AMAZING SNAKEHEADS—Amphetamine Ballads—Domino
2—NAOMI PUNK—Television Man—Captured Tracks
4—MIREL WAGNER—When The Cellar Children See The Light Of Day—SUB POP
5—CASTANETS—Decimation Blues—Asthmatic Kitty
Coke Weed is coming off quite a busy last year. They released their third self-released, full-length Back to Soft back in July and toured heavily throughout the end of the year. The Maine quintet have laid pretty quiet throughout 2014 working on their next effort.
Back to Soft was born during the Mt. Desert Island Recording Sessions. The album features the signature, intricate guitar interplay with the enthralling backing of a solid rhythm section that we have come to expect along with the beautiful contrasting vocals of Nina and Milan. This album takes a more electric approach over the more acoustic sound of previous recordings.
Be sure to check out the interview I did with them shown above. It was recorded ahead of their show at The Cave last year on November 1st. We discussed the album, their experience on the road and at CMJ, as well as their influences, their writing and recording process, how they do it all on their own, and much more. They also performed stripped down versions of a few tracks, so be sure to check it out.
I have never been to Bar Harbor or anywhere in Maine for that reason, but I like to imagine that their breed of alt/psychedelic rock captures the beauty of the vast, coastal landscape. This show is an absolute must-see at Hopscotch. Be prepared to lose yourself in their warm, inviting music. The laid back sound of the music will catch you off guard as you will leave the venue wondering what happened in a completely unexpected, calm state. Consider it your own personal vacation during Hopscotch. Trust me, you’ll need it by Saturday night and you won’t want it to end.
Saturday, September 6th, 10pm @ Deep South
Paste Magazine premiere of new single mentioned in interview here.
dJ/dx and Me interviewed Ancient Cities last Thursday before they played Local Band Local Beer at Tir Na Nog Irish Pub in Raleigh.
You can hear three of their songs during the interview: Edie Sedgewick, Werewolf and Juice. Listen for details about their new music video and the answer to “what movie would Ancient Cities write the soundtrack for?”
Hopscotch 2014 Artist Map
Each year, Hopscotch Music Festival brings in an incredible lineup of artists from all over the state, country, and world to play the three-day music festival in Raleigh. But have you ever wondered exactly where all of the bands are from?
This year, WKNC’s dJ/dx used Mapbox to create a map of Hopscotch 2014 artists based on the hometowns listed on their Hopscotch Artist Bios. The marker’s aren’t quite exact, but they’re are placed near each city/town. You can click on each marker for the corresponding artist/band’s name, picture, and link to their Hopscotch Artist page.
If the map appears below as a gray square, you can click on the square to view it on the WKNC blog, or you can click here to view it on Mapbox.com.
Hopscotch Artist Profile: Death
If you’re going to Hopscotch, or thinking about going to Hopscotch, this year, then there are two possibilities:
- You’ve heard that Death is headlining and you are going be at City Plaza, rain or shine, on September 6th to see this monumental event.
- You have no idea who Death is.
If the second category describes you, fear not. I am giving you a chance to become enlightened.
“Why should I be excited about Death?” you ask.
The story of Death is so compelling that it almost seems fabricated. Where do I start?
How about Detroit, Michigan, 1973. Three teenage brothers – David, Dannis, and Bobby Hackney – growing up in the black community at a time when Motown music predominated. Think Earth Wind and Fire, the Temptations, Smokey Robinson. The Hackney boys, led by charismatic David, had long been immersed in music. Their father, a Baptist minister, had fostered and encouraged their interest from a young age by exposing them to the Beatles and a wide range of other artists. The close-knit family did not have a lot of money, but the boys were able to get their hands on some instruments. Their first incarnation as a band was a logical choice considering what was popular in their community at the time: a funk outfit, called Rock Fire Funk Express.
In 1973, everything changed when David saw The Who. The brothers quickly became obsessed with this new kind of music – pure rock and roll. Inspired by Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, and Iggy and the Stooges, the band went in a completely new direction: and changed their name to Death. The brothers would play in their small bedroom-turned-studio. They were heard, though not necessarily enjoyed, throughout the neighborhood.
This is where things get important historically. This was 1973 – several years before The Ramones would burst onto the scene and essentially start the punk movement. But here was Death, playing proto-punk (although they didn’t know it, since punk didn’t exist yet). No one at the time was playing anything on their level. The raucous energy, the huge riffs, the politically-charged lyrics, the snarling and screaming vocals, even the band’s name itself – they were totally against the grain.
Unfortunately, the world didn’t seem ready for an all-black punk band called Death just yet. The Hackney brothers faced rejection after rejection from record labels. Most notably, they turned down a $20,000 contract with Clive Davis (Columbia Records), who liked their music but wanted them to change their name. David, the group’s spiritual, creative, and emotional leader, was outraged, and the deal collapsed. By 1980, the brothers were sick of the rejection and went their separate ways – Bobby and Dannis to Vermont, David back to Detroit – after only ever putting out one self-released EP.
This could have been the end of Death. Bobby and Dannis formed a reggae band, and David continued to make music by himself until his death from lung cancer in 2000. Shortly before he passed, David had given all of Death’s old tapes to Bobby for storage with the promise that “the world would come looking for this music after he died.”
And, in an eerily fitting twist, the world did.
Nearly 35 years later, some record-collecting nerd found that self-released, two-song EP in a record store and realized that what he had just bought was not only some really sick shredding, but also a lost piece of music’s cultural history.
He headed straight for the internet and Death was soon being spread around, shared, and enjoyed, creating similarly stunned reactions wherever it was heard. The two remaining members of Death, Bobby and Dannis, had no idea this was happening until Bobby’s son, Bobby Jr., heard a friend raving about Death and recognized his father’s voice on the tracks. The buzz grew and reached the attention of Drag City, who contacted the brothers about releasing the old material – unheard since the 70’s – as an album. In 2008, Death released its first album, …For the Whole World to See, recorded in 1973. Finally, David’s dream had come true.
In many ways, Death represents rebirth.
Bobby’s sons, Bobby Jr., Julian, and Urian, were so inspired by their father’s and uncles’ music that they formed a band themselves. They called it Rough Francis, after the name their uncle David used for his solo work. Rough Francis started out as the boys’ tribute to Death; they just wanted people to hear the songs that had been collecting dust in an attic for decades, songs that had never been played for a live audience before. Now, Rough Francis writes and records their own music, though they still pay homage to Death at every show.
Another important rebirth: after the album release, Bobby and Dannis began playing Death’s songs again (with the guitarist from their reggae band filling in for David) for the first time since 1980. They have even done some touring since then, and released some new material in the form of a single. Drag City has put out two more full-lengths of Death’s archived material. This band, the would-be pioneers of punk, is now finally getting the recognition it deserves.
When Death takes the stage at City Plaza on September 6th, the songs they play will be old; probably older than many of the festival’s attendees. But they will still ring true. For Bobby and Dannis, playing the songs they wrote with their brother is a deeply spiritual and emotional experience. From 1973 to 1980, no one wanted to hear what Death had to say.
But this time around, the world is ready to listen.
Author’s note: I did a lot of my research for this article while watching the incredible documentary, “A Band Called Death,” which is available for streaming on Netflix.
Baltimore’s Wing Dam dropped by the station to play a 3 song set before their show at Nice Price, the first stop on their nation-wide tour. Check out the full session above!
Most Anticipated Shows of Hopscotch 2014/Personal Itinerary
DJ SALINGER — a personal itinerary for Hopscotch 2014
The kick off night for Hopscotch is going to be incredible to say the least. To start with, the first highlight of the night will occur at Slim’s at 9:30 PM when Southport, NC’s own Museum Mouth takes the stage (or shall I say rocks the stage) with all of their wonderfully emotional songs off their latest album Alex I Am Nothing. Then from there, you will want to make sure to grab a portion of The Till’s set at Pour House Music Hall before making your way over to Deep South to catch my most anticipated performance of the evening by Reptar who are making their way to Raleigh from their hometown Athens, Georgia…which is coincidentally from the deep south.
Alright, it’s already a given that all of Friday’s City Plaza’s shows will be a must see with Lonnie Walker starting at 5:45, St. Vincent at 6:50, and Spoon at 8:30 PM. Now the big question arises: Where do I go from here? Well let me just tell ya, I am really looking forward to starting the post City Plaza extravaganza with Raleigh’s own Ghostt Bllonde who will be playing at CAM Raleigh starting at 9:30 PM. After this set, I will definitely stop by to catch Loamlands at Lincoln Theater, then a little bit of the Nervous Ticks at The Hive before heading over to my most anticipated performance of Friday—Mapei. Coming all the way from Stockholm, Sweden, Mapei’s infectious songs are sure to be a must see at midnight in Tir Na Nog.
If I learned anything from last year’s festival, it’s that by the last night I am WORN OUT. Having a blast running around downtown Raleigh can really take a toll on one’s body, so come Saturday night I will be staying put in one spot to see all of my most anticipated performances for the evening; and that spot is the Fletcher Opera Theater. Starting out at 10:00 PM with the talented Asheville based folk singer Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, as part of the group Mountain Man, Alexandra’s beautiful vocals are surely not to be missed. The night only gets better with Chicago’s Ryley Walker taking the stage at 11:00 PM and then perhaps my most anticipated show of the whole festival, a solo performance by Phosphorescent at midnight. The level of intimacy Saturday night in the Fletcher Opera Theater will without a doubt be through the roof; and for that reason alone, overall, I am anticipating Saturday the most out of all the days.
By: Clint Bowman