Transfigurations II Festival - Celebrating 10 Years of Harvest Records
Harvest Records, beloved Asheville-based independent record store and label, will celebrate it’s 10 year anniversary with the return of multi-day music festival, Transfigurations II, a sequel to 2009’s Transfigurations I. Through these festivals, owners Mark Capon and Matt Schnable hope to reflect Harvest and the community’s tastes, as well as encourage people to discover new music.
"In all honesty, if we look back on our earliest hopes, dreams and visions of what Harvest Records could become, it would mirror what actually ended up happening,” said Harvest Records’ Mark Capon and Matt Schnable in a press release statement. “Since our college days together, the idea was consistent: Open a record shop, yes, of course…but don’t let it stop there. Create a space dedicated to the discovery of music, the exchange of ideas, a place for broader discussions about community. Book shows for artists that normally wouldn’t come to town; host art on our walls from local artists who haven’t shown much before; start a record label and release recordings of sounds that may have not otherwise been produced physically. And it all happened."
Transfigurations II will take place August 28-30 in Harvest’s home of West Asheville. The festival will feature more than 25 bands at three different venues throughout Asheville and Marshall, NC. Lineup highlights include Ashley Olsen, The Clean, Hiss Golden Messenger, and Mount Eerie.
Tune into WKNC this week for your chance to win Saturday day passes to Transfigurations II.
Visit Harvest Records for more information and tickets.
Old Crow Medicine Show along with special guests, Shovels & Rope, will be coming to the Red Hat Amphitheatre on August 20th. WKNC will be giving away tickets for the show until Tuesday, August 19th. All you have to do is be the correct caller when the DJ asks for it and you could win yourself a night of great music. So don’t miss this golden opportunity! All of your friends will think you are so cool once you tell them you won free tickets from WKNC. That girl/guy will be highly impressed by your resourcefulness and finally agree to go out on a date with you. Basically, these tickets will change your life.
Old Crow Medicine Show is a bluegrass/americana band from Harrisonburg Virginia. They were discovered by bluegrass legend Doc Watson while the band was performing out on the streets of Boone, North Carolina. The band brings a classic, folk rock sound to the table that warms your heart and makes ya’ feel rightcha at home in ol’e North Caka-Laka. Old Crow Medicine Show makes me think of what southern country music should sound like. Plenty of harmonica solos, lots of banjo pickin’, a big upright bass, and overall great tunes. Even if you don’t like americana music, it’s hard not to like Old Crow Medicine Show’s sound. And with songs like “Down Home Girl” and “Caroline” you can’t help but admire the musical talent behind the music. But you know what they say, “Americana sound’s best when heard live”. I think that’s an ancient chinese proverb. Maybe not. But who knows, right? What is for certain is that you won’t regret a night with Old Crow Medicine Show! to find out more about Old Crow Medicine Show and their new album Remedy, visit: http://www.crowmedicine.com/discography/remedy
(P.S. If you’ve gone to any NC State sponsored/related event you’ve probably heard Old Crow Medicine Show’s song Wagon Wheel “heeeeeeeeey mama rock me”)
Shovels & Rope is an Americana duo from Charleston, South Carolina. Their music is filled with mellifluous vocal harmonies, palpitating drums, and dulcet acoustic guitars. A little less bluegrass than Old Crow Medicine Show but still an excellent example of southern americana rock. Check out their song Birmingham to hear a great example of my (fancily worded) description for the band. And be sure to visit their website and pre-order their upcoming album Swimmin’ Time: http://www.shovelsandrope.com/
So be on the listen for DJs giving away these tickets all week!
Hopscotch Design Festival preview
One of the great features of Hopscotch Music Fest is that it not only aims to expose the community to new music, but also a deeper range of culture. This year, to the delight of the growing design community in Raleigh, Hopscotch is introducing its own Design Festival. Kicking off a day before the music begins, the Design Festival promises an enlightening conversation about current design and its role in the future.
With its own lineup and separate wristband, the Design Fest will house a subculture of people separate from the typical nightgoers. However, the two festivals will not only have overlapping attendees, but also overlapping performers as a few of the Design Festival’s speakers are on the Hopscotch Music Festival schedule.. With worldwide renown designers, the festival is sure to be compelling and informative for designers and nondesigners alike.
The 2-day Design Festival will take place from Sept. 3rd - 4th. From 9:30am to 4pm on Wednesday, there will be speakers at the Raleigh Convention Center, CAM’s Main Gallery and Classroom, Flanders, Clearscapes, and Red Hat. Speakers include Brian Singer of Pinterest, Pierce Freelon + Apple Juice Kid co-founders of Beat Making Lab, and Doug Powell of IBM. During this period, there will be Interactive Projects and a Prototyping Festival. In addition, from 1pm - 4pm, the Raleigh Convention Center will be hosting a Hopscotch Lab featuring Elliot Montgomery’s Extrapolation Factory.
The Extrapolation Factory was a project developed by designers Chris Woebken and Elliott Montgomery to encourage people to get in the mindset of not predicting, but actively embodying design. The Extrapolation Factory features “futuring research;” it is an imagination-based studio that uses hands-on activities to further people’s understanding of how we control the future through our design. By the end of the lab, participants should have a deeper understanding on how “futuring” affects them and they’re powerful role in it.
From 4pm - 5pm there will be a Happy Hour at CAM immediately preceding Shohei Shigematsu’s seminar at the Raleigh Convention Center. Shohei Shigematsu became Director of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in 2006 and a Partner in 2008. Shigematsu has directed multiple architectural projects under OMA including the Milstein Hall (a College of Architecture extension) and the current construction of the Quebec National Beaux Arts museum and the Faena Arts Center in Miami Beach. Shigematsu has even collaborated with Kanye West on a seven-screen pavilion that was unveiled at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012.
Following Shigematsu’s seminar is an In-House Design reflections panel at Red Hat. The first day’s events will end with a party at Lincoln Theatre from 8pm - 10pm.
On Thursday, speakers will be having seminars at participating venues the Raleigh Convention Center, the Stockroom, King’s Barcade, Raleigh City Museum, and Lincoln Theatre. Included in Thursday’s speakers are Annie Atkins the lead graphic designer for Wes Anderson’s film The Grand Budapest Hotel, Tristan Shone and Lee Noble. As a mechanical engineering and musician, Tristan Shone has built his career designing custom machines and speakers for his music project Author & Punisher. He has been producing his “doom-influenced” sounds for the past 10 years releasing 5 albums to date. Shone will be performing at Kings Barcade on Thursday at 11:30pm. Lee Noble runs No Kings in Los Angelos, a small-batch tape release record label. Noble plans to discuss the aesthetics in the combination of music, art, and design in relation to his label. Noble’s music is described as mysterious and elusive and he will also be playing Hopscotch Thursday at Fletcher Opera Theater at 9pm. Thursday’s events will end with a day party at the Convention Center.
Hopscotch is selling 2-Day Design Festival passes for $150 and for half price with the purchase of a VIP or 3-day music pass.
Below is a full list of speakers. A complete pdf schedule of Hopscotch’s Design Festival can be downloaded at http://hopscotchdesignfest.com/uploads/Hopscotch_Schedule_0812.pdf
Shohei Shigematsu - Partner of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)
Harper Reed - Founder and CEO of Modest, Chief Technology Officer for Obama 2012 campaign
Sarah Miller Caldicott - executive with Global 500 firms including Quaker Oats/Pepsi and the Helene Curtis subsidary of Unilever, co-author of Innovate Like Edison: The Five Step System for Breakthrough Business Success
Elle Luna - Designer, painter, and writer. Creator of Bulan Project
Kai-Uwe Bergmann - Partner at Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)
Alexander Isley - Founder of Alexander Inc., graduate of NCSU’s College of Design and The Cooper Union School of Art
Doug Powell - Design Principal and Design Education Program Director at IBM
Annie Atkins – Lead Graphic Designer on Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel
Brian Singer - Manager on the Communication Design team at Facebook, previously worked with Apple, Adidas, Stanford Lively Arts, and Chronicle Books
Maurice Woods – Founder and Executive Director of the Inneract Project
Casey Caplowe - Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of GOOD
Cliff Bleszinski – Former Design Director at Epic Games
Sha Hwang – Designer on Healthcare.gov team, worked with The New York Times, CNN, MTV, Flickr, and Adobe
Pamela Abalu – Global Head of Design and Construction for MetLife Inc.
Mitchell Silver – Commissioner of New York City’s Dept. of Parks and Recreation
Elliot Montgomery – Co-Founder of The Extrapolation Factory
Matt Tomasulo – Chief Instigator of Walk [Your City]
Jake Levitas – Innovation Fellow in the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation
Rob Cotter - Founder and CEO of Organic Transit
Katie Potochney - Creative Director at SYPartners
Jarin Tabata - Creative Director at SYPartners
Timothy Myers - Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of North Carolina Opera
Patrick Hobgood - Raleigh native who worked for the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) and currently at family business Kenneth Hobgood Architects (KHA)
Tristan Shore - Musician and Engineer; playing Hopscotch Thursday at King’s Barcade under the name Author & Punisher
Apple Juice Kid & Pierce Freelon – Co-Founders of the Beat Making Lab
Lee Noble - runs No Kings record Label, performing at Hopscotch on Thursday at Fletcher Opera Theater
Heather Cook - Founder of Shind!gs
Kaitlyn Goalen - Co-Founder of Short Stack Editions
Meredith Pittman - NCSU’s College of Design Graduate working with Wild Yonder and Ellen Cassilly Architect
Garrett Grohman - Manager of A&R at Indiegogo
Merrette Moore - Founder and Managing Director of Lookout Capital
Creighton Blackwell - Vice President of Branch Networks and Community Engagement at Coastal Federal Credit Union
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)
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.
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
It’s that time of the year again! WKNC will be presenting its annual Concert On The Lawn on August 18th on Harris Field (in front of Witherspoon) from 5-7pm! For those of you who are unfamiliar with the series, Concert On The Lawn is WKNC’s big concert to start off the school year. The Concert On The Lawn is basically the biggest (and first) of our bi-weekly “Fridays on the Lawn” concert series which goes on throughout the school year. We only have the best local bands play for The Concert On The Lawn and this year our performers are none other than Durham’s own Hammer No More The Fingers (http://hnmtf.com) and Beauty World (http://beautyworld.bandcamp.com). This is also a great time to check out WKNC if you’ve never been to a WKNC event and/or want to learn more about the station and how to get involved.
You may recognize Hammer No More The Fingers as one of the headlining bands at WKNC’s latest Double Barrel Benefit Concert. You may also recognize them because they’re freakin’ awesome and make some of the best edgy indie rock in the triangle. The trio has garnered much musical acclaim since forming in early 2007, and their work has progressed into local NC music fame. Their melodic riffs of rocking and rolling are bound to keep you grooving for the whole set. Rumor has it that Jeff Stickley will drum with hammers instead of drumsticks. He will then proceed to change his last name to Hammerley. Not really.
Beauty World is a power duo also hailing from Durham, NC who recently released their self-titled EP, "Beauty World". The band consists of Duncan Webster of Hammer No More The Fingers, and Leah Gibson (former member of Lost In The Trees). The two met when Leah Gibson accompanied Hammer No More The Fingers on stage during the 2010 Hopscotch music festival. Soon after, Webster and Gibson started making their own music and playing shows together. Beauty World brings us music that shows influences of both Hammer No More The Fingers’ rock&roll and Lost In The Trees’ indie folk, while creating a unique sound of their own.
So mark your calendars for Monday, August 18th at 5-7pm. Come on down and enjoy some great free music! Don’t forget this is also a perfect time to learn more about WKNC, how to get involved with WKNC, and college radio in general. P.S. also a wonderful time to get your free WKNC swag: stickers, bottle openers, koozies. Ya’ know, all that good stuff.
See you there!
dJ/dx interviewed Raleigh’s own GHOSTT BLLONDE live in the WKNC studio Monday, August 4th, including a first listen of their brand new track Dissonance, to be released August 19th!
Other songs played include “Home” and “Suzanne” with Jacki Huntington of Sea Gulls. Listen in for details on their upcoming release show, new EP, their Hopscotch performance, and favorite Gatorade flavors.
GHOSTT BLLONDE’s release show is this Saturday, August 9th at Nice Price Books & Records in Raleigh with FS (Greenville) and Black Santa (Goldsboro). They are also playing Hopscotch 2014 on the CAM Stage at 9:30 on Friday, September 5th.