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Favorite Videos of 2012

Favorite videos of 2012

This year I started shooting a fair amount of video, so here are my 10 favorite videos I shot this year (not including the videos from Hopscotch proper, which are still being culled and edited for official posting):

1. Red Collar – Pilgrim – this is why rock and roll is awesome and transformative

2. American Aquarium with Chip Robinson – Abe Lincoln

3. Reese McHenry & company – Think

4. Arliss Nancy – Abacus (Racing in the Street)

5. Josh Ritter – Lillian, Egypt

6. Red Collar – Jinx Removing (Jawbreaker)

7. Cory Brannan – Skateland South

8. Filthybird – Night Comes In (Richard & Linda Thompson)

9. JKutchma – Durham Bull

10. Widowspeak – Wicked Game (Chris Issak)

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Arliss Nancy, Slim’s

Slim’s on a Tuesday:
Arliss Nancy, Slim's, Raleigh NC, 10/09/12

Full photo set including photos of Almost People here

DTFH Fest Highlights

A quick, illustrated list of the highlights of DTFH fest for me.

Sour Boy, Bitter Girl played really early on Friday, which means alot of people missed them, shame that,

Old Flings, Death to False Hope Fest, Motorco Garage, Durham NC, 06/29/12

Old Flings + blistering garage heat = really great set.

Arliss Nancy, Death to False Hope Fest, Motorco, Durham NC, 06/29/12

Arliss Nancy in the Showroom.

Pink Flag, Death to False Hope Fest, Motorco, Durham NC, 06/29/12

Pink Flag. It’d been a minute since the last time I saw Pink Flag, great to see them again.

The Sky We Scrape, Death to False Hope Fest, Motorco Garage, Durham NC, 06/30/12

The Sky We Scrape early on Saturday.

Fake Boys, Death to False Hope Fest, Motorco, Durham NC, 06/30/12

Fake Boys (not only was the music good, there is something about the light/dark contrasts in this photo that I’m really proud to have captured)

Arliss Nancy, Death to False Hope Fest, Motorco Garage, Durham NC, 06/30/12

Arliss Nancy in the Garage. (Arliss Nancy will always be a highlight for me).

Mixtapes, Death to False Hope Fest, Motorco, Durham NC, 06/30/12

Mixtapes. Last year they played a packed show in the Garage as part of DTFH Fest, great to see them move up to Showroom stage, and totally own it.

Magic Mike, Death to False Hope Fest, Motorco, Durham NC, 06/30/12

Magic Mike, always

Red Collar, Death to False Hope Fest, Motorco, Durham NC, 06/30/12

Red Collar, perfect closer, one of the better sets I’ve seen them play.

See you all next DTFH Fest.

My favorite photos from the weekend here. All photos from DTFH Fest here.

DTFH Fest Reflections

Mixtapes, Death to False Hope Fest, Motorco, Durham NC, 06/30/12

I’m never going to claim to be someone with a grand history of punk rock cred, pretty much my only punk cred is that once upon a time, as a 14 year old (ahhh, summer of 1993), The Queers Love Songs for the Retarded was the soundtrack to very seminal events in my life. (ask me in person, I’ll tell you that whole story.)

Pink Flag, Death to False Hope Fest, Motorco, Durham NC, 06/29/12

But that album really stood in isolation for me, I didn’t go from that to falling head over heels for the genre. I came to punk through the harder edge of alt country.

Almost People, Motorco Garage, Durham NC, 06/28/12

Which is to say that no one is more surprised than me that I’ve found Durham’s punk scene to be one of the most comfortable spaces in town. But I have.

Magic Mike, Death to False Hope Fest, Motorco, Durham NC, 06/29/12

I’ve never been a part of any group that was more simply accepting of what people bring to the table. I love this scene because it isn’t about what is trendy or hip or popular. It is quite simply about music and people who love the heck out of music: making music, enjoying music, singing along, arms flung over shoulders, belting it out.

Before the Show, Death to False Hope Fest, Motorco, Durham NC, 06/30/12

This isn’t Hopscotch or anything like it, it isn’t trying to be. This is a group of friends, celebrating the very fact that we are all here and having a blast.

Before the Show, Death to False Hope Fest, Motorco, Durham NC, 06/29/12

Scotty deserves a world of credit for pulling this one together and for laying the groundwork of music that allowed everyone to have a great time. And on a personal level, I’m extraordinarily grateful to him for helping me find my way into this scene and for him inviting and welcoming me to be there. Outside a Red Collar show 2ish years ago, he pitched one of the upcoming shows he was promoting to me with a pitch that went something like this “I don’t know how many of the bands you’ll like, but everyone playing are good people, it’ll be really fun to shoot, we’ll start on time at 8:30, show will be done at 10, see you there” the pitch worked. I went and found a community that was in fact fun to shoot, where all the shows ran on time, and where I really adore alot of the music. But most importantly, I found a really awesome community of friends. And really that’s what it is all about.

Red Collar, Death to False Hope Fest, Motorco, Durham NC, 06/30/12

DTFH Fest ended with Red Collar acoustic & unplugged on the Motorco Showroom floor, surrounded by the crowd, leading a sing along of “Welcome Home”

How long has it been since I’ve seen that smile and heard you sing?
One year? Two years? Who cares, you’re here now.
It’s like it was just yesterday, tell me how have you been?
My brother, my hero, my shadow, my friend.
Welcome home

Of course that is how it ended, of course.

Red Collar, Death to False Hope Fest, Motorco, Durham NC, 06/30/12

Welcome Home.

My favorite photos from DTFH Fest are here all photos are here. Something that looks more like an actual review tomorrow.

DTFH Fest in Video

For everyone who was out at DTFH Fest this weekend who is heading back to work today (like me) and still feeling a little tired, this is a reminder of why it is worth it. For everyone who wasn’t out this weekend, this is what you missed.


Red Collar – Pilgrim. Simply one of the best performances I’ve ever seen. Hometown, home community, great crowd, amazing band, everything lined up to make this one perfect.


Red Collar – Choices.


Arliss Nancy – Stella Lovely.


Arliss Nancy – Abacus (take 1). From the first night in the Showroom.


Arliss Nancy – Abacus (take 2). From the second night in the Garage. And yes, both are essential viewing, particularly becuase in this one, Cory drops the first verse of Springsteen’s “Racing in the Street” into the song. I try not to sing along or yell while recording, but you can hear my yell of delight as soon as the cover verse kicks in.


Joe McMahon – What Separates Us All. “United we stand, divided we fall” indeed.

I’m still improving on my video skills and getting better at figuring out when to switch from photos to video mode on the camera, but I’m pleased with all of these and know I’m going to watch them all one last time as I get ready to go back to work.

Post with photos from DTFH Fest will follow tomorrow and the next day.

DTFH Fest Friday, June 29 Preview

The real beauty of DTFH Fest this year is that you don’t have to miss a single minute of music, as a band ends on the Garage stage, another will start in the Showroom, and so on. Local folks, if you are still wavering on buying tickets, I’ll say that the $15 ticket price gets you in both nights and the local bands alone are worth that price: Red Collar, Pink Flag, Eno Mountain Boys, Almost People, Ascetic Parade. That right there would be a killer long night. On top of the stellar local lineup there are 21 out-of-town bands playing. The whole two days will be loud, and hot, and a ton of fun.

I’ve been lucky to see many of the bands playing this weekend before, so here’s a visual preview of many of the Friday night bands.

Old Flings, Motorco Garage, Durham NC, 1/14/12
Old Flings

Ascetic Parade, Motorco, Durham NC, 07/26/11
Ascetic Parade

Arliss Nancy/Sour Boy Bitter Girl, Motorco, Durham NC, 05/30/11
Sour Boy, Bitter Girl

The Capitalist Kids, Motorco Garage, DTFH Fest, Durham NC, 1/21/11
The Capitalist Kids

Almost People, Motorco, Durham NC, 10/21/11
Almost People

Arliss Nancy, Death To False Hope Records Pre-Fest Show, Motorco, Durham NC, 1/20/11
Arliss Nancy

Joe McMahon, Motorco, DTFH Fest, Durham NC, 1/22/11
Joe McMahon

Pink Flag, Motorco, Durham, NC, 1/6/11
Pink Flag

Arliss Nancy/Sour Boy, Bitter Girl

Monday night, instead of full band Arliss Nancy show, we were treated to a show that was half Arliss Nancy, half Sour Boy, Bitter Girl. (owing to the fact that one member of Arliss Nancy couldn’t be on this tour). It was fascinating to watch the band go back and forth between the songs from each band. And, it had the added bonus of Scotty Sandwich stepping in on guitar for one song.
Scotty Sandwich w/ Arliss Nancy, Motorco, Durham NC, 05/30/11
full photo set here