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)
Following up on yesterday’s post. My 10 favorite shows of the year.
1. 1/14/12 – Red Collar w/ Spider Bags & Rat Jackson – Local 506
I love when a show early in the year sets the bar high. And all year long no single show topped this one. Just a fantastic kick start to the year. From Rat Jackson covering Alan Jackson to Reese McHenry joining Spider Bags on stage to the energy and passion Red Collar poured into every moment – this show was packed full of memorable moments. photo set
2. 4/19/12 – John Darnielle, Mac McCaughan & Greg Cartwright – Motorco
Amazing night for a great cause. A completely unique chance to see these three songwriters trade songs and play off each other. photo set
3. 5/10/12 – Des Ark w/Midtown Dickens – Tir Na Nog
The best show Local Beer Local Band show I saw all year. But what really makes this night stand so high on my list is that it was exactly the show I needed at that moment. photo set
4. 4/27/12 – Lucero w/J Roddy Walston & The Business – Orange Peel
This show was nearly a shoe in, after all we decided to drive to Asheville to see the combo of Lucero w/ J Roddy opening. At the same time it was a show I had mighty high expectations for. They were more than met. photo set
5. 6/9/12 – Bombadil w/ JKutchma & the 5/5ths- The Farm
I really hope there are more shows at The Farm next year. Absolutely a stunning place to see a show. The scenrey adds to the music; the chance sit in a chair on the grass listening to great local music chorus with the sounds of night setting in on a summer night. photo set
6. 8/24/12 – Reigning Sound w/Last Year’s Men – Nightlight
Reigning Sound at Nightlight? Yes, please. photo set
7. 9/29/12 – Team Dresch w/ The Butchies & The Tomboys – Pinhook outdoor stage
Another year, another amazing Pinhook concert for Pride. This year, finally, the chance to see Team Dresch. photo set
8. 2/18/12 -Ted Leo w/ Mac McCaughan – Coffeehouse
Great night. Never had the chance to see Ted Leo play before this, but the highlight of the night may just have been McCaughan talking about the first show he saw at the Coffeehouse. photo set
9. 5/11/12 – Vandaveer – Local 506
I love to see full shows, and am saddened when a band doesn’t draw as well as I hoped. And man, y’all all missed this one. It meant we got to sit on the riser at 506 and enjoy an amazing and intimate Vandaveer show. Lovely. photo set
10. 1/6/12 – Crooked Fingers w/ Mount Moriah – Kings
What a great way to kick off the year. A packed Kings, great sets by both bands.
Up next in the year count down: favorite videos & favorite photos.
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I tried to cut my list of favorite local releases down to the best of the best and ended up with 6 records. So that’d what I have here. I’m incredibly lucky to live in an area with so much great music and so many opportunities to see them live. All told I’ve seen these bands 41 times this year. Pretty awesome.
1. JKutchma – Pastorals
Band I saw the most this year; favorite album of the year. The title track “Pastorals” was the song I didn’t know I needed this year. “And no I’m not proud of all that I did, In search for destination now I’m back where I begin. All my transgression oh how I remember each. But if I lived again without them, would I have found this peace? I’ve been wrong more than I’ve been right. My fault, I won’t deny. I hope at heaven’s gate, they make saints. Cause I tried, I tried, I tried. I been so wrong. But I tried.”
2. Spider Bags – Shake Your Head
I dare you to listen to the opening tracks “Keys to the City” & “Simona La Ramona” and try not to dance, laugh, remember why you love music, sing along. I’m pretty sure it is impossible.
3. Midtown Dickens – Home
This album sounds like Durham to me. And I mean that in all the best ways.
4. Gross Ghost – Brer Rabbit
5. American Aquarium – Burn.Flicker.Die
I’m so incredibly proud of these guys for all the hard work they’ve put in to their success, for the touring and the growth, and the fact that this album is just darn, darn fine. Some of these songs have been kicking around live for years and it shows in the delivery. Both a familiar step for the band and a big leap forward. All of that notwithstanding, this album might just belong on this list for the Backsliders cover alone.
6. Red Collar – Welcome Home
I love this band, full stop.
10 favorite non-local releases tomorrow.
Had the opportunity earlier this month to go to the Livescore of Without a Fight.
It was a great way to experience the movie. Movie playing on the screen, Phil & Brad Cook performing the music. Just lovely.
Magic Mike opened up the night.
Congrats and thanks to everyone involved. full photo set here
Friday night, JKutchma & the 5/5ths played their album release show at Pinhook.
The album is absolutely fantastic, one of my favorite albums of the year. If you haven’t picked it up yet, go to Last Chance Records and pick up a copy.
Full photo set here
One of the best parts about living here in the summer is just being outside, enjoying the beautiful beautiful weather.
I’m not speaking for anyone else, but sometimes I can get too caught up in my day-to-day to stop and enjoy. This night was a reminder of the beauty of being outside on a perfect night – enjoying the weather and friends.
And in this case there was also great music.
Provided by JKutchma and the 5/5ths.
And as the sun fell and set, Bombadil.
This was the first show in this gorgeous space (only a short 30 minutes from Durham, 15 from Chapel Hill). The next show will be in early September. I’m hard pressed to imagine a more perfect way to spend a night.
Good friends, beautiful surroundings, stunning sunset, gorgeous music, and a crackling bonfire after the show.
The full photo set is here – I’m planning on keeping that tab open in my browser so I can come back to the wonder of this night again and again.
Big thanks to everyone who put this event on, played, laughed, etc. It was exactly what I needed.
Last week was an odd week without shows for me. But on Friday the weekend got started right with JKutchma & the 5/5ths.
I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to watch this band play shows and become more and more of a cohesive unit and work on the arrangement of the songs.
Hear it for your self:
They sound excellent right now. Their next big local show is at The Pinhook on 7/7 for their album release. Be there.
Filthybird opened and played one of the best sets I’ve seen them play including a stunning cover of “Night Comes In.” You don’t have to take my word on that one, I have video:
And one last video treat, Jason closing out the night solo with “Durham Bull”:
Full photo set here
The videos are a new occasional thing I’m doing, hope you like.