Category Archives: phil cook & his feat

Hiss Golden Messenger, 11/16/12

Lovely album release show for Hiss Golden Messenger at Pinhook on Firday night.

Phil Cook & His Feat, Pinhook, Durham NC, 11/16/12
Phil Cook & His Feat

Ama Divers, Pinhook, Durham NC, 11/16/12
and Ama Divers opened up.

full photo set here


The Johns Tape

Saturday night Cantwell Gomez & Jordan and Phil Cook & His Feat released a split cassette tape released by Bull City Records.

Phil Cook & His Feat, Pinhook, Durham NC, 04/28/12

It was a fun show and fascinating to hear the two bands, with greatly different styles, play back to back.

There were still copies of the tape at Bull City Records (as of Tuesday when I was last there). $5 well spent.

Birds & Arrows, Pinhook, Durham NC, 04/28/12

Birds & Arrows opened.

Full photo set including the afternoon show w/ Beloved Binge, Ellertronic & The Wigg Report is here

Year End Concert Stats

As I start my year end wrap up posts, today some stats to keep it in perspective. This was an amazing year in live music in Durham and in Raleigh and in Chapel Hill. I didn’t even see most of it (though I came closest in Durham) but, bow howdy, I saw a lot of it.

[All stats include shows I know I’ll see and shoot before the year is over. Stats do not include shows I went to without my camera (it happens)]

I saw and shot 209 shows at 33 venues in 2011 (this counts each day of a festival as a single show): 150 shows in Durham, 23 in Chapel Hill, 22 in Raleigh, 13 in Carrboro, 1 in Winston-Salem.

Counting each set by band I saw and shot 565 sets in 2011: 381 bands in Durham, 85 bands in Raleigh, 66 bands in Chapel Hill, 31 bands in Carrboro, 2 bands in Winston.

Looking at the venues I shot the most out of the 33 total venues: I shot 58 shows at Motorco, 47 shows at Pinhook, 13 shows at Casbah, 13 shows at Local 506, 11 shows at Motorco Garage, 10 shows at Cat’s Cradle.

Going by number of band sets, not shows: I shot 155 bands at Motorco, 108 bands at Pinhook, 38 bands at Casbah, 37 bands at Local 506, 34 bands at Motorco Garage, 23 bands at Cat’s Cradle, 21 bands at Kings, and 20 at Nightlight.

All together I saw and shot 358 bands this year, almost a band for each day of the year. 276 of those bands I saw only once. 65 of the bands I saw between 2 and 4 times. And 17 of the bands I saw 5 or more times:
Band – # of shows
JKutchma (w/ the 5/5 or solo) – 19
Midtown Dickens- 10
Almost People – 10
Phil Cook & His Feat – 8
Magnolia Collective – 7
Pink Flag – 7
Onward, Soldiers – 6
Mount Moriah – 6
Free Electric State – 6
Gray Young – 6
Hammer No More The Fingers – 6
Birds & Arrows – 6
American Aquarium – 5
Effingham – 5
Humble Tripe – 5
Red Collar – 5
The Moaners – 5

A special nod to JKutchma, Midtown Dickens, Phil Cook & His Feat, Gray Young, Mount Moriah, Birds & Arrows, and The Moaners, all of whom I saw play in at least 5 different venues.

And, yes, if anyone is curious, I’m happy to share the excel spreadsheet where I store all this info if you are curious about the nitty gritty details or want to look at lots of pivot tables.

In summary, I saw and shot a ton of shows and bands. I shot in venues all around the area and also really focused on shooting in Durham. I got to see many of my favorite bands play a bunch, some of my favorite bands not nearly enough, and just about everything in between. I found new music, new friends, new angles, new light, and so much more at shows

And between now and the end of the year, I have posts coming to try and pull from that magnitude of music: my favorite shows, my favorite concert moments, my favorite photos, my favorite albums.

Links to all year end coverage:
Top Ten Albums of 2011
Twenty Favorite Photos of 2011
Ten Favorite Shows of 2011
Great Moments of 2011

Bountiful Backyards 5-year anniversary

A great crowd gathered on Sunday night to celebrate the 5 year anniversary of Bountiful Backyards.

The event also served as a launch for their kickstarter. The kickstarter funds are to purchase a vacant lot in Durham and convert it into a urban farm. Good people, doing good work go donate.

At the anniversary party the music was provided by Phil Cook & His Feat:
Phil Cook & His Feat, Pinhook, Durham NC,12/4/11

And Midtown Dickens:
Midtown Dickens, Pinhook, Durham NC,12/4/11

Midtown Dickens, Pinhook, Durham NC,12/4/11

Midtown Dickens, Pinhook, Durham NC,12/4/11

full photo set here

Phil Cook & His Feat, Pinhook

History of Durham Museum Fundraiser

There are many, many reasons I love Durham. Saturday night’s bill for the History of Durham Museum Fundraiser was one. Phil Cook followed Lurch.

Lurch, History of Durham Museum Fundraiser, Motorco, Durham NC, 07/16/11

Because, of course, in Durham, to raise money for a history project it makes sense for there to be a metal band, followed by beautiful solo guitar.

Full photo set here

Festival for the Eno Day 1

Sights from the Festival for the Eno yesterday.

It’s a great cause, and was a lovely way to start my day yesterday. All things considered (and being that it is an outdoor festival on July 4th weekend) it wasn’t even too hot.

Phil Cook & His Feat:
Phil Cook & His Feat, Festival for the Eno, Durham NC, 07/02/11

Midtown Dickens:
Midtown Dickens, Festival for the Eno, Durham NC, 07/02/11

Spirit Family Reunion:
Spirit Family Reunion, Festival for the Eno, Durham NC, 07/02/11

Full photo set here