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Favorite Shows of 2012

Following up on yesterday’s post. My 10 favorite shows of the year.

Red Collar, Local 506, Chapel Hill NC, 1/14/12
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

John Darnielle, Mac McCaughan, & Greg Cartwright, Protect All NC Families Benefit, Motorco, Durham NC, 04/19/12
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

Des Ark, Local Beer Local Band, Tir Na Nog, Raleigh NC, 05/10/12
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

Lucero, Orange Peel, Asheville NC, 04/27/12
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

Bombadil, The Farm, Hillsborough NC, 06/09/12
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

Reigning Sound, Nightlight, Chapel Hill NC, 08/24/12
6. 8/24/12 – Reigning Sound w/Last Year’s Men – Nightlight
Reigning Sound at Nightlight? Yes, please. photo set

Team Dresch, Pinhook, Durham NC, 09/29/12
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

Ted Leo, Duke Coffeehouse, Durham NC, 02/18/12
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

Vandaveer, Local 506, Chapel Hill NC, 05/11/12
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

Crooked Fingers, Kings, Raleigh NC, 01/06/12
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.


Favorite Albums of 2012: Locals Edition

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.

JKutchma & The 5/5ths, Pinhook, Durham NC, 07/06/12
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.”

Spider Bags, Local 506, Chapel Hill NC, 1/14/12
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.

Midtown Dickens, Brickside Festival, Jameson Gallery, Durham NC, 03/24/12
3. Midtown Dickens – Home
This album sounds like Durham to me. And I mean that in all the best ways.

Gross Ghost, Pinhook, Durham NC, 06/02/12
4. Gross Ghost – Brer Rabbit

American Aquarium, Local 506, Chapel Hill NC, 11/29/12
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.

Red Collar, Motorco, Durham NC, 05/19/12
6. Red Collar – Welcome Home
I love this band, full stop.

10 favorite non-local releases tomorrow.

Spider Bags, 10/25/12

Spider Bags

Bad Lovers, Duke Coffeehouse, Durham NC, 10/25/12
Bad Lovers

Sad Horse, Duke Coffeehouse, Durham NC, 10/25/12
Sad Horse

Working my way through some shows I didn’t post. This was a particularly good one at the Coffeehouse last month.

full photo set here

Happy Anniversaries

to Pinhook (4 years)

Dan McGee, Layabout's 5 Year Anniversary, Durham NC, 11/04/12

and to The Layabout (5 Years)

So many congrats to you both!

Photos from Pinhook’s anniversary concert: Pipe w/ Shark Quest here

Photos from The Layabout’s anniversary concert: Grant Hart w/ Dan McGee & Ben Carr here.

Woodear, Pinhook, Durham NC, 06/09/12

Saturday night, Woodear had their CD release at Pinhook.

Spider Bags, Pinhook, Durham NC,  06/09/12

Spider Bags opened (along with WolWolfL who I missed since I was still at The Farm).

Spider Bags were fantastic as always. And the new Woodear songs sounded great.

Full photo set here.

If you missed the show, or just want to check out Woodear again they are playing an in-store today at 6 today at Bull City Records.

That’s the start of a great night. After Woodear finishes at Chaz’s, everyone should make their way to Pinhook for the early show (starts at 7) Michael Chapman w/ Hiss Golden Messenger. And after that, I’m heading down the street to Casbah for Langhorne Slin w/ Ha Ha Tonka.

It is going to be a great night.

Red Collar, Local 506 (take two)

See yesterday’s post for a more proper review of the Red Collar, Spider Bags, Rat Jackson show on Saturday at Local 506. But because some rock shows deserve two blog posts, a selection of the most ruckus, debauched, rock & roll shots I got at the show. Presented without further commentary.

Rat Jackson, Local 506, Chapel Hill NC, 1/14/12

Spider Bags, Local 506, Chapel Hill NC, 1/14/12

Red Collar, Local 506, Chapel Hill NC, 1/14/12

Red Collar, Local 506, Chapel Hill NC, 1/14/12

Red Collar, Local 506, Chapel Hill NC, 1/14/12

Red Collar, Local 506, Chapel Hill NC, 1/14/12

Red Collar, Local 506, Chapel Hill NC, 1/14/12

full photo set here

Red Collar, Local 506, 1/14/12

Great, stunning show at Local 506 on Saturday night.

I love a great bill of bands, but one of the things that is tough about a great bill (Rat Jackson, Spider Bags, Red Collar – in this case) is that the reality of the show then has to meet or exceeded the expectations everyone has based on the awesome potential of the bill.

Happily, Saturday night’s show at 506 more than lived up to those weighty expectations.

Rat Jackson, Local 506, Chapel Hill NC, 1/14/12

Rat Jackson started the night off right.

Rat Jackson, Local 506, Chapel Hill NC, 1/14/12

I was trying to describe Rat Jackson to a friend who’d never seen them before the show and I said it was: smart, sleazy rock and roll that seems like it is always about to completely fall apart but somehow never does. Fantastic.

Spider Bags, Local 506, Chapel Hill NC, 1/14/12

Spider Bags were up next and started off with a couple of songs with Reese McHenry on lead vocals.

Spider Bags, Local 506, Chapel Hill NC, 1/14/12

And they ripped through their whole set of loud, dance-able garage rock. About halfway through the Spider Bags set, I realized I’d been smiling since the first note of the night and just couldn’t stop grinning – and that didn’t change as Spider Bags wrapped up and Red Collar took over.

Red Collar, Local 506, Chapel Hill NC, 1/14/12

The folks from Red Collar knew what they were doing when they picked their openers, but after both openers killed it, they had alot of work to do to keep the energy of the night moving. And they did so, beautifully.

Red Collar, Local 506, Chapel Hill NC, 1/14/12

One of my favorite things about Red Collar is how they manage to be so free-wheeling and so intense at the same time.

Red Collar, Local 506, Chapel Hill NC, 1/14/12

It gives the whole set a pretty beautiful tension.

Red Collar, Local 506, Chapel Hill NC, 1/14/12

And, more than anything else, it is just one heck of a rock show.

another blog post about the show

full photo set here