Monthly Archives: September 2011

Van Down By The River

I can’t shake it.  It’s all I can think about this week.  I have a new life plan, and includes the following: Airstream trailer.  Place by the river.  A teeny tiny writer’s retreat. I’ve been fantasizing about the Airstream for … Continue reading

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A Respectable Effort

September has been Music Month.  I didn’t plan it that way, and it’s an accomplishment I doubt I’ll be able to repeat, but the final count is: 43 bands, in 30 days. That’s practically a band and a half per … Continue reading

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Wilco

Last night was Wilco at the amphitheater.  It was album release day for the band.  It was a gorgeous early autumn night in Raleigh.  It was a happy crowd. There is much that I should write about Wilco: the evolution … Continue reading

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Boots and Beer

Saturday was perfect mountain weather.  Not here in soggy Raleigh, mind you.  But once we cleared the front of dismal weather moving across the state, things took a turn for the marvelous.  We’re talking about 72 degree weather, a hint … Continue reading

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Haw River Ballroom

I’m getting married, y’all. Don’t anyone panic.  I have no idea when, or more to the point, to whom.  But as of Friday night, I have a Where:  The Haw River Ballroom.  Have you been yet?  Saxapahaw is a cool … Continue reading

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Mission Accomplished, and Catch 22

One of my goals for starting a blog was to hold myself accountable for going out and investigating all the great things the Axis of Cool has to offer.  There is no shortage, people, of things to do around here. … Continue reading

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Aging in Reverse

In the last month, I have seen a ridiculous number of bands.  (Final assessment of Music Month: forthcoming.)  This month, accidentally, I have let music take over.  In a good way.  It’s been a process.  Long about April, when I … Continue reading

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Hopscotch 3

It was a pretty typical night in downtown Raleigh.  And by “pretty typical,” I mean “unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.” Day 3 of Hopscotch. Flaming Lips.  Good heavens.  The show started with a fatherly introduction from Wayne Coyne about … Continue reading

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Hopscotch 2

Attention John Vanderslice: my personal Hopscotch weekend competition is now your game to lose.  You are front runner in all of the following categories:   best overall songwriting most expressive voice most engaging audience engagement best can-do spirit best hair … Continue reading

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Hopscotch 1

The Axis of Cool got cooler this weekend.  Happy Hopscotch, all.   (Or, if you’ve been drinking since noon at Fox while playing hooky at work, Hoppy Hapscotch. Whatever.  It’s cool no matter how it comes out.) Hopscotch, for the … Continue reading

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