It could be...it is!
Durham's Carolina Theatre is celebrating 10 years of business since reopening 1993, an anniversary marked by many notable music shows there, including a visit by the delicate Scottish pop ensemble known as Belle and Sebastian on Monday, Oct. 27. The regal atmosphere of the Carolina is perfect for such large format groups, with a revolving cast of contributors on various instruments, and a small string section. It took a double take at first, but then became obvious once I scanned the back row of the stage to find Chapel Hill's own Margaret White bowing her violin with the others. It's not such a surprise that she's touring with them, I reckon, since Ms. White's been working with folks like Cat Power, Sparklehorse and Cracker, as well as a slew of local folks over the last few years, on bass, keyboards, and ultimately, adding the light air of violin to rock bands.
Things started that night with an opening set by the somnambulist pop of Slumber Party, a Detroit girl group who rely on the Velvets in style and attitude, but carry their songs off in their own fuzzed-out manner. Talk in the intermission ran from pursed lips and nodding chin approval to "there's a reason they're called Slumber Party." B and S came on to cheers before they've even started, as the sold-out crowd giggled at the band's jokes and asides, often nearly indecipherable through their thick Scottish accents. Gazed around the room again, and I noticed people hanging over the balconies' edges. The front balconies, with their curtains draped just so, are slightly worn, but the art deco decor glows in the soft colored lights the Scots brought with them, stalks of blue and green and red, giving the effect of fireworks bursting. A fan was asked to come on stage to sing a song with the band, and the crowd cheers the 20-something boy of slight stature on a job well done. He hugged the two front men, Stuart Murdoch and Stuart David, before exiting the stage.
Qu'est-ce-que c'est L in Japanese?
Wonder what's been going on with hip-hop artist L In Japanese since he left the Paris of the Piedmont for the real thing? Well, he's managed to launch a new website, so folks back here can keep up with him, www.linjapanesemusic.com, and he dug right into French hip-hop once he got there. He's got a new series of self-released recordings under the title Cassetsions, with one covering new material of his own, and a second volume of his remixes of French outfits Triptik, NDOTB, Dondibone, and others. These are CDRs, or, yes, on cassette. He's been DJing around a lot, as well, keeping busy.
Fin Fang Foom have embarked on yet another extensive tour, this one taking down the East Coast to old stomping grounds Fla. and back, after having been on a European tour last summerÉKingsbury Manx ran into a rough spot on their West Coast tour with popsters Gorky's Zygotic Mynci when their van collided with another car in Seattle after running a red light. It was even reported on online music news site Pitchforkmedia.com, who explained "The driver of the Mercedes received a citation for the red light infraction. Luckily, nobody in either vehicle was hurt, although the band's van was badly damaged and they lost a bunch of equipment." The accident made a mess of the following dates in support of their new release out this month, Aztec Discipline, on Overcoat Recordings of Chicago.
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