Friday, December 22, 2017

PREMIERE: Jon Lindsay Confronts Racism and Homophobia in "Zebulon"

Posted By on Fri, Dec 22, 2017 at 2:15 PM

Former Charlotte musician Jon Lindsay has teamed up with members of the Mountain Goats and Sarah Shook's Disarmers for an unflinching look at racism and homophobia in his new single, "Zebulon."

The single, out today, is a departure for Lindsay, who trades the modern pop of his 2016 album Cities and Schools for a twangier, more whimsical sound, with guitars, rolling keyboards and horns, although melodically it's still very much in keeping with Lindsay's style. He calls it “psychedelic gospel pop."

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But the story is what really counts here. Lindsay, now based in Brooklyn, New York, wrote the song after being invited to perform at the rural Southern going-away party for a young woman who was headed off to college up north. What Lindsay heard in this farm setting blew his mind — unbridled bigotry and narrow-mindedness from the young woman's farmer father. So the singer-songwriter, who describes himself as "way, way left," decided to write a song from the farmer's point of view.

"I didn't want to just skewer a guy like this with some preachy, easy tune," Lindsay says. "I wanted to put a more three-dimensional character sketch together that got at the undercurrents of why this person felt like his whole world was getting away from him.

"Maybe it would help me understand how these things happen," he adds. "I just tried to imagine how somebody could turn out so hateful and seemingly not realize it even a little bit."

The album, recorded at Charlotte's Sioux Sioux Studios, features Lindsay on vocals, bass, guitars, organ, piano, and percussion, along with Matt Douglas on saxophones, John Howie Junior on drums, and Chris Walldorf on additional percussion.

Hit up Lindsay at File 13 Records: www.file-13.com

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Listen Up: Nige Hood Gets Folky on 'Local Vibes'

Episode 22

Posted By and on Thu, Dec 21, 2017 at 11:10 AM

What is folk rap, exactly? Charlotte's resident folk rap leader Nige Hood came by the studio to talk about what influenced this genre of music and how he mixed different styles to create his aptly titled EP, This is Folk Rap.

As always, catch up with past episodes on iTunes or Stitcher.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Listen Up: Dead Sea $crilla and Justin Aswell Come Together on 'Local Vibes'

Posted By on Thu, Dec 14, 2017 at 11:13 AM


In this midst of their Gift Rap residency at Snug Harbor, CLT rap duo Dead Sea $crilla came by to chop it up with Mark, Ryan and Justin Aswell, producer of DS$' new album, Dead Year's Eve.

We spoke about what the hell took Fred Rock and Red Jesse so long to drop the album, and why they made the decision to sell it instead of just drop it on Soundcloud, as many local artists do. We also catch up with Aswell on where that name came from and the origins of his weekly hip-hop show at Snug, Knocturnal.

As always, catch up with past episodes of Local Vibes on iTunes or Stitcher.
Studio selfie with [from left] Justin Aswell, Fred Rock and Red Jesse of Dead Sea $crilla, Ryan Pitkin and Mark Kemp.
  • Studio selfie with [from left] Justin Aswell, Fred Rock and Red Jesse of Dead Sea $crilla, Ryan Pitkin and Mark Kemp.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

The Revivalists energize sold-out Fillmore

Posted By on Mon, Dec 11, 2017 at 11:08 PM

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The Fillmore
Dec. 10, 2017

Horns. Percussionists. Pedal steel. With a band full of rhythm and soul, it's no surprise that The Revivalists are quickly building a fan base around the country. The band's pop-infused rock 'n' soul had the sold-out Fillmore rockin' and rollin' for the duration of its 90-minute set. Credit that in part to opening act Muddy Magnolias who belted out plenty of soul of their own. The night's one-two punch proved that Sunday nights aren't always for staying in.


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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Listen Up: Justin Fedor Gives Back on 'Local Vibes'

Episode 20

Posted By and on Wed, Dec 6, 2017 at 11:35 AM

Justin Fedor came into the studio a little shaken up by a recent armed robbery, but he was able to move past it to have a great discussion with Mark Kemp and Ryan Pitkin about the tribute shows he organizes to benefit the Levine Children's Hospital and his work with The New Familiars and Ancient Cities.

For a little more insight, check out Mark's feature story on Justin in this week's issue, where he discusses the recent robbery and the upcoming Tom Petty tribute on December 8.

As always, check out our past episodes on iTunes or Stitcher.


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