Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Daily Show - Stewart and O'Reilly Square Off

Bill O'Reilly made his 8th appearance on
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last night.
On a promotional tour for his new book, "Killing Lincoln," Bill O'Reilly paid a visit to The Daily Show to square off with Jon Stewart. The televised portion was a back-and-forth about taxes where, after the conversation comes full circle, the two find an agreement in principle. "I don't mind paying 40% [in taxes]," O'Reilly said, "but first, they're going to have to stop wasting the money." After, O'Reilly moved to muffin talk, a story highlighting governmental waste. Par for the course, the debate raged on past the 30 minute run time of the program, and the second portion of the interview was put up on the internet.

The internet is where the conversation turned feisty, with both parties showing their teeth and planting their feet firmly on their platforms. There was a point, however,  when O'Reilly conceded that Wall Street was desperately in need of both blame and regulation even going so far as to agree he's a "democrat" on the matter. When O'Reilly raged about oppressive tax rates, Stewart began to discuss the economic inequality in America. This prompted O'Reilly to sarcastically say, "Shoot them." Stewart, as on point as ever, retorted, "I'm not saying we should shoot them, but we shouldn't act like returning to the tax rate of the 90s is class warfare on par with Lenin and Marx!"

Watch the videos after the jump.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Shakori Hills Fall 2011 - The Undercard

With over 60 bands attending the four-day festival and acts ranging from Noot d'Noot to Bela Fleck and the Flecktones to Hammer No More the Fingers, Shakori Hills has more than enough variety to please every taste. We're going to be taking the next few days to introduce you to some of the acts we're most excited about. Today's list features some of the bands from the undercard that deserve your attention at the festival.

 Dirty Bourbon River Show
Friday, Cabaret Tent: 12:45am

Combining Americana, roots, jazz-tinged blues and gypsy style, Dirty Bourbon River Show continues the tradition of great New Orleans music (with a bit of  NOLA's flair for spectacle). Pegging themselves as "an interactive multi-genre variety hour-style band," listening to their recorded material does not do justice to the bombastic stage presence, energetic performance and all-around impressive musicianship the band has to offer. I managed to meet the members at a show they played with Holy Ghost Tent Revival, and I can say that they are also nice guys, as if you needed more of a reason to go see their show. This is one that I know for sure I will not, under any circumstances, be missing. DBRS is gearing up for an album release November 11th, 2011, and is touring strong to support it. After Shakori Hills, they are heading to Tennessee, Georgia and Virginia. You can listen to their first three albums, as well as a preview of their upcoming album The Old-Timey AfroPop Jibberish Junction, on their Bandcamp.

Album Review: "Follow The Rattle of The Afghan Guitar" by Weatherbox

Follow The Rattle of the Afghan Guitar is released
on Youth Conspiracy Records on October 4, 2011
Weatherbox are an ever-evolving band that continue to find their sound with each subsequent.  A band that continually explores the true pallet of their sounds, Weatherbox have toured with bands like Manchester Orchestra, Say Anything, All Get Out, and many other incredible rising acts that explore similar themes and styles.  Weatherbox tends to delve a bit deeper than most though and with much less filtration, Brian Warren shouts out his disbelief in god and the holy books while tripped out and speaking to the devil on "Tripping The Life Fantastic" from the band's first full length, American Art.  Religion, life, death, drugs, they all pop up rather frequently in Weatherbox songs and it's what makes the band so accessible and relatable, but what keeps the fans coming back are their unique song structures.  Songs can go from fuzzed out distortion with frenetic vocal melodies to hushed tones and falsetto refrains at the drop of a dime.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

New We Were Promised Jetpacks album streaming at The AV Club

In The Pit Of The Stomach by We Were Promised Jetpacks
will be released on FatCat  Records on October 4, 2011
The Scottish post-punk powerhouse of We Were Promised Jetpacks took my musical world by storm upon the release of their first full length album back in 2009 with These Four Walls, it was a wall of sound that possessed so much emotion and so much integrity that it was hard to deny the excellence of the whole thing.  These Four Walls was my favorite release of 2009, so when the band announced their new album In The Pit Of The Stomach was to be released on October 4, I marked the date for remembrance.  It's kind of a big deal for me.  However thanks to the good folks over at The A.V. Club the wait is now over.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Myxem Picks 'Em - Shakori Hills Fall 2011

Click above to listen to this week's playlist.
With the excitement building (I spent time this weekend getting my camping gear ready) for Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival, we dedicate this week's playlist to the incredible artists the organizers have lined up this year. Pulling down large names like Bela Fleck & the Flecktones and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings speaks to the reputation this festival's been building as an up-and-comer. Never forgetting its roots, situated in the hills outside of the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Triangle, they also offer an impressive array of local talent, from The Old Ceremony, Hammer No More The Fingers, and Big Fat Gap. Other bands that piqued our interest include the pyschedelic stylings of Noot d'Noot, the roaring bluegrass of The Emmitt-Nershi Band and Brett Dennen's thoughtful folk-pop.

Click the banner above to listen to this week's playlist, highlighting Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival's lineup!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Shakori Hills Fall 2011 - The Local Bands

With over 60 bands attending the four-day festival and acts ranging from Noot d'Noot to Bela Fleck and the Flecktones to Hammer No More the Fingers, Shakori Hills has more than enough variety to please every taste. We're going to be taking the next few days to introduce you to some of the acts we're most excited about. It's starting today with bands from the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Triangle and North Carolina as a whole.

 Mike Quinn and Holy Ghost Tent Revival

Thursday, Grove Stage: 12:00am
I know what you're thinking: "I love Holy Ghost Tent Revival, but who's Mike Quinn?" And if you're wondering - no, he's not a local. But Holy Ghost Tent Revival certainly are and if they've given their stamp of approval to an artist, there's no doubt you should listen. I have a leg up in the "listening-to-Mike-Quinn" department. After seeing him at the spring iteration of the Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival, I was made a Mike Quinn believer. In fact, I listened to his song "Yonda" over at his bandcamp so many times, I'm pretty sure I was singing it in my sleep. In fact, I challenge you to listen to the song "Magico" and not be compelled to move to the music. So, when you combine the stellar musicianship of Holy Ghost Tent Revival with Mike Quinn's penchant for raucous roots rook, it's an explosion of energy, camaraderie and an unmissable display of talent.