Moogfest uninvites Pat

Although Moogfest organizers appear to be trying to be as vague and polite as possible, Deputy Assistant Guvnor Pat's office says that Pat was uninvited to the annual music, technology and innovation festival.

McCrory Communications Director Josh Ellis said in a statement Friday evening that, "It was at the request of Moogfest organizers that we changed our plans to attend this event."

Gee, who wouldn't want the state's governor at their festival?

Shortly after his attendance was announced, local residents organized a protest for during his visit.

Oh. Politics.

The NC GOP Christmas album!

The long-awaited (?) NC GOP Christmas album is here, just in time for Christmas!

Featuring members of the NC Hall of Shame, you'll find such holiday classics as:

  • The Twelve Days of McChristmas
  • Joy to the Wos
  • The Little Dumber Boy
  • Dan Forest is Comin’ to Town
  • Rucho the Red-Faced Senator
  • Phillip Navidad
  • Have Yourself a Jerry Tillman Christmas
  • Jingle Bell Brock
  • Auld Rayne Brown
  • Do You Fear What I Fear?

and dozens of others. Grab your guitar and visit BackwardNC for the entire collection!

Thom Tillis makes us want to sing!

[Cross-posted from BackwardNC]

We wish we had the talent of the NC Music Love Army, but no such luck. We did, however, come up with some updated lyrics for an old NC folk song so that folks can sing about the speaker.

Hang Down Your Head, Thom Tillis
(Parody of Hang Down Your Head, Tom Dooley, Various Artists)

Hang down your head, Thom Tillis
Hang down your head and cry
Hang down your head, Thom Tillis
Poor boy, you're a vile guy
I bet yer still a-countin’
How you caused us strife
You made a big mountain
Of crap in our life

Hang down your head, Thom Tillis
Hang down your head and cry
Hang down your head, Thom Tillis
Poor boy, you always lie

This time tomorrow
Reckon where you'll be
You’ll be a fund-raisin’
Big bucks in DC

Hang down your head, Thom Tillis
Hang down your head and cry
Hang down your head, Thom Tillis

RIP Earl Scruggs

NC native and banjo pioneer Earl Scruggs has died.



On Music Appreciation, Part Two, Or, Records Only Have One Groove

It was just yesterday that we decided to take a day off from politics and talk about music, both familiar and not so much; the conversation ran a bit long, and when we got halfway through we decided to get together tomorrow.

It was pretty fun, what with sewers and male models and Gorillaz and all, and when we had put down the pen it was just after taking in Sarah Vaughan’s reworked dance version of the Peggy Lee classic, “Fever”.

They say tomorrow never comes…but now it has…and we have eight more songs to talk about before we can finish our multigenerational “Summer Music Appreciation Playlist”.

Today we’ll incorporate jazz and dance, the invention of modern musical recording, arguably the greatest saxophone player ever, and a shout out to “our man in Paris”.

If all that wasn’t enough, we also discover what happens when you graft a certain Pepper onto Jamaica’s musical tree.

You don’t want to stop now, so jump on board and let’s get this train rollin’.

On Music Appreciation, Or, I'm Taking The Day Off

It is a huge news day today, what with death and confirmation on everyone’s mind...and I’m not going to do anything about it—well, not today, anyway.

Instead, I’m taking the day off to bring you something more compelling: a music appreciation class, with recordings old and new, and just right for your summer soundtrack.

And if that’s not an amazing coincidence, we also get to talk about the (I never even know it existed) McRice burger, and, just for a summer bonus, we even have a smoking hot male model to grab your attention.

It’s all about fun today, so let’s get right to having some.

P-Tones Records...A No Cost After School Program With Unbelievable Opportunities

Are you or do you know any students that dream of breaking ground in the music industry? P'Tones Records is the program for them!

On Being A Government DJ, Or, “Torture? You Call That Torture?”

It's become more or less common knowledge that US forces have been using music as an operational tool for some time now, and I've begun seeing lists of the songs that are being used either to inflict pain, to demoralize, or to just generally disorient various people in various sorts of situations.

There are others, wiser than I, who will opine as to the questions of efficacy and the moral issues surrounding these kinds of operations; I will opine, instead, as to the quality of the songs used.

Frankly, had anyone asked, I could have put the torturers onto much better musical choices, just by selecting from my own "My Music" folder--which left me thinking: "hey, it's the weekend...why not do exactly that?"

Got any psychological warfare mission planned for the weekend? Expecting to have to direct amplified sound at an angry mob in a defensive maneuver Saturday night? Planning a Halloween haunted house that goes a bit...fuurther?

Come along with me then, soldier, and I'll provide you a playlist that should do the trick in almost any foreseeable emergency.

The Ballad of Frankie Silver

Every Sunday at Scrutiny Hooligans I put up a musical selection, and I thought I'd drop a little mountain talent on this page today. Laura Blackley is a singer/songwriter swampy folk blues legend in these parts, and you ought to make an effort to get to know her better. This video is a little out of sync with the audio, but give it a listen.

Bruce Springsteen regrets going exclusively with Walmart (+)

Not long ago there was a huge upset with Bruce Springsteen fans because the decision was made for Walmart to exclusively offer one of his "best hit" CDs.

Well, it looks like Springsteen is regretting that decision

In a fine profile written by Jon Pareles on Bruce Springsteen, the Boss said the decision to do a deal with Wal-Mart for an exclusive greatest hits package was made too hastily. “We were in the middle of doing a lot of things, it kind of came down and, really, we didn’t vet it the way we usually do,” he said. “We just dropped the ball on it. ... Given its labor history, it was something that if we’d thought about it a little longer, we’d have done something different.”
He added, “It was a mistake. Our batting average is usually very good, but we missed that one. Fans will call you on that stuff, as it should be.”

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