Sunday Ramblings & Considerations

The first Sunday ramblings post for 2013, and what a year it’s been so far. Thanks to all of you who follow our little blog. In this edition, we welcome and feature the new music venue in Greenville, NC, Peasant’s Pub; soundz from Art Lord & The Self-Portraits, High Highs, and Thao Nguyen and the Get Down Stay Down; and videos from Memory Tapes and Wake Owl.

Greenville’s New Music Venue: Peasant’s Pub


More proof that the music scene in Greenville, NC is headed in the right direction: a new venue! Peasant’s Pub revives an old name in the Greenville area, one that supported the local music scene for a long time. The new Peasant’s hopes to recapture some of the old magic, while offering authentic southern cuisine on a reasonably priced menu. The pub features a good selection of craft beers from NC and beyond, and has a full liquor bar.

Peasant’s opened their doors to a packed house this past Tuesday (8 Jan) and the town was abuzz with positivity.  Its casual atmosphere, accessible location, and great food will keep a regular crowd. The diverse line up of music and comedy acts should draw people from throughout the eastern region. Slots have filled fast for this first month, and the schedule includes:

Jan. 16th Roddy Barnes
Jan. 17th Groove 8 (Funk)
Jan. 18th Lower Cases and Capitals (instrumental Jam)
Jan. 19th Grand Opening Party with Carolina Still (Bluegrass)
Jan. 25th The Mantras (Jam, Rock)
Jan. 26th David Dixon Trio
Feb. 9th Mama’s Love
Feb. 15th Big Something
Feb. 16th The Capital
Feb. 28th Turbine (NY band played Bonnaroo last year)

As an opening gift to its customers, January shows at Peasants’ are free. Plus every Sunday night features Peasant’s “house band”, Those Meddling Kids. If you’re looking to set up a show at Peasant’s, contact Eric (peasantspub gmail ‘dot’ com).

Peasant’s will also serve as one of the host venues for SPAZZ Fest 4, occurring March 21-23. Once again, The Dadada will serve as the web home of Spazz Fest. Follow us for announcements, music line-ups, and SPAZZ Fest artist profiles.

Welcome, Peasant’s!

Consider These


Art Lord & The Self-Portraits
“(We’re in the Same) Bubble Baby”
“Lantern Sigh”

from  Art Lord & the Self-Portraits – The Definitive Collection (2xLP)
out 14 February on Friends Records
The Greenville love continues…Before they formed Future Islands and moved from our humble hamlet to the city of Baltimore, Sam Herring, William Cashion, Gerrit Welmers, and Adam Beeby were Art Lord & the Self-Portraits. Art Lord & the Self-Portraits played their first show on Valentine’s Day 2003. Ten years later they will play a single reunion show at Kings Barcade in Raleigh, NC on February 14, 2013. The show also marks the release of the double LP, Art Lord & the Self-Portraits – The Definitive Collection. It includes their four original albums, live tracks, and previously unreleased demos. Kudos to Friends Records for releasing this material, a great collection for fans of Future Islands and their erstwhile selves.

“(We’re in the Same) Bubble Baby”

“Lantern Sigh”


High Highs
“Flowers Bloom”
“Open Season”
from Open Season
out 25 January on Fine Time/Sony Music
Out of Sydney, this Aussie duo has been kicking around Brooklyn for a bit, and are set to release their first LP before touring in their homeland.  Their heavenly sound is marked by airy harmonies accompanied by hushed acoustic instruments.

“Flowers Bloom”

“Open Season”


Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – “We The Common (For Valerie Bolden)”
from We The Common
out 5 February on Ribbon Music
I have to admit that I am Thao Nguyen fan. The appeal is simple: clever acoustic instruments playing appealing melodies that make you feel good. It’s something I can play in the house that everyone likes. And…she does it again.

Videos, videos, videos…

Memory Tapes – “Sheila”
from Grace/Confusion
released 12 October 2012 on Carpark records
Memory Tapes continue to expand the chill wave genre. “Sheila” meanders with subtle shifts in patterns.

Wake Owl – “Gold”
from Wild Country (EP)
out 29 January on Vagrant
Wake Owl is the brainchild of Colyn Cameron, who divides his time between Vancouver and Portland.  His travels abroad serve as inspiration for Wild Country.



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