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Album Premiere | JPhono1 – Time In The Chevron

Photo by Agatha Donkar It’s with great pleasure today that Speakers In Code is sharing Time In The Chevron, the new album from Chapel Hill rockers JPhono1. JPhono1 is the non de plume and often solo outlet of John Harrison, a veteran North Carolina rocker with dozens of projects in his past and at the present, … Read more

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Premiere | Some Army – Fever

North Carolina’s Some Army are long-time favorites of us here at Speakers In Code, and we’re very pleased today to share the premiere of “Fever”, both the first track off their upcoming long-awaited LP, as well as the primary track on a limited run cassette tape they’ll be sharing this weekend at Hopscotch Music Festival. … Read more

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Jam of the Day | White Cascade – Endless

In an email to Matt Robbins, White Cascade’s drummer and just 1 of 3 men named Matt that make-up the band —  I described coming back to the blog after a month-long-paternity-leave as a fog slowly starting to lift. Indeed, it’s a slow process re-immersing myself in all things musical. The aural properties have to … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Lilac Shadows – Blue Nile

What you see is not there What you feel is not fair What you’re hearing is wrong What you have is not gone  Speakers has been fans of Chapel Hill’s Lilac Shadows since their beginnings, and their latest record, Brutalism, is no exception. It’s moody and atmospheric, there’s punctuation in one of the song titles … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Clockwork Kids – St. Peter’s Daughter

  A few years back, I trademarked the term “The Musical Delorean,” which was my attempt to be witty, while explaining that many songs have time-transient properties much like those found in the flux capacitor. The term never really took off, mainly because it’s stupid and no one will ever create a sub-genre that references a failed GMC experiment. Can’t blame a … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Rogue Band of Youth – Daedalus

The best thing about living in the Triangle is that you can never get tired of local music, because there’s always new local music; Rogue Band of Youth, who just released their self-titled debut LP, are one of the newest on the scene, and one of my current favorites. “Daedalus”, a cautionary tale of the … Read more

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PREMIERE | Twelve Thousand Armies – One Last Scar

Love songs, like ladies, come in many different shapes, sizes, colors and degrees of crazy. Some are sweet but not that exciting. Some are hot, but not the kind you’d let your parents listen to. Then, there are the kind that are enjoyable at first, but the more you’re around them, you simply want to gouge … Read more

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Video Premiere | Lilac Shadows – No Dark / No Light

Photo by Reed Benjamin Here at Speakers in Code, we’re pretty big fans of atmospheric Triangle rockers Lilac Shadows, who are getting ready to release a new full-length LP this week. We’re thrilled to premiere their equally atmospheric video for lead single “No Dark / No Light”, which you can stream below. The black and … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Lost in the Trees – Rites

Photo courtesy Anti- Records The first time I saw Lost in the Trees, there were 15 or 16 people on stage — nearly half a chamber orchestra, multiple percussionists, all backing the lush songwriting of frontman Ari Picker. Since then, Picker has changed directions and changed his sound, while never losing the lush tones of … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Mipso – Louise

Chapel Hill’s Mipso have come a long way since I interviewed them a few years ago: dropped a word from their name (they were going by Mipso Trio then), added a full-time fiddler, probably even graduated from college (all three members were students at UNC at then). The strength of their songwriting has changed, too … Read more

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PREMIERE | Wild Fur – Keep The Band I

While the comparison is rarely made, a music blogger is very much like a gynecologist. While educational level, work ethic, and general IQ vary greatly between said professions, we both have the distinct pleasure of delivering people’s babies for them. The only real difference is — OBGYNs pull bloody, screaming creatures that look like large … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Lost in the Trees – Lady in White

Change is nothing new for Chapel Hill darlings Lost in the Trees, and after two albums of symphonic chamber folk the band has undergone its most dramatic reinvention yet. Led by the Berklee educated Ari Picker, LitT have become known for their intricate harmonies and orchestral arrangements, but it would seem that Picker developed a … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Sylvan Esso – Play It Right

Sunday marked the close of yet another Hopscotch Music Festival for those of us in North Carolina.  It’s normal day of reflection here in the south, being the Sabbath and all, but it’s a time for us music junkies to look back at the now-gone-weekend of booze and debauchery, instead of praying out those sins … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Helado Negro – Dance Ghost

Photo | Ryan Dickie Helado Negro and I come from very different places. He grew up in South Florida, the son of immigrants from Ecuador, where his life was infused with various Latin American cultures. He spent his days surrounded by pounding bass beats from passing cars, boom boxes bouncing down the block, and late-night … Read more

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Concert Review | Diarrhea Planet at Local 506 in Chapel Hill

Much like “hair grunge,”  “arena punk” makes about as much sense as buying a pair of Jordans for a double leg amputee…at first glance. But after witnessing the sheer spectacle of Diarrhea Planet’s wall of shredding guitars, I can honestly say that I can now see Eddie Van Halen and Iggy Pop making beautiful music … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Naked Gods – Yoho

Sunday evening, for the first time in my life, I questioned the physical demands of the tambourine. Not only could all that to-and-fro shaking possibly tear a rotator cuff, but the incessant pounding could very well rupture the radial artery running through one’s wrist/palm area, causing a slow and painful death. Seth Sullivan puts his … Read more

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Concert Review | Foxygen at Local 506 in Chapel Hill. NC

Well folks, religion failed me once again. See, I was handed this story from some divine being, which I quickly transcribed and posted to this very blog, recounting the fated evening when Jesus peer-pressured Bob Dylan and Mick Jagger into imbibing irresponsibly, having sex, thus producing offspring that would one day form Foxygen. Much like most stories … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Shana Falana – In the Light

Monday nights are especially tough to see a show, even for us music-junkies who would be sitting on the couch listening to a record spin anyway – getting your ass off the couch and throwing on your best t-shirt is especially daunting at the start of the week. But apparently, it’s the night to go … Read more

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Jam of the Day | The Rosebuds – Christmas Dan

Well y’all, turkey day is over. Our fridges are stuffed with leftover turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole, and that gelatinous stuff colored like cranberries. It’s the best week to save money by eating leftovers all week, and making yourself so goddamn sick of Thanksgiving food, you literally can’t stomach it ’til next year when you … Read more