Cover Design Credit: Nathanael Roney

Ground Control to Planet Moog

Volume
18
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14

Cover Design Credit:

Nathanael Roney

arts

  • Moogfest Bands: Foundations in indie-rock

    -by Webmaster
    Let's be honest: it's a hollow, blanket term with little meaning in the age of sub-sub-genres. That said, at a festival where even sub-sub-genres don't begin to encapsulate the spectrum…
  • Connections to Mayer Hawthorne

    -by Webmaster
    Self-described as "the only successful Arab/Jewish partnership since the dawn of human culture," electrofunk duo Chromeo (P-Thugg and Dave 1) have been on tour with soul artists Mayer Hawthorne. Expect…
  • Flaming Lips: Flying through life, with stupid, fearless confidence

    -by Dane Smith
    The Flaming Lips are possibly rock music's most creative outfit. Aside from the psychedelic insanity of its notorious live show, the band has made a 30-year career of embracing its…
  • The Mayer of Motor City

    -by Alli Marshall
    Although singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/DJ/producer Andrew Cohen wasn't even born until the end of the '70s, his sound — at least under the stage name Mayer Hawthorne — is firmly rooted in '60s…
  • Moogfest Bands: Foundation in melody

    -by Webmaster
    Here is where electronica edges up against pop. Sometimes the two neatly envelop each other, but more often than not, these artists showcase their anti-pop sensibilities by juxtaposing danceable beats…
  • Moogfest Bands: Hardline electronica

    -by Alli Marshall
    Electronica, like many classifications of music ("alternative," "neo-soul," "folk-rock"), is one of those things that's hard to explain why it is what it is, even though you know it when…
  • Möbius band

    -by Alli Marshall
    Forget everything you think you know about Los Angeles: Moby's enthusiasm for his new hometown is infectious. "So much amazing art and literature and music came out of New York…
  • Moogfest Band Categories: Dubstep/post-dubstep/chillwave

    -by Alli Marshall
    Depending on your take on these three genres, they're either A) Almost completely unrelated; B) An indie-sphere marketing ploy; C) Various evolutions on a theme; D) In the case of…
  • Moogfest Band Categories: Krautrock / Kosmische Musik

    -by Webmaster
    The story of Krautrock — a story that is largely the product of English and American mythologizing rather than insider historical knowledge — has been told and retold. But at…
  • Moogfest Band Categories: Prog/jazz

    -by Webmaster
    No genre better epitomizes the work of Bob Moog than progressive rock. Characterized by complicated thematic arrangements, symphonic ambitions and an experimental demeanor, the genre was born out of the…
  • Connection to Anika

    -by Webmaster
    Beak is the buzzy, droney, industrial, experimental side project of Portishead's producer/multi-instrumentalist Geoff Barrow. He formed the group in 2009 with bassist Billy Fuller of Fuzz Against Junk and Matt…
  • Stop making sense

    -by Dane Smith
    What draws a listener to Battles is more likely a reflection of the individual than a telling indicator of the band's sound. The trio has never concerned itself with defining…
  • Dark side of the croon

    -by Alli Marshall
    The story goes something like this: a friend of political journalist Annika Henderson told her that some guys in a band were looking for a weird singer. Henderson, who had…
  • Moogfest Bands: The Outsiders

    -by Webmaster
    Fans of indie rock and electronic music will find plenty of music at this year's Moogfest that fits easily into common archetypes of those genres. That's not a bad thing.…
  • “They were the most happening-est band”

    -by Webmaster
    If you were going to target a “most underrated band of all time,” New York duo Suicide would be a great candidate. Its uncommonly fruitful, three-decade career notwithstanding, the band…
  • Wham, bam, thank you Dan

    -by Webmaster
    Baltimore's Dan Deacon has many interests. For almost a decade, he has produced some of the most uniquely entertaining indie electronic music around, a bright collage of layered effects, cartoon…
  • Halloween comes early

    -by Webmaster
    Friday, Oct. 28 Local group Johnson’s Crossroad (“described by friends and fans as everything from ‘Appalachian soul’ to ‘Hillbilly Metal’”) brings the lush dark side of new album Mockingbird to…
  • Weekly Picks

    -by Webmaster
    Enjoy comedian Bo Burnham’s unique brand of autobiographical comedy on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. in WCU’s Bardo Arts Center. Info: http://www.wcu.edu/29354.asp. A pre-Moog fashion festival will present local…
  • Moog(asm) HQ

    -by Webmaster
    Be it analog instruments or a bad-ass new headquarters, Moog Music sure knows how to make them. Less than a year ago, the buildings that now house the new Moog…
  • A Glimpse into Bob’s World

    -by Webmaster
    Michelle Moog-Koussa almost has his iconic hair, and she sure shares two other things with her famous father: his generosity and his painstaking determination. And while her mission to build…
  • Your Moogfest Manual

    -by Webmaster
    For electronic-music pioneer Bob Moog, the intersection of music and technology was a kinetic place. For Moogfest weekend, the intersection of music and art will be just as dynamic. With…
  • Pop Quiz

    -by Webmaster
    Take this handy Halloween Quiz to help you decide what shows to check out this week. 1. You’re mostly likely to wear a costume that is: a. Politically motivated: Look…
  • The Moogfest Q&A

    -by Webmaster
    Grimes Creepiest place you’ve ever been to? Any time I've been in the woods in British Columbia at night time (where they filmed most of The X-files) … that’s pretty…

food

  • Animal, vegetable, marital trouble

    -by Mackensy Lunsford
    They don't call this city "foodtopia" for nothing. In Asheville, carnivores and vegetarians break (locally baked) bread together and inter-dietary couples abound. And sometimes, when it comes to matters of…
  • Vegging out?

    -by Webmaster
    How green is Wingbean, Asheville's newest vegan bulk-meal delivery service? “We're the real deal, as far as environmentalism and veganism,"says Scott Myers, co-owner with partner, Pamela Lalik. The self-described "ethical…
  • Welcome to … Veggieville?

    -by Mackensy Lunsford
    Vegetarians in Asheville (or those trying to feed one) have got it relatively easy. In 2006, GoVeg.com named Asheville “America’s best vegetarian-friendly small city.” More recently (this month, in fact),…
  • Small Bites: Revenge of the pumpkins!

    -by Webmaster
    Around Halloween, it’s pumpkin everything, everywhere you look. Before you get completely winter-squashed out and everyone’s favorite gourd is still cute, fresh and novel, check out what some of our…
  • Small Bites: Sweet skulls

    -by Webmaster
    Short Street Cakes hosts its annual Dia de los Muertos celebration, beginning Monday, Oct. 24 and continuing through Tuesday, Nov 1. During that time, calaveras de azúcar, Mexican-style sugar skulls,…
  • Have a very local Halloween

    -by Webmaster
    Find a last-minute Jack-o’-lantern at area farmers tailgate markets through this weekend. Hugh Wright of Arbor Studios is even slated to offer pre-carved, porch-ready pumpkins at Asheville City Market Saturday.…
  • Pumpkin by the pint

    -by Webmaster
    This time of year, Michael Porterfield’s farm turns into one giant pumpkin patch. He grows other cool-weather crops now, too — from carrots to radishes — at New Sprout Organic…

news

  • Playing the field

    -by Jake Frankel
    Buncombe County Board of Commissioners Oct. 18, 2011 meeting Retaining-wall ordinance tightened CTS condemnation hearing postponed In yet another attempt to maintain services while cutting costs, the commissioners unanimously approved…
  • The Beat

    -by Webmaster
    a href=”“Four Occupy Asheville demonstrators, part of a "corporate clean-up crew," were arrested for trespassing Oct. 18 after picking up litter and wiping windows at the Merrill Lynch Building in…
  • Green Scene: At your service

    -by Susan Andrew
    As consumers, we’ve all heard the phrase “The customer is always right.” But what happens when the state agency charged with protecting human health and the environment starts calling the…
  • Spooky Fun at Halloweenfest

    -by Webmaster
    What: Romania is quite a trek for vampire lovers, so why not bring Count Dracula’s castle closer to home? Join Transylvania County’s Halloweenfest in downtown Brevard for its 29th annual…

opinion

  • Weekly Asheville Disclaimer Page: 11/09/11

    -by Webmaster
    • NC woman tells her story of forced sterilization In doing so, ruins blind date on multiple levels • Mission Hospital marketing VP forced out following her use of WNC…
  • Going Green

    -by Molton
  • Fast Food

    -by Brent Brown
  • Just say yes

    -by Webmaster
    I am writing in response to Fred Flaxman’s commentary encouraging the community to oppose our local public-radio station’s license renewal with the Federal Communications Commission (see “Just Say No,” Oct.…
  • We need jobs — we need A-B Tech

    -by Webmaster
    Now is the time for voters in Buncombe County to separate fact from fiction regarding the vote for A-B Tech [“School or Scandal?” Oct. 19 Xpress]. A handful of political…
  • Tax increases should benefit all of the people who pay them

    -by Webmaster
    It seems that the vote for the A-B Tech sales-tax increase is occurring at the proper time: when fog and cobwebs cloud our vision [“School or Scandal?” Oct. 19 Xpress].…
  • Why A-B Tech needs your support

    -by Webmaster
    I have worked at A-B Tech since 1992. I see the difference A-B Tech makes in people’s lives. If you have not taken a class at A-B Tech, you probably…
  • Not all of the best of WNC were recognized

    -by Webmaster
    In the Personal Services category of the 2011 Best of WNC, I wish you had mentioned Black Mountain Tire Connection [Oct. 12 Xpress]. I had a flat tire at my…
  • A council of Mumpowers

    -by Webmaster
    I was thrilled to read that Carl Mumpower intends to endorse a liberal slate of candidates in the 2012 state and federal elections [“Mountain ‘X’ Should Change Its Name to…
  • Does democracy upset Carl Mumpower?

    -by Webmaster
    Carl Mumpower seems to be upset that democracy in action in Asheville has resulted in a progressive/liberal majority on City Council [“Mountain ‘X’ Should Change Its Name to Mountain ‘L,’” …
  • Saving what is best among us

    -by Webmaster
    I would like to start by saying that I am an Asheville native. My family has been in Asheville for almost 80 years and my father has owned or been…
  • Occupy Wall Street protests are misguided

    -by Webmaster
    Capitalism is morally good. It also happens to work remarkably well, raising millions around the world out of poverty and providing the marketplace with a myriad of life-enhancing material goods.…
  • A thank you from the Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association

    -by Webmaster
    On behalf of the Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association we would like to thank everyone who contributed to the 2011 Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival. The Festival, held Oct. 7-9 once…
  • Jan Davis brings experience to the table

    -by Webmaster
    While I voted for several of the top vote getters in last week’s City Council primary election, I also voted for Jan Davis. I believe that it’s important that we…
  • I support Lael Gray

    -by Webmaster
    As a neighbor, I have known Lael for years and have always appreciated her never-met-a-stranger approachability and her ready smile. As an Asheville resident, I can’t think of another candidate…
  • Marc Hunt pays attention to issues — and to people

    -by Webmaster
    Marc Hunt is running for City Council and I plan to vote for him. I'm hoping that the folks of Asheville will vote for someone and prove the primary to…
  • Capable plus conscientious equals Marc Hunt

    -by Webmaster
    Marc Hunt garnered the most votes for Asheville City Council in the Oct. 11 election and should do so again in November because he is so qualified. I came to…
  • Marc Hunt: A candidate who has fun getting things done

    -by Webmaster
    He’s emerged as a leader in the Oct. 11 primary for City Council; now I encourage Asheville citizens to continue to support Marc Hunt for City Council on election day.…
  • Chris Pelly for City Council

    -by Webmaster
    I have had the privilege to work alongside Chris Pelly for many years. I have also been honored to call him my friend. I know Chris to be a very…