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The Garden Place: Songs By Our Friends

(Yep Roc)

In the past couple of years, a number of enormously influential artists have sprung from the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, including Whiskeytown (alternative country), The Squirrel Nut Zippers (swing), and Ben Folds Five (piano pop). The eclectic nature of the Chapel Hill/Raleigh/Durham music scene is beginning to echo the rich musical environment of Austin. This eclecticism is captured in this new compilation of songs donated by artists from the region to benefit Chatham County (NC) Family Violence and Rape Crisis Services. Highlights include an incendiary live version of the Squirrel Nut Zippers’ “I’ve Found A New Baby,” the raging honky-tonk of Two Dollar Pistols’ “If Broken Hearts Were Gold”, the lo-fi pop of Portastatic’s “Hurricane Warning”, and Whiskeytown’s “Me And My Ticket.”

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Sarah Zupko founded PopMatters, one of the largest independent cultural criticism magazines on the web, back in the Internet's early days of 1999. Zupko is a former Executive Producer for Tribune Media Services, the media syndication arm of the Tribune Company, and a 10-year veteran of Tribune. Her other pursuits involve writing historical fiction and research in the fields of Slavic and German history, as well as general European cultural and intellectual history. Zupko studied musicology, film, and drama at the University of Chicago and media theory at the University of Texas, where she received her M.A.


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