Wayne Coyne & Mark Richardson

Ed McKay bookstore in Raleigh, NC is curating an amazing series of artist and author talks and panels September 8th, 9th, and 10th. The last of the series features Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips and our own author of the 33 1/3 on Zaireeka, Mark Richardson. But I’m going to repost the entire lineup because it all looks fantastic.


Thursday, Sept. 8

Raleigh City Museum, 3–5 p.m.

Present the Past: Honoring and Outstripping Influences

Everyone has influences, from parental figures who shape your attitude to friends who influence your actions. This panel gathers artists who turn what they’ve learned from clear, identifiable forebears into something altogether different. William Tyler, for instance, is an acoustic guitarist who has clearly moved beyond the mold of John Fahey acolytes, while Jamie Stewart’s magpie tendencies in the band Xiu Xiu create a fascinating, fresh web of references and meanings. Today, they’ll talk about how they’ve gotten beyond the past.


Rhys Chatham

William Tyler

Jamie Stewart (of Xiu Xiu)

Cheyenne Marie Mize

Yair Yona

David Daniell (of Rhys Chatham Guitar Trio, San Agustin) Brian Corum (of Lonnie Walker)

Moderated by: Grayson Currin

Friday, Sept. 9

Raleigh City Museum, 3–5 p.m.

Simple Words: The Power of Narrative Songs

The number of ways you can write and then record a song are infinite. But some songwriters seem to find a way to tell us a story that, though it may be personal to them, feels personal to us, too. The Drive-By Truckers’ Patterson Hood is among the best ever with these sorts of songs; he’ll join this panel of fellow standout writers and the head of a record label built on such traditions to talk about why narrative in music can be so very compelling.


Patterson Hood (of Drive-By Truckers)

John Vanderslice

Dolphus Ramseur (of Ramseur Records)

David Menconi (of The News & Observer)

Heather McEntire (of Mount Moriah, Bellafea)

James Jackson Toth (of Wooden Wand)

Ross Flournoy (of Apex Manor)

Moderated by: David Klein

Saturday, Sept. 10

Raleigh City Museum, 3–5 p.m.

The Bubble: The Limits of Pop Music

The Flaming Lips’ 1997 album, Zaireeka, consisted of four compact discs, each holding one stereo track for each of the eight songs on the album. In order for the album to be properly heard, these four discs had to be played simultaneously. Indeed, if any act in the past two decades has challenged what the notion of pop music might be, it’s The Flaming Lips. The band’s Wayne Coyne will be joined by Mark Richardson, the Editor in Chief of Pitchfork Media and the author of a recent book about Zaireeka. Others who have explored the core and fringes of pop, both as musicians and critics, will also speak.


Wayne Coyne (of The Flaming Lips)

Mark Richardson (Editor in Chief of Pitchfork Media and author of Zaireeka)

Peter Holsapple (of the dB’s and R.E.M.)

Julianna Barwick

Sam Herring (of Future Islands)

David Tompkins (author of How to Wreck a Nice Beach: The Vocoder from World War II to Hip-Hop, The Machine Speaks)

Moderated by: Brian Howe

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