Dive Recommends for May 8 by uncdiversions
May 8, 2009, 8:16 pm
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As there is no paper for this week, and room in the weekly summer issue of The Daily Tar Heel will be slimmer then it is in the school year, Dive Recommends will be making its home on the blog for the time being. Because of my time constraints just coming out of exams, this addition hits you on Friday instead of the usual Thursday, but after this week, look for Rec every Thursday to help you plan yur weekend.

Per usual you’ll get the line-up of Dive-approved shows for this weekend and picks for a record and a movie that you might enjoy checking out.

Album from the Vaults:

The Beach Boys, Surf’s Up:

Don’t let the title fool you. This is not a sunny example of the Beach Boys’ ’60s pop success. This underrated LP from 1974 is by far the group’s darkest collection. From the Rolling-Stones-inspired social commentary of Mike Love’s “Student Demonstration Time” to the title track and “A Day In The Life of a Tree,” two perfect encapsulations of Brian Wilson’s tortured persona at the time, Surf’s Up proved that the Beach Boys were not just willing but capable of delivering deep songs on emotional and social issues without sacrificing any of their music’s beauty. America’s first “boy band” was also the first to turn its girl-chasing fun in for a serious album, and with this oft-burried gem, they set the bar pretty high for those to follow.

Movie from the Vaults:

“Star Trek: The Wrath of Kahn”

In honor of the new critically heralded reboot of the Star Trek franchise set to hit theaters today, Dive recommends you go back and take a look at the best movie in the original series. 1982’s “The Wrath of Kahn” is a landmark, if there is such a thing in this area, in camp sci-fi thrills. As William Shatner’s James Kirk and Ricardo Montalban’s Kahn trade deliciously over-dramatic battle declarations, the Enterprise and Kahn’s captured Reliant do battle with fazers and photon torpedoes. Explosions abound, the scene of people being thrown about the bridge appears again and again and it’s all one hell of a good time. While it’s likely to have been replaced as the best in the series, it’s still impossible to deny the charms of this cult classic. And it’s unlikely that Eric Bana will have anything on Montalban as best Star Trek villain.



Bowerbirds | Local 506

Raleigh’s Bowerbirds use dark rustic arrangements that twist and tear like brambles with cryptic yet expressive songwriting, a package that’s incredibly evocative, especially in person. Today the band will hit the 506 stage with Wes Phillips, who in addition to being a great local producer also makes dandy pop songs, and Brooklyn’s La Strada. 9 p.m., $10

Vee Lee | Nighlight

Vee Lee is a new Chapel Hill duo featuring Mathew Park, formerly of Opening Flower Happy Bird. The pair makes melodic pop music with a sensual sway and a dark sense of foreboding. Tonight they play the Nightlight with Richmond’s Great White Jenkins, Austin’s Great Nostalgic and Massachusetts’s Hands and Knees. 9:30 p.m., $3

Click below for shows for the rest of the weekend.


Roman Candle | Cat’s Cradle

The southern-fried pop-rock of Chapel Hill’s Roman Candle is best heard live when the amps are turned up all the way and Skip Matheny is spitting his wryly bittersweet words right in your face. Saturday you’ll get the rare chance to see them do their thing as they take the stage with Keegan Dewitt and Nashville’s the Deep Vibration. 9 p.m., $10

Red Collar | Local 506

Jason Kutchma and the rest of the 30-something rebels who make up Red Collar understand the best way to keep from acting your age: attack it with punk rock rage. And the band does just like that, melding chugging, caustic guitars to Kutchma’s odes to lost youth. Saturday they play with Chapel Hill’s Death To The Details and Charlotte’s The Lights, Fluorescent. 10 p.m., $7

Embarrassing Fruits | Jack Sprat

Chapel Hill’s Embarrassing Fruits understand where they come from, melding crunchy guitars and blissful nostalgia to create a sound that’s both continuation of and homage to the great indie-rock that put the town on the map in the ’90s. Saturday they play with Sexy Prime and La Snacks. 10 p.m., $5


Generationals | The Cave

Generationals, the New-Orleans-based vehicle of former Schooner bassist Tripp Cox, make pop music that’s a little smoother and less frenetic than that of his old outfit. Sunday the band will be joined by Schooner lead singer Reid Johnson and Eric Sommer.

– By Diversions Editor Jordan Lawrence


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