So good is it, in fact, that I never ventured to another day party on this Thursday afternoon, despite the fact that there were many within a few blocks' walk. Durham label / co-op / community PotLuck have so many great bands in their orbit that there was no need to go further for music.
At the PotLuck Pizza Party, bands alternate between indoor and outdoor stages, with barely a minute break between sets. This year featured: Teardrop Canyon, The Second Wife, Knurr and Spell, Beauty World, See Gulls, Schooner (above), and Some Army... among others, these were all I saw. I've written about most of these bands here before, and they're all good. But The Second Wife, Knurr and Spell, and Beauty World were new to me (though I'd caught snippets of the latter once or twice before). The Second Wife features powerhouse singer Reese Henry in a pretty raw, stripped-down rock'n'roll setting that's great for her voice. Knurr and Spell is fronted by a couple of North Elementary members doing their own, more synthy/Brit-sounding pop. Beauty World feature (until recently) half of See Gulls, Duncan Webster (Hammer No More the Fingers) and Leah Gibson. Their amalgam of cello, banjo-uke-guitar, drums, etc, although clearly very structured and complex, still comes off as fun and whimsical.
Lazy photog's way out: I've still so many Hopscotch shots to process that I just don't want to edit them all, so these have been converted to Black & White. Actually, the stark light (especially outside) at Slim's that bright day lent itself better to B&W.
Except for one shot of See Gull Tom Sowders. That shirt! (bought in a Magazine St. shop, for extra NOLA points) I just couldn't bring myself to wash it out. In fact, I bumped that shit to 11.
My colleagues were out in force for See Gulls...
Some Army...Magnolia Collective and Jphono1 (who, though I missed each, opened and closed the party, respectively).