The Perm & The Skullet is a non-profit music blog devoted to bringing you music of all kinds.

Although we prefer that rustic, acoustic, unusual, whiskey soaked sound, we do like music of all styles and genres. If you have something you think we should listen to, by all mean, let us know.

All Links and MP3s are for sampling, evaluation, and introduction purposes only and are intended to provide exposure to said artist / film / site etc... If you like it, please go buy it.

Online, we recommend Insound, emusic or directly from the artist or their label. Locally, we recommend Schoolkids Records or Bull City Records.

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Monday, August 28, 2006

Jennifer O' Connor

At Daytrotter! Four tracks of broken-down. bare bones bliss. So quickly I'm back on my rustic adventures.

Daytrotter Sessions

And next week, they have one of my favorites, all time, Bonnie Prince Billy, "performing one new track, two songs he hasn't played in 12 years, and an old standard done intimately in a mid-evening session."

I haven't heard the BPB songs yet, but every track I've downloaded from Daytrotter has yet to disappoint. They have grown into a premire place for exclusive downloads. Check them out if you haven't already.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 6:49 PM


Art Brut back in the States!

Starting September 18t, Art Brut will be back the United States. This time around they will be co-headlining with We Are Scientists. The North American tour kicks off in my own back yard Carborro, NC, at The Cat's Cradle. I'm trying to get some tix to the show and hopefully will have a kick ass post for you guys after the show. Below are the dates if of all the upcoming shows and the venues in which their performing.

Sept 18 / Cat's Cradle / Carborro, NC
Sept 19 / The Roxy / Atlanta, GA
Sept 20 / The Social / Orlando, FL
Sept 21 / Studio A / Miami, FL
Sept 22 / Club Downunder / Tallahassee, FL
Sept 23 / One Eyed Jack's / New Orleans, LA
Sept 24 / Warehouse Live / Houston, TX
Sept 25 / Emo's / Austin, TX
Sept 26 / Gypsy Tea Room / Dallas, TX
Sept 28 / Brickhouse Theatre / Phoenix, AZ
Sept 29 / House of Blues / San Diego, CA
Sept 30 / Henry Fonda Theatre / Los Angeles, CA
Oct 02 / The Fillmore / San Francisco, CA
Oct 04 / WOW Hall / Eugene, OR
Oct 05 / Hawthorne Theatre / Portland, OR
Oct 06 / Commodore Ballroom / Vancouver, BC
Oct 07 / Neumo's Crystal Ball / Seattle, WA
Oct 09 / In The Venue / Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 10 / Bluebird Theatre / Denver, CO
Oct 11 / The Granada / Lawrence, KS
Oct 12 / Metro / Chicago, IL
Oct 13 / Magic Stick / Detroit, MI
Oct 14 / Opera House / Toronto, ON
Oct 15 / La Tulipe / Montreal, QC
Oct 16 / Middle East / Cambridge, MA
Oct 17 / Black Cat / Washington, DC
Oct 18 / Warsaw / Brooklyn, NY
Oct 19 / Irving Plaza / New York, NY
Oct 20 / Starlight Ballroom / Philadelphia, PA
Oct 21 / Cornell University / Ithaca, NY

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 6:37 PM


Jim Noir: Tower of Love

Jim Noir has provided the much needed cleansing of my musical palette. I get enthralled with lo-fi, acoustic, rustic adventures, that sometimes I need a beat of fresh sound to bring me back to zero. I have found this re-balance in Noir's Tower of Love.

The album was recently released on August 8th on Barsuk Records and has been on constant rotation here at the P&S. Barsuk's description doesn't fall too far from my own, but they had this to say, "Imagine a Wurlitzer jukebox stacked with the hits of ELO, Super Furry Animals, Pepper-era Beatles, The Beta Band, The Beach Boys, early Pink Floyd and Supertramp. Now imagine blowing that jukebox up with a cartoon-style dynamite stick and making a record from the exploded fragments of vinyl and luminescent tubing."

Whimsical beats with light and catchy vocals, Jim Noir's music makes me feel good, it makes me feel on the move, and puts a smile on my face. He takes what has worked before and has used it to his advantage. Unlike others that are thrown into a pop category, there is a sense of validity to Noir's work that demands attention in the vein of a McCartney or Wilson tone. The track "Turbulent Weather" sounds like an outtake directly from Pet Sounds. And the two singles that have been released for video, "My Patch" and "Eanie Meany", both simple in structure and arrangement, but in them, an exploratory sound that you can’t get out of your head.

A true gem of a record, and well deserving of a thorough listen.

.: Key of C

[website] [myspace] [purchase]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 3:02 PM


Thursday, August 24, 2006

Reverend Gary Davis

"Reverend Gary Davis was a towering figure in at least two realms. As a finger-style guitarist he developed a complex yet swinging approach to picking that has influenced generations of players, a
nd as a composer of religious and secular music he created a substantial body of work that has been recorded by, among others, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, and the Grateful Dead, not to mention Davis's own releases" - hompage

If you have yet to hear some of this man's work, you are in for a real treat. A few samples below.

.: Blow Gabriel
.: I'll Fly Away
.: My Heart Is Fixed
.: Oh, Lord Seach My Heart
.: Runnin' To The Judgement

homepage/ download /purchase

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 10:27 PM


The Collective, "D" Edition

Not only does The Collective run in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and the surrounding areas on Ch.24, we now air at 7:30pm, every Thursday night in Durham on their access station, Channel 8. With that time slot, I couldn't pass it up.

The "D" Edition stands for Durham, but will have more than just videos, like old movie trailers, documentaries, shorts, and more...along with all the great music videos you are growing to love.

In this episode we have music videos from Devendra Banhart, Thom Yorke, Staurt A. Staples, plus a trailer for "Conquest of Space" and the short film, "To Hear Your Banjo Play" (1947) directed by Irving Lerner and Willard Van Dyke. The film presents the origin of the banjo, the development of southern folk music and its influence upon Americans and to top it all off, Pete Seeger plays his banjo and narrates the story. Not to be missed.

If you live in Durham County check it out every Thursday, starting tonight 8/24, at 7:30pm.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 4:34 PM


Wednesday, August 23, 2006

New "The Collective" out tonight

On cable channel 24, every Monday and Friday at 9:30pm and Wednesdays at 10pm you can catch a thirty minute block of music videos on The Collective. We air in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, so if you want your work seen in this area, please shoot me an email. This episode includes videos from:

Thom Yorke
Cat Power
The Mountain Goats
Gentleman Caller
Tapes n' Tapes
Pretty Girls Make Graves
Jim Noir
Roger Sisters

For more info hit me up. Be back soon!

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 1:41 PM


Tuesday, August 22, 2006

It's been too long since my last, but if you've been here a while, you would have read the earlier post in regards to me not feeling guilty about the lack of posts due to the film I've been working on, but I do.
Be back soon.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 10:26 PM


Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Dogme 95

Dogme 95 is the moniker for Nick Wright, who also happens to be the man behind the Mission Label out of Chicago. If you are not familiar with the label, make sure to explore it's artists. Some real good musicians.

Since this unforeseen break, I have really embraced the sounds of Dogme 95, an alt-country/experimental sound that in my opinion, really excel on the two tracks below from the 2005 release, Arcadian Hymns. An acoustic blend that fortunately continues onto his latest project, a cd entitled The Reagle Beagle. Both are must listens.

Check out the links below and make sure to check out his video for Breed, it's directed by fuckin' Mark Borchardt...It's alright, it's o.k., there's something to live for, Jesus told me sooooo!

.: Calm and Tame
.: Kingdom / Garden

[website] [myspace] [video for Breed directed by Mark Borchardt]
[purchase] [download from itunes]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 11:34 PM


Tuesday, August 01, 2006

The Sea & The Gulls

The Sea & The Gulls make perfect summer time music. Upbeat mostly and musically interesting, inspiring Sufjan stylings, with Belle & Sebastian at their most positive and joyous moments. Vocal harmonies layered upon a blanket of acoustic guitars fill the headphones, with thoughts of the outdooors and picnics, beaches and bumblebees, the wind and waves, but without all the ultra-pop that the above would normally describe. Short and sweet, perfect for any mixtape. Leah and Todd bring that now and again smile to my music catalog and hopefully to yours as well.

They are releasing an album, Things That Fly, in the coming months, so be on the look out for that. Below are two tracks that might possibly be on that album. For more info check them out on myspace.

.: Paper Planes
.: Seagulls V.1

[website] [myspace]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 9:21 AM