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.

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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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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Priestbird: In Your Time

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An epic battle at the sands of time, sonic guitars juxtaposed against the ghostly vocals create an ebb and flow through a galaxy of stars... light pierces the soul upon crescendo and sets us free. Season of the Sun recalls these thoughts and it's the track available below and it's the second track on Priestbird's release In Your Time.

Formally Tarantula AD, a shedded carcass, a molting if you will, from earth to flight and Priestbird was worth the wait.

The three original members (Saunder Jurriaans, Gregory Rogove, and Danny Bensi) still tackle the AD, but with the new tracks they have created as Priestbird, they have reached a higher plain, a welcoming blast of rock that summons up feelings of a modern high bred of a Black Floydian Sabbath, with hypnotizing vocals and striking instrumentation that was strived for as AD, but finally achieved fully as Priestbird. My favorite tracks are Season of the Sun, the thrashing yet luring, Hand That Draws, and the chilling title track, In Your Time. The instrumentals Jackyl and Guest Room are also mesmerizing. Highly recommended!

mp3 Season of the Sun

Don't miss these guys on May 11th at Local 506 with Pit er Pat.

[Stream the whole LP] [website] [purchase]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 1:19 PM


8088 Records + 307 Knox

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q: what is this 8088 collective thing?

a: we are currently working on a way to allow independent artists a way to promote themselves and sell their records as well as give indie records stores and venues a way to contact artists through our site. this is a massive undertaking that involves some extensive programming so don't expect it to be done anytime soon. however, we want to be able to provide resources to all the wonderful people that we have come across in the underground music world as much as possible, and the collective is one way that we are going about it.

A great article in the Independent all about the "collective". Visit them online at

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On a similar note, you might want to also check out Durham's 307 Knox Records, where they and the artists work together in putting the music out, allowing the artist to have much more control over what their product look, listens and feels like. Check them out online at

307 Knox will be releasing Midtown Dickens' cd on May 12th at 305 South, and I hope to have a review of the disc as soon as it's in my hands.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 1:00 PM


Monday, April 23, 2007

William Fitzsimmons: Goodnight

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If soothing, almost heart breakingly, stunning acoustic folk is your ear, and it's always mine, then William Fitzsimmons' recent release, Goodnight, are the lullabies you have been searching for.

From the soft calls, to the banjo and guitar laden background on Hold On With My Open Hands, to the journey we take on Find My Way Home, to the pain soaked, but elegantly composed Everything Has Changed, Fitzsimmons has created a near masterpiece in every since of the word. He has created a life changing album, at least for me, providing the soundtrack for many changes in my life and I feel more secure, safe, in knowing Goodnight has been there.

While a few tracks might ride the line for some, Goodnight as a whole, and more importantly the tracks mentioned above, are songs that any musician would die for. Some people wait their whole life to create a small crack into the wall of music, but with Goodnight, William has broken that wall down and when he crawls through the crumbling rocks he looks up at you, embraces you and calls you his brother.

A must own release that sits nestled in my top 10 of 2007. Highly recommended and a must own!

mp3 Everything Has Changed

[myspace] [purchase]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 9:10 PM


New "The Collective" on the air

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A new The Collective has hit the air this past weekend. With the new show, a new site. We scraped the old one and provided a new site, with upcoming concerts and shows of interest in the area, online versions of the videos in the shows, and mp3's of some of the songs featured. If you live in the "triangle" make sure to check out the website and also catch us on tv, we air on Time Warner Cable's Channel 24 - Mondays & Fridays at 9:30pm, Wednesdays at 10pm, & Saturdays at 6:30pm.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 12:12 PM


Friday, April 20, 2007

Avey Tare and Kria Brekken: Pullhair Rubeye

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A magical dream that we awake from. Those moments of life through blurry eyes. That line in which we cling to between realities. This is where Pullhair Rubeye lives and prospers.

With this release and Panda Bear's earlier release, "The Animal Collective" are taking over my best of lists for '07 like a storm. Pullhair is an album that needs to be experienced. It's not something that can be just thrown on, it's an event, a journey, and it's one of the most thought provoking and mind bending experiments I've heard this year.

Officially being released as reversed versions of the recorded tracks, and by all means I respect the artist's wishes and in some ways it thrives this way, but just listen to tracks like Opis Helpus or Who Wellses in My Hoff in the reversed versions of the lp (the forward versions) and be blown away. They had to figure that it was going to be done, even if it's the consumer who flips them in some editing program.

The perfect release in my opinion would have been a two disc release, with both versions, heck I'd spend the extra dough for that. I know there are those who will say that I, or anyone, shouldn't reverse these tracks to hear what was recorded because this is not what was released, but I say to you, just listen...just listen. Below is the released track and a reversed version. Enjoy.

Sis Around the Sandmill (lp version)
mp3 Sis Around the Sandmill (reversed)


posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 8:43 AM


Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Windmill: Puddle City Racing Lights

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Matthew Thomas Dillon is Windmill and with his first proper release, Puddle City Racing Lights, due out April 16th on Melodic, available now for advanced download, be prepared to be blown over.

Vocals that conjure up mixed thoughts of Daniel Smith or Daniel Johnston and musical stylings that play modern circus pop based and built upon the intertwining of keen piano skills, swooping arrangements that incite, and sprinkled with the otherworldliness of The Flaming Lips spirit. All this, accompanied by a slew of friends...and a new Famile is born.

Overall, Puddle City Racing Lights is an ambitious debut record and one of the bright spots of the year so far. The release takes us on a great musical journey and I'm sure it's one that will demand multiple spins throughout the year. Below is a track from the release with a link to acquire the advanced release.

mp3 Tokyo Moon


Advance Download Windmill

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 12:13 AM


Monday, April 02, 2007

Animal Collective Live at Tavastia

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I've been listening to so much Animal Collective lately that I thought I would post this concert from 2006 in Helsinki. I got this from IA and you can grab individual tracks there, but here it is below in a zip. Enjoy.

01 Street Flash
02 Did You See The Words
03 Reverend Green
04 Cuckoo
05 Safer
06 Grass
07 Peace Bone
08 We Tigers
09 Fireworks
10 Purple Bottle
11 Banshee Beat

mp3 Zip File

Animal Collective
Date: July 3, 2006
Venue: Tavastia
Location: Helsinki. Finland

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posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 2:09 PM