Pop. 1280: September 7, 2012 Hopscotch Festival (Raleigh, NC) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

October 26, 2012

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Like more than a few bands from our part of the country, NYC’s Pop. 1280 made the trip down to this year’s Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina to share the tiny stage at Slim’s with some like-minded North Carolina bands as well as some bad-ass New York contemporaries. On a bill that also featured nyctaper favorites White Hills along with Chapel Hill’s Pipe and Raleigh’s Whatever Brains, Pop. 1280 fell more in line stylistically with the two NC bands, combining a heavy, aggressive punk-influenced sound with synth flourishes that helped identify them more with our neck of the woods. This set covered material from the band’s first two previous Sacred Bones Records releases, 2010’s The Grid and 2012’s The Horror.  The band expects to have another record under their belt some time in 2013, which it would appear some of the “unknown” songs below may be on.

Like the Whatever Brains and Pipe recordings from this show, this set was recorded by NC taper Dave Schwentker with fellow North Carolinian Bryon’s ceiling-installed Countryman B3 omnidirectional mics. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Step Into the Grid”

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Pop. 1280
Hopscotch Music Festival
Raleigh, NC USA

Hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by Dave Schwentker

Countryman B3 (ceiling mount)>Church Audio CA-9100>Olympus LS-10>Audacity (edits)>FLAC

01 [intro]
02 [unknown1]
03 Step Into the Grid
04 [unknown2]
05 Anonymous Blonde
06 Burn the Worm
07 [unknown3]
08 New Electronics

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9 Responses to Pop. 1280: September 7, 2012 Hopscotch Festival (Raleigh, NC) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

  1. Ken Shaffer
    October 30, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Thank you. The White Hills link now takes you to


    The owners of the domain name white-hills.com are accepting offers from interested parties willing to obtain ownership rights over the domain name. You may learn more about how to place your offer by clicking HERE.

  2. acidjack
    October 30, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Thanks. I’ll change that link. Guess they gave up that domain.

  3. Ken Shaffer
    October 30, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Fingers crossed that you are allowed to tape and upload

    Dec 14 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY

  4. Acidjack
    October 30, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Monster Magnet? Nope. We have asked in the past, but got denied. Their label people aren’t into it.

  5. Ken Shaffer
    October 30, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    The reason I asked was because the White Hills had that date and venue listed.

  6. acidjack
    October 30, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Yeah, I hear ya – but it’s the headliner’s call usually with these things, so if it’s a no-go for Magnet, it will probably not work for the Hills. They’ll play around here soon enough anyway, though.

  7. Grunza
    January 20, 2013 at 5:47 am

    Hi there Acidjack – I wonder if you might check if there is an error with this Pop 1280 set? I have tried to open both the mp3s and flacs and no luck with either. Other recordings on yr site are fine, but this seems problematic. The streamed track sounds great; I’d love to hear the rest.
    Very best,

  8. acidjack
    January 20, 2013 at 10:51 am

    We’ve had issues with a few of these since we did some repairs on the site. I’ll fix when I can, probably Tues/Wed, and let you know. Thanks for telling us.

  9. acidjack
    January 23, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    It should be fixed now. Please test it and let me know.

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