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Recording Four New Songs 3/28/14 at The Pinhook in Durham

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Teacher of the Year, A Documentary Film

Teacher of the Year, A Documentary Film

Carter Browning wrote and performed the music for a trailer for Teacher of the Year, A Documentary Film, and Nick engineered the session. A full length film with music by Carter is forthcoming later this year. Stay tuned for information about screenings, events, and a related Monsonia performance.


12.10.13 Facebook Event

12.10.13 Facebook Event

Arbouretum / Solar Halos / Monsonia – Nightlight, Chapel Hiill

Additional Information: Nightlight Listing

Summer Rehearsal

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M.L.E. – Nightlight 6.19.10

Shot by Jordan Haywood


Lived In Caves – Nightlight 6.19.10

Shot by Jordan Haywood

“Grizzly Beer” and a Benefit Concert for David Alston

David Alston played bass guitar in Monsonia from 2003 through 2005.  He helped shape our early songs and played on our first recordings.  He also played about twenty shows with us – mostly locally, but also back when we would cut out of town on the weekend – to such exotic locales as Wilmington and Richmond. His last show with the band was in NYC – on what was admittedly more of a fun what-the-hell road trip than a tour.

In mid-August of 2005, towards the end of his time with the band, we were invited to play Ross Grady’s Local Music radio show on WXDU 88.7 Durham.  We’ve played the show a couple of times and have had fun and helpful experiences. We played a few songs on this particular set that we have not released. Two were new – written with David after we recorded our EP.  Two others were even older songs that we played in these early shows but never recorded in a studio. These old songs were actually both on our original demo (which very few people heard), but they evolved over time as we played them together.  These songs did not withstand the transitions we would go through in the coming months, to stay in our repertoire, but we’re happy we have these recordings to capture that point in our band history.

It was sweltering hot on August 14, 2005.  One of those high temperature, 110% humidity, late Summer days with thick dark grey-purple-blue skies rolling in. The storm was just gathering and pulsing overhead as we ripped through a raw and punchy set in the tight studio room. Carter played with a sore index finger – he had burned it on the hot trigger of a gun shooting skeet that afternoon. David had broken his foot that week, somehow tripping over one of the concrete blocks that define the front ends of parking spaces in a parking lot.  (I think these are called, appropriately, “parking stops” – I just looked them up on  He came in on crutches and sat on a stool and nailed his parts. It’s a challenge playing in settings like this, where the amps are buffered off from each other and you rely on the mix in your headphones and muscle memory to coordinate with each other and make it through the songs successfully. I think sitting down helped him really focus on his fluid but robust bass lines.

This song is called “Grizzly Beer,” recorded live at that session. It was one of the new tunes we played that day, featuring a 5/8 train ride feel.  I always envisioned myself falling off a train when this song ended with a hanging crash. Ross Grady engineered and recorded the session and Nick Petersen applied some post-production this week.

David is now battling cancer. He was diagnosed last Spring and underwent chemotherapy through 2011 and is now undergoing a cutting edge stem cell transplant treatment at UNC’s Lineberger Cancer Center. He’s facing costs of $200,000-$600,000 and his insurance lapsed in early February. He is still awaiting help from Medicare and though he’s in no condition to work, his disability payments don’t start until this Summer. David and his mother have been staying in the SECU Family House in Chapel Hill at additional expense. While the Family House is cleaner and cheaper than a hotel, it is not free and financial constraints have jeopardized their ability to stay there while he undergoes treatments over the next few months.

Family House Diary documentary on David | NBC-17 feature

David has registered with two charitable fundraising organizations which accept tax-deductible donations on his behalf:

  1. HelpHOPELive - The National Transplant Assistance Foundation
  2. The Bone Marrow Foundation

David is fighting hard and never intended to approach friends “hat-in-hand,” but his situation is challenging and we wanted to share this information and do all we can.  This is about supuport and hope.

On that note, we along with a bunch of David’s friends, are playing a Benefit Concert on Tuesday, April 10th at the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, North Carolina.  The show is completely free, but we’re asking for donations to further fight against these mounting bills. We have a solid and diverse lineup, including people who have played with David in various bands, worked with David at various jobs, and friends who are generally just rising to the occasion:

The final line-up and times are TBD (check back!) and the show starts promptly at 7:30.  We’re hoping to wrap things up by 12:30 (it’s a school/work night!).  If you cannot attend but would still like to make a $10 donation, you can purchase a ticket through the Cradle website, where eTix is donating proceeds towards the fund.

Thank you for reading this, for considering helping our friend, and for checking out our live recording of “Grizzly Beer,” featuring only one facet’s of David’s great playing: his edgy but fluid bass groove.  We hope you can make it out to the show, would consider contributing to his funds, or at the very least to send some positive, hopeful energy out to Dave!


WXYC The Backyard Barbeque – 10.17.12

WXYC The Backyard Barbeque – 10.17.12

With Julianna Thomas

Nightlight Show 3.8.12

We’re playing our first show in six months (!) on Thursday, March 8th at Nightlight in Chapel Hill. Our set will mostly be comprised new music we’ve been working on. The new material is subdued, deliberate and controlled, focused on feel and repetition.

We’re playing with Me You Us Them from Brooklyn and Grass is Green from Boston.  Both are good indie/post-punk bands headed south, for lack of a better quick descriptor. More information will be available at the Nightlight website. Hope you can make it to check out what we’re up to.

Nightlight Flyer

Band Update / Bandcamp Update

We’re laying low lately, but are steadily working on new music.  We’re excited about new directions we’re exploring.  Stay tuned for local shows in the new year.

You can now listen to our last album, 33.3, in full online.  Since release over a year ago, we’ve posted only one song at a time (just 3 total), but you can now preview the full album through our Bandcamp page (or the above widget). If you would like to own a copy, digital downloads of the album, in your choice of format, are available for $8 through the same page, or through iTunes, Amazon.mp3, and other digital music outlets.

We’re really proud of this album, and are glad you can check it digitally, but the whole idea was to release a warm and full-sounding vinyl LP. We have a limited number of heavyweight 180 gram records, with full color artwork by Steve Wright. You can get a copy via Holidays for Quince, through local record stores, or at our shows. If you buy one this month, send us an email and we’ll send you your choice of a Growler CD, a Monsonia EP CD, or a 3/4 sleeve Monsonia shirt. We’re cleaning out our closets, but we also just want to add value if you can support us by buying the 33.3 vinyl.


Andy, Carter, and Nick

Three Lobed Records and Holidays for Quince Day Party – Hopscotch 2011

HopscotchFriday, September 9th – daytime!

Three Lobed Recordings/Holidays For Quince Records
The Pour Housenoon-5:30pm – FREE

James Toth and William Tyler, Evan Caminiti, Meg Baird, The Moaners, Gunn-Truscinski Duo, In The Year Of The Pig, The Moaners, and Monsonia

This show/party is FREE and does not require a Hopscotch pass.  Click through to the Facebook Event Page for additional information.

HOG “Archetypes” EP Release Show

Congrats to our friends HOG, who are releasing a new EP “Archetypes” in May. We’re playing the release show with HOG and The Bronzed Chorus at Casbah in Durham on Friday, May 20. Info is available through the links below:

Facebook Event Page

Casbah Show Preview Link


Thursday, April 14


Playback 2.26.11

Lived in Caves

Thanks to Karen Mann for recording the 33.3 closer “Lived in Caves” at the Bull City Metal Fest – The Casbah, Durham – February 5, 2011!


We’re back at Reservoir on Thursday, January 6th. With The Hag and Jokes & Jokes & Jokes. Here’s the Facebook Event Page.

We’re playing the Bull City Metal Fest at Casbah in Durham. Facebook Event Page.  We’re currently scheduled for the afternoon of Saturday, February 5th, and will be rocking with Horseback, Caltrop, and In the Year of the Pig, among many others.  Not all the bands are metal, obviously. More information to come on this 2-3 day festival weekend at this great newish club in Durham!

Shows this Weekend

We’re playing two shows this weekend with lots of friends rocking all sorts of styles.  We’ll have records and the never-ending box of 3/4 sleeve shirts on hand if you want to grab ‘em before hibernating all winter.

Friday 3rd: Reservoir 6yr Anniversary Party – Carrboro, NC – Reservoir – 100a Brewer Lane – With Jokes&Jokes&Jokes, Blag’ard, and Transportation. This party continues Saturday night with Colossus, Backwoods Payback, and Caltrop

Saturday 4th: The Bottom String Presents… - New Bern, NC – The Journey Cafe – 411 Broad Street – With Butterflies – Check out The Bottom String’s blog and review of 33.3

Also this weekend: Sunday 5th: Steve Wright (album artwork for 33.3) has an art opening at Horace Williams House in Chapel Hill. Works on exhibit through the 23rd and info on the Sunday afternoon opening here and here.

Photo by Camille Pickett


At long last!  We are releasing our new album, “33.3″ in partnership with Holidays for Quince Records. The album will be available on limited edition 180 gram vinyl (with a code for a digital download) and also through iTunes and Amazon. The street date for digital and mail order copies is 10.19.10, and we’ll have copies on hand and ready for…

Our Record Release Party 11.12.10!
With MAKE and Minor Stars
Live visuals/projections by Projexorcism
Facebook Event Page

More info on the show soon!

Record Release Events and Press!

Photo by Camille Pickett

Tuesday, October 5th – Online release of “Age of Machines” single

Sunday, October 17th – Live performance on WXYC 89.3 Backyard BBQ

Tuesday, October 19th – Street date! Vinyl available at local record stores; digital available through iTunes

Thursday, November 4th – Gimme 5! Mill Feature

Monday, November 8th – Live video performance on Sessions at Studio B

Tuesday, November 9th – Radio session on WCOM 103.5 Carrboro community radio Mojo Ballroom

Wednesday, November 10th – Show promo on Mann’s World

Wednesday, November 10th – Independent Weekly show promo

Friday, November 12th - IndieNC Blog Feature by Suzanne Stanard

Friday, November 12th – Record Release Party at Nightlight with MAKE, Minor Stars, Projexorcism

More in the works and to be announced!

August Shows: DIVEbar and RAGNAROK

Sunday, July 25th with Bats & Mice and Cinemechanica

We’re opening up a Sunday night show for our friends Bats & Mice and Cinemechanica on July 25th. Also with Mr. Free and the Satellite Freakout (playing first at 8:30 sharp). At the Local 506 in Chapel Hill. It’s the third date of Bats and Mice’s second weekend tour in support of a new 7″. We’re psyched about the show and the new stage and sound system at the 506 – it’s been awhile since we’ve played there and we’re looking forward to it.

Facebook Event Page

Indy write-up

Saturday, June 19



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Bad Dream

Friday, April 9

Join us at Nightlight on Friday, April 9 to celebrate the release of In the Year of the Pig‘s new album, “Jamon.”  Rock and art and noise and tacos!

Facebook Event Page

Poster by Matt Hart

The night will proceed as follows:

Hiss Golden Messenger –  MC Taylor goes it alone for this one.

Secret Boyfriend (Ryan Martin)


In the Year of the Pig and the Golden Fire Pig Orchestra – ITYOTP plus guest musicians and video projections by Kevin Eugene Clark.

Next Show

Rockin’ Saturday February 20 at Nightlight with Actual Persons Living or Dead and Le Weekend!  $5 at 10pm.  We’re “headlining” so playing last.  Hope to see you there!

Facebook Event Page


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