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Having worked at New Brookland Tavern for over a decade, Adam Cullum has been a consistent reminder of the amazing cogs in the creative scene in Columbia, SC. On Tuesday, the city lost one of its most beloved musicians and all-around best humans. Like many of Adam's friends, I've spent the past few days reading about others' amazing experiences they've shared with Adam. Below you'll find some photos I've made of him over the years along with many of those memories and tributes to Adam and links to his music. I'm sure I've missed many links, so if you desire to add them in the comment section, I'll update the page.

Funeral services for Adam will be held at 4:00 PM Thursday, September 6, 2018 at Suber-Marshall Memorial United Methodist Church, 3900 Live Oak Street, Columbia, SC.

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"Once we were rehearsing just he and I at his house on Oliver St., about a year and a half ago, and when I got there I walked into the kitchen and noticed he had made a lot of pumpkin bread. We played and hung out for hours working on melodies for numbtongue that needed special attention, and it was the first time we’d really hung out just the two of us before. It’s the night I think we became friends. As it got dark I wanted to get home to see my kids before the went to sleep. We had already said goodbye, and it was starting rain, I had already gotten in my car at started it when I see this silhouette running up behind on the rear view. Once I realized it was him I thought I had forgotten something. He ran up right as I rolled down the window and he said, or really rather exclaimed “here! Take some pumpkin bread home to your family!” With this grin as sweet as the gift on his face. I’ll never forget that. That was the first time I took a moment as I drove away and said to myself “wow this guy really is one of the kindest people I’ve ever known.”

-Bobby Hatfield
 

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Photos by South Carolina photographer Sean Rayford

"[Adam] was the most creative player and songwriter in Columbia and I defy anyone to name a sweeter man. It was as if he operated on a different plane than the rest of us. I remember the first time I met Adam. I was with my friend Ashley and we had taken a rather potent hit of LSD and we walked down to the Five Points Fountain to look at the water. And there we found this strange but sweet man playing an accordion. And we weren't sure if he was real or not -- how could he be? After meeting him again, in a more level-headed frame of mind, I still wasn't sure if he was real or not. The mind reels when you think of how many people he must have influenced over the years in this town. I'm not sure if he realized how truly loved he was by so fucking many people. Damn. Tell your people you love them."

-Chris Bickel

 

"I don’t know why, but when I heard the news, the first thing that came to mind was that ridiculous tie you wore to our wedding. Then I started thinking about the effect your playing had on me during our wedding ceremony. I was so scared and stressed and confused and excited and happy and nervous. I remember you sneaking one of my melodies into one of the songs we asked you to play. And then you snuck in one of Erich’s melodies, and then one of David’s. Before I knew it I wasn't thinking about anything but the music you were playing. Maybe I should have been more aware of my emotions in light of the way I reacted when the music stopped and Jeanette walked in.
I don't think you ever wrote your music to get a response. It was just in you. And it just came out. And responses were inevitable because you were so so so very talented and earnest and alive. You taught me a lot.
I complained to one of our friends last night. I was mad that everyone was sharing their favorite Adam pictures and stories. Then I realized that I wasn't mad at them. I was mad at you! And then I laughed because I was always mad at you, but could never stay mad at you because you smiled even when I was angry. I love you and I'm sorry."

-Ben Walker

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"We lost a friend and a bandmate and the sweetest most gentle man I have ever had the privilege to be around. I hope all the people he touched in our town can draw peace and strength from his music that abounds and how he led his life ,always patiently giving and always listening intently, to every word you said or every note you played, smiling all the way. Innocent- pure-childlike- sad- beautiful, he was the best of all of us."

-Tom Hall

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"I can distinctively remember the first time we met, Sarah and I had just moved to Columbia and we were exploring our new church. You walked right up with that infectious goofy grin and introduced yourself. Then you asked me if I preferred to be called Jessica or Jessie. I was a shy 10 year old who couldn’t believe an older boy was talking to me , so I panicked and stuttered “um, I don’t know, both”.
You didn’t skip a beat, “ok, Both it is then!”
From that moment on I answered to the name “Both”, I honestly don’t think you ever called me by my real name after that day.
Thank you for being the closest thing to the big brother I never had growing up! You will be missed, but I know you are somewhere sitting at a piano, playing “Brick” and sounding exactly like Ben Folds."

-Jessie Rosebrock

 

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"I’m not really sure what to say to those who knew Adam that you wouldn’t already know about Adam. We all experienced him the same. The unforgettable creative little light was within him- we all saw it and tried so hard to illuminate it brighter. The same big hugs, the same Counting Crows on CD listing party/craft time on the back porch at Shredquarters. It Was my home away from home where I could be me. So many times I’ll never forget. Thankful that he will live on through his incredible music but so, so very sad. I am so thankful that I got the opportunity to make music with him. I will miss him very much."

-Rachel Kate

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"Hi Adam, when I got to the internet today, I expected it to be a little darker because of your passing. Instead, I found the bright light of friendship burning very hot with the love you gave to each person.

I remember one morning after I'd forgotten to go to sleep, you invited me in for a coffee and an egg. From the back porch, you showed me which plants were winning in the battle for your back yard. You told me you've been working on an egg experiment, and invited me to stay for a second, wilder egg.

It was a good egg. You're a good egg.

Thanks for doing the things you didn't have to do. It means more than you know."

-Shigerahu Kobayashi

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"Not quite sure what to say Adam Cullum. It has been at least 15 years since we spent several nights a week playing open mic nights across Columbia. So many great memories and songs which led to the last time I remember seeing you before I moved to Charleston. It was a songwriter’s night at Delany’s that we were both playing and we chatted about a song lyric that you had written at least a decade before but you never finished the song. I asked you why you never finished it to which you remarked “you seemed to like it so much back then that I figured you would finish it. So how is it coming?” You were so talented, so selfless and so kind. Truly one of a kind.
This world was a better place for having you in it and is a little darker now that you are gone."

-Justin Register

 

"Many years ago, as a impressionable (very) young musician in Columbia, Adam had a huge impact on me. His love of music, songwriting, and collaborating with friends changed the way I thought about local musicians. He inspired me to create in a way few others have done. I’ve watched for years as he did this very same thing for many many others. I’ve listened to his songs, watched his bands, seen him care for others and observed him make Columbia’s music scene a better place.

I could go on... but for now, Goodbye Adam. Thank you for caring about a young, naive musician. There is a hole that wasn’t there a coupe days ago. Much love old friend. I’m so sorry."

-Kenny McWilliams

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"I met Adam freshman year at Carolina in the Maxcy Residence Hall, now 18 years ago. We became quick compatriots through our musicianship and our love of Radiohead.
I was immediately struck by Adam’s quiet intensity. As others have mentioned, when he looked at you, he LOOKED at you. Working with him through Radiohead covers in the stairwell, I was immediately impressed by his command of not just the songs but how in touch he was with the musicality of them. This guy was on another level. I was just a crackerjack guitarist; this guy had music coming out of every pore. Frankly, his musical wizardry, easy confidence, and exceedingly calm demeanor made him a bit intimidating at the time. He listed off bands that I’d never heard of and I looked them all up eagerly.
When I played with Adam, I wanted to be a better musician than I was. I wanted to try to be on his level. That was his impact. I specifically recall singing harmonies with Adam on ‘Black Star’ in the stairwell and how easily he put his voice where it needed to be. I can't not think of that when I hear the third verse of that song.
I had the pleasure of playing some Radiohead covers with Adam for a talent show at Russell House that same year. I kind of just showed up and plugged in whereas Adam had a band, was switching between piano and guitar, and even knew a guy that played theremin. Of course he did. The guy was friggin’ magnetic.
In the coming years Adam continued to flourish as a songwriter. He became a Columbia Standard. I don’t know anyone in that beautiful town's magical tight-knit community of musicians and fans that doesn’t have something good to say about Adam and his music. May he rest in Peace."

-Jeff Crews

 

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"One time me and Adam Cullum were at some show party and all night we kept saying weird shit to each other like ‘but the script was written before the script began’ and when someone spoke we’d look at each other ‘that was part of the script.’ And we’d giggle and it was like we were in our own world.
I didn’t hang out with Adam much but every time I did, it was like I was outside of time. He was such a unique, beautiful, thoughtful individual, so much himself which is such a complement, such a strength in a world that tries to make everyone the same. I really really really really loved his singing voice, you could hear all that uniqueness, beauty, thoughtfulness when he sang.

I love you Adam, whereever you are, I know it is your world."

-Justin Blackburn

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"Adam Cullum: such a kind, gentle and loving soul, the very embodiment of compassion, intelligence, and wit.
And talent, of course.
Adam could effortlessly entertain a room, equally and intimidatingly adroit as he was on guitar, bass, keyboard — or in the absence of those on one beautiful and unforgettable occasion — a steering wheel, the dashboard, and his voice were the only tools he needed for a chill-inducing performance from the driver’s seat of his car.
Rest easy, buddy. You earned it. Our love goes with you forever."

-Michael Jones

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"I wish everyone in the world could’ve spent an hour with Adam Cullum. That they could’ve known the joy of receiving a big, from-the-elbow wave or one of his back-breaking hugs. In a conversation, years ago, he told me he thought of his friends as arrows he kept in his quiver. He’s an arrow I’ll always keep in mine."

-Marti Hause Tordjman

 

"I just ran into you Friday at a dumb restaurant and we stood beside a gum ball machine and made small talk. As I was leaving you said, 'you taught me how to write songs, Erich and I thank you for that," but YOU TAUGHT ME how to write songs. You taught me how to love music. I don't know how he got it mixed up, but he always had a way to brighten up your day by saying something nice as you walked away with this big smile on his face. He was quirky and we didn't keep in touch enough. We were roommates when we were 20 and then again at 23 and fought about stupid stuff. I didn't know you were in pain and I'm sorry for that. I hope they have a nice piano wherever you are tonight, Adam Cullum @ Columbia, South Carolina

-Erich Skelton

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"It was about this time yesterday when the crying finally slowed down. Up with my daughter, just she and I like always right now. Every time I stand at the coffee maker on the kitchen counter, with her voice behind me in her high chair eating Cheerios, the way the sun’s light is coming through the window as a white haze ... it will all just be that yesterday that won’t stop happening now. Every bit of the mundane window sill where the succulents you loved so much, some I bought my wife for her birthday, the stare of the groggy morning just warming up ... it will all keep happening to remind me of the moment I heard you’re gone. How it drowned my heart and overtook my whole self; that raw arresting sorrow whose maw wants to swallow me up. Crying so long until my eyes hurt all day. And still today. I shouted the oh Adam, the no we all did when I read the words ... I wanted reach and tell you I’m so sorry.
I wanted to be there and tell you that, as if somehow I could make it untrue and stop it.
I wish I’d been able to give that time I had before having family. The aimless endless hours of younger days. The way you still could and did give, for so many people always. Because I would have given it. I have heard and seen story upon story of those moments made infinite with you, from literally every single person I know. Stretching back what feels like centuries. How did you find all that time for so many?
I was late to the party of you. I just couldn’t bring myself to go last night. We toasted your name at the Whig last night, those who found our way there. It was a good clink.
I want you back in the band again. I want you to walk into practice Thursday and say “sup dorks” and give me one of those back straightening hugs. The kind that helped us stand a little taller in ourselves after. I want to go back and find a way to get you back in the music again, make the time that we couldn’t for all the reasons both in and and out of our control. You were a crucial part of helping me find my musical footing again. You encouraged me that I wasn’t crazy and made me feel like what I was doing meant something. I hate that I cropped you out of a picture for a show announcement the other day just because you weren’t playing with us regular these days and I didn’t want to confuse anyone. Those who wanted to see you playing always. I was so grateful and humbled that you wanted to participate so ardently in my foolish and overwrought endeavor of self expression. I asked you to play trombone, guitar, piano, tambourine, high hats, the drums ... anything to have you be there.
And I wish it didn’t have to fade to black like this.
I want to hear your voice sing harmony again with me, in that one precious moment in the set. I want to tell all the stories of you that I’ve got.
My heart is sore, my soul has a hangover, my whole body feels like whiplash.
I feel like I’m betraying his better longer friendships among so many of you to feel like I did and now still do. I didn’t expect to know him. And then I did. And it was good and warm and kind and loving and hopeful in others and mindful of hurt and yearning and inviting and whimsy and joy and reckless and brave ...
I’m stricken with the deep ache of this..
If all I had was me, what would I be? If all I had was me, could I believe anything? All our plans they fall in love. And I’m thinking if you Even when you’re gone.
If your love is all about you I’m ever gonna know I only feel it in the afterglow...
Your heart is living in my head.
I loved you Adam."

-Bobby Hatfield

 

"I first met Adam Cullum when, I guess, I was 20 and he was 19. I couldn’t mash down more than four chords on a guitar, but he played along through my screw ups and we yelled Counting Crows songs through the windows of DeSassure 301. We woke up the ghosts of that building that Sherman didn’t burn because it was a hospital during the Civil War.
Adam taught me Nashville Numbers and talked to me about music and writing like I was his equal. Truth was, Adam was always a few planes above me. That’s how I always felt, anyway.
When I was in law school and hated myself, hated where I was, and hated where I was going, I’d see Adam in the bagel shop at Cornell Arms, usually doing prep work at the far end of the counter. He’d often show one of those wild-man grins of his and invariably do or say something to make me feel better. That’s what he did for a lot of people. Adam picked people up.
All through my 20s, my circle of friends and I drove around a lot. I think that’s how we dealt with anxiety. I think that’s how we dealt with being overcome by dreams. We’d burn off to Charleston in the middle of the night just to listen to the ocean. We’d roll out to Dixiana or St. Matthews or someplace, looking for a all-night Gas Station that sold Blenheim. We’d maze around the University, through Shandon and Rosewood, way out to the Lake Murray Dam and back, looking for something we were never going to find.
I remember one of those drives with Adam, up to Johnson City to see a band he’d wanted to see. We set out after we got out of work for the night and got back just in time to go back to work in the morning. It snowed dishrags on the way home.
On the way back to Columbia, we sang Garth Brooks songs like “Cold Shoulder” and “Wolves” because they were songs about snow. We both loved the lyrics and the stories. Whoever wasn’t driving was playing the chords on a guitar, with the seat reclined and the neck turned weird so the driver wouldn’t get poked in the head. We recited our common liturgy about being in Tony Arata’s shoes at a place like the Bluebird, singing a song we’d written like “The Dance,” and having someone like Garth Brooks sitting back at the bar with an ear on it. Adam was a lot closer to those kind of dreams than I was, but he hashed them out with me like we were equals.
I remember seeing him play the Art Bar, sitting behind the kit, singing a song that he’d played for me in Joey Opermann’s apartment sometime before, while he was still writing it.
Funny that Adam’s not really known as a drummer, but my favorite memory of him, he’s on the throne, throwing the sticks around wild, as if he were up on some sacred mount, rolling rocks down, throwing down words, and shooting down fire in a manner so Sagittariesque. I wish I had a copy of that song, because I only remember the hook:
“You’ve got a lot to answer for. You’ve got a lot to answer for.”
I never did ask him who he was examining in that song. I didn’t know what to do, other than drive him around our familiar side of Columbia, on one night he had something really heavy on his heart and a country radio bleeder from our high school years—a goodbye song—stuck in his head. He sang that song word for word, with the car radio off and the whirring of the car engine muted, three or four times over. Slow and painful in a way that made me mad I couldn’t help him with whatever he was carrying.
I didn’t know how to respond on that drive to Johnson City when he talked about a moment in a song I didn’t know (Adam knew so many damn songs) and said “God. That part right there. I could just kill myself.” He repeated what he said two or three times.
It wasn’t cavalier. There was gravity in his voice. I never forgot that. Now, in a very selfish manner, I’m trying to figure out how I could have better responded. As if it was connected across all those years. As if I could have done anything at all, distance of time and space notwithstanding.
Adam and I were not the closest of friends. But he wove through certain stitches of my life in a way that made him a very significant presence across a significant part of the life I’ve lived so far.
The last time I saw him and spoke to him was at my wedding. But when I found out he died, he was sitting right next to me in that candlebox car cabin again, singing songs we loved and talking about people we loved.
Adam Cullum was a wild, wild wind of a man. He was a beautiful human being, and he was my dear friend.
There are people-for the most part in Columbia but thrown out across a whole continent- today who are crying because he’s gone. We are searching through picture piles and looking down fretboards; trying to write bridges to unfinished songs and looking for people to bear hug. Anything to try and break the impenetrable plane, to let Adam know that we loved him. We all lost big when he left.
Rest easy, bud."


-Travis Nagy

 

MUSIC LINKS

"Friends of Adam Cullum, in our grief and emotion following his tragic passing many tributes have been posted and recordings come from out of the blue. Our old bandmate, John Bolten recorded adam when he showed up needing a place to crash - please Listen to this unscripted version of Townes van Zandt "Pancho and Lefty-" straight off the cuff, one of the most copied songs but I never ever heard it this original and this heartfelt/- his music will always be with us -- its the only cover i can remember him recording and it captures everything about him.. All this music has to be preserved-
from John-
In 2007 I told Adam that if he wanted to crash at my place again, he needed to learn a Townes song... He showed up and pulled out this breathtaking version of Pancho and Lefty. No lyric sheet. nothing... what a loss. I loved that guy.

-Tom Hall

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https://scenesc.bandcamp.com/track/pop-music
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Columbia SC Photographer theangrywhale@yahoo.com Columbia SC Photographer Sean Rayford 2018-09-06T17:44:58Z 2018-09-06T17:44:58Z
http://www.seanrayford.com/blog/2018/9/photos-chapin-labor-day-parade Photos: "Get Out of the Road" - Chapin Labor Day Parade

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After the first few hundred yards of the annual Chapin Labor Day Parade, Rep. Joe Wilson found himself holding on to a .50 cal machine gun mounted on a vintage military jeep with an engine that refused to cooperate.

Insert metaphor here.

Members of his campaign team pushed the vehicle up the hill on Chapin Rd. as the congressman waved to the spectators until a reinforcement Jeep arrived with a tow. Along with other parade traffic, Wilson's adopted son, SC Attorney General, Alan Wilson, passed the disabled vehicle, making sure they didn't need any help.

 

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Above: Sean Carrigan, Wilson's opponent in South Carolina's 2nd Congressional District.

Below: Democratic nominee for governor, James Smith, trades thumbs up with Rep. Joe Wilson, after a brief encounter with SC treasurer, Curtis Loftis, who joked with Smith about "getting out of the road."

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Columbia SC Photographer theangrywhale@yahoo.com Columbia SC Photographer Sean Rayford 2018-09-04T14:07:53Z 2018-09-04T14:07:53Z
http://www.seanrayford.com/blog/2018/8/photos-prehistoric-ft-best-of-party---sc-state-museum Photos: Prehistoric FT Best Of Party - SC State Museum

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Last night I dressed up as jelly fish and went to a prehistoric themed party at the museum. Here are some photos.

 

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Columbia SC Photographer theangrywhale@yahoo.com Columbia SC Photographer Sean Rayford 2018-08-23T19:20:38Z 2018-08-23T19:20:38Z
http://www.seanrayford.com/blog/2018/8/photos-lego-enthusiasts-flock-to-columbia Photos: BrickUniverse wows Lego fans in Columbia


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“I started putting some stands together with the north end zone seats and when I put in the walkway - you start to get a feel of how big things are gonna be - I had no idea it was going to get to the size it was," says Charleston’s David Robinson about the Lego replica of Williams Brice Stadium that he built with his son.


Their latest project, a replica of Founders Park, along with dozens of other stunning builds using the colorful blocks, are on display this weekend at the Columbia Metro Convention Center, during the Brick Universe Convention. The convention continues Sunday with two sessions, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

 

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So what’s next for the Gamecock fans? Robinson says a plastic version of USC’s Horseshoe is the leading candidate.

 

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Columbia SC Photographer theangrywhale@yahoo.com Columbia SC Photographer Sean Rayford 2018-08-12T12:57:51Z 2018-08-12T12:57:51Z
http://www.seanrayford.com/blog/2018/8/soda-citizen-sean-thomson Soda Citizen: Sean Thomson loves satanic crabs

Sean Rayford: If you participated in organized crime, what would your role and nickname be?
Sean Thomson: Something boring, like accounting, even though I'm bad with numbers. I'd be the worst person for the job.

And your nickname?
"The Laundromat" I guess.

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What do you think of seafood?
I like it. I love deviled crabs.

What are deviled crabs?
It's like a crab cake stuffed in the shell of a crab and fried. It's very much just a harder way to eat crab cakes but it makes it worth it. When you see a bunch of shells lined up, you feel like you've accomplished something.

Tell me about a bad movie that you've seen recently.
Actually, Shana and I have started trying to watch a whole series of bad movies. So we went through all the Police Academies. Every single one. And that last one where they go to Moscow... it's... I need to re-watch it because I was having a few drinks at the time. Just to make sure it really was that bad. But it was so awful. We also watched all the Ernest movies. Which the first few are good, but then it just kinda gets worse. Like "Ernest Goes to Africa" is a rough one.

Do you do Kung Fu?
I would like to one day I guess.

 

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What's your opinion on South of the Border?
I thought it was this big thing growing up but I'm kinda disappointed.

So, one time in eighth grade I had a substitute math teacher who pronounced our name, "Semen," during roll call. Have people ever royally fucked up your name?
I always get the "Scene." Also, my last name is weird and people will write it "Thompson," with a "P," even if they look at it in an email they just assume I forgot to put the "P" in there.

What's your favorite instrument to play right now?
I always love playing bass because that's what I started with. But it depends on what I haven't been playing. Like if I haven't played guitar in a while, I love playing guitar.

Have you ever toilet papered someone's house?
I have not. I was too wimpy of a kid. Too afraid I'd get caught.

You went to Myrtle Beach recently, tell me about something that you did there.
We went to the Ripley's Aquarium place and had a bunch of tequila beforehand and it was fun. We figured out if you go to Sonic and get frozen limeade they are really good with tequila in it. There is a Sonic in West Columbia across from the Bi-Lo and there is a liquor store next to it, so it's almost like they know. Location is everything.

What occupation would you be interested in doing one hundred and fifty years ago?
I think I'd like to deliver ice. I just think that would be a cool job. I like cold things. I could just hang around ice all day. I usually sweat like a fat old whore.

Do you think those guys were paid decently?
I wonder if hey got free ice too?

Can you smell asparagus pee?
Yea. It's bad when it's your own but it's even worse when it's somebody else's. You go to the bathroom and you're like "aaaaagggghhhhh - NO - why?"

How would you describe a palmetto bug to someone who has never encountered one?
Imagine, a compressed Satan. But that's if you don't have shoes on. If you have shoes on it's just a little bug. If I don't have shoes on, I'll jump up in a man's arms in skinny minute.

 

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Columbia SC Photographer theangrywhale@yahoo.com Columbia SC Photographer Sean Rayford 2018-08-07T17:54:26Z 2018-08-07T17:54:26Z
http://www.seanrayford.com/blog/2018/7/soda-citizen-josh-latham Soda Citizen: Josh Latham is Moist

 

Sean: Do you talk to animals?

Josh: Yes. It's not really a full on conversation. It's more or less derivations of my dogs' names into songs.

 

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Do you sing at them?

Not really sing. It's just more like murmur. I murmur songs about my dogs: Dennis and Colt.

 

What is your official job title?

Geo technical engineer. Which is kind of like a civil engineering but mainly soil.

 

How many bands have you played drums in?

Real bands, probably like six. This is not counting all the random attempts to get up and practice, and then it fizzles.

 

How many times has that happened?

A lot. I think a lot of people can say the same.

 

More than the number of real bands?

Yes, absolutely.

 

If you were a football team, what would your mascot be?

Moist. We would be moist.

 

Would you be the moisties?

I don't know. It would just be a moist dude. Some guy that is awkwardly sweating.

 

If you could curse people, what would your curse involve?

Sharting.

 

Did you have an imaginary friend? Or do you have one now?

I'm going to decline to answer.

 

Do you subscribe tho the five second rule.

Yes, maybe more.

 

Favorite smell?

Mint.

 

Does that mean you like mint chocolate chip?

Yep, that's actually my favorite ice cream.

 

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If you could have access to some science fiction technology, what would you like to get your hands on?

A Time Machine.

 

If you were a farmer what would you grow or raise?

Sheep would be pretty cool.

 

Pet peeves?

People who say, "guy." Like 'hey guy' or "what's up guy?'"That and smacking when you're eating. Any mouth noise while you are eating. That's the official answer, mouth noises while eating.

 

What were the first words that the aliens said to you when you were taken?

Oh shit. Waddup!

 

If you passed away and returned to earth as a bird, what type of bird would you like be?

A pelican.

 

What attracts you to the pelican way of life?

That's honestly just the first bird that I thought of.

 

Interview edited for brevity, clarity, and your entertainmnet with 2016 photo by Sean Rayford

 

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Columbia SC Photographer theangrywhale@yahoo.com Columbia SC Photographer Sean Rayford 2018-07-21T00:30:36Z 2018-07-21T00:30:36Z
http://www.seanrayford.com/blog/2018/7/photos-brookland-beach-bash---west-columbia-sc Photos: Brookland Beach Bash - West Columbia, SC

 

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Like a dog wiping it’s ass across the carpet, the back end of a tandem kayak slowly took on water Saturday afternoon when a young couple launched from the shore of the Congaree River during the inaugural Brookland Beach Bash in West Columbia, SC. “That pretty much sums up our relationship,” said the young woman in the front, laughing uncontrollably, as they struggled to return the defective vessel to the shore.

The Bash, organized by Soda City and Palmetto Outdoor Center the event featured free kayaking and tubing, live music, food trucks, beer, guided walks, badminton, volleyball, a showing of The Sandlot… and a wedding at Stone River.

 

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Columbia SC Photographer theangrywhale@yahoo.com Columbia SC Photographer Sean Rayford 2018-07-08T16:46:55Z 2018-07-08T16:46:55Z
http://www.seanrayford.com/blog/2018/7/photos-hasher-battles-congaree-river-to-fetch-beer-for-friendsss Photos: Hasher battles Congaree River to fetch beer for friend

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“Shit happens mate,” explained Dan Cooper when asked about the last stretch of his journey yesterday on the rivers in Columbia, SC. As part of a Hash House Harriers flotilla, one of Cooper’s friends found himself with an empty beer as they approached the Gervais St. bridge. Sandwiched between a flattop and a string of tubes, Cooper was thrust in an epic struggle through the small rapids.


"I was coming on down the river with all my mates. And a friend of mine, he needed a beer. And so I had to go back and get a beer for him off the other float. So I jumped off and I was trying to get a beer and then we hit some rocks and I got a few scratches on my back.”


As described by Cooper, the Hashers are “a drinking club with a running problem. We drink some beers and we run quite a bit of distance. Sometimes we float."

 

Photos by Sean Rayford

 

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If you are interested in having fun on river, check out Saturday's Brookland Beach Bash.

 

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http://www.seanrayford.com/blog/2018/7/families-belong-together-national-day-of-action-columbia-sc "DTF: Down To break kids out of detainment Facilities"

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In unison with nationwide “Families Belong Together” marches and rallies, planned in over 600 cities, several hundred demonstrators gathered in front of the South Carolina Statehouse on Saturday to voice concerns about current U.S. immigration policy.


"I'm out here to protest the separation of families based on the zero tolerance policy,” explained Gabbi Westbrook (below), “I don't believe that it's okay to separate families and deport humans. I don't think that humans are illegal and I think that people should be allowed to come here for refuge.”

Photos by Sean Rayford

 

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Columbia SC Photographer theangrywhale@yahoo.com Columbia SC Photographer Sean Rayford 2018-07-01T15:36:26Z 2018-07-01T15:36:26Z
http://www.seanrayford.com/blog/2018/6/photos-summer-grilling-with-kristian-niemi Photos: Summer grilling with Kristian Niemi

 

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“We are here to grill steaks today,” explained local restaurateur Kristian Niemi last night at City Roots Farm, “The reason we are having this class and the reason I started teaching this class: I’ve gone over to too many people's houses and had shitty steaks.”

Niemi, known previously for his roles at Mr. Friendly’s and Rosso Trattoria, currently with Bourbon and the Great American Whiskey Fair and in the future with Black Rooster, a “Frenchish” West Columbia restaurant with a rooftop bar overlooking the river and city, continued, “I had to stand there quietly, 'you know, hey, they invited me over, I think I should keep my mouth shut and watch them kill their steaks.”

 

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Along with other culinary experts, Niemi offers a series of summer grilling classes, including chicken, vegetables, fish and seafood. Chicken is on deck next on July 19. Here is the complete class schedule.

For those interested in meat and fire, City Roots will be hosting Bonivoche on Saturday. Niemi is a fan. “Bovinoche is the most exciting outdoor cooking event in the state. It’s similar to the asados of Brazil and Argentina, with whole animals cooked over open fires. In addition to being a feast, it’s a visual feast. It’s also a blast to work with Jeff “Rhino” Bannister and the gaggle of local chefs who join in."

 

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Columbia SC Photographer theangrywhale@yahoo.com Columbia SC Photographer Sean Rayford 2018-06-08T21:48:58Z 2018-06-08T21:48:58Z
http://www.seanrayford.com/blog/2018/5/black-bike-week-photos---myrtle-beach Photos: Sanitized in Myrtle Beach

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Standing on a corner of N. Ocean Blvd. in Myrtle Beach on Friday afternoon of Black Bike Week I wondered where all the motorcycles were. Car after car, after car, crept by like molasses through the miles of the barricaded beach road, part of the city mandated 23 mile long nighttime traffic loop. I thought of it as the "Loop of Death."

“This is ass,” a local told me later in the night, referring to the NAACP challenged traffic patterns and it’s effects on the crowds and atmosphere. He got stuck in the loop for hours last year on his way home from work. And that the cars in front of us have another three hours before they get out.

Breaking my train of thought, wondering where all the bikes were, another car drives by, this one with tags from Tennessee. “Hey! you wanna free piece of chocolate?” a young woman shouts at me from the driver’s seat, gesturing to a friend next to her, “She’s double stuffed!” Eventually she flashes me.

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Despite the brief moment of excitement, to address my upcoming assignments I abandoned Myrtle Beach on Saturday and Sunday for Atlantic Beach, about 15 miles north, where everyone went to escape barricades and traffic loops, and where the event first began in 1980. You can see photos from Sunday here: Motorcycle Enthusiasts Attend Black Bike Week In Myrtle Beach. My assignment for The Sun (UK), shot on Saturday, the most lively night was published here: Black Bike Week sees thousands gather to party at annual motorcycle rally in South Carolina

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Columbia SC Photographer theangrywhale@yahoo.com Columbia SC Photographer Sean Rayford 2018-05-28T21:28:44Z 2018-05-28T21:28:44Z
http://www.seanrayford.com/blog/2018/5/photos-black-bike-week-warms-up-for-weekend-in-myrtle-beach-sc Photos: Black Bike Week Warms up for Weekend in Myrtle Beach, SC

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I've got Saturday and Sunday assignments photographing Memorial Day weekend in Myrtle Beach, SC - so I decided to get an early start yesterday for some reconnaissance. Today, thousands of bikers and revelers will converge on the beach town for the annual event and I've got the whole day and night to shoot for myself. Come back here tomorrow for that story.

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Columbia SC Photographer theangrywhale@yahoo.com Columbia SC Photographer Sean Rayford 2018-05-25T15:59:58Z 2018-05-25T15:59:58Z
http://www.seanrayford.com/blog/2018/4/photos-kinetic-derby-day---west-columbia-sc Photos: Kinetic Derby Day - West Columbia, SC

 

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"Earlier today, we had kind of a breakdown just off the start line with the "Savage Lung." We learned that Kent Sutcliffe is going to be absolutely just fine," says an announcer at the first Kinetic Derby Day in West Columbia Saturday afternoon on Meeting St., “It's the only spectacular wreck we had a little bit earlier today.” It happened when Sutcliffe ate some asphalt on a face plant in front of the Brookland United Methodist Church just after his pushers were letting go at the starting chicken.

 

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“Fantastic. Awesome,” says thirteen year-old Keewan Lopez (above) from Branchville, SC, “celebrating Kinetic energy by pushing these derby cars down the hill and to see which one is going to be faster than others. Mostly, the ones that are like low rider and wheels spread out. The missile ones.”

 

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SEE VIDEO OF CRASH

 

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Columbia SC Photographer theangrywhale@yahoo.com Columbia SC Photographer Sean Rayford 2018-04-22T15:22:31Z 2018-04-22T15:22:31Z
http://www.seanrayford.com/blog/2018/3/photos-flogging-molly-at-music-farm-columbia About Last Night: Flogging Molly at Music Farm

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Getting an early start on St. Patrick's Day celebrations, Celtic punk rockers Flogging Molly kicked off their "Life is Good" 2018 spring tour last night at the Music Farm in Columbia, SC. The 18 day stint will take the Los Angeles band to stops in Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Nevada, Oklahoma, California and Oregon, promoting their sixth and latest full length during their 20+ year career.

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Columbia SC Photographer theangrywhale@yahoo.com Columbia SC Photographer Sean Rayford 2018-03-02T16:49:56Z 2018-03-02T16:49:56Z
http://www.seanrayford.com/blog/2018/2/photos-close-the-loop-rally Photos: Moms demand closing the loop

 

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After morning meetings with state lawmakers concerning gun legislation for the upcoming session, representatives from Moms Demand Action gathered yesterday on the statehouse steps with community leaders and elected officials in support of SC Senate Bill 516. Aimed at closing "The Charleston Loophole," the bill was introduced last March and created in response to the 2015 massacre at Mother Emanuel AME church in Charleston, SC.

A highlight of the event included Rev. Thomas Dixon leading the crowd in a chant shouting "WE CALL B.S.!"

 

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More Info:

SC students call for gun reforms after Florida


Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article202364084.html#storylink=c

 

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Columbia SC Photographer theangrywhale@yahoo.com Columbia SC Photographer Sean Rayford 2018-02-28T15:54:57Z 2018-02-28T15:54:57Z
http://www.seanrayford.com/blog/2018/2/photos-junior-astronomers-at-new-brookland-tavern Photos: Junior Astronomers at New Brookland Tavern

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Columbia SC Photographer theangrywhale@yahoo.com Columbia SC Photographer Sean Rayford 2018-02-25T23:14:15Z 2018-02-25T23:14:15Z
http://www.seanrayford.com/blog/2018/2/onsie-bar-crawl-stumbles-through-the-vista Onesie bar crawl stumbles through the Vista

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As three elderly women waited the in the lobby of Carolina Ale House last night, the front door swung open and a boisterous group of onesie-wearing twenty-somethings paraded past them. Confusion washed over their faces as one woman looked up at me perplexed, "They're wearing costumes?"

And basically, yes. Organized by Bar Crawl USA, the event led participants on a trek to five bars in the Vista with exclusive drink and food specials, and most importantly, an excuse to party in public, wearing something ridiculous.

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Columbia SC Photographer theangrywhale@yahoo.com Columbia SC Photographer Sean Rayford 2018-02-25T17:32:44Z 2018-02-25T17:32:44Z
http://www.seanrayford.com/blog/2018/2/photos-2-a-m-bar-closing-hearing-stretches-into-afternoon Two a.m. mandatory bar closing hearing stretches into afternoon

 

Some residents near Five Points say that drunk college students have urinated in their gardens, passed out naked on their front porch and been beaten with brass knuckles - and they feel a mandatory bar closing at two a.m. is the solution. Other residents, business owners and service industry workers disagree on that solution.

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At one moment during today's public safety committee hearing about the mandatory bar closing, lasting three and a half hours, someone brought up that we can't stop young people from eating Tide Pods, and at another, car windshield penis dust artists entered the conversation. Five Points neighborhood resident David Axe suggested that if folks are concerned about sexual assault, they shouldn't be looking at a mandatory bar closing time, but rather, looking at wealthy white men. The committee, comprised of Daniel Rickemann, Ed McDowell and Sam Davis, will make a recommendation to the full City Council for a future vote.

Pictured above: Third shift worker Sean McManus shows the committee members photos from a recent night at Bar None in Five Points. He is not in favor of a 2 a.m. mandatory bar closing. Below: Bar None owner Marty Dreesen speaks with the committee members about how he started the business aimed specifically at service industry workers.

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More info from the Free Times:

Residents Again Crowd City Hall Over Proposed 2 a.m. Bar Closing

 

Columbia SC Photographer theangrywhale@yahoo.com Columbia SC Photographer Sean Rayford 2018-02-20T20:44:29Z 2018-02-20T20:44:29Z
http://www.seanrayford.com/blog/2018/2/about-last-night-confederate-fagg-at-art-bar About Last Night: Confederate Fagg at Art Bar

 

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Celebrating his retirement from the U.S Army, Confederate Fagg drummer, Packer, and bandmates Teabag Balzac, Spanky Swatnasty, and Lady Miss Mango Chutney united last night for a performance at the Art Bar in Columbia, SC. It was the second night in a row I was at a show with a barbeque spread. Thank you Joe.

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http://www.seanrayford.com/blog/2018/2/about-last-night-bathe-abacus-vacation-state-galaxy-chief About Last Night: Bask, Abacus, Vacation State, Galaxy Chief

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"Sean, can you do me a favor?" asked my friend Ryan, a former co-worker at New Brookland Tavern. "Sure," I responded. I waited in anticipation of my task as he reached over the bar and handed me an empty plastic cup. "Can you put some barbeque in this?"

I filled the cup halfway with delicious pork, as he signaled and explained, "I've already had a sandwich."

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