Robert Moog would have been proud. The man DJ Spooky credits with paving the way for hip-hop loved to watch his inventions and creations -- the Moog synthesizer, as well as updates on the Theremin -- take on lives of their own. Before his 2005 death at age 71 in Asheville, North Carolina, Moog managed to meet and talk with many of the musicians who have taken his synthesizer into musical styles he never envisioned: from classical electronic-music composers Gershon Kingsley and Herbert A.
About a quarter of the way into Superchunk's 20-song tour-opener Thursday night on the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, frontman Mac McCaughan was in a full-throttle lurch, pounding out the kind of tense and nervous post-punk squall on his ugly-ass Gibson Marauder thatlaunched a thousand pop-punk bands. "I bet you've lost sight of everything," he sang during "Let It Go," from the band's eponymous 1990 debut.