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***November Thirtieth Two Thousand and Eighteen***   

Kid wants a Doc McStuffins vet set for Xmas, but thinking about getting her an upgrade from that...


Instagram -

Had a damn good milkshake here.  Lexington, NC.  

This doctor lacks proper credentials. Rutherfordton, NC.  

It's Christmas sweater season.  Raleigh, NC.  


Links -

Light report this month, I didn't go to any shows and barely wrote any reviews.  I did go on a vacation, there are photos
of that
in the photo journal as per usual.  There is a shitload of music below though!

Only one skate video ruffled my feathers this go around - the new Zion Wright feature called "Jupiter Rising."  It's over
eight minutes long, nearly every trick is ender quality,
and it doesn't make any goddamn sense.  


Movies -

One month to go and we're in damn good shape.  I shockingly went 4 up this month despite being out of town for a
week, for 34 in November and 345 on the year.  20 makes the goal!

Best of the month (new): Tie, Deadpool 2 (2017) & Isle Of Dogs (2018)
Best of the month (classic): Goodfellas (1990)

Worst of the month: Atlantic Rim (2013)
Doc of the month: This Is Congo (2018)
I definitely didn't cry more than a half dozen times: Won’t You Be My Neighbor (2018)
Stand-up of the month: Jim Gaffigan: Noble Ape (2018)
Did you know you can combine a karate and horror movie together? Silent Rage (1982)

I'm not sure the script was even 10 pages long: Only God Forgives (2013)

Everything else:

The Sentence (2018), Wildland (2018), The Face Of Fu Manchu (1965), American Assassin (2017), Action Jackson
(1988), Belfast, Maine (1999), Fortress (1992), Tomorrow (1972), The Shape Of Water (2017), Antman And The
Wasp (2018), Skyscraper (2018), Dawnland (2018), Surrogates (2009), Annabelle: Creation (2017), The Fearless
Vampire Killers (1967), Tangerine (2015), Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018), Overboard (2018), Anchorman (2004), Mac
And Me (1988), Marc Maron: More Later (2015), Annihilation (2018), Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987), Marshall
(2017),The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs (2018)


"When I'm around you, I kind of feel like I'm on drugs. Not that I do drugs. Unless you do drugs, in which case I do them
all the time. All of them."

I've got a shit load of music this month...
Let's start with a zipped compilation called "Lux and Ivy's Favorites mix".  Dig around on the internet and you can
find all of the volumes of the Lux and Ivy mixes, but this is a single disc compilation of all of my favorite songs from all
of the volumes.  Grab it if you want it.  

And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - Another Morning Stoner.  Still one of the best live performances I've
ever seen was at Kings (Raleigh) right around when "Madonna" came out - almost no one there but the intensity was
off the charts.  The guitarist was playing on his back on the ground sliding between people's legs for part of the set.  
How Near How Far
It Was There That I Saw You
Relative Ways

Jenny Lewis With The Watson Twins - Big Guns.  Speaking of great shows, run don't walk to see Jenny any time
she's playing live.  I saw her this past summer opening for Father John Misty and she blew him off the stage.  
Born Secular
Melt Your Heart
Rise Up With Fists

Majeure - The Dresden Codex.  Posting one Majeure song is like posting half an album for other bands...

Neil Young - Harvest Moon.  I have strong memories of banging the "Unplugged" cassette in my mid-80s Mazda 323
through high, high school was a wild time.
Unknown Legend

Suicide - Ghost Rider.  When I daydream about writing songs while I'm in the shower, as pretty much everyone does,
I'd be 80% of them sound like Suicide rip-offs.  

The Connells - '74-'75.  My high school self would point and laugh at my current self for listening to some frat rock, but
good pop music is good pop music.  
Carry My Picture

The New Pornographers - Jackie, Dressed In Cobras.  Friggin' Canadians.  
Twin Cinema

The Thermals - I Let It Go.  Everyone else thought they just sounded like punk Mountain Goats, right?
When I Died

***October Thirty First Two Thousand and Eighteen***   

I always figured a chihuahua to be more of a Cool Ranch Doritos type of dog.  


Instagram -

Buick Centurion.  Cary, NC.

Show bird.  Raleigh, NC.  

Next-level side eye.  Youngsville, NC.

Streamliner.  Spencer, NC.  


Links -

A short doc on the most interesting man to ever step foot on a skateboard, Gou Miyagi.  In the event you aren't famil-
iar with the man's work, start here.  Or just type his name into youtube and watch everything he's ever filmed.  

Grant Taylor got a new shoe or a colorway or custom laces or something from Nike, I honestly don't give a shit but
the point is it resulted in a new part from him, and true to form it is fuckin' bonkers.  

Only a couple of music reviews this month - that Idles record is so damn good.        

A couple of photo journal entries, band photos and family shit.  That kinda sums up my whole life.  


Movies -

I missed the monthly goal again!  That buffer is coming in very handy.  29 of 31 for October, 311 on the year (plus 7). 

Best of the month: The Foreigner (2017)
Worst of the month: Croc (2007)
Worst tough guy accent: Richard Gere in Bloodbrothers (1978)
Way less boring than expected: Darkest Hour (2017)
Best cast in a good movie: Game Night (2018)
Best cast in a terrible movie: Bite The Bullet (1975)
Holy shit this is dark: God Knows Where I Am (2016)
STOP FUCKING SINGING: The Greatest Showman (2017)

Everything else:
Dean (2016), Jane Fonda In Five Acts (2018), Cradle Of Champions (2018), Kubo And The Two Strings (2016),
Student Bodies (1981), Silent Night Deadly Night 4: Initiation (1990), A Night In Heaven (1983), A Brief History Of
Time (1991), Phantom Thread (2017), Missing Mom (2016), Flight Of The Conchords: Live In London (2018), Quincy
(2018), Voices Of The Sea (2018), Growing Up Smith (2017), The Mountain Between Us (2017), Fists Of Fury (1971),
Prince Of Darkness (1987), The New Kids (1985), 93Queen (2018), Lone Wolf McQuade (1983), Dark Money (2018)


Don’t Be Mean To People – Day 2
Ponysaurus Brewing

Mini rock festival!  This is the third year they’ve done this sort of all-day rock thing at Ponysaurus involving local bands
both big and small, and at least the second year where they used the event to raise money for the ACLU (the first year
was the 11th anniversary celebration for Bull City Records, but I’m not entirely sure what the fiscal motivations were
one way or another).  This year was actually a two day event, but I only caught the back half of Saturday - and it was a
COOKER.  Best of all, they had two stages set up, so as soon as one act finished the next would be starting within just
a few minutes.  There was a healthy crowd but it never felt crowded, the weather was pristine, and tons of food
trucks – it’s damn near a perfect event.   

I caught the last couple of songs from Tooth, a local metal act that has been around for what seems like forever but
who play only rarely.  Or maybe they’ve been broken up for ages and this was a reunion? I dunno, but either way I wish
I’d gotten there to see more of it – I dig the type of metal they’re serving up, heavy and aggressive and a little stoner-
ish…to make the laziest comparison possible, since both are North Carolina products, if you like Weedeater you’d
probably like Tooth.  I’m really shit at describing metal bands – what I do know is I’m picky with the bands I actually like
in this genre, but these guys definitely pass the test.  As required by law, all five members of the band had beards; no
facial hair citations were issued.

I always ask myself “do I need to take more photos of Spider Bags?”, and then I usually proceed to take more photos
of Spider Bags.  In this case, this was my first time taking outdoor photos of the band during the golden hour, which
gave some decent results.  Something I’ve never asked myself is “do I need to see Spider Bags play again?”, be-
cause the only possible answer to that question is yes.  Scratch that: FUCK YES.  The band is still a three piece like
the last time I saw them - no idea where the other guitarist went.  I wouldn’t say he’s necessary to enjoy the music of
Spider Bags, but I did enjoy that extra layer of guitar at their live shows.   It was otherwise a typical, great performance
by them, with the added bonus of revealing their definitely completely original Halloween song called “Have Love,
Jack-O-Lantern” that was in no way a slightly modified cover of “Have Love, Will Travel,” made famous by the Sonics. 

Work Clothes were up next – I guess they were a thing a decade or so ago, which totally escaped me at the time,
and this was a rare reunion.  The group is a duo, guy and gal, who are seemingly a couple of some sort (there was
some talk of kids and babysitters).  Both played guitar and sang, it was very low key and ethereal.  There were a
couple of moments that reminded me a bit of Low, and a couple of others that made me think of Julee Cruse/Twin
Peaks.  It was fine but after a couple of songs I used the rest of their set as a chance to rest at one of the many out-
door picnic tables at Ponysaurus.

The entire band dressed completely in white, Skylar Gudasz was up next with her goddamn golden voice that is so
melodious and heavenly it almost makes me angry.  I’ve been stuck trying to think of what to write about her, and get-
ting nowhere – much like watching Skylar live, your mind goes blank while she performs her hypnotic Carpenters-
esque soft pop.  It’s all held together by her incredible, professional-grade backing band that included Casey Toll and
Joe Westerlund.  Her album “Oleander” from 2016 is a good listen, but live she achieves another level – any chance
you get to see her perform make every effort to do it.   

From past experience, I assumed the acoustic version of Superchunk would be Mac and Jim and a pair of acoustic
guitars, and I was correct.  I saw this same configuration ten years ago in the middle of the day at some sort of election
rally at UNC (also featuring Billy Bragg, Bowerbirds, and others); it’s only fitting we’re seeing this version of the band in
another important election year, and no one talked more about the importance of voting this night more than Mac. 
Other than the voting angle, it was a pretty typical set – some new songs from their most recent record “What A Time
To Be Alive,” coupled with plenty of their classics like “Detroit Has a Skyline” and “Learned To Surf” and “Water
Wings” and…you get the point.  They actually didn’t play end-of-set staple “Slack Motherfucker,” which I suspect was
because there were a number of kids running around the grounds and Mac, being a parent himself, decided to keep
things PG.

The big finale of the night was Wye Oak, fresh off a long tour and as tight as an overinflated balloon.  They were sur-
prisingly performing as a three piece, with local musician Will Hackney (Loamlands, Midtown Dickens, Mount Moriah,
probably every other band from Durham) helping on bass.  I have no idea as to the temporary or permanent nature of
this particular line-up, but it worked well and anything that keeps Jenn Wasner on guitar as much as possible is a
keeper (not that she isn’t also an amazing bassist…hell, she’s amazing at everything).  It appears the trade where we
sent Future Islands to Baltimore a few years ago was finally completed, as drummer Andy Stack has now also moved
to the Triangle, following Jenn who made her way down here a few years ago.  Will this result in more frequent local
Wye Oak shows?  Jenn living here hasn’t resulted in an increase in the Flock of Dimes performance I had hoped for,
so I’m not holding my breath…but at least we can call them “ours” now.  I’ve seen Wye Oak live a number of times and
it’s always fantastic, but this might have been the best I’ve ever seen them – and I say that even though they didn’t play
my favorite song, “Holy Holy.”  There were lots of tracks from “The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs,” a smattering of
classics, and one of the best Kate Bush covers (“Deeper Understanding”) this side of Maxwell.  This band is flawless
and at the height of their powers, and I’m already excited about the next time I get to see them, whenever that might be. 


The Rock*A*Teens
With Spider Bags

I was truly shocked at the low turnout at this show…Hopscotch hangover maybe?  Both bands just released excellent
new albums on local label Merge, and based on the many times I’ve seen each in the past, both are well liked.  Hell,
I’ve seen both of these acts so many times (particularly Spider Bags) that I didn’t even bother to bring my camera, I’ve
already got so many photos of each.

Spider Bags were performing as a three piece without that extra guitarist who doesn’t appear to really be in the band
but plays with them sometimes.  They knocked out all of their hits – “Keys To The City,” “Que Viva Elrocanrol,” etc. –
plus a ton of tracks from their latest “Someday Everything Will Be Fine.”  Most notably, “Oxcart Blues” from the new
one is now a part of their “hits” in my book, moving forward, as decreed by me.  That track burns.

The Rock*A*Teens followed more or less the same formula as Spider Bags – plenty (if not nearly all) of their latest
album “Sixth House,” plus a smattering of older songs from before their most recent reunion.  Say what you will about
old bands reforming as a nostalgic cash grab, but this most recent work by Chris Lopez & company might be my fav-
orite music they’ve ever recorded - and it translates nicely to the stage.  Speaking of tracks that burn – “Go Tell Every-
body” is one of the best songs of the year, and was definitely my highlight of their set.  Just the mention of that song
gets it stuck in my head for days.  Not a bad problem to have…


"Well, the traffic was murder, you know. One of those manure spreaders jackknifed on the Santa Ana. Godawful mess.
You should see my shoes."

Bat Fangs - Boy of Summer.  One of the best records of the year...It's nice to hear and see a band who is truly having
fun out there.  Rock music doesn't have to be serious business.  

Turn It Up

Jawbox - Mirrorful.  I legitimately didn't even know their 1996 self-titled record existed until I found the CD of it in a
bargain bin.  It's ok, kinda disjointed and all over the place stylistically, but still a few good songs.  "Grippe" is still their
gold standard.  

Oasis - Cast No Shadow.  20+ years later, I finally own a copy of "(What's The Story) Morning Glory."  To be fair,
these songs were so widespread and ubiquitous for so long that no one actually needed to own a copy of the record.  
Champagne Supernova
Don't Look Back In Anger

Salad Boys - Choking Sick.  I'm not the only one who assumed these guys were a hardcore band based on their
name right?  Spoiler alert:  they're not a hardcore band.  
Psych Slasher

Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks - Kite.  The newest Malkmus record is extremely Malkmus-y, to no one's surprise.  
Solid Silk

Superchunk - Bad Choices.  The most recent Superchunk record is the best thing they've released since "Here's
Where The Strings Come In," which is no small praise from me.  
What A Time To Be Alive

The Cure - A Forest.  The best Cure song of all time, and I'll not hear your arguments to the contrary.  
Play For Today

Picking only four songs off of "Something Else By The Kinks" is a damn near impossible task...but here are four

Death Of A Clown
Love Me 'Til The Sun Shines
Tin Soldier Man
Waterloo Sunset


***September Thirtieth Two Thousand and Eighteen***   

Safety first, everyone.  Though everyone knows a cat's natural choice of weapon will always be from the melee family.


Instagram -

Still standing.  Linville, NC.  

Chevrolet Cheyenne.  Raleigh, NC.  

11 years officially.  Raleigh, NC.  

New BFFs.  Spencer, NC.  

Blue Ridge Parkway - Chestoa Overlook.  Avery County, NC.  


Links -

Tyson Peterson is definitely one of the new hot shit kids worth watching, and Chima Ferguson always delivers.  
See both in the new short player  from Vans called "Spinning Away".  

A "day in the life" type of video on Gilbert Crockett and his life out of the skateboard spotlight in Richmond, VA.  I'll
basically watch anything about Gilbert and all of his silly pants.  

A bunch of SF kids remaking a classic Powell Peralta part, even down to using the same McRad song?  I literally
can't think of a skate video better suited to get me excited.  

Actually wrote a few music reviews this month, about a ton of albums I quite liked a lot.  It would be a tight race be-
tween Eric Bachmann and Spiritualized for best of September.      

Other than the Hopscotch photos mentioned below, I also put up a set of snaps from our long weekend "camping" in
the mountains over Labor Day weekend in the photo journal .


Movies -

I was one shy this month, completing 29 of 30 for September and at 9 vover for the year.  Still in good shape.  Saw a
lot of documentaries this time.  Probably should have made that a category.  

Best of the month: The Note (2018)
Worst of the month: Beastly (2011)
Goddamn this one fucked me up: Eye In The Sky (2016)
Goddamn this one is fucked up: Mandy (2018)
Shark hould have been bigger: The Meg (2018)
Not nearly as hokey as I expected: Only The Brave (2017)
Just fast-forward through the songs and it's kinda watchable: Pitch Perfect 3 (2017)

Everything else:
Bert Kreischer: Secret Time (2018), The Flying Scotsman (2007), Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation
(1994), The Legacy Of A Whitetail Deer Hunter (2018), The Mummy (2017), Cars 2 (2011), Robin Williams: Come
Inside My Mind (2018), Quest (2017), Times Square (1980), Intent To Destroy: Death, Denial & Depiction (2017),
Roman J Israel Esq (2017), Lindy Lou, Juror Number 2 (2017), Sam Morril: Positive Influence (2018), Mutant (1984),
Patti Cake$ (2017), Crossroads (2018), Passenger 57 (1992), The War To Be Her (2016), Alone In The Game
(2018), Band Of Robbers (2015), Swiped: Hooking Up In The Digital Age (2018), Nowhere To Hide (2016)


All the music review news this month is from this year's Hopscotch Music Festival.  I already posted them all on the
review site, but here are the direct links:
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3 (Day Parties)
Day 3

All of the photos are in the photo journal, should you care to see visual representation of the festivities.  


"What I don't understand is... when you owe a bookie a lot of money, and he, say, blows off one of your toes, you still
owe him the money. Doesn't seem fair to me. Especially when he's gonna kill me in four days anyway."

Too lazy to write about the music this month.  Wait, here you go: all of these are good songs.  

Dreams Tonite
Not My Baby
Plimsoll Punks

Mind Spiders
No Ground

New Order
All The Way

Paul Simon
My Little Town
Still Crazy After All These Years

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
Talking Straight
The Hammer

The Cardigans
Never Recover

The Roots 
Rolling With Heat

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Counting On You
One More Day, One More Night

Band On The Run
Junior's Farm
Let 'Em In

***August Thirty First Two Thousand and Eighteen***   

It's football season, which means one thing - tailgating!  ALWAYS BE PREPARED.  


Instagram -

Pullen Park duck gang.  Raleigh, NC.  

Dog and dog uncle, reunited.  Cary, NC.  

Somebody had a birthday, age to be determined.  Cary, NC.  


Links -

Thrasher posted a compilation video on the life of Phil Shao, who has been gone for 20 years now (it seems imposs-
ible that it's been that long).  He was one of the best ever, and this is a good reminder.  Most of this footage could
come out today and it would be celebrated.  

Portland Public Skating is a video of Portland.  LOTS of Burnside.  Plenty of good skating, but the reason
this is noteworthy is a full part of Brent Atchley, one of the greatest styles to ever ride a board.  

Finally a new chunk of band photos in the photo journal this month, if that's your bag.  


Movies -

Keeping pace... +1 on the month at 32, +10 on the year at 253.  

Best of the month (that I've likely already seen a ton of times): Road House (1989)
Best of the month (that was actually new to me): Lynyrd Skynyrd: If I Leave Here Tomorrow (2018)
Worst of the month: Yes Giorgio (1982) (Even worse than Blues Brothers 2000, if that's possible)
STILL too old for this shit:
Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)
Alexandra Daddario in a bathing suit alert:
Baywatch (2017)
So beautiful, yet so boring:
Queen Of The Desert (2016)
Casting snafu of the month: Sam Waterston as a Native American in Rancho Deluxe (1975)
Probably still the best song written for a film ever:
title track, That Thing You Do (1996)
John-ette Wick:
Proud Mary (2017)

Everything else:

Mission: Impossible (1996), The Hallow (2015), Girl In Gold Boots (1968), Love Means Zero (2017), Sasheer Zamata:
Pizza Mind (2017), God Told Me To (1976), Manos: The Hands Of Fate (1966), Punching Henry (2017); Humanoids
From The Deep (1980), Maudie (2017), Predator (1987), My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997), Sherlock Holmes And
The Secret Weapon (1943), Battle Of The Sexes (2017), Demitri Martin: The Overthinker (2018), The US Generation:
The 1982 Us Festival (2017), Murder By Numbers (2002), Father Figures (2017), Space Mutiny (1988), Good Ol’
Freda (2013), Life Stinks (1991), Henry Rollins: Keep Talking, Pal (2018)


With Nest Egg and Demon Eye

Despite a general aversion to three bands in one night these days, I made a point to get to Kings in time to catch some
of Demon Eye.  I’m at a total loss as to why they were on a bill with a couple of kraut-esque indie bands, but if bookers
want to start throwing metal and indie rock together in one show that’s fine by me.  Demon Eye are particularly special
in my book, because almost no one is playing this type of metal anymore – the early eighties/New Wave of British
Heavy Metal kind.  Heavy but not sludgy or stony or speedy, plenty of flair and shredding but not so much it distracts,
and most importantly (to me), no Cookie Monster vocals - think Iron Maiden, Accept, early Wasp, etc.  You could pro-
bably throw an AC/DC comparison in there too.  Also, they seem like they’re having a damn good time – metal is way
too serious, and these guys seem to know it.

Nest Egg might be pseudo-local (in this case, Asheville), but this was my first time actually seeing them live.  They
play down here a few times a year, and folks I trust raved about them after the last Hopscotch, but it took my listening
to their most recent record “Nothingness Is Not A Curse” to finally get motivated enough to see them live.  Well, that
and getting paired with Oneida, who I almost never miss – but I was genuinely looking forward to Nest Egg.  They do
the whole krautrock-psyche-repetitive thing, and even if they weren’t playing with Oneida I might compare the two of
them…Moon Duo/Wooden Shjips fans would also probably dig what they’re laying down.  Live, there was an extra
layer of something there you don’t hear on the album…darkness, menacing, I dunno.  I’m sure them turning out the
lights and running their own strobes helped that vibe.  For some reason I couldn’t stop thinking about Suicide (the
band, not the action), and I suppose that might be a reasonable act to throw into the comparison blender.  Worth
noting: they’re only a four-piece, but they have two drummers!  I’ve seen two drummers a fair number of times, but the
bands are always larger.  And the guitarist plays a tiny 12-string guitar the entire time, which might have be even
stranger!  These facts are neither here nor there, I just found them odd/interesting.  Much like Nest Egg themselves.   

Like an amoeba, Oneida seems to take a different shape every time I see them.  Tonight they were a four piece, with
drums, guitar, and a double dose of synths/keys.  Well, if we’re being honest a quadruple dose since both dudes were
playing two key-based instruments each, plus scads of other electronics.  They took the stage, made some jokes, and
then launched into a brain-burning “Sheets Of Easter” that went on for damn near 20 minutes.  It was pummeling, mes-
merizing, and glorious.  That was definitely the highlight, but the set continued in the same fashion – jokes then rock
until they closed out their night with a cover of the Flipper song “Way Of The World.”  As always they combined the
repetitive/hypnotic vibe of krautrock with heavy psyche and noise rock – it was, as always, completely engrossing. 
I’m already excited for the next time they come back to town. 


Spider Bags
With Drag Sounds
Cat’s Cradle Back Room

It’s only been four years since the last Spider Bags record “Frozen Letter,” but it feels like an eternity.  That has been
coupled with them also not been playing live as often the past couple of years, which certainly amplified my feelings of
abandonment – there for a while it felt like I saw them at least once every month or two…a good problem to have! 
Thankfully, they’ve birthed into the world a great new album called “Someday Everything Will Be Fine,” and this even-
ing was the release party to celebrate it’s existence.  For most bands that would mean focusing their set heavily on
the new release, but Spider Bags have never been one for convention and instead made the bulk of their set old
material with a few new ones sprinkled in – and I don’t mean old as in the last record, I’m talking very early material,
some of which they hadn’t played live in ages or never at all.  They played for nearly an hour and a half, and the crowd
was rambunctious the entire time (rambunctious these days means three or four people were dancing instead of the
typical none).  They are easily one of my favorite local bands to see live, so a long set was a-ok in my book.  I also
picked up the new album before leaving – it probably goes without saying that it’s great.

Drag Sounds opened the show, a local band that is the runaway leader in the category of “number of times I meant
to see them live” versus “number of times I actually went to see them live.”  They’re damn good, they play a lot, and I’ve
caught them a couple of times, but not nearly as often as I’ve planned to if I wasn’t a massive lazyass.  At some point
they lost their bass player, and subsequently I had a tough time not thinking of Spray Paint...Drag Sounds are a little
less sardonic than those weirdo Texas punks, but certainly in the same general ballpark musically.  Also: the short-
haired guitarist/singer looks like he could be the son of Eric Clapton – once I saw it I couldn’t stop thinking about it. 
I’ve probably even said this before in other reviews, but it really is uncanny.


Father John Misty
With Jenny Lewis
North Carolina Museum of Art
For the second month in a row, I got free tickets to a show I was interested in but for which I was never going to actually
shell out the money.  Let’s hear it for freeloading!

Not one to pass up freebies, my man Brian drove up from Wilmington to join me in the festivities.  We were both on the
same page – opener Jenny Lewis was what really mattered here.  After rushing through dinner we got to the museum
just as she started her set, crisis averted.  It had been ages since I last saw her perform, but I was certain it would be a
great show.  Even with these fairly high expectations, she far surpassed them – that was easily one of the best per-
formances I’ve seen this year (if not longer).  Every song she played felt like a hit…if the year was 1981 and country-
tinged soft rock was still dominating the airwaves.  Lewis is basically a modern version of Linda Ronstadt and Juice
Newton, and if you think that is anything but a compliment you need to reexamine your life choices.  Additionally: her
band was “holy shit” good, especially the lead guitarist that was a Jonah Hill doppelganger (skinny version) – who
went full Prince guitar solo at the end of their set.  Hopefully she’s been in the studio, because it’s been four years
since “The Voyager” and this shit ass world needs new Jenny Lewis songs now more than ever.

Father John Misty was totally and completely…fine.  A milquetoast descriptor, sure, but that’s basically how I’ve
always felt about him outside of a couple of songs.  I was expecting his performance to be a letdown after Jenny
Lewis, but I wasn’t prepared for how much I would really struggled to keep my attention on the stage.  Jenny would
blow most artists off the stage so it’s not entirely his fault, but a downer nonetheless.  He started his set with “Nancy
From Now On,” aka his best song by a wide margin, aka the only song of his I can name without looking it up.  I was
definitely stoked that he played it - but it also meant I didn’t have a ton to look forward to for the rest of his perform-
ance.  Misty & band also played “Mr. Tillman” from his most recent album “God’s Favorite Customer,” another strong
track I quite enjoy, but the rest of it was just totally and completely…fine.  I will note the rest of the crowd seemed to
really be enjoying themselves, and I’m guessing they would rate this performance much higher than my middle-of-the-
road take. 


"Take this quarter, go downtown, and have a rat gnaw that thing off your face! Good day to you, madam."

Baroness - A Horse Called Golgotha.  As far as working metal bands go, it's Baroness in the top spot with a huge
lead over everyone else.  
The Gnashing

A selection of Gram Parsons songs from the one disc of the Gram Parsons Anthology I found at a thrift store some
time back.  
Gram Parsons - She
Gram Parsons & The Fallen Angels - Love Hurts
The Flying Burrito Brothers - To Love Somebody

Lou Reed - I Can't Stand It.  Be warned, a lot of Reed's music sounds like it's ripping off Velvet Underground.
Perfect Day

Mazzy Star - Fade Into You.  Occasionally it really is the best song on the album that becomes the most popular.  

The Black Crowes - Remedy.  I love the second Black Crowes record so so much and I don't care who knows it.  
Sometimes Salvation

The Cure - All Cats Are Grey.  I had barely listened to most of the albums between "Boys Don't Cry" and "The Head
On The Door" outside of the hits on the compilations, and it's been fun to go back and dive into those.  Turns out they're
pretty much all really damn great!

Tracyanne & Danny - Alabama.  I'm not too manly to admit that "Alabama," the song that Traceyanne wrote about
her Camera Obscura bandmate Carey Lander who passed away from cancer a few years ago, has made me tear up
a few times.  Strong men also cry...Strong men also cry.
It Can’t Be Love Unless It Hurts

Wire - I Am The Fly.  If you don't already know this song, prepare for it to get burned into your brain real fast.  
Outdoor Miner


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