Bronze (or Bronze56k, or whatever the fuck they want to be called) released a short vid called Plug - amazing skating, highly questionable fashion. Overalls, really?
If you ever need to feel confused about the state of skateboarding these days, Chris Cope just released this part featuring so many insane tricks it's hard to quantify...the last two in particular don't make any goddamn sense. And the dude isn't even properly sponsored!
journal entries...lots of baby photos. You've been warned.
There was nearly a fight at a Yo La Tengo show. It
never would have come to blows, but there was definitely some chest
puffing and angry jostling for a particular piece of real estate not far
from the stage. Fittingly, one of the guys was a middle-aged,
overweight, bearded man who likely is a brewmaster at one of Asheville's
45,772 breweries, and the other was wearing a scarf and surely worked
as a barista. I wonder if anyone wearing a scarf has ever actually got
into a fight? Seems like you would be giving your opponent a pretty
good weapon to use against you and choke you out. Anyways...
was up in the mountains to see the family anyways, so it was fortuitous
that I actually looked at the calendar and saw Yo La Tengo would be
appearing at the Orange Peel after performing at the Big Ears festival
in Knoxville the night before. I had never been to the Orange Peel
before (a couple of Morrissey cancellations were my only other attempts)
- nice venue, good sound...like a wider and shallower Cats' Cradle
maybe. It was just them, no openers, and they played one acoustic set,
took a break, and then played an electric set. The acoustic set was
made up mostly of songs from their most recent record "Stuff Like That
There," and I was glad to finally see some of that material live; when
they passed through the Triangle last Fall after that record came out, I
had a newborn baby and couldn't make it. For the electric portion of
the evening, they included three of my favorite songs: "Tom Courtenay,"
"Sugarcube," and "Ohm," as well as an encore of Half Japanese's "No More
Beatlemania" and some sort of double drum funk cover that in- volved the
word motherfucker being used repetitively.
it's the old person in me, but I'd love it if more bands took this route
of playing shows by themselves sans opening acts. In the case of Yo La
Tengo (or Low earlier in the year who had the same approach), getting
to see more of the headliner you actually want to see is always a better
option. Hell, even if the band didn't want to play longer and only
played their normal set, that still seems better than slogging through
most openers. Okay, I'm going to return to yelling at clouds and
telling stories about wearing an onion on my belt now, at least until Yo
La Tengo comes back through town.
“I’m not running a charity here, except the one where I donate my old towels to poor people with the same initials as me.”
Gross Ghost - Architect. I thought Gross Ghost were destinied to get big, at least locally, but for reasons unclear to me they sorta disappeared. Devious
Lower Dens - Suckers Shangri-La. One of my favorite records of last year, which I probably mentioned a few months ago. To Die In L.A.
Run The Jewels - Bust No Moves (feat. Cuz). A couple of tracks from the "Bust No Moves" EP...this group shits out gold songs like that proverbial goose. Pew Pew Pew (feat. DJ QBert)
Silkworm - And Then... (Pavement cover). A couple of terriffic covers...I never listened to much Silkworm in their heyday, but I always liked them any time I would come across them. Let's Kill Saturday Night (Robbie Fulks cover)
Tom Petty - I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better. I'm pretty sure I don't need to write anything about Tom Petty. Runnin Down A Dream Yer So Bad
Tweedy - Low Key. I went in apprehensive, but Jeff Tweedy's "solo" record comes closer to the vibe of earlier Wilco much more than the full band releases. Nobody Dies Anymore Please Don't Let Me Be So Understood
White Octave - Animal Chin. Still hoping for more reunion shows, the one at Hopscotch in 2014 was the tits. Definitely made me feel young again...kinda. Weight