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***August Twenty Seventh Two Thousand and Eight***


Outsude of the review below and a couple of posted photo journal entries, I have absolutely nothing interesting
to say.  I'm off to SF for the wedding of my main man Drew and his lovely lady Thao, I'm sure there will be plenty
of photos from all of that to come. 

(Photo of the band in their younger days, stolen off of the internet)

With Bon Iver
Koko Booth Amphitheatre

In our quest to fully ingratiate ourselves into complete suburban yuppiedom, it was decided a trip to see Wilco at the
local outdoor amphitheatre was required.  Long gone are the days of getting to see Jeff Tweedy and company in small
clubs, or even medium-sized ones, so if I want to enjoy their young, crisp dad-rock sound there was no way around sub-
mersing ourselves into a sea of pressed J. Crew khakis, boat shoes, and croakies. 

To alleviate some of the fear, we bolstered our numbers with a crew of Wilmingtonians who drove up for the festivities. 
Although greatly outnumbered, if we "circled the wagons" as it were we would last much longer if the former frat boys
decided to turn on us for not wearing the requisite puka shell necklaces.  Joking aside, the only real threat posed by
this gang of boobs was standing around talking about nonsense and distracting from the concert, but I guess that is
true of any live event.  After a few songs, you can mostly tune it out and focus on the band (though the low volume of
this particular concert made it a hair tougher). 

As for the show itself, it was what I expected:  mixed bad from all of their albums, but definitely leaning heavily on their
last couple of records.  The downside was that they only played one song from their best record "Summerteeth" (A
Shot in the Arm); luckily, they somewhat made up for this by hitting "Being There" a little more heavily than I would have
expected, and a couple of tracks from the "Mermaid Avenue" sessions made it onto the set list as well.  As for the new
songs, my view on them performed live is about the same as my view on the last couple of albums - pretty good, a little
too much wankery, not nearly up to the level of their first three albums.  We get it Nels Cline, you're a fantastic guitarist -
now let's shave about a half an hour's worth of wonky guitar solos out of the set list and throw a few classic songs in
there in their place. 

Everything sounded great though - I was very impressed with the sound of the Koka Booth Amphitheatre, though my
expectations were set pretty low as most outdoor venues sound like warm ass.   The wooded setting was very nice,
and I'd go to more shows there if they'd be bothered to book more worthwhile gigs. 

Certainly worth noting was local-lads-done-good Bon Iver as the openers - I made a point to get there early enough to
see their entire set, and I wasn't disappointed.  they hit pretty heavily from their debut album with a few extra tracks
thrown in (a cover I didn't recognize and at least one new song).  The harmonies were amazing, and definitely the high-
light of their set...I'd give anything if more bands could sing that well.  Musically, they remind me of a mixture of the
Kingsbury Manx, The Radar Bros., and Jose Gonzalez...modern folk with tight harmonies and some sonic experiment-
ation thrown in on occasion.  I know they pretty much tour constantly, but a local gig in a decent sized venue is in order,
and how.


"I need some dudes who speak American god dammit! He's making a fucking sweater here, I'm tryin' to put tiger bomb
on this jungle's nuts."

British Sea Power - Atom
Bonus: Lights Out For Darker Skies

Destroyer - Don't Become The Thing You Hated
Bonus: Notorious Lightning
Bonus: The Music Lovers

El-P - Run The Numbers
Bonus: Up All Night

Robert Pollard - Current Desperation (Angels Speak Of Nothing)
Bonus: Our Gaze
Bonus: Youth Leagues

The Constantines - Do What You Can Do
Bonus: Trans Canada

The New Pornographers - Challengers
Bonus: Entering White Cecilia

***August Sixth Two Thousand and Eight***

I think I've found my halloween costume for this year!!!

Les Savy Fav
Duke University – Nasher Museum of Art

I've been to a lot of shows, but without question this is the only performance I have ever attended where the lead singer of
the band I was there to see tried to display my genitals on giant screen via a webcam camera.

It can get dreadfully hot here in the summer, so the prospect of an outdoor show can be an iffy affair...luckily, it was a de-
cently cool evening, and the sweating only started as I took to dancing my ass off once the Fav started their show. This
was only helped as the band started close to an hour late, marred with some manner of technical glitchery involving their
giant display screens.

With Les Savy Fav, you never know exactly what is going to happen from one show to the next, and for this event it re-
volved around giant screens where webcam-type cameras would be displaying images. One of these cameras was
taped to lead singer Tim Harrington's head, and the other to some random kid's shoulder who roamed the audience. Or
at least, this is where the cameras started – it didn't take long for Tim to remove them and go nuts...some of these
activities included:
Here is a picture of Tim displaying one of his krazy kameras:

Goofiness aside, the band put on an amazing show as they always do, drawing heavily from their more recent release
“Let's Stay Friends”. But it was a long set, and they played lots of older favorites like “Reprobate's Resume”, “Who
Rocks the Party”, “Dishonest Don” “Blackouts” or “Adopduction” sadly, but enough goodness to quell my dis-
appointment. They did close out their pre-encore set with a cover of the Superchunk classic “Precision Auto”, much to
the delight of the whooping and hollering and singing-along crowd.

And even with all that rock, the shindig ended right around 10 PM so old fogies like myself could get home at a decent
hour. Top-notch rock entertainment and an early bedtime, if that ain't a successful night out I don't know what is.


Also: a completely random photo of Chelsea that I forgot I had, which of course she hates...
(side note - when it a half-frame photo and you have two shots like this, do you refer to it in the plural as "photos", or the
singular as "photo"?)

Also also: a completely random photo of Me, Chelsea, Christy and Tim from a trip to Yosemite that I also forgot I had. 
The benefits of occasionally looking through your backstock of snaps.  Gotta love Tim's hair, best hair in the business.


Relax, all right? My old man is a television repairman, he's got this ultimate set of tools. I can fix it. "

I got a shitload of music to post...

First: A selection of tracks from the fantastic two disc compilation "Get Low Down: The Soul of New Orleans '65-'67". 
Lots of top-notch obscure soul songs from the Big Easy...
Bobby Lu Cure - I'll Never Fall In Love Again. 
Diamond Joe - Don't Set Me Back. 
Diamond Joe - Hurry Back To Me. 
Eldridge Holmes - Beverly. 
John Williams & The Tick Tocks - Blues, Tears And Sorrows. 
Lee Dorsey - Ride Your Pony. 
Raymond Lewis - Good-bye My Love. 
Willie Harper - You See Me. 

Second: A bunch of songs from a random assortment of albums I've been digging lately...
Destroyer - Blue Flower, Blue Flame
Bonus: The State
Queens Of The Stone Age - Sick Sick Sick
Radiohead - Bodysnatchers
Bonus: Jigsaw Falling Into Place
Subtle - Red, White & Blonde
Bonus: Song Meat

Third: I've recently been digging back into the Teenage Fanclub back catalog, and decided to post this gem...
Teenage Fanclub - God Knows It's True EP
1.  God Knows It's True.
2.  Weedbreak. 
3.  So Far Gone. 
4.  Ghettoblaster. 

Fourth: I made a mix.  For the ladies, about the ladies.  Well, for anyone really.  It is all classic rock, as is the style
of the times.  Warning: this mix contains both Styx and Barry Manilow.  Download it here:

                                                                          It's Ladies Night!!!


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