You've probably already seen it, but Seinfeld's web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
is very entertaining.
Some highlights are his chats with Chris Rock, David
Letterman, Seth Meyers, and Ricky Gervais.
This cat Anthony Karen is doing great
photojournalist work in some very sketchy places. In the Photo
journal, you've got two new entries - one from a trip to
Carolina Beach, and another of random shit.
The Music reviews
for this month are very sparse which is the norm lately. Just
know the new Superchunk record is
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I'm not really a
twitter person, but Rob Delaney is a big deal on
there. One of the best comedians on the medium, or
so everyone says. I'd never seen him perform live in any fashion
though, so I was curious to see how his online short-
form snarkiness would translate to a packed Kings. The gig was
just him - no openers, he just walked out on stage
and started with the funny. And it was pretty damn funny - maybe
not the best I've ever seen, but definitely very enjoy-
able. For the most part Delaney was more of a story-telling type
of comedian as opposed to a straight-up joke
machine...there would be lulls in the laughs as he set up his
scenarios, but pretty much all those stories paid off. There
was no crowd work or audience interaction at all, which unless you're
Todd Barry is mostly fine by me. It was a fun night
out, I'd definitely see him again - he's definitely more than just a
I don't think I've ever made a trip to the Pinhook and not seen my
friend Reid (from Schooner) there. Sometimes he's
on stage, sometimes he's not, but he's always there. Tonight he
was on stage, as he is one of the members of Organos, a band led by his
special lady friend Maria Albani. They were also joined by one of
the kids from Hammer
No More the Fingers as guest drummer. I would fully consider them
a fey twee pop band if it weren't for Maria's big
voice & big personality - she has a stage demeanor most would kill
for. Their songs are sometimes a little too cutesy
and don't always work for me, but the ones that do work are powerful
and catchy and nearly perfect. I don't know any
of their song titles to weigh in further on this matter, but it's
certainly a large enough percentage of their set list to keep
you interested for their whole show.
intended to the other bands, but my main motivation for driving to
Durham this evening was Speedy Ortiz, on
tour from Massachusetts. I was intrigued after hearing their
debut full-length "Major Arcana," and even though they
were going to be back a few weeks later at Hopscotch seeing them now
would help deal with potential scheduling
problems during the festival. They've gotten comparisons, mostly
because of the guitars, to Polvo, but the better com-
parison is Ash Bowie's other band, Helium. They were more pop
than Polvo, just as Speedy Ortiz are; and they Had
Mary Timony singing for them, whose voice is a little deeper than the
singer for Speedy Ortiz, but the delivery is very
similar. But I wonder how aware these kids are of Helium?
They had a popular phase in the mid-to-late nineties (when
the members of Speedy Ortiz were probably just starting elementary
school), but no one seems to much talk about
them anymore. Anyways, blah blah this is a live show review and
not an album review, so how were they live? Well...
they sounded a lot like Helium. I'm not complaining. the
band had been on tour for a while and you could tell, they
were very tight. Great guitar work, with the non-singing dude
guitarist flailing around the stage, and a few times off
of it. The bassist was rocking a UNC hat, and I was curious if it
was something he always had and it was just a
coincidence they were in the Triangle, or just if he just bought the
hat when he got to town. Thumbs up for these kids,
definitely worth checking out at Hopscotch this year.
Sunday fun-day, Ed Schrader's Music Beat was in
town! Based on attendance most people are not excited by this,
but I sure as hell was. Sure, they basically play the same show
every time, but it's a damn entertaining one. Am I crazy
for thinking all the upbeat songs sound like a stripped-down Ministry
and all the mellow songs sound like Joy Division?
Probably just me, but who cares, the songs make me happy. Their
debut record "Jazz Mind" is a fantastic represent-
ation of their live sound if you've never seen them before.
They're not for everyone, but right now they are one of my
favorite live acts that come through town regularly.
Shadows opened the show. A year or so back it felt
like they had a big buzz behind them and I wouldn't have
been surprised if they jumped up to that next level, but that doesn't
seem to be happening. Which is too bad because
they play some excellent Handsome Furs-style indie pop. There
seems to have been some personnel changes though
and maybe things are just on the back burner for now, and the band will
rise from the ashes. Well not ashes, as they
haven't been set on fire, but you get my drift.
I've proven time
and time again that I can't write a decent review of the always amazing
Whatever Brains, and yet I
persist, like Sisyphus and that damn rock. This gig was actually
the record release party for their third self-titled album
out on Sorry State. I'm not sure what they have against giving
their records specific titles, perhaps they just want people
to be confused when referring to their releases. Anyways, they
played old and new songs both, sounded great, much
fun was had as per usual. Items of note:
Musically they might be turning into the Fall, though luckily no one
seems to be physically turning into Mark E. Smith.
I don't have a problem with this.
exception to this being the en of their set, wherein they played a 15
minute long electro-kraut jam that sounded
like the Liars. For large portions of
the song there were playing with two drummers, two keyboardists, and
bassist kept bassing. This song isn't on
the new record, but I really hope they record it.
were some attractive but drunk girls standing next to me who spent the
entire show yelling "pizza party" at the
band. No idea if it was some inside joke
or they were just being drunk. These are the things you get away
you are attractive, nobody murdered them
though it would have been justified.
As always, I'm
already looking forward to seeing Whatever Brains play again.
"All I wanted was to eat the chicken that is smarter than other
chickens and to absorb it's power."
Deaf Aids - Aren't
One of the all-time great unknown punk songs. Can't get enough of
Hunx - Hairdresser
think I already posted some of these songs when I made my "best of"
list at the end of
last year, but I don't feel like double-checking so here they are
Bonus: Let Me In.
King Tuff - Baby
What I said about Hunx may apply here too. Catchy songs.
"Bad Thing" should have
been a much bigger hit than it was.
Oneida - 50
Tea. Kraut space
jamz, shit be good.
Pernice Brothers - Something
Joe Pernice really knows his way around a pop hook.
Reverend Charlie Jackson - Fix
Well, we're waiting Jesus. Fix it already.
Rhye - Open.
like Sade, but it's a dude singing for the record.
Sigur Rós - Varúđ.
I have nothing to say about this Sigur Rós song. It's
Spiritualized - Lord
Let It Rain On Me.
They get a lot of grief for this record, but even a mediocre
has some great songs on it.