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***August Thirty First Two Thousand and Fourteen***


I was going to say these drawers look too big for him, but I guess if you're planning on stuffing them full of doves it might
be the perfect fit.  


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instulgrums:


Bashful Burt.  Cary, NC.  


Neighbor's Bronco.  Cary, NC.  


Vintage Camaro.  Cary, NC.  


The wife at Person Street Bar.  Raleigh, NC.  


Mouse sleeping hard.  Cary, NC.  


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Links and suchery:

The Strange Tale of the North Pond Hermit - pretty great (somewhat long) article about a man living in the woods
of Maine alone for nearly three decades, living off of goods stolen from local camps & homes and not interacting with
a soul the entire time.  

Garth Marenghi's Darkplace - Hilarious, poorly-made fake scifi medical drama featuring the hilarious Richard Ayoade
and Matt Berry (both also from "The IT Crowd").  Words can't do it's greatness justice.  Link here is to the first episode,
but the whole run of six episodes are all on Youtube.  

Very interesting article on the Zamrock band Witch, acquaint yourself if you haven't already.  

Two photo journal entries this round - all of my photos from the Merge 25 shenanigans last month, as well as some
snaps from a trip to the beach.  

Actually wrote a few music reviews this time: Superchunk, Total Control, Spider Bags, Protomartyr, and the fantas-
tic new Pontiak slab.    



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Kyle Kinane
Kings
8/12/2014

We braved monsoon-like rains to get to Kings in in effort to roust up some laughs from Kyle Kinane.  Despite having
wet pants for the entire show, it was a successful endeavor.  He was working out material for a special he would be
recording in Georgia in a few days, so I guess this was a sneak preview and/or we were being used as guinea pigs. 
As an aside, do they actually test anything on guinea pigs?  You'd think how much they get mentioned in regards to
testing that everything runs through them.  Anyways, newsflash: Kyle was friggin' hilarious, and the special is clearly
going to be awesome.  I will be more than happy to rehear all of these same jokes again; especially if he uses his long
story about getting a blowjob from a mentally slow under-aged girl, that shit killed the entire audience. 



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Spider Bags
The Pinhook
8/8/2014

I'll generally try to make it to any Spider Bags show, but this one was special - a release party for their first record on
Merge, "Frozen Letter."  Flesh Wounds were doing the exact same thing in Chapel Hill on this same night - why the
two bands didn't combine their release shows is beyond me and a bummer, because I would love to have seen both. 
Spider Bags singer Dan McGee made note that the only band they could think of to open this show for them was
Flesh Wounds, and since they were clearly busy, the Bags decided to just play this one by themselves.  Since it was
only them for the entire night, they played two different sets.  The first set was the new record in order and in it's entirety,
and it was great introduction to their new material as I hadn't heard "Frozen Letter" previous to the gig.  There was
then a 15 to 20 minute break where the crowd and the band both refueled their Beer cells, and then the Bags launched
into their "greatest hits" aka every song you would ever want to hear them play from all of their previous recordings. 
Including the break I think they played for two and a half hours, and it was a blistering, raucous, incredibly sweaty
affair...seriously, I think it might have been 95 degrees inside of the Pinhook.  A sweaty t-shirt is a small price to pay
for a show that good though. 


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The Rosebuds
Duke Gardens & The Cat's Cradle
6/25/2014 & 8/2/2014

The chances of getting an unbiased review of the Rosebuds has never been very high around here - I've known Ivan
and Kelly for many years.  Now not only have they added two more friends to their touring band, Mark Paulson (also of
the Bowerbirds) on bass and Rob Lackey on Drums, but one of my very best friends for a large portion of my life, Brian
Weeks on guitar.  We go all the way back to Belk Hall on the UNCW campus in 1994, moved to San Francisco to-
gether in 2000, and have been annoying each other regularly for twenty years now. 

Since I'm too lazy to write two reviews I'm lumping both of their shows these past couple of months together.  The first
was at the Duke Gardens, and sorta seemed to coincide with the Merge 25 festivities even if the band isn't on the
label anymore (I still saw Merge head honcho Mac at the show, so things must still be copacetic between the Rosebuds
and their former label).  It's always a little weird seeing a band in the daylight, much less in front of bunch of middle aged
(or older) folks spread out on a lawn in camping chairs and sitting on blankets with picnic spreads of food.  The band
had a new record coming out in August called "Sand + Silence," and probably half of the set was dedicated to premier-
ing these new songs to their "hometown" crowd (neither Ivan or Kelly are actually locals anymore).  The rest of the set
was dedicated to highlights from their long career, from "Back to Boston" to "Woods" to crowd sing-a-long favorite
"Nice Fox."  There was also a fun performance of "Get Up Get Out" where Kelly gave shakers and tambourines and
such to a group of little kids dancing in front of the stage, and they seemed to have a blast.  Of course the downside is
the band still had a few more songs to play and the kids never gave the noise makers back, so the remainder of the
set was accompanied by a lot of arrhythmic percussion coming from the crowd.   Maybe best to save the participation
songs for the end...

The Duke Gardens show was a one off, but a little over a month later they returned to the Triangle as part of their short
East Coast tour, landing at the Cat's Cradle.  It was the same group of musicians and a mostly similar set list, though
this gig did focus a little more heavily on the new record.  Also, no children with percussion instruments playing them
haphazardly.  The sound was better at this gig, but that is more of a function of it being inside the Cradle rather than
outside amongst flowers.  Most importantly, it was a good time like Rosebuds shows always are. 



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Swearin'
with Potty Mouth
The Pinhook
6/11/2014

Swearin' was one of the best surprises of last year's Hopscotch - I saw them randomly at a day party at Slims and
was blown away.  I think they rolled back through town another time and I wasn't able to go, so it was nice to finally
catch them again and confirm that my first impression was not a fluke.  The verdict?  It was not.  The band was ex-
tremely catchy just like last time, comprised of a formula roughly one-third pop, one-third punk, and the final third nine-
ties indie fuzz rock.  In band terms, imagine some sort of combination of Superchunk, the Thermals, and the Breeders
(the Breeders comparison brought to me by my friend Brian, something I had never thought of but that made perfect
sense as soon as he said it).  It was all quite lovely and enjoyable and I promptly bought both of their records, some-
thing I wanted to do at Hopscotch but passed on because I didn't want to carry the records around with me the rest of
that day. 

The opening act was an all-female group of of Massachusetts called Potty Mouth.  They too had a nineties vibe, as
so many bands today do - in their case, more of a Velocity Girl meets Dinosaur Jr thing.  People seemingly have for-
gotten all about Velocity Girl, but their first two records "Copacetic" and "Simpatico" are still great even if the produc-
tion on them is kinda muddy and shitty.  Would love to see those two get remastered and reissued.  Anyways, at one
point this hot mess of a drunk girl in the crowd started yelling at the band about how young they were, which led the
bassist to go on a bit of a rant about ageism combined with sexism in music; and yeah, they looked really young but
why bring it up?  What do you stand to gain?  Just enjoy the music and maybe get less drunk next time, hot mess. 
Pretty much every band seems young to me these days, and so long as they are enjoyable I could give a shit. 



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"Six people left in the world and one of them is Bill fucking Murray. I know that's not your middle name. I've been watch-
ing you since I was like... Since I could masturbate. I mean, not that they're connected."


Say what you will about the cheesiness of Death Cab for Cutie, but they've written some damn catchy songs.  
Bend To Squares (Studio X Session)
Photobooth
The New Year (Studio X Session)
We Laugh Indoors (New Mix)

Karp - Connect 5.  If you haven't seen the Karp documentary yet, make it happen.  So ruling.  
Bonus: Get No Toys (When You Pay the Money)

Pontiak - AASSTTEERR.  I just haven't been able to get enough of Pontiak for nearly two years now.  Such a rad and
dynamic band.  
Bonus: Wild Knife Night Fight

Redd Kross - One Of The Good Ones.  I'm not saying their record from last year is the best, but there were a lot of
damn hooks on it.  
Bonus: Stay Away From Downtown

The Concretes - You Can't Hurry Love.  I probably posted this before but it's no less enjoyable now.  I just wish I
liked their other material even half as much as this song.  

The Midwest Beat - Firefly.  Some jangly pop kids who are actually from the Midwest and, like so many other bands
listed this time, write catchy damn songs.  What can I say, I love some pop music.  
Bonus: Sister Mary Katherine

The Mountain Goats - Cry for Judas.  So these songs are from their 2012 album but I just got around to listening
to it...hey, it happens.
Bonus: Lakeside View Apartments Suite





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