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***August Thirty First Two Thousand and Sixteen***


Way too soon for the Christmas decorations kid.  It's never too soon for Richard Simmons though.  


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Stressed out hound.  Cary, NC.  


A nice day.  Lake Jordan, NC.  


One year old.  Cary, NC.  


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Hey, look at me, I'm famous!  Or, not really.  A magazine called The Local Palate used a photo I took of Cheetie from
Birds of Avalon in an article about her restaurant Garland.  

If Antihero puts out a new video, it gets posted here - that's just good science.  This one is called "Chesnut Hill."  Dann
Van Der Linden is the most exciting new kid to come on the scene in years.  

And yet another Antihero video, this one called "The Vickie Report."  I'm not sure what's gotten into these guys and
why they're so productive lately, but I couldn't be any happier about it.  

I'm not entirely sure what Dime is - are they just a clothing company or something more? - but whatever is going on,
they put on the best contests skateboarding has ever known.  I think the speed challenge is my favorite part, since they
have to wear wraparound sunglasses while skating.  Brilliant.  

We spent a good chunk of the middle of the month on a vacation out west; subsequently, that resulted in five
photo journal entries documenting the trip.  It was a good time.  Vacations are awesome, right?  


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Bull City 11th Anniversary Party
with Superchunk, Pipe, Last Year's Men, and Daniel Bachman
Ponysaurus Brewing
8/6/2016

Ponysaurus is located just a few blocks from the more "newly developed" parts of downtown Durham, but it's like a
different world - boarded up buildings, blight, and the typical trappings of inner city poverty abound.  You can see the
changes creeping that way though, that new money slowly overtaking block by block in the same fashion kudzu covers
everything it encounters.  I suppose Ponysaurus itse;f would be one of those agents of change themselves.  I'll leave it
up to the reader to decide if this a good or bad thing (or as is almost always the case in these situations, both), I'm just
painting the scene...

I got there and Daniel Bachman was already well into his set.  Just him and his guitar performing really pretty, intricate
instrumental music.  He also played this weirdly shaped lap guitar that I'm going to assume was a dobro until I'm told
different.  He's really damn young!  Way younger than you'd probably expect given his talent level...his recordings make
you would assume he's a much older cat, or at least that applied to me.  Maybe he just has an old soul, whatever that
means.  These instrumental guitar dudes are really hot right now, right?  It feels like there are a lot of them.  Daniel is
as good as any of them if not better. 


I was pretty excited Last Year's Men were playing this party, because I was pretty sure they had broken up.  Maybe
it was just a "hiatus," but either way they sorta fizzled out and I believe it had been quite a while since they last per-
formed live.  Does this gig signal that the band is back for real or was this just a one off, a favor for Bull City Records? 
I guess time will tell.  They were as good as ever, playing a number of tracks from their great album "Sunny Down
Snuff" as well as that second record they released only as MP3s that I must confess I haven't really heard.  I was into
the jams anyways though.  One noteworthy change was Montgomery was back in band - before their previous hiatus
(or whatever it was) he was no longer with the group, instead focusing all his attention on Flesh Wounds.  It was nice
to see him back in the fold.  I hope I get to see them again, and soon, because they're one of my favorite local acts. 

Pipe!  PIPE PIPE PIPE PIPE PIPE.  That's really all the review of this band should be.  I've seen them dozens upon
dozens of times and it's always the same...the band rocks out to pretty much the same songs they always play, holding
shit down in a straight-forward but necessary fashion; singer Ron Liberti, Robert Pollard's long lost twin, puts on a per-
formance that is somewhere between pantomime, modern dance and your favorite drunk uncle; the crowd throws
beer cans at the band; I smile and laugh the entire time.  They played a lot of great hits, including two of their best
"Biscuits" and "Yr Soaking in It" and a cover of Joe Jackson's "One More Time." At one point Ron caught one of the
beers thrown at him, took a drink from it, and then threw it back at the crowd as if the whole thing was choreographed. 
He also sang at least one song standing under a giant plastic tarp like he was wearing the world's most suffocating
ghost costume.  Pipe is everything rock bands should aspire to be. 

In a lot of ways what I said about Pipe also holds for Superchunk, minus the difference in antics of the respective
singers - about the most you get from Mac is a jump off of the drum riser and/or some windmill guitar work.  Like
Pipe, I've seen Superchunk dozens upon dozens of times, they play a ton of songs I've seen them play a more times
than I can count, and they're incredibly dependable.  Unlike Pipe, they've actually continued to write songs and release
albums since the nineties, and their material is a lot more fun to sing along to (sorry Pipe, I still love you).  In the run-up
to this show the band mentioned that this is the first time they've played locally since Merge 25 in the summer of 2014,
which makes sense because I've been grousing about not getting to see them for a good two years.  There's not a
whole lot I can say about these guys at this point, just know that other than Laura no longer playing with them live,
they've not lost a step. 


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RIP Gene Wilder, an all-time favorite.
"
You've got to remember that these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common clay of the
  new West. You know...morons."
Nation of Ulysses - The Lost Primal Scream Memphis Demos EP.  All these songs on this EP can be found on
their full-length albums, but there is no such thing as too much of the Nation.  
01 N-Sub Ulysses
02 50,000 Watts
03 Mockingbird, Yeah
04 Shakedown

Dan Sartain - Do You Hear My Voice.  This cat used to just be a garage rocker, but now...an electro dark garage
rocker I guess?  Whatever you call it, I like the new direction.  
Walk Among the Cobras

Lydia Loveless - Can't Change Me.  I'm working backwards with Lydia's catalog - here are a couple of great tracks
from her bluegrass-inflected first record.  
More Like Them

The Mountain Goats - Choked Out.  It took me a while to get around to the most recent Goats' record that is all
about wrestling...despite the silly concept it's as good as most anything else John Darnielle has made.  
Luna

Polvo - Bridesmaid Blues.  In celebration of me finally getting their album "Exploded Drawing" on vinyl, here's a
shitload of songs from that record just because.  
Fast Canoe
Feather of Forgiveness
High-Wire Moves
In This Life





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