- Crack House USA - Somewhat of a
straight-forward look at cops vs. drug dealers in the greater Chicago
area, but it
still mananges to be damn fascinating. Of note is the
surveillance of the dealers, as the cops actually had cameras in-
side of the house. Also the interviews with the families of the
convicted dealers are insightful.
- The Mexican Mormon War - A Vice
doc, they visit an enclave of polygamist Mormons who moved to Mexico to
from being persecuted in the US and are now at war with the local drug
cartels. Possibly of note is some of these Mor-
mons are relatives of Mitt Romney.
Skate video of the month: Enjoi's Tweak
the Beef. The whole thing is terriffic but Ben Raemers
and Louie Barletta
journal for some snaps from our trip to the mountains
where we acted like tourists and stared at
colored leaves, plus...wait for it...BAND PHOTOS!!!!!
this month - Lightships, Jason Lytle, Mono, Boomgates, The Sea and
Cake, and more.
Tune in next week or the one after for my exhaustive collection of
pointless lists. Everyone loves lists!
It feels like
it's been forever since I had last seen Ryan Gustafson play live, and
according to this
review forever means
more than two years. And I don't mean that he's been playing
shows and I've avoided him all that time, I just don't think
he has been performing much these last couple of years. But now
he's back, and performing under the moniker Dead Tongues. The name change
doesn't seem to have had any effect on Gustafson's sound though, as
he's still doing the
country rock thing ala the Byrds and singing with that same
ear-pleasing voice. Lots of young girls piled up in front of
the stage, alternating between watching the music and "whooping" for 30
seconds, and then talking to their friends and
texting for five minutes. This went on the entire show, like
clockwork. It would have been more irritating if it wasn't so
The good news is
there apparently is an album in the works with this new band, and if a
lot of the songs they played live
in this night make the cut it should be well worth seeking out.
That should also mean more live shows from Gustafson
and company, a good thing to be sure.
It feels like
only yesterday I was seeing Future Islands in a half-full
Berkeley Cafe, and now they are selling out the
Lincoln Theatre. OK, maybe it was closer to two
years ago, but that is still some impressive growth in a
course that sort of growth also means the asshole factor goes way up;
that plus this evening's gig happening on a First
Friday, and I'd guess no more than a few dozen people at this show WERE
My fandom of
Future Islands transcends even the worst of crowds, though I could only
tolerate being at the front of the
stage for a handful of songs (and only stayed there that long to take a
few photos). But Future Islands don't care, they
just keep on being awesome on stage no matter how many frat boys are
populating the audience. It felt like they played
pretty much every song from their last two records "In Evening Air" and
"On the Water," including all the highlights that
people get worked up over like "Tin Man" and "Vireo's Eye" and "Before
the Bridge" and hell they even played "Little
Dreamer" during the encore.
I really miss
the frequent small shows, the intimate viewings of Future Islands we
used to get so often here in the Tri-
angle. But I'm happy the band is doing so well, shitty crowd be
Tuff with The Intelligence & Whatever Brains Duke Coffeehouse 10/24/2012
For some reason
I have the hardest time getting myself to Duke Coffeehouse shows, most
likely because if I don't buy
advance tickets it can be real hard to motivate me off the couch, and
as near as I can tell they never do advance tickets.
Even when I know a show won't sell out, it can be tough to convince my
paranoid self that I'll get in for sure. And nothing
worse than driving to Durham or Chapel Hill and then getting turned
did not happen this evening. I did get there a little late
though, and only caught the last couple of songs by Whatever Brains. Still, it
fulfilled my requirement of seeing them at least once monthly.
They appear to be playing with
two keyboard players now - the young dude is now back in the band (I
think he left town for school or something?), and
the older dude continues to be in the group, so now it's like a synth
band covering Whatever Brains. Or Whatever
Brains creating new Emerson, Lake and Palmer tracks. Not that I'm
complaining, because like everything they do it's
the greatest thing ever. Whatever Brains 4 eva.
I'm not sure if A-Frames are just
one of the greatest punk bands of all time, or one of the greatest
any-genre bands of
all time, but Lars Finberg of A-Frames is the driving force behind The Intelligence and that was
all the reason I need-
ed to make sure I saw all of their set. I can't say I feel as
strongly about them as I do the A-Frames, but they're still a
damn fine band and with Lars in front the comparisons are
obvious. They also have a pretty strong garage-surf vibe,
and that coupled with the gal laying heavy on the keys could dredge up
a Quintron comparison as well. After seeing
Intelligence live I'm definitely inspired to dive into their records a
little more. And as an additional piece of information
for the trivia minded, instead of keyboard stands the band used a
couple of foldable walkers to hold up their gear...
pretty damn smart actually, and much much cheaper.
The closer was
one of the new hot shit bands of the garage punk world, King Tuff. The main dude
behind the band,
Kyle Thomas, gets around - he plays in a number of bands but most
with J Mascis. King Tuff is his
high water mark in my opinion, and this was particularity highlighted
with this year's self-titled record on Sub Pop - one
of my favorite releases of 2012. They fittingly get lumped in
with the other garage-pop bands on the scene, but live
I really saw a side of them accented that doesn't stand out as strongly
on their records - the serious glam streak run-
ning through their jams. Lots of "hot lixx" on the guitar from
Thomas, and obvious influences from Slade, Mott the
Hoople and even Kiss that really popped on this night. As catchy
as I find their most recent record, live somehow those
same songs work even better. Here's to the Tuffs making a return
trip to our area very soon, cause I need more of this.
rules, man: Stay away from my fuckin' percocets and do you have any
fucking percocets, man?"
13 & God - Armored
Scarves. Notwist + Ourselves = musical amazingness.
Bonus: Old Age.
Chromatics - Running
from the Sun. The American M83 if they were always
writing music for soundtracks.
Bonus: These Streets Will Never Look
Damien Jurado - Gillian
Was a Horse. This track is one of Jurado's best in
many years...bonus track ain't bad either.
Bonus: Last Rights.
Deerhoof - Holy
Night Fever. I rarely remember to listen to Deerhoof,
and then when I do put them on I wonder why
I don't listen to them more often. And then I forget to listen
El-P - Oh
Hail No. From "Cancer4Cure," the best hiphop record of
the year. Lists to come soon.
Bonus: Tougher Colder.
Joy Division - She's
Lost Control. Of course everyone has these songs
memorized, but these are from some Peel
Sessions so they're different...kinda.
Los Vigilantes - La
Falada. Catchy garage punk from Puerto Rico. Who
cares if you don't know what the fuck they
are saying. Unless you speak Spanish obviously.