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***February Twenty Eighth Two Thousand and Ten***

    

I'm watching the Lorenzo Llama's classic "Snake Eater" as I type this.  It's basically the greatest film ever made.  Even
greater than this photo of a dwarf getting freaky with a vacuum.

Reviews below, photo journal entries at the link above, awesome musics to download, the usual shit.

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Veelee
with Old Bricks
Slims
1/21/10

Decided to get out of the house on a rainy night and see some good newish local music at Slims.  I'd never been to
Slims before, at least not the Raleigh one...I've stared at those stupid poles at the Slims in SF about a thousand times
though, so as long as there were no support beams directly in my line of sight of the band it would be an upgrade. 

Old Bricks opened the night.  They are two brosephs, a drum/guitar duo with the guitarist occasionally getting drummy
himself.  My first impression was that they reminded me of The Dodos, only a little less pop and a little more older
Animal Collective weird.  It was a short set, but pretty damn good...the drums playing off one another, weird loopy
effects on the vocals and guitar, and a crowd full of cute girls having inane conversations and only occasionally paying
attention to the music.  I'm definitely going to make a point to see them play again in the near future.   

This was my second time seeing Veelee, but the previous viewing was for only the last couple of songs of their set so
I was glad to see a full offering.  I believe my impression then was "Stereolab meets Sonic Youth", but upon seeing
more of their show I'd add in a healthy dose of Blonde Redhead too.  More than any one band though they reminded
me of something that would have come out on K Records or Kill Rock Stars in the mid-nineties, and most likely been
very popular.  Not saying they won't be popular in these modern rogh-n-tumble days...I've recently come to realize I got
no idea what the kids like anymore.  I think this realization came when I found out a lot of young hipster bands are re-
leasing limited edition cassettes.  Yes, cassettes.  But anyways, my second viewing confirmed that I definitely liked
Veelee, and the crowd (whose average age was at least 10 years younger than me) seemed to be digging them too. 


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The Rosebuds
with Megafaun & Lonnie Walker
The Pour House
1/8/10

This was a good way to start off the new year, with some of my very favorite local bands and people.  I even got the old
lady to join me, something that doesn't happen all that often. 

It seems like I've seen Lonnie Walker at least a half dozen times in the last year and they continue to blow me away. 
I still haven't bought their record but I feel like I know all their songs by heart (including the Future Islands song they
always cover).  I'm at a loss of what to say about them after multiple reviews - how about THIS BAND IS FUCKING
AWESOME AND EVERYONE SHOULD GO SEE THEM PLAY.  They get better every time I watch them perform, and
they were outstanding the very first time I saw them.  Reminder to self: buy their damn record next time I see them play,
because then I can listen to them at home and not have to wait until the next time I see them live.  Luckily, they play often
and I usually don't have to wait too long. 

Megafaun had the middle slot on the bill.  Despite the stylistic differences, they often play with the Rosebuds since the
bands are good friends, and we all know the old saying "bros before shows".  Like a fine wine or a good stinky cheese,
Megafaun has grown on me with age.  Where I was once fairly lukewarm on their music and performances, I find myself
enjoying them more and more with each successive listen.  Yeah, there's a certain crunchy-jamband-hippy vibe to their
music, but in the best possible way, like classic Grateful Dead crossed with the best Iron & Wine songs.  What really
stands out with the band is their vocal harmonizing...those boys really know how to sing together, it's as pretty as a
butterfly and a faerie humping on a geranium.  And I'm not going to top that comparison so let's just move on. 

Local lad and lassie The Rosebuds closed out the evening, as they so often do around here.  It's good to be the king,
and they are clearly tops in the local market when it comes to catchy pop music.  I've seen and reviewed this band
countless times, and for good reason - they always deliver.  They had one of the thoroughbreds from their stable of
drummers, Matt McCaughan, on drums this evening, and it was good to see him as he seems to spend so much time
on the road these days with Bon Iver. 

The show was great, no surprise there...these kids always put on an energetic evening of damned catchy songs. 
Lots of crowd participation and sing-a-longs, even the chatty scenesters stopped talking long enough to have a good
time.  They seemed to draw a little more heavily from their third record "Night of the Furies" or "the dance record" as
my brain remembers it, but they spread the love around all the records.  Ivan even dedicated one of my favorite songs,
"Border Guards", to me!  I felt like the prettiest girl at the Winter Formal.  The only bad thing - no "Blue Bird", despite
my hounding Ivan constantly that they must play this song every show.  Hell, if they played it five times per show I would
be happy, that track never gets old. But minus that one minor transgression, a fine evening of amazing local music...to
say we are spoiled in the Triangle would be an understatement. 


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"Let me ask you something - how much did they get paid to storm Normandy, how much did King Arthur get paid to kill
Merlin, how much did they get paid to invent Television? Nothing. They did it because they knew it was right."


DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist - Fused Of Course.  It's hard to pick a track from the "Product Placement" collaborations,
but here you go anyways. 

And these tracks are from Shadow's last record "The Outsider", which had it's moments but wasn't very good by
Shadow standards. 
Dats My Part (feat. E-40)
You Made It (feat. Chris James)

Gaslight Anthem - The Patient Ferris Wheel.  I continue to struggle with whether this band is interesting and good or
cheesy.  I suppose they could be both.  Actually, that's probably the correct answer. 

High On Fire - Turk.  More metal awesomeness by these Bay Area legends. 
Bonus: Waste Of Tiamat

Neil Young - One Of These Days.  I had the album these tracks are from, Harvest Moon, memorized in high school. 
This still holds true. 
Bonus: Unknown Legend

Nervous Norvous - Does A Chinese Chicken Have A Pigtail?.  Weirdo rockabilly goofball rock that was meant as
to be a joke/novelty act, but I choose to take it completely seriously. 
Bonus: Stoneage Woo

Pinback - Devil You Know.  This song sounds just like Pinback.  Just like all of Pinback's other songs.

Red House Painters - Follow You, Follow Me (Genesis cover).  Mark Kozalek owns this song, so much so that it
took me a minute to realize it was a cover.

The Make-Up - Center Of The Earth.  Fact: you cannot listen to too much Make-Up.  Ian Svevonious is a music god
in my world.
Bonus: Drop The Needle

TV On The Radio - Halfway Home.  The most recent TV on the Radio album was a pretty big disappointment, but
I really liked this song. 





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