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***February Twenty Ninth Two Thousand and Twelve***

    

A decidedly mild winter is coming to an end, spring and longer days loom...it's time to party.  I'm ready, are you?


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The instagr.am photos of the month...


Burt, posing in the only snow we've seen this year.  Cary, NC. 


Clouds.  Cary, NC. 


Oldsmobile Cutlass, 1975 model maybe?  Marion, NC. 


Mouse, the rare foray outside.  Cary, NC. 


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Couple of links...

It is completely impossible to look at too many Chernobyl pictures.  Trust me, I've tried.  Here are some more. 

5Boro put out an awesome new video quite recently.  Raw (mostly) NYC street skating.  Thrasher has a free download
of it here

There are a couple of photo journal updates, some state fair photos that I would have sworn I posted months ago but
somehow got lost, and a chunk of band photos from various shows. 

Music reviews over on that site - Sharon Van Etten, Guided By Voices, Wooden Shjips, Of Montreal, Whatever Brains,
and a few others.  Been kinda lazy on that front this month. 


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Bleached
with The Black Belles
The Pinhook
2/9/2012

Every time I go to Durham for a show, I tell my self I should go to Durham more often for a show.  In my brain it's a long
drive, but it's actually closer than Chapel Hill/Carrboro.  Parking is easier, food trucks are everywhere, and usually the
crowd is less irritating. 

I had been looking forward to this Bleached show for a little while.  Pretty much all I knew by them was their "Think of
You" seven inch out on Art Fag, but that song is so damn catchy I was instantly sold on whatever shit they were shov-
eling.  the band is a four piece, with two blonde sisters fronting the band and a pair of dudes as the rhythm section. 
You could probably argue that the songs all kinda sounded the same, but it was a good kind of same - catchy, cute
fuzzed out power pop.  I gravitate to music of this ilk like moths to a flame, though it rarely kills me like flames are apt
to do to moths.  Moths are stupid though.  I haven't read any other reviews, but I'm guessing this band has met a few
Best Coast comparisons based simply on the layout of the group, but I'm not sure how similar their sounds are.  There
are moments when I think of a female version of Mark Sultan/BBQ, there are other moments when I think of a female
version of Gentleman Jess & His Men, and still more moments where they don't particularly sound like either of those
groups, but still quite enjoyable.  As an added bonus, they played a cover of the Misfit's "Horror Business" and much
good times singing along was had by all.

The Black Belles played before Bleached.  I honestly didn't know what to think - all I knew about them is they were a
new band Jack White had a hand in getting out in the world, and they backed up Stephen Colbert one night on "The
Colbert Report."  I can say this with 100% certainty - if you had asked me beforehand do I find goth witches hot, I prob-
ably would have said no.  After seeing this band play, I very much find goth witches hot.  Here's the thing - a hot girl is
still a hot girl no matter how silly the outfit she is wearing is.  And really, the only silly part was the velvet hats, ain't
nothing wrong with black dresses and stockings.  Their better songs definitely had a Jack White "vibe" to them, unless
that's me reading too much into the connection.  They were all pretty decent musicians, but the drummer was especially
fascinating to watch - she probably weighed 80 pounds wet, and when she really needed to get a loud pop from her
bass drum she would basically stand up on the pedal as she hit it.  She also had a possessed look on her face the
entire time, all while the rest of the band looked kinda indifferent.  In addition to their songs they played a cover oh
Harry Nilsson's "Cuddly Toy," which was apparently also recorded and performed by the Monkees.  I should really be
more well versed on my Monkees.  Given the whole package, the Black Belles were pretty entertaining. 


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Whatever Brains
with Day Creeper
Kings
1/27/2012

I'm all the time referring to people as creepers, from my days in San Francisco where the streets are filled to the brim
with bums, street kids and creepers (these groups are not mutually exclusive).  So when a band from Ohio called Day
Creeper is playing a free show at my local haunt Kings, why not get out of the house and see some music?  It didn't
hurt that one of my very favorite local bands, Whatever Brains, were headlining the night. 

So, Day Creeper - pretty damn enjoyable.  They had a classic pop punk sound, and I mean late seventies classic. 
It's almost like they yearned for the pop sheen of the Nerves but wrapped it in some Ramones simplicity and crunch. 
All of the tracks were simple, catchy, and to the point.  Turns out they have released a seven inch through the great Tic
Tac Totally, that's the sort of information I like to know going into the show not after I buy band merch, but either way
it's a stamp of quality in my eyes.  The band seemed to be pretty well received by the rest of the rabble as well, and
hopefully they sold merch to more people than just me.  I know I was spoiled from living in SF and Oakland for so long
where bands like this thrive, but we don't get a lot of good garage/punk/power pop around here. 

I was just trying to describe Whatever Brains to a friend that lives in Spain, and the best I could come up with was
"Imagine Les Savy Fav of they were more punk and less mentally stable."  I've lost track on how many times I've seen
this band. but I'm pretty sure I've failed every time I've tried to write a review of their live show.  They're just so much in
their own world musically that I'm too dumb to process my mental enjoyment into coherent words and sentences.  I
know every time I see them live I think the myself that they are one of my favorite things in the entire world and I'm so
glad they are local and play out a lot.  So that's my most recent entry into my pantheon of poor Whatever Brains re-
views - this band is awesome.  The end.   


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“All right, later dudes. S you in your A’s, don’t wear a C, and J all over your B’s.”

Big Boi - General Patton (feat. Big Rube).  Still can't get enough of that solo Big Boi record.  Shit is aging like a fine
wine or cheese or whiskey or whatever fancy shit that ages. 
Bonus: Shutterbugg

Caltrop - Bloodroot.  Local metal dudes don't come off quite as heavy on their recording as they do live, but both
versions of the band are fantastic. 
Bonus: The Phlogiston Command

Centro-Matic - If They Talk You Down.  This should have been on my "best of" list for last year.  Definitely honor-
able mention if not higher.  The album is damn near perfect, and maybe the best thing they have recorded.
Bonus: Iso-Residue

Charlie Feathers - That Certain Female.  Life is better because of Charlie Feathers. 

Liars - Clear Island.  I sorta stopped paying attention to Liars, but picked up this record out of a bargain bin and it's
damn good.  Easily their most accessable.  Particularly of note is the track below, "Freak Out," which is one of the best
Jesus & Mary Chain impersonations I've ever heard. 
Bonus: Freak Out

Robyn Hitchcock - Everybody Needs You.  I have nothing particularly interesting to say here other than it's Robyn
fuckin' Hitchcock.
Bonus: If You Know Time

Tig Notaro - Little Titties.  A couple of clips from my second favorite comedy record of the year. 
Bonus: Popular Phrases

Vetiver - Rolling Sea.  I haven't gotten overly excited about Vetiver in a number of years, but all of their records have
at least a couple of enjoyable songs. 
Bonus: Sister





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