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***February Twenty Eighth Two Thousand and Thirteen***

 

Spring training has begun!  God I love baseball.  And hot dogs.  Especially hot dogs. 


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Instagramps.


American Tobacco Trail.  Apex, BC. 


Dog paws.  Cary, NC. 


Random cassettes.  Raleigh, NC. 


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Lite on the sausage links this go around...

But I highly recommend this skate video "Dog" - some cat with way too much time on his hands took all of the Girl
Skateboards
and associated companies random footage and tour videos from the last few years and edited it all
together like a regular full-length video with parts.  It's damn entertaining. 


Check the Photo journal for another batch of band photos.  No, seriously, band photos!

Music reviews this month - Tyvek, Floating Action, Neil Halstead, Redd Kross, Lace Curtains,
and more. 


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Ty Segall
with Ex-Cult
Kings
1/30/2013

I'm not sure if it's stimulus overload or what, but Ty Segall releases so many goddamn records that I find it hard to be
a big fan, despite my liking his music every time I hear it.  It usually takes me a while to digest new music, and before
I even get around to one of his new records he's released two more new ones and then I don't even know what to start
with.  The only one of his recently that I really latched on to was the Ty Segall Band release "Slaughterhouse" - Ty
Segall Band being different from just Ty Segall in that they use some different band members I guess, but sound ex-
actly alike.  Or something like that.  All that said, I'd put off seeing him live long enough, so it was off to Kings.


I often mention feeling old at a show, but this was one of the youngest crowds I had been a part of in a very long time. 
There were some other olds hanging in the back, but I worked my way up front to take photos and was surrounded by
children with underage marks on the back of their hands, and other without them that must have really convincing fake
IDs.  It is exactly these sort of rambunctious younguns that kept me from coming out to previous Segall shows, but
sometimes you gotta just say "fuck it" and jump into the fray.  And they were fine for the most part - a little moshier than
my tastes, lots of Beatlemania-type screaming, and any number of them have apparently not discovered deodorant yet,
but those are minor gripes.  As for the music, Ty and company put on a damn fine show.  Their recorded music mostly
runs along the typical garage punk lines, but live they are much heavier, almost into stoner rock territory.  I'm pretty sure
they even played a song off that new Fuzz seven inch (yet another of Ty's bands, in this one he plays drums or some-
thing I think), or maybe that was just wishful thinking on my part because that platter is white hot.  After finally seeing
them live it helped me see what all the fuss was about. 


The opening act was Ex-Cult, and while many folks I've talked to are of mixed opinion about them, I dug it.  Imagine
catchy the sort of catchy pop-punk that might be featured on a label like Dirtnap, only with a singer who I could be con-
vinced is Henry Rollins' kid.  What I'm saying is they were like a poppy version of Black Flag, and that's alright with me. 
It would have been even more alright if they also played a cover of "TV Party," but we were not that lucky.  And now I'm
going to go watch the awesome video for "TV Party."



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Willie Nelson
DPAC
1/18/2013

Willie Nelson might be 79 years old, but he plays with the dedication and passion of those a quarter of his age. 
I don't typically go to shows of this nature (aka big, expensive shows in large venues), but you never know how many
more chances you're going to get to see a performer like Nelson.  And while it definitely wasn't cheap, there isn't really
a bad seat in the house at the Durham Performing Arts Center (also known as the DPAC for obvious reasons).  We
were right around the middle of the third (top) level and you could still easily make out what was happening on the
stage even without the aid of the two large projection screens on each side of the room. 


Willie played about an hour and a half and given that he has released 4,217 number one singles, you can sorta guess
how great the set was - all the usual suspects were represented.  But a few things I found interesting and/or funny:


 - Instead of having roadies grabbing guitars and re-tuning them, Willie has a guy that just runs out  fresh bandana every
   few songs. 

 - There were upwards of three percussionists on the stage for any given song.  The drummer proper was playing a
   snare only, but the other two had a giant bin full of every noise maker you ever played with in elementary school music
   class. 

 - About the only time Willie spoke to the crowd all night is when he said "Let's play one for Waylon," and then knocked
   out a bad ass version of "Good Hearted Woman."


Go see him while you've got a chance people.  I don't expect we'll ever see another Willie Nelson in our lifetimes.

(Image found online - I didn't have my camera and there were no eagles present at this particular gig, at least not on
stage.)


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"The less I know about other people’s affairs, the happier I am. I’m not interested in caring about people. I once worked
with a guy for three years and never learned his name. Best friend I ever had. We still never talk sometimes."


Kelley Stoltz - Ever Thought Of Coming Back.   Stoltz has a keen ability to take the pop sounds of the sixties and
recycle them into some great current music. 

Bonus: Prank Calls
Bonus: The Rabbit Hugged The Hound

Lucero - Johnny Davis.  I wouldn't have guessed adding horns to Lucero's brand of gruff country rock would work,
but I'll be damned if it doesn't sound great. 

Bonus: What Are You Willing To Lose

Richard Buckner - Believer.  Three tracks from my very favorite Buckner record, "Since."  One of my favorite records
by anyone really. 

Bonus: Goner w/Souvenir
Bonus: Jewelbomb

Weezer - Say It Ain't So.  Hey, remember when Weezer were super fuckin' awesome?  Me too.  I miss that a lot. 
Bonus: Susanne

A few more select joints from Daytrotter...
Constantines - Trans-Canada
Dinosaur Jr - Crumble
Man...or Astroman - 9 Volt
Pontiak - Maker
Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks - Funk 49 (James Gang cover).





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