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***February Twenty EighthTwo Thousand and Fourteen***

 

This picture says it all - fuck this winter.  Bring on the spring!  Bring on longer days where you can actually do shit out-
side after work!  Bring on the pizza!  Actually, that last one is not season specific.  


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Burt romping in the snow.  Cary, NC.  


Rescue kittens.  Raleigh, NC.  


Old house.  Near Biscoe, NC.  


Mouse's close-up.  Cary, NC.  


Old truck, old roof.  Troy, NC.  


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Links:

A couple of good (somewhat long) reads:  
1.  The Last Days of Ty Cobb.  The article, written in 1961, is exactly as the title suggests.  Apparently it's considered
one of the all-time sports pieces.  I wouldn't argue with that assertion.  
2.  Can't Knock the Hustle.  This title is a little less self-explanatory - it's about pool, from multiple POVs - the pro-
fessionals, the hustlers, the gamblers, etc.  Very enjoyable read.  

After years of meaning to do it and months of actually working on it, here is a mix of all my favorite songs by the band
Low.  This band may not be for everyone, but they're one of my all-time favorites.    

Very fun BBC doc on The Fall and especially it's eccentric leader Mark E. Smith.  A joy to watch and listen to, but I'd
hate to have to spend any time with the loon.

Three new photo journal entries - band photos again (this time Built to Spill, Fuzz, Lovers, and more), and two parts
from the trip to California over Christmas, including a big hunk of photos of Joshua Tree National Park.  

In the Music reviews, still going through my old seven inches and posting poorly written reviews.  Apparently I only
got around to two new reviews (Best Coast and a Ska compilation), but I liked both.  I did manage to talk about mid-
eighties singles from both Musical Youth and Eddie Murphy though, so I'm pretty much delivering exactly what the
people want.  


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Kumail Nanjiani
with Jerrod Carmichael
Local 506
12/23/2013

This was more or less a repeat of the show these guys put on a couple of years back, and I'm very thankful for it. 
Kumail Nanjiani is married to a local gal and they were in town for the Christmas break; ditto for Jerrod Carmichael,
a North Carolina dude trying to make it in the LA comedy world but back in town for the holidays. 

I'm not sure if Jerrod was just flying by the seat of his pants or if he had a well designed set to feel that way, but either
way it felt like he was just telling jokes off the top of his head and shooting the shit with the crowd.  His parents were
there, standing right next to me actually, and played into his material fairly often.  The man has really honed his craft in
my opinion - two years ago I thought he was fairly funny, but I laughed tons more this time out. 

Kumail also felt pretty loose - last time it seemed like he was performing a pretty well rehearsed act, whereas this time
he mixed what was clearly his standard material with a lot of ad libs and crowd work.  He also had a lengthy inter-
rogation of a Pakistani gal who was at the gig, basically reminiscing about his childhood with her.  At the end, in con-
junction with his wife, there was a lengthy Q&A session.  I actually asked a question, surprising even myself, wondering
if he had made up with Marc Maron - to which he responded "next question" and his wife explained she was good
friends with Maron and that drives Kumail crazy. 


It was a fun evening, and hopefully Kumail continues this trend of playing a show every other year at christmas.  A
great tradition started. 



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Whatever Brains
with Goner
Legends
12/6/2013

There's a new First Friday show happening here in town called "Let Feedback Ring," booked by one of the local punk
label dudes (I think).  First Friday, for the record, is an art/music/random douchebag gathering that happens every first
Friday on the month in downtown Raleigh.  A lot of places do something similar, sometimes on Thursday (as was the
case when I lived in Oakland) or Saturday or whatever.  Hey, any excuse to get people downtown spending money with
local business is a good idea. 

The gig was held at Legends.  I once went to Legends for my 21st birthday back when I was a dumb college kid in the
nineties and the idea of going to a gay club was funny for some reason.  I had no idea how big this place was though -
there an entire theater area in the back with a stage that is great for live shows.  I got there in time to catch most of the
set from Goner.  It feels like these guys have been around forever, even as far back (I think) as my first stint in the
Triangle until I left in 2000.    I've never followed them closely but they are a quality pop band, and I was glad to finally
check them out.  They used the gig to play their newest record "Faking the Wisdom" from start to finish.  Musically it
would be hard not to compare their piano-driven rock to Ben Folds, though I'd rather listen to Goner myself.  Goner
also has a smidge of prog rock running through them, and had more than a couple of moments that reminded me of
Dismemberment Plan (particularly the vocals).  The healthy crowd seemed to enjoy it, as did I. 

Whatever Brains happened, as they do.  This time it was in companion with a crazy light show being projected on
them, which was different and made for a few cool photos.  You just have to snap wildly in those occasions because
the light on the band is changing so rapidly.  You get a lot of junk and a few gems, which is no different than any photo-
graphy really, but it's much more dramatic with a light show.  I still say the band is slowly turning into a hybrid of the Fall
and Liars, which is totally awesome in my book, but my friends disagree.  They played one of their long, epic, heavily
keyboard-driven songs as have populated their set lists lately.  I'm into it. 



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Pontiak
with Guardian Alien
Kings
12/3/2013

This was my third time seeing Pontiak this year.  To be more specific, it was my third time seeing them since early
September.  All three sets have been pretty similar, and at the same time all three sets have been stellar.  When it's
this good, I'll gladly listen and watch them play the same set three more times...hell, thirty more times.  You can look at
my older ramblings here and here if you want more dumb words on the subject, just know that this band is basically
perfection live when it comes to this brand of southern gothic heavy rock music. 

The opener was Guardian Alien.  I think they played at the last Hopscotch or maybe the one before that...shit, all I re-
member was people were talking about them.  And they were probably talking because of drummer Greg Fox, known
for his work in Liturgy or maybe because he's an amazing badass behind the kit.  The music was a combination of
Tune-Yards art-pop weirdness and the heavy quirky vibes of Don Caballero.  In fact, Fox's drumming style reminds me
quite a bit of Damon Che of Don Cab, though thankfully Fox has the good manners to keep his clothes on while he
performs.  I wasn't 100% in love with all of their music, but watching him drum honestly made it not really matter. 



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"
Everything you touch turns to shit, you're like king Midas's idiot brother."

Belle And Sebastian - Meat And Potatoes.
 One of the best songs B&S has recorded in a long damn time; from
their singles comp that came out late last year.  
Bonus: I Didn't See It Coming (Richard X remix).  
Bonus: Suicide Girl.  

How about a pile of (mostly) hits from Dinosaur Jr.?  Because why the hell not.  
Crumble
Feel the Pain
Freak Scene
Start Choppin'
They Always Come

Eddy Current Suppression Ring - Precious Rose.  A few songs from the b-sides comp by Australia's greatest
creation.  Yes, even better than the kangaroo.  And the platypus.  
Bonus: Wet Cement.  
Bonus: You Let Me Be Honest With You.  

Fergus & Geronimo - Powerful Lovin'.  This band vacillates between awesome and annoying like a goddamn
metronome.  

Paul Westerberg - Dyslexic Heart.  I promise it wasn't even planned but these are a few outtake tracks by Paul
Westerberg.  Guess I was just listening to a lot of rarity collections lately.  You'll probably know two of these songs from
the "Singles" soundtrack.
Bonus: Stain Yer Blood.  
Bonus: Waiting for Somebody.  





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