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***February Twenty Eighth Two Thousand and Fifteen***

 
I'm with you pug, ship my ass somewhere warm, I'm over winter.  


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Instagramps:


He loves to play dead bug.  Cary, NC.


A rare Packard sighting.  Cary, NC.  


Snow cat. Cary, NC.  


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Some medium format shots from a trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway last spring.  The scans aren't great, but, well, yeah.  








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Linx:

Not a ton this time round...

David Gravette put out a new part, a little heavy on the fifty-fifties like always, but I've always enjoyed his skating.  

Kurt Braunohler put out a web series called Roustabout where he rides a jet ski down the Mississippi to raise
money for charity.  It's quite entertaining, and you can watch the whole thing starting here.  

Again just one entry in the photo journal section this month, and again it's some band photos - Ex Hex, Thee Oh Sees,
Sloan, and more.  

My music reviews fell off a cliff this month.  Nobody cares.   



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WKNC Benefit
with Spider Bags, Lonnie Walker, and Mac McCaughan
Lincoln Theatre
2/7/2015

Every year WKNC puts together a couple of shows full of great local talent that help raise funds for the NC State radio
station.  This year they were holding one here in Raleigh (this one), and another over at the Cradle in Carrboro a week
later, giving at least two-thirds of the Triangle access to a great event.  Sorry Durham, you gotta drive. 

My most anticipated act of the night's bill was Mac McCaughan (of Superchunk) playing solo.  Of course, as is my
way I got there way too late and only caught hi;s last three songs...what's worse is I was late because I got sucked into
watching an episode of "Cops"...seriously.  Sometimes I'm stupid on a level others can't touch.  Anyways, I walked in
to Mac saying "I wrote this song when 'Powerslave' was still on the charts" and then he banged out the great "Tie a
Rope to the Back of the Bus."  That one and the next track "Skip Steps One & Three" were both probably older than
3/4ths of the audience.  He closed the night with the Portastatic song "Noisy Night" - I suppose if you're going to be
stupid enough to arrive late, at least the three songs I did get were good ones. 

I suspect most of the crowd was here for Lonnie Walker, though I didn't conduct a survey or anything - just the vibe
I got.  It was my first time seeing them with the new line-up aka my friend Mike (formerly of the Annuals) now playing
bass for them.  I'm not entirely sure how long this has been going on - I do vaguely recall Mike mentioning it in the past
but that could have been six months or two years ago with the way my memory works.  They haven't lost a beat with
his addition and are still a fantastic live act, even if they are still playing (mostly) the same songs they have been play-
ing for the past half decade.  Don't get me wrong, those are some good songs, but I think we're all ready for a new
record!  There were a couple of songs I didn't know that I assume are new tracks, and they sounded great, so hopefully
something new is on the horizon. 

The final band was Spider Bags, which makes sense because you can't possibly expect anyone else to follow their
live performances.  The club turned every red light in the house on, making the stage look like Kramer's apartment
when they opened that Kenny Rogers Roasters.  The band then scorched through a huge swath of their set, and I was
happy to see so many of the young kids stick around for what is the best (or at least second best after Whatever
Brains) live band in the area.  I often have a lack of words for them, because how much can be said about a straight-
forward rock and roll band like this?  It must be witnessed and felt, not just read about.  Que viva Spider Bags. 



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"I mean, does my scar look like a dog's vagina? You know, maybe. I don't know. I'm not gonna sit here and try and get
inside the mind of a dog. I mean, that's God's work. Well, not that I believe in God. I don't. Not since that Chinaman
stole my kidney."


Four songs from the excellent compilation "Miami Sound: Rare Funk & Soul From Miami 67-74".  I think the title of
the comp pretty much sums up anything I could write here.  
All The People - Cramp Your Style
Della Humphrey - Don't Make The Good Girls Go Bad
Gwen McCrae - 90% Of Me Is You
Helene Smith - A Woman Will Do Wrong

Cate Le Bon - Are You with Me Now.  Both of these tracks are from her 2013 album "Mug Museum," though I came
to each of them seperately from different places online.  Now I need to get the whole damn record and see if they
measure up to these tracks.  
Bonus: I Think I Knew (feat. Perfume Genius)

Holograms - ABC City.  I came to this band from a skate part, a rarity these days but a staple of my childhood.  Cold
Joy Division-esque punk from Sweden that I can't get enough of lately.    
Bonus: Monolith
Bonus: Orpheo

And a few random singles...
Destroyer - Song for America (Live at KEXP).  Great version of the second best song from "Kaputt."  

Don Drummond - Nanny's Corner.  Vintage first wave ska aka one of my single favorite moments in music ever.

Elvis Costello - High Fidelity (Peel Session).  His best song?  Certainly in the running.  Love this version.  

Isley Brothers - Ohio / Machine Gun.  Long soul songs from this era are the best ever in my book...this one, "Ball of
Confusion," "Papa Was a Rolling Stone," all gold.  

Laura Cantrell - All The Girls Are Complicated. I don't know a thing about this gal other than she has an awesome
voice and I love this song.  

Magazine - A Song from Under the Floorboards.  Had never really taken much note of this band until Morrissey
covered this song...now I need to hear more of their catalog.  





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