Links - Got a whole shitload of skate videos worth watching...
Anonymous Zone - I wouldn't normally pay attention to a video from Monster and I'd never heard of What Youth before this, but you give me a video that has skating from Ishod, Raven, Ramondetta and Kevin Terpening, and I don't give a shit who makes it.
5BNY - To be perfectly honest I usually forget all about 5Boro, but like everyone else these days the whole team rips. Everyone is great but I especially liked the parts by Tookmanian & Trahan.
been so goddamn lazy about going out to shows lately. Yeah, I could
blame it a little bit on having a new baby, and I'm certainly a little
more tired than in the past, but let's be honest the wife does way more
work than I do. The main culprit is just pure laziness. In fact, I
skipped seeing Bodykit a couple of days before this performance because I
knew I would be seeing them on this night.
Anyways, Bodykit - if you don't know the name, just know it's the new band featuring
Rich and Josh from the amazing Whatever Brains (R.I.P.). Rich traded in
his guitar for a bunch of knob-twiddling electronic gear, while Josh
traded in his knob-twiddling electronic gear for...actually, he's still
doing the same thing, minus the keyboards. Rich still sings, if you can
call his brand of shouting and growling singing. Given the make-up of
the band I expected it to be a lot more noisy and dissonant, but these
were more or less pop songs draped in velvet curtains of noise and
beats. I'm not saying they sound like Liars, but they at least sound
like they might shop at the same store or go to the same barber. Also, I
know so little about this particular of genre of music I have no idea
who else to compare them with. Regardless of compartmentalization, I
will happily see them again.
a three piece from Austin, had the middle slot of the night. After a
quick soundcheck they lurched right into their set with little fanfare
or small talk. I've seen them one other time - with almost this same
exact line-up, except it was Whatever Brains instead of Bodykit - and
they were just as enjoyable live this time around. They're just two
guitars and drums, and musically I guess you'd say they're doing sort of
a caveman protopunk thing, or whatever you want to call it. A lot of
the time (or at least at the best times) their sound makes me think of
the Cramps covering Devo, or maybe Devo covering the Cramps...but with
different vocals. All three dudes sing, sometimes all at the same time,
and they all roughly have the same monotone sound...I'm not sure it
sounds good on paper but it works on stage.
It's rare these days I suffer through two opening sets, but Protomartyr are totally worth it. It also helps that the openers were great, and
neither played for very long. I'm not sure what I could say about this
outing that would set it apart from the other times I've written about
the band - they are wholly dependable in every sense of the word, from
the set list to the outstanding musicianship to the slightly rowdy crowd
(Rich from Bodykit is always in the middle of the rowdyness, and quite
possibly the instigator). As always, you can't take your eyes off of
frontman Joe Casey, though I'd have an extremely hard time explaining
why. He looks like a recently fired private school teacher busted for
drinking on the job, and sings like the love child of Mark E. Smith and a
depressed bassett hound. I'll be goddamned if they're not one of my
very favorite live bands of the last half-decade. I simultaneously have
no idea how to sell anyone else on this band, or how anyone manages to
get by without Protomartyr in their life.
had been sick for a damn week, already missing Eric Bachmann at the
Pinhook even though I already had a ticket - I wasn't doing that again,
health be damned...this Low ticket was getting cashed in. On top of
that, outside of their appearance at Hopscotch in 2013, they haven't
played in the Triangle since I moved back in 2008 - even more of a
reason to make sure I was there. That Hopscotch gig was a seated show
in the sonically perfect Flether Opera Theater and will likely never be
topped, but I knew I'd get a good show at the Cradle as well, because
the Cradle never dis- appoints (even though the crowd often does).
band had no opener, instead opting to play two sets. Apparently it was
also being webcast live, though I question the quality of this webcast
based on how crappy the camera was that the cameraman near me was
using. I would describe the club as "comfortably full," as there were a
fair amount of fans but everyone had plenty of personal space. The
band sounded absolutely terrific - Alan was wrecking shit on his
guitar, Mimi's voice was perfection, and the young bass/keyboard dude
who isn't Zak Sally held the whole thing together. The set was a mix of
old classics like "Monkey," "Murderer," "Especially Me," and "Pissing,"
and a lot of tracks from their newest record "Ones and Sixes." I was
so zoned out and happy most of the show I forgot about how shitty I
felt, though about halfway through the second set I started feeling it
again for sure.
Side note: if you hate
getting sick, let me suggest that you not have a newborn baby in daycare
and also fly about ten times in the span of a month and a half during
the Winter. I've had more colds in the last two months than I usually
have over a span of years.
"You know, they say when you talk to God it's prayer, but when God talks to you, it's schizophrenia."
Dinosaur Jr - Unplugged - Lydverket (3-28-2007). Description says it all - this a zipped file of an unplugged set by J Mascis and company.
Grateful Dead - Box Of Rain. Hippies unite! "American Beauty" is a damn near perfect country rock record. Bonus: Friend of the Devil Bonus: Ripple
Mandolin Orange - Little Worlds. While they seem to be very popular in some circles, I'm always surprised that this duo doesn't get more love from people I know. They write great songs. Bonus: Old Ties and Companions
Sloan - I Am The Cancer. Every Sloan record has at least a couple of songs that are pop perfection. Bonus: Lemonzinger
Spider Bags - Dog in the Snow. From their singles collection. All of their songs should be singles. Bonus: Teenage Eyes
The Scientists - Bet Ya Lyin'. A whole shitload from Australia's greatest band, the Scientists. "Last Night" in par- ticular is one of my favorite songs of all time. Bonus: Larry Bonus: Last Night Bonus: Walk The Plank
The Thought Criminals - More Suicides, Please. I have nothing of note to say about this other than it's great. Which is kinda the whole point of posting it here.