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***February Twenty Ninth Two Thousand and Sixteen***



I am so excited for daylight savings and having light after work I can almost taste it.  


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Instagrams -


Sunbeam addict.  Cary, NC.  


Date night.  Cary, NC.  


This was good Mexican food.  Florida City, FL.


Late christmas present.  Cary, NC.  


Six months!  Cary, NC.  


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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.

Dylan Witkin - A Concrete Forest - It's entirely possible that the main reason I love this part is the Cure song, but the
dude shreds too.  

Brent Atchley - Portland Public Skating - Still one of the greatest styles ever, still shredding.  

Rajput Ride - Another travel skate documentary from Michael Mackrodt & company, this one filmed in India.  I could
watch these videos all day, they combine my two favorite things in the world.  

Kevin Bradley - Nike SB Chronicles, Vol 3 - One of the young kids who makes me not worry about the future of
skateboarding.  Great style.  Not a huge Alabama Shakes fan but the song really works here.  

Wieger Van Wageningen - Wieger - Wieger locks into ledge tricks for so long it makes me question the laws of
gravity and friction.  

I've actually written a few 
Music Reviews this past month.  Dan Sartain is the leader in the clubhouse for this year...
so far.  

One photo journal entry of the kid that I doubt anyone other than our families would give a shit about, but there it is
just in case.  



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Protomartyr
with Spray Paint and Bodykit
Cat's Cradle Back Room
2/16/2016

I've 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.  

Spray Paint, 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.  


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Low
The Cat's Cradle
2/3/2015

I 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).  

The 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.  


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"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.  





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