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***February Twenty Eighth Two Thousand and Eighteen***   



I think we're all ready for spring.  Especially the sex dolls.  God help those poor, bedraggled sex dolls.  


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Links -

Slow month for Instagram...everything decent I posted was when we were in Mexico.  See that page, along with two
other pages of photos from that trip on the
photo journal directory.  

A few things worth watching...

With the implosion of Cliche a couple of years ago, it looks like Flo Mirtain finally found a new home at Habitat,
and put out a great welcome part.  Why it took a dude as good as him so long is beyond me, but I'm just happy to see
new footage.  

Hiroki Muraoka put out some damn fine footage for Traffic...it's quite fitting this guy is hooked up by Ricky Oyola.  
I don't know what it is with these quick-footed Japanese dudes, but I can't get enough of it.  

Not a skate part per se, but this mini-doc on Nora Vasconcellos by Adidas is enjoyable.  Not only is she great on a
skateboard, but she seems like a pretty damn interesting person off of it.  


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Movies -

At the first of the year I decided I was going to try and average watching a movie a day for all of 2018.  So far so good,
but I'm about to start a new job where I'm rarely going to get to work from home so it's gonna get a lot tougher...anyways,
here is my report for the month of February...32 movies in 28 days, for a total of 65 in 59 days.    

Best of the month:
Wind River (2017)
Worst of the month:
Raw Meat (aka Death Line) (1972)
Most ridiculous CGI: when the creatures in Tremors 2: Aftershocks (1996) stack on top of each other
Least intelligible dialogue in an otherwise decent movie:
Miami Vice (2006)
Best Chevy Chase impression: Joel McHale in
A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2018)
Movie that could have been cut in half and it still would have been too long: Knightriders (1981)
Film most likely to get the song "Strange Brew" stuck in your head for a week:
Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars
(2018)
Biggest biscuit:
CB4 (1993)
Least believable wigwork: Marky Mark in
Rock Star (2001)
Everything else: Swingers (1996), David Bowie: The Last Five Years (2017), Rough Night (2017), American Heart
(1992), Eden Lake (2008), Freejack (1992), The Family (2016), It (2017), Mindhorn (2016), Sample This (2012),
Chris Rock - Tamborine (2018), Strong Island (2017), Heroin(e) (2017), The Car (1977), Do Not Resist (2017), Todd
Glass - Act Happy (2018), Atomic Homefront (2018), Winnie (2018), UHF (1989), Warren Jeffs: Prophet of Evil
(2018), Fred Armisen: Standup for Drummers (2018), Atomic Blonde (2017), A United Kingdom (2016)

Since I forgot to post it last month, here are the results for January - I managed 33 over 31 days.

Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond (2017), Superman IV (1987), Belko Experiment (2017), Motherland (2017), The
Crazies (1973), Sully (2016), Dunkirk (2017), The Untold Stories of Armistead Maupin (2017), A Cure for Wellness
(2017), The B-Side (2016), The Meyerowitz Stories (2017), Second Sight (1989), Cameraperson (2016), The Polka
King (2018), Truth and Lies: Waco (2018), Totem (2017), Good Time (2017), Unrest (2017), Chasing Train (2017),
XTC: This Is Pop (2017), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (2017), Baltimore Rising (2017), WALL-E (2008), Tideland
(2005), Goon: Last of the Enforcers (2017), War Machine (2017), Chuck (2017), Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017),
Snatched (2017), War for the Planet of the Apes (2017), All Eyez On Me (2017), Logan Lucky (2017), The Girl on the
Train (2017)


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Bat Fangs
With Pipe & Solar Halos
Cat’s Cradle Back Room
2/3/2018

Bat Fangs were one of my favorite new acts from Hopscotch 2017, and when the pseudo-local duo (drummer Laura
King is from Chapel Hill, best known for her work with Flesh Wounds, while guitarist Betsy Wright, also of Ex Hex, is
from the DC area) announced this record release show I bought a ticket right away.  And a good thing too, because
the damn thing ended up selling out!

I got there in time to see the last couple of songs from Solar Halos, one of those local groups I've been meaning to
check out for ages but, you know, laziness or something prevented me.  I liked what I saw - the three piece was doing
sort of a space metal thing (is that a thing?), and I recognized one of the members as being from Fin Fang Foom. 
Minimal (and non-Cookie Monster) vocals, good guitar work, heavy but not overbearing.  I'll have to make more of an
effort to catch them again, or at least not drag in late if they're opening a bill I'm already planning on attending. 

Much to my great delight, I got to see Pipe again.  Much to my even greater delight, they're still the same band playing
the same songs I've loved for the last 20+ years.  They really don't need a review at this point - the gist as always is
catchy, sloppy punk with a charismatic singer (Ron Liberti) who is damn funny.  As always, Ron is very quotable - he
kicked off with "We’ve got 12 [songs] tonight - pace yourselves accordingly!"; at some point he commented out of the
blue "I heard Buddy Holly died last night"; and then for reasons that likely only make sense in his brain, he let everyone
know "If you don’t love the moon, get the fuck out."  I need to remember to write down his nonsense every time I see
these guys. This was just the tip of the iceberg. 

If Bat Fangs aren't already sponsored by Adidas, they should be - between the matching shoes and their love of the
brand's signature track suits, you couldn't ask for better advertisement.  Given this was the release of their debut
album, you can probably guess that most of their set was them playing their new self-titled record.  Betsy Wright is a
natural as a front woman - tons of stage presence, a boatload of charisma, and, as always, bonus points for looking
like OG Pat Benatar.  At some point a shitload of balloons got released into the crowd, so it felt like we were cele-
brating catchy-ass songs and a winning election at the same time.  They closed the evening in grand fashion - a cover
of Poison's "Talk Dirty To Me."  You might think that an odd choice, but go back and give that song another listen -
hairspray and ridiculous spandex outfits aside, that's a fuckin' gem of a pop song. 



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I make it a rule never to get involved with possessed people."

Built Like Alaska - Burnin' Mine.  This band is a true Central Valley (California) lost gem.  From my favorite record
of theirs "Hopalong."  They fittingly opened for Grandaddy all the time, but had a heavy...I dunno, Sparklehorse edge to
them from time to time.  
Graft Vs. Host
Meat On Your Bones
Mistake #2

Elliott Smith - A Fond Farewell.  I still think all the time about seeing Smith at the Great American Music Hall in SF a
couple of months before he passed...it was a mess, he couldn't remember the words.  Some of the crowd was angry
and booing, but I think most just felt sad...I know I did.  
A Passing Feeling
King's Crossing
Pretty (Ugly Before)
Twilight

Matthew Sweet - Everything Changes.  After years of not listening to him, I've been heavy back into Matthew Sweet
the past few months.  Goddamn he could write some pop songs.  
Sick Of Myself
We're The Same

Scud Mountain Boys - Holy Ghost.  I never liked Scud as much as the Pernice material, but it's still worth a listen.  
Penthouse In The Woods





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