Two Thousand and Thirteen***
The new year is upon us -
it's time to get down to business. Important business.
Instagrammery of the month.
Burt in the
snow. Cary, NC.
Lichen. Cary, NC.
Mouse, twisted. Cary, NC.
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Linkery of the month.
Lot's of great skote videos this go around...
Zoo York released a short promo
video called "True East" which
I didn't get too excited over until Brandon
Westgate's part at the very end (starts around 6:10), and it is
one of the best things I've seen in years. So many big
ollies! Travis Glover
(starts at 5:13) is also pretty damn good, and also understands the
ollie. Not much from Suski
Vans video set in Hawaii is
noteworthy for multiple reasons: More Julian
Stranger footage than has been re-
leased in years; John Cardiel
skating; Wallos is apparently still skateable, but just barely;
Seriously, did you see
where I mentioned Julian Stranger is skating in this...a lot?!?
A small Dennis Busenitz
interview accompanied by a
fantastic video. Calling a Busenitz video fantastic is
a bit re-
My one photo link - apparently the Ebony
building never got updated from it's seventies glory days, and it
I'd pay a nice chunk of change to be able to tour & photograph this
time capsule of a very different time.
journal for the first time in ages, but I did upload new
Burt and Mouse snaps. I know you've all been waiting
patiently for those.
HOLY SHIT I FINALLY FINISHED UPLOADING ALL MY OLD REVIEWS. It
certainly took me long enough. As for Music reviews
this month - Fuzz, Rosebuds, Rites of Spring, Spider Bags, Starflyer
59, and more.
Two comedy shows in one week! It's like I've died and gone to
laff heaven. We're doing good to get two good comedy
shows in a year around here, and 2013 has provided two good ones in the
first month...my mind is dizzy just thinking
about it. This time out we saw Marc Maron, and in the proper
comedy club of Goodnights. And let it be said that
Goodnights is perfectly fine, but I much prefer seeing comedians in
rock clubs/non-traditional locations.
Regardless of venue, Maron was great. Unlike Hannibal Burress
earlier in the week, Maron doesn't so much tell jokes
as relay humor-inflected stories from his own life. Now how much
is true and how much is embellished for the sake of
humor I have no idea, but it definitely feels more storyteller than
stand-up. My face and sides may not have hurt like they
often do after a comedy show, but I enjoyed it just as much.
(Photo ganked from the onlines - Marc did not perform with a cat.)
Wherein I attempt to review a comedy show, even though I'm bad at not
only reviews but especially at reviewing com-
edy. The review: Hannibal Buress was really
funny. I laughed a lot.
The thing is, live comedy is not the sort of thing I'm going to go into
without already loving the comedian. So barring
disaster, I'm always going to love whoever I go see perform. With
Hannibal, I've listened to his live comedy albums a
number of times (especially "My Name Is Hannibal" from 2010), and
seeing him live very much measured up to those
recordings. The first two-thirds of the show was a typical
stand-up, he tells jokes and we laugh so much it makes your
mouth hurt. The one different part of this gig is Hannibal had a
DJ with him, which seemed dd and awkward him just
hanging out back there for the first part of the set. But for
that last piece, the DJ played an integral part, playing snip-
pets of hip hop songs while Hannibal made fun of the lyrics. That
might sound a little cheeseball but it worked really
well, and might have been the funniest part of the night.
My review continued: Hannibal Buress A+++ comedian, would laugh again.
So there isn't
really any reason for me to write another poorly worded Whatever Brains review, so I'm
going to keep
this brief: they were awesome as always. Slims was packed,
and the band was bleeding into the crowd off of the tiny
stage. It was another two keyboardists performance giving a heavy
carnival punk vibe, I have no idea if this is a perm-
anent arrangement and I doubt the band does either. The highlight
of the night was the final song, when they undertook
a very Whatever Brains-ish cover of the Turtles' "Happy Together" that
they never let end - just when you thought the
song was dying down they would restart it again. They must have
played it three or four times in a row, getting sloppier
and more ridiculous with every pass. It was glorious, and a
perfect example of why I love this band.
"One of these
dogs clamped his jaws on her forearm, he wouldn't let go until the
firemen showed up and had to stick his finger in
his ass." Birds Of Avalon - Earthbound.
An older BoA track, but a keeper.
Bon Iver - Calgary.
I may have posted some songs from the sophomore Bon Iver record
already, but so what. Bonus: Perth.
Bowerbirds - Sweet
Moment. "The Clearing" made my also-ran list of best
records of the year, and it just gets better
with each listen. Ask me in a year and it's likely to be even
higher. Bonus: Tuck the Darkness In.
Dead Boys - All
This And More.
I didn't even bother including "Sonic Reducer" because everyone should
Bonus: What Love Is.
Some random older Daytrotter tracks, as I haven't downloaded any of
their new sessions since they started charging. Gayngs - By
Your Side (Sade cover).
Spoon - The
Ghost of You Lingers.
The Fruit Bats - Singing
Joy to the
World. The Rosebuds - Border
Pujol - Mayday.
I can never decide how I feel about Pujol overall, but I love these two
songs. Bonus: Scully.
Russian Circles - Mlàdek.
Post metal up your post ass. Jesus that is stupid, ignore me
Sloan - Worried
Now. A classic sloan track from my college years that
I had totally forgotten about until recently.
Two Thousand and Thirteen***
HEY LOOK REALLY DUMB & POINTLESS YEAR
(That I absolutely love
making and reading but realize are mostly worthless...but so is
everything else on this website.)
7 records of 2012!!!
(Listed alphabetically, the way
the cool kids do it.)
Gentleman Jesse - Leaving Atlanta
More power pop genius from one of the catchiest songwriters out there
today. No sophomore slump here. I'm Only Lonely What Did I Do Word Gets Around
- Mr. M (Merge) On their 4,653rd
release, Lambchop produces yet another masterpiece. Gone Tomorrow Kind Of
Perfume Genius - Put Your Back N 2 It
If forced to give an answer of my very favorite record of theyear, I'd
probably go with this one. Haunting. It sticks with
you for days after each listen. Hood No
Bags - Shake My Head (Odessa)
This band is the very essence of rock and roll. Friday Night Keys to the City
Spiritualized - Sweet Heart, Sweet
Light (Fat Possum) More
brilliant orchestral pop from the master - he sees music on a scale
most can't fathom. Life
Is A Problem So
Long You Pretty Thing
Terry Malts - Killing Time
(Slumberland) I listened to this super obsessively for
the first half of the year; not as much on the back end but it's still
a great release. I Do Something About You Waiting Room
Whatever Brains - Whatever Brains
(Sorry State) I
always call this band unclassifiable, and never has that been more true
than on their latest vaguely art-punk record. Embedded In A Tree I'm Going Martin
Honorable mentions of 2012
(Also in alphabetical
order, and split into two parts - the "almost made it to the top"
group and the "almost made it to
the group that almost made it to the top" group.)
Group One: Allo Darlin' - Europe (Slumberland) Chromatics - Kill for Love
(Italians Do It Better)
El-P - Cancer 4 Cure (Fat Possum)
Hunx - Hairdresser Blues (Hardly
Jeff the Brotherhood - Hypnotic Nights
(Warner Bros) Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music
Tuff - King Tuff (Sub Pop) La
Sera - Sees the Light (Hardly Art) Jason
Lytle - Dept. of Disappearance
(Anti) The Sea and Cake - Runner (Thrill Jockey)
Aesop Rock - Skelethon (Rhymesayers)
Best Coast - The Only Place (Mexican Summer)
Bowerbirds - The Clearing (Dead Oceans)
Ed Schrader's Music Beat - Jazzmind (Load)
Gross Ghost – Brer Rabbit (Grip Tapes)
Hiss Golden Messenger - Poor Moon (Tompkins Square)
Nate Hall - A Great River (Neurot)
Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d. City (Aftermath)
Mean Jeans - On Mars (Dirtnap)
Moonface (With Siinai) - Heartbreaking Bravery (Jagjaguwar)
Nada Surf - The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy (Barsuk)
OFF! - OFF! (Vice)
Spider Fever - Spider Fever (Windian)
Ty Segall Band - Slaughterhouse (In the Red)
Reissues of 2012 Lee
Hazlewood – The LHI Years: Singles, Nudes and Backsides
(1966-71) (Light in the Attic)
Boyd Rivers - You Can't Make Me Doubt (Mississippi)
(Not technically a reissue as the music had never been re-
leased, but it was recorded 30ish years ago.)
And of course all the Archers of Loaf and Superchunk stuff...
5 Records That Might Have Made The
List If I Had Gotten Around To Listening To Them Because
There Are Just Too Many Goddamn Records Out And I Only Have Two Ears:
Clinic - Free Reign (Domino)
The Evens - The Odds (Dischord)
Neil Halstead - Palindrome Hunches (Brushfire)
The Intelligence - Everybody's Got It Easy But Me (In the Red)
Oneida - A List of the Burning Mountains (Jagjaguwar)
15 songs of 2012!!!
Allo Darlin' - Capricornia
Chromatics - These Streets Will Never Look the Same
El-P - Oh Hail No
Father John Misty - Nancy from Now On
Fucked Up - Year of the Tiger
Islands - This Is Not A Song
Jeff the Brotherhood - Sixpack
Killer Mike - Reagan
King Tuff - Bad Thing
La Sera - Break My Heart
Steve Moore - Enhanced Humanoid
Nada Surf - Waiting For Something
Perfume Genius - Hood
The Sea and Cake - On and On
Spiritualized - So Long You Pretty Thing
And as a bonus, even though it's a few decades old, the song
I listened to more than any other this year...
by a large margin:
Bobby Charles - I Must Be in a Good Place Now
All of these songs are sitting in a zip file you can download here.
Best Shows of
(Again, in alphabetical order, mostly out of laziness in not wanting to
think about ranking them.) The Afghan Whigs at the Cat's Cradle -
. The first of three "bucket list" shows I saw this year.
"light show" was sone blinding bullshit but they sounded amazing.
Hopscotch Music Festival in downtown
Raleigh - 9/6 to 9/8/2012 (reviews of day one here,
day two here,
I'm just lumping this whole thing together as one entry because
everything I saw was great, but the highlights
were Jon Mueller's Death Blues, Screaming Females, Built to Spill, The
Mountain Goats death metal covers, Oneida,
and especially the combination of Nobunny and Danny Brown playing
back-to-back. Photos for Day
These are listed alphabetically because I can't even comprehend how to
compare one film's awesomeness to another.
"Beasts of the Southern Wild"
had the best cinematography and incited the most emotion. I also
watched it in a the-
ater all by myself. "Cabin in
the Woods" had the biggest surprises and twists, and was the
best written. So glad I
managed not to spoil the ending for myself before watching. "Django Unchained" was the love story
of the year. And
as an added bonus, asses got kicked. But not nearly as many asses
as in "The Raid: Redemption",
which is nothing
but ass kicking from start to finish..."Die Hard" meets hyper-stylized
10 honorable mentions of 2012 (in
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
Sleepwalk With Me
5 movies I saw this year that
came out in a different year
The House of the Devil (2009)
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
Take Shelter (2011)