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***July Sixteenth Two Thousand and Eight***



It might just be me, but everytime I look at the above advertisement all I can think of is Edie McClurg.   Not  that there  is
anything wrong with that, obviously.



King Khan & the Shrines
Local 506
6/30/08

I've been to a lot of shows, and I'm racking my brain but I think this might have been the first one that involved a cheer-
leader/dancer as one of the members. 


It was a packed show, and I'm not referring to the crowd (though that was healthy in size) - counting King Khan and the
pom-pom pal, there were ten band members piled onto the small Local 506 stage.  Depending on where you were
standing, there were some members you couldn't even see...for me, it was one of the horn blowers and the percussion
dude in the back...really, god knows who else they had stuffed on that box. 


I placed myself up at the very front so as to take my shitty photos, and soon thereafter most of the crowd crammed in
around me.  You'd think there was a contest being held on how uncomfortably close you can stand next to the people
around you even though there was plenty of room to spread out; this game is sometimes called "drunk asshole", and
there were a lot of contestants this night.  Certainly more than I would have expected given the size of the crowd, pro-
portionally speaking; and as per usual, it only takes a couple of these douchemongers to ruin the experience for every-
one.


But enough bellyaching - I wasn't going to let a few bad apples ruin my good time, and luckily King Khan and his top-
notch Shrines but on suck a goddamn blistering performance that the asshole distractions were few and far between.  

This was a serious dance fest, the most danciest good time I've been to in ages.  Nearly the entire crowd was moving
and shaking and the King seemed to be feeding off of it.  They played pretty much their entire newish "Greatest Hits"
record, and probably a few others to boot...I was too busy shaking my tailfeathers to care really. 

Let's touch briefly on the Shrines - they were a regular United Colors of Benetton out there, hailing from France and
Germany and possibly the US...and maybe Canada!  Yes, that Canada!  They were straight killing it from start to
finish, so tight that you'd think you had been transported back 40 years to some manner of "Sock hop" or whatever
it was the kids were into in those days. 

It was a glorious time, so goddamn killer that all the coked-up asshole underage frat boy crowd dicks in the world
couldn't have wiped the smile off my face after the show ended. 

I actually took photos with my real camera...see the results below:

              

              


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"You know, this is the way we eat in America. I got my meat, I got my potatoes, I got my vegetables, I got my dessert,
and I don't even have to wash the dishes.'


Dizzee Rascal - Where's Da G's.  Let's be honest, Dizzee poses a question we've all asked ourselves at some
point or another.

KG - Sex Toy Box.  Kevin, I still have your CD of this...

Liars - Clear Island.  The new Liars record is easily the best since the first, maybe even better than that one.
Bonus: Cycle Time

Nada Surf - Hyperspace.  Couple of tracks from the sophomore effort by this now near-perfect pop band. 
Bonus: Slow Down

Radar Bros. - Is That Blood.  I listened to the CD these tracks are from, The Fallen Leaf Pages, a lot while driving
around Death Valley.  It was rather fitting, really.
Bonus: To Remember.

The Constantines - Nighttime Anytime (It's Alright).   One of the best bands working these days...their albums just
get better and better.  Top notch Talking Heads cover to boot.
Bonus: Thank You for Sending Me an Angel (Talking Heads cover)

The Secret Machines - Astral Weeks (Van Morrison cover).  I don't think you'd even notice this was a Van Morrison
if someone didn't tell you.

Uzeda - This Heat.   Love the music of Uzeda, absolutely love it...but I'm pretty lukewarm on the vocals.  Depends on my
mood.
Bonus: What I Meant When I Called Your Name





***July First Two Thousand and Eight***




I am the slowest website updater of all time.  Here is a show review, there are a couple of photo journals posted, and
plenty of rockin' songs below. 



Swervedriver
with The Nein

Cat's Cradle
6/6/08

I've thought about this little write-up for a while, not really knowing what to say. Since I've moved back to North Carolina,
I've made it out to exactly two shows, and both of them have been “reunion” affairs. I don't know if this says more about
me getting old or that more bands are reuniting these days...probably both. It was also a reunion of sorts with some good
friends, Brian and Ivan, friends who were influential into turning me onto this band some twelve years ago or so. Now we
were three old men going to see the live performance of a band that broke up ten years ago.


You'd never have known it was ten years ago Swervedriver released their last record, based on the show I saw this fine
evening. Maybe they never lost it, or maybe they just re-found it since the tour had started out west before it made it's
way here; whatever the reason, they were as goddamn tight and powerful as the bulging ass muscle on a female
bodybuilder. The crowd wasn't huge – the Cradle was about half-full – but those that were there were ecstatic at what
they were witnessing. As far as the songs played, like always I'm terrible with track names but they hit across all their
full-length releases fairly evenly; it should come as no surprise that the crowd was most animated anytime a song from
“Mezcal Head” came up, and much to my personal delight a lot of my favorites from “99
th Dream” got the live treatment
as well.


It was a fantastic show by one of my all-time favorite bands, and the smiles on both Brian and Ivan's faces when the
gig let out told me I wasn't alone in these feelings. One can only hope the band decides to build on this tour, maybe
write some new songs, put out a new record, go on another tour...hey, an old nostalgic man can dream.


Also worth noting were openers The Nein – they seemed awful familiar to me, reminding me a lot of another local
group, The White Octave, that I was a big fan of before I moved away years ago. Turns out the two bands have a
number of members in common, and by “a number” I mean somewhere between one (the minimum) and three (the
maximum) and I'm too lazy to research the exact number. Either way, they have a similar sound to their parent band,
a blend of Cursive and Fugazi and NC-style indie rock, a nice mixture as far as I'm concerned and certainly worth check-
ing out if you've never seen them before.





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"Look at me. I'm fat, black, can't dance, and I have two gay fathers. People have been messing with me my whole life.
I learned a long time ago there's no sense getting all riled up every time a bunch of idiots give you a hard time. In the
end, the universe tends to unfold as it should. Plus I have a really large penis. That keeps me happy."

Punk Rock Mix!
Well, most of it is punk at least.  Some old, some new, a little garage thrown in there as well. 

Boys Club - This Is My Face
The Clorox Girls - Le Banana Split
Dow Jones & The Industrials - Can't Stand The Midwest
Final Solutions - Fake Puke
Final Solutions - In A Coma
Final Solutions - My Love Is Disappointing
Final Solutions - Tammy
Gentleman Jesse & His Men - I Don't Wanna Know
Nervous Patterns - You Can't Change
The Functional Blackouts - Tick Tick Tick
The Invisible Eyes - Funny Feeling
The Invisible Eyes - No Words





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