<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Other photos - A few more from the medium format
film developed from our trip to Mexico
back in November.
View of the other ruins from the
top of the largest pyramid in Ek Balam,
Colorful buildings in Valladolid
Colorful buildings in Valladolid
Links - The Paris Time Capsule Apartment
- apparently this is old as my wife scoffed at me for not having seen
but in case other folks are equally in the dark they apparently located
an apartment in Paris that had been left furnished
and untouched for over 70 years.
A Dude’s Guide To Making Out With A Beer
Bottle - I post this not because it's particularly funny or
because Buzzfeed used a photo from this website of former columnist
American Starship Eagle suckling beer from a
baby bottle. Never have I been so proud, and never has the
Eagle's political aspirations been more ruined.
Major time was spent on the Photo
journal entries from our trip to Quebec. Three
seperate entries for Montreal,
Quebec City, and Saguenay.
The Music reviews
for this month are very sparse, but I dug new releases by Camera
Obscura, Speedy Ortiz, Odonis
Odonis, Airstrip, Mikal Cronin, and a few others.
& Sebastian Salle
just gotta get on an airplane and fly to a foreign country to see a
twee Scottish band play. Belle & Sebastian were going on a North
American tour but not coming anywhere near the wife and I, so we
would have to go to them. I love the band quite a bit but the
wife is a super fan, and it had been a long time since we
had last seen Belle & Sebastian perform live. The most
interesting of the tour locations was Montreal, and hell we'd
always wanted to visit Quebec, so why not make a vacation out of
After a few days
of touristing around, we made our way to Place des Arts - specifically
the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier theater -
to see the B&S. The venue was pretty neat - it looked like
what they thought the future would be like in the sixties.
Imagine the sort of place they might have filmed scenes from "Logan's
Run" in, or if the cast of Star Trek ever attended
a concert. Our seats were pretty good for a venue this size, near
the very front of the second level (there were four
levels if I remember correctly).
After an opening
act that was a little too close to jam band for my tastes, Belle &
Sebastian took the stage. There was
twelve of them at the most, though a couple would wander on and off the
stage depending on the song. They performed
with a small string section in addition to all their usual players, and
of course Stuart Murdoch leading the charge, charm-
ing the pants off of all the ladies (and some of the men). Since
they had no new release to support, they played songs
from all across their catalog, including many of my favorites - "Stars
of Track and Field," Dirty Dream Number Two,"
"Piazza, New York Catcher," "The Boy with the Arab Strap," "Judy and
the dream of Horses," and their encore is my
all-time favorite B&S song, "Get Me Away from Here, I'm
Dying." Even though it was a seated show there was a fair
amount of dancing in the aisles, not to mention the couple of times
Stuart invited the crowd up on the stage with the
band. The whole event was a delight, a goddamn delight, and I
didn't regret traveling to see it in the least.
Kinane with Sean Patton and Nate Craig Goodnights 6/25/2013
Kinane came through town and even though it was at the
comedy club, it was a one night stand more similar to
the type of comedy shows that usually happens at Kings. The
openers were all traveling with him, and it flt more like
one of those intimate nights than a typical evening at a comedy
club. As per usual this is more for documentation
reasons than actually reviewing the show, because I have no idea how
you would even review a comedy show. Kinane
was very, very funny, and if you've seen his specials and enjoyed him
you definitely would not be disappointed with him
live. Lots of tales of drunkenness and talk of aging hipsters,
his usual fare.
Patton had the middle slot, and I wouldn't have had any idea
who he was but he had a Comedy Central special
just the weekend before and that was hilarious so getting to see him
was an added bonus. He has a great rambling off
the cuff style, which may be very formulated, but it feels like he's
just riffing on whatever random topic comes into his
head. There was a fair amount of New Orleans talk, where he is
from. Id 'definitely see him again.
The opener and
MC was Nate Craig - I knew nothing of
him but he turned out to be hilarious, even if I can't recall what
the hell he talked about. I know there was a lot of discussion
about him being broke, which I would expect as the opener
is an are he knows quite well. It's not often I love even the
opener, so it was noteworthy to me.
Bags with Flesh Wounds The Pinhook 6/14/2013
Flesh Wounds may not be
considered a side-project of Last Year's Men per se, but to dumb
schmoes like me it's the
easiest way to categorize them. Singer Montgomery Morris is the
crossover member, but the other two Flesh Wounds
member have done time in well regarded local outfits. Either way,
the band is a good time and I was glad I finally got a
chance to see them after a number of close calls. They set up on
the floor in front of the stage and proceeded to rock
everyone's balls off in a very unlit fashion that made photography next
to impossible. Of course the band could give
two shits about such things, as it should be - they just play their
grimy garage punk and everything else be damned.
I picked up their cassette after the show, and it's a fine
listen. I'll definitely be seeing these guys again.
What can you
really say about Spider Bags that wither I
haven't already said or someone else said much better?
Along with Whatever Brains, these two bands are the very essence of
rock and roll locally. And as great as their re-
cordings are, the live shows of both bands have played a huge part in
bringing joy to my life many, many times these
last few years. Much to the pleasure of my being able to use my
camera, the band actually left the lights on for this
show, which was a change from the last few times I've seen them play
this year. They put on a raucous good show as
always, but i don't think it's even in their bones to put forth a
subpar performance. Oh, and the gig was a release party
for their collection of singles being released as a long player, which
of course I picked up. A much easier format to
listen to their non-album tracks than on seven inches.
"Man, that opening
party was incredible. Check out the pictures on Myspace. There's one of
me eating cheese off
some girl's titties."
JEFF the Brotherhood - Hypnotic
Their record from last year "Hypnotic Nights" was a sligh step back
their previous couple of efforts in total, but not these songs.
These songs shred.
Lee Hazlewood - No
Train to Stockholm.
My all-time favorite Hazlewood song, I've been listening to this single
track obsessively for years now.
Ralph Stanley - Daddy's
Getting kind of eclectic in this group...I'm not entirely sure I have
words to justify Ralph Stanley. Legend.
Girls, City Lights.
Stereolab - Margerine
There was a point in my life when Stereolab was more important than
of air, water and shelter. That time was 1995 to 1999 or
thereabouts. These songs are not from that period, but still
Young People - Collection.
I think back on this first Young People demo more than I actually
listen to it, but pretty
much every song is stellar, and I would point to this record as one of
the more influential on the direction of my musical
Aims To Please.
Here is a bunch of Papas Fritas songs. This band
should have been much, MUCH more popular. Holiday. Let's Go Down To The Town Oasis.
Passion Play. Questions.