Stevie Perez got a new pro shoe on Lakai, and put out a promo vid to promote/celebrate the event. I was kinda in- different to this guy when he first came on the scene, but the last year or so everything he has released has been gold.
Sam Chao released a new short video of SF ripping called All Damn Day. I have no idea who he is, but he has a bunch of Crailtap dudes in there ripping so you go Sam. Stick around to the very end to actually see the extremely rare sight of Rick Howard skating!
Peter Hewitt released a new part for Spitfire. Excellent tranny skating from start to finish, but my god that last trick... an alley oop eggplant over a channel? It's hard to fuckin' comprehend.
journal entry again, this from our recent yearly trip to Topsail Beach to hang with the family.
Jenny Besetzt with No One Mind, Enemy Waves, and Konvoi
It had been forever since I'd been to a show...two months
maybe? Probably Moogfest was my last outing...apparently I only go to
shows in Durham now. And what better way to throw yourself back in to
the scene than to attend a four band show, and be there from the very
start? Actually, there are a lot of better ways, but that's what I
The reason for getting there so early? Konvoi,
an actual good band from Boone. The idea of there being a group from
Boone that I would ever give a shit about was a foreign concept growing
up just down the road from that hippie haven, where most of the live
entertainment involved groups with names like Mushroom Gravy Funk
Concern, Quilted Pants Family Band, and Patchouli Joe & the Broken
Volkswagen Transmissions. Instead, you get a four piece of young dudes
who are more (early) Whatever Brains than Widespread Panic. They had a
dark vibe to them as well, reminiscent of Ex-Cult or Pop. 1280...lots of
distorted vocals and minor chords. Some call it art punk I guess.
They've only released a cassette so far, and I no longer own a cassette
player since selling my old Subaru, but you can listen online if you're
so inclined...and I'll definitely be seeing them again.
would probably count as the main reason I left the house tonight. For
whatever reason, every time they play it's opposite other plans I have
or I'm out of town or some such shit - luckily tonight worked out in my
favor. Three-fourths of Enemy Waves might be made up of Birds of Avalon
members, but you would never confuse the two groups from their sound -
this outfit is instrumental and pretty goddamn jazzy. Jazzy in that
mid-90s Thrill Jockey sort of way mind you, not classic hard bop or
anything. Their sets used to feel a lot more freeform, but it had been a
while since the last time I saw them live and now the performance is
much more structured. They started and ended their night with more
traditional "rock" jams (with a bit of a kraut backbone), but in the
middle they had both saxophones out, squawking a very fanciful
fashion...sounded great. Those dudes really know how to blow a horn.
I'm really stoked it finally worked out that I got to see them again.
I didn't know anything about
No One Mind,
the third band of the night. My friend Paul said "It's the Toddlers,
basically," but I'm not sure if that was a reference to their sound, the
band members, or maybe both. To be honest I don't really remember the
Toddlers but I'm pretty sure I saw them live a time or two, they played a
ton a few years back. Once they took the stage I did notice Missy from
Love Language and Birds of Avalon (and god knows how many other bands)
in the group, but that was the limit to my knowledge. The band turned
down the lights, manned their own per- sonal light show set up at their
feet, and then proceeded to play what I would most generically describe
as dark indie pop. Not that the band was generic, just my effort of
describing them. My first reaction was it reminded me of Arcade Fire,
and I know to a lot of people that might sound like an insult but fuck
it, that first Arcade Fire record was damn good. No One Mind seems like
an act to keep an eye on, wouldn't be at all surprised if they got a
little buzz behind them.
At this point, it was time for the last act Jenny Besetzt,
and goddamn was I tired. They were there to celebrate the release of
their new full-length "Tender Madness," and I loved everything I heard
but after a few songs my ass had to bow out before I collapsed from
lazinessitis and old leg syndrome. They're a good pairing with No One
Mind, both are in the general frame of dark indie pop, with keyboards
playing a large role in each band. One of the most
noticeable/ interesting aspect of Jenny Besetzt are the deep, almost Ian
Curtis-like vocals; they kinda have a classic Echo & the
Bunnymen/Psychedelic Furs vibe. What's not to like about that? Next
time I see them hopefully they won't be the fourth group of the night.
"Pain or damage don't end the world. Or despair or fucking beatings. The
world ends when you're dead. Until then, you got more punishment in
store. Stand it like a man... and give some back."
Courtney Barnett - Depreston. Hey, an actual popular artist that plays on SNL and is known by (at least some of) the masses that I actually really like! Elevator Operator Pedestrian At Best
Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks - Houston Hades. Pavement is an all-time favorite but I don't listen to Malkmus' solo work as often as I should, considering it sounds just like Pavement with a tad more guitar histrionics. Lariat
Sturgill Simpson - The Promise. There's a reason Sturgill has been getting so much hype the last couple of years... it's well deserved. Dude is on another plane. Turtles All the Way Down
Swearin' - Dust In The Gold Sack. I'm not sure if Swearin' is a still a thing or not, now that singer Allison Crutchfield is
signed as solo artist with Merge, but I expect good things from
her in the future regardless. Swearin' was great live. Here to Hear Unwanted Place
Teenage Fanclub - Catholic Education 2. Fanclub's first record gets lost in the shuffle sometimes, it's a little more shoegaze slacker rock than the perfect pop band they would become...but I still love it. Just not as much. Everything Flows
Them - Don't Look Back. Hot take of the day: Van Morrison was much better with Them than he ever was solo. Gloria