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***July Thirty First Two Thousand and Eighteen***   



Courtesy of Brian W.  I have no words.  Other than horny.  


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The many faces of insanity.  Cary, NC.  


Angry skies.  Wrightsville Beach, NC.  


Inland empire.  Wrightsville Beach, NC.  


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Links -

A new Gilbert Crockett part is music to my ears.  This is from the Quasi video "Mother."  He seems to be trying to
keep giant pant cuffs in style all by himself, and he's so damn good he might actually pull it off.     

Girl Skateboards but out a new tour(ish) video called "Out For A Rip," which seems to mostly take place in Canada
(hence the name).  Notably, a ton of Rick McCrank footage...I love Rick McCrank footage.

Just a few 
music reviews this month...not really been inspired by enough new music to bother writing about it.  Quite
liking that Rolling Blackouts though.  

I've got a metric shit-ton of band photos to edit...nothing in the photo journal this month, but plenty next month
hopefully.    



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Movies -

We’re truckin’ along nicely - 32 out of 31 for July, which equals 221 in 212 after seven months.  I really loaded up on
re-watching “classics” this go around, especially the last week or so.  Guess I’ve been feeling nostalgic.

Best of the month (that I've likely already seen a ton of times): Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Best of the month (that was actually new to me): Pork Pie (2017)
Best stand-up of the month: Jim Jefferies: This Is Me Now (2018)
Worst of the month: Blues Brothers 2000 (1998) (front runner for worst of the year)
Weirdest Mr. Show reunion ever: The Post (2017)
Ike Barinholtz is a national treasure: Blockers (2018)
When Aquaman is the most interesting character, you’re fucked: Justice League (2017)
Do you have to use so many cuss words?: Midnight Run (1988)
Definitely too old for this shit now: Lethal Weapon (1987)

Everything else:
Singing With Angry Bird (2016), The Zen Diaries Of Garry Shandling (2018), American Jail (2018), Disney’s Robin
Hood (1973), School Of Rock (2003), The Big Chill (1983), The Social Network (2010), Brimstone & Glory (2017),
Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things (1972), The Touch Of Satan (1971), Bill Maher: Live From Oklahoma
(2018), The Devil Wears Prada (2006), A Man Escaped (1956), Karl Meltzer: Made To Be Broken (2017), Joe Dirt
(2001), Keep Watching (2017), W. Kamau Bell: Private School Negro (2018), The Rape Of Recy Taylor (2018), Be-
ginning Of The End (1957), The Snowman (2017), The Workers Cup (2017), , Office Space (1999), Eliza Shlesinger:
Elder Millennial (2018)


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Feather
Tiki Bar
7/15/2018

Due to some bad weather and good fortune, I managed to catch the band Feather while vacationing on the North
Carolina coast.  It was quite possibly the most perfect setting for seeing a group like this - at the end of a pier, about
an hour before sunset, the weather was great, and there were leathery beach people as far as the eye could see (and
let it be known that Carolina Beach probably has the best collection of “human handbags” in the state).  The only place
better would be inside of Leland Sklar’s cocaine-drenched mustache, but that’s less an actual location and more a
state of mind.  One might ask: why is this prestigious, award-winning website writing up a cover band?  I suppose the
biggest reason is one of my best friends (Brian Weeks of Summer Set, De La Noche, and touring guitarist for the
Rosebuds and Howard Ivans) is the lead guitarist.  Another would be because I love soft rock, and these guys are a
damn good time with a nice set list of classic jams (I could personally use less America, but I’m probably in the minority
on that one).  It was also my almost three-year-old daughter’s first show ever, and she was mesmerized…and likely
confused on what the hell “Uncle Brian” was doing.  Finally, it’s not every day you get to hear Gerry Rafferty’s “Baker
Street” while seagulls squawk incessantly along with the guest saxophonist.  It was damn near a perfect night. 


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Arcade Fire
With Hamilton Leithauser
Red Hat Amphitheater
7/12/2018

It’s honestly been a long time since I paid much attention to Arcade Fire, and hadn’t even considered going to this
show until a free ticket fell in my lap.  The tickets came via the age-old scenario we’ve all been through multiple times –
the lead singer of a popular band, through a never-ending list of intermediaries, contacts your basketball group and
wants to play pick-up.  Afterward, he gives the group a bunch of tickets to their show the next day.  You then attend the
show with a bunch of those basketball friends, and some of them get drunk off of expensive beers.  Pretty boiler plate
stuff.

On its own, I was on the fence at even attending the gig until I saw Hamilton Leithauser was opening – that immed-
iately put me fully in.  You may or may not know Hamilton was the singer of the Walkmen, who were goddamn great
and everyone should listen to their album “Bows + Arrows” if it’s not already a part of your regular music rotation. 
Despite my love of his previous band I had been totally unaware of Hamilton’s solo career, but I wasn’t particularly
worried about how I might feel about it – no matter the music, as long as his voice is front and center, it’s going to be
no worse than pretty good.  And that is precisely what was witnessed – the guitars weren’t as driving as the Walkmen,
the songs a little more subdued…but basically it felt like I was hearing Walkmen songs I’d never heard before.  It was
mostly acoustic and a little (intentionally) ramshackle, and might have been a small step back from the Walkmen, but
this material certainly was worth a listen and had me wanting to hear more of it.  I immediately went home and set to
downloading this solo material, because even Walkmen-lite is worth a listening.

I saw Arcade Fire in the relatively small Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco back in 2004 just after “Funeral” came
out – things have certainly changed since then.  I was surprised when I saw two giant HD video screens above the
stage, wondering when Red Hat installed them - until it dawned on me the band was actually travelling with them!  If
you need a tractor trailer to haul all of your stage props to each performance, you’re on the next level from the sort of
shit I typically enjoy.  Then again, when the live performance is also a huge spectacle, it can be pretty entertaining
even if you’re indifferent to many of the songs they’re actually playing.  They actually did a good job with their set list –
not leaning too heavily on their most recent album “Everything Now,” playing songs from across their entire career.  I
was pleased to get to hear material from their first couple of records, since I’ve actually listened to “Funeral” and
“Neon Bible” a fair amount.  As for newer tracks, they’ve apparently leaned heavily into dance pop/disco lately – not
really my bag, but I guess the rest of the crowd was feeling it.  They closed out the affair with a huge crowd sing-a-long
version of “Wake Up” – that might be as much crowd participation as I’ve ever seen and/or heard.  It was quite im-
pressive actually.


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Bat Fangs
Kings
6/29/2018

At this point all Bat Fangs shows are sorta the same – they play pretty much all of their excellent self-titled record,
maybe a new song or two they’re trying to work out, and close with the glam pop masterpiece that is Poison’s “Talk
Dirty To Me.”  Despite this, I make every attempt to see them anytime they come through town, because good power
pop (or at least occasional power pop) is in short supplies these days, and these gals are goddamn excellent at it. 
Betsy was killing it as always in a carnival-style airbrushed Bat Fangs shirt that I wish I had a replica of in my size.  It
might be worth the price of admission alone just stare at her gleaming white Gibson SG, never mind how well she
shreds it - goddamn that’s a good looking guitar, and I’m not someone that usually even cares about such nonsense. 
Laura was a monster behind the kit as always.  If you ever hear one of those misogynistic jack legs talking about girls
being subpar drummers, first tell them to go fuck themselves, and then point them to literally anything Laura has ever
drummed on…and then maybe tell them to go fuck themselves one more time just in case the original message .

Hopefully Bat Fangs come back again soon.  Even if it’s the exact same performance yet again, I’ll still buy a ticket
and be there, front and center.  Never look a gift horse in the mouth, especially if that horse writes super catchy songs.


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Stop eating people's old french fries, pigeon! Have some self respect! Don't you know you can fly?"

Hot Snakes - Death Camp Fantasy.  The new Hot Snakes record is the perfect amount of Hot Snakiness, and easily
one of my favorite albums of the year.  
Six Wave Hold-Down

J Mascis - Get Me.  I recently re-discovered the greatness of "Martin And Me" after maybe not listening to it much at
all since college.  Back then I listened to the absolute shit out of it.  
Not You Again

Lambchop - Flick.  I'm never sure what genre Lambchop fits in...it's possible they're their very own unique genre, be-
cause there definitely ain't another soul out there that sounds like them.  
The New Cobweb Summer

Lucero - Bikeriders.  Speaking of bands I haven't listened to in years...
California

Moon Duo - Goners.  The finest purveyors in modern krautrock.  
Mazes

Neil Young - See The Sky About To Rain.  I think this Neil Young kid has a bright future.  
Walk On

Sufjan Stevens - John Wayne Gacy, Jr.  Sufjan just never quite managed to record another song as remarkable as
this one.  It's truly a remarkable piece of storytelling.  
The Man Of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts
The Tallest Man, The Broadest Shoulders

The Cure - Numb.  Despite a long love of the Cure, I had never actually listened to their album "Wild Mood Swings"
untl I snagged it a thrift store a few months ago.  Not as good as their earlier work obviously, but there are some
good tracks.  
Want





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