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***June Thirtieth Two Thousand and Thirteen***

  

Aw man I love me some fondue!  Nothing says summer like molten cheese...

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Monthly instagrams (big clouds & big cats edition):


Lake Jordan.  Chatham County, NC.


Lake James.  McDowell County, NC. 


Carolina Tiger Rescue.  Pittsboro, NC. 


Carolina Tiger Rescue.  Pittsboro, NC. 


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Some other photos:
Finally got my medium format film developed from our trip to Mexico back in November.  I'll be posting a few of them
with my next few monthly updates. 


Outside the Convento de San Bernardino, Valladolid Mexico. 


Inside the Convento de San Bernardino, Valladolid Mexico. 


View from the top of the largest pyramid in Ek Balam, Mexico. 


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Monthly links:

A few skateboard links of note...
Magenta SF Hill Street Blues 2.  A short video of the Magenta team cruising the streets and hills of SF.  Reminds me
a lot of a modern version of Stereo's "A Visual Sound."
Meet the Stans.  This one is as much travel video as it is skate video...a group of skateboarders attempt to make their
way from China through the various contries whose names end in "stan," just as the name implies.
Michał Juraś from "Grey Area."  Polish ripper that goes fast, skates sketchy spots, and totally rips.

I got balls wild in the Photo journal section: six new pages of photos and mediocre banter!  Entries for our trip to LA,
canoeing down the French Broad river, volunteering at the Carolina Tiger Rescue, and a trip to Wrightsville Beach. 

The Music reviews for this month - John Grant, the National, Bass Drum of Death, and the Men were the highlights
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Tig Notaro
with Kyle Dunnigan
The Carolina Theatre
5/4/2013

I've seen Tig Notaro a few times, and it was only a year or two ago that she was performing at Kings.  Then she gets
sick, her mom dies, she's diagnosed with breast cancer, and Louis CK puts his weight behind her and now she's play-
ing the Carolina Theatre.  That's a pretty dumbed-down version of her timeline on my part, but it covers the biggest
touchstones, and dumb comes easy to me.  Any anyways, the end result was another hilarious set from Tig just in a
larger venue.  More than any other time I've seen her, she really did a lot of crowd work - I'd guess at least 50% of her
set involved interacting with the audience.  This might prove dicey for a lot of comedians but like Todd Barry, Tig is a
master at interacting with people in a humorous fashion.  At one point she tried to do her noisy stool bit on the stage,
only the stool wouldn't make any noise...she then tried a wide assortment of chairs, none of which worked.  The failed
stool bit ended up just as funny as when it works.  Honestly, the woman could probably stand on stage silently and it
would work for me. 


We weren't expecting an opener, as that seems rare at these larger theater shows, but Tig had one - Kyle Dunnigan
Some may know him as one of Tig's co-stars on their podcast Professor Blastoff, others may know him as Sarah
Silverman's boyfriend, but to me he'll always be Craig Pullin, the Truckee River Killer and Trudy Wiegel's boyfriend on
"Reno 911."  His set reminded me a little of Zach Galifianakis, mostly because there were jokes that involved a piano
and thematically he was all over the place.  Someone sitting near me started heckling him that he was telling the same
jokes he did when he opened for Sarah Silverman a couple weeks ago, and he started giving the heckler shit and
apologizing for not having a brand new set of material every time he performs.  I have no idea what goes through
peoples heads when they yell at comedians...hopefully they're drunk and not just assholes, though I suspect they are
probably both.  Anyways, very funny guy, would gladly go see him anytime he came through town supporting or head-
lining his own show. 



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The Men
with Organs
The Pinhook
5/1/2013

The Men have made quite a change in their sound since I last saw them at Hopscotch a couple years back.  Their re-
corded output was heavy then, but in a live setting they were bordering on a hardcore band.  But in the past two years
they've released a couple of records that shifted in a very different direction, and I was curious how their live shows
had also shifted.  It turns out that much like their records, they've become some sort of mid-nineties indie rock band
with a tinge of Americana.  I loved the old version of the group, but their "new" songs are great as well, and the live
performance is just as furious as ever - just not as musically aggressive.  The band is playing as a five piece now,
with a keyboardist doing some serious heavy lifting on most of their songs.  Most of their set was from their past two
records "Open Your Heart" and "New Moon," and they ended the set with an epic kraut rock jam that must have lasted
at least 15 minutes.  It was a fine show - I might miss the old version of the band, but this current version nearly makes
up for it. 


There was an opener by the name of Organs, and I'm still not sure how I felt about their set.  The were a three piece
from New York City and the singer had Teenage Fanclub hair, but listening to them they sounded like a bluesy-garage-
rockabilly act that would surely be signed to Goner Records.  The bass was really heavy in their songs, not sure if this
was the Pinhook mix or how they intended it to be...occasionally so loud it was distracting, and I love bass.  The ratio
of songs I liked to those I wasn't crazy about was 50-50 - there were just a few too many rockabilly twang moments for
me.  They played a disaster of a Gram Parsons cover with Nick from the Men joining them, but it was still pretty fun. 
They were intriguing enough that I'd see them again, if they were opening on a show I was otherwise planning on
going to. 



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"I have this one scenario in my mind. I kinda hope it plays out like this: young, sexy, Asian housewife, alone at night,
frightened. A noise out by the trash cans. Best call the neighbourhood watch. I show up, look heroic, and then... get
this - she sucks my balls."


Brakes - Why Tell The Truth (When It's Easier to Lie).  It's highly possible I posted one or both of these songs
before.  Fuck it, they're good enough to warrant listing again. 
Bonus: Worry About It Later

Clinic - Emotions.  I go through phases with Clinic, every few months I binge on them over a week or so.  Would love
to see them live again.
Bonus: Memories

Jacco Gardner - Clear the Air.  His album "Cabinet of Curiosities" is definitely one of the best records of the year,
at least at the halfway point. 
Bonus: Help Me Out

Mississippi Fred McDowell - Good Morning, Little School Girl.  Talking about binges, I've been on a Fred
McDowell one for months now.  Possibly the best blues man of all time, at least according to my ears. 
Bonus: The Train I Ride

Spiritualized - Soul On Fire.  I'm not sure why it took me so long to get around to listening to "Songs in A&E."  These
are two of the best songs Jason Pierce has ever written. 
Bonus: Sweet Talk

The Clientele - I Know I'll See Your Face.  I have nothing of note to say about this band.  These are good songs.
Bonus: Never Anyone But You

The Twilight Sad - I Became A Prostitute.  I am continually impressed with how thick James Graham's accent is
even while singing.  I've got to imagine he's completely indecipherable in regular conversation. 
Bonus: Seven Years of Letters
Bonus: The Neighbours Can't Breathe





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