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***June Thirtieth Two Thousand and Seventeen***



The republicans keep going on and on about immigrants stealing our jobs, but you never hear nary a peep about
human bankers being replaced by horses!  HORSES ARE THE TRUE ENEMY PEOPLE, WAKE UP!!!


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I'grams -


Lazy butterfly that let me get too close.  Cary, NC.


Dodge Town Wagon.  Charlotte, NC.  


Countryside.  Wake County, NC.  


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Links -

Manolo's Tapes, FTC Revisited
- this cat Manolo took the first two FTC videos and chopped them up a bit, throwing
in some unseen footage.  I watched the originals so many times the number may not be quantifiable by modern science,
so this one is a no-brainer.  

New Balance: Solo Brasileiro - the filming on the New Balance vids is so good that it almost doesn't feel like skate-
boarding any more...but anytime you get to see footage from Tom Knox and Jack Curtain and pretty much this entire
team you gotta stick those petty concerns in your back pocket and just watch.  

Two new entries in the photo journal - beach photos from our trip to Emerald Isle, and a collection of randomness.


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Spiral Stairs
With Mac McCaughan
Cat's Cradle Back Room
6/27/2017

Hey, I saw  Mac McCaughan play again!  For those keeping track at home, you're doing better than me - I've lost
count at this point the number of times I've seen the Superchunk frontman in his various forms.  He played sitting down
with an acoustic guitar, which seems normal but I feel like most of the times I've seen him solo he's played an electric. 
There were a couple of new songs, some of his solo songs, and of course a few Superchunk songs - "Driveway to
Driveway," "Sick to Move," "Digging for Something," the rarely heard but awesome "Rope Light," and "Nu Bruises,"
which Mac noted might be the first time he's ever played that one on an acoustic guitar.  Given that I've gone to see
this man play dozens upon dozens of times, is it even necessary to point out that it was great?  Well, it was, as always. 

Back in my Bay Area days, I got to see Scott Kannberg's first post-Pavement band Preston School of Industry a few
times since he was also living in the area at the time, and it was always delightful - more understated/less bombastic
than the work Stephen Malkmus was putting out by himself, but just as catchy.  Soon after he started performing under
the name
Spiral Stairs (his nickname on the early Pavement records), but his sound remained the same.  And then
after the release of "The Real Feel" in 2009...he disappeared.  Yadda yadda yadda, it's a few years and some random
festival Pavement reunions later, he puts out a really good new platter called "Doris & the Daggers," goes on tour, and
luckily I get to see him play again for the first time in at least a decade.  They kicked off their set with a cover of Roxy
Music's "Flesh and Blood," which reminded me to listen to more Roxy Music (I have this same thought every time I
hear Roxy Music).  After that, it was lots of tracks from the new record, and towards the end they even tossed in a
couple of Preston School of Industry gems.  This was all great, don't get me wrong, but my inner fanboy ecstatic he
was ending the show with a few Pavement jams.  Looking at his set lists from other gigs this is pretty common, but you
know what's not common?  Pavement drummer Steve West was at the show as a spectator, and actually got behind
the kit for a four-song pseudo-Pavement reunion: "Hit the Plane Down," "Date with IKEA," "Kennel District," and the
one that unsurprisingly got the biggest sing-a-long, "Two States."  It was a little sloppy, as I don't think Steve had played
these songs in ages, but that just added to the charm.  It was a great night all around, and hopefully it's not another
decade before Spiral Stairs decide to do this again.  Also, a full reunion Pavement tour would be totally fine with me. 



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Iron Maiden
With Ghost
PNC Music Pavilion
6/9/2017

As you could easily guess from my show history, I don't go in for these types of huge concerts at arenas or amphi-
theaters or in this case, pavilions.  Sometimes though, you just decide you've never seen
Iron Maiden and they aren't
getting any younger, so why the hell not? 


The opener was Ghost from Sweden.  The singer dresses like a demented pope and the rest of the band is wearing
masks.  I know this more from seeing photos of the band than what I saw on the stage, because we were so damn far
away...you could kinda make out the pope hat at best.  They sounded pretty good - much more melodic than I was ex-
pecting based on their look (you always expect a demented pope to shade more to the black metal descriptor, right?). 
There were a lot of Ghost shirts in the crowd, so clearly this was a pretty popular opener - I give them the thumbs up as
well.  Still, it's weird watching a metal band when it's still daylight outside.  Pretty sure they played the Lincoln Theatre
not too long ago, I'd be down to see them again in that more intimate setting. 

While there was no shortage of the expected white trash and rednecks at the show, the percentage was much lower
than expected.  And speaking of percentages, I figured the crowd would be at least 70% male, but in reality I'd put that
number closer to 80-85%.  It was a real schlong city.  The guy behind us spent a long time giving dating tips to a seven
year old, threatening to beat someone's ass over the phone, and referring to someone as "a sack of chicken wings
sewn into human form."  The guy that was briefly in front of us took his shirt off, threw it into the crowd, and then walked
away never to be seen again.  I would bet at least 50% of the crowd was wearing Maiden shirts - I gotta think that band
makes more off of merch than they do music and concerts combined. 

Speaking of Maiden, eventually they took the stage just as it was getting dark.  It was everything I hoped it would be -
huge "Indiana Jones" set, flash pots going off left and right, crazy lights and smoke, different Eddie banners for every
song, and most importantly, the band sounded great.  Probably the most impressive part was how active and agile the
band was, especially singer Bruce Dickinson - pacing the stage, jumping off of monitors, up and down from the multiple
tiers of set - I bet he covered five miles easy, not bad for a man nearly sixty years old!  Long story short on the set, the
highlights were "The Trooper" and "Number of the Beast," but they didn't play "Run to the Hills" much to my chagrin -
something I would have known if I had looked at their set lists before the show, as they've been playing the same set
for this entire tour.  The lack of that song was my only complaint from an otherwise stellar show.  Next time I'm splurging
for better seats though. 

Oh, and then as we left, I saw more people so drunk they were walking leaned back at a 45 degree angle than I've ever
seen in my entire life.  Which was especially impressive because all the beer was shit and it cost twelve bucks a can. 
Some of those folks must have spent their whole paycheck to get to that state, that's dedication. 


(Photo found online, as far as I know Miley Cyrus was not at this concert.)


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"Can you feel the tension? I can. I can feel down in my plums. Getting a nice, bluish hue. Getting ready to take them
down to the farmer's market."


A chunk of classic early nineties hip hop...it's like being back in high school all over again.  Every single one of these
songs is an all-timer.  
Da Lench Mob - Guerillas in the Mist
Eric B & Rakim - Let the Rhythm Hit'em
Nice & Smooth - Sometimes I Rhyme Slow
Pete Rock & CL Smooth - Appreciate

Royal Headache - Another World.  Stylistically this band is all over the map, hopping genres on nearly every song.  
This is usually a sign of groups not being able to do anything well, but that's not the case here.
Love Her If I Tried
My Own Fantasy

Run The Jewels - 2100 (feat. Boots).  What the hell can I tell you about the new Run The Jewels that everyone else
hasn't already said?  It's awesome, obviously.  
Legend Has It
Talk To Me
Thieves! (Screamed The Ghost) (feat. Tunde Adebimpe)

Superdrag - Keep It Close To Me.  Revisiting the third Superdrag album "In The Valley Of Dying Stars," which is
damn near pop perfection.  If their first record gets a 100 (and it does, don't argue with me), this one is at least a 95.  
Lighting The Way
Some Kind Of Tragedy
True Believer





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