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***March Thirty First Two Thousand and Thirteen***

  

Spring is here.  Time for the annual fish dinner.  All rejoice. 


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Small boxy iPhone photos.


Neighbor's cat.  Cary, NC.


State Fairgrounds Flea Market.  Raleigh, NC. 


Surly swan.  Cary, NC. 


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Lyncs -

The Japanese are everything that is right in skateboarding these days.  This video is proof. 

People used to take photos of their dead relatives.  Hey, any excuse to dress up fancy for the camera.  It looks pretty
much as creepy as it sounds. 

Okunoshima Rabbit Island is a Japanese island full of rabbits.  I WANT TO GO TO THERE.  Yet again, the Japanese
have figured out how to rule in life. 

The Photo journal delivers some snaps from a trip to Raven rock State Park.  And a collection of randoms. 

The Music reviews for this month - Low, Chelsea Light Moving, Jacco Gardner (so good!), some punk seven inches,
and more. 


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The Kingsbury Manx
Schoolkids Records
3/3/2013

I used to go to in-stores all the time when I lived out in the Bay Area, but they just don't seem as popular in this neck of
the woods.  Finally one worth an afternoon jaunt happened though - the Kingsbury Manx were promoting their new
album "Bronze Age" at Schoolkids by playing some songs.  As with all shows I've seen by them, the place should have
been packed but just a few dozen people showed up.  There may not be another band more under-appreciated than
the Manx, both locally and (I'm assuming) nationally.   Thy sounded great, or as great as you can in a record store not
designed for live performances.  They performed a lot of songs from the new record they were there to promote, with
a few older tracks sprinkled in.  Most notably, they played my very favorite song of theirs "Pageant Square," and it took
all of willpower not to sing along.  I wasn't the only one having a good time - a number of band members seemed to
have their kids with them, one of which vacillated between dancing to the music and heckling his father.  An afternoon
well spent by all.


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Efterklang
with Nightlands
Kings
3/1/2013

It's not often I go to shows on a whim in my advanced age, but it was Friday night, I was fat and happy from stuffing
myself with sausages from the Capital Club next door, so why not.  Hell, even the old lady came with me, as rare an
occurrence as panda bears fucking!

Nightlands was the first band, and my main impetus for being there.  It's the work of Dave Hartley, best known as the
bassist for the fantastic War on Drugs.  When we stepped in the room they were already playing, and I was pleasantly
surprised to see my dude Brad from Megafaun playing with the band.  I knew he was friends with all those War on
Drugs peeps, so why not add a little extra guitar to the proceedings?  I had never heard Nightlands before - they had
a very pleasant indie soft rock sound, maybe in the vein of an American version of the Clientele.  the wife's impressions
were there must have been a rule that you have glasses to be in the band, and the drummer looked bored.  I neither
would or could argue against either of those points.  Good band though - I'd definitely see them again. 

Danish band Efterklang were the headliners.  Apparently they are huge overseas, but in the North Carolina they only
get a half-full Kings.  They definitely had the feel and sound and "professionalism" of a big-time band.  I remember
liking their record "Magic Chairs" that came out a few years back, but not being too thrilled with their more recent out-
put.  It all sounded pretty good live, sort of a sparse, dramatic pop - the kind of sparse where the lack of music is
almost used as an instrument itself.  There were six band members (seven if you count the bassist's mustache as a
separate entity), but the one dude back near the drummer had a bank of electronics set up including four (!?!) different
Apple laptops and seemed to be doing most of the musical heavy lifting.  The band were excellent performers, the front
man in his dapper suit was particularly effective, and even if I wasn't a huge fan I enjoyed myself.  For a show I just went
to on a whim, I count that as a success. 


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Jonathan Richman
Cat's Cradle
2/16/2012

The wife doesn't get the appeal of Jonathan Richman, but the man's music is like crack to me.  It makes me extreme-
ly happy that he continues to tour so much, because it gives me the chance to see him perform every year or two.  I got
there a little early after stuffing myself silly at Carrburitos, and was worried the might be sparsely attended - there had
been some winter weather that day, and even a hint of slick roads freaks folks out around here.  But by the time
Jonathan took the stage, the place filled out nicely - not packed, but well attended especially for a venue the size of the
Cradle.  Things started out rough - the man runs his own PA on the stage, and he just could not get satisfied with the
settings.  After a few minutes he got settled though and lit into a nice set of his more recent songs.  Sure, I'd love to
hear A LOT more of his older material, but like usual all we got was his classic "I Was Dancing in the Lesbian Bar," a
damn fine song that always gets the crowd pumped up...or at least as pumped up as anyone gets at a Jonathan
Richman show.  Other highlights included "Because Her Beauty Is Raw and Wild," "Old World," an epically long ver-
sion of "No One Was Like Vermeer," "Her Mystery Not of High Heels and Eye Shadow," plus a few of his foreign
language songs whose titles I never remember.   Lots of dancing from Jonathan, some sleigh bell shaking, and no
shortage of mellow Tommy Larkin drum solos.  All in all, a great time as usual. 


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"Breakfast, shmreakfast. Look at the score, for Christ's sake. It's only the second period and I'm up 12 to 2. Breakfasts
come and go, Rene, but Hartford, "the Whale," they only beat Vancouver once, maybe twice in a lifetime."

Adam Franklin - Autumn Leaf.  Solo work from the frontman of Swervedriver.  Sounds like...a mellow Swervedriver. 
Bonus: It Hurts To See You Go

Born Ruffians - Hedonistic Me.  I have nothing interesting to say about this band but I like this song. 

King Khan & The Shrines - Land Of The Freak.  King Khan records are like an awesome mixtape of the various
punk and garage sub-genres over the last fifty years. 
Bonus: Welfare Bread

I bought a Roy Orbison box set so I would expect there will be a lot more of his songs posted here.  He was a genius.
Love Storm (Demo Recording)
One More Time
Pretty One
Problem Child
Tryin' To Get To You

I may not listen to Stereolab as much as I did in the nineties, their music from that era is still some of my favorite ever. 
Cybele's Reverie
French Disco
Jenny Ondioline
Ping Pong
Wow and Flutter





***March Twelfth Two Thousand and Thirteen***



Sad news abounds - Max, the mascot and patron saint of this website, the dog pictured just below the title in the
sweater has passed away this month.  He was an awesome dog and will be greatly missed.  I made him a little
memorial page in the
Photo Journal section.





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