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***March Thirty First Two Thousand and Fourteen***

 

Spring is finally here!  Time to let the girls out, ladies!


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Instagrammery:

Burt and his sunbeam.  Cary, NC.


Surly Mouse.  Cary, NC.    


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The last of my medium format Mexico photos that I was posting for a while and then got sidetracked with some other
stupid shit but now I'm back to posting them and writing run on sentences.  


View from the top of Ek Balam.  


Templo del Norte, Chichen Itza.  


Chichen Itza.


Chichen Itza.


Tulum.


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Links:


In my attempt to post articles about pool for two straight months, here is a classic piece from 1961 about the real
Minnesota Fats,hustling, and the nature of pool tournaments.  I find these articles endlessly fascinating.  

The New York Times did one of their 36 hours travel articles on our fair town of Raleigh.  Like always I would have
likely mentioned a lot of other shit, but not bad.  

My dude John sent me this interesting article about a record store in New York City, the strange denizens that fre-
quented the place, and how that led to pre-war blues holding the popularity that it does these days.  

A long & well-written article that basically says what anyone with common sense knows - let your kids play.  

Two great skate vids this month:
 - Jason Park - Hawaiian dude with a nuts bag of tricks...part Daewon, part Richie Jackson, part old school freestyler.
 - Adidas Skate Copa - It's got both the Gonz and Lucas Puid in it, so it's automatically awesome.  Plus, like all Adidas
   vids, very well filmed and put together.  

Four new photo journal entries this month - band photos, documentation of a rare snowfall, and two (of four total) parts
from the cruise we took earlier this month.  

In the Music reviews, still going through my old seven inches and posting poorly written reviews (I've made it to the
second box!).  Some of the new reviews include the first two Merge subscription seven inches, Mandolin Orange,
Lovers, Future Islands, Fuzz, and more.    



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Eugene Mirman
with Derrick Brown
Cat's Cradle
2/5/2014

I nearly always go to rock shows alone, but for some reason it seems weird going to a comedy show solo.  I guess
laughter is com
munal or some such shit, but it's not like I was going to be the only person in the room.  The wife got
called out of town for work, so
I unloaded my extra ticket out front  - quite easily to be honest, as the show ended up
being sold out - and found a seat what to make
with the laughing and all that. 

Derrick Brown, a poet from Texas, opened the gig.  I guess he's won awards or something for his words, and it wasn't
as weird an opener as you would think.  His poems were short and funny and due to him having spent time in Fayette-
ville in the army, they had local flavor - in particular there was one about cruising in Benson, and another about party-
ing with the trash in Myrtle Beach.  He only spoke for 15 or 20 minutes, probably just the right amount for a poet per-
forming before a comedian.  His book (or books?) would likely be worth checking out if they are anything like what he
read this evening. 

I had never seen Eugene Mirman in person before, but between watching various stand-up specials and listening to
his albums I
knew exactly what to expect - and all those expectations were met.  He mixed straight-forward stand-up,
props and pictures, and
even multimedia into a great hour (or so) of laughs.  He showed off a series of comical por-
traits he was trying to get shown in a
Brooklyn Whole Foods; talked about taking out an ad in a brochure somewhere
in Vermont(?) to protest a parking ticket he got
there; aired an elaborate series of previews of fake shows for the
made up TV network he wants to create (it reminded me a lot of
Weird Al's "UHF")...oh, and he married a couple of
people on-stage.  It was a full and entertaining night, Eugene really knows how
to put on a show. 

(Photo not mine; also, not a photo.)


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Perfect Pussy
with Whatever Brains
Kings
1/9/2014

In retrospect this would turn out to be the last time I would see Whatever Brains in this particular configuration, as the
bassist would leave the band shortly thereafter.  I'm not the gossipy type so I have no idea what the details are, I just
know he wasn't with them at a later show and then there was a Facebook post about a new bassist.  None of that
really matters though, because they were just as weird and awesome as always regardless of band dynamics.  They
had Kings turn out nearly all of the lights making photography difficult, not that it didn't stop me from trying.  It was ex-
actly what you expect out of them - a little punk, a little art rock, a little attitude, and a shitload of keyboards.  As always,
much fun was had. 

Having already gotten my money's worth, why not stick around and see what all the fuss is about with Perfect Pussy
And I didn't even have to stick around very long, a their set was fifteen minutes long at the most.  They're pretty much a
straight-forward hardcore band with a female singer and a little keyboard noise mixed in.  You could barely hear the
vocals (they appeared to be coming from a small amp on the stage), but the band was plenty fun to watch - singer
Meredith Graves paced the stage like a panther and was very photogenic doing it.  I'm not entirely sure why the likes
of Rolling Stone and other major publications have glommed on to this band versus other hardcore bands, but I'd
rather Perfect Pussy be getting press than some other shit act. 



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"These boys grow up staring at the rear ends of cows and pigs, it's only natural that a real woman will get them chafing
their pants."


Bleached - Think of You.  Even if they never write another song close to as good as this one, it's still better than most
musicians can claim.  

Obits - Shift Operator.  Just now getting around to the Obits record from 2011; hopefully I can tackle last year's release
by 2020.  Good thing their shit is timeless.  
Bonus: You Gotta Lose.

Radiohead - Cuttooth.  Both tracks here are outtakes from "Amnesiac."  Still really love that album, haven't listened
to their work nearly as much as I listened to that one and "Kid A."
Bonus: Fog.    

The Mutants - So American.  Words can't describe the ridiculousness of this song.  The lyrics are perfect.  

The Sea and Cake - Covers.  Like Obits above, this band is timeless in my book.  
Bonus: On and On.  
Bonus: Skyscraper.

A wad of classic power pop.  The Pointed Sticks songs are particularly good.  
Paragraf Pop - Med Dig
Pointed Sticks - I'm Numb
Pointed Sticks - Lies!
Princes of Peace - X-Ray Proved
Terminal Spectators - Another Day
The Jags - Back of My Hand





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