Some people say the greatest day in the history of this country was the signing of the Declaration fo Independence; others might pick Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, or possibly the end of WWII. Clearly the only correct answer is whatever day this group of luminaries got together to take this picture.
I only recently got around to watching the vigilante film Ms. 45, and I loved it. And if you follow the link in the name it takes you to the full thing on youtube. Definitely recommended.
A drone video of Hang Son Doong Cave, the largest cave in the world. Kinda crazy that this was only "discovered" somewhat recently. Wes Kremer won 2014 skater of the year, and this was the video of the ensuing trip that Thrasher always sends the winner on. Any video that features this much Wes Kremer is a keeper. One entry in the photo
journal section this month from that time it snowed and I stood outside in the cold like a rube taking photos of a bunch of dumb birds.
My music reviews were sparse as usual but I did like three records this past month - Tweedy, the Terry Malts EP and one of Bonnie 'Prince' Billy's dozens of recent releases.
that time of the year, the time when touring acts on their way either
to or from SXSW make a stop in the Triangle to entertain our country
bumpkin ears. First up on this evening was Ultimate Painting
from the UK...I'd heard of these cats for a little while, and they
released a record on the great Trouble in Mind, but this was my first
time actually hear- ing them. The verdict on this four-piece of fancy
British lads: a damn fine pop band. The biggest, most immediate
influence you hear is the Velvet Underground, especially in the first
and last songs of their sets, which were long, stretched out rockers in
the vein of VU's "Sister Ray." I also heard dabs of the Zombies, early
Teenage Fanclub, and even the Clientele. The sound was very clean,
driven mostly by the hollowbody guitar one of the guitarists played, and
I was way into it.
All of that was a bonus - I was actually at the gig to see one of the newest Merge signees, Twerps,
out of Australia. They also play pretty straight-forward pop music,
sounding more like the Kiwi pop of the eighties (the Clean, the Bats,
the 3Ds, etc) and occasionally a little bit like Yo La Tengo. With both
male and female lead vocals, the set can take on different vibes from
song to song, but I dig what both singers are offering. I felt like the
dude singer occasionally sounded like Ben Lee, but I'm not sure if he
actually sounded like him or my brain was just making the link because
both are Australian. The room was decently full (though not packed) for
their set, and it seemed pretty well received. I know I was into it -
hopefully their being on Merge means they come back and play often, or
at least as often as a band from the other side of the world can.
hadn't been all that excited for a show in a few weeks, so of course
when two good gigs finally rolled around both were on the same night. I
bypassed two of my very favorite locals that I've seen a million times,
Whatever Brains and Pipe, in lieu of checking out a couple of bands I'd
never seen before. It also didn't hurt that this show was in Raleigh
and the other in Chapel Hill...my code of laziness is the one I take the
I was there mainly to see opener Lace Curtains.
The singer is from the excellent Austin band Harlem, which is the whole
reason I knew of them in the first place. Harlem ruled, for the
record. The first Lace Curtain's record "The Garden of Joy and the Well
of Loneliness" was really damn good and even though I hadn't heard
their more recent output, I was sure the show was going to be a keeper.
They started their set off with a couple of songs from that older
record before getting on to newer tracks, so that made me quite happy.
The six-piece band was pretty damn tight, which made for a nice
juxtaposition with the singer who was a bit sloppy off of too much wine,
but in an endear- ing & entertaining sort of way. They're a tough
band to describe musically, sort of an indie-soul-pop with occasional
garage rock tendencies...like a mellower/less schticky Make-Up perhaps.
It was a grand time and I was already pleased with my decision to
attend this gig.
I knew nothing of the next act, Outer Spaces,
but decided to stick around for a couple of songs to see what they were
all about. Good decision by me - I ended up watching the entire set
and loving every second of it! The trio hails from Baltimore, a couple
of dudes manning the drums and keys and a gal with an amazingly
beautiful voice in charge of guitar and vocals. They reminded me a lot
of our very own Mount Moriah, though a little less twangy; perhaps
another comparison would be Young People, a criminally underrated band
in my opinion. I rushed right over to the merch after their set to buy
their record, and will be making every effort to see them again if they
come back to town.
"Slutcicle Orange Lipstick from Kesha's Morning After Collection, available exclusively at Hess gas stations." Just a set of tracks that I've been feeling lately. Too lazy to explain each song, but every one is A+.
Dinosaur Jr - Repulsion (Acoustic) (Live at CBGBs) FKA Twigs - Two Weeks Gal Costa - Baby Heart Attack - English Cunts Ike & Tina Tuner - Cussin', Cryin' & Carryin' On John Lennon - Mind Games Leadbelly - Pig Meat Papa Lee Hazlewood & Ann-Margret - No Regrets Les Sultans - Il N'y A Rien Au Monde Que Je Ne Ferais Pas Pour Cette Fille Mississippi Fred McDowell - Shake'em on Down Rex Garvin & the Mighty Cravers - I Gotta Go Now (Up On The Floor) Steve Moore - Enhanced Humanoid Sultans Of Ping FC - Where's Me Jumper The Equals - Police On My Back The Jesus & Mary Chain - Ghost Of A Smile