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***March Thirty First Two Thousand and Fifteen***

 

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.  


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I'grams:


Poor sleeping posture.  Cary, NC.  


Once a motel.  Marion, NC.  


Old barn.  Marion, NC.  


Near Glenwood.  Raleigh, NC.  


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Linx:

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.  


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Twerps
with Ultimate Painting
The Pinhook
3/16/2015

It's 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. 



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Outer Spaces
with Lace Curtains
Nice Price Books and Records
3/6/2015

I 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 most seriously. 

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. 



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"
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





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