Got some medium format pics developed...these were taken at Leo Carillo State Park north of Malibu this past christmas when we visited the wife's family in California. It was a beautiful 80 degrees on christmas day.
A trio of superbly superb skate flicks: - Connor Kammerer from "Tengu: God of Mischief" - Dude has a weird name & video has a weird name but don't hold that against it - skating is beyond rad, great mix of tech and weird and raw street. - Mauro Caruso from "MỤRICA" - Dude just straight up kills the ancient town of Modica in Sicily. No one is ever, ever, EVER allowed to complain about rough ground where they skate again. - Mark Gonzales, re-edit of his part from 2001's "Reel to Reel." Footage that is 13 years old and older, and it's as fresh and enjoyable as anything made today.
In other video news: Wes Anderson made a short film/commercial for Prada called "Castello Cavalcanti" starring Jason Schwartzman. It feels very Wes Anderson, as expected.
journal entry this month - band photos of Perfect Pussy, Whatever Brains, Cheap Time, Last Year's Men, and more.
In the Music reviews, like a broken record still with the old seven inches. New reviews include Stephen Malkmus, Ernie Graham, the War on Drugs, and...shit, that might have been all the new music I reviewed. So lazy.
wife and I went to Wilmington for a little Memorial Day vacation and to
visit my good pal Brian, and it just so happened that a band featuring
both one of Brian's bandmates and his former college roommate, the Carvers,
were having a release party for their record. Why not go see a little
surf rock? well, surf rock with a little vintage sixties garage rock
thrown in. The band was a five piece, all wearing matching burgundy
blazers, and rocked it out like the house band of every Roger Corman
sixties biker flick ever made. It was a mix of originals and covers,
from the Sonics to Dick Dale to the Santo & Johnny classic "Sleep
Walk." The crowd was also as mixed as I've seen in some time - from the
usual young crowd to the middle age set like myself to older folks
cutting a rug to the jams, pretty much every- one was represented here.
Everyone seemed to have a good time, including myself...not bad for a
free show on a whim.
Weird comedy show was weird. To be fair, I knew this would be the case going in.
After a local opener, Howard Kremer
was the first of the touring duo to take the stage. It should be noted
that the whole reason I was even at this gig is because the wife is
obsessed with his podcast "Who Charted," but even she was wary about how
odd this might be. Howard isn't really a stand-up - he occasionally
says funny things, but it's awkward and not well formed at all like a
typical comedian. Still, I laughed more than I cringed so I count that
as a victory.
- not even sure where to start with him. First off, he is crazy. And I
don't mean in the joking way "oh he's so crazy," no, he's actually been
committed. He's been well known in the LA comedy scene forever, does a
ton of audience warm up gigs for various shows, had a documentary show
about him on Comedy Central, and is friends with a ton of A-listers.
But none of this means I'm going to laugh seeing him live. He started
his set by DJing songs from his iPod/iPhone/iWhatever and "pumping up"
the crowd...and then he proceeded to tell jokes for over two hours.
Well, not so much jokes as yell and do his crazy character and I think
he did crowd work on three-quarters of the audience. I'm not actually
sure how much over two hours because that is the mark we left at...at
the time Brody was on stage using a pair of chairs like a drum kit.
Seeing him is like seeing a life coach tripping on mushrooms - lots of
laughs but I basically felt high after it was over.
(Photo not mine, found randomly online. Brody did not perform comedy with a dog.)
a bit of a drive to the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw, certainly more
so than most other venues. But it's a pleasant drive, and with my
friend the Cook-Out tray there to accompany me, we made the trip in no
time and got there in time to see the last half of Loamlands
set. They're almost a local all-star band, mainly consisting of a
couple of former Midtown Dickens members but from show to show includes
any number of other recognizable musicians - tonight in particular Matt
from Portastatic and Bon Iver was handling the drums. Despite the
pedigree I'd not listened to or seen the band before - turns out they
play very pleasant folk pop with a slight country tinge. Singer Kym
Register has a fantastic voice, one that could easily hold my attention
all by itself, but the songs and musicianship seemed to be top notch
across the board. It looks like they're finally releasing some recorded
music this summer, and I'll be gladly picking that up.
Then it was time for my biannual Superchunk
live show experience. Even though I get to see them fairly often these
days, I'm as excited as a teenager each and every time. I don't have
any great insight or special things to say about this show over the many
others I've seen, but like always I feel the need to document it. This
was my second time seeing the band without Laura Ballance on bass and
with Jason Narducy as her replacement; he may not pogo as much and I
haven't had a crush on him my entire adult life, but he is a fair
The attendance (or lack thereof) was somewhat interesting - not that the
place was empty or anything, but there was way less folks than I
expected... I guess it takes some serious motivation to get folks to
drive all the way to Saxapahaw, and since it was only my second time I
can't argue with that. Chunk put on a great show regardless, playing
tons of songs I wanted to hear - they leaned heavily on their newest
record "I Hate Music" as well as "Indoor Living" which was just recently
reissued. Of particular note was them performing "Under Our Feet,"
which according to Jim Wilbur was the first time they had ever played it
live. There was also a cover of a song called "Can't Fool Me" by A
Number of Things - I'd never heard of this band but apparently Mac was
briefly in the group in the eighties and the singer recently passed
away. Track had a nice Black Flag vibe to it, I'd be curious to hear
the original. Other than that, there were a few classics like "Skip
Steps 1 & 3," "For Tension," and "Driveway to Driveway" that I sang
along to like a damn fool. As always, it was a grand ol' time, and I
can't wait to see them again. And again. And again.
I saw Todd Barry again. It was at Kings again. I laughed my ass off again.
This gig was part of his final crowd work tour. What does
that mean? Todd came out on stage without a set of pre- pared jokes, and
instead talked to the audience and riffed off of whatever direction they
would send him in. There probably aren't a lot of comics who can do
this as successfully as Barry, he's just so quick with the banter, and
couple that with his general personality that would have me laughing if
he was reading the phonebook, and you've got a successful show.
There's really not much to say though, other than I laughed so
much my face hurt. He managed to make a bunch of RTP tech nerds sound
interesting. A former NC State soccer coach was there and talked to
Todd - he was a much better sport about it than I would have expected,
but then again this isn't a regular comedy show at a comedy club and I'm
guessing he knew Todd and what he was getting himself into.
"Ned, next time you have a brilliant idea, whisper it to me first. Otherwise I look sort of like a Day-Dream-Johnny, you know."
Best Coast - The Only Place. I wanted to love the most recent Best Coast record, but I really only loved the first song. It's probably their best song ever though, so there's that.
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - I Gave You. A track from his collaboration EP with Matt Sweeney.
Cheap Time - Country and City. One of my favorite records so far this year; unfortunately it came out last year. Garage punk with a little glam flavor. Bonus: Spark in the Chain.
Fuzz - Raise. One of my favorite records and live shows of last year, heavy but not metal; Groovy but not hippy. Bonus: Sleigh Ride.
Hayden - Woody. I go through phases with Hayden, and lately he has definitely been back in the play column lately.
Slayer - Angel Of Death. I don't really need to talk about the greatness of these songs do I? Bonus: Raining Blood.
Yo La Tengo - Is That Enough. A couple of tracks from the most recent YLT record. They just keep chugging along. Not their best record but it's definitely in the plus column. Bonus: Ohm.
Picked up a Grandaddy-curated mixtape at the thrift store, and these are some of the better songs from it. I might have already posted some or all of these at one point or another, but they're good enough to merit another look. Beulah - Burned By The Sun Blonde Redhead - For The Damaged Fruit Bats - The Little Acorn Snow Patrol - Run