In good skateboarding video news: The legendary Brian Lotti made a short
skate video of different people bombing
the longest hill ever. Any Lotti footage is a good thing to
watch. And just for good measure, here's his part from
N' Later" as well.
I truly don't know if there are many subjects I find more fascinating
than insane asylums from the first half of the last cen-
is an article about the suitcase contents of some of the patients
of a hospital in New York state. Scratches
both a voyeuristic itch and a historic one as well.
Say, you been looking for a seventies B-movie that glorifies all that
is great about both big rig trucking and running a
hooker business out of a bunch of customized vans? Well you've
come to the right place - for your viewing pleasure,
here is the link to "CB Hustlers" in all it's uncut
Most of the work this month all
went down in the photo
journal: six different pages documenting our recent trip to
Yucatan portion of Mexico.
this month are quite sparse, I'm blaming the holidays and going on
I guess it is possible to both love and hate a band's live show at the
same time. The Afghan Whigs came equipped
with a crazy light show...unfortunately, it was one most likely
optimized for a much larger venue than the Cat's Cradle.
They forgot that part of seeing live music is actually being able to
see the band, as there were no lights directed at the
front of the band - I couldn't see Greg Dulli's face for more than a
couple of songs all night. But what was even worse
was that they had some crazy spotlights mounted to the top of the stage
shining out in the crowd blinding many of us.
These lights might have worked on a much taller stage, but in this
venue it was a goddamn mess.
So I was irritated at the start of
the show as conditions were less than optimal and, at least by my
purchase history, this
was a damn expensive ticket. But even if I couldn't see Dulli
& company, they sounded so so SO good...just really fan-
tastic. And the set list was beyond reproach - they opened with
"Crime Scene" and just went nuts from there, hitting
pretty much every highlight I'd ever want to hear in their two hour
set..."What Jail Is Like," "I'm Her Slave," "Gentleman,"
"My Enemy," "Debonair," "Somethin' Hot"...basically, every song they
performed was a hit. As far as the night's cover
songs go, they played a verse of the Emotions' "Best of My Love" before
leading into one of their own tracks, and I was
told they played a Weeknd cover but I don't know shit about that band
so I had to take my friend's word...I just knew it
wasn't a Whigs song (unless it was something new they had
Despite the price and dumb lights
I don't regret going to this show, as the Afghan Whigs will always be
one of my very
favorite bands. Just hopefully if they ever come back they either
play a larger venue or alter that goddamn light show.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Cat's Cradle
Finally getting to see Godspeed You! Black Emperor is a
show that had been a long time coming. And while the
2002 version of me would have been ready to sacrifice his first born
child at the chance to see this band, even the
decade older version of me was pretty excited. The band was eight
members deep, and had configured themselves
into a very tight horseshoe in the middle of the stage. I only
mention this since I was standing on the side, and it gave
their performance a very closed-off look. Perhaps this was
intentional, fitting in with their sound, but it made taking
photos a little tougher. But you know what made it even tougher
than that? That the band was playing entirely in the
dark outside of a couple of projection screens behind them. And
the projections themselves were often dark. But it
all worked well with their post-apocalyptic orchestral post-rock, the
dark mood fitting well with their dark sounds.
They played about five songs over the span of their two-hour set, and
as great as it sounded their music doesn't ex-
actly invite folks to move around. I hate to be that old man, but
I would have killed for this show to be seated. The
Carolina Theatre would have been a perfect venue, though i guess if you
had enough folding chairs the Cradle would
have still been fine as well.
My pointless jibber jabber aside, both my inner still-young self and my
older crotchety shell was glad to finally see this
band of Canucks perform their great, moving orchestral jams.
Another check of the bucket list.
OFF! with Negative Approach
& Double Negative
It was to be a night of high class living - champagne, caviar, and old
man hardcore. Outside of listening to some Gorilla
Biscuits twenty years ago I'm not usually a hardcore kind of guy, but
OFF! is the sort of band to get you out of the house.
Local lads Double Negative opened the
show. The place wasn't even close to full yet, but once the band
moshing and general carry on was already ferocious. It was pretty
clear that getting half-decent photos of the band was
not going to be easy with one eye on the crowd, my body braced for
impact, and random people flying off the stage in
my direction. The band rocked it out for about twenty minutes,
which is apparently a long show for them. Like other
times I've seen DN I dug it, but I'm not educated enough in this genre
to make comparisons or really say why.
The middle slot was for hardcore legends Negative Approach. They
are one of those bands I've known about forever,
but never spent much time listening to. Turns out they are from
Detroit, a couple of the members look like homeless
train hopping hobos, and they put on a great show - probably the best
of the night. It was one song right after the other,
most of which were no more than a minute long. The moshing was at
it's most furious during this set, with the crowd
barely able to take a breath before needing to slam into someone
else. According to a kid standing next to me, they
played every song they had recorded and I doubt the set was even 30
minutes long...gotta love hardcore bands.
I only give NA the nod for set of
the night because Keith Morris of OFF! kept stopping every few
songs to give some
rambling diatribe about one topic or another. I even agreed with
much of what he said, but it was pointless and out of
place at a hardcore show. Not out of place message-wise, but it
just killed the flow. Other than that this "supergroup,"
to use a tired term, was gangbusters. If I squinted really hard
and pretended I was listening to completely different
songs, I could pretend I was seeing the Circle Jerks in 1980 (half of
this band was in that band, for those not aware).
I quite like the OFF! record, and live was just as good as the wax,
The whole night was very interesting. The age mix was lots of
young kids and lots of guys in their late thirties or older,
and not a lot in between. I'd guess the guy-girl ratio was at
least 30:1, at least up front where I was standing while try-
ing to take pictures. And speaking of taking pictures, I might
have been the only person dumb enough to try it with
people flying at me both on the ground and from the sky...the photos
certainly suffered for it. Luckily, my enjoyment at
a show is not dependent on whether or not I manage to get a successful
did you expect? 'Welcome, sonny'? 'Make yourself at home'? 'Marry my
daughter'? You've got to remember that
these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common
clay of the new West. You know... morons."
Belle & Sebastian - Come
On Sister. Their more recent material may not be on
the same level as their first couple
of records, but Stuart Murdoch still knows a pop song.
About Love. A few selections from the blues compilation "I Woke Up One
Morning In May." "Keep It Clean" is one of my all-time
favorite blues songs. Charlie
McCoy - Keep
It Clean. Henry Spaulding - Cairo
Blues. Little Hat Jones - Bye
Bye Baby Blues.
Kurt Vile - Freeway.
I have nothing of interest to say about Kurt Vile other than I like his
Perfume Genius - Hood.
"Put Your Back N 2 It" is one of my very favorite records of the
year. Top 5 probably.
The Velvet Underground - Heroin.
Busting out some classics...songs everyone knows but they got a lot of
my recent vacation.
Be Your Mirror.
Ugly Casanova - Barnacles.
Not a classic on the level of VU, but a personal classic; and possibly
the greatest thing
Isaac Brock has ever done, and that is coming from a big Modest Mouse
I Don't Remember.