<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Other pics: The rest of the medium format photos from last summer's trip to Quebec; these are all from Parc National du Saguenay.
Multiple skate links - people are releasing amazing videos left and right these days. 1. Easily the most important would be the release of the latest full-length from Anti Hero, Destination Unknown. It is
maddeningly amazing - the Frank Gerwer / Peter Hewitt
split part might be the best thing of the year. And Chris Pfanner's footage...oh man. 2. Somewhat related to that - Anti Hero team member Grant Taylor also had another video for the release of his new shoe on Nike...he's been goddamn killing it all year. 3. Pontus Alv made another video for Cons where he and a crew run the streets and get great footage.
Only one non-skate link this time - a collection of Depression-era North Carolina photoshere. Click on the link on the website to get to a lot more pics.
Two small sets in the photo
journal this month, both focused on mediocre fall leaf snaps - one from the Eno River State Park, and the other from Marion.
A few music reviews by way of Fugazi, Reigning Sound, a power pop comp, and the two Merge subscription seven inches.
A cold Monday night seems like a great time to enjoy a little post-rock. I've only ever heard a few songs from This Will Destroy You,
but a friend had a couple of guest list spots so why the hell not see
some live music? A four piece from Texas, it would be pretty easy to
confuse them with Explosions in the Sky as they sound more or less
exactly the same, at least to these untrained ears. Not that I mind -
good music is good music, and it's not like I'm ever going to get to see
Explosions in a club the size of the Cat's Cradle Back Room ever
again. They were great live in the sense that the sound was incredible,
but their "performance" wasn't anything to write home about. I'd love
to see one of these bands in a seated venue and paired with some sort of
elaborate light show or visual display - I think it would go over like a
honey pot on a bear's head.
The band that opened for This Will Destroy You was called Future Death,
also from Texas. They were really two bands musically-speaking - some
songs were noisy hardcore, others really off-kilter art pop. Since the
extent of my hardcore knowledge is Minor Threat and Circle Jerks I'm not
sure what I would compare that version of the band to, but I'm guessing
if you like the female-fronted heavy sounds of Perfect Pussy you'd
probably dig it. As for their other jams, it falls somewhere on the
spectrum between Deerhoof and Guardian Alien; let it be said I'm not
being racist with the Deerhoof comparison just because both bands have
Asian women fronting them, some of Future Death's songs genuinely
reminded me of them. Please file all grievances with management.
It had been a dog's year since I last saw T0W3RS
- they were a full band at that time, playing very enjoyable, catchy
indie pop. These days all that remains from that iteration are the name
and frontman Derek Torres. Now T0W3RS is just a one-man band, with
Derek singing (and sometimes playing guitar) along with recordings in a
very theatrical fashion as if he was performing a one-man play. The
music has also taken a shift to something between Bowie- esque glam and
modern electro-pop, but the tracks are just as catchy as ever - Torres
has a real way with hooks. The packed house seemed way into it,
especially this weird hippy guy standing next to me who was possibly
putting on an even bigger show than Derek.
The reason for the season tonight was the release party for the new double EP by Whatever Brains.
Since each EP is one side of a regular 12" record I'm not sure why it
isn't just considered a regular LP record, but the Brains have always
done their own thing. In keeping with tradition, each EP is named
"Whatever Brains," so this now means they have five albums all named the
same thing. I should also say that they used a photo of mine for the
cover of one of the EPs, which makes me happier than about anything that
has ever happened in my life. It's as if seeing this band dozens and
dozens of times has finally paid off! As for the show itself, they
played most of their two new EPs, including the epic twenty plus minute
long track "///////" which is based on a true story of
hermit family living in the middle of nowhere in Siberia. It was a
super awesome fun time as per usual. I think I'll even go see them play
again in the future!
"Y'all bow your damn heads! We thank you, Lord, for mans like myself,
males of the masculine variety, winners all of us. And we thank you for
the womerns too, and how you made them out of a part of a man that he
don't never need nor want, to live by our rules and our pleasures. "
A random smattering of classic punk selections from one of the collections of seven inches I made for myself. Blitz - Someone's Gonna Die Tonight Circle Jerks - Nervous Breakdown Pop Rivets - When I Came Back The Infections - Girls In Magazines The Saints - River Deep, Mountain High The Undead - When The Evening Comes The Victims - Television Addict
French Kicks - Crying Just For Show. Their best song off of their best record "One Time Bells."
Moonface - I'm Not The Phoenix Yet. These tracks are from Moonface's album wherein he hitched his wagon to someone or something called Siinai. I'm not sure what that did as they just sound like awesome Moonface songs. Bonus: Lay Your Cheek On Down Bonus: Shitty City
The Mary Onettes - Don't Forget (to Forget about Me). This would be near the top of my list for best albums of 2014 except it came out in 2013. I might include it in my list anyways because, you know, fuck it. Bonus: Evil Coast Bonus: Hit the Waves
Scharpling & Wurster - Hippy Johnny. One of the best "Best Show" skits. Seemed like a nice (long) ender for the month.