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***November Thirtieth Two Thousand and Fourteen***

 
Winter is coming.  Don't forget to dress warmly.  


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Instagram pics:



Fred's General Mercantile.  Beech Mountain, NC.  


Bed hog.  Marion, NC.  


Vintage Mustangs getting towed.  Cary, NC.  


Chelsea punches a cow.  North Cove, NC.  


Queen of the castle.  Cary, NC.  


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Other pics:
The rest of the medium format photos from last summer's trip to Quebec; these are all from
Parc National du Saguenay.  










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Leenks:

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 photos here.  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.  



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This Will Destroy You
with Future Death
Cat's Cradle Back Room
11/3/2014

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. 



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Whatever Brains
with T0W3RS
Nice Price Books and Records
9/19/2014

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! 



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"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.  





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