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***November Thirtieth Two Thousand and Fifteen***

 
Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving, stuffing themselves on the traditional fare of hotdogs, lazer eyes, and tears.  
It's the American way.  


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Instant grams


BFFs.  Cary, NC.


Derp.  Cary, NC.  


Chevrolet Impala.  Marion, NC.  


Dusk.  Cary, NC.  


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Additional pics
These are all from my medium format Fujifilm GF670.



Ben & Brian.  Carolina Beach, NC.  


Shorebreak.  Carolina Beach, NC.  


Spider Bags.  Raleigh, NC.  


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Links


Lots of great skate videos this month...
Youness Amrani for sml. Wheels.  It's pretty mind-boggling that this is probably all throwaway footage.  
Donovan Piscopo for Nike.  This too is alternate angles and unused footage from his Nike part.  Kids are too good.  
Lee Yankou for Heroin Skateboards.  He's been one of my favorties for years, and this new part is perfect.  
And last but not least, the new Fourstar tour video Obtuse Moments.  It's my favorite video in ages...probably since the
last Crail camp tour video.  

Only one photo journal entry, some pictures of Lola aka a photo journal entry that is only interesting to my family.  


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Protomartyr
with Amanda X
Kings
10/20/2015

The last time Protomartyr played at Slims was one of the best shows in recent years - not only did they kill it, but
Whatever Brains and Spray Paint were also on that bill.  I really, really miss Whatever Brains.  Anyways, this time
through town they stepped up to a larger club and made Kings their home, a smart choice given how packed Slims
was last time around.  As this was a tour for their newest record "The Agent Intellect," there were lots of songs off of
that excellent album, an album that will definitely be one of my top three favorites of the year.  Plenty of older songs too,
including the amazing "Scum, Rise!" - as long as I get to hear that track, everything else is gravy.  As per usual, singer
Joe Casey stalked around the stage like a drunk professor, usually with a beer in his hand.  If this band played live
once a month I would go every time, happily. 

The opening band was a trio of females from Philadelphia called Amanda X that I knew nothing about, but I'm pretty
sure none of them are named Amanda.  You very rarely meet anyone named Amanda anymore ya know?  My very first
thought when I see a band made up of three ladies is Ex Hex, who I've been obsessed with for the last couple of years. 
Amanda X sound nothing like Ex Hex unfortunately, but you could definitely draw some comparisons to Mary Timony's
old band Helium - heavy nineties indie-pop vibes with some Sonic Youth-style guitars going on.  It was a pretty enjoy-
able set, but short - I'll hold off on final judgement until I hear some recordings by them.  I'm definitely intrigued though. 


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Destroyer
Cat's Cradle
10/8/2015

You never know exactly what you're going to get at a Destroyer show.  Well, you know some of what you will get - you'll
get a large, professional band, and Dan Bejar will barely move while he performs, other than stooping to attend to his
selection of alcoholic beverages on the stage.  The biggest question mark is that the set-list can vary greatly - despite
the new record, Bejar & company decided to widely sample the entire Destroyer catalog.  I mention this because on
their tour a few years back for "Kaputt," they pretty much only played that record.  Not that they avoided the excellent
new album "Poison Season" - I believe they actually kicked off the set with the Al Stewart-gone-disco jam "Forces
from Above," and also played "Dream Lover" along with a few other new tracks.  Other highlights included "Savage
Night at the Opera," "Chinatown," "Rubies," "It's Gonna Take an Airplane," and "European Oils."  Bejar still continues
to ignore his best record "Streethawk: A Seduction" as well as my mental pleas for them to play "Notorious Lightning,"
but overall I have no complaints.  Possibly the most entertaining part of the whole night was the girl standing next to me,
who was having her own personal Beatlemania moment for the duration of the show - complete with high pitched
squeals, lots of tightly clenched hands waving in front of her face, and erratic jumping up and down.  She was acting so
wacky that even the band took note of her a couple of times.  I hope to someday get that excited about...well, anything. 
Maybe if Destroyer ever plays "Notorious Lightning" I'll have the same reaction. 



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"Are you guys like boyfriend-girlfriend? Steady dates? Lovers? Come on, sporto, level with me. Do you slip her the hot
beef injection?"


Black Flag - Nervous Breakdown.  A couple from the Nervouse Breakdown seven inch, which is completely perfect
from start to finish.  
Bonus: Wasted

Dow Jones & the Industrials - Can't Stand the Midwest.  I've probably posted this a bunch of times because it's
one of the top 5 punk rock songs of all time.  Don't care.  

Grandaddy - Aisle Seat 37-D.  Some Grandaddy b-sides.  Jason Lytle really knows how to write a synthy pop song.  
Bonus: Fishing Boat Song
Bonus: Wonder Why in LA

Jane's Addiction - Three Days.  Been on a Janes kick recently.  This is and always will be their best song ever.  

Neil Halstead - Digging Shelters.  Halstead is pretty much Mojave 3, so I'm not sure why he needs to release records
under his own name.  I'm not complaining though.  
Bonus: Wittgenstein's Arm

Outer Spaces - Rust.  One of my favorite out of the blue finds - played a gig with Lace Curtains and despite planning
on going home before they played, I caught their sey - fantastic stuff.  Indie pop with a slight twang, gorgeous vocals.  
Bonus: You Left the Party

Shock - This Generation's On Vacation.  Some really catchy KBD-style punk.  

Spiritualized - Shine A Light.  How many friggin' bands have written a song called "Shine a Light"?  All of them
might be the answer.  Whatever, Spiritualized rule as always.  
Bonus: You Know It's True

The Neon Boys - Love Comes In Spurts.  Pre-Television that sounds like the New York Dolls.  





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