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***November Thirtieth Two Thousand and Sixteen***



There's only one thing on my Christmas list this year.  I'll give you one guess what it is.  


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Instagrams:



Crowder Park.  Apex, NC.  


Shadow master.  Cary, NC.  


All season locust.  Marion, NC.  


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Links:


This video has been out for a couple of months, but I continue to back Hockey, or at least most of the team.  Tons of
Andrew Allen footage here.  Not enough John Fitzgerald.  Still not sold on Ben Kadow.  He's definitely good at falling.
I know it's not supposed to matter, but his ridiculous high pants make it really hard to watch his footage.  

WKND made a promo vid of their entire team called "Who's To Say"  - I may not love everyone they sponsor, but there
is plenty of good here to recommend a watch.  If you want to cut to the top highlight, Austyn Gillette has a nice section
that starts just after the eight minute mark.  Goddamn that boy is as good on his skateboard as he is stylish and
handsome.  

Vans dropped a surprise video "No Other Way" and it's one of the best things I've seen all year.  Elijah Berle kicks
things off with one of my favorite parts in some time, there's a short montage of other riders, and then Kyle Walker
closes with one of the heaviest sections ever created.  Seriously, this kid does shit I would have told you is impossible
if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes, and it looks so easy to him.  

In non-skateboarding video news, the greatest living documentarian Errol Morris made a great short film for the New
York Times that I'm finally getting around to posting.  It's called "Demon in the Freezer" about smallpox, and further
proof that the man can make literally any topic interesting.  

More band photos again this month, and another set of, well, nonsense this time around in the photo journal


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Guided By Voices
Cats Cradle
11/12/2016

It was nearly twenty years ago that I saw Guided By Voices for the first time in this same club, standing only a couple
of feet to the left from where I stood on this night.  "Under the Bushes, Under the Stars" tour if I'm not mistaken - June
of 44 opened.  It was a damn good time.  These days, Robert Pollard might do a few less high kicks and drink a few
less beers during the performance, but not much else has changed.  The band has nearly always rotated members,
and of course this time was no different  - frequent collaborator Doug Gillard made up one-half of the guitar corp, and
the other half was a real treat - Bobby Bare Jr, an alt-country star with a long solo career who I guess decided it might
be fun to learn 50 or 60 short pop songs.  GBV didn't play any of his songs or anything, but he was still a nice addition
to the performance. 

The band had the set down to a science - play a couple of new songs, then a classic song, a couple more new ones,
back to a classic or two, etc.  In this case "classic" means songs from what most people consider their golden era -
tracks like "Motor Away," "Game of Pricks," "Teenage FBI," "Tractor Rape Chain," etc; and "new" songs are not only
tracks from the more recent GBV releases from the last half-decade, but they also mixed in plenty from Pollard's var-
ious other bands - Boston Spaceships, ESP Ohio, Circus Devils, Ricked Wicky, etc.  I'm of course only speaking for
myself here about new or classic - the more knowledgeable fans all around me seemed to know every track regard-
less of era or band.  Of particular note was the annoying middle aged man next to me, who spent the entire perform-
ance not only singing along to every song, but pointing at Robert Pollard aggressively from start to finish.  I was also
entertained when he decided to put earplugs in around an hour and a half into the set.  I'm sure that will make every-
thing better, fella.  Anyways, they played at least two hours with three encores; it's impossible to leave a Guided By
Voices show and not feel you got your money's worth.


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Ted Leo
With Outer Spaces
The Pinhook
11/10/2016

Until I saw the listing in the Pinhook calendar, I hadn't thought of Ted Leo in ages.  I knew he had a band with Aimee
Mann that played occasionally, but otherwise he had sort of disappeared, at least from my radar.  I decided why not
go see him perform and find out what the hell he's up to these days?  It was a solo gig, no Pharmacists in sight - just
him, his electric guitar, and a super fancy microphone running through a very elaborate amp set-up.  I'm assuming the
mic was fancy based on how good his vocals sounded - that is, exactly like the record.  If the songs weren't slightly
different, you'd almost think he was lip-syncing they sounded so much like the records.  He would talk to the crowd a
bit, play a classic song or two, talk to the crowd some more, play a new (or newish) song or two, more talking...you get
the idea.  Any time he played one of those classic songs the crowd treated it like a singalong, and even though that
often annoys me I might have been guilty of it myself in this case.  What can I say, the dude has written a lot of damn
catchy songs!  He even played a Chisel song that someone in the crowd "requested" aka yelled out ("The Town
Crusher" if I remember correctly)  - if it had been a while since I had thought about Ted's solo work, I really REALLY
hadn't though about Chisel in a long time.  Probably the funniest moment of the evening is when a clearly over-eager
fan standing right in front of the stage yelled out what gauge strings he was using - this both confused and amused
Leo, who after answering the question went own to plead for a sponsorship from D'Addario, because he's tired of
buying his own strings after all the years.  Whether I knew the songs or not, the man is a very engaging & capable
performer.   


The opener tonight was Baltimore's Outer Spaces, a trio that I was nearly as excited for as the headliner Ted Leo. 
Their full-length debut "A Shedding Snake" is excellent (as is the EP the preceded it), and they were great the last
time I saw them a year or two ago at Nice Price Books in Raleigh.  I struggle to find a comparison for this band - it's
mid-tempo pop with a nineties tinge, a lot of piano (which takes the typical spot of the bass in this trio), and fantastic
vocals by bandleader Cara Beth Satalino.  They played a number of tracks from that record as well as a couple of new
ones - it was a fairly subdued performance and reception, as I'm not sure this crowd of mostly Ted Leo superfans really
knew anything about them prior to this gig.  Hopefully they won over some new fans though, as more people should
treat themselves to this great, underrated act. 


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"You know, they say when you talk to God it's prayer, but when God talks to you, it's schizophrenia."

Limes - Handsom.  Memphis garage rock that mellows out more often than it gets aggro.  You can definite hear a lot
of influence from these guys in local lads Spider Bags...speaking of which, where the hell have those guys been?
Into a Tree

The Men - Another Night.  Somehow this band went from a post-hardcore sort of act to one knocking on the door of
alt-country / Springsteenery in the matter of two records.  
Different Days

Radiohead - Burn The Witch.  Radiohead put out a new album.  It's very Radiohead.  I'm cool with it.  
Decks Dark

Reigning Sound - Falling Rain.  Reigning Sound put out a new album too...a couple of years ago.  It's totally possible
(or rather probable) I've already posted some tracks from "Shattered".
My My
Never Coming Home

Wye Oak - Better (For Esther).  Jenn Wasner is my everything.  
If You Should See

A few select tracks from one of the 1,439 first wave ska compilations I have.  

Jackie Mittoo - El Bang Bang
The Ethiopians - I'm Gonna Take Over Now
The Skatalites - Beardsman Ska
The Wailers - I'm Gonna Put It On





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