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***November Thirtieth Two Thousand and Seventeen***



I've been sick and had a sore throat for most of the month of November...it's left me a little hoarse.  


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Instagrams:


Clear day.  Jordan Lake, NC.  


Leaf monster.  Cary, NC.  


Surly rattlesnake.  Asheville, NC.  


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Links:

New Balance put out a new web video called "Tricolor" - and while all of it is great, it's particularly noteworthy in that
PJ Ladd has an actual full part and not just a handful of tricks like he usually does.  No, it's not as impressive as his
breakout ender section in "Wonderful Horrible Life," but I'm pretty sure we'll never see anyone that good and so com-
pletely out of the blue again with how the internet works...but he's still really really REALLY damn good.  

Zion Wright recently went pro for Real, and in honor of that they cobbled together this "Greatest Hits" part to more
or less make sure that everyone understands why this kid is now a professional.  After watching this, there is no doubt
he is deserving.

Despite their desire to film all of their videos with the worst camera equipment available, the new Palace video
"Palasonic" is well worth a watch.  Highlights include Chewy Cannon skating a hundred miles an hour to PM Dawn;
Jamal Smith and all his shuvit glory (with a small Lucas Puig section in the middle of his part); Danny Brady,
who I always forget is even on this team but never fails to impress; and Lucien Clarke...goddamn.  No words.  

Not only did Riley Hawk release a great part for Lakai a few months ago, he apparently so much footage that he
could pull off a six minute part in the homie video "Shep Dawg 5" too...I'm not saying he'll win SOTY, but he should be
on the final ballot.  

There's a photo journal entry of band photos: Guided By Voices, Moon Duo, and more.


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Moon Duo
With Birds Of Avalon
Kings
10/8/2017

I wonder, is it weird that while on tour, you get to play one of the gigs at the club you own?  I'm guessing not a lot of
bands have their own club at which to perform, but a third of Birds Of Avalon do - aka both of the guitarists, Paul and
Cheetie.  Aside from my love of the band, the best part of BOA being the opening act is no one has to sit through them
setting up their gear....between two drum kits and what I estimate to be roughly 4000 guitar pedals, it can be taxing. 
Luckily, their music is good enough that it fixes everything - heavy psych/prog/pop with a shitload of vocal harmonies,
I'm not sure it makes much sense on paper but it sure as shit does live.  The band just released a great new record
called "Operator's Midnight," well worth checking out in my opinion. 

Here's my hot take on Moon Duo - they're terrible music for a basketball fantasy draft, their hypnotic take on krautrock
caused me to space out and take a fourth mediocre point guard when I really needed to be drafting big men.  Much
like Birds Of Avalon, they bathe themselves in trippy light projections that, while I have no concrete proof, were custom
designed to frustrate my ability to take any worthwhile photos...but were pretty cool to watch otherwise.  Moon Duo are
one of those bands that I rarely listen to recorded, but always make an effort to see live...that might be true of the style
of music they play in general - it translates better to the stage than to tape. 



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If there's anything that upsets me, it's having people say I'm sensitive."

Built To Spill - Another Day.  Doug Martsch mostly just keeps writing the same few songs, but I'm not complaining -
they're really damn good songs.  
Some Other Song

Marvin Gaye - Too Busy Thinking About My Baby.  Ever heard of this guy?  I think he has a real chance to be
something special.  
That's The Way Love Is
Can I Get A Witness

Thurston Moore - Germs Burn.  I've listened to a lot of Sonic Youth over the years, and unless you told me different
I would just assume this was some song from their back catalog instead of new material.  

The Jayhawks - Save It For A Rainy Day.  Every time I listen to the Jayhawks I can't help but think if they were from
the seventies instead, they probably would have been huge stars.  
Tailspin

Mind Spiders - Ulcer.  These doods make good synth punk, like a harsher Devo.
No Filter

The Afghan Whigs - The Spell.  It took a few listens, but their latest record "In Spades" has really grown on me.  Of
course it's not OG Whigs, but it's still better than most bands out there.  
Toy Automatic

Dogs - Greatest Gift.  French punk / pub rock from the late seventies that I can't get enough of.  
Stranger Than Me





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