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***October Thirty First Two Thousand and Eleven***

Time to stock up on all of the necessities to get through the winter.  Here is a snapshot of me buying cigs and liquor
at my local bodega.   Bodega means "goat store" right?  My spanish is a little rusty. 


The photos of the month...

Dead bird.  Cary, NC. 

Tall weeds.  Cary, NC.


Shrinky links:

Your internet cartoons of the month: the Things Could Be Worse tumblr.  Fantastic and surreal, and made me laugh a
number of times.  Go through and read them all, it won't hurt. 

Your skate video of the month: Steve Forstner, Gravis shoes.  Austrian dude I think, on the criminally underrated Antiz
Skateboards.  This is one of the best skate parts of the year.  I've never even seen any Gravis skate shoes.

Your free legal music of the month:  There was a free King Khan record released via Scion.  I have no idea why a
weird boxy car company has become so involved in the garage rock world, but if they are paying the bands well and I'm
getting free tunes, I'm not going to over think it. 

Your awesome music video of the month: Focus performing "Hocus Pocus" live on some late night show that was
hosted by Gladys Knight.  Who would have ever thought her and them crossed paths?  The seventies were a strange,
awesome place, when multiple hard rock flute bands could get major airplay. 

Your comical-to-me search terms of the past month:
"weiner sweater"
"lorenzo llama kids place live"
"dog halloween costumes canada"
"two person wheelie"
"giant cooked bird"

There are three entries in the photo journal page above - trip to Topsail Beach, a jaunt to the local flea market, and
more band photos

There are some music reviews over on the review site - Bad Sports, Wrong Words, Twilight Singers, Wax Museums,
M83, Ganglians, and more. 


The War on Drugs

Despite my snarkiness with some friends that the new War on Drugs record "Slave Ambient" is the best album Tom
Petty has released in years, I was pretty pumped to see them play again.  Cause even if it does sound a whole lot like
Petty, it's still a great fuckin' record - and has gotten a ton of spins since I got my sticky little fingers on it.  Kings wasn't
packed but it was fairly full, and despite being a partial anti-social shut-in I knew a ton of people there.  No doubt if you
polled my local group of friends, this record would come the closest to getting the "record of the year" nod, and across
a fairly wide swath of music fans. 

Clearly, the love goes both ways, as the War on Drugs declared their love for the town multiple times...I'm sure it helps
that they seem to have friends here, and I'm sure constantly getting smoke blown up your ass is never a bad thing. 
Early on they noted they were going to play about 90% of their songs, and they might have even gone over that number. 
They played over an hour and a half, definitely playing my two favorite songs "Arms Like Boulders" and "Baby Missles"
and pretty much anything else I might possibly want top hear.  At some point about halfway through their set, front man
Adam Granduciel asked for a volunteer from the crowd to help with some guitar on one of their songs, and local rocker
Andy Holmes (of Old Bricks) joined them not only for the next track but for a few more throughout the night.  There was
no encore, just a solid block of rock from one of the best new Tom Petty cover bands out there today. 



Pipe.  PIPE!  PIPE PIPE PIPE PIPE PIPE!!!!!  Can you tell I was excited to see these guys again?  I couldn't even tell
you how many times it's been, but seeing punk rock's version of Guided by Voices never gets old.  The crowd wasn't
very large but they were enthusiastic, peppering singer Ron Liberti with beer cans for the duration of the show.  The
set list was a typical Pipe set list, including "Ashtray" and "You're Soaking in It" and all the usual suspects - but the real
surprise is they played a *new* untitled song.  When the hell was the last time Pipe had a new song?!?  I was both be-
wildered and excited, fondly daydreaming that there might even be a new seven inch or album in the future...well, maybe
a seven inch.  A new album seems about as likely as this band getting the due they've deserved for almost 20 years now. 



Local classic country purveyors Tonk decided to make an appearance at Kings, and who was I to stay at home and
miss that?  After a night of watching football and eating cheeseburgers with friends, it was the best way to end the night. 
As per usual they played a wide swath of classic country songs, some known and others not.  A couple of the highlights
were "Be Real" by Sir Douglas Quintet and Nick Lowe's "Lately I've Let Things Slide".  Yeah the Nick Lowe song isn't
country but it is awesome so who cares.  I know there was a Gary Stewart song played too but my mind fails me on
what it was.  There were also a couple of original tracks, with the comically titled "She Likes To Love Me Early and
Often" standing out in my hazy brain.  There were quite a few audience members dancing, and i don't mean rock show
bobbing-your-head dancing like I've perfected - real dancing, couples dancing.  I don't do that kind of dancing, but
appreciate their enthusiasm.  In the event it wasn't already obvious - Tonk were awesome.  If you have any love at all
for classic country, you'd be a fool not to go see them live. 


TOW3RS with Naked Gods & Cellar Seas with The Toddlers
Kings & Tir Na Nog

This was a night of two free shows - one at Kings, the other at Tir Na Nog.  The only thing better than a free show is
two of them withing short walking distance of each other. 

First up was Naked Gods at Kings.  I'd heard of these kids for a while, but this was my first time seeing them.  Boone
hasn't exactly produced a ton of great bands, and growing up near there you automatically assume most anything leav-
ing that town is going to have a strong hippie stink to it.  Luckily, that was not the case here - to put it in simplest terms,
the group reminded me of a southern rock version of the great British band Doves.  The singer had a nice voice,
reminding me at different times of David Bazan and Jim James of My Morning Jacket.  I didn't love every single song
they played, but I liked enough of their songs to recommend them to others and try to see them again myself. 

I made my way down to Tir Na Nog after that, hoping to catch Cellar Seas, but things seemed to be running behind here
and The Toddlers were probably in the middle of their set.  I'd never even heard of this band, but from what I could
gather they are a fairly new act out of Chapel Hill.  The singer had a really deep, interesting voice, a voice that colors
their songs more than most voices do.  When they played slower songs they had a resemblance to the Doors.  When
they played more upbeat songs, they had a Joy Division feel to them.  Now I'm no Doors hater, but I'll let you guess
which tracks I found more appealing. 

Cellar Seas closed out Local Bands Local Beers at the Nog.  Now I can try and pretend to write about these guys (and
gal) from an objective point of view, but let's be honest - I'm friends with three-quarters of the band and this is being
written for my shitty website so I don't see any reason to fake it.  They play a catchy, pleasant brand of country-tinged
roots rock, and I like it.  I don't just "friend rock" like it either - songs like "Nightshade" and "Carousel" would be damn
fine songs even if I didn't know most of the band (and woulda know all of the band if D-Mike hadn't up and moved to
Austin).  Also, they just released a free EP for download that has the two songs mentioned above and a couple of other
gems.  Grab it here

I made my way back up the hill to catch most of TOW3RS set.  I'd been hearing about them a little bit, and I'm always
game to check out the newest local buzz bands.  Smart decision on my part - this is a young, powerful band.  The songs
are catchy, the music is big, the band members are cute and if there were a betting pool I'd put my ten cents on these
cats being the next local break out artist.  The best way I could describe their sound is early, pre-disco Of Montreal, a
little bit of Lonnie Walker's jangle and a dash of Danielson Famile's quirkiness.  To top it all of the gig was being entirely
lit by a showing of the film "Independence Day"...nothing like a little indie pop while Will Smith is being projected on the
side of the band.  I will be sing this band again very soon, and very often, hopefully.


"Oh Lord who done made all creatures great and small in his own image: Did you make 'em fine-ass-soundin' speakers
over there what would sound gooder than hell comin' out of the back of my truck-boat-truck? Well if you don't want me to
jimmy-jack 'em sweet tweeters you best give me a sign...

The War On Drugs - Baby Missiles.  The new War on Drugs is one of the best records of the year, and possibly a
Tom Petty album in disguise.  I have no proof of that though. 
Bonus: Brothers

Fucked Up - The Other Shoe.  Never got into this band until I saw them live.  Now I'm diggin' it. 
Bonus: Turn The Season

Americans In France - Success.  Local kids going the "Sonic Youth meets The Fall" route, which is a smart direction
to take.

Bright Eyes - Four Winds.  Hadn't listened to Bright Eyes in years until recently picking up one of their discs at the
thrift store.  Connor Oberst definitely gets whiny at times but he can write some good songs too.

The Flying Burrito Brothers - Sin City.  Classic songs, obviously.
Bonus: Dark End Of The Street
Bonus: Wild Horses

The Gothic Archies - The World Is A Very Scary Place.  My least favorite of Stephin Merritt's side projects, but there
are still some good tracks on there. 
Bonus: Walking My Gargoyle

Titus Andronicus - Arms Against Atrophy.  Kind of a late arrival on this band, but apparently the live show is where it
is really at. 
Bonus: My Time Outside The Womb

Two Gallants - Linger On.  Another thrift store grab - used to love this band when I lived in SF and saw them play all
the time, but kinda forgot about them over the last few years.  Still really strong songs and music. 
Bonus: Seems Like Home To Me


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