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***October Thirty First Two Thousand and Fourteen***



I, for one, look forward to the day that the Japanese are our overlords.  I want their tv shows.


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Instagram pics:


Wife and dog.  Lake James, NC.  


Fall colors.  Marion, NC.  


State fair.  Raleigh, NC.  


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Other pics:
A few medium format photos from last summer's trip to Quebec that I finally got around to editing.  


Old barn between La Baie and Saguenay.  


Farmland between La Baie and Saguenay.  


Parc National du Saguenay.


Unknown lake on drive from Quebec City to La Baie.  


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Links:

Here's a Talking Heads concert film / documentary / video art that was floating around youtube called "Talking Heads
vs. Television.
"  Definitely worth a watch.  

Toto's "Africa" and Nicky Minaj's butt make for great bedfellows, as seen here.  

Really depressing short doc
on the drought in California's Central Valley, but one of the most beautifully shot films I've
ever seen.  

Skate videos!
1.  Wes Kremer's "Crusty By Nature" part will probably be the best thing to come out this year...
2.  ...but the extended cut might be even better.  
3.  Finally, this section by Flo Mirtain might be the most stylish.  Those French dudes sure know how to look good on
     a board.  

Posted some band photos in the photo journal this month, as well as a mixed bag of pics from a weekend trip to
Miami Beach.  

A few music reviews: Spoon, David Bazan, Rosebuds, and Braid.  The best thing I heard was the new Run the Jewels
though, just haven't done one of my shitty write-ups yet.    


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The War on Drugs
with Peter Matthew Bauer
Haw River Ballroom
10/17/2014

I've got to be pretty motivated to drive out to Saxapahaw to see a show, but considering that before this gig was
announced I was planning on going to Asheville to see War on Drugs play, this one was an easy decision.  I'm not
sure if it's the Haw River Ballroom or the crowd these guys draw, but there were signs everywhere that stated "abso-
lutely no chairs allowed" which was cracking me up.  It was the last night of their massive tour that started at some
point before the Hopscotch appearance in early September, and I'm sure everyone was counting down the minutes
until they could get home and sleep in their own beds.  But before that, they put on a hell of a performance.  It was
similar to the Hopscotch outing, but...looser maybe?  Which would make sense given how many times they've played
these songs in the last couple of months.  There was one addition to their set list, a cover of Bob Dylan's "Tangled Up
in Blue," done on the obvious WoD fashion.  And top it all off, like all Haw shows, it ended at a reasonable middle-
aged hour. 

The opener was Peter Matthew Bauer, best known as the frontman of the Walkmen.  Unfortunately he didn't play any
of those songs, but his solo songs were still pretty damn rad.  With his very unique voice, everything sorta sounded like
Walkmen songs I'd never heard before anyways.  There was a little Replacements and Springsteen vibe in there too,
but that probably could have also been said about the Walkmen.  Anyways, I need to buy his solo record.  Maybe if I
write it down it will remind me. 



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"Okay, I know you're all sober now, and I can totally respect that, so I'm going to resist the urge to do drugs and drink
around you. I will still do them, but I will excuse myself and go to a different room."


Divine Fits - Baby Get Worse.  I love Britt and Spoon but the Dan Boeckner tracks are the best Divine Fit's songs.  
Bonus: The Salton Sea

Drive Like Jehu - Caress.  Godfathers of San Diego noise rock.  Wish I could have been there for the reunion show
last month.  
Bonus: Step On Chameleon

Future Islands - A Song For Our Grandfathers.  From one of the best records of the year, "Singles."  
Bonus: Seasons (Waiting On You)

Mean Jeans - Come Toobin'.  Since the Ramones are all gone, Mean Jeans might as well sound exactly like them.
Bonus: Life on Mars

Mogwai - Honey (Spacemen 3 cover).  Some bonus songs from the "Young Team" reissue that came out a little
while back.  Wish I'd grabbed this on vinyl, it's stupid expensive now.  
Bonus: Mogwai Fear Satan (Live)

Mount Moriah - Bright Light.  Why did it take me so damn long to spend quality time with their second record
"Miracle Temple"?  The first self-titled one is a favorite of the last decade...sometimes my actions make no sense.    
Bonus: I Built a Town
Bonus: Telling the Hour

The Stone Roses - Mersey Paradise.  Like Mogwai above, a couple of b-sides from around the time of their com-
pletely perfect first record.  
Bonus: The Hardest Thing in the World





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