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***October Thirty First Two Thousand and Fifteen***


My Halloween costume this year.  Yes, that's me.  I promise.  I never left bed.


I'gram pics

Family walk at Hemlock Bluffs.  Cary, NC.  

Ford Fairlane.  Asheboro, NC.  

Wife vs. frozen banana.  Raleigh, NC.  

Yellow baby.  Cary, NC.  

NC State Fair.  Raleigh, NC.  


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

Magen's Bay, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.

Central Range, Saint Kitts.

Hearst Castle, San Simeon, CA.  



I think I forgot to save many links this time's an awesome Gilbert Crockett skate part, dude is too good.  
Apparently all the hot talk after this came out is the size of his pants...skaters get worked up over the dumbest shit.  

Two photo journal entries, the biggie is all the photos from this past Hopscotch Music Festival, and the other is some
snaps of baby Lola.  I guess that is a biggie too, just in a different way.  

I actually wrote some music reviews this past month...the new Protomartyr kills.


with Circle Takes the Square

Decided on a whim to go get my post-rock on with Caspian.  I hadn't paid much attention to them since their first re-
cord "The Four Trees," but I was pretty sure they would deliver live.  I might have even seen them in concert once back
in my SF days, but it's been so many bands over so many years, shit is starting to get fuzzy.  They're on the the heavier
side of the post-rock spectrum but not quite metal, and despite vocals on a couple of songs they very much feel like
an instrumental band who just happens to forget to accidentally not sing every once in a while.  They showed up at
Kings like a pro outfit with a full light show including glowing matching boxes(?) on top of each of their amps and lots
of strobe.  More importantly they sounded amazing - even though I barely know their material, they held my attention
throughout.  Yeah, they do that same quiet-loud-quiet thing that all these bands do, but they did it at about the highest
level possible.  I'd gladly go see them again, and I bet I even remember this show this time!

Technically the opener was Circle Takes the Square, but the gig was advertised as a co-headlining tour...maybe they
take turns each night headlining or something, I'm both too lazy to figure it out and don't really care.  They were what I
guess you'd call prog metal...not my bag.  It can be fun to watch prog bands play because you never know what kind of
crazy direction it is going to go, but that got old pretty quick.  Even worse, as near as I could tell none of the songs were
about the game show Hollywood Squares...I wanted songs about Jim J Bullock and Shadoe Stevens goddammit!!! 
For the record, all of my Hollywood Squares humor fell on deaf ears with my British show companion. 


Archers of Loaf
with Flesh Wounds 
Cats Cradle

How many times have I even seen Archers of Loaf at this point?  I think this is the fourth time since the "reunion," and
who knows how often during their initial run.  What I do know for sure is they instantly make me feel like I'm a kid again -
no different than that first time I saw them in high school, senior year I think, just after "Icky Mettle" came out.  No diff-
erent mentally at least - my back, legs and feet might argue differently. 

What can I say about a show that I've seen so many times before though?  It was highly entertaining, but that's no sur-
prise.  Matt Gentling has let his hair grow out, which adds an extra layer of movement to the lurching he already does
while playing bass.  Eric Johnson was wearing a bad ass Pipe shirt and I would gladly stab a drifter in the buttocks to
get one exactly like it that fit me.  They played all of the "Vs. the Greatest of All Time" EP, though not in order.  They
were playing a lot of "deep cuts" according to Eric Bachmann, and after a false start on "South Carolina" Eric com-
mented "...deep cuts so deep I can't remember how to play them."  There was a ton of tracks off of "Icky Mettle,"
3/4ths of the album maybe.  Other highlights included "Fabricoh," "Harnessed in Slums," "Dead Red Eyes,"
"Nostalgia," "Form and File"...fuck it, every song was a highlight.  The encore was the biggies - "Wrong," "Web in
Front," and finally "White Trash Heroes," with everyone (plus an extra dude) playing guitar except for Gentling.  The
crowd was singing along so loudly to some of the songs it sounded like an adult version of Kidz Bop was being held ;
in the Cradle.  It was a great night.

Local punk rock killers Flesh Wounds opened the show and burned through fifteen or twenty songs in barely over
thirty minutes (probably the longest set I've ever seen by them).  The constant touring as both this band and as Mac
McCaughan's backing band the Non-Believers has made them incredibly tight.  Guitarist and lead singer Montgomery
Morris seems angrier with each passing show - it's like he's trying to dominate the music more than actually just play it. 
Considering how many punk bands these days seem like lovable good guys on stage, it's kinda nice to have a little
snarling attitude come at you.  Also, he spits a lot.  Speaking of Pipe, they ended their set with a cover of the local
legends, and Flesh Wounds did a great job of owning it like they wrote it.


Jeff the Brotherhood
The Odditorium

It's been so long since Jeff the Brotherhood came to the Triangle to play, I had to go to Asheville to see them.  Ok,
technically I was already up there showing the new baby off to the family, but when I saw they were playing I extended
my stay through Sunday night so I wouldn't miss them since they never make it any further into the state these days. 

As expected, it was a weird and mostly young crowd - kids with crazy tattoos and piercings talking about train hopping,
rowdy crowd surfers, someone hanging from the rafters (the ceiling is really low in this club), and at one point a girl was
on stage next to the band doing difficult yoga poses, which even seemed to amuse the band.  One guy in the front ex-
tended his hand out and held it in a thumbs up for a large chunk of the show.  Also, it was hot as goddamn balls in
there, and packed, so the smell was just lovely.

Despite all of that, I had a damn good time, mostly because JtB were killing it.  It had been a little while since I had
seen them last, and their set-up had changed a little - Jake is now playing a full six-string guitar instead of only three
strings like he had every other time I've seen them.  He killed it on his clear acrylic guitar regardless, and probably
would have done so even on one string.  Jamin no longer was running their own personal light show via some foot
switches and cheap mechanic lights, which I always enjoyed for the record, but I guess it's a little less shit to set up at
every show for them.  The set was a good cross section across their whole catalog, including a couple of covers - Neil
Young's "Cinnamon Girl" and Teenage Fanclub's "Mad Dog 20/20" (this cover also available on their EP "Dig the
Classics").  They had a giant set list on the ground, but it seemed to be used more as a suggestion than a bible as
they seemed to kinda play whatever they felt like.   

It was a damn good time, smelly street rat kids and all.  I was so sweaty when I left that I put on an unwashed thrift store
t-shirt I had in my car just to get dry.  You can't catch herpes from a t-shirt can you?  Eh, it's too late now. 


"Small men drown in my shit."

Belle & Sebastian - Allie.  "Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance" is probably my record of the year - and this is my fav-
orite song on it.  The other song is top notch too.  
Bonus: Nobody's Empire

Ex Hex - Don't Wanna Lose.  "Rips" is a nearly perfect power pop record.  Even narrowing it down to my favorite
four tracks was nearly impossible.  
Bonus: Everywhere
Bonus: New Kid
Bonus: You Fell Apart

Holopaw - Academy.  Hadn't thought about these guys since the days of Ugle Cassanova.  Still sounds the same,
not that that is a bad thing.

King Khan & the Shrines - Luckiest Man.  "Idle No More" came out over two years ago and I just finally got around
to spending a lot of time with it...good record, not as good as the previous release "What Is?!".
Bonus: Pray for Lil
Bonus: Thorn in Her Pride

Love As Laughter - Dirty Lives.  For some reason I've bought this record twice (these particular tracks being from
"Laughter's Fifth"), and I'm not even mad because I'm such a fan.  Criminally underrated act.  
Bonus: In Amber
Bonus: Survivors

The Hold Steady - Banging Camp.  After not listening to them in ages, I let a Hold Steady CD run a few times in a
row in the car - still a damn good rock band.  
Bonus: Chicago Seemed Tired Last Night


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